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A Busy Mom's Guide to New York City Summer Day Camps 2014 - Part 2: General Interest Day Camps

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Judy C
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New York City offers a variety of summer day camp options throughout Manhattan for preschoolers, grade school kids and even high school students. These include general interest camps, sports camps and other specialty camp programs.

If you’re looking for a camp that offers arts and crafts, sports, field trips and more, all in one place, you’re in luck as there are several places that fit the bill. These camps typically run 8-week, 6-week, 4-week and 2-week programs, and many have a week-by-week option too.
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Asphalt Green
Age range: Pee-Wee Division (kindergarten and 1st grade); Junior Division (grades 2-3); Senior Division (grades 4-8)

Asphalt Green Battery Park Campus
212 North End Ave (between Murray and Warren Streets) (212) 298-2900

Asphalt Green Upper East Side Campus
555 E 90th St (between 90th and 92nd Streets and York Ave)
(212) 369-8890 ext. 2084

Offerings: Daily swim instruction in an Olympic-sized swimming pool; sporting activities such soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis and flag football; and other programming such as arts and crafts, music, weekly field trips, martial arts, gymnastics. In addition they offer separate Youth Swim and Youth Sports Camps. Find out more information here on their website.

Weekly Options: Summer camp options are offered in 4, 6 and 8-week sessions.
Session A: June 30 - August 22
Session B: June 30 – August 8
Session C: July 14 - August 22
Session D: June 30 – July 25
Session E: July 28 – August 22
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Henry Street Settlement
Age range: 4.5-13

Henry Street Settlement building on the Lower East Side
43 W 23rd St # 64, New York, NY 10010
(212) 645-4000

Offerings: Arts and crafts, music, drama, sports, and swimming. Campers also have the opportunity to take exciting field trips around the city and tri-state area to museums, amusement parks and more. In addition they offer specialty camps such as Summer Arts Camp, Summer Architecture Camp, and Broadway Lab Camp (for children ages 5 to 18). Learn more about this camp here.

Weekly options: Camp runs for 6 weeks during the months of July and August. Weekly camp options are available.
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Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center
Age range: Junior Division (grades K-3); Senior Division (grades 4-8)

120 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
(212) 766-1104

The Downtown Day Camps use several facilities in the same area for different activities throughout the day including the gym, auditorium and theatres at PS/IS 89, the Battery Park and Hudson River Park Ball fields, Pier 25 and their own Downtown Community Center.

Offerings: Activities include indoor and outdoor programming such as soccer, tennis, volleyball, tee-ball, karate, kickball, arts and crafts, music classes and swimming. Learn more here.

Weekly options: Summer camp options include 6 and 3-week sessions with the opportunity for an add-on week at the end of the summer.

Full Season: June 30 - August 8
1st Session: June 30 - July 18
2nd Session: July 21 - August 8
Add-On Week: August 11 - August 15
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Dwight Summer Day Camp
Age range: Early Childhood Division (1-5); Rookie Camp (kindergarten and 1st grade); Semi-Pro Camp (grades 2 to 4); Pro Camp (9-13)

Dwight Athletic Center
2116 First Ave New York, NY 10029
(917) 551-6430

Early Childhood Division Summer Camp
144 Riverside Blvd, New York, NY 10069
(212) 362-2350

Most campers participate at the school’s new Athletic Center on the Upper East Side, and on occasion, campers enjoy the Dwight School’s main campus on the Upper West Side.

Offerings: Variety of programming from swimming (except Early Childhood Division campers), basketball, soccer, martial arts, movement, theatre, arts and crafts, and digital arts. Click here for more details on their website.

Weekly options: Summer camp options include 8, 4 and 2-week sessions.

Session A: June 30 - August 22
Session B: June 30 - July 25
Session C: July 28 - August 22
Session D: Dates vary (2 weeks)
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92nd Street Y
Age range: Camp K’Ton Ton (3-5); Camp Yomi in Rockland County (5-11); Trailblazers (5-9); Passport NYC (13-17)

1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128
(212) 415-5500

Offerings: Younger campers enjoy daily outdoor activity, swimming, sports and science projects. Older campers travel out of the city go to Camp Yomi to enjoy everything an outdoor camp has to offer, and more.

In addition to general interest camp programs, the 92nd Street Y, through their Trailblazers and Passport NYC programs, give older campers the chance to travel to exciting destinations such as amusement parks, beaches, museums, water parks, sporting games, theater productions and white water rafting as well as participate in programs in fashion, film, the music industry, culinary arts or musical theater. Read more online.

Weekly options: Summer camp options are in 4, 5 and 6-week sessions, and you can mix and match.

Full summer: June 30 - August 19
6 weeks: June 30 - August 8
5 weeks: June 30 – August 1
Session A: June 30 – July 25
Session B: July 28 - August 19
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Oasis Day Camp
Age range: 4-11

Central Park
3 W 95th St New York, NY
(646) 698-1800

Lower East Side
285 Delancy St New York, NY
(646) 519-5058

Offerings: Variety of programming including: swimming taught by Red Cross certified teachers, arts, sports and team building, scavenger hunts, map making, compass usage, talent shows, hiking and exploring, and field trips.

The Central Park location on the Upper West Side takes full advantage of outdoor spaces throughout the park including softball fields, the Lasker Pool, basketball courts and more. On rainy days children go inside to one of three indoor spaces dedicated to the camp including the Mandell School on West 97th Street and Columbus. The Lower East Side location uses the indoor and outdoor spaces at PS 110 and also takes advantage of East River Park for various sporting activities. Find out more on their website.

Weekly options: Families can sign up for a minimum of 2 weeks or a maximum of 8 weeks, and any combination in between.

Summer camp dates: June 30 - August 22
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YMCA Day Camp
Age ranges: Kinder Camp (3.6-6), Day Camp (5.5-11), Movin’ on Up (12-16)

Location: The YMCA has 20 locations throughout the five boroughs. Please check the website for the location nearest you.

Offerings: Each location offers different programming based on age groups and some of the activities include: swimming, arts and crafts, health and fitness, reading, and weekly excursions to museums, playgrounds and cultural events.

In addition to the YMCA’s general interest programming they also offer sports camps in tennis, basketball, swimming, and an arts camp option.

Weekly options: Families have the option to sign up by the week or for as many weeks up to 8 weeks as needed.

Summer camp dates
: June 30 - August 23
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ESF Riverdale Camps
Age range: Day Camp (4-8), Sports Camp (6-14), Senior Camp (9-15), Major Camps (8-14), Tennis Camp (5-15)

5250 Fieldston Rd
(800) 529-2267

Offerings: Campers get to experience many different activities ranging from cooking, photography, songwriting, musical theater and graphic design. Sports include pretty much every sport you can imagine including handball, swimming, tennis, flag football, world league games, street hockey and more.

Weekly options: Flexible enrollment on a 2 to 8-week basis.

Summer camp dates: June 16 - August 8
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