The summer months provide children with the opportunity to experience and discover new or emerging interests or to focus on special skills and interests that may be set aside or even neglected during the academic year. Joan Bergstrom, ED.D., consultant on school-age children and author, writes in A Parent's Guide, The Best Summer Ever that out-of-school activities provide children with "a range of opportunities for developing 'the other Rs' - resourcefulness and risk taking, responsibility, and relationships - while still providing ample time to play."
The time to register for camp varies from program to program. Therefore to avoid disappointment, it is best to begin researching options early. Some experts suggest exploring summer camp options the summer before you wish to enroll your child so that you can visit the camp in action. And, if you find one you like, you can register as early as the Fall and often benefit from discounted tuition rates.
Summer Care Options
Whether you're looking for a recreational program or a program that is specially designed to reinforce academic skills, you can expect to have several from which to choose. Summer options range from day camp to overnight camp, from visiting with a relative in another community or country to hiring a college student to care for your children. Older children may be interested in travel or adventure programs or exploring the world of work through volunteer or paid employment. Deciding which option is right for you, your child and family will depend on your child's age, interests and temperament, your budget, and other resources.
Local Summer Programs
The following resources can help you begin your search for summer activities for your child. Below you can find a sampling of traditional and specialty programs in and around the area.
Please note: The sampling of resources identified below are designed to help you think creatively about fun activities and programs to engage your child during their summer vacation. Not all programs are affiliated with NYU. Programs are provided for informational purposes only and do not imply an endorsement or recommendation.
Summer programs for teens offered through NYU include international programs and programs that award college credits. Programs focus on academics, the arts, and music.
A diverse listing for those seeking programs in Brooklyn; some programs provide bus transportation from NYC's other boroughs to Brooklyn.
Short-term programs designed for students who have an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong interest in learning about business.
Just for Girls
A diverse listing of programs designed to build confidence and self-image in girls.
Language programs in New York City for young children that range from brief classes to intense immersion programs.
Math, Science, and Technology
Summer activities and camps with a focus on science and/or technology. These camps involve hands-on learning in the sciences while incorporating some traditional camp activities.
Performing and Visual Arts
Programs in and around NYC for children and teens provide focused experiences in visual arts (drawing, photography, and sculpture) and theatre, music, and dance.
Summer sports programs offered in New York City provide options for children to choose camps that focus on one specific sport or participate in a camp that teaches skills for a range of different sports.
Traditional day camp experience including sports, arts and crafts, and games in New York City and the surrounding area are identified here. Counselor-in-Training leadership programs are often available for older campers.
Teen opportunities range from outdoor/adventure camps to internships and pre-college programs.