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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.

The Coolest Summer Camps in NYC

standard_6269099_origWhat if your daughter could enjoy her favorite activity for a week (or more) during the summer?

What if your son could go to camp and learn a brand new skill in a fun and unique part of NYC?

What if you knew that all summer long, your children would be exposed to a variety of activities, make new friends, and have a blast?

Well actually, you can! NYC has so many unique summer camps available to kids, from programs for curious explorers to drama-loving little actors and actresses. Most have a variety of weekly options available, so your child can attend a few camps throughout the summer, or, if you vacation for part of the summer you can ensure you’re only signing up for camp when you’re in town.

If you’re looking for something new, unique and fun for your kids this summer, check out a few of our awesome camps below—and visit Kidz Central Station for a full selection!

Kids Creative. Located on the Upper West Side, Kids Creative’s summer camp is the perfect way for kids to try their hands at acting and get creative. Throughout the two-week session, they’ll imagine, produce, and perform a musical play, which includes writing a script, creating music, and building sets and costumes. When they’re not creating their performing arts masterpiece, kids will get outside for water activities and field trips! You can sign up for any (or all!) of Kids Creative’s two-week sessions, and if you want more info, you can request a tour and see what it’s all about.

Citibabes. If you like Citibabes’ awesome kids’ classes throughout the year (located in Soho), you’ll love their summer camps! There’s something for everything here, including a My First Drop-off program twice a week to get little ones age 20 months to 2.5 years used to separation, while partaking in lots of fun activities. For age 2 to 4, CitiCamp incorporates fun weekly themes into everything from music to art to free play and CitiCamp Sr., a program for kids age 4 to 7, lets kids enjoy on and off-site activities, such as swim, soccer, tennis, and art.

Language Beansstandard_1505988_889682631041962_7143505922559729539_n. With a variety of great sessions in July and August Language Beans’ Mandarin Camp, located in the East Village, teaches new language skills while cultivating kids’ creativity and artistic minds. The camp incorporates a small group atmosphere and hands-on learning into themed sessions like “Let’s Camp in the Desert” and “Snow White in the City”. Kids age 2 to 7 will definitely have a blast here.

Evolution Enrichment Martial Arts. In a brand new facility with a prime downtown Lower East Side location, Evolution Enrichment Center’s Mixed Martial Arts Summer Program is a safe and fun fitness program that will teach your child the basics of Taekwondo, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Ninjutsu. There are three-day weekly sessions throughout July and August, so kids age 4 to 14 can choose the best days to fit their busy summer schedules.

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Physique Swimming
. In a brand new location at FiDi’s Pine Street School for Summer 2015, Physique Swimming, is a perennial favorite for kids and adults alike. The program incorporates both Physique’s specialty—with daily instructional swim sessions at the Seahorse Aquatics Center—and also allows kids to explore their interests in art, science, cooking, and outdoor sports. The camp serves kids age 4 to 11, and offers pick up and drop off transportation every day. Get a sneak peek of the camp for yourself at either of Physique’s summer camp open houses on 4/9 and 5/7!

4 Summer Camps Where Kids Can Act Out

Since the performing arts is such an important part of New York City culture, it’s only natural that kids get to experience it as well. If your budding actors and actresses need something fun to do this summer, check out one of these summer camps taught by real Broadway stars from hit musicals like Book of Mormon and Mamma Mia! 

On Broadway-PATPpatp Dates: July 21–August 15 Ages: 5–14
A summer camp with a conservatory setting, On Broadway PATP is taught by skilled teachers who help students explore theater, dance, and music. Rema Webb, a 16-year Broadway veteran who currently stars in Violet at the Roundabout Theater and is an original cast member in Book of Mormon, started the program out of her passion for teaching and sharing her own experiences with newer generations.

Rockstars!
Dates: July 8–11 Ages: 7–12
Rockstars! is taught by a brother and sister team with plenty of Broadway experience—Lee Kasper is a director, actor, teacher, and performance coach, and Rebecca Kasper is an actor, singer, and teacher who has worked both on and off Broadway, including as a performer in Mamma Mia. The camp gives NYC kids the chance to learn, play, and rock out to hits of the past five decades.

Broadway Bootcamp
Dates: July 7–11 & August 4–8 Ages: 6–12
Dramallama Studio’s Broadway Bootcamp teaches the ABCs of Broadway. Not only will kids learn basic acting principles and fun practice exercises, they’ll also have the chance to meet real Broadway performers who will teach them pieces from their current shows.

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Dates: July 7–25 (four 1-week sessions) Ages: 4–10
For younger kids who aren’t quite ready for the full Broadway experience, Galli Fairytale Acting Camp gives kids the opportunity to act out their favorite fairy tales, complete with costumes and a final performance for friends and family.

Check out all of the classes, summer camps, and activities offered on Kidz Central Station this summer!