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Last-minute summer camp ideas for New York City kids 2012

Don't fret if you haven't figured out your child's summer plans yet: We found great last-minute summer camp ideas.

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    Camp Apple Seeds

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    Art Farm in the City

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    Butter Beans Food & Garden Camp

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    Curious Jane

  • Downtown Dance Factory

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    Kidville East Candids

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    Kim's Kids

  • NYC is My Backyard

  • Oasis

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    RoboFun

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    Super Soccer Stars, Fun in the Sun Camp

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    Taste Buds Cook

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Camp Apple Seeds


The last day of school will be here before you know it, and if you haven't figured out your child's summer plans yet, no need to worry. Below, we've listed last-minute summer camp ideas around the five boroughs. Kids can choose from arts programs (Applause New York), sports intensives (Super Soccer Stars) or general interest camps (Oasis Day Camp). While some of these summer camp ideas still have all of their sessions open, others have limited availability, so call sooner rather than later to register your child.

RECOMMENDED: All NYC summer camps

Applause New York
Wanna-be Patti LuPones and Adam Pascals can warm up their pipes at this camp; the program features classes in acting, singing, set design and audition technique. A different Broadway star visits each week to perform for the campers, adding to their inspiration. St. Jean's Community Center, 184 E 76th St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-717-0703, applauseny.com). Camp runs multiple sessions through Aug 3; prices start at $750 for a one-week session. Call to find out which sessions still have availability. Ages 5 to 14.

Apple Seeds
At this popular play space's summer sessions, children are exposed to subjects such as cooking, science, construction and crafts through a number of interactive activities. Each day starts with playtime in the center's gym and ends with an art project, so tykes get a chance to exercise both their minds and their bodies. Programs range from two to twelve weeks, from two to five days a week. Apple Seeds, 10 W 25th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (212-792-7590, appleseedsnyc.com). Camp runs multiple sessions through Aug 31; prices start at $50 for two days a week. All sessions are currently open. Ages 3 to 4.

Art Farm in the City
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. Art Farm in the City, 419 E 91st St between First and York Aves (212-410-3117, theartfarms.org). Camp runs multiple sessions June 25–Aug 17; prices start at $375 for a one-week session. Call to find out which sessions still have availability. Ages 3 to 7.

Butter Beans Food and Garden Camp
Culinary-minded kids choose from four sessions, each with a different farm-to-table theme—how food is grown, produced, preserved or prepared. All participants take field trips to local gardens, farms and farmers' markets and prepare their own lunch almost every day. Other activities might include visiting local chefs and beekeepers, pickling vegetables and learning to compost. Ger-Nis Culinary Herb and Garden Center, 540 President St between Third and Fourth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-499-0010, butterbeanskitchen.com). Camp runs multiple sessions July 2–Aug 24; prices start at $1,250 for a two-week session. Call to find out which sessions still have availability. Ages 7 to 12.

Curious Jane
Little ladies get to dabble in science and engineering. The brainchild of an industrial designer and all-girls educator, this camp (for rising third to sixth graders) explores weekly themes such as toy design, story arts, lab science and animal nature. CJ Junior tailors a similar agenda to first and second graders. This year, a new afternoon-only camp called CJ Pop-Up will be offered to girls from June 18 to 29 (12:30–4:30pm) for $295 per week; see website for details. Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn (718-369-6320, curiousjanecamp.com). Camp runs multiple sessions July 9--Aug 17; prices start at $425 for a one-week sesson. Call to find out which locations and sessions still have availability. Ages 6 to 12.

Downtown Dance Factory
Older kids (ages 5 to 11) try their toes at a range of dance genres, including jazz, modern, tap, musical theater and even break dancing, while also exploring costume making, choreography and improvisation. Meanwhile, younger students sample the school's preschool classes—KindiHop, KindiModern and KindiTap—and spend the rest of their time playing dress-up, listening to stories and making dance-related crafts. Downtown Dance Factory, 291 Broadway at Reade St (212-962-1800, downtowndancefactory.com). Camp runs multiple sessions July 2–27; prices start at $325 for a weeklong half-day session. Call to find out which sessions still have availability; some sessions have wait lists. Ages 3 to 11.

Kidville
The camps at this posh play space immerse tots in arts and crafts, athletics, music and hands-on projects. There are also days with special themes, and weeklong specialty camps with such titles as Fairy Princess and Superhero Training. Visit kidville.com for locations. Camp runs multiple sessions through Sept 7; prices start at $435 for a one-week session. Call to find out which sessions still have availability. Ages 3 to 5.

Kim's Kids
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 one special day at Sesame Place (requires an additional fee). P.S. 321, 378 3rd St at Fifth Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-768-6419, kimskidscamp.com). Camp runs multiple sessions July 2–Aug 10; prices start at $795 for three three-day weeks. All sessions are currently open. Ages 4 to 11.

Long Island City Kids Summer Camp
Queens kids are treated to a well-rounded experience with activities that span everything from music, arts and crafts, and storytelling to soccer and gymnastics. All campers receive swimming lessons from Physique Swimming, too. Long Island City Kids, 5-02 50th Ave at 5th St, Long Island City, Queens (718-392-5437, lickids.com). Camp runs June 28–Aug 31, Mon–Fri 9am–6pm or 9am–3pm. One week $550 (full day), $440 (short day). Campers receive a $10 discount per week when registering for more than one week. Ages 4 to 10. All sessions are currently open.

NYC Is My Backyard
At this field trip–centered camp, kids spend a full week exploring a specific neighborhood or destination (sessions are dedicated to activities like hiking through Central Park, sightseeing in the Village, and wandering downtown Brooklyn and Battery Park City). Campers create guidebooks at the end of each week to share their experiences. Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn (917-670-406, nycismybackyard.com). Camp runs July 9–Aug 24; prices start at $710 for a one-week session. Ages 5 to 11. All sessions are currently open.

Oasis Day Camp
Every day at Oasis includes four periods of various arts, sports and games, outdoor activities and swimming, plus a morning rally to start the day and a goodbye ritual to end it. Each camp features at least two off-site field trips througout the summer to spots liks the American Museum of Natural History and the Bronx Zoo, as well as several on-site "trips" featuring visiting performers or traveling science shows. Oasis also offers the Teen Travel program at the Central Park, Dobbs Ferry and Long Island locations, in which teens ages 12 and up enjoy daily outings to beaches, sports games and amusement parks. Various locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester and Long Island (800-317-1392, oasischildren.com/camps). Camp runs multiple sessions June 25–Aug 24; prices start at $1,005 for a two-week session. All camps and sessions are currently still open. Ages 4 to 15.

RoboFun!
During the morning session, campers dive into robotics, building their own creations. After lunch, youngsters experiment with video-game-design software, ultimately producing a game they can share with their parents, or script and shoot their own stop-motion animation film. The stop-motion animation program is only for ages 8 to 12. 2672 Broadway between 101st and 102nd Sts (212-245-0444, robofun.org). Camp runs multiple sessions through Aug 31; prices start at $400 for a weeklong, half-day session. Call to find out which sessions still have availability; some sessions have wait lists. Ages 6 to 12.

Super Kickers Sports Summer Camp
Parents reap the benefit of super-flexible scheduling, while kids enjoy a variety of diversions at this Jackson Heights camp. Each day is divided into 45-minute sessions where kids focus on a single activity at a time, like soccer, piano, baseball, yoga, hip-hop dance and martial arts. A bounce house and a trampoline are in the mix as well. 7702 37th Ave between 77th and 78th Sts, Jackson Heights, Queens (718-3501535, superkickers.com). Camp runs multiple sessions runs from July 2–Aug 24; prices start at $125 for a weeklong, two-hour session. Call to find out which sessions still have availability. Ages 2 to 10.

Super Soccer Stars Summer Camps
Campers kick their way through activities like "soccer tennis," partner drills and mini tournaments. This year, in honor of summer 2012's soccer events, all camps will have a special international component teaching kids about different playing styles and cultures around the world. The indoor mini-camp for kids ages 2 to 5 also includes craft projects and a snack. Advanced players will want to check out the SSS Premier Advanced camp on Randall's Island. Check website for locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, New Jersey, Westchester, Fairfield County and in the Hamptons (212-877-7171, supersoccerstars.com). Camp runs multiple sessions through Sept 1; prices vary. All camps and sessions are currently still open. Ages 2 to 12.

Taste Buds
Each session of this cooking camp has a different theme: Kids make baked goods, brunch items and barbecue specialities from around the world. Iron Chef--like challenges are also on the menu. Taste Buds, 109 W 27th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, tenth floor (212-242-2248, tastebudskitchen.com). Camp runs multiple sessions through Sept 7; prices start at $100 for a single-day session. All camps and sessions are currently still open. Ages 4 to 16.


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