Last-minute camp ideas
Haven't enrolled your kid in a summer program yet? No worries. These organizations are still accepting campers.
Tue Jun 7 2011
Oasis Day Camp
It's summertime and the livin' is easy—unless, of course, you still haven't found a camp for the kids. Fear not! There's hope for your cooped-up tyke: Some of the city's best camps still have spots available.
Anytime Summertime Kids Camp
Flexibility is the name of the game at Anytime Summertime Kids Camp. Children can attend for several full weeks, a single week or even just a day at a time. Weekly themes that combine physical activity with play will have kids hunting for buried treasure on a deserted beach, planning a trip to the jungle to pet a tiger or blasting off into outer space in a giant rocket ship. The Little Gym of Upper Westside, 2121 Broadway between 74th and 75th Sts (212-799-1225, thelittlegym.com/upperwestsideny). Camp runs June 13--Sept 2, Mon--Fri 9am--noon or 1--4pm. One-day session $70--$110; one-week session $385; 25 percent discount for those who register for 25 or more days. Ages 3 to 8.
Kids visit different classrooms where specialists lead them through arts and crafts, music, hands-on exploration and gym. Weeklong specialty camps are also available: Fairy Princess Camp transforms wee ones into princesses each day with wands, wigs and hairstyling in the on-site salon, while Superhero Training Camp has kids design their own superlogos, masks and secret identities. Multiple locations, in Manhattan and Park Slope, Brooklyn (kidville.com). Camps run for 1-, 2-, 6-, 8- or 12-week sessions. Call individual locations for start dates and costs. Ages 18 months to 6 years.
Teens receive intensive instruction in kayaking, rock climbing and sailing. They can also opt to play traditional sports like basketball, soccer and volleyball, or try out ice-skating. The Sports Center, Pier 60, W 23rd St at the Hudson River (212-336-6846, chelseapiers.com). Camp runs July 5--Aug 26, Mon--Fri 8:30am--4pm. One-week session $690 before June 14, $730 thereafter; multiple-week discounts available. Bus transportation available in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn for an additional $120 per week. Ages 12 to 16.
Choreographers and musicians from the award-winning musicals Billy Elliot and American Idiot teach campers contemporary song-and-dance routines set to modern pop music. Geared toward kids who may be more comfortable watching Glee than emulating it, the sessions require no prior singing or dancing experience. The French Lycee School, 505 E 75th St between York and East End Aves (212-439-3825, lfny.org/en/index.php/academics_activities/summer_camp/glee_cee_francais/). Camp runs June 22--July 1 or July 5--July 15, Mon--Fri 9am--2pm. One session $1,760. Ages 7 to 10.
Oasis Day Camp Uptown
High-energy tykes canvas Central Park, learning to swim in Lasker Pool, playing sports in the park's fields and courts, and participating in traditional camp activities like rock climbing and arts and crafts. Central Park, campers meet daily at 3 W 96th St at Central Park West (800-317-1392, oasischildren.com). Camp runs July 1--Aug 26, Mon--Fri 9am--5pm. Two- to eight-week sessions available, $1,015--$3,115. Ages 4 to 11.
Queens County Farm Museum Camp
New York City's only working farm offers city kids the opportunity to cook, make art and crafts—and, of course, meet animals. Weekly themes—like Ranch Hand Week—let campers learn the ins and outs of farm life on 47 acres of green. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy (718-225-6750, queensfarm.org). Camp runs July 6--Aug 12, Mon--Fri 9am--noon, 9am--2pm or 8am--5:30pm. Six-week session $975--$3,185 depending on length of day. Ages 5 to 10.
The shuttle program may be ending but future astronauts or engineers can still get their aerospace fix at the New York City for Space Science Education's first-ever summer camp. Kids train to be astronauts and "fly" a mission to Mars, pilot up to 30 different planes on flight simulators and build robots with a seemingly limitless quantity of Legos. The New York City for Space Science Education, 220 Henry St between Henry and Madison Sts (212-608-6164, ext 112; nyccsse.org/spacecamp). Camp runs July 11--15 and July 25--29 for rising 7th and 8th graders, July 18--22 and Aug 1--5 for rising 5th and 6th graders; Mon--Fri 9am--3:30pm. One-week session $450. Ages 10 to 14.
Super Soccer Stars
Over the course of the week campers kick their way through activities like "soccer tennis," partner drills and a mini World Cup. They can also show off their new moves daily during a snack-time showcase. Locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Hamptons (212-877-7171, supersoccerstars.com). Camp runs June 13--Sept 2, Mon--Fri 9am--1pm. One-week session $350--$395 depending on location. Ages 6 to 12.