As one of the most kid-friendly neighborhoods in New York City, it's no surprise that there are lots of summer camps in Park Slope. Whether your kids are into art or theater, nature or science, dance or music, or a little bit of everything, there's a program for them. Don't wait until spring is here: It's time to start planning your kids' super Brooklyn summer right now.
Also be sure to check out our favorite places to to play, eat and learn in Park Slope.
General Interest Camps
Beansprouts Nursery School
453 Sixth Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets
This camp is an extension of the popular preschool's program. Tots skip through sprinklers in the backyard, or enjoy excursions to nearby Prospect Park. Inside, campers enjoy storytime, cooking, music, yoga, and arts and crafts. Five- to 6-year-olds go on one field trip a week; kids ages 7 to 9 go on two fun field trips each week.
Children's Day Camp at Berkeley Carroll
712 Carroll Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
The Park Slope private school offers a variety of programs, everything from the usual summer fun (sports, arts, swimming in an indoor pool) to one-week mini-camps specializing in language, nature, performing arts, science, sports and visual arts.
Kim's Kids Summer Camp
378 3rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
Ages 4 1/2-11
This day camp gives kids a taste of the great outdoors. Campers go hiking, running and climbing through the woods and along riverbanks, exploring nature along the way. Frequent field trips, both in the city (Jacob Riis Park Beach, the Bronx Zoo, Chinatown) and outside NYC (like a trip to Sesame Place) round out the fun.
Prospect Park YMCA
361 15th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues
Ages 4 1/2-17
My family belongs to the Y, so it's our go-to spot for classes, sports and entertainment. This location offers many different summer programs, including the Lisa Beth Gerstman Camp for children with physical disabilities. Other camp options include the usual fun like swimming, day trips, arts and crafts and storytime.
Other local organizations offering general interest camps include Congregation Beth Elohim, Kidville and Park Slope Day Camp. The ubiquitous Super Soccer Stars runs various sports-heavy programs in Prospect Park.
Visual and Performing Arts Camps
Camp Gowanee: Multi-Arts Summer Program
Gowanus Arts, 295 Douglass Street
Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center, 748 Union Street
We already raved about Spoke the Hub as a great neighborhood spot for classes and it also offers a variety of summer programs. While dancing is certainly on tap, kids also study a variety of other arts. Campers get outside daily and field trips are included, too.
Summer Arts Program at BAX
Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 421 Fifth Avenue at Eighth Street
Another wonderful spot for classes, BAX also offers an arts-packed summer camp. Campers are grouped by age (NanoBAXers for kindergartners and first graders, MegaBAXers for second through third graders and GigaBAXers for fourth through sixth graders) and do projects based on weekly themes. In addition to dancing, singing and creating, kids get lots of free indoor and outdoor play.
Brooklyn Players Summer Camp
295 Douglas Street between Third and Fourth Avenues
Campers learn about everything it takes to put on a show, not just acting, singing and dancing, but set design, stage management and tech, too. At the end of the session they'll work together to mount a full-scale production and every student in the program will have a named part, costume and take part in at least two musical numbers. In 2015, the Brooklyn Players put on Pippin.
Collage Summer Studio
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture Building, 53 Prospect Park West between 1st and 2nd Streets
Based in a beautiful building on Prospect Park with its own garden, this camp offers all kinds of creative fun: dance, yoga, drama, comedy and visual arts. Each day ends with campers working on individual collages.
Piper Theater Summer Workshop
Old Stone House, 336 Third Street
Campers spend their time with Piper Theater preparing for, and performing, a full-scale show. The youngest stars (rising second through fifth graders) will put on a show inside the historic Old Stone House. The older campers' productions take place outside on a professional stage in Washington Park. If your kid is more into designing costumes than wearing them, sign them up for the new-in-2016 Costume Design Workshop, but hurry: It's only open to three students!
You can find other arty Park Slope summer camps at Four Corners Creative, The Peanut Gallery - Musical Theater Camp run by the the Gallery Players theater company, White Bird Productions: Summer Theater Workships and the Young Players Theater. If your kid's into weaving, try the Textile Arts Center's Summer Day Camp.
Various locations, visit the website for details.
We wrote about this awesome all-girls science program when it debuted a few summers ago. Founded by a NYC mom who teaches Industrial Design Research at Pratt, the camp groups kids by age for hands-on projects. Each week features multiple themes, and CJ also has locations in other parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Find other great summer programs in our Camp Guide.
This post originally published in February 2012.