Summer Camp Open Houses: NYC Day Camps, Commuter Camps and Sleepaway Camps
The very first phone call I got in 2013 was from a fellow mom asking me if I had any summer camp recommendations. I was impressed. Usually Summer Camp Freak Out Fever doesn't kick in until early February. But with many summer programs already holding open houses and putting those countdown to summer clocks on their websites, no wonder we're all stressing out.
While it will be a few weeks before we finish overhauling our Mommmy Poppins Summer Camp Guide for 2013, we decided to share info about upcoming open houses and tours of some of our favorite NYC day camps, commuter camps and a couple of sleepaway camps. Our list is by no means comprehensive—there are hundreds of summer camps in Manhattan alone! But these are all quality programs that we either have personal experience with (my seven-year-old can vouch for TADA! and Oasis Central Park and Mommy Poppins founder Anna loves Buck's Rock), or boast top-notch reputations.
If you're interested in a camp but can't attend the open house for some reason, it's worth calling or emailing to see if there will be alternate dates. In addition to the individual programs listed, we've got the scoop on a series of local camp fairs where you can meet representatives from multiple programs at once. So let your research begin!
NYC Day Camps
Asphalt Green Day Camp on the Upper East Side – Saturday, February 9 2-3:30pm; no RSVP required
Bonjour New York – Thursday, April 18 4:30-5:30pm in Midtown East; Saturday, April 20 10-11am in Ardsley, NY; Saturday, April 20 10am-noon in Carroll Gardens; Saturday, April 27 10am-noon on the Upper West Side; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Oasis Day Camps
Oasis runs a number of day programs in NYC, Westchester and Long Island.
NYC Is My Backyard throughout Manhattan – Thursday, March 7 5:30-7:30pm; call 917-670-4406
Commuter Day Camps
Hampton Country Day Camp in East Hampton, NY – Saturday, May 25 11am-3pm; RSVP to 516-953-5171
Buckley Day Camp in Roslyn, NY – personal tours available every day; call 516-365-7760
The Nature Place Day Camp in Chestnut Ridge, NY – Saturday, January 19 1-4pm, preceded by our free Winter Tales public program 11am-noon. No RSVP needed. Call 845-356-6477 or email email@example.com for more info.
Woodmont Day Camp in New City, NY – Sundays, January 13 and February 3, and Saturday, January 19; call 845-638-0700 to schedule your private tour time.
Mohawk Day Camp in White Plains, NY – tours every weekend; call 914--949-2635
Deer Mountain Day Camp in – Saturdays, January 19 and February 2 10am-3:30pm; call 845-354-2727 to set up an appointment
Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp in New Milford, CT – Saturday, May 18 1-4pm (rain date Sunday, May 19); call 800-636-5218
Camp Fairs in NYC
Every year, the American Camp Association and New York Family magazine organize a series of Camp Fairs in Manhattan and Brooklyn where families can meet representatives from more than 60 summer programs. These events are free and take place on select dates through early April. Visit NY Fam's website for a list of dates and locations, and participating summer camps. RSVP recommended.
Got a child with special needs? NYC-based nonprofit Resources for Children with Special Needs hosts its annual free Special Camp Fair on Saturday, January 26 11am-3pm, where you can learn about 70 programs. Visit the website for more info.