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A Parent’s Review of Eye Level Learning Center

School is out and it is time for kids to have fun!  And Kidz Central Station recommends summer classes and camps to keep our kids engaged and recharged.   On many parents’ minds is how to keep “summer slide” at bay.  With our parents’ concerns in mind, we visited Eye Level Learning Center’s location in the East Village.

Eye Level review at Kidz Central Station

What is Eye Level?

Eye Level Learning Centers offer after-school and summer tutoring.  Eye Level follows state standards and provides Math and English instruction to supplement and enhance what our kids learn at school.  Specifically, Basic math covers Numbers, Arithmetic, Measurement, and Equations. Critical math includes Patterns and Relationships, Geometry, Measurement, Problem Solving, and Reasoning.  English focus areas include phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. Learn more at their national website.

One Parent’s Review

Both of my sons attend the Eye Level Learning Center in the East Village. They started in April/May 2018 and have continued this summer after taking June off.  My older son (3rd grader) is competitive and excels at academics and is a bit lazy.  My younger son (1st grader) has a learning delay and ADHD and is an extremely hard worker.  Both enjoy completing tasks and being rewarded for their accomplishments.  Eye Level has been wonderful for both of them!

Assessment

In our first appointment, the kids were given an assessment of both subject areas by the director of this center, Ryan Drucker.  This is a free assessment whether you continue with their services or not. Since I don’t always know what’s happening during the school day, I was happy to gain an understanding of where each one stood in comparison to their grade level and their overall strengths and weaknesses.  

Weekly Classes

We signed on for 6 months (4 tutor hours/month and ~$56/hour).  We attend weekly on Saturday morning so the boys can go together, which is a motivating factor for both of them.  My older son has an hour of English because he placed over a grade level ahead in Math.  The younger one has ½ hour of English and ½ hour of math. The older one sits with an instructor and 1 or 2 other students as the instructor rotates working individually with each student.  Due to his attention difficulty, the younger one has one-on-one instruction throughout the hour.  I has raised my concerns with Ryan and was very happy about the specialized attention.

What I really like is that each lesson is contained in a short booklet that is easily completed during the hour.  Then, homework is a booklet that follows this week’s lessons and is easily completed during the week. The younger son goes through a booklet per subject and then completes two booklets for homework.  The kids feel a real sense of accomplishment from finishing entire booklets.  You see the progress being made.

The space is small but packed with education materials and books and games.  The tutor hours are booked appropriately and we haven’t seen more than 5 kids including my two during our lessons.  Our teachers are very gentle and nice but do expect the kids to listen and work hard. The boys have worked well with them.  They give instructive feedback  at the end of every lesson.  

Most important for the kids, they are rewarded with star cards after each lesson that they can save to earn prizes or cash out immediately for small prizes.  It is amazing how cheap candies and toys can be such a motivation for kids. My boys love their star cards and “shopping” for prizes.

Results

Both of my sons have greatly benefited from Eye Level.  The older one needed the structure and feedback to stay focused.  He has worked on Reading Comprehension, Verbs (action, helping, linking, future tense, irregular) and compound sentences.  He is digging deeper into topics that are glanced over and in some cases not even broached in school. The younger one has developed his reading comprehension skills and grammar, as well as, learning to sit still for an hour. Examples of his lessons include repeating patterns and subtraction drills for Math.  Short vowels, sight words, and story elements for English. We are absolutely pleased with Eye Level!

6 Fun Soccer Classes & World Cup Facts

Soccer Classes Kidz Central StationWorld Cup 2018 kicks off June 14th with Russia v. Saudi Arabia and ends with the finals on July 15th.  Are your soccer loving kids looking for a way to join in the fun? We found 6 of the best places for kids to hone their soccer skills at an early age to get World Cup ready. 

But first, let’s kick off World Cup 2018 with 6 Fun Facts to impress your friends.

  1. The 2018 World Cup is in Russia.  Qatar will host in 2022.
  2. Uruguay hosted the first ever World Cup in 1930…and won!
  3. Brazil has won the tournament the most – 5 times.
  4. Germany has the most 2nd place finishes with 4.
  5. The most goals ever scored by one player in a World Cup match is 5 by Oleg Salenko of Russia.
  6. In 1954, Austria defeated Switzerland 7-5 in the highest scoring game in World Cup history.

 

Soccer Classes Kidz Central StationSoccer Classes in Manhattan

Soc Roc

5-star rated class  created by former pro soccer player James Christie.  Summer soccer classes are now underway until August 15th.  Sign up by age group: Ages 18 months to 4 yrs, Ages 2-3 , Ages 3-4, Ages 4-6, Ages 5-8.

Kids at Work

(1) Kick and Play Soccer for ages 12 months to 2 years is a soccer readiness program presented by Super Soccer Stars. (2) Super Soccer Stars for ages 2 to 3 years focuses on skill-building and scrimmages.

NORY

Soccer & STEM Summer Camp for ages 3 to 7 years works with the pros of Super Soccer Stars to to teach kids the fundamentals, e.g. dribbling, passing, and shooting.


 

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Soccer Classes in Queens

Long Island City Youth Soccer Academy

Soccer for Tots program for ages 2 to 4 years introduces the fundamentals. Summer Camps for ages 6 to 16 years is open to kids of all abilities.

Superkickers

Summer soccer classes for kids ages 2 to 8 years old begin July 5th. Locations: Jackson Heights, Astoria, Long Island City, Middle Village and Sunnyside.


 

Soccer Classes Kidz Central Station

Soccer Classes in Brooklyn

Aviator Sports

Everything from private lessons to various soccer classes for ages 18 months to 12 years!

NYC’s Top Rated STEM Summer Camps

NORY STEM summer camp

Our friends at NORY do what all of us parents strive to do, which is help our children “discover their talent and push the limits on what they can achieve.”  We often hear from our Kidz Central Station families how important it is to get their children exposed to and involved in STEM at an early age. We’ve found NORY to be the first step in getting this ball rolling.  

Thanks in great part to its state-of-the-art facilities and inspirational instructors, NORY has been rated NYC’s premiere STEM summer camp.  Budding innovators ages 3-12 create through collaborative project-based learning and design thinking challenges. An equal emphasis is placed on developing social skills (e.g. empathy, inquisitiveness, resilience) to help our kids embrace new ideas, learn from their mistakes, and then continue to create without fear.  These are the skills necessary to succeed in life.


Kidz Tips

  • NORY camps generally run from June 18 – Aug 31. Multi-week discounts are available!
  • 3 locations: Midtown East (E45th St), UWS (W76th St), FiDi (Pine St).
  • Shuttle bus service from/to LIC and UES to the Midtown East location
  • Healthy and organic lunch service provided by Little Green Gourmets
  • Early drop-off (8:15 AM), extended day (4-6 PM) and half-day options
  • Low camper to instructor ratio of 5:1

 

We reviewed four fantastic summer camp options: Soccer & STEM, Swim & STEM, Robots & Science, and Entrepreneurship.  

Robots & Science Summer Camp

NORY STEM summer campEach week introduces a new theme, such as Design Thinking & Civil Engineering, Theatre Science, Kitchen Science, Inventor’s Challenge, Rocket Engineering & Space Explorers and many more. In addition to science, other valuable skills emphasized are resiliency, teamwork, and inquisitiveness.  Each day includes a specialty activity from team sports to creative art projects to help develop soft skills relevant to the weekly theme.

Swim & STEM Summer Camp

NORY STEM summer campThis partnership between NORY and Physique Swimming is one we can’t stop raving about.  Campers swim every morning for a full hour of instructional swim with 15 minutes of fun led by Physique Swimming instructors at a nearby pool.  Campers return for lunch at 12 PM and spend the afternoon with NORY innovating with STEM projects that include Robot Building, Motion & Matter Physics, Blast Chemistry, Builder’s Engineer and more.  

Soccer & STEM Summer Camp

NORY STEM summer campCampers start the day by developing new skills, such as  programming a robot, building circuits, conducting experiments, etc. During the second part of the day, the pros of Super Soccer Stars teach kids the fundamentals of soccer: dribbling, passing, and shooting. Emphasis is placed on the enjoyment of the game, self-confidence and teamwork.

Entrepreneurship (aka The World’s Coolest Lemonade Stand)

NORY STEM summer camp

In this one week-long session, 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, young entrepreneurs will learn that being creative is not only rewarding, but also a whole lot of fun.

Things to do in Queens with Kids

Queens is NYC’s largest and most ethnically diverse borough.  It is fast gaining popularity with parents with such family friendly neighborhoods as Rego Park, Astoria, Forest Hills, and Long Island City.  Nice weather has arrived so it’s time to take advantage of some of the city’s most authentic food, best views of the Manhattan skyline, and Family Sundays at Citi Field (Go Mets!).   Hop the 7 train and begin your outing in Queens, NY!

Queens Kids Astoria Park views

View from Astoria Park

Queens Kids Special Events

On the early evening of Friday, June 1st, join Wildlife Conservation Society at Queens Zoo to learn about birds, meet farm animals, and see other animals up close. Enjoy cookies and milk and a fun story at  Pajama Story Time – An Animal Tale.

Then, spend the morning at the Queens Zoo on Sunday, June 3rd for Family Breakfast: Keeping up with Keepers.  Meet a keeper and learn about what it takes to care for some amazing animals!

Bring the kids to a NY Mets game at Citi Field for Family Sundays.  Arrive early for the pre-game party with all kid friendly games and activities.  Stay until the end of the game to run around the bases with Mr. Met.

Queens Kids Soccer

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Soccer class in Astoria Park

Soccer, Soccer everywhere.

And Superkickers is truly everywhere with locations in Jackson Heights, Astoria, Long Island City, Middle Village and Sunnyside.  The gooooaaal is to have fun, learn new skills and build self-esteem for kids ages 18 months to 12 years old.

Or spend your summer with Long Island City Youth Soccer Academy which has locations in Astoria Park and Long Island City.  Soccer for Tots classes are especially designed for introducing kids ages 2-4 and ages 4-5 to the game.  Summer camps for tots ages 2-5 and older kids ages 6-15+ are designed for soccer loving kids.

 
 

Queens Kids Music and Dance

The DanceSource is a renowned Dance studio in the Rego Park/ Forest Hills area.  Classes include: Ballet, Modern, Gymnastics (Acrobatics), Tap, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Zumba, Martial Arts, Bollywood, Barata Nathyam, Georgian Dance and Yoga. And if you love to dance and are looking for a party venue, The DanceSource will host your Bat/Bar Mitzvah, Quincinera, birthday or Wedding dances.  The 6 week summer program Arts Dance Music Camp offers Art, Dance and Music and swimming.

New York Stage of Mind is a music school in the heart of Long Island City.  They offer private Piano LessonsSinging Classesand guitar lessons, as well as, Musical Theatre programs focused on acting, singing, and dancing.  Take your little ones to Tunez for Totz for a music introduction.

Maybe you don’t want to leave the comfort of your beautiful Queens home.  In that case, invite the Willan Academy of Music’s experienced teachers to give in-home Piano, Violin, Guitar, Singing, Saxophone, or Flute lessons that are personalized to your child’s individual needs.

Queens Kids Art, Music and Birthday Parties

Okabaloo Queens Kids

OKABALOO FunArtFaktory – Arts & Fun Center deserves its own category – an arts and fun factory for Kids.  Sign up for anything from puppet shows, to summer camp, to a “Lego Guru” class.  Or take advantage of their bright, spacious studio to host your next party event!  Astoria mom Samantha Shlimbaum said, “Okabaloo is unique… most spaces in Astoria are small, but Okabaloo is perfect  to invite friends and family.  Also, they partnered with Fiddle Foxes which performed at my daughters 1st birthday party. I highly recommend them!”  

Queens Zoo Summer Camp

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo in Flushing hosts frequent special weekend events such as mentioned above and offers summer camp for every age from Toddler Camp  to KinderZoo to Week of Wildlife to Zoo Explorer to Junior Scientist.  Don’t miss the zoo!

Summer Camps in Murray Hill & UES

Last week, we featured summer camps in Downtown Manhattan, so now let’s head uptown and East.  Murray Hill  is a neighborhood in midtown Manhattan on the East side.  Full of families and boasting tons of restaurants and parks and tree-lined streets, this neighborhood is a great place to spend the day.  Go farther up the 6 train and you hit the Upper East Side, which is well-known for its kid-friendly activities.


Summer Camps in Midtown East/Murray Hill

Summer camps in Murray Hill Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Movement and Dance Company

Cultivate a passion for dance through music and creative movement, while establishing the foundation of ballet technique.  Classes are led by Miss Jackie. Camp runs Jul 30th 2018 – Aug 10th 2018. Mon-Fri 9am-12pm.

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CenterStage

Performing arts classes for kids all summer culminating in an end-of-semester performance for your children’s biggest fans (you!). Sign up any or all weeks Jun 18th 2018 – Aug 24th 2018.

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The Goddard School

Bring learning and FUN! to your young children’s pre-school experience.  Weekly themes include Engineering, Acting, Cooking, Soccer, Filmmaking, and so much more.  Field Trips each week and Splash Day on Friday. Age: 5 years and under.  Camp runs Jun 18th – Aug 30th 2018.   Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; inquire about half day option.

 

Physique Swimming

With NORY, this is an unique Swim and STEM summer camp.  Children ages 4 to 11 years can swim in the morning, then have lunch followed by an afternoon of STEM activities.   A half day Morning Camp Swim with Physique Swimming option is also available. Camp runs Jun 25th-Aug 31st 2018.

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NORY

NYC’s premier STEM Camp for aspiring innovators ages 3 – 12.   NORY offers 3 camps, including its partner camp with Physique Swimming.  All camps run Jun 18th 2018 – Aug 17th 2018.

 


Summer Camps in the Upper East Side

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Claire’s Creative Adventures

Summer camp explores new artists and museum exhibitions throughout the summer.  This culminates in a wrap-up Friday museum art-making tour to see the artists discussed all summer.  Register for any one of the 3 weeks of June camp; each week is different. 9:30-12:30 session only. Jun 11th 2018 – Jun 29th 2018.

 

Kids In Sports

Two options: (1) Indoor Camp Ages 2.5-6 years held at Temple Israel (112 E. 75th St.) (2) Outdoor Camp Ages 4 up to 9 years held at Randalls Island.  Activities include Baseball, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Floor Hockey, and Volleyball, arts and crafts, story-time, and more. Children can participate in any or all weeks.  

 

Kids in the Game

Summer camp for boys and girls entering Pre-K4 to 8th grade. Some of the activities and trips kids will enjoy: – Sports, Arts & Crafts, Day Trips, Music, Dance & Yoga, Tennis, Swimming, Yankees and Mets Games, Transit Museum, Intrepid Museum, Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Gardens.  Camp runs Jul 2nd 2018 – Aug 10th 2018.

 

Launch Math + Science Centers

Provide toddlers to tweens with inspiring math instruction and STEM-based summer camps.  Real-life rocket scientist, Scott Heifetz, founded Launch with one mission in mind: Inspire children to love and learn math and science.  

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Summer Camps in Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan – which includes the Financial District, Battery Park, and Tribeca –  has become one of the most family friendly areas of NYC in the past decade.  Check out these great summer camp options in this bustling downtown area.


Play On! Studios is a theater enrichment studio providing a music and theater summer camp.

Summer Camp NYC Play On! Studios

  • Who? Kids age 4 to 9 years(grades K-4)
  • Where? 25 Pine Street
  • What? Creative Drama Camp.  Your campers will experience rehearsing and putting together a show and end with a performance in front of family and friends.
  • Kidz Tips:
    1. Innovative methods that kids love
    2. Caring, expert instructors
    3. Develop a love for music and theater

Quad Manhattan offers a special education summer camp experience.

  • Who? twice exceptional (2e) Summer Camp NYC Quad Manhattanchildren age 5 to 15+ years
  • Where? 25 Pine Street, 4th FL
  • What? Quad Summer Camp blends emotional, social, and executive functioning skill training with fun camp activities such as Field Trips, Outdoor Play, Capoeira, Technology, Animation, Filmmaking, Cooking, Theater and Improv Games, STEM, and much more.

Launch Math + Science Centers provide math instruction and STEM-based summer camps.

  • Who?  Toddlers to tweensSummer Camp NYC LAUNCH MATH
  • Where? 124 Hudson Street, Tribeca Community School

 NORY and Physique Swimming partner for this unique Summer Camp at Pine Street School combining a morning swim program and afternoon STEM based activities.

Summer Camp NYC NORY PHYSIQUE Swimming

  • Who? Kids ages 4 – 11
  • Where? Pine Street School, 25 Pine Street
  • What? Swim & STEM Summer Camp.  Campers swim daily with Physique for a full hour of instructional swim with 15 minutes of fun.  After lunch its NORY time! Robot Building, Motion & Matter Physics, Blast Chemistry, Builder’s Engineer and sports in the afternoon.
  • Kidz Tips
    1. No prior swim experience necessary
    2. Daily lunch provided
    3. Optional Extended Care (4-6PM)

And for our youngest group…

Jewish Community Project (JCP) Downtown is a summer play group for toddlers and their grownups.

  • Who? Ages 11–25 months Summer Camp at JCP NYC
  • Where? 146 Duane Street
  • What? Summer Play Together  is led by children’s musician and JCPlay teacher Suzi Shelton. Using her ukelele, Suzi incorporates music and movement into each class.
  • When? Tuesday & Thursdays 9:15–10:30 AM; June 12 to July 19 (No classes July 3 and 5)

Best Bets for Brooklyn Kids

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Has everyone noticed that the Brooklyn Kids scene is thriving? We certainly have here at Kidz Central Station. Well, it is our job to notice…but even if it weren’t, Brooklyn kids activities are on our radar. So, if you’re a Brooklynite, then grab a slice of the world’s best pizza and learn all about the activities in your backyard. If you live outside of Brooklyn or are visiting, then head on over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge (after pausing to take in the incredible views) and prepare for a full day of fun for your kids.


Brooklyn Kids Events

Brooklyn Kids events

Boot Camp for New Dads  is a 3 hour class hosted by NYU Langone Medical Center in Brooklyn that prepares men to be dads. Veteran dads demonstrate the basics of newborn care—from burping and changing to soothing a crying baby. Other topics include supporting moms,  bonding, work hours, forming a parenting team, safety, and dealing with relatives.

Project Playdate specializes in unique 3 hour drop-off group playdates for kids, which include free play, dinner, arts and crafts, story time, dance time, movie time, and more.  On May 18th, take part in the Kidville Park Slope Drop Off Pajama Party.

Music for Autism hosts FREE concerts for individuals with autism or special needs and their friends, families, and loved ones. Kids dance in the aisles and play musical instruments as they enjoy the featured musical act. Snacks are provided! The next event at the Park Slope Library is Saturday, July 21st.


Brooklyn Kids Summer Camps

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Prospect Park Zoo is on the eastern side of Prospect Park near the Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace, and Crown Heights neighborhoods. Both Prospect Park Zoo and New York Aquarium have several weekday summer camps to choose from for your explorers.

We raved about Fruiggie Organic Arts & Crafts Studio in our Earth Day blog and it’s worth taking a another look at their wonderful creative, eco-friendly Brooklyn kids summer camp in Bed/Stuy. Weekly themes include paper making, DIY musical instruments, DIY nature jewelry, vegan cooking, DIY school supplies, and more. Students also dance, sing and play while learning the importance of recycling, upcycling and connecting with nature. Bonus: Healthy organic, vegan snacks and drinks/smoothies included!

Kids in the Game, which has many camp locations throughout NYC, has a Brooklyn kids camp – Park Slope Summer Camp 2018. Lots of fun activities including, Sports, Arts & Crafts, Music, Dance, Yoga, Swimming and more. Special field trips take place to Yankees and Mets Games, the Transit Museum, Intrepid Museum, Bronx Zoo, and New York Botanical Gardens. This summer camp offers many great activities for boys and girls entering Pre-K4 to 8th grade.

Aviator Sports and Events Center has a Brooklyn kids summer day camp in Floyd Bennett Field. As mentioned in our Swim classes blog, this co-ed camp is spacious and has every activity/field trip your child could want. Camp is divided into four divisions; Junior Camp, Younger Division, Older Division and Teen Division. Each division has 15 campers, 2 general counselors, 1 head counselor, and a division counselor, thus providing very specialized attention. All activities are developed through the Project Based Learning curriculum as recommended by NY Department of Education standards. Inquire about the bus service option.


Brooklyn Kids Classes

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YokeyPokey Virtual Reality Club brings VR to everyone through private parties and events at either their location in Boerum Hill a block away from Barclays center or to a location of your choice. Examples of fun party play via 360 degree videos and VR gaming include fighting zombies, driving race cars, or traveling the world. A new STEM class called VR Architechts and after-school and holiday break classes are available for kids.

Ajna Dance Company teaches kids (ages 4-8) Bollywood and Indian classical dance in Gowanus/Park Slope. Kids learn basic body awareness and movement, storytelling, authentic technique, and choreography.

Willan Academy of Music provides In-Home Music Lessons personalized to your child’s individual needs. Learn Piano, Violin, Guitar, Singing, Saxophone, or Flute in a relaxed environment with experienced teachers. Also, get your friends together because group intro classes are available.

Not just a summer camp, Aviator Sports offers several individual classes for sporty and active kids in Brooklyn. Basketball, Flag football, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating, Soccer, Special Needs Gymnastics, Performing Arts, and Fitness are all available classes. If you’re still not convinced, there are an arcade, food court, sports bar, events rooms, and FREE parking for us parents!

April is Autism Awareness Month

autismimageApril is Autism Awareness month as many organizations such as Autism Speaks and Autism Society promote awareness and acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is the fastest growing developmental disorder and now affects about 1 in 68 children (according to Autism Science Foundation). Considering this prevalence, ASD likely affects a family you know or your child knows. This is why Kidz Central Station is committed to helping educate our parents and community about both the challenges and the joys of children with Autism.

The Quad Manhattan is a top NYC school for children with learning differences. Teachers and clinicians work with students both one-on-one and in small groups to allow kids to move at their own pace of learning. Quad Manhattan offers a six-week summer camp for children ages 5+. Enroll in a free open house to learn more.

Music for Autism hosts FREE concerts for kids with autism and their friends, family, and loved ones. The Kidz Central team attended the March event and came away with a new appreciation for music in a loving and interactive setting. Our kids especially enjoyed dancing and playing instruments along with the music, as well as the tasty snacks. Two April events are upcoming in Park Slope and Manhattan.

Our partner NYU Child Study Center, a part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, offers many well-researched and FREE webinars for our parents on a range of helpful topics, including strategies for helping kids with social anxiety, safety awareness for kids with ASD, medication management for ADHD, or dating with ASD.

Please join Kidz Central Station this month and throughout the year by promoting understanding and acceptance of all of our children! Take a class, participate in a walk, donate, educate yourself with a webinar, or just spend time with someone with Autism.

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!

Fun, Friends, and the ADHD Camper: Choosing the Right Summer Camp for Your Child

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For most parents, sending kids to summer camp for the first time may stir up fond memories, anticipation of the fun awaiting their children, and perhaps a little separation anxiety.

It’s more complicated for parents of children with ADHD. Their kids can find making friends, playing team sports, and behaving appropriately—the hallmarks of a successful summer camp experience—challenging. Asking camp directors and veteran parents the right questions can help parents decide which camp is right for their child. Here are a few suggestions.

Will camp counselors and staff understand my child’s needs?
This goes straight to the heart of the matter. You want to be sure the camp’s counselors have the training and experience to work successfully with children with ADHD. What are their academic and professional qualifications, and do they receive special training to work with special needs children in a camp environment? What is the counselor-to-camper ratio?

What kind of programs do you offer?
Camp can be a wonderful opportunity for your child to develop social skills, increase self-awareness, and learn new coping techniques. At a minimum, that requires a structured environment to help kids stay focused, and team sports to encourage flexibility and cooperation. What skills–including friendship skills—does this camp emphasize, and what goals will your child work toward? What is the mix of sports, academic, and social programs that will help him/her succeed?

Who will administer my child’s medications?
The camp you have chosen is likely to have a nurse on site to administer medications, but it’s best to ask. There may also be a psychologist who can work with you and your child’s psychiatrist to fine-tune the medications if his behavior, symptoms, or moods warrant.

How do you communicate with parents?
You’ve done all the advanced research and preparation you can—but you’re still going to worry about your child. Find out how frequently the camp communicates with parents, and how you can check on your child’s progress.

Talking to other parents whose children attend the camp can also give you additional insight. Ask for a few references and pose the following questions:

Will my child have fun?
Fun is often overshadowed by the problems children with ADHD have in fun-like situations with insufficient structure and supervision. They may go too far, bully or be bullied. They may be shy and not know how to play with others. But fun is an essential component for camp. Ask other parents if the counselors are fun spirited and love the kids. Find out what their child gained from the experience. Did he/she make friends? Did he/she like the counselors?

Does the camp deliver on its promises?
Did your child receive individual attention? Were medications administered properly? Did the staff communicate with you about your child’s progress and/or problems? Did your child learn new skills that can be carried into every day life?

Will you send your child back next summer?
You can take heart from an enthusiastic “yes”.

About the Child Study Center’s Summer Program for Kids
The Summer Program for Kids is the only all-day, therapeutic summer program in the New York area for children with ADHD. Our methods are grounded in the latest research, and our clinical psychologists continually evaluate the program to help each child. We help our campers learn the skills they need to help them focus, make friends, and improve their social, school, and home behavior. For more information, click here.

NYULMC-2011_2CP_RGB_300dpiFrom the Real Experts at NYU Langone Medical Center:

Karen Fleiss, PsyD is an assistant professor in the Departments of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center. She is the clinical director of the Child Study Center’s Long Island Campus, and director of the Summer Program for Kids.