Summer camp is a wonderful thing—an opportunity for children to experience different things than they do during their normal school year. At the end of the summer children seem to have grown not just in inches, but as little people too— after a summer exposed to new kids, new challenges and and loads of sunshine.
We've put together this summer camp guide to help parents and their children find the best and most suitable programs. You'll find preschool and toddler programs, specialty one-week day camps, country day camps, sleep-away camps and even some of the services and resources to help make finding and getting ready for camp easier.
In addition, we think you'll find lots of great resources listed by our sponsors. The camp listings at the bottom of this page will give you more in depth information about each of our sponsor camps or services.
Check out our Slacker Mom Camp Guide for last minute camp openings.
Finding the Right Camp
The good news is there are hundreds of great camps to choose from. The bad news is...that there are hundreds of great camps to choose from. How on earth do you pick the right one for your child. The Mommy Poppins Camp Guide is here to help. Not only will you find write-ups of some camps that we think are particularly noteworthy, but we've got expert advice from people that have been in the business long enough to remember when going to camp meant roughing it. Plus all the resources you need to find out more information about camps online.
Summer Camps and Programs on a Budget
A great camp is worth every penny you'll spend on it, but there are also many programs available that are either totally free of charge or very reasonably priced. Take a look at some of the summer camps and programs we've discovered that are available for all New York City children.
Preschool Summer Programs
Most preschools have summer programs now, but there are many choices even for toddlers as little as two years old to try something new for the summer months.
No matter what your kid is into, or thinks she is into this week, it seems like there's a specialty camp out there. Many are one week programs that make it easy to line up a summer of dabbling and stay flexible around your family vacation. Others let kids immerse themselves in their theme for longer periods. Either way, we've been astounded at some of the really cool camps there are out there and picked out some of the most interesting ones.
Shopping for Camp
You've found the right camp. Now you need to find all the right gear. We know just what you're looking for.
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Camp Guide Listings Pages
NYC Day Camps
Pre-School Summer Programs
Country Day Camps