A few weeks ago, the clocks went forward
by an hour to herald a new season. So it’s time for parents to start
thinking about how they’re going to occupy their kids this summer. In
the next three months, Metro Kids will focus on summer camps – and this
month we look at some of the best options available to parents seeking a
Chelsea Piers, Manhattan's premier destination for youth sports, is home
to 16 specialty sports camps for children and teens, ages 3 to 18. For
the past 16 summers, campers have enjoyed world-class facilities, expert
instructors and the most exciting sports curriculum available — without
leaving NYC! Campers also enjoy several special activities including
Harbor Cruises aboard a U.S. Coast Guard-certified vessel and
appearances by professional athletes, World and Olympic competitors.
Programs include Golf, Performance Golf, Gymnastics, Sports Academy
(multi-sport camp), Elite Soccer Academy, Ice Skating, Ice Hockey,
Acceleration Hockey, Preschool Ice Skating, Preschool Gymnastics,
Bowling, Urban Adventure for Teens (including Kayaking/Sailing, Rock
Climbing, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball and Ice Skating) and innovative
athletic training camps at BlueStreak, including Basketball, Football
Forrestel Farm Riding & Sports Camp
Forrestel Riding & Sport Camp offers both residential and day camp sessions. A fully accredited ACA camp, established in 1980, Forrestel offers one-, two- and four-week co-educational sessions ages 7 to 16, some co-ed and some just for girls. The historic 800- acre working farm is located 40 miles west of Rochester. There are two outstanding programs: equestrian or outdoor adventure and sports. Forrestel Farm Riding & Sports Camp provides children with a safe and nurturing environment where they are inspired to succeed. Programs are designed to help campers develop confidence and explore new opportunities. Enrollment is limited, which enables the camp to have more one-on-one time with each child.
Whether choosing to ride 2 to 4 hours daily or participate in team-building, high adventure and sports activities, campers at Forrestel always have a blast.
Queens College Summer Camp
Coed children ages 5 to 14 have the opportunity to enjoy exciting, fun-filled days at the Queens College Sports and Education Programs. Located on a beautifully landscaped 77-acre campus, programs offer instruction in a number of activities. A staff of certified instructors — aided by college students experienced in sports and education — will help your child learn new activities, improve other skills and have an unforgettable summer.
Activities and programs include general academics, computers, acting, ceramics, theater, basketball, general sports, swimming and tennis. The Queens College camp was established in 1989.
Aviator Sports Summer Day Camp
Through a diverse array of experiences, our coed campers enjoy learning about themselves, others and the world around them. Our adventures include activities that help campers develop leadership qualities, self-confidence, moral character, vital social skills, healthy living habits as well as knowledge of their environment, culture, the arts and many sports.
Campers enjoy activities with our specialty staff that have special training in gymnastics, sports, art, dance, environmental studies, swimming, theater and team-building. Parents enjoy Aviator knowing their campers are in a nurturing safe environment that dedicates programs to improving the minds, body and character of their children.
Thomas School of Horsemanship,?Coed Summer Day Camp
Dating back to 1943, Thomas School Summer Day Camp is a small camp filled with over 65 years of tradition. TSH facilitates children learning lifelong skills such as responsibility, compassion, gentle communication, teamwork and the joys of success through interactions with horses and quality staff.
Boys and girls from 3 to 15 years old participate in daily horseback riding lessons, horse care lessons and a stable period for the older campers.?There’s also Red Cross swimming twice a day and a variety of sports and arts, such as tennis, gymnastics, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, archery, dance and drama.
Park Slope Day Camp,?Coed
The large variety of programs that Park Slope Day?Camp offers for campers ages 3.5 to 14 are all both safe and fun. A stable, talented and committed leadership team relates well to children. The camp offers fabulous elective periods for concentration in sports and arts, with “mini-camps” at the end of August and during public-school vacations.
This professionally managed organization, established in 1992, is licensed by the NYC Department of Health and inspected twice yearly — with inspection reports are filed at the Bureau of Inspections. Transportation to and from the camps is available in most Brooklyn locations.
Established in 1992
US Sports Institute Sports Camps
With various camp locations throughout N.J., the US Sports institute is at the forefront of providing coed summer camps for ages 3 to 14, of all ability levels. Children can learn how to shoot hoops and score goals while experiencing the 15 sports the camp offers throughout one week. All activities take place in a positive, low-pressure, educational environment under the guidance of qualified coaches.
6140 Northern Blvd.
East Norwich, NY
Fencers Club,?Coed Summer Day Camp
With origins as far back as 1883, Fencers Club Summer Day Camp is a great chance for kids to combine mornings of entertaining, educational activities with afternoons engaged with the exciting, fast-paced sport of modern fencing.
Modern fencing is a dynamic, exciting sport. In?fencing classes, students can choose their weapons: epee, foil or sabre. They learn discipline, grace, agility and strategy. In a new state-of-the art, fully air-conditioned facility in Chelsea, children of all levels of experience work with famous coaches. They learn the fundamentals and then get on the strip and try to outsmart their opponent in a classic battle!
New York, NY