Summer camp doesn’t have to be all about yarn crafts and popsicle sticks. Your kids don’t have to travel to a sprawling forest or be devoured by mosquitoes to have a memorable summer camp experience. These unique day camps cater to a variety of interests and take place right here in NYC.
Walk the catwalk at Fashion Camp NYC
This week-long intensive day camp is designed for teen fashionistas. Campers learn the ins and outs of the retail industry from experts working in design, merchandising and more. The week includes seminars, group projects and field trips.
Starts July 15. Fashioncampnyc.com
Rawk out at Girls Rock! Camp
This all-girls music camp features performances by working musical artists and workshops on topics ranging from songwriting to DJing. The philosophy encourages experimentation and collaboration with other campers.
Starts July 29. http://williemaerockcamp.org
Build a robot butler (maybe) at Brooklyn Robot Foundry
Week-long courses teach young scientists how to build and use robots. Activities vary based on interest and age, but robots are a sure bet. Starts June 12. http://brooklynrobotfoundry.com
Shape up at Exerblast
This high-tech adventure day camp combines fitness with gadgets. Kids design their own obstacle courses, solve puzzles, and rack up points to cash in for prizes.
Starts June 6. www.exerblast.org
Nerd out hardcore at Backpacks and Binoculars
A camp for lively urban explorers ages 5 – 10. Campers travel through all five NYC boroughs, visit major cultural institutions and parks, and embark on walking tours in a variety of neighborhoods. Activities throughout the week focus on STEM education.
Starts June 13. www.backpacksandbinoculars.com