If your mini athletes can't get enough of the World Cup and love passing, punting and shooting, then these soccer camps for kids might be the summer activity you were looking for. From honing in on skills to competing against friends, these NYC soccer camps provide a great way for kids to spend their days off from school.
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Head to the Field House at Chelsea Piers if your kid is looking to be the captain of the school soccer team. Campers will be exposed to skills training, strength training, lectures with the pros and much more. Youngsters will have fun going through drills and scrimmaging with friends. Ages 9–14.
Kids can practice in the home of the Columbia Lions while sharpening their soccer skills, learning about the game on a professional level and bonding with teammates along the way. The West Side Soccer League and New York Red Bull's camp is a great way to advance on the field. Ages 7–14.
Kids of all skill levels get their kicks in these specialized soccer camps that aim to improve motor skills and facilitate teamwork on the field. Little ones learn to dribble in a noncompetitive atmosphere and embrace their creative sides in Mini Camps that combine soccer and Private Picassos! art classes (ages 2½–5). Fun in the Sun camps (ages 3–5) get youngsters acquainted with the sport through outdoor drills and scrimmages, while Junior Kick It sessions (ages 3–5) lets campers build their skills inside. Older kids will want to get in on the Kick It camps (ages 6–10), where they practice with professional coaches and go for the goal during daily, 55-minute World Cup games. Ages 2.5–10.
Kids will be engaged all summer long at this exciting and active camp. Choose one day, one week or the entire summer session for a variety of science and arts programs. Kids will participate in sports, including soccer and acrobatics; explore their artistic side through music, dance, drama, jewelry-making and ceramics and learn more science and tech through Oslo iPad Technology, cooking and LEGO workshops. They’ll also be plenty of time for play with trips, a bouncy house and sprinklers to cool off during the dog days of summer. Ages 3.5-12.
Little ones can try their hand at a variety of sports this summer thanks to Temple Israel. One day they'll be swinging a bat, the next they will be shooting hoops or kicking field goals. But these summer activities are not limited to sprots; campers will also get to participate in story times and DIY arts and crafts projects. An outdoor version of the camp is offered at Randall's Island from June 4–20 and costs $750 per week. Ages 2.5–9.
With two huge locations—the original five-and-a-half-acre Upper East Side campus and the 52,000-plus-square- foot Battery Park City location—active children can look forward to a summer filled with every sport under the sun at Asphalt Green. Plus, there are event ways to show off their creative sides with circus arts, theater, music, yoga, creative writing and arts and crafts. Kids who think of themselves as more shark than human will be in an aquatic paradise, as each day includes swim sessions. Kids also show off their camp spirit during special events like talent shows, crazy hat day and color war, while older campers can sign up for field trips such as seeing the Mets play at Citi Field. Ages 4.5–13.
Now offering five locations around the city, Kids in the Game instills an "I can!" mentality in your children. Campers learn through movement play, sports and creative enrichment during the program. Who doesn't love singing, art, Zumba, STEM projects, yoga, theater, pool days and field trips (just to name a few of the great things Kids in the Game offers)? 620 Isham St (212-634-7262) • 147 W 70th St (212-634-7262) • 452 W 260th St, Bronx • 588 6th St, Brooklyn. Ages 4–14.