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Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

Want a well-rounded kid? Then treat her to a summer session at one of the best day camps in or near New York City.

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    Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    Art Farm in the City

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    Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    Camp Henry

  • Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    Camp Léman

  • Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    Downtown Day Camp

  • Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    Dwight Summer Day Camp

  • Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    Friends Seminary Creative Day Camp

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    Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    Hewitt School Summer Clubhouse

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    Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    Kim's Kids

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    Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    Kings Bay Y

  • Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    LIU Brooklyn Children's Academy

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    Mill Basin Day Camp

  • Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    New Country Day Camp

  • Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    New York City Explorers

  • Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    NYC Kids Camp

  • Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    Oasis Day Camp

  • Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    Park Explorers

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    Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    Park Slope Day Camp

  • Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

    LREI Camp

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Day camps: The best summer camps in and near NYC

Art Farm in the City

For kids who want a traditional camp experience (think hours playing sports, making crafts and building friendships), the day camps in and around New York City can't be beat. Similar to the camps many of us went to as kids, these day camps offer a well-rounded program—young campers may participate in team sports in the morning, then learn a dance routine in the afternoon for a camp talent show. Options near New York City (sometimes called commuter camps) offer city kids bus service to their campuses, which are often on acres land. At these summer camps for kids, children can expect lakes for fishing, multiple swimming pools, mini golf courses and more.

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Blue Dolphin Summer Camp: Trailblazers

  • Price band: 2/4

Participants dabble in activities like soccer, basketball, jewelry making and nature walks at this Queens camp. Special events, such as a talent show, and optional field trips to Dorney Park and Six Flags are on the agenda too. Camp runs June 24–Aug 16, Mon–Fri 9am–4pm. Full season, $1,960, weekly $270 ($250 when booked before June 1st). Two-week minimum. Round-trip transportation $50. Ages 6 to 11.

  1. 69-26 Cooper Ave , (at 69th Pl), 11385
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Bonjour NY

Your petits enfants can get their French culture and language fill at this immersion day camp by engaging in all sorts of activities that the city has to offer, with a special Francophone twist. Campers will be grouped based on their knowledge of the language and spend their days engaging in games, trips, mealtimes and more that are both fun and educational. The staff is comprised of Francophone and Francophile educators and instructors, and each week professional visitors join the team. Weekly activities include gardening, drama/creative movement, French-style Glee, rock climbing, swimming, Francophone sports, French film screenings, and many more. Occasionally campers will take trips to local parks and playgrounds, French bakeries, farms, amusement parks, museums and a variety of other places. While campers won’t leave the camp bilingual, they will certainly be close. Camps held at PS 58, Carroll Gardens, and PS 84, UWS. Camp runs June 30-Aug 29, Mon-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm (full day); 9 am-1 pm (half day). Early and late pickups from 8 am-8:30 am and 5 pm-6 pm. Full day ages 3-11; half day ages 3-5. 1 week-9 week sessions available; 1 week session $525, half-day $425.

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Camp Henry

  • Price band: 2/4

Tykes start the morning with breakfast before delving into a series of 60- and 90-minute pursuits, including crafts, sports and drama. Each week centers around a theme (this year’s themes are Air, Land, and Sea) explored through special events, inquiry-based projects and visual and performing arts. Camp runs July 7–Aug 15, Mon–Fri 8:30am–5:30pm. Six-week session $1,250 through March 20, thereafter $1,400. Sibling discounts and financial aid available. 8am drop off and 6pm pickup available for an extra $160. Ages 4.5 to 13.

  1. 301 Henry St , (between Grand and Montgomery Sts), 10002
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Camp Léman

  • Price band: 3/4

Karate, yoga, cooking, swimming and many more pastimes fill the days at this camp. When kids aren't engaged in sports or creative endeavors, they play on the rooftop playground or in nearby parks. Camp runs June 17–Aug 2; Mon–Fri 8:30am–3:30pm (ages 4 to 8), 8:30am–1pm (age 3). Seven-week session $4,600 (full day) or $3,850 (half day); shorter sessions are available. Ages 3 to 8.

  1. 41 Broad St, (between Beaver St and Exchange Pl), 10004
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Dwight Summer Day Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Based at the venerable school’s swanky athletic center, which boasts a six-lane pool, rooftop tennis courts, gym and dance space, this program’s maxim is “Ignite the spark of genius in every camper.” Kids customize their camp by choosing from the likes of digital arts, circus skills, theater, fencing, martial arts and a wealth of team sports. Camp runs June 30– Aug 22 . $2,700–$5,500 depending on age and length of session. Ages 4 to 13.

  1. 2116 First Ave, (between 108th and 109th Sts), 10029
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Downtown Day Camps

  • Price band: 3/4

The Downtown Community Center’s impressive facilities include a 75-foot pool, dance studio, gym and theater; campers can look forward to lessons with the Story Pirates, sports instruction and music classes. Another perk: Pier 25’s playground, beach volleyball court and mini-golf course are nearby. Camp runs June 30–Aug 8, Mon–Fri 9am–5pm. Six-week session $3,695, three-week session (June 30–July 18) $2,245, three-week session (July 21–Aug 8) $1,995, add-on week (Aug 11–15) $495. Ages 4.5 to 14.

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Friends Seminary Creative Day

  • Price band: 3/4

Throughout the day, campers explore their individual interests by choosing from a selection of small-group activities, such as arts and crafts, drama and creative movement, sports and games, or swim instruction. They also participate in cooperative play with a larger group and embark on weekly field trips. Camp runs June 16–Aug 1, Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm. Extended day available for additional fee of $15 per day. One-week session $825, one-day session $185. Ages 6 to 11.

  1. 222 E 16th St, (between Rutherford Pl and Third Ave), 10003
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The Art Farm in the City Camps

  • Price band: 3/4

The camp’s major draw is its indoor petting zoo, where little ones learn how to take care of live animals including birds, bunnies and reptiles. The program also offers lessons from Super Soccer Stars, swim instruction and classes in an array of arts. Camp runs June 30–Aug 22; days and hours per session vary. One-week session $275-$650. Ages 3 to 8.

  1. 419 E 91st St, (between First and York Aves), 10128
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Hewitt School Summer Clubhouse

  • Price band: 3/4

The wide range of offerings at this camp at the Hewitt School gives kids a chance to explore their many interests and discover new hobbies in the process. Kids choose from classes in sports, arts, chess and more, enjoy science activities and take weekly trips to local attractions like the Queens Museum and the Victorian Gardens in Central Park. All campers receive swimming lessons. Camp runs June 23–27, Aug 4–Aug 8, and Aug 11–Aug 15; Mon–Fri 9am–3pm (entering kindergarten), 9am–4pm (entering grades 1 to 5). One-week session $700. Ages 5 to 10.

  1. 3 E 76th St , (between Fifth and Madison Aves), 10021
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Kim's Kids Camps

  • Price band: 2/4

Tykes hit up a new kiddie hot spot in and around NYC every day. They’ll venture to parks and playgrounds, explore local museums and zoos, hike across the Brooklyn Bridge to check out Chinatown and spend two special days at Sesame Place and another waterpark (fees included). Camp runs June 30–Aug 8, Mon–Fri 9am–3pm. Six-week session $2,115, three three-day weeks $840; other options are available. Early drop off and extended day available at an additional fee. Ages 4.5 to 12.

  1. 378 3rd St, (at Fifth Ave), 11215
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Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace Camps

  • Price band: 3/4

Kids fill their days with age-appropriate workshops in nature, science, sports and cooking, taking advantage of nearby Prospect Park in the process. Most children swim three times a week, and tweens (ages 10 to 14) attend an overnight trip away at a different location. The oldest campers (ages 14 to 16) participate in weekly leadership training and service projects. At the end of each week all campers come together to demonstrate their newfound skills in a Shabbat celebration. Camp runs June 27–Aug 22, Mon–Fri 8:30am–4:15pm. Full summer (June 27–Aug 22) $2,650 (ages 4 to 6), $2,695 (ages 7 to 9), $2,700 (ages 10 to 12) $500 (ages 13 to 15); four-week session (June 27–July 25 or July 27–Aug 22) $1,350 (ages 4 to 6), $1,375 (ages 7 to 9), $1,400 (10 to 12); one-week session $400 (ages 4 to 6), $450 (ages 7 to 9), $500 (ages 10 to 12). Sibling discounts available. Ages 4 to 15. Children must be potty-trained.

  1. 1224 Prospect Ave, (at Vanderbilt St), 11218
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LIU Brooklyn Children's Academy

  • Price band: 2/4

The youngest campers (ages 3 to 6) focus on building their language skills through songs, games, and stories in either English or another language of their choice (Spanish, Mandarin or American Sign Language). Older participants (ages 7 to 12) select from classes in game development, robotics and basic science, as well as comics, music, fashion and other artsy topics (activities are subject to change). Additionally, kids swim and play sports. Camp runs July 8–Aug 16; Mon–Fri 9am–4pm (ages 7 to 12), 9am–noon (ages 3 to 6). Two-week session $990 (full day) or $500 (half day). Ages 3 to 12.

  1. 1 University Plaza, (between DeKalb and Flatbush Aves), 11205
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McBurney Day Camp

Here, kids get their fill of sports, arts and crafts and keep their academic skills sharp through the summer. In between the activites, they’ll be keeping journals, learning about environmental science doing and going on field trips to local museums and science centers. Kids are closely grouped by age and, yes, there’s plenty of swimming and yes, there will be fun weekly events like Crazy Hat Day. Camp runs June 30–Aug 22, Mon–Fri 9am–5pm. Two-week session, $590. Ages 6 to 11.

  1. P.S. 41, 116 W 11th St., (between Sixth and Seventh Aves), 10011
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McBurney Kindercamp

This camp has been specially designed for four- and five- year olds who are starting Kindergarten this September with the aim of easing the transition from preschool to big-school by building social and emotional skills in a fun and supportive environment. Little ones will take part in instructional swimming, local outings and trips, indoor and outdoor group play activities and theme-based arts and crafts. And there will be one field trip by bus each session. Camp runs June 30–Aug 22, Mon–Fri 9am–5pm. Two-week session $620. Ages 4 to 5.

  1. P.S. 41, 116 W 11th St., (between Sixth and Seventh Aves.), 10011
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Mill Basin Day Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

The day goes by quickly here, thanks to a rotating list of activities, including the usual arts and crafts, dance and team sports, plus karate, gymnastics, magic, video games and baking. Mill Basin campers also swim daily in an outdoor pool. The campus features a number of amenities that are sure to leave kids’ (and parents’) mouths agape: two computer rooms, a karaoke studio, a 3D movie theater, and a TV game-show studio. 5,000 square foot turf fields give campers even more room to play. Camp runs June 30–Aug 22, Mon–Fri 8:30am–4:30pm: Campers may attend sessions from four to eight weeks long. $1,900–$2,900, depending on camper’s age and number of weeks. Bus transportation ($50/week) in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Ages 3 to 14.

  1. 5945 Strickland Ave , (between 56th Dr and E 57th Pl), 11234
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New Country Day Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Little ones won’t have to go any farther than Staten Island to take advantage of this 14th Street Y camp’s scenic 75 acres, which include hiking trails, open fields and swimming pools. Younger kids (ages 4 to 6) sample a little bit of all the program’s offerings, while older campers (ages 7 and up) choose one of seven areas—ranging from performing arts and science to team sports and martial arts—to specialize in each week. Everyone joins in the weekly Shabbat celebrations. Camp runs June 30–Aug 22; Mon–Fri 9am–4pm. Eight-week session $4,250, shorter sessions available at prorated prices. Transportation from Manhattan and Brooklyn included. Ages kindergarten to incoming sixth graders.

  1. 1131 Manor Rd, (at Brielle Ave), 10314
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Backpacks and Binoculars: City Edition

  • Price band: 2/4

During the week, tykes visit all five boroughs, stopping by notable institutions such as the Met, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Bronx Zoo. Busy parents will love that there’s complimentary after-camp (4–6pm), and breakfast, lunch and snacks are all included. New York City Explorers, *110 Schermerhorn St between Boerum Pl and Smith St, Downtown Brooklyn (718-797-3707, backpacksandbinoculars.com). *186 Underhill Ave at Sterling Pl, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-399-6923). Camp runs June 23–Aug 29, Mon–Fri 8am–4pm. One-week full-time session $495; three-days $345, two days, $230. Ages 5 to 10.

  1. 110 Schermerhorn Street, (at Boerum Pl), 11201
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Oasis Summer Day Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

This mega camp gives parents four Big Apple locations to choose from, and gives children days filled with swimming lessons, athletics, fine and performing arts, nature exploration and field trips. Campers embark on at least two field trips a summer. (In the past they’ve visited the Bronx Zoo, the New York Hall of Science and the American Museum of Natural History.) Sometimes the “trips” come to the campers, in the form of visits from the Wolf Conservation Center, comedy duo the Hey-Ya brothers,or the Liberty Science Center. • Downtown: 285 Delancey St at Cannon St (646-519-5058, oasischildren.com). Camp runs June 30–Aug 22, Mon–Fri 9am–5pm (tall day), 9am–3pm (short day). Tall day: Eight-week session $3,295, seven-week session $2,965, six-week session $2,600, five-week session $2,220, four-week session $1,830, three-week session $1,430, two-week session $1,010. Short day: Eight-week session $2,855, seven-week session $2,545, six-week session $2,230, five-week session $1,905, four-week session $1,570, three-week session $1,225, two-week session $860. Ages 4 to 11. • Bayside: 22-05 56th Ave at Springfield Blvd, Bayside, Queens (646-519-5055). Camp runs June 30-Aug 15, Mon–Fri 9am–5pm. Seven-week session $2,345, six-week session $2,010, five-week session $1,675, four-week session $1,340, three-week session $1,005, two-week session $670. Ages 4 to 14. • Brookyn Bridge Park: 180 Remsen St at Court St, Brooklyn (646-519-5069). Camp runs June 30-Aug 22, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Eigh

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Park Explorers' Camp Explorers

  • Price band: 2/4

Youngsters discover nature by climbing rocks, traversing meadows and checking out local streams and woodlands. First and second grade campers spend most of their time in Prospect Park, engaging in outdoor sports, games, and arts and crafts, but they also venture off-site once a week for activities like swimming, rollerskating, karate and gymnastics. Older campers (third and fourth grade) travel farther from base to such places as Bounce U and New York Hall of Science. Camp runs June 27–Aug 30, Mon–Fri 8:30am–4pm. Eight-week session $2,795, seven-week session $2,590, six-week session $2,280, five-week session $2,000, four-week session $1,720, three-week session $1,350, two-week session $920, one-week session $475. Ages 6 to 10.

  1. 611 Eighth Ave, (between 6th and 7th Sts), 11215
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Park Explorers' Exploring Beyond Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

On-the-go tweens traverse Brooklyn, visiting spots like the Red Hook Pool, the Brooklyn Gymnastics Center and Prospect Park, as well as state parks in New York and New Jersey for tubing, hiking and swimming. Last year overnight adventures to Club Getaway and Hershey Park were also on the calendar. Camp runs June 27–Aug 30, Mon–Fri 8:30am–4pm. Eight-week session $3,085, seven-week session $2,750, six-week session $2,440, five-week session $2,115, four-week session $1,790, three-week session $1,390, two-week session $1,045, one-week session $535. Ages 10 to 14.

  1. 611 Eighth Ave, (between 6th and 7th Sts), 11215
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Park Slope Day Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

All five of this camp’s Brooklyn locations offer an impressive lineup of outdoor activities (sailing, horseback riding, rock climbing), arts, sports and day trips. Excursions vary depending on the camper’s age, but expect visits to Prospect Park and the beach as well as themed trips. Camp runs June30–Aug 22, Mon–Fri 8am–4pm. Eight-week session $2,988-$3,258, two-week session $1,150-$1,250. Two-week minimum. Extended day available. Ages 3.5 to 14.

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Summers at LREI Lower Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Three days a week, youngsters choose from creative classes like printmaking and circus skills. On Wednesdays, campers celebrate a specific theme—like Dino World or In the Treetops—with costumes, games and campwide activities. Fridays are reserved for trips to kid-friendly destinations (think Prospect Park Zoo, Green Meadow Farm and Victorian Gardens in Central Park). An end-of-camp block party rounds out the season. Camp runs June 30–Aug 8, Mon–Fri 9am–4pm (ages 6 to 7); Mon–Thu 9am–1pm, Fri 9am–4pm (ages 3 to 5). Two-week session $1,360 (full day), $860 (half day). Ages 3 to 7.

  1. 272 Sixth Ave, (at Bleeker St), 10014
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Summers at LREI Upper Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Though kids spend time in classes at this camp, the coursework is anything but run-of-the-mill, boasting electives in music and comedy, moviemaking, African dance, music videos, inventions and more. The fun continues with trips to the Cloisters, the Transit Museum, and Liberty Science Center, as well as weekly group activities, such as a game of capture the flag or a campwide disco. Camp runs June 30–Aug 8, Mon–Fri 9am–4:15pm. Two-week session $1,358. Ages 8 to 10.

  1. 40 Charlton St, (between Sixth Ave and Varick St), 10014
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Trevor Day School Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Teachers from Trevor Day School guide children through arts and crafts, phys ed, drama, movement, music and sing-alongs. Campers also get to play in Central Park, and on the school’s rooftop playground—equipped with kiddie pools for summer. Camp runs June 23–July 25; Mon–Fri 9am–noon (three-year-olds), 9am–2pm (four-year-olds), 9am–3pm (five- and six-year-olds). $1,130–$5,059, depending on age and number of weeks. Ages 3 to 6.

  1. 11 E 89th St, (between Fifth and Madison Aves), 10128
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