5 Local Summer Camps For NYC Kids
With NYC Public Schools letting out in just about a month, it’s time to start planning fun activities to keep your little ones occupied (and you sane!) throughout summer vacation. Luckily, NYC has no shortage of camps and programs for its children–encouraging them to not only learn a new skill set, but also to have some good ol’ fashioned outdoor fun. We’ve rounded up five of our favorites for you.
For Free Sport Camps: CityParks Sports
It’s easy to complain how NYC is the most expensive city to live in EVER (because most of the time, it is!), but CityPark Sports is a reminder, once again, of the fabulous free public programming New Yorkers are privy to. The CityParks Foundation runs free tennis, golf, soccer, and track and field programs for kids who reside in NYC, and yes, all equipment is provided. It’s very simple to register your child for a program, from tennis to golf, soccer to track and field, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3!
Ages: 5-16 (varies slightly by program)
For Learning the Chinese Language and Culture: China Institute Immersive Summer Day Camp
Learning a skill like, say, Chinese, over summer vacation is nothing to sneeze at, and will come in useful for your child’s future college applications, for sure. Enroll them in the China Institute Immersive Summer Day Camp, held this year in the Financial District, where they will learn Chinese language, history, culture and literature at all language proficiency levels. Besides the academic portion of the camp, your child can also enjoy special activities such as participating in traditional Chinese sports, theater, arts and crafts, calligraphy, storytelling and cooking.
For the Musically Inclined Child: Camp MSM
Have a future Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber on your hands? Camp MSM, located at the Manhattan School of Music, could be their jam. This camp is geared towards the middle school and up aged kiddos, and features two tracks of programming: musical theater and instrumental majors. Musical theater includes acting, vocal coaching, dance and performance technique. Instrumental provides opportunities for kids to participate in large and small ensembles, including orchestra, string, percussion, jazz and Latin jazz, among others.
For the Tech Loving Kid: RoboFun
RoboFun Camp is a great alternative for the little techies in your life who can operate your computer better than you (no shame, parents!) In the morning, kids explore Lego Robotics while afternoons are devoted to a choice of Stop Motion Animation or Scratch Video Game Design. Here’s to future engineers!
For Staying on Track Academically: FasTracKids
For anyone who has children or has worked in education, you know the “summer slide” is real. To prevent your kiddo from forgetting all the reading and math skills they’ve worked so hard on the past 10 months, FasTracKids offers multiple academic summer camps, including tutoring and enrichment in math, reading and writing, astronomy, biology and chemistry…as well as summer gifted-and-talented test prep. Go, little New Yorkers, go!