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New summer camps and extra cool camp experiences for 2013

This year's crop of new summer camps and standout summer sessions includes programs with community service components, new directors, origami classes and more.

From sessions that teach kids about origami to a program where preschoolers jam along to Beatles tunes, this year's crop of summer camps for kids couldn’t be more exciting. Below, you'll find new summer camps for 2013 (one of our favorites includes a program where tweens design their own urban transportation system,) plus other camps that have standout sessions this year (kids learn how to create a late-night variety show at the CMA Summer Art Colony). Check back often over the next few months—we'll continue to update our page as we hear about more new summer camps for 2013. 

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New summer camps and other standouts

Asphalt Green Camps

  • Price band: 3/4

Children are divided into three age brackets: peewee (ages 4 to 6), junior (ages 6 to 8) and senior (ages 8 to 13). Dance and arts and crafts are on the bill of weekly activities, but the camp takes full advantage of its venue's top-notch athletic facilities. On a typical day, campers receive swim instruction, work up a sweat playing soccer, basketball, baseball or softball, and try out martial arts, yoga or gymnastics. Rather than focusing on a specific sport, children are treated to a wide variety of experiences. Expect a camp-wide celebration commemorating Asphalt Green’s 25th summer. •555 E 90th St between York and East End Aves and 211 North End Ave between Murray and Warren Sts. Camp runs June 27–Aug 16, Mon–Fri 8:30am–4:30pm. $4,050–$5,550 (price depends on camper's age and length of session). Ages 4 to 13.

  1. Various locations
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Brooklyn Robot Foundry

  • Price band: 2/4

Campers put the principles of mechanical engineering to work as they design and build functioning robots. They’ll take classes like Robotic Vehicles, in which they’ll build moving robots to compete in races and sumo wrestling, Robot Forts & Cities, which ends with the creation of a 14-foot Godzilla robot, and Intro to Programming, which helps beginners learn JAVA and the technology behind motors and sensors. When they need a break from the lab, kids eat lunch in nearby JJ Byrne Park. Camp runs from June 17–Aug 30, Mon–Fri 9am–3pm; Extended day options are available. One-week session $525. Ages 5 to 12.

  1. 303 Third Ave, (between First St and Carroll St), 11215
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Camp ExerBlast

  • Price band: 2/4

A full-body workout is just an added bonus at this intergalactic, high-tech camp. Kids will explore the interactive, multi-level “adventure space” and play team-building games like Survivor Botania and Laser Capture the Flag. For a more traditional feel, campers will even pitch a tent and sing songs around a virtual campfire. Camp runs July 8–Sept 6, Mon–Fri 9am–noon or Mon–Fri 9am–4pm. One-week session $360, one half-day is $80. Ages 5 to 12.

  1. 100 Reade St, (between W Broadway and Church St), 10013
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Camp Frolic

  • Price band: 1/4

Each week, campers work on crafts, cooking, science, music and other activities centered around a different theme. During Pop Idol Week, tots take on the persona of their favorite pop star in a talent show; on Rockin’ in the USA Week, kids make red, white and blue craft projects and rock out at a Bruce Springsteen dance party. New for this year is British Invasion Week, in which little ones design Yellow Submarine place mats and join in a Beatles sing-along with Tim Kubart of the Little Rock-its by Frolic! Camp runs July 24–Aug 30, Mon–Fri 9am–noon. One-day session $80 (for two- and three-day options) or $75 (for five-day options). Ages 3 to 5.

  1. 34 N 6th St, (at Kent Ave), 11249
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Camp Minisink

  • Price band: 3/4

This “weekday sleepaway camp” allows campers to immerse themselves in the full sleepaway experience at Minisink's 500-acre woodland property, then return home on Friday afternoons to spend the weekend with family. You won't find any rigid schedules or assigned activities at this camp—every afternoon, campers meet with their bunk counselors to decide their activities for the next day. Choices range from boating, horseback riding, and fencing to photography, drama, and chess. Camp runs June 24–Aug 16, Mon–Fri. Eight-week session $8,040 before Feb 28, $8,440 before May 31, $8,840 thereafter; six-week session $6,210 before Feb 28, $6,510 before May 31, $6,810 thereafter; four-week session $4,280 before Feb 28, $4,480 before May 31, $4,680 thereafter; two-week session $2,250 before Feb 28, $2,350 before May 31, $2,450 thereafter. Tuition includes transportation to and from camp on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. Ages 5 to 15.

  1. 82 Team USA Way, 12771
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CMA Summer Art Colony

  • Price band: 3/4

Between this program’s two locations, kids have a choice of 49 classes. Each week presents a new theme for children to explore, spanning visual art (ceramics, bookmaking and collage) and film (claymation and music video) topics. A new class in TV production allows campers to create a late-night variety show, while a special effects session has them making movie trailers. Campers at the Soho location draw inspiration from trips to local museums and galleries, while those 
on Governors Island have ample time to discover the isle’s landscapes and historic 
sites. •Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts. •Governors Island, meet the staff at the Battery Maritime Building between 8:30am and 8:50 am. Camp runs June 10–Aug 30, Mon–Fri 9am–5pm. Soho: one-week session $595, three-day session (week of July 1) $400 (ages 6 to 11). Governors Island: two-week session $1,700 ($1,530 week of July 1), one-week session $850, three-day session (week of July 1) $510 (ages 8 to 15). Ages 6 to 15.

  1. Various locations,
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Creative Arts Program (CAP)

  • Price band: 3/4

Young art enthusiasts create their own schedule by choosing from over 80 courses like Costume Design, Jazz Band, Dollhouse Creation, Physical Comedy and Hip Hop Dance, plus a wide variety of sports. This year, campers can delve into a 3D printing course, or learn to make music using only an iPad. Every day, students take part in a Noontime Performance in which they share their talents and passions with their peers. The camp culminates in Festival Day, in which families are invited to explore the students’ work in a day of performances, concerts and gallery shows. Camp runs July 1–Aug 1 Mon–Fri 9am–4pm. Five-week session $2,500. Extended day options available. Ages 8 to 14.

  1. Berkeley Carroll School, 181 Lincoln Pl, (between 7th and 8th Aves), 11217
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Dwight Summer Day Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

The new eight-week program at this international learning institution—led by Mike Bailey, formerly of Asphalt Green—boasts an indoor pool, a karate dojo and an open-air roof deck. In a typical day, kids may juggle in a circus-arts class, then compose songs in a music session. Games of GaGa are also on deck, and campers frequently venture off campus for trips. Camp runs June 27–
Aug 16, Mon–Fri 8:30am–4:30pm. $3,700–$5,275 depending on length of session. Ages 4 to 13.

  1. 291 Central Park West, (between 89th and 90th Sts), 10024
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i2 Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

The new-this-summer program, which has in the past partnered with the likes of MIT, NYU, the New York Hall of Science and Columbia, introduces tweens to science, technology, engineering and math. Depending on their interest, tweens and young teens may study the Mars Rover from afar, design their own urban transportation system, or collect and analyze forensic evidence in a “crime scene.” After lunch, campers listen to speakers (astronomers, geologists, biologists and other experts) and participate in activities that combine the camp’s many science topics. Additionally, i2-ers sometimes take field trips to museums, science centers and parks. Camp runs June 19–July 19, Mon–Fri 9am–4pm. One-week session $700, with a two-week minimum. Ages 10 to 14.

  1. The Chapin School, 100 East End Ave, (between 84th and 85th Sts), 10028
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Marymount Science and Technology Camp

  • Price band: 4/4

Kids with a passion for science work in Marymount’s state-of-the-art labs exploring subjects like robotics, chemistry, video game design, animation and engineering. A professional teaching staff leads youngsters in hands-on experiments, research and field studies. Trips to local science museums will supplement what campers learn in class. Camp runs June 24–July 26, Mon–Fri 9am–3pm. Extended day options available. Five-week session $3,800, four-week session $3,300, three-week session $2,700, two-week session $1,950, one-week session $1,000. Ages 6 to 13.

  1. 1026 Fifth Ave, (at E 84th St), 10028
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NYC Is My Backyard

  • Price band: 2/4

Kids make the most of living in one of the greatest cities in the world by exploring a specific area (and taking part in a special community service project) each week. During Uptown Adventure/“The Islands,” kids venture off Manhattan to check out Governors Island, as well as Bronx gems like the NYBG. Another session takes kids to a different park in each borough; other exploits may land your tykes on the High Line. Throughout their whirlwind week, participants record their adventures in a guidebook they’ll get to keep. Locations vary (917-670-4406, nycismybackyard.com). Camp runs July 8–Aug 23, Mon–Fri 9am–3pm. One-week session $790. Ages 5 to 11.

  1. Various locations,
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Storefront Science

  • Price band: 2/4

Founded by veteran science teacher Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone, 
the UWS spot is the perfect hub for curious kids to explore topics like physics, biology, electricity and genetics through fun activities. During the summer, children may scrape cells from their cheeks to study their own DNA under microscopes, design and construct bridges, or create 
their own electrical circuits. Camp runs July 22–Aug 30, 
9am–noon, 1–4pm (half day), 9am–4pm (full day). One-week session $600 (full day) or $350 (half day). 
Ages 3 to 12.

  1. 728 W 181st St, (between Bennett Ave and Magaw Pl), 10033
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Taro's Origami Summer Camp

  • Price band: 1/4

Don’t worry if your child doesn’t even know the meaning of the word origami—after five days at this camp she’ll be well-versed in it, thanks to the step-by-step lessons provided by Taro’s instructors. Participants start the week by learning the history of origami and fold a few simple paper sculptures. In the next two days they build on these skills and create their own models to decorate and take home. On the fourth day, the class works together to craft a complex piece of art. Camp runs July 9–Aug 23, Tue–Fri 2–4pm. One-week session $200. Ages 5 and up.

  1. 95 Seventh Ave, (at Union St), 11215
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