Children explore nature in Darien. Photo by Julia Arstorp Photography courtesy of Darien Nature Center
Children explore nature in Darien. Photo by Julia Arstorp Photography courtesy of Darien Nature Center

Summer Camps for Preschoolers around Fairfield, CT

Summer camp is great prep for school. These well-established programs in Fairfield County know how to cater to preschoolers with fun water play, nature, sports, shorter sessions, hands-on summer activities, and, yes, plenty of hand-holding.

Live in Central Connecticut? We've rounded up our favorite preschooler camps in the Hartford area, too. See our Connecticut Summer Camp Guide for more ideas, or search by age, interest, and town in our Connecticut camp directory.

Chelsea Piers Connecticut — Stamford

Ages 3 and up
This sports-focused summer camp offers a half-day camp, Little Athletes, for kids ages 3-4, as well as full-day programs for older children. Kids can choose from several specialized tracks, including gymnastics, dance, swimming, soccer, and more. They'll get plenty of sports instruction, but also playtime with arts and crafts, games, and more activities with their new friends. 

Connecticut Audubon Society — Fairfield, Milford, Glastonbury, Old Lyme, and Pomfret 

Ages 4 and up
This preschool camp offers an outdoor, nature-fueled half-day camp experience for campers ages 4 to 5. There are also full-day camps for the older siblings. Themes vary by the week and keep the kids busy exploring wetlands, woods, ponds, and all the creatures that can be found within them. Join by the week, or for the whole summer. There is before care and an extended lunch option, too.

Darien Nature Center — Darien

Ages 3 and up
Explore, learn, and grow while enjoying the outdoors. Attend just a few days a week or five at this summer camp that caters to all ages. The youngest campers are separated into several groups, depending on their birth year. Examples of camp week themes include "Forest Friends," "The Deep Blue Sea," "Around the Campfire," and "Adventures in Science." 

Little ones explore natural landscapes in Westport. Photo courtesy of Earthplace

Earthplace — Westport

Ages 2 and up
Campers will hit the trail at this nature-focused summer camp at Earthplace. They'll be exploring local ecosystems and our natural environment, including ponds, woods, and more. There will still be plenty of time for camp-style, preschooler activities, too, such as arts and crafts, music, and storytime. Preschool age kids (2-5) are separated into additional groups by age, including one just for the toddlers (age 2). Early drop off is available for all ages, and extended day options are available for ages 3 and up.

Hill Farm Preschool — Fairfield

Ages 2-6
Enjoy summer camp at this sweet preschool this summer. Each week carries a different theme, from patriotism (July 4 week) to an arts/create week to a "backyard bash" complete with water play and popsicles. Kids can join for a half day, or a slightly longer day ending in the early afternoon, and parents are welcome to enroll them for one day a week, up to all five.

International Day Camp at Enchanted Garden — Ridgefield

Ages 3-5
This preschool opens its doors (and outdoor play areas) up for summer camp. Each week hosts a different theme. Past examples include dragons, games from around the world, mermaids, and folklore. Campers also engage in outdoor fun, cooking, science, art, and music. We love that the camp describes its mission as being about "kindness, creativity, and fun."


Even toddlers can get into the summer camp fun at Kidville. Photo courtesy the camp

Kidville — Westport

Ages 2 and up 
This indoor camp offers little campers plenty of activities to wear 'em out and pique their curiosity. Preschoolers (and toddlers) will enjoy gym-style games and fun on the mat, but also music, arts and crafts, science, and more guided activities with their counselors. Check out each week's theme before booking your sessions. There's also an option for children 18-months and up with a parent or caregiver.

Long Ridge Camp — Stamford

Ages 3 and up
The Long Ridge Camp held on the wooded grounds of this independent day school offers a full day or half day of camp for your preschooler. The "nursery and preschool" division participates in all the typical camp activities, but is geared to the needs of the younger set, including games, art, swimming, dance, and music. Bus transportation is available to full-day campers. The 14-acre campus includes three pools, playgrounds, air-conditioned indoor facilities, and sports fields.

New Canaan Nature Center — New Canaan

Ages 3 and up
This popular summer camp spans 40 acres with plenty of fields, ponds, and woods to explore. There's a half-day option for ages 3-5, or full day for ages 4 and up. Promising an "action-packed" day camp, the New Canaan Nature Center serves up games, arts, wood hikes, bird watching, gardening, and even baking.

Ridgefield Academy — Ridgefield

Ages 2 and up
A new "twos" program at Ridgefield Academy's summer camp on the independent school's 42-acre campus lets the state's youngest campers take part in the seasonal fun with water play, playgrounds, sensory tables, preschool classrooms, a Kitchen Lab, and more. Your 2-year-old can enjoy a half-day program, while those ages 3 and up are eligible for full-day sessions. Before and after care are available, too. Each week carries a fun theme, such as "A Camping We Will Go" and "Under the Sea."

Summer at Wooster — Danbury

Ages 4 and up
The pre-K and kindergarten-age summer camp program at Wooster School offers its youngest campers both half-day and full-day extended care options. Either way, your little camper will enjoy a day filled with fun orchestrated by the teachers and counselors who have access to the school's wonderful grounds, including swimming pools, gymnasiums, playgrounds, theater, art studios, nature trails, and more. Bonus: Full day camp comes with hot lunch.

Stamford Nature Center — Stamford

Ages 18 months and up
Meet live animals, visit the vernal pools and trek through the nature trails at the Stamford Nature Center. Choose from Woodland Wonder Art that features art experiences, songs, live animals, and hands-on centers, or Wild At Art, which includes visiting animal pastures, experiencing free play, rolling logs, and more. 

Toddlertime — New Canaan

Ages 18 months - 6 years
Fantastic teachers and well-planned activities, including water play, make the half-day Toddlertime camp a consistent favorite for the preschool set. Toddlers, of course, are welcome at this summer camp with exciting rotating themes; water play, outdoor games, and music are part of every camp week. The focus on creativity is a total win for this age group.

Tumble Jungle — Norwalk, Westport, and Darien

Ages 3 and up
Tumble Jungle offers half-day summer camps for toddlers and preschoolers from early June to late August in its climate-controlled facilities. Kids will bounce on the trampolines and inflatables, and enjoy themed crafts, and games.

There's lots of room to roam (and splash) on Whitby's 30-acre campus. Photo courtesy of Whitby School

Whitby School — Greenwich

Ages 18 months and up 
This private Connecticut school extends its Montessori classroom to the outdoors for summer camp each year. Families attending the school can start their children in the summer camp program as young as 18 months. Kids will explore the 30-acre campus, including classrooms, a revamped gym, nature, water fun, arts, music, science, and cooking, depending on the age group. Half-day options are available.

Woodcock Nature Center — Wilton

Ages 3 and up
This wilderness camp encourages campers of all ages to explore its 150-acre preserve with hiking, wildlife encounters, nature crafts, and more from mid-June to mid-August. Preschoolers are divided into separate age groups: 3s and early 4s (there's also a pre-k and kindergarten group). 

A version of this article first published in 2012.


Toddlertime
23 Park Street
New Canaan, CT 06840

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840

Enchanted Garden Arts
165 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Hill Farm Preschool
160 Hill Farm Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Long Ridge Camp
478 Erskine Road
Stamford, CT 06903

Stamford Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
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