The best science camp programs for kids in NYC

NYC's coolest science camp programs for kids are guaranteed to keep curious minds active and engaged this summer

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Photograph: Courtesy Curious Jane Camps

Ready those lab coats and beakers—NYC's science camp programs are a must for curious kids. 

While you're planning the ultimate summer bucket list and searching for the best summer activities for kids, make sure to take check out venues such as KoKo NYC, Brooklyn Robot Foundry, MoMath and more for great camp offerings. 

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to summer camps in NYC.

Not only do these science camps for kids provide insight into new fields—biology, coding, engineering, robotics—but they offer a chance for youngsters to meet new friends and gain confidence in a new setting. Added bonus? Many science camp programs include field trips and quintessential summer fun, so your kiddos will be able to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities, like swimming and recess, too.

Cheers to all things science in summer 2019! 

Science camp programs in NYC

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Design-Make-Play Innovation Camps

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Explore the galaxy, get an up-close- and-personal look at a Madagascar hissing cockroach and create a unique invention from scratch, all thanks to the New York Hall of Science’s Design-Make-Play Innovation Camps. Broken up according to age, children deep-dive into a particular area of science: animal adaptations (ages 6–7), astronomy (ages 8–9) and STEM (ages 10–13). Museum staffers guide youngsters through activities, exhibitions and projects throughout the session. Upon completion, attendees will receive a certificate and free NYHS student membership for six months—score! Ages 6–13.

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Curious Jane Summer Camps

icon-location-pin Midtown West

Nothing is off limits for young girls with big dreams, and this summer program proves it. Curious Jane, the masterminds behind the eponymous DIY magazine, offers pint-size artists in the third through sixth grades the opportunity to select a theme for a weeklong program. “Kitchen Chemistry,” “Stop Motion,” “Sew Fun” and “Spy Science” are just a few of the offerings on the menu. Chances are, once the first session wraps up, your little camper will request a return ticket. Extended hours and discounts for families with multiple enrollments are available. Ages 7–12. 

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Manhattan College Summer Day Camps

icon-location-pin The Bronx

At this camp, kids will get a taste of college life a few years ahead of schedule. Manhattan College opens up its quaint campus to youngsters looking to explore new areas that might not necessarily be on their school’s syllabus. Educators across the Bronx gather for the summer to help campers tackle coding, moviemaking, photo editing and many more exciting subjects. For those who have science on the brain, prepare for a day filled with interactive experiments that will make kids better understand the scientific thinking and the fundamentals of different areas. Ages 6–12. 

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Soap-Box Summer Camp

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Before daring kiddos vie for the top prize in KoKo NYC’s Derby race, they have to build their own cars from the ground up during the Soap-Box Workshop. After gathering materials, making calculations and building their speed machines, tech-savvy campers will test their inventions before the big race, learning STEM fundamentals along the way. On your mark, get set, go! Ages 7–14. 

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Dazzling Discoveries STEM Summer Camp

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Kids can tinker with new tools while exploring STEM and tech at Dazzling Discoveries. The sky's the limit this summer, and campers can choose from topics such as robotics, engineering, coding, science experiments and more. Programs are offered for a variety of ages, so all scientists can hone their skills. Ages 5–17.

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NORY STEM Summer Camp

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NORY lets children's imagination flourish during its summer camp offerings. With the help of various themes and projects—game design, sports science, inventing for good, to name a few—the program encourages kiddos to try their hand at their own creations with STEM-based learning. Not only will they have the opportunity tackle inventions, but they'll have time to enjoy a few laps in the pool with the Swim & STEM camp or scrimmage against friends in Soccer & STEM. For 2019, NORY will open up three new locations and expand its weekly project offerings. Learn more about the fun that awaits your kiddos this summer. Those who use the code "earlybird" before Feb 15 will receive 10 percent off. Various locations. Ages 3–12.

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icon-location-pin Cobble Hill

For a full day of screen time parents can feel good about, 
check out the state-of-the-art technology camps offered at
 Pixel Academy. With various locations and tools for exploring the new frontiers of computers
and programming, children can get hands-on experience working with 3-D printers, developing
and creating video games and learning about Volume, a cutting-edge virtual- reality experience that requires no goggles or headset. Campers can enjoy topics such as Minecraft creation, Roblox coding, mobile games and so much more.
 Ages 7–13.   

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iD Tech Camps

icon-location-pin Morningside Heights

You’ll be seriously jealous of your tech-savvy kids after one of iD Tech’s crash courses in the latest computer skills and software. iD Tech's programs are held at over 100 campuses across the nation and run anywhere from one to four weeks. iD Tech also offers a small student-to-instructor ratio, which means your kiddos get plenty of attention in subjects like Minecraft modding, Java and C++, photography and robotics—buckle up for an epic summer! Ages 7-19.

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i2 Camp

icon-location-pin Midtown West

Little brainiacs love the hands-on activities at this STEM-focused camp! They'll try out cool courses developed in conjunction with MIT, Raspberry Pi and the United States Naval Academy to learn about time and space, robotics and electronics and the human body. Ages 9–13.

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Camp Intrepid

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Thanks to several unique offerings from the Intrepid Museum this summer, kids are sure to find a program they'll love! Many of the programs, including Spy Science (which focuses in on the concept of cracking codes like Sherlock Holmes) also offer camps at various age levels. This is the perfect place for scientists-in-the-making and junior history buffs. Ages 5–13.

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RoboFun Camp

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Curious minds can explore new areas during this STEAM-themed program. Campers dive into robotics, building their own creations with sensors, motors and LEGO's WeDo software. They can also try out coding, video game creation and animation. Ages 3–12. 

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Carmelo the Science Fellow Camp

icon-location-pin Carroll Gardens

If your tyke is the type who prefers beakers to beaches, consider a week of experimentation at Carmelo the Science Fellow. Each five-day session tackles a different science, so there’s something for every budding physician, astronaut or engineer. The emphasis on teaching lab lessons using the interests of kids—such as the chemistry of baking delicious treats or the physics of comic book superheroes—might encourage even classroom-averse children to enjoy the wonders of science.
 Register here. Ages 5–10. 

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Launch Math & Science Centers Camp

icon-location-pin Upper West Side

Offering great camps for toddlers, kids and tweens with curious minds, Launch Math + Science Center is a go-to for those who are looking to learn more about the world around them. For the Pre-K set, tykes might enjoy a camp that focuses in on things like coding, our solar system or physics. Older kids have the opportunity to partake in coding and animation-dedicated programs, robotics or chemistry! Peruse a full list of 2019 offerings here. Ages 5–12.

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McBurney Robotics Camp

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Budding engineers will create, problem solve and make incredible memories along the way with McBurney Robotics Camp. Kids will get to dabble in science, technology, engineering and math, but that's not the only thing they'll get to enjoy. McBurney also offers fun traditional camp activities such as swimming and making crafts. Ages 6–8.

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Brooklyn Robot Foundry Camps

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You don’t have to be an advanced engineer to build a robot—at this interactive camp, kids create bots that walk, dance and even swim. Campers will assemble robots of all kinds and test their creations in different environments, plus there are even a few girls-only camps Brooklyn Robot Foundry offers summer camps in various Brooklyn and Manhattan locations, so there's something for everyone. All ages.     

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NYC Kids 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, providing appropriate activities for each from dress-up and storytelling for the little ones to science classes and swim lessons for the older children.Other daily adventures may take youngsters to famous NYC attractions. Ages 2–12.

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Staten Island Museum Earth Camp

icon-location-pin Midtown West

Every morning, campers 
head to local parks and green
spaces to decode the secrets of
these natural habitats. They document cool finds (
crawling critters, colorful birds and
 animal tracks) and conduct research in the camp’s library. The 
extended day camp option, which includes an extra three hours of investigating the wetlands and trails around Snug Harbor, is available for an additional fee. Please note that the 2019 schedule is not yet available, but you can call  718-483-7103 for more information. Ages 8–13.

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MoMath Summer Camp

icon-location-pin Chelsea

Mathematics might get a bad rep in school, but MoMath makes the subject a whole lot more interesting, especially when there’s no homework or tests! Campers are divided by grade level: the Epsilons (first to third grade) and Deltas (fourth to sixth grade). Throughout the week, they tackle creative projects and interactive programs while exploring new and unfamiliar areas of the field that often aren’t taught at school—Perplexing Puzzles and Game Theory, to name a few. When it’s time to refuel, the groups venture across the street to Madison Square Park for lunch, weather permitting. Ages 6–12.

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Center for Architecture Camp

icon-location-pin Greenwich Village

Young New Yorkers who never cease to be amazed by skyscrapers can imagine and build their own models—after they’ve learned how to handle the design challenges of really tall structures. Similar five-day programs exist for treehouses and bridges, and other offerings allow future architects to study digital design using 3-D computer modeling or old-school freehand drawing. For the latter, campers explore the city to sketch various architectural wonders. In all sessions, participants take home the projects they create. Grades 3–12.

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NYC Kids 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, providing appropriate activities for each from dress-up and storytelling for the little ones to science classes and swim lessons for the older children.Other daily adventures may take youngsters to famous NYC attractions. Ages 2–12.

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Marymount STEAM Camp

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Nurture your little scientist with STEAM projects and topics during the summer at Marymount Manhattan. Kids can learn how science is an integral part of catching the bad guys during the CSI course or learn what surgeons deal with on a daily basis with the surgical technique course. There's a bit of everything for all interests: coding, biology, video animation, engineering and so much more. Field trips and swimming instruction are not included in science, engineer and design camps. Grades 4–8. 

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