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NYC Parks summer camp programs are suspended this year

Things are going to look a little different this year.

Written by
Danielle Valente

Summer is going to look a little different this year. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio released New York City’s Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2021, and it includes cuts that we can expect in the coming months: In 2020, we won't be able to access outdoor public pools and the NYC Parks Department summer camps will not take place as planned.  

According to the document, there will be the "suspension of 1,000 summer camp slots run by Parks Department for the 2020 season" (the entire program). Typically, this summer offering for kids ages 6–13 is based on a lottery system and is a low-cost option (roughly $500) that gives participants access to sports, STEAM activities field trips and other cool things to do within their borough. 

Although it's unclear how things will unfold in the coming weeks—and whether or not other camps will follow suit—there has been a temporary shift to the digital space, as museums and events are bringing their offerings online. Believe it or not, camp is going virtual, too: Summer Camp Online is dedicated to live kids' courses in different areas—writing, acting, crafting, cooking—and allows children to participate in cool activities from all over the country. (Parents can email for information about private virtual classes that their kiddos can take with friends.)

We'll definitely be making some adjustments as the season approaches, but a safe NYC is the first priority. Mom and Dad: If you're feeling overwhelmed about where to turn, check out our favorite activities to do with kids while your family is spending time in

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