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Finding an awesome day camp for kids doesn’t have to be a struggle—check out our list with picks for the builder, the scientist, the dancer and more

RECOMMENDED: Summer camps for NYC kids


This sweet list of day camps for kids covers it all—from sports camps and outdoor camps to science camps and art camps, these summer camps will keep the kiddos engaged and learning while they're having a blast. Don't forget about all the other awesome things to do around NYC during summer, either; There are beaches in NYC you'll have to check out, plus tons of new exhibits in NYC museums that you absolutely can't miss.


Day camps in New York

Taro's Origami Summer Camp

  • Price band: 1/4

Little ones transform bright paper squares into stunning origami figures while learning about the mathematical and scientific principles behind the awesome ancient art form. Weeklong sessions begin with the history of the Japanese art of paper folding, followed by lessons in basic folds (like the book, petal and triangle folds) and plenty of practice in patience and accuracy. At the end of the week, campers work together, applying their new skills to make a complex origami model, such as a bird or dragon. Small class sizes guarantee plenty of personal attention, and everyone leaves camp with beautiful works of art they’ve crafted themselves. Ages 5 and up.

  1. 95 Seventh Ave, Second Floor, (at Union St), 11215
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Brooklyn Design Lab Camps

Budding artistes get creative in these weekly art workshops, using a variety of materials and techniques to create masterpieces they show off in a mini art opening. With 10 different types of art making, the Summer Lab program offerings range from painting, printmaking and collage to clay, fabric and wood. Kids of all capabilities can even design and construct 3-D worlds using LEGOs. Each weekly workshop is limited to eight students, so campers get plenty of attention. Not only do children build a portfolio of their work that they can keep, but their finished projects are displayed in the Brooklyn Design Lab window for all to see. Ages 8–11.

  1. 413A Seventh Ave, (between 13th and 14th Sts), 11215
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The Nature Place Day Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Have your kid surrender the tablet and skip town for some time in the great outdoors at the Nature Place. The littlest campers (ages 4 to 7) enjoy a structured daily schedule that includes swimming, exploring the garden and tending to chickens. Older kids (age 8 to 11) try archery and tree climbing and embark on overnight camping trips, while teens enjoy more advanced outdoor activities, like rock climbing, day hikes and multinight backpacking adventures. The noncompetitive philosophy at the Nature Place is paramount. Ages 4–16.

  1. 285 Hungry Hollow Rd, 10977
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Taste Buds Kitchen Cooking Camps

  • Price band: 2/4

Known for their year-round, holiday-themed cooking camps, Taste Buds Kitchen offers 13 different weeklong programs for kids this summer. Future chefs develop essential kitchen skills, like measuring ingredients, then apply them to three recipes each day (both savory and sweet). Each week, campers embark on a new culinary adventure: Around the World Camp, teaching kids about differing palates around the globe; Iron Chef Camp, challenging the cooks to get creative with a secret ingredient; and the self-explanatory Chocolate Lovers Camp. Kids get their very own cloth apron to take home and a book full of the recipes they created during the week to share with their parents. Ages 4–13.

  1. 109 W 27th St, tenth floor, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves), 10001
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Camp Zeke

The overall focus at Camp Zeke is wellness, so campers learn the value of a healthy lifestyle that includes fitness and a nutritious diet during their stay. It’s structured with electives, meaning kids can choose from activities, such as Krav Maga, soccer or dance, or opt for more chill pastimes, like yoga or boating. Children interested in food can try the culinary-arts program, explore the teaching kitchen, compete in cooking competitions and learn recipes they can whip up at home. Campers often help prepare the wholesome dishes served in the dining hall, a.k.a. Cafe Zeke, using organic, locally sourced ingredients. Ages 7–17.

  1. 31 Barry Watson Way
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Chef Toni's Cooking Adventures Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Visit faraway lands like Mexico, Africa and Russia without leaving the city via this cool culinary day camp that focuses on a different international cuisine each week. In addition to mastering basic kitchen techniques, such as accurate measuring, grating and knife skills, and testing out recipes, campers get a practical education in the Around the Globe camp’s farm-to-table philosophy, foraging and shopping for local, organic produce from farmers’ markets and nearby grocers whenever possible (sometimes even from Chef Toni’s own upstate farm). They explore the art, music and culture of exotic locales to understand the traditions supporting the food they make—a global adventure with no passport required. Ages 4–13

  1. 967 Columbus Ave , Suite B1, (between 107th and 108th Sts), 10025
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NYC Kids Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

During NYC Kids' Lower Camp, children spend the day exploring nature and science through hands-on art projects, romping around a playroom stocked with soft mats and gym equipment and frolicking in the outdoor courtyard. Campers are split up by age, with a toddler group (18 months–2 years), a 2's group (ages 2–3), a 3's group (age 3) and a 4's & 5's group (ages 4–5) providing appropriate activities for each. While the youngest ones supplement their mornings with snacktime, dress-up, storytelling, puppets and freeplay, kids ages 3 and up can go on nature walks, join in weekly soccer and swim programs or even take field trips to places like The High Line or Jefferson Market Garden. Older kids in the Upper Camp (ages 5–12) spend the mornings investigating art and science in and out of the classroom, practicing strokes during swim lessons at the YMCA and playing soccer and other field sports. In the afternoon, they pick from activities like musical theater, fashion design, cooking and filmmaking for their choice time. Other daily adventures may take youngsters to the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Aquarium or to the Hudson River for fishing. Ages 2 to 12.

  1. 155 Bank St , (between Washington and West Sts), 10014
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Butter Beans Food and Garden Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Little chefs get in on the farm-to-table trend and don’t just learn to cook—they find out how food makes it from the earth to their plates through planting and harvesting the ingredients when possible. They dig even deeper into the slow-food movement by taking field trips to community gardens, farmers’ markets and rooftop farms. Kids get their hands dirty on wild, edible foraging excursions and work together to master Top Chef–style recipe-development challenges. 712 Carroll St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn • Corlears School, 324 W 15th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves • 718-499-0010, butterbeanskitchen.com. Park Slope: July 6–Aug 14, Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Manhattan: June 22–July 31, Mon–Fri 9am–3:15pm. Ages 6–10.

  1. 712 Carroll St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves), 10011
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Brooklyn Music Factory Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Little ones rock out in two ways at this mash-up camp, combining programs at Brooklyn Music Factory and Brooklyn Boulders. They’ll strum guitars and bang on drums with their fellow campers (a.k.a. bandmates) at the fully loaded music studio, then blow off steam at the epic indoor climbing gym across the street. Kids show off their chops in a rockin’ concert at the end of each week. Ages 5–15.

  1. 295 Douglass St, (between Third and Fourth Aves), 11217
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ConstructionKids Camps

From household appliances to the Empire State Building, kids learn how things are made, then get busy building themselves. Campers choose from several weeklong programs, including “Planes, Trains, Automobiles,” “Skateboards” and “Buildings & Cities.” They learn drawing, painting and safe tool use (the tools are even kid-sized), then apply their new skills to a variety of cool projects, like making a custom Go-Kart, log cabin or Rube Goldberg machine, and play with their creation that same day. Ages 4–8.

  1. 63 Flushing Ave, Building 92, Brooklyn Navy Yard, (between Adelphi St and Carlton Ave)
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Summerdance at Ballet Academy East

  • Price band: 3/4

Ballet is only the beginning at this immersive dance program for young girls. In addition to top-quality ballet training with live musical accompaniment, budding prima ballerinas try out different dance disciplines, like jazz, tap, modern and musical theater. Alternative activities, like yoga, drama, gymnastics, cooking and swimming, are scheduled throughout the week at a nearby New York Sports Club to mix things up. A perennial favorite of Summerdance is the tradition of in-studio performances—one at the program’s midway point and another at the end—when proud parents can document their kids’ perfect pirouettes. Ages 4–9.

  1. 1651 Third Ave, (between 92nd and 93rd Sts), 10128
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BAM Youth Summer Programs

  • Price band: 2/4

These multidisciplinary creative workshops put kids center stage at renowned performing arts center Brooklyn Academy of Music. BAM partners with several city institutions, including Museum of the Moving Image and the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, for their match of courses. In the Creative Writing workshop, kids see their original plays performed by professional actors, while in Musical Drama and Dance, they participate in a production of Agamemnon & Clytemnestra: Special Victims Unit. Budding thespians (ages 11 to 13) might consider the Bard in Brooklyn, a workshop in which they learn about various elements of theater (including stage combat, clowning and improvisation) by studying Shakespeare. At the end of the two-week workshop, they put on an abridged (read: kid-friendly) version of a Shakespeare play for an audience of their families and friends. Ages 8–18.

  1. BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl, (between Hanson Pl and Lafayette Ave), 11217
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New Victory Theater's Theater Kids Week

  • Price band: 2/4

Loyal fans of the New Victory Theater’s imaginative productions are stoked to take the stage at the renowned youth theater at New 42nd Street Studios. With three unique Kids Week summer programs to choose from, Budding Broadway stars can play with shadows, objects and Bunraku puppets during Puppetry Kids Week, learn about acting, dancing and improvisation during Theater Kids Week and try out big-top arts like juggling and clowning during Circus Kids Week. All workshops are led by theater pros from the New Victory Teaching Artist Ensemble, and each week ends with a performance for parents. Ages 7–11.

  1. 229 W 42nd St, (between Seventh and Eighth Aves), 10036
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NYC Kids Fairy Tale Camp

Little ones can let their imaginations run away with them during this summer arts camp, encouraging city kids to weave their own original fairytale. After getting inspired by the week's featured tale through storytelling, music and movement—themes include Frozen, Beauty & The Beast, The Princess & the Frog and Sofia the First—they'll have time to craft props, costumes and sets. Mom and Dad will love taking in the whimsical production at week's end. Ages 3–6.

  1. 155 Bank St , (between Washington and West Sts), 10014
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Park Slope Rock School Summer Songwriting and Recording Camp

Future rockers get all the skills they need to make it in the music biz at this camp at Complete Music Studios. Kids of all skill levels are grouped into bands and jam together to foster teamwork. They get inspired by established artists and analyze song structure, then craft their own hits. After an intense week of songwriting, young stars head to the Bunker Studio in Williamsburg to try the facility’s analog gear and record their original tunes. They’ll leave with a link to share and download their songs. Ages 8–17.

  1. 227 St. Marks Ave, (between Vanderbilt and Underhill Aves)
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Joffrey Ballet School Children's Summer Dance Camp

With tutus, fairy godmothers and glass slippers in the mix, no self-respecting little ballerina or danseur could say no to this youth dance camp. Tiny dancers (ages 3 to 6) can sign up for weeklong programs with a final performance like Sleeping Beauty, in which wee ones follow feathered Odette across an enchanted lake, or Cinderella, in which the princess’s fairies come to life through creative dances to Prokofiev’s score. Older kids ages 7 to 9 can dance through two-week sessions, trying on ballet, folk, hip-hop and jazz-contemporary techniques that culminate in a final performance for families, complete with group and solo numbers. Ages 3–9.

  1. 434 Sixth Ave, (between 9th and 10th Sts)
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Downtown Dance Factory Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Dancers of all levels polish their pliés and perfect their jazz hands before showing off their skills in a weekly showcase. Full-day campers dabble in jazz, hip-hop, break dancing and musical-theater classes. Younger kids (ages 3 to 5) can try a mixed bag of dance-related craft projects (banners for recitals or costume accessories), storytelling, dress-up, singing and drama, in addition to classes in modern, tap and hip-hop. Parents are welcome to come early on Fridays and watch their kids get down, performing what they’ve practiced all week. Ages 3–12.

  1. 291 Broadway, fifth floor, (at Reade St), 10007
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Buck's Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

With more than 30 programs to choose from, tweens can always find a satisfying new way to express themselves at this 70-year-old performing arts camp. Located in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in central Connecticut, this bucolic spot offers older kids the chance to get creative through music, dance, improv, theater or stand-up comedy. In the theater program, campers audition for several plays and take classes from professional actors. Young dancers study a variety of disciplines, from ballet to hip-hop, and help choreograph pieces for the final performance. Music students have access to Studio 59, the camp’s professional-grade recording facility, where they can record, mix and edit their own songs. It’s practically impossible to get stir-crazy here, with off-campus field trips to see concerts at Caramoor and Tanglewood and dance performances at Jacob’s Pillow, plus visits to local museums, art galleries and theaters. There are spelunking (cave exploring) trips at nearby state parks and overnight camping excursions for a change of pace, and kids can try other arts, like metalsmithing, glassblowing and cooking. The final day of the season culminates in a festival, with performances and demos by campers, a picnic lunch and dinner. Parents and kids from earlier sessions are welcome to attend. Ages 9–16.

  1. 59 Bucks Rock Rd, 06776
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Bandwriting Collective

  • Price band: 2/4

Guided and inspired by professional songwriters and recording artists (like Stuart Klinger who worked with Dean and the Weenies, Fred Norris and Friends), Jesse Krakow (Shudder to Think, John Zorn) and Rob Taube (James Taylor, Hank Williams Jr.), young musicians sharpen their technical skills in this series of two-week intensives. Whether they sing or play guitar, bass, drums or piano, kids collaborate with fellow campers to write original material, then lay down their tracks at a professional recording studio. Everyone gets a mixed and edited CD of their tunes to take home, and each workshop ends with an onstage concert at the Slipper Room. Ultrasound Studios, 251 W 30th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves· Shelter Island Sound, 40 W 27th St between Sixth Ave and Broadway. Ages 11–17.

  1. Ultrasound Studios, 251 W 30th St, (between Seventh and Eighth Aves), 10001
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Broadway Bound Kids Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

This summertime song-and-dance program at Bridge for Dance offers kids of all ages the chance to really ham it up. They produce an original minimusical from start to finish, writing the script and songs and choreographing dance routines in Create a Musical. Fans of Glee will love forming their very own New Directions–esque troupe, singing solos and choreographing accompanying dance moves during Gleek Week. Participants in Broadway Bound Players are cast in a full junior musical production of Shrek, featuring eye-popping costumes, sets and props, and they receive acting, singing and dancing lessons from real-deal theater pros, take master classes with stars of the Great White Way and, for the grand finale, put on their production on a professional stage. Ages 5–16.

  1. 2726 Broadway, (between 104th and 105th Sts.), 10025
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NYC Broadway Kids Camp

Young stars destined for the Great White Way can get their bearings in this weekly musical theater program. With guidance from teaching artists, creative kids will dream up their own original production, built from scratch with their own acting, singing, dancing prop-making and set-design skills. At the end of the week, family and friends get to watch the production come to life on stage. Ages 5–10.

  1. 155 Bank St , (between Washington and West Sts), 10014
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CMA Summer Art Colony

  • Price band: 3/4

Mini Monets and Mizrahis take their inspiration from the kid-friendly collections at the Children’s Museum of the Arts to create their own masterpieces across different disciplines. With professional teaching artists at the helm of this immersive summer program, campers can make a stop-motion animated film with clay characters, experiment with printmaking techniques like silkscreen and block printing, weave an original textile, create imitation Egyptian sculptures, mold and glaze a ceramic vase, illustrate a supernatural tale, design a Project Runway–worthy outfit or create a mixed-media portrait. Ages 6–15.

  1. 103 Charlton St, (between Greenwich and Hudson ),
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New York Botanical Garden Adventure Camps

  • Price band: 1/4

Take advantage of one of the city’s biggest and best backyards, and send your kids out to explore the 250-acre wilds of the New York Botanical Garden. Weekly themes (Art in Nature, Forest Adventure and Wild Wetlands) inspire outdoor explorations and related indoor activities, like science experiments, games and crafts. Kids hike through the NYBG’s 50 acres of native forest on a scavenger hunt, find artistic inspiration in the gardens, and examine the unique wildlife that inhabits the wetlands of the nearby Bronx River. Ages 5–10.

  1. 2900 Southern Blvd, (Bronx River Pkwy at Fordham Rd), 10458
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Spring Lake Day Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

After being cooped up all winter, city kids can run free on this New Jersey camp’s sprawling 30-acre campus. Outdoor facilities include a 40,000-square-foot heated-pool complex divided into five individual pools, a five-acre lake for fishing and boating, baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, a Go Kart track, a 500-foot zip line, a volleyball beach, a ropes course, a four-person bungee and four ball pits. Each day consists of seven periods: two athletic, two art and two swim (one instructional lesson and one that’s just for fun), plus lunch. There are also weekly special events, like carnivals, theme days and Olympic competitions, and trips for older kids, which last year included jaunts to Hershey Park and Medieval Times. Ages 3–15.

  1. 234 Conklintown Rd, 07456
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Kidventures NYC

  • Price band: 1/4

Designed and run by early-education pros, this camp takes the concept of staycationing to the next level. Younger school-age campers might climb the stairs of the Empire State Building one day and visit the adorable sea lions at the Central Park Zoo the next, then sing songs, hear stories and create art projects inspired by their adventures. Ages 5–8.

  1. 194A 22nd St, (between Fourth and Fifth Aves),
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Beansprouts Summer Day Camp

The mission of this Brooklyn day camp is to give kids an old-school summer experience. No screens allowed here: Campers swim, run, play and explore the urban wilds of NYC all while making new pals. Highlights include strolling the Coney Island boardwalk, splish-splashing at Chelsea Waterside Park, riding Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo and cheering on the Mets at Citi Field during regular field trips. When summer temperatures climb, they’ll sprint through the sprinkler in Beansprouts’ private backyard or head inside to the air-conditioned playroom to beat the heat while trying their hands at pottery and woodworking, competing in talent shows and getting crafty with art supplies. Ages 3–10.

  1. 453 6th Avenue, (between 9th and 10th Sts), 11215
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92nd Street Y's Camp Yomi

  • Price band: 3/4

Campers here might not even realize they’re learning about gravity and physics as they tackle a ropes course or zoom down a zip line, but in fact, they discover the STEM-based principles behind a number of everyday activities throughout the summer. With a curriculum developed by the New York Academy of Sciences, Camp Yomi hosts professional scientists who lead hands-on educational activities (cooking, climbing a rock wall or planting tomatoes) all summer long and even partners with city museums like the Liberty Science Center for even more scientific fun. City kids get a rare taste of the great outdoors at the scenic Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Rockland County, whose 50-acre grounds are home to multiple sports fields, three swimming pools, art studios, an open-air amphitheater, an archery range and a vegetable garden. Camp Yomi is for kids ages 4½ to 9, while Yomi Seniors (ages 10 to 11), in addition to all the regularly scheduled programming, get day trips to sporting events and amusement parks and an overnight camping excursion to the Poconos, plus more freedom in choosing their activities. Ages 4½–11.

  1. Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, 667 Blauvelt Rd, 10965
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American Museum of Natural History: Adventures in Science

  • Price band: 2/4

Covering everything science from astronomy to zoology, little ones can take advantage of all the resources the American Museum of Natural History has to offer at this educational camp. They go on interactive tours of museum exhibits, then apply their new knowledge to classroom projects. Kids gaze at constellations in the Hayden Planetarium, identify gigantic fossilized bones in the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing, examine butterflies in an indoor tropical rainforest and study extreme weather in the exhibit “Nature’s Fury: The Science of Storms.” Ages 5–13.

  1. Central Park West, (at 79th St), 10024
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i2 Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Brainiacs love the hands-on activities at this STEM-focused camp. They participate in courses developed by MIT, Harvard, the American Museum of Natural History and other top institutions, learning about topics like Robotics & Electronics, Genetics and the Human Body, and Time/Space & Other Dimensions. Days are filled with cool, high-tech challenges, including analyzing their own DNA, engineering a vertical farm, creating an underwater ROV and building an interactive monster. Take note: i2 Camp enrollment is geared toward the abilities of rising fifth to rising eighth graders. Held at various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Ages 9–13.

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Writopia Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Delve deep into plot and character development in this awesome camp for writers. The Fiction & Fun program pairs them with a published author to bring stories to life, while the Playwriting & Performance sessions spur young playwrights to pen a piece and dabble in acting, singing and dance. Past summer trips have included visits to Penguin Random House and Peter and the Starcatcher. Ages 9–18.

  1. 155 W 81st St, suite A, (between Columbus and Amsterdam), 10024
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Inventgenuity Summer Day Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Faculty members at the Beam Center, where this camp is held, hail from all over the creative spectrum—they’re artists, engineers, musicians, filmmakers, designers and storytellers—but tech-savviness is their common denominator. Under their watch, campers create by exploring a single concept, theme or raw material using different media, such as woodworking, moviemaking, digital media and handcrafting. Last year’s campers studied color, balance, interactive art and stop-motion animation, and got their hands dirty making terrariums and photo-cell theremins, among other wacky scientific creations. Ages 7–11.

  1. 60 Sackett St, (at Van Brunt St), 11231
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Center for Architecture Foundation Summer@theCenter

  • Price band: 2/4

Think your kid is the next Frank Lloyd Wright? They can design away in this engaging summer program at the Center for Architecture Foundation, where students learn how buildings go from the blueprint to the skyline. Each week, campers focus on a new architecture and design topic, such as model making, urban planning, computer graphics and engineering. Their days are filled with art projects, building activities, design challenges and visits to building sites around NYC to see real architecture in action. Kids create their own mixed-media design projects inspired by the city and show them off to parents at the end of each week. Ages 8–17.

  1. 536 La Guardia Pl, (between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts), 10012
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Museum of the Moving Image Summer Media Camps

  • Price band: 2/4

Young auteurs get into the creative side of technology in this camp at the Museum of the Moving Image. With the guidance of trained artists and educators, campers make their own movies, animation and video games using Moving Image technology. They also draw inspiration for their weekly projects from the museum’s many galleries and collections and even get some face time with media-world professionals. Each week ends with a special showcase of students’ work. Ages 9–13.

  1. 36-01 35th Ave, (at 37th St), 11106
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HYPOTHEkids

Aspiring scientists get superior instruction from Columbia University faculty and students in this 10-week camp, sponsored by biotech incubator Harlem Biospace. Each week focuses on a different STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) theme, such as biomedical engineering, structural design and green energy. HYPOTHEkids campers explore these engaging topics through hands-on experiments and projects, such as designing rockets, making mechanical objects and 3-D printing. Keepsake lab coats and badges make them feel like pros. Ages 4–12.

  1. 525 W 120th St, (between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway)
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Dazzling Discoveries STEM Summer Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

From robotics and software design to microscopes and meteorology, curious kids get a taste of several exciting STEM fields in this educational camp. Each week brings a fresh, hands-on lesson designed to teach children new skills and excite their imaginations. They’ll program walking robotic creatures using 3-D printers and investigate wild weather and water ecosystems, build miniature cities and perform scientific magic tricks using chemistry and electronic components and craft supplies. They might even get the chance to create a safe explosion! After a long day of tinkering, they can cool off in a sprinkler or whiz down a slip ’n slide in Dazzling Discoveries’ private, enclosed backyard. Ages 5–12.

  1. 971 Columbus Ave, (between 107th and 108th Sts), 10025
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Storefront Science

  • Price band: 2/4

Led by scientist and educator Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone, this program encourages kids to ask questions, form hypotheses and dig for answers through hands-on activities. Storefront scientists of years past have examined cells, atoms and the building blocks of life (“Too Small to See”), explored Gotham’s unique ecology (“Urban Naturalist”) and designed and built kinetic art, making machines that move, including robots (“Tinker Time”). The Upper West Side location is TBA, check the website for details. Ages 3–12.

  1. 728 W 181st St, (between Bennett Ave and Magaw Pl), 10033
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Camp Pixel

  • Price band: 2/4

You might be confounded by digital technology like Arduino programming or 3-D printing, but your savvy kid will be a pro after just one summer stint at Pixel Academy. Campers focus on two techie topics each week, such as Virtual Reality Game Design, Minecraft Modding, Digital Music and Laser Cutting, and demonstrate their new skills through creative, interactive projects. A guaranteed ratio of one expert instructor to five students ensures your kids get plenty of attention. Worried about screen fatigue? Camp days include regularly scheduled outside time at a local park, and lighthearted team challenges, like building the tallest paper structure, make for fun and engaging screen breaks. Healthy snacks and tasty, USDA-approved lunches from Red Rabbit provide much-needed brain food. Ages 7–12.

  1. 163 Pacific St, (between Clinton and Court Sts), 11201
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Camp Intrepid

  • Price band: 2/4

Welcome aboard the best summer program for kids obsessed with outer space, airplanes and life at sea! The program kicks off with Basics of Boot Camp, when young recruits find out if they have what it takes to be an Intrepid crew member through drills, obstacle courses and relay races. Throughout the rest of the summer, they cover navigation and maps (Sailing the Ancient Seas), explore international ports of call (Passport to the World), learn espionage techniques (Spy Science), space science (Hubble and Beyond!), engineering and physics (Submerged: Science of Submarines), and more. Those with a need for speed especially look forward to Wednesday afternoons, when they take a tour of the harbor, including a loop around Lady Liberty on Circle-Line’s Beast speedboat. Ages 5–13.

  1. Pier 86, W 46th St, (at 12th Ave), 10036
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Joffrey Ballet School Children's Summer Dance Camp

With tutus, fairy godmothers and glass slippers in the mix, no self-respecting little ballerina or danseur could say no to this youth dance camp. Tiny dancers (ages 3 to 6) can sign up for weeklong programs with a final performance like Sleeping Beauty, in which wee ones follow feathered Odette across an enchanted lake, or Cinderella, in which the princess’s fairies come to life through creative dances to Prokofiev’s score. Older kids ages 7 to 9 can dance through two-week sessions, trying on ballet, folk, hip-hop and jazz-contemporary techniques that culminate in a final performance for families, complete with group and solo numbers. Ages 3–9.

  1. 434 Sixth Ave, (between 9th and 10th Sts)
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Vital Children's Theatre Camps

  • Price band: 2/4

Known for its kid-friendly original musicals like Pinkalicious and The Butterfly Girl, the summer camp at Vital Children’s Theatre at St. Michael’s Church is for kids who crave the spotlight. Campers learn real production numbers from their favorite shows. Focusing on a new song from a different Vital musical each week, kids study voice, creative movement and choreography with professional teaching artists, participate in workshops on lighting, set and costume design and learn improvisation to help them develop their performance skills. Every Friday, campers put on a performance of the musical number they worked on all week. Ages 4–6.

  1. St. Michael's Church, 225 W 99th St, second floor, (between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway), 10025
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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:  a new indoor digital playground, computer and Wii 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. Explore all the camp's offerings in person at free open house sessions (11am–2pm on Mar 28,29; April 4, 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26; May 2, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24 and 30; June 6, 7, 13, 20 and 21). Ages 3 to 14.

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