NYC sports camp helps kids build confidence, learn about leadership and teamwork, and encourages meeting new friends! Why not sign 'em up for a sports camp program this summer so they can get the most out of their time off from school?
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Best sports camp for kids
Sports team practices are a great way to keep kiddos active outside of the classroom, but if they have a hard time choosing one activity, let them sample several at this high-energy after school program. Gymnastics, baseball, soccer, dance and self-defense are all on offer at this massive sports facility, with guidance from trained instructors to help kids improve their physical fitness. Pick-up from area schools is included, plus they’ll fuel up with a snack get help with homework before heading home. Ages 5–12.
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. There is basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, martial arts, baseball—plus 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.
For six decades, children have escaped sweaty summers in cramped NYC apartments for 25 acres of mountains, lakefront and air- conditioned cabins. While certain activities are a given—lunch (duh) and two swim periods (excellent instructors are on hand for beginners and for experienced kids looking to perfect their strokes)—a wide range of other activities spanning arts, sports, recreational fun and outdoor adventure leave lasting impressions. Campers enjoy the natural lake aboard bumper boats, canoes and paddleboards, get their thrills on the zip line and climbing walls, sing and dance their hearts out in performing arts classes and try their hardest at various sports (among them tennis, softball, fencing and cricket). Ages 3–15.
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.
Court 16 offers both full-day and half-day camps for toddlers, kids and tweens with a ratio of one instructor to five children (needless to say, everyone gets personalized attention)! They'll practice their skills on five indoor USTA-sanctioned 36" tennis courts built specifically for child athletes, plus they'll enjoy plenty of great activities off the court, too, including arts & crafts, table tennis and fun guest speakers. Ages 3–11.
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.
Step right up and be a part of your own amazing three-ring circus. As part of the camp, young acrobats swing on the trapeze, flip the day away on the trampoline and balance on a tightrope. They learn the techniques of real-life action hero (and Macarthur Grant Winner), Elizabeth Streb, whose motion lexicon Pop Action combines stage and street performance art. Ages 6–13.
It’s conveniently located minutes from the George Washington Bridge in scenic Rockland County, New York, but kids still feel like they’ve gotten out of town on the 25-acre mountainside grounds, complete with six swimming pools, seven tennis courts, a 1,000-square-foot air conditioned dance studio, lake access and multiple sports fields. This family-owned camp offers expert instructors to teach skills in swimming, fine arts, performing arts and more—plus, there are plenty electives to choose from (kids can try cooking international street foods, play in a rock band and tend to an organic garden)! Ages 3–15.
Kids in the Game knows every kid deserves a chance to play! Here, sports-loving kids and tweens will get instruction in soccer, football, baseball/softball, flag football and even Zumba to keep their hearts pumping throughout the day! Kids in the Game also includes academic classes that help improve reading, writing and math skills plus fun weekly field trips including Mets and Yankees games. Campers will be divided into age-appropriate groups for daily activities but will participate in larger group activities and special events throughout the day, and camp counselors include current and former college athletes, teachers, professional dancers and fitness coaches. Camp locations include the Good Shepherd School, 620 Isham St (212-634-7262) and School of the Blessed Sacrament. 147 W 70th St (212-634-7262). Ages 3–12.