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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

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Summer Activities

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There are so many amazing kids’ summer activities on Kidz Central Station that it can be difficult to decide which one, or how many to enroll your child in each week. And since many summer classes and activities are starting soon or have already begun (don’t worry you can sign up for most classes a prorated price!), it’s important to sign up now before spots fill up. If you can’t quite get yourself to hit the “Enroll” button, here are five important things to consider when choosing summer activities—tips that may just help make your decision easier.

What does your child want? It’s easy to choose the class or activity that sounds great to you as a parent, but the real question is, what do you think your child will enjoy? It’s important to consider his or her personality and likes/dislikes before making an ultimate decision. When does your child nap? Make sure to choose classes around your child’s schedule and not around what your friends are choosing for their kids. After all, you are the one who will be dealing with Mr. Crankypants every day if he misses his nap.

What do you want? As mentioned above you have to think about your child and his or her interests when choosing a class or activity. However, this logic only goes so far. As the adult you know what’s best, and you have to go with your gut when picking a class or multiple classes this summer. If you think your child could use an extra class each week to help with learning and development, do it! Or, if you’re a stay at home parent, it may be important to you to have multiple scheduled activities each week so that you and your child are both able to get out and enjoy social time with others. Just make sure not to overschedule!

Let kids be kids. On the note of overscheduling, while at Kidz Central Station we are all for kids having structured classes and time to learn and grow with others, we also think it’s vital that kids have time to be kids—which means running around, getting out energy, and enjoying free play outdoors. Carve out time for your kids to enjoy trips to the park, speeding around on scooters and bikes, and playing around with other kids in the warm summer sun (with plenty of sun protection of course!)

Summer is busy. If you’re one of the many people who schedule extended vacation time and multiple long weekends over the summer, you may be hesitant to sign up for a class that your child may end up missing . . . a lot. But hold that thought—there are so many great options available on Kidz Central Station to fit your busy summer schedule. Here’s why: Many classes run on shorter semesters as a way to accommodate those who go away for a month at a time. Also, almost all kids’ classes offer make ups, so you can reschedule any missed sessions due to travel. Finally, there are tons of drop-in classes on the site (check out our weekly event calendar to find out about one-time activities happening near you) so you don’t have to commit to a full semester.

Be budget-conscious. Classes and activities are important—they keep kids learning, growing, and socializing with others. However, they can also be costly, especially if you have multiple children taking multiple classes each week. Keep your budget in mind by signing up for Kidz Central Station’s weekly newsletter, which will let you in on exclusive discounts on your favorite classes! Also, by registering for classes and activities on Kidz Central Station you’ll earn reward points, which are good toward discounts on future classes. You can also use the site to search by price, so you can find classes that are well within your budget.

Too Hot to Play Outside? Save the Day with a Drop-In Class

Come summer time, many parents trade their kids’ tight activity schedules for afternoons at the park, running through the sprinklers, and monkeying around on the playground. The freedom of it all is fantastic. But when it’s too hot outside and you’re yearning for a little structure in your child’s day, what can you do?

Luckily, many kids’ programs in NYC offer one-time drop-in classes where you can pop in on a whim and let someone else do the entertaining. Kidz Central Station has some great drop-in class options, whether you have a two month old or a two year old in tow. Here are a few to try out the next time you and your little one need a break from your summer break.


74th Street Magic: Throughout the summer, this Upper East Side favorite is hosting fun-themed drop-in classes that combine art, music, and play for kids age 3–5. Whether your little ones want to experience Winter in July or need a little Superhero Training, it’s sure to be a great time.

Lavender Blues Music: Whether you have an infant or a toddler, Lavender Blues Music is a great drop-in option for Brooklyn kids. Classes are intimate 30-minute sessions where little ones can sing, dance, and play along with instruments, parachutes, and bubbles!


Kids at Work: If you live in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC, Kids at Work has every activity you can possibly imagine: music, soccer, yoga, language, and more. All of the classes are drop-in as you please, so it’s the perfect place for kids of all ages (infants up to four year olds) to pop in for a class or open play.

Freshmade NYC: This downtown program for little chefs in the making has it all: crafts, music, and of course, cooking! While there are one-week, two-week, and four-week summer sessions available, your little one can also drop-in for a half-day class, Tuesday through Thursday, as a  Lil’ Chef (age 2–5) or Young Chef (age 7–12).

Visit Kidz Central Station to find a great drop-in class in your area! We also host our own fun pop-ups, one-time drop-in classes that we host along with many of the great kids’ programs in NYC. Our next one at Kidville Murray Hill is already sold out, but join our mailing list to get updates about our next event—we promise, it’s coming soon!