Summer Camp Open Houses: NYC Day Camps, Commuter Camps and Sleepaway Camps
The very first phone call I got in 2014 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, it's 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 2014, 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 programs 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 – Sunday, February 9 10:30am-noon; Saturday, May 10 noon-1:30pm; no RSVP needed
Asphalt Green Summer Day Camp in Battery Park City – Sunday, January 12 11:30am-1:30pm; Saturday, February 8 11:30am-1:30pm; Thursday, February 27 6:30-7:30pm; no RSVP needed
Textile Arts Center Day Camp in Park Slope, Brooklyn and the West Village – Monday, January 20 noon-2pm; Tuesday, April 22 noon-2pm; Thursday, June 5 noon-2pm in both locations; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for Park Slope, Brooklyn; RSVP to email@example.com for the West Village
Dwight Summer Day Camp on the Upper East Side – Saturday, February 15 11am-1pm; no RSVP needed
The Park Slope Day Camp in Park Slope – Saturdays, January 25; February 8; March 8; March 22; April 5; April 26 and May 17 two sessions per date at 1 or 2:30pm; no RSVP needed
Commuter Day Camps
Spring Lake Day Camp in Ringwood, NJ – Sunday, January 19 9:30am-noon; Monday, Jan 20 10am-3pm; Sunday, February 9 10am-1pm; Sunday, February 23 10am-1pm and Sunday, March 2 10am-1pm; RSVP to 973-831-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Deerkill Day Camp in Suffern, NY – Monday, January 20 at 10am; Sunday, February 2 at 10am; Monday, February 17 at 10 and 11:30am; Sunday, March 2 at 10am; RSVP to 845-354-1466 or email@example.com
The Nature Place Day Camp in Chestnut Ridge, NY – Saturday, January 18; Saturday, February 1; Sunday, February 16; Saturday, March 1; Sunday, March 16; Sunday, April 6; Saturday, April 19; Saturday, May 3; Sunday, May 18 and Sunday, June 1 1-4pm; no RSVP needed
New Country Day Camp of the 14th Street Y at the Staten Island Greenbelt – All open houses 7-8pm at the 14th Street Y on Thursdays, January 16, February 27 and March 27; RSVP to 646-395-4347 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Rill Day Camp in Airmont, NY – Sunday, February 23; Saturday, March 1; Saturday, March 15, Sunday, March 23; Sunday, April 6; Saturday, April 12; Saturday, April 26 and Saturday, May 10; for times and to RSVP call 845-352-3521 or email email@example.com; private tours with owner/director Greg Schreiner also available
Deer Mountain Day Camp in Pomona, NY – Saturdays, January 18, February 1 and February 8 10am-3:30pm; call 845-354-2727 to set up an appointment
Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheatley Heights, NY – Sunday, January 26; Wednesday, February 19; Thursday, March 6; Wednesday, April 16 and Sunday, May 18; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Gate Hill Day Camp in Stony Point, NY – Saturday, February 8 and Saturday, April 26 11am-3pm; RSVP to 845-947-3223
Beth Sholom Day Camp in Roslyn Heights, NY – Sunday, February 9 10am-noon; Wednesday, March 12 3-5pm; Wednesday, April 9 3-5pm; Sunday, May 4 10am-noon and Sunday, June 1 10am-noon; no RSVP needed
Future Stars Summer Camps in Purchase, NY – Saturday, January 25 10am-1pm; no RSVP needed
Mount Tom Day Camp in New Rochelle, NY – Saturday, January 18; Sunday, January 19; Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2; call 914-636-8130 to schedule a tour
Deerkill Day Camp in Suffern, NY – Monday, January 20 at 10am; Sunday, February 2 at 10am; Monday, February 17 at 10 and 11:30am; and Sunday, March 2 at 10am; RSVP to 845-354-1466 or email@example.com
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 February. 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 25 11am-3pm at New York's Hotel Pennsylvania, where you can learn about 70 programs. Visit the website for more info.
Thanks to our sponsors for providing this information.