Local summer day camps are a great way to expose your children to numerous types of activities, all the while keeping them mentally and physically active throughout the summer.
Prospect Park Zoo
Prospect Park Zoo offers multi-day programs are filled with live animals, zoo exploration, crafts, games, and more aimed at ages 2-17. Programs are tailored based on the camper’s age with short programs for toddlers and longer programs for older kids. Some of the programs available are Kinderzoo, Week of Wildlife, Zoo Explorer and Teen Internship.
Where: 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Contact: (718) 399-7339 or prospectparkzoo.com
Kim’s Kids Summer Camp
Kim’s Kids was founded by a group of teachers and named after one of them, Kim’s Kids. The Summer camp offers children the opportunity to be physical and enjoy nature, all within a safe environment.This is a unique camp in that it’s a traveling camp, meaning children meet at PS 321 and travel by bus to the day’s activity. Children ages 4.5-11 can participate in hiking, swimming at various lakes and pools, visiting the Bronx Zoo, walking across Brooklyn Bridge and having lunch in Chinatown, a special visit to Sesame Place and more.
Where: 378 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: (718) 768-6419 or kimskidscamp.com
Children’s Academy Summer Camp
The Children’s Academy at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus was designed to create an immersive, educational experience for youngsters between the ages of 3-12. The Children’s Academy intends on creating year round offerings for children with a focus on Academics, Athletics and Creativity.
During the summer months, the Children’s Academy operates a Summer Camp, where youngsters from across Brooklyn participate in courses ranging from robotics, movie making, fashion design, comic book creation, language immersion, ballet and urban dance. Brooklyn Campus faculty is employed to lead class instruction and graduate and undergraduate students are employed to serve as camp counselors.
This camp offers two programs: for kids ages 3-6 and kids ages 7-12. Kids participate in courses such as robotics, movie making, fashion design, comic book creation, language immersion, ballet, urban dance and more.
Where: 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: (718) 488-1364 or www.liu.edu/Brooklyn
NY City Explorers – Backpacks and Binoculars Summer Adventure Camp
Children ages 5-10 will have fun adventures visiting places such as The Bronx Zoo, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and many other places all over the five borough. Each camper is provided a journal to document their daily adventures which serves a wonderful moment and provides parents with ongoing progress report from your child’s perspective. Meals and transportation are included.
Where: The Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: (718) 797-3707 or www.nycityexplorers.com
Park Slope Day Camp
This camp offers a plethora of activities for kids starting PK – 8th grade. With four locations in Brooklyn, this camp has something for everyone. Kids will participate in various excursions, arts and crafts, horseback riding, rock climbing and more. There is also a special “Circus Camp” that teaches acrobatics, circus skills and more.
Where: 241 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: (718) 788-7732 or parkslopedaycamp.com
Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program – Summer Camp
This program is suitable for kids ages 7-12. Each day will include visits to various institutions where children can engage in arts, environmental science and cultural studies through fun, hands-on activities. Some of the places visited are the Prospect Park Zoo, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the Brooklyn Museum and the Lefferts Historic House.
Where: 789 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Contact: (718) 638-7700 or heartofbrooklyn.org
Mill Basin Day Camp
Mill Basin Day Camp is dedicated to providing children and their families a fun, safe and caring summer camp experience. Kids entering pre-K through 9th grade are divided into groups according to age and participate in a variety of activities, such as day trips, arts and crafts, swimming, sports, dance, music, gymnastics and more.
Where: 5945 Strickland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234
Contact: (718) 251-6200 or www.millbasindaycamp.com
Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace – Summer Day Camp
Campers will participate in activities related to the weekly theme, such as aquatics, science, nature and adventure, sports and cooking. There will be swimming, day trips and more. The Jewish Cultural Experience is an integral part of camp curriculum and is represented in fun and engaging activities led by experienced native-Israeli staff members. Ages 4-16.
Where: 122 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218
Contact: (718) 407-6377 or ywindsorterrace.org
Carmello the Science Fellow at the Cosmic Cove
Children ages 5-11 will get a unique opportunity to spend time with science teacher Carmello Piazza as he leads them through various fun activities and experiments in subjects such as chemistry, physics, biology and ecology.
Where: 300 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: (718) 722-0000 or carmelothesciencefellow.com
This unique camp offers kids ages 5-10 the opportunity to use various tools to create individual and group construction projects. One of the projects is building a skateboard that the kids can take outdoors to ride on. There is also animation, building cities and more. In addition, kids will also participate in drawing, painting and creative play.
Where: The Navy Yard, Building 92, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Contact: (646) 539-9402 or constructionkids.com
by Maytal Wichman