We may be mired in winter in New York City, but it's already time to think about summer camp for the kids. A number of the city's top camps host open houses over the next few weeks, and attending lets you preview summer offerings and familiarize yourself with new-to-you programs.
We've compiled more than two dozen upcoming open houses from our sponsors, including options for day and commuter camps, so you can stay warm while perusing the listings from your couch. There are hundreds of summer camps in Manhattan alone, but this list should get you started.
And whether you're looking for a preschooler-age camp, music camp, sleepaway camp, or even a FREE camp, remember to check out the Mommy Poppins Summer Camp Guide for more ideas in 2017.
Read on—and let the research begin.
NYC Day Camps
CAMP/pixel on the Upper East Side, in Tribeca, and Cobble Hill, Brooklyn—Saturday, February 18 and Saturday, April 1 for Upper East Side; Saturday, March 11 for Tribeca; Saturday, May 13 for Brooklyn. Open houses run from noon to 3pm. Click on each date for location and to RSVP. For more information, visit pixelacademy.org.
Chelsea Piers Summer Sports Camp in Chelsea—Saturday, February 11, Sunday, April 9. Open houses run from 11am to 2pm. RSVP not required. For more information, visit chelseapiers.com.
China Institute Summer Day Camp on the Upper East Side—Saturday, February 4 from 1pm to 3:30pm. RSVP for family workshops and Lunar New Year celebration held on the same day. For more information, visit chinainstitute.org.
Construction Kids—multiple locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. March 11 from noon to 3pm. Open house held at Corlears School. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit constructionkids.com.
Dwight Day Camp on the Upper East Side—Saturday, April 22 from 11am to 2pm. RSVP not required. For more information, visit dwightsummercamp.org.
Dodge YMCA in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn—Saturdays, February 25, April 29, and May 20. Open houses are held from 10am to 3pm each of those days. No RSVP necessary. For more information, visit ymcanyc.org/dodge.
International Ivy Summer Enrichment Programs, multiple locations in Manhattan and New Jersey—Sunday, February 12 from noon to 3pm at the Caedmon School; Saturday, March 11 from noon to 3pm at Corlears School. RSVP requested but not required. For more information, visit iisummer.com.
Consider the Launch Rockin' Robotic camp this summer for your little tinkerer. Photo by Jeff Zorabedian/courtesy of the camp.
Launch Math & Science Centers, multiple locations in Manhattan—Thursday, February 9 from 6 to 7:30pm at 127 West 81st Street location. No RSVP necessary. For more information, visit launchmath.com.
Lavner Camps in Greenwich Village—Saturday, May 6. RSVP by emailing Info@lavnercampsandprograms.com. For more information, visit lavnercampsandprograms.com.
Marks JCH Summer Day Camp in Brooklyn—Sunday, February 12, from 10am to noon for campers up to age 5; Sunday, February 26 from noon to 2pm for campers in kindergarten through fourth grade. All-ages open houses: Sundays, March 12, April 9 and 23, May 7 and 28. All run from noon to 2pm. RSVP by emailing email@example.com. For more information, visit www.jchb.org/summer-camps.
Mill Basin Day Camp in Brooklyn—Sunday, February 5; Saturdays, February 18, March 4, March 18, April 1; Sunday, April 16. Open houses run from 11am to 2pm. RSVP by clicking here. For more information, visit millbasindaycamp.com.
Oasis Day Camp in Bayside, Queens—Saturdays, February 18, March 11, and April 30. All sessions start at 11am. RSVP by calling 646-519-5055 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit oasischildren.com.
Oasis Day Camp in Brooklyn Bridge Park—Saturday, January 28 at 11am. RSVP by calling 646-519-5069 or emailing email@example.com. For more information, visit oasischildren.com.
Oasis Day Camp in Central Park—Wednesdays, February 15, March 15, April 12, and April 26. All sessions start at 6:30pm. RSVP by calling 646-698-1800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit oasischildren.com.
Oasis Day Camp in Lower Manhattan—Wednesday, February 8, Thursday, March 16, and Thursday, April 27. RSVP by calling 646-519-5058 or emailing email@example.com. For more information, visit oasischildren.com.
Celebrate summer at Park Slope Day Camp.
Park Slope Day Camp, multiple locations in Brooklyn—Saturdays, January 28, February 11, March 4 and 11, April 1 and 22 at 338 Eighth Street. Presentations at 1pm and 2:30pm each date. Saturday, May 20, outdoor open house in the Prospect Park Picnic House at 1pm. RSVP online. For more information, visit parkslopedaycamp.com.
Robofun on the Upper West Side—Saturday, February 11 from 11am to 2pm. RSVP online. For more information, visit robofun.org.
Summer Art Colony in Tribeca and on Governors Island— Saturday, March 25 from 10am to 5pm. No RSVP necessary. For more information, visit cmany.org/classes/summer-art-colony-day-camp.
Taste Buds Kitchen Cooking Camp in Chelsea—Monday, January 30; Tuesday, February 27; Mondays, March 27 and May 1. All open houses run from 5 to 6pm. RSVP by calling 212-242-2248. For more information visit tastebudskitchen.com.
The Ballet Club's Ballet Arts Camp on the Upper East Side—Saturday, March 4. RSVP by calling 917-281-1030 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit theballetclub.com.
Buckley Day Camp in Roslyn, Nassau County—Contact the camp office at 516-365-7760 to schedule a tour seven days a week. For more information, visit buckleycamp.com.
Camp Settoga in Pomona, Rockland County—Sunday, February 5. RSVP online or by calling 646-505-4430. Private tours also can be arranged by calling that number. For more information, visit campsettoga.org.
D-E 360° Summer Connections in Englewood, New Jersey—Saturdays, March 4 and April 22. RSVP online, by calling 201-227-3144, or emailing email@example.com. For more information, visit de360.d-e.org/summer.
Deerkill Day Camp in Suffern, Rockland County—Sundays, February 5 and 12; Saturday, February 25; Sundays, March 12 and 26, April 9 and 23, Saturday, May 6; and Sunday, May 14. All open houses begin at 10am. RSVP by calling 845-354-1466 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit deerkilldaycamp.com.
Deer Mountain Day Camp in Pomona, Rockland County—Saturdays, January 29 and February 4; Sunday, February 12. Tours by appointment from 10am to 5pm. Call 845-354-2727 or schedule tours online. For more information, visit deermountaindaycamp.com.
Take a zip-line adventure over the pond at Gate Hill Day Camp.
Gate Hill Day Camp in Stony Point, Rockland County—Saturdays, February 4 and 18, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, April 8. Tours are booked on the hour between 9am and 3pm. "Spring Fling" open house held on Saturday, April 29 from noon to 3pm. RSVP by calling 845-947-3223 or emailing email@example.com. For more information, visit gatehilldaycamp.com.
Mount Tom Day Camp in New Rochelle, Westchester County—Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5; Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12. Call 914-636-8130 to schedule. For more information, visit mounttomdaycamp.com.
The Nature Place Day Camp in Chestnut Ridge, Rockland County—Sunday, February 18; Saturday, March 4; Sunday, March 19; Saturday, April 8; Sunday, April 23; Saturday, May 13. Open houses run from 1pm to 4pm, with the exception of March 4, which is from noon to 2pm. No RSVP necessary. For more information, visit thenatureplace.com.
Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts in Wheatley Heights, Suffolk County—Sundays February 5, March 5, April 2, and May 7. Open-house hours are from 11am to 2pm. RSVP by calling 631-643-7900 or filling out this form. For more information, visit usdan.org.
For more help with your camp search, be sure to check out our our Summer Camp guide.
Top photo: Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts. All photos courtesy of the camps.