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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)

4 Tips for Pool Safety This Summer

Mother and baby playing in a swimming pool
On hot summer days, a cool, refreshing pool is exactly where you want to be. Plus, it’s the perfect family activity! Kids love playing and splashing around and let’s be honest, adults do too. However, as with many outdoor activities, there are important precautions we all must take to ensure that our kids are not just happy, but safe as well. Before your next pool trip this summer, keep these four tips for pool safety in mind.

Load on the sunscreen. Whether it’s the sunniest day of the year or there are clouds in the sky, the sun’s UV rays are always there—and they’re strong. Not only should you load up your kids (and yourself) with sunscreen before heading outside, but also be sure to reapply every two hours. There are tons of great sunscreens on the market, many made specifically for kids’ sensitive skin, so it’s easy to find the best one for your child. Skin safety is important—make it a priority before taking that dip in the pool!

Swim early and late. Besides putting on sunscreen, another way to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful rays is planning pool time around when the sun is at its strongest—between the hours of 10am and 4pm. An early morning or late afternoon trip to the pool will ensure that you and your little ones aren’t basking in the sun’s strongest UV rays. Of course, it’s still important to put on sunscreen and reapply!

Use floats (but don’t depend on them). Using swim floats (either arm floats or puddle jumpers) allow little ones independence in the water to splash around and learn on their own. It also makes it a easier on us adults, who don’t have to carry our kids around the pool the entire time! While floats are fantastic, don’t depend on them alone—it’s important to be close by while your children are using them so you can help at a moment’s notice.

Swim Lessons. The best thing you can do for your kids is teach them to swim at an early age so they can help ensure their own safety in the water. There are tons of great programs on Kidz Central Station that provide lessons for kids as young as six months old, so little ones can become comfortable in the water and grow up to be confident swimmers. Simply search the site using the category for swimming to find private, semi-private, and group lessons for kids of all ages from programs like Physique Swimming, Penguin City Swim, and Island Swimming. No matter what age they start, your kids are sure to have a blast!

The Best Summer Activities for NYC Kids

While many people think of summer as a time to escape the NYC heat and head for greener pastures (literally!), summer in the city can actually be a real treat—especially if you have kids. Beyond the tall buildings and bustling streets there are hidden amusement parks, water spraying playgrounds, and free concerts you and your little ones can enjoy almost any day of the week. So next time you’re racking for brain for things to do on your next free afternoon, try out one of the best summer activities in NYC!

Victoria Gardens. Hidden away in Central Park is Victoria Gardens at Wollman Rink, a kiddie amusement park that only operates during the summer. Perfect for preschoolers, the park has a variety of gentle rides (only a few have height limits), local performers, and lots of fun snacks. The under five set will probably need a little help handling rides like the Aeromax and the Rockin’ Tug, but all ages will love a day here nonetheless. To find Victoria Gardens, enter the park at 59th Street and Sixth Avenue and follow the path until you find the fun!


Water Playgrounds
Play in Water
. At first look, NYC playgrounds seem like normal play areas—a few slides, swings, climbing equipment, and some monkey bars. But when summer arrives, these playgrounds transform into water spraying entertainment areas, with sprinklers squirting water in every direction, and little ones frolicking happily through the spray. You can find these playgrounds in almost every corner of NYC, but for the ultimate spot, check out the Pier 25 play area, which has eight seasonal water features designed for kids age 2–12. You can even make a day of it here—there’s an 18-hole mini golf course, sand volleyball courts, and a snack bar.

Madison Square Park Concerts. Not only is Madison Square Park a fun place to go with kids because of its huge playground and every child’s favorite eatery Shake Shack (who doesn’t love a burger and ice cream?!), but it’s also the perfect summer spot because of its Thursday morning FREE concerts for kids. Favorites such as Songs for Seeds, WeBop Family Jazz Party, and more perform rain or shine starting at 10:30am—the lawn opens at 10am so get there early to reserve your spot!

Public PoolsMother and baby playing in a swimming pool. Besides swimming lessons, there’s nothing better than splashing around freely in a pool on a hot day. Luckily NYC has a bunch of great public pools, where little ones can spend a morning or afternoon cooling off with other city kids. We love John Jay Pool because of its proximity to the river and the adjacent John Jay Park playground, but there are tons of other convenient pools throughout NYC depending on where you live.

Drop-in Classes. When your little one needs a break from the summer sun—as well as some learning and structure during the day—there are awesome drop-in classes throughout NYC, where you can pop in without having to plan too far ahead. Whether you live uptown, downtown, or anywhere in between, you can search Kidz Central Station by drop-in classes, location, and whatever type of class you’d like (music, cooking, dance, open play, and more!) and you can sign up in a minute and be on your way to class.

And when all else fails, load up on sunscreen, walk out your door, and grab a couple of cones from your nearest Mr. Softee truck—it’s sure to do the trick!