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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

City Parents Love Shibley Day Camp

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“You want me to put my 5 year old on a bus from Manhattan to Long Island every day this summerare you crazy? 

We often hear these words or see the wheels spinning in parents’ heads when we talk about campers coming to Shibley Day Camp from Manhattan. In fact, a large percentage of our campers do come from the east side of Manhattan in addition to areas in Queens like Long Island City and Forest Hills; and parts of Brooklyn including Park Slope. 

So why do parents send their children in droves from the city every day to day camps on Long Island? We asked a mix of first time Shibley families and veterans and here were some of their answers: 

I feel so grateful to have found Shibley for my daughter. I’m so glad that I can give her the perfect summer camp for a city kid; one where she is outdoors in the sunshine, swimming in the pool and running in the grass every day. She comes home exhausted with dirty knees and crazy hair. Most importantly, she comes home happy. – Mrs. Grillo 

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“Sending our children out of the city for summer camp was the best decision we could have made.  We love our city living most of the year, but the amazing landscape at Shibley provides a true camp experience and the ability to be outdoors for activities as much as possible – a luxury no local camp could provide.  While the bus ride to and from was my greatest hesitation, this was actually one of their daily highlights. They made friends outside of their groups and age bracket which made them feel even more connected to the Shibley community.  I know it was a good thing when I offered to pick them up from camp one day and they both quickly responded ‘NOOOO!'”– Mrs. De Angelis

Shibley Day Camp“As much as we love the city, you can’t beat the variety, offerings, and outdoor facilities that a suburban day camp has to offer. The minute my active little city-bird saw Shibley, he asked if he could go there over the summer. We’re confident that it’s the right choice for us.” – Mrs Goldenberg  

“We knew it was time to give Marco a taste of suburban life when he saw the Shibley Day Camp promotional video and said “look, it’s in the jungle!”  There’s more to life than steaming hot sidewalks and fenced-in city parks. We wanted to give him the opportunity to spend his summers running around in fresh air and green grass, and swimming in a beautiful outdoor pool.”-Mrs. Zambetti

Shibley Day Camp“…imagine not hearing the shrill of car horns and emergency vehicles for days on end.  Instead, imagine the magical sound of kids having fun in a truly natural setting.  My daughter loves escaping the noise of the city and enjoying full days filled with the sounds of nature…” – Mr. McLaughlin 

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Sending our daughter to Shibley from LIC was one of the best decisions we have ever made! Our daughter gets the opportunity to be active in the outdoors on a beautiful large suburban property while participating in so many activities including; swimming, ropes course, playgrounds, sports, color war…the list is endless. Shibley provides convenient busing, which is amazing especially for working parents. She is currently counting down the days until she goes back to camp!– Mrs. Fritz 

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This will be my daughters second summer at Shibley Day Camp, and the excitement in our home is at a whole new level! When is camp starting mom? How many more days again? Living in Manhattan is an amazing experience for my daughter and our family, but like every New Yorker and especially my child who is born in and being raised in NYC, you need a break every once in a while.  When my daughter was old enough she went to Shibley and upon her return from camp that afternoon her happiness and exhaustion was evident. The activities were beyond her imagination and the staff and counselors were just amazing even the bus ride home was an exciting adventure for her filled with fun and appropriate songs and games. City kids have benefits like no other children, but you should not pass up an opportunity to send them to a camp outside the hustle and bustle of the jungle of Manhattan. And make sure its a place like Shibley that your child will love just as much as their own home.– Mrs. Sticco 

Shibley Day Camp

I love sending my daughter to camp in the suburbs for so many reasons.  First and foremost is getting her to spend time outside surrounded by large lawns of green grass and giant shady trees. She learns about nature and escapes the concrete jungle.  Also, I love that there are various pools for swim instruction dedicated to each age level. My daughter finally learned to put her head under water and started to swim last year and now she runs and jumps into the water with no fear. This year she will work to pass the deep water test. Let’s not forget about the bus! I feel like my daughter grew up on that bus, gained independence, developed patience and made great friendships with boys and girls of different ages.  Lastly but equally important are all the outstanding activities that take place outside like carnivalOlympicsrelay racesbungee .. and so much more.. We love Shibley Day Camp! – Mrs. Fastenberg 

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“The environment is such a departure from more urban settings. It’s like having a relative with a country house who lets your kids go run, swim and play all day (under adult supervision). Their summer days don’t crawl by looking for things to do. Every day is spent in a beautiful wooded sanctuary that gives my children the feel of a upstate sleep-away camp. But I get the added bonus of seeing them at the end of every day, exhausted and relaxed as they regale me with the stories of their adventures. Without a haven like Shibley, my kids would probably never lay back on the grass and watch the clouds on a beautiful summer day like they were in their own backyard. They don’t have to compete with neighborhood kids for a hot swing on a blacktop playground. They don’t have to wonder how they will fill their hot summer days in a concrete jungle. Instead, all four of my children learned to swim from Red Cross certified instructors, they climbed rock walls, played softball, hockey, basketball and gaga….Over the many years I have realized it is a different kind of friendship that forms over the summers, when you only see each other for a few months. Those relationships are special. They will have these camp friends for a lifetime. – Mrs. Haberstumpf

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Book a private tour today so we can show you our beautiful, private and wooded 20+ acre facility!

Contact heath@shibleydaycamp.com or call us at (516) 621-8777. 

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How to Prepare Your Child for Sleepaway Camp

campfireFor some children, heading off to an overnight summer camp is natural and easy, and their parents aren’t too concerned. For others, especially those who are younger, more prone to anxiety, or who have special needs, the approaching first day of camp can be daunting.

Whether your child is spending a week or the whole summer away from home, here are a few tips to help you prepare your child (and yourself!) for a smooth transition to camp.

Manage your own anxiety.
Maybe you’re questioning your decision to send your daughter away to camp at her young age. Maybe you’re nervous that both you and your son will spend the first few nights of camp crying. Fears are natural, but don’t let your kids know how worried you are!

Take care of yourself and your needs first. Speak to friends and family about your anxiety, but make sure that you convey an excited, optimistic attitude when talking to your child. Remind yourself why you wanted to send her to camp in the first place. Making new friends, learning new skills, playing in the fresh air, and gaining a sense of independence are all wonderful experiences that will benefit her. You can also look forward to getting a brief respite from parenting duties while she’s away!

Whatever you do, never tell your tell child that you will miss him too much or that you wish he could stay home. If he asks if you’ll miss him, let him know that you love him, but that you want him to be at camp and that you can’t wait to read his letters and hear all about camp when he gets home.

Preview the camp schedule.
For anxious children or those who have difficulty adjusting to new routines, checking out the camp’s daily schedule together can be beneficial. These are often available on the camp’s website. If you can’t locate it, email the camp and ask for the schedule for your child’s age group.

With your child, review when wake up, bedtime, mealtimes, and activity periods will be. If he has been waking up and going to sleep on a drastically different schedule, slowly adjusting to the camp’s schedule can help make it more likely that he’ll fall asleep easily when he arrives. Taking a look at photos on the camp website to preview the new surroundings can also be useful.

Make sure to read the list of activities that are offered at camp. Generate excitement for both of you by talking about which new things your child wants to try at camp!

Let the camp know about your child’s special needs.
If your child has special needs, chances are that you have already discussed them with the camp director. If not, make a phone call or send an email to the camp administration to let them know. They will be glad that you shared information that will make the start of camp easier for both your child and for her counselors.

Full-time camp staff are childcare professionals who have seen and heard it all, so don’t worry about upsetting them with this information. Many children who require unique diets, have psychiatric diagnoses such as ADHD, or who have behavior problems in school have wildly successful summer camp experiences.

Although you might feel anxious and want to call multiple times, restrict yourself to one or two communications with the camp before the first day, unless the camp indicates that more are necessary, as camp directors are extremely busy just before and during the summer season.

Practice spending nights away from home.
If your child has rarely spent the night outside the comfort of her own bedroom, practice for the camp experience by having her sleep at friend’s and family member’s houses a few times before camp begins. Don’t call her to say goodnight; allow her to become accustomed to doing her bedtime routine under the watchful eye of another adult. When she returns home, praise her for her success at staying by herself.

Your child might ask if he can come home if he changes his mind about a sleepover or about camp. Reiterate that you’re confident that he will have a great time without you. Prepare him for the experience by saying, “A lot of kids feel homesick on their first few nights away. It’s okay if you feel that way or if you don’t feel that way. If it happens to you, don’t worry that it means you won’t have a good summer anyway.” Never promise your child that you will pick him up if he feels homesick.

Let go.
Once your child arrives at camp, the staff will take care of her needs. If there’s a problem that you need to know about, they’ll call you. Enjoy your freedom and give yourself time to relax while the children are away. Remember, whatever happens, your child will be home in a few weeks!

hassFrom the Real Experts at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone:

Arielle Walzer, MA, PsyM, is a psychology extern at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, and a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University.

5 Important Things to Consider When Choosing a Summer Camp

Text Summer camp written with chalkDespite the freezing temperatures and snow covering the ground, many parents are starting to think about the important decision of where to send their kids to summer camp. Especially if it’s your child’s first time, it’s important to make an educated, informed decision that best fits your family. But what factors are the most important to consider when choosing a summer camp? Check out the following five important things to consider from Paul Isserles, director of Buckley Day Camp!

Culture. Camp culture is what will make or break the camp experience for campers and their parents, so parents need to make sure the camp they choose has the right feel for their family. “Camp should be a place where campers and families feel positive and are comfortable to be themselves,” says Isserles. A great way to get a sense for the culture of a camp is by talking to the owners about their camp’s culture, visiting/attending a camp open house, and talking to families whose children have attended during previous summers.

Structure. It’s important that parents understand the structure of a camp’s program—both for now and for their child in the future. Is the camp a traditional one or is it more elective based?  Is it more trip-based? It’s important to know what you’re looking for and find a program that fits your child. So if your child is very athletic and you’ve found a camp that doesn’t put much emphasis on sports, you may want to continue your search to find camps with more of an athletic focus.

Philosophy. Listen to how the camp administration talks about children—this will set the tone for how the staff work and act every day.  It will also tell you a lot about what the camp’s philosophy is about working with children. The people who run your child’s camp should operate under a philosophy you relate to and believe in! The more you talk to the owners/administration of a camp, the more you will understand their philosophy behind running it.

Staffing. It’s important to ask the following questions in relation to staffing: How is the camp staffed? What is the staff-to-child ratio for each age group and the camp overall? What are the qualifications of the staff working with my child? What kind of training is done with the staff before camp? What is the retention rate of the staff? Make sure you are totally comfortable and happy with all of the answers, as the counselors and administration will be keeping watch over your most precious creation all summer long.

Flexibility. “Families should understand how flexible a camp is with changing weeks, absences, allergies etc.,” explains Paul.  Especially if you have unique circumstances that require a degree of flexibility, it’s important to know how accommodating a camp is when you’re looking so that there are no surprises once the summer begins.

So now that you know what to consider when choosing a summer camp, search Kidz Central Station to find the perfect camp for your child this summer!