Lester's Summer Camp Store

Lester's offers the latest trends and fashion brands in clothing, shoes and accessories from layette to older teen and those in between. Your shopping experience is made easy with a sales staff that delights in helping our customers find just what they're looking for .

Lester's stores are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Greenvale, Huntington, and Deal, NJ.

Please call for an appointment with a camp counselor at the Lester's nearest you.

Manhattan-1534 Second Aveue/80St. 212 734-9292 Brooklyn - 1102-1120 Avenue U-718 645 4501 Greenvale, LI - 90 Northern Blvd- 516 626-1161 Huntington,LI - 350 Rte. 110 (next to Barnes & Noble) 631 299-2222


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The Art Farm Drop In or Drop Off


The Art Farm is another one of the unique places for kids in New York City, an indoor farm with a wide variety of animals including bunnies, chinchillas, hamsters, guinea pigs, lizards, turtles, birds, and tropical fish. Children can touch, feed and hold the animals, as well as participate in many other activities.

I know The Art Farm best for their show-stopping birthday parties, but they also offer playgroup classes for toddlers, Mommy and Me classes and Farm Helper/Animal care classes for children up to the age of 8 years and I just found out about their drop in/drop off program, what they call their Open House program.


The Art Farm Summer Day Camp in the City

Does your child like to make pizzas, create amazing art projects, do crazy science experiments, hang on the farm with the animals, pet snakes and learn magic tricks from the magician himself? Well, The Art Farm in the City has the perfect summer experience!

Our farm is a green/eco-friendly facility, and is the home to a wide variety of animals including bunnies, chinchillas, hamsters, guinea pigs, lizards, turtles, birds, and tropical fish. The Art Farm in the City believes that the incredible connection between children and animals teaches children independence, responsibility and compassion.

During a full day at camp kids ages 4-8 can enjoy all of these activities at The Art Farm as well take swimming lessons at the 92nd Street Y and learn soccer with Super Soccer Stars in Carl Schurz Park. Campers ages 6-8 participate in X-games in the park and choose from electives such as jewelry making, digital photography, computer, wood working, dance, drama, animal science, tennis and karaoke to customize their day.

The half-day program is offered from 9:00-12:30 for children ages 3 - 4. Here they experience a warm nurturing environment that allows them to feel comfortable with separation. Children spend time on the farm, create art masterpieces, bake goodies, sing their favorite songs and play soccer as well. The children go outside every day for soccer at Carl Schurz Park or for playground time at Asphalt Green.

Every week The Art Farm in the City offers new themes and many interesting visitors come to see the children. Goats, sheep and baby chicks come to spend the week with us, chefs from different cultures come to cook with us, and a variety of musicians come in to jam.

Summer Camp at The Art Farm'shalf-day program for 3 - 4 year olds is offered from 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and the full day program for 4 - 8 year olds is offered from 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Weekly sessions are available, and both programs are offered two, three or five days a week.

The Art Farm offers a variety of programs for children of all ages, including birthday parties, mommy & me classes, play group, after school classes, preschool, open house, and a part-time pet program. This environment provides the children with opportunities to grow socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually in a warm, loving, and nurturing farm atmosphere. The Art Farm is also an eco-friendly facility, where the children learn to care for our planet through learning to recycle and reuse.
For more information visit the website for The Art Farm in the City: www.theartfarms.org, or contact us at info@theartfarms.org or 212-410-3117.

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Marymount Summer Program

Marymount Summer Program

1026 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10028,  www.marymountsummer.org

June 22nd – July 24th 2009


Marymount's outstanding summer program offers day camps for boys and girls (ages 3.5-13) in the heart of New York City. All camps include weekly field trips, creative arts, outdoor spots, and swim instruction.


The World Cultures Day Camp (ages 3.5-5) is run by early childhood experts and is designed to inspire creative play and encourage discovery through age appropriate indoor and outdoor activities. The program examines the richness of our world's different cultures, including: music, art, dance, language and cuisine.


Young Explorers Camp (ages 5-6) Experienced science teachers introduce campers to the world of natural and physical sciences through hands on experimentation and field studies.  Perfect for the budding scientist who loves nature and animals, building and construction, fiddling with gadgets, and mixing in test tubes while discovering their natural world.


Cabaret Musical Theater Camp (ages 5-6) For children who love to sing and dance, the camp offers an exciting and fun-filled immersion into the creative and collaborative process of musical theater. Campers will perform a Camp Cabaret of show tunes at the end of the five-week session.


The Drama Camp (ages 7-13) is a comprehensive and creative musical theater program run by professional teaching artists. Campers participate in daily workshops in dance, acting, music, and set design, culminating in the production of two full musicals. Campers participate in a Meet the Artist program, where they work with some of Broadway's most talented actors, directors and designers and attend a Broadway show.


The Science and Technology Camp (ages 7-12) Campers discover the world of natural science and technology through laboratory experiments, field studies and multimedia activities, led by a team of science and technology experts in Marymount's state of the art lab facilities. Highlights include weekly field trips to some of NYC’s most prestigious science institutions and museums, chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, video game design, and digital movie making.


Visit www.marymountsummer.org to download a brochure and registration form, or call 212-744-4486 x155.  Email:  summercamp@marymount.k12.ny.us



Summer Breeze at Gymtime

Our exciting program of activities is located in the York Avenue Preschool and Gymtime, Rhythm and Glues facility. Our safe, spacious and exciting indoor environment is the perfect setting for a wide variety of arts and crafts, music, cooking, sports and gymnastics. All of this is perfectly complimented by more adventures in the outdoor water play area and our new playground equipment. Your children are in safe hands.
Summer Breeze counselors are often regular members of York Avenue Preschool and Gymtime, Rhythm and Glues maintaining the same high standards that we expect throughout the school year. Summer Breeze day camp is for separated children from the ages of 3 years to 5.3 years. For more information please contact us at 212-861-7732 or visit our website at www.gymtime.net

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Greenwich House Pottery

An alternative to all-day camp, this 3-day per week workshop cultivates creative exploration in the visual arts for young emerging artists.

Children will discover the magical, messy, and multi-dimensional world of art making with their efforts celebrated in an exhibition presented in our renowned Jane Hartsook Gallery. Found objects, body mapping, contour drawing, collaborative sculpture making, and of course, plenty of clay work are just some of the projects to be discovered. 

For more information, visit GreenwichHousePottery.org

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92nd Street Y Camps

This summer, as it has for decades, the 92nd Street Y offers a number of excellent summer camps to nearly 1,500 school-aged children of all backgrounds, interests and needs. From Camp Yomi, the Y's flagship camp, perfect for children entering Kindergarten through 4th grade, to specialized camps for the developmentally challenged, artistically inclined or sports savvy, 92nd Street Y camps give children an opportunity to grow physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually.

The attentive staff and specially trained counselors help provide campers with a memorable summer through creative programs offering exciting learning experiences and rich memories that can be taken with them throughout life. The 92nd Street Y's Camp Tova and Camp Bari Tov offer supportive, enriching programs that help children with special needs make new friends and grow through a rewarding camp experience. Camp Haverim offers children entering the 5th and 6th grades the opportunity to test their independence with new and challenging experiences, including overnight trips, camping expeditions and white water rafting. Camp Yaffa (ages 8-11) specializes in visual and performing arts. Camp Tevah (ages 8-11) focuses on science and nature. Fantastic Gymnastics offers children ages 6-13 a unique gymnastics program that also includes swimming, dance, studio art and field trips.

Then there's Camp K Ton Ton, a day camp for children ages 3-5 utilizing the 92nd Street Y Nursery School facilities; Camp Kesher and Kesher Jr., one- and two-week sleep away programs for children ages 7-11; and Trailblazers, a program of exciting day and overnight trips for 7th through 9th graders.

Camps Yomi and Haverim, Tova and Bari Tov, and Yaffa and Tevah use the bucolic 100-acre campus at the Y's Rockland County campgrounds, which feature two new baseball fields this summer, a new climbing tower (with varying levels of difficulty) and a new Spacenet the flexible, interactive jungle gym of the 21st century. That's in addition to three pools for instructional and recreational swim; a lake for boating; art, ceramics and jewelry-making studios; a nature center; and a technology center with film, photography and computer equipment.

No matter what your child's age or interest, there's something for everyone at the 92nd Street Y Camps! 92nd Street Y Camps 212.415.5573 www.92Y.org/camps www.92Y.org/camps

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Camp Broadway Day Camps

Gotta sing? Gotta dance? If you're a theatre-loving kid, Camp Broadway has a summer program for you! Camp Broadway, Broadway's Original Summer Camp has programs for kids ages 6-17.

For Camp Broadway's tiny talents, ages 6-8, Shining Stars taps into your child's natural creativity through singing, dancing, and crafts. Taught by professional teaching artists, your Shining Stars will not only sing and dance, but paint their own scenery and design their own costumes! Five half days of fun culminate in a musical presentation for the entire family. The program includes lunch, snacks and materials.
For campers ages 9-11, Camp Broadway is the perfect fit. This program is five full days of training for the aspiring artists. Camp offers instruction from experienced Broadway-trained faculty and classes on ensemble singing, dancing, movement, voice and acting. There are also Master classes taught by Broadway artists, as well as a behind-the-scenes insight from the crew of a Broadway production.  The program includes a ticket to a Broadway show with a meet and greet with the Broadway performers afterwards. The week culminates with an on stage finale presentation for the entire family! The program includes meals, materials and merchandise.

For performers ages 12-14, CB2 is perfect!  This five day training for up-and-coming performers includes classes taught by experienced Broadway-trained faculty in ensemble singing, dance, movement and acting.  Master classes with Broadway artists in pop vocal technique and hip hop dance, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at a Broadway production are also included.  The campers will see a Broadway show and afterwards enjoy a meet and greet with the performers. The week culminates with an on stage finale presentation for the entire family!  The program includes meals, materials and merchandise.

Camp Broadway's "The Next Step"  is for emerging stars, ages 15-17, to focus on enhancing their individual talents through one-on-one coaching in scene study, vocal technique, movement, and overall presentation taught by experienced Broadway professionals. Five full days of small group and individual work are designed to challenge the performer. The program includes a behind-the-scenes look at a Broadway show, dinner in Times Square, a ticket to a Broadway show and a talk back with the cast. 

For more information, visit www.campbroadway.com or call 212-575-2929.

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Celebrate The Romance of Childhood

In between the fish sticks and temper tantrums we sometimes forget about the romance of childhood. Their joy and fascination with incredibly simple things (like my daughter's recent discovery of scotch tape) or those moments when they are so incredibly empathatic that your can feel your heart breaking. Take some time out this Valentines Day to celebrate the beautiful small moments of being a child by introducing your kids to some classics:

The Red Balloon

At just 34 minutes and with almost no dialogue, this is the perfect first movie for any kid while also being a pure joy for adults and what could be more romantic than watching a red balloon waft down the streets of Paris in 1956? The screening at the Alliance Francaise will be followed by an hour of activities and games inspired by The Red Balloon, led by Le Club Th?©??tre, Saturday Feb. 9, tickets for Non-Members $10 / Children under 12 $5. Visit the site for more information.

Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity
Though always crowded and somewhat overpriced, there was nothing I loved more as a kid than going to Serendipity and getting their frozen hot chocolate. The enormous cup is filled with deliciousness and the whole place is a kid wonderland. The wait can be ridiculously long so I suggest making reservations. And, while you are in the neighborhood, take a ride on the Roosevelt Island tram which is a cheap thrill for any kid. For the price of a subway in each direction you get a surprisingly intense ride that lasts 4 minutes!

Surf the Beach
This one is for the adventurers but if you dare, a great way to spend a winter day is to bundle up and head to the beach. There is something really magical about being on a huge empty beach in the winter and it's an amazing place to take photographs (try taking real photographs too, you remember, the ones that require film). The shells and sand are still there and will entertain most kids for hours. With the future of Coney Island up in the air, you might want to hop on the D, N, Q or F train to catch some last glimpses of the beautiful, seedy and outrageously photogenic amusement park. And if you get chilly, you can always head over to the Aquarium which is right off the boardwalk. Or, take the A train to the Rockaways where you may even be able to catch some crazy surfers. This video is proof that they are out there in the middle of freezing February.

Barnes and Noble Storytimes

We recently wrote about the Battery Park City as a nice place to spend a day indoors., with lots of different activities amenities. Well, here's a nice addition to this little outing: there's a big, brand new Barnes & Noble bookstore just about a block away at 270 Greenwich Street (the entrance is actually on Warren).


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