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Brooklyn-based Summer Camps

A Sampling of Programs

Please note: This listing is for information purposes only and does not imply an endorsement or recommendation.

Cultural and Language Programs

Bonjour NY French Summer Camp welcomes children ages 4-9, including non-speaking French students. Campers are grouped according to fluency of the French language and have the opportunity to practice their skills in educational workshops and through games, dance, music, sports, outdoor and water activities, as well as local field trips. Program sites are located in Carroll Gardens and the Upper West Side. Camp hours are 9:00-4:00 p.m. with extended hours available.

Children’s Academy at Brooklyn LIU offers children 3-6 years a two-week summer program where campers can learn Spanish, Mandarin Chinese or American Sign language through several fun activities. Camp hours are 9:00-12:00 p.m. and three sessions are available from July through August.

The Heart of Brooklyn formed through a partnership of six Brooklyn cultural institutions offers the Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) , a unique two week program for children ages 7-12. Students visit two of the cultural partners each day for hands-on activities in science, nature, art and culture. Partner organizations include: the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park, and the Prospect Park Zoo.

Food Art for Kids is a culinary camp held at the Assumption Church in Brooklyn Heights for children 6-12 years old. The program provides campers with a multifaceted, holistic education on food history and culture. Indoor and outdoor activities are structured around a daily theme and includes a special art or cooking project led by a professional chef or artist.

Juguemos Summer Day Camp, located in Park Slope, offers children ages 2-10 years a Spanish immersion environment with enriching activities, field trips, structured play and workshops where English-speaking children learn Spanish and Spanish-speaking children work on developing their language skills. Half day option is available for 2-3 year olds. Regular camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours available until 5 p.m.

Little Language Playhouse located in Dyker Heights provides a summer programming for children ages 4-8 to learn Italian. Indoor and outdoor programs and fun games with bilingual counselors provide the instructional base for the children to learn Italian.

Performing and Visual Arts Programs

Art Workshop Experience AWE) located in DUMBO, offers 4-day session for young artists ages 9-16 who are interested in making art in a studio environment. Through guidance, young artists wil learn new techniques, problem-solving, and empowerment. Students will engage in regular discussions about art and how it shapes our lives and community. Classes run from 9 a.m to 3 p.m., with extended hours available until 6 p.m.

Brooklyn Arts for Kids Summer ArtsCamp, located in Windsor Terrace and Prospect Park, offers a 3-week visual and performing arts experience for 7 – 11 years olds from June 29 to July 18, 2015. Half the day is inside a studio while the rest of the time is in the park making art, dancing, singing and playing games. The path of discovery culminates an exhibition / performance. 

Brooklyn Design Lab, located in Park Slope, offers innovative classes for school-age children in Lego architecture, information graphics and toy design, depending on the week. Campers, ages 8 to 12, learn professional techniques by creating, presenting and discussing art and leave the program with a portfolio of their work. The "Labs" are offered for 2-3 hours each day.

Brooklyn Friends hosts a Summer Camp for children aged 3-7 years and a Summer Arts Program from children aged 8-14 years from June 13-July 27. The camp offers children engaging, theme-based activities designed to cultivate curiosity, creativity, self-expression and positive social interaction. Weekly in-house visitors and off-site field trips to major museums, special exhibits and art studios of professional artists complement the programming. The special Junior Artist Program for students entering Grades 9 & 10 runs for three 2-week sessions from mid-June through July. Camp hours are 9 a.m-3 p.m.; extended day is available from 3-6 p.m.

BAX Junior Summer Arts Program located in Park Slope, Brooklyn provides a positive and nurturing learning environment for students entering grades K-6. Each morning, campers focus on the week's theme as well as a topic of their own choosing including circus arts, tumbling, movie-making, or puppetry. The afternoons are spent watching gues performances and participating in a variety of counselor-led activities. camp hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; extended hours are available.

CAMP provides music, visual arts, and dance classes for children ages 4-11 years in a fun, hands-on, and safe environment in Williamsburg. The camp runs for 2-week sessions during the month of July. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; after-camp care is available 3-5:30 p.m.

Child's Play Summer Camp offers camps for children 3-5 years and 6-10 years. Children ages 3-5 years attend camp in is located in Carroll Gardens and Clinton Hill and play theater games, learn songs, and engage in creative movement and improvisation. Children ages 6-10 years attend camp in Brooklyn Heights and learn about Shakespear and develop skills in voice, dance, speech, and improvisation.

City Sculpting Summer Arts Program designed for children ages 5 to 18 provides campers the opportunity to tackle a new lesson in the elements of design daily, learning project-based sculpting, life casting, collage and drawing. Younger children work on simpler creations, while older kids are encouraged to take on more detailed pieces. Program hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and families can choose from two locations: the East Village in Manhattan and Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Creative Arts Studio located in Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens, offers a summer camp filled with dance, drama, music and art for children ages 5-13 years. The summer activities include: swimming lessons, field trips to various museums and events, and projects that explore weekly themes. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with early drop-of and extended hours available until 6:00 p.m.

Dance Wave offers a Summer Intensive program for two weeks in August. Located in the Park Slope neighborhood, participating students, ages 10-18 years, take instruction with dance professionals representing a variety of techniques and dance companies. Attendees may take up to 4 classes a day in all different dance types.

Poly Prep Country Day School Performing Arts Camp offers programming for students in grades 4-9 who are interested in singing, dancing, acting, and playing musical instruments. The camp is located at the Poly Prep Country Day School Dyker Heights campus.

Summer Camp at the Painted Cloud, located in Brooklyn, invites young creative children ages 4-10 years to examine pop culture in art, try their hand at Abstract Expressionism, build sculptures from recycled materials, dye fabric and take on other artistic ventures. Each day includes a drawing session, playtime and a run through the back deck's sprinkler. The 9 a.m.-3 p.m. program operates during the months of July and August.

Textile Arts Summer Day Camp engages students from age 5 to 12 to learn various fiber and textile arts: weaving, hand-sewing, embroidery, felting, screen-printing, dyeing, and collage. Completed projects may include tapestries, scarves, bags, stuffed animals and sculptures. The camp programs run from 9-5 four days each week and has two locations from which to choose: Park Slope in Brooklyn and West 8th Street in Manhattan.

Young Dancers in Repertory (YDR) offers "Dancing Through Brooklyn Parks." a free performance and instruction summer program where children ages 2-14 years can explore fundamental dance exercises and learn basic dance vocabulary. The camp is offered during the months of July and August.

Science, Technology and Academic Programs

ArchiCamp exposes students ages 9-13 years to architectural design concepts and practices. Students learn about different architectural concepts in the classroom, on field trips, and through hands-on activities. A camp for teens is also available.

Carmelo the Science Fellow provides week-long camps beginning in July, in various science subjects to children 5-10 years of age.

High School Programs at Brooklyn College is an academic program for children in grades 1-6 that offers six weeks of educational activities in math, reading, science, and more.

Curious Jane is a summer academic enrichment camp science and design camp for girls in 3rd -6th grade. Students choose from among three themes each week. The program is offered at the Poly Prep Day School campus in Brooklyn, The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn and the Marymount Middle School campus in Manhattan. Curious Jane Jr. is a summer-camp designed specifically for girls in K-2nd grade.

Mad Science offers a different program each week during the summer at various locations in Brooklyn as well as Manhattan.

Poly Prep's Computer Camp for Young People designed to teach computer literacy to students aged 5-14, provides week-long workshops where students choose a new technology to learn. The camp is located on the Poly Prep Country School Dyker Heights campus.

Sports and Outdoors Programs

Amerikick's Summer Skills Camp in Park Slope offers professional martial arts instruction to children of all ages, with specialized programs for beginners. Activities include arts & crafts, fun educational activities, and daily martial arts classes that help campers build confidence, coordination, respect, and discipline. With a variety of weekly themes, sessions are available from July through August. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Aviator Sports and Recreation located on Flatbush Avenue, south of Belt Parkway, provides summer camp programs for children ages 3-5 and 5-15. The youngest campers will enjoy activities with specialty staff that have special training in gymnastics, sports, art, dance, environmental studies, and swimming. The older campers can choose from a variety of camp programs, including adventure, dance, theater, gymnastics, sports, ice skating, and general fitness. Located on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, camp hours are 9:00-4:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Aikikai located in Park Slope, offers summer programming during three one-week (9-3) sessions for students aged 6-12 years. Campers participate in daily Aikido training, cultural, and recreational activities.

The Brooklyn Fencing Center welcomes beginner, intermediate, and advanced fencers aged 7 years and up to their summer day camp. Fencers learn, practice and develop skills for their footwork, conditioning, blade work, and bouting. Separate sections run simultaneously for beginners and intermediate/advanced fencers. Equipment will be provided for new beginners. Weekly sessions are available from July through August. Program hours are 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Karate Summer Camp is open to students ages 4-13 years. Campers participate in a daily 30-minute karate class Monday through Thursday. Lots of exercise, disguised as games, keeps the campers active. Each week includes 1 to 2 fun field trips and focuses on a different theme such as friendship, courage, and responsiblity. Sessions are 3 weeks long; families may choose consecutive or non-consecutive weeks. Camp hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during July and August. Early drop off and extended day hours are available until 6 p.m.

Marine Park Junior Ranger Day Camp welcomes children 8-11 years for team building, nature studies, orienteering, fishing, canoeing and conservation activities.

Ms. J's Gym includes gymnastic, dance, arts and crafts, and trips to local parks. The camp, located in Williamsburg, is aimed at children from 3-11 years.

Park Explorers Summer Day Camp offers a variety of programs for children in grades 1-9th who are interested in hiking, singing, swimming, exploring, and more.

Sports at Poly Prep provides week long programs for beginners to experienced players in five different sports: baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and squash. The programs emphasize individual and team building. Children in grades K-12 may participate; enrollment is determined by age. See website for details.

Traditional Programs

Bambi Academy's two summer camps programs, Bambi Summer Camp and Alpha Summer Camp, offer an enriching summer camp program that include trips, sports classes in a variety of sports, developmental games, sporting competitions, art, dance, music classes, and daily swimming for children ages 5-14. Camp hours are 7:45-5:30 p.m.

The Berkeley Carroll School offers Children's Day Camps incorporating instruction in music, art, and physical education for children PreK through grade 5. Two specialty camps - Curious Jane and the Creative Arts Program - are also offered during the summer for groups of children completing K-6th grade.

Brooklyn Public Parks sponsors summer camps for children ages 6-13 years at a few recreation centers, including Red Hook and Herbert Von King. Campers can participate in arts and crafts, computer activities, field trips and more.

Children’s Academy at Brooklyn LIU offers children 7-12 years a traditional summer camp experience filled with exciting academic, creative and physical activities. Campers can chose a specific course of their interest ranging from karate, robotics, photography, ceramics and much more. Camp hours are 9:00-4:00 p.m. and three two-week sessions are available from July through August.

Greene Hill School Day Camp offers children 3-5, 6-7, and 8-10 with six week-long sessions drom June 24-August 2. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; early drop-off and extended day are available. Programming includes sports and arts education activities indoors and outdoors. Daily electives include: gymnastics & circus arts, theater, ceramics, soccer, yoga, arts & crafts, and dance.

Marks JCH Summer Day Camp sponsored by the Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst offers two 4-week day camp sessions for children ages 3-14. As campers are separated in four groups by grade, program activities vary by age group. Through activities ranging from sports like basketball and swimming, to arts and crafts, day trips and overnights, this summer camp provides a fun environment where campers can form their identity and build character. Camp hours are 8:45-4:30 p.m. with earlier or extended hours available.

Kamps 4 Kids offers Summer Day Camp at P.S. 321 in Park Slope, for children ages 5-13 years of age. Campers are grouped according to age and age-appropriate fun and creative activities are oganized for each specific age group and may include dance, drama, arts & crafts, and problem solving. Students participate in field trips and regular visits to Prospect Park. Camp runs from the end of June through August, camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early care and extended hours are available.

Kim's Kids Summer Day Camp is a traveling day camp based in Park Slope. Available for children 4 ½ -11 years old, the camp operates from 9:00-3:00 p.m. Activities includes hiking in wooded trails, swimming, exploring the Bronx Zoo, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge for lunch in Chinatown and a special trip to Sesame Place. Campers may attend 3, 4, or 5 days a week.

Mill Basin Day Camp offers five different camp programs for children ranging from preschool through 9th grade. Among the camp programs are sports activities that range from martial arts to football, as well as arts and crafts activities. The camp is located on Strickland Avenue in Brooklyn.

New Adventures Day Camp offers a variety of activities for children from K-9th grade. Located at PS 222 in Marine Park, campers are separated into four groups by grade. From swimming, gymnastics and karate to amusement parks and overnight trips, this day camp provides appropriate activities for each of the four age groups.

New York City Explorers offers a Summer Adventure Camp for ages 5-10 and a Summer Preschool Camp for ages 2-4. Based in Brooklyn, the camp hours are 8:00-4:00 p.m. with complimentary extended hours available.

NY Kids Club provides a Summer Adventure Camp Program in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. Campers may enroll for half day (9:00-12:00 p.m.) or school day hours (9:00-2:00 p.m.) The program offers physical and artistic activities for children 2 ½ to 6 years of age.

Park Slope Day Camp offers a diverse camp program for campers from pre-school through 10th grade.

The Shorefront Y Summer Day Camp, located in Brighton, offers three unique programs for children preschool-K, grades 1-4, and grades 5-9. Each program provides age-appropriate activities for campers to explore and engage in creative and performing arts, sciences, sports, instructional swim, and exciting field trips. Camp hours are 9:00-5:00 p.m., with early drop off and extended hours available.

The YMCA offers summer programming for the early childhood through the teen years at the various YMCA centers throughout Brooklyn.