Summer Camp Open Houses: NYC Day Camps, Commuter Camps & Sleepaway Camps
Right after the New Year starts, we start getting inundated with emails asking for summer camp recommendations. 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, it's no wonder we're all stressing out.
While it will be a few weeks before we finish overhauling our Mommy Poppins Summer Camp Guide for 2015, we decided to share info about upcoming open houses and tours for some of our sponsors: notable NYC day camps, commuter camps and even one sleepaway camp. Our list is by no means comprehensive—there are hundreds of summer camps in Manhattan alone! But if you're wondering how to get started, this list should help. If a program piques your interest, just click the name of the camp for all the info.
In addition to the individual open houses listed, we've got the scoop on a series of local camp fairs where you can meet representatives from multiple programs at the same time. So let your research begin!
NYC Day Camps
Asphalt Green Summer Day Camp on the Upper East Side – Sundays, February 8 and March 8 11am-12:30pm; RSVP encouraged, call 212-369-8890 ext. 2084 or email email@example.com. For more info, visit asphaltgreen.org.
Asphalt Green Summer Day Camp in Battery Park City – Thursday, February 5 6-7pm; Sunday, March 22 11am-noon; Tuesday, April 14 6-7pm; Sunday, May 3 11am-noon; RSVP encouraged, call 212-369-8890 ext. 2084 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit asphaltgreen.org
The Ballet Club Children's Movement and Art Summer Camp on the Upper East Side – Contact Ms. Easterling at 917-281-1030 or email@example.com for a tour. For more info, visit theballetclub.com.
Bank Street Summer Camp in Morningside Heights – Monday, January 26 6-7pm; Saturday, February 7 10-11am; Thursday, February 26 6-7pm; Monday, March 16 10am-noon; Friday, March 27 noon-2pm; Thursday, April 16 6-7pm; Thursday, May 14 6-7pm; RSVP online. For more info, visit bankstreet.edu.
Mill Basin Day Camp in Mill Basin, Brooklyn – Saturdays, February 7, 21, March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20 and 27, all sessions run 11am-2pm. RSVP online. For more info, visit millbasindaycamp.com.
Oasis Day Camp on the Lower East Side – Wednesday, January 28; Thursday, February 19; Thursday, March 19; Thursday, April 16; Thursday, May 14 and Wednesday, June 10, all sessions start at 6:30pm; no RSVP required. For more info, visit oasischildren.com.
The Park Slope Day Camp in Brooklyn – Saturdays, January 31, February 28, March 14, 28, April 11, 25 and May 9. Two sessions per day beginning at 1 and 2:30pm; no RSVP required. For more info, visit parkslopedaycamp.com.
SummerSault at the Town School on the Upper East Side – Monday, February 9 at 8:45am; Monday, February 23 at 8:45am; Wednesday, February 25 at 6pm; RSVP online or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit summersaultnyc.org.
Commuter Day Camps
Deer Mountain Day Camp in Pomona, NY – Saturday, January 31; Saturday, February 7; Sunday, February 22; Saturday, February 28; RSVP to 845-354-2727 or email@example.com. For more info, visit deermountaindaycamp.com.
Deerkill Day Camp in Suffern, NY – Sunday, February 1 at 10am; Monday, February 16 at 10 and 11:30am; Sunday, March 1 at 10am; Sunday, March 15 at 10am; Saturday, March 21 at 10am; Sunday, April 12 at 10am; Sunday, April 26 at 10am; Sunday, May 10 at 10am and Monday, May 25 at 10am; RSVP to 845-354-1466 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit deerkilldaycamp.com.
The Nature Place Day Camp in Chestnut Ridge, NY – Sunday, February 15 1-4pm; Saturday, February 28 11am-2pm; Sunday, March 15 1-4pm; Saturday, March 28 1-4pm; Sunday, April 12 1-4pm; Sunday, April 26 1-4pm; Saturday, May 9 1-4pm and Sunday, May 24 1-4pm; no RSVP required. For more info, visit thenatureplace.com.
Neil Klatskin Day Camp, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ – Call 201-567-8963 or email email@example.com to schedule a tour, or just show up during office hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4pm. For more info, visit klatskindaycamp.com.
New Country Day Camp of the 14th Street Y at the Staten Island Greenbelt – Thursday, January 29 7-8:30pm; Saturday, February 28 3:30-4:30pm; Thursday, March 26 7-8:30pm; Thursday, April 16 7p-8:30pm; RSVP online. For more info, visit newcountrydaycamp.org.
Spring Lake Day Camp in Ringwood, NJ – Saturday, January 31 at 10 and 11am; Monday, February 16-Friday, February 20 10am-3pm; Sunday, February 22 at 10 and 11am; RSVP to 973-831-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit springlakedaycamp.com.
Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheatley Heights, NY – Sunday, January 25; Wednesday, February 18; Sunday, March 15; Sunday, April 19 and Sunday, May 17, all sessions run 11am-2pm; RSVP to 631-643-7900 or email@example.com. For more info, visit usdan.com.
Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville, NY – Sundays, February 22, March 15, April 12 and May 17, all sessions run 11:30am-3pm; RSVP to 845-985-2291 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit frostvalley.org.
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 40 summer programs. These events are FREE and take place on select dates through March. Find upcoming dates in our Event Calendar and check out NY Fam's website for a list of participating summer camps. RSVP recommended.
Got a child with special needs? NYC-based nonprofit Resources for Children with Special Needs is hosting a FREE Summer Fun and More event on Saturday, January 31 from 11am to 3pm at New York's Hotel Pennsylvania, where you can learn about more than 100 camps, recreational and year-round programs for youth with disabilities. Visit the website for more info.
Thanks to our sponsors for providing this information.