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2019 Summer Camps for NYC Kids

Summer Camps

It’s the end of the school year! 

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Summer Camp

Basketball Summer Camp. Ages 5+; weekly Jun 17th – Aug 29th; 9am-4pm; John Jay College, Nord Anglia School, or Grace Church School.  NYC Basketball Kids will be hosting 11 weeks of star-studded basketball camps featuring NBA players such as Golden State Warrior Shawn Livingston, Portland Trail Blazer Enes Kanter, NBA Dunk Contest Champion Hamidou Diallo, Philadelphia 76er Tobias Harris, Knicks legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier, and more!  

Sign Up: Basketball Camp @NYC Basketball Kids


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  • Swim Summer Camp. Ages 5-14, weekly Jul 1st – Aug 23rd; Half Day or Full Day; Léman Manhattan Prep Upper School
    Grow & Learn with Physique Swimming this Summer! Their mission is to inspire campers, contribute to their long term development, broaden their horizons and change the way they view the world. 

Sign Up: Swim Camp @Physique Swimming

  • Swim & STEM Summer Camp. Ages 4-5, 6-7 & 8-12, various weeks Jun 24th – Aug 30th; Half Day or Full Day; Waterside Plaza
    Physique Swimming & NORY STEM – your dream camp is here! In the morning, innovators work in groups to solve problems in a collaborative and creative way with hands-on projects. In the afternoon, campers practice instructional swim three days a week.

Sign Up: Swim & STEM Camp with NORY & Physique Swimming


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  • Shibley Summer Day Camp. Ages 3-13; Full Summer; 9AM – 4PM; Full day including bus transportation; Long Island
    Each day children from Long Island, Manhattan, Queens & Brooklyn gather together in a beautiful setting in Northern Nassau County that feels like the Adirondacks. Campers swim 2x/day (American Red Cross swim instruction) and participate in a mix of athletics, arts, adventure and more activities.

Sign Up for a Private Tour @Shibley Day Camp


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  • Robots & Science Summer Camp. Ages 3-4, 5-7 & 8-12, various weeks Jun 24th – Aug 30th; Half Day or Full Day; Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn
    Your child will spend the day doing what they love and learning while they do it. Young innovators will use their strengths, as well as develop new skills, to program a robot and build circuits and structures.

Sign Up: Robots & Science Camp @NORY

  • S.T.E.A.M/Robotics Summer Camp. Ages 5-14, weekly Jul 8th – Aug 30th; 8:30am – 3:30pm; UES, Long Island City
    Snapology offers the best summer day camps around! With a different theme every week, your kids will love the fun camp topics and activities. Shh, don’t tell them it’s educational!

Sign Up: S.T.E.A.M/Robotics Camp @Snapology


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  • SUMMER DANCE & THEATRE CAMP. Ages 4-12; Weekly Jul 8th – Aug 30th; Half Day or Full Day; StuyTown/Peter Cooper
    I Can Do That NYC is New York’s most unique place for kids to learn to sing, dance and act by learning from Broadway professionals and a team of aspiring ICDT professionals. They learn different styles of dance, participate in theatre games, scene work, improv and singing with a live accompanist. Each week ends with a fun BROADWAY INSPIRED SHOW for family and friends. 

Sign Up: Dance & Theatre Camp @I Can Do That NYC


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  • Little Athletes Summer Camp. Ages 2 to 3.5, Jun 10th – Aug 2nd; 9am-12:30pm, UWS
    FunFit campers will enjoy an action-packed summerfull of games and adventures experienced through weekly themes, sports play and more. Sports include soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, hockey, volleyball, lacrosse and gymnastics. Daily events include music, dance, art, cooking, yoga and outdoor orienteering.

Sign Up: Little Athletes Camp @ FunFit Kids

  • Soccer & STEM Summer Camp. Ages 3-4 & 5-7; various weeks Jun 2410th – Aug 30th; Half Day or Full Day; Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn
    In the morning, innovators will develop new skills, to program a robot, build circuits, conduct experiments and more. In the afternoon, the athletes will learn the fundamentals of soccer with the pros of Super Soccer Stars.

Sign Up: Soccer & STEM Camp  with NORY & Super Soccer Stars


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  • Summer Chefs Camp. Ages 2-4, 4-7, 8-11 & 11-14, Jul 1 – Aug 30; check schedules; SoHo
    Freshmade NYC offers hands-on healthy cooking classes appropriate for all age groups.  

Sign Up: Summer Chefs Camp @Freshmade NYC


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Summer Entrepreneurship. Ages 5-10, Jul 29th – Aug 2nd; 9AM – 4PM; UWS

  • In this week of real-life adventure, children will learn to understand others’ needs, develop solutions to a problem and gain the courage to take risks as they develop their own business. Most importantly, they learn that being creative and driven is not only rewarding, but also a whole lot of fun!

Sign Up: Summer Entrepreneurship @NORY

Head of the Class Mom: Jacelyn Lisette

Head of the Class MOM

Meet Head of the Class Mom, Jacelyn Lisette, Founder of Midtown Movement and Dance Company  Located in Midtown East/Murray Hill, Midtown Movement and Dance Company offers Mommy & Me, many levels of Ballet/Tap, and Hip Hop dance classes. Take a Free Trial Class.

Tell us about yourself. Why did you start Midtown Movement and Dance?

Before starting Midtown Movement and Dance, I made a living as a freelance performer and teaching artist. I managed to find a perfect balance between both of my passions: performing and working with children. I was living the dream and truly enjoying what I was doing. Unfortunately, this line of work offered little security, no health benefits, and wouldn’t permit me to be a mother, the last dream I hadn’t yet accomplished. So when the opportunity presented itself for me to start my own company in the community where I had developed a great following of students and parents, I knew I had to close my eyes and leap. I knew that starting my own company would enable me to continue to pursue my passions and give me the flexibility to work with other great artists and eventually stay home with my newborn.

What is your secret to balancing work and family? Is there a balance?

There is totally a balance. Maintaining it is challenging, but I try to keep a 9-5 schedule whether I am at the studio or working from home. Once it’s dinner time, I enjoy the evening with my guys! I definitely find time to unplug and be in the moment with my family, but when you run your own business somehow you are always on the clock. Getting quality time in the evenings is really important so that your mind can settle down and you can remember the reasons why you work so hard. On the weekends, my husband and I love to get out of the house. We go for a walk with our son and grab some breakfast sandwiches on the way. We take turns going to the gym, and when my son goes down for a nap, I sit in a cafe to catch up on whatever business that needs to be tended to.

Share a funny story that helped you become a better parent and/or better at your job.

One thing I learned just before becoming a mom that I think has made me a better parent and better worker is: have a plan and be prepared for when the plan goes off the rails. My husband and I did everything the experts tell you to do when expecting your first child. We read all the books, attended birthing classes, and made a birth plan for the big day. Then our son came up with a plan of his own and our plans went right out the window. Now, I am always prepared if my plan to go off the rails, and I feel that it’s okay to improvise when it does. When things don’t go as planned, it’s best to keep calm, respond in the moment, and go with the flow to ultimately achieve the main goal.

What has been your biggest challenge and/or greatest reward in the struggle for work-life balance?

The biggest challenge has essentially been continuing to be the head of my business while starting my journey as a mom. I never quite took a maternity leave. I thought about hiring someone to oversee operations while I took 3 months off as most women do. But then, I asked my husband if he would take a leave from his city job and manage things for the business from home while being there for me and our son. It was the best decision we made because I was able to stay connected to my clients, which was important to me, and my husband had a chance to be close to us and learn how to care for his son. With this decision, I was able to continue working in some areas of my business that I am passionate about, while my husband got a chance to fully care for and bond with his son while I was working. When my son was 3 weeks old, I had to be away from him to work for a few days and although it was emotionally difficult for me, I felt good knowing that my husband would be able to care for him. It was very rewarding to be able to support my husband while he shared in the experience of caring for our newborn from the time he was born until he was 3 months old. That experience would not have been possible had it not been for my business.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you had kids?

That childcare is like paying another rent!

If you could give other parents one piece of advice, what would it be?

Go to bed early! As much as you want to stay up after your kids go to sleep and catch up on the latest episode of your favorite show, go to sleep. I can say that I don’t feel sleep deprived even though I am waking up every 3-4 hours to nurse. I try to be in bed by 9pm every night so that I can still get about 8 hours of total sleep in between night feedings. It really helps to be rested and tackle the day or go off to work and be able to perform well.

Fun Favorites:

Favorite children’s book? From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. I love this book because it appeals to every kid. I use it in all my classes and the kids have so much fun listening to the story, calling out the animals they know, and of course moving their body like the animals. After we play and explore with moving like each animal, I encourage them to say the recurring phrase loud and proud: “I can do it.” I think this is such a positive mantra for kids to learn early in life. I approach all my classes from this place. When kids seem timid or upset because a move is difficult, my teachers and I encourage them to simply try! However the students interpret the movement is a success for us because we are giving them the opportunity to grow at their individual level. I feel like I am giving them something that is more than a movement class. I am giving them the foundation for positivity in life and a deep sense of self-worth.

Favorite kids’ class? Creative movement. I love teaching creative movement because we can really play with the students’ interests while also teaching them basic movement and dance skills, mind-body awareness, and how to participate in a social setting. This class is a give and take between the teacher, the students, and the grown-ups. We come to class loaded with activities, ideas, and dramatic themes to play with, the kids come with their own instincts, and together, with the support of their grown-ups, we create and explore movement and imagination.

Favorite thing to do with your family on weekends? Right now, my son is really into strolling. He is so interested in everything going on and he is so content sitting in his stroller strolling around our neighborhood. I thought he would get upset with not seeing us but he is so happy sitting outwards facing the world! My husband and I take him out on the weekends for a long walk to our favorite breakfast spot. My son usually falls asleep and then my husband and I get some quality time to talk and catch up over breakfast.

Favorite rainy day escape? Get creative with a home improvement project. My husband and I think building IKEA furniture is so much fun! It’s like an adult puzzle! Pour me a cup of hot cocoa and I’m ready to build.

For NYC Kids, Summer Camp Options Abound!

Finding the best NYC summer camp for your child can be hard, but using the variety the city offers to your advantage can help a lot. The phrase “there’s something for everyone” is overused, but when it applies to camp in New York, it’s practically an understatement. Not only is there a great camp option for every child—regardless of interest—usually there is more than one. A great place to start your NYC summer camp search and browse many options in one place is Kidz Central Station!

If you already know the kind of specialized NYC summer camp you are looking for, here are some suggestions:

Theater Camp. Home to Broadway, New York is the theater capital of the world, so it isn’t surprising that there are many options when it comes to the performing arts for kids. New Victory Theater Camp NYCNew Victory Theater—one of the most beloved children’s theaters in NYC, offers several different week-long camps for ages 7–11, led by teaching artists who are professional theatrical performers. Created by a Broadway veteran, I Can Do That NYC also offers a summer musical theater experience, and has programs for kids as young as three and a half years, as well as summer camps for kids up to 10 years old. Broadway by the Day at CenterStage (for kids age 3–9) offers a blend of traditional camp with the fun of musical theater and all the flexibility that its name implies.

Noah Syndergaard Baseball Procamp New YorkSports Camp. Soc Roc’s soccer summer camp teaches new athletic skills to young athletes (ages 3–4 yrs) right in New York’s own backyard—Central Park. Also in Central Park is Bulldog Ball Club’s beloved baseball camp for ages 6–12. (Make sure to also check out their popular Hamptons summer day camp option as well!) And for a truly unique New York sports camp experience, check out ProCamps Worldwide, which offers mini camps where kids learn from and interact with top professional athletes such as NBA all-star Ray Allen and New York Mets superstar pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

Taste Buds Kitchen's Around the World CampSee the World. New York is an international city, and there are great NYC summer camp options that reflect this fact. So send your child on a trip around the world without leaving home! Language Workshop for Children brings its proven language learning method for kids to summer camp, offering your choice of French camp, Spanish camp, Chinese camp, Italian camp and ESL camp, all for ages 3–8. There is also no better (or at least no more delicious) way to learn about the world’s cultures than through food. At Taste Buds Kitchen’s Around the World camp for ages 4–13, children whip up recipes from different countries each day, while their Urban Foodies camp (ages 11 and up) combines cooking in the kitchen with a visit to a different international food vendor in NYC each day.

Tech Camp. New York City also offers great tech, STEM, and coding summer camp options! New York Code Design Academy offers a variety of programs for ages 8–15, from game coding and Minecraft modding to building iOS apps. Or, for children age 5–11, Pixel Academy New York CampBricks 4 Kidz camps use Legos to teach STEM concepts, including engineering, robotics, and computer video editing. Then there’s Pixel Academy, which offers a broad range of week-long camps for ages 7–14, and allows kids to use cutting-edge technology to incorporate exploration and creativity into the summer experience.

Still not sure about the best NYC summer camp for your child? Check out Kidz Central Station for more information and many more ideas!