Best sports camp for kids
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.
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 two swim sessions, one with instruction and another for free-swimming. Young’uns 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.
This behemoth sports facility is a go-to spot for active kids throughout the year, and summertime is no exception! Chelsea Piers has fifteen specialty sports camps on offer, including great picks like Ice Hockey and Ice Skating camp, Elite Soccer camp, Gymnastics, Basketball, Performance Golf and Urban Adventure for teens (think rock-climbing, sailing and kayaking). Ages 3–17.
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.
Tiger Strong NYC lets kids get in tune with their mind, body and spirit thanks to its summer camp offerings that combine both karate and yoga. Kiddies do get some down time as well. They'll be able to enjoy snack time, listen to a story and jam to music while working on a DIY project. Ages 3–6.
It might be titled "Soap Box Summer Workshop," but the whole goal of the camp is to get kids to think outside of the box. What seemed like an ordinary piece of metal or an item that could be discarded might actually be the part that's required to build a car to complete in the Derby. Kids will work together to build their masterpiece and compete at the end of the summer in the big race on Aug 25. On your mark, get set, go! July 16–20 (10-14 year olds); July 23–27 (7–12 year olds); July 30–Aug 3 (7–12 year olds); Aug 6–10 (7–12 year olds); Aug 13–17 (7-12 year olds); Aug 20–24 (10–14 year olds). Ages 7–12
Energetic kids bone up on the rules and fundamentals of sports such as basketball, soccer, baseball and volleyball, then practice what they’ve learned in mini games. Youngsters are split into age-appropriate groups to ensure they get the more out of instruction from trained coaches and staff. A little friendly competition is the perfect cure for those who claim "I'm bored" on summer vacation. Ages 5–12.
Middle school and high school students will head into the water not only to row, but to learn how to work as a team and build strong friendships along the way. Head online to see the various programs for each level. Ages 12–18.
Over six three-hour sessions, taught by American Canoe Association certified instructors, young water lovers learn the rowing, balancing and steering techniques necessary to get them from beginner- to intermediate-level kayaking and paddleboarding. The course starts on the water around the Hudson River’s Pier 84 Boathouse, but at the end of the session kids embark on guided journeys down the river, where they’ll see Manhattan’s skyline from a brand-new perspective. Ages 10–16.
Formerly known as Harlem RBI, DREAM introduces young athletes to exercise through baseball and softball—but not before combating the summer slump with daily educational activities such as read-alouds. Children are divided by age into a league, then split into teams that play against one another throughout the summer. Although anyone can apply, priority is given to families residing in East Harlem and the South Bronx. Sessions are available in East Harlem, the South Bronx and now Newark. Ages 5–18.