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A Busy Mom's Guide to New York City Summer Day Camps 2014 - Part 3: Pre-School Day Camps

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Judy C
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Preschool day camp is the perfect opportunity for your child to learn a lot of new skills, have fun and make new friends. In addition, summer day camps will prepare your little guy or gal for the real thing, preschool in the fall. Luckily there are plenty of options available. 
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Most pre-K summer day camps offer flexible enrollment and a wide array of traditional activities such as arts and crafts, music and sports, and several also offer outdoor playtime, swimming and field trips. A bonus is that many are affiliated with big play spaces that have locations all over the city so there’s always an option no matter where you live.
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The Art Farm in the City
Age range:
Half-day Hamsters Group (3-4)
Full-day Groups (4-8)

Location:
419 East 91st St
(212) 410-3117

Offerings: While children get hands-on experience with animal care in a petting zoo, the Art Farm in the City camp programs also offer traditional camp activities such as cooking, science, nature, music, drama, and outdoor play at parks nearby, including facilities at Asphalt Green. In addition, campers participate in soccer through the Super Soccer Stars program and full-time campers can swim at the 92nd St Y.

A half-day camp option is available for younger kids along with participation in many of the full-day program offerings.

Weekly options: Flexible enrollment options are available on a week-by-week basis, 2, 3 or 5 days per week.

Summer camp dates: June 30 - August 22.
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Camp Apple Seeds
Age range: 3-4

Locations:
Chelsea
10 W 25th St
(212) 792-7590

Upper West Side
200 West End Ave, New York, NY 10023
(212) 792-7591

Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town
252 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009
(212) 792-7590

Offerings: Little ones get to take full advantage of the indoor play spaces by getting exposed to a different adventure each day. Campers participate in music and storytelling, playtime in the sports gym, cooking, science, construction projects, and craft activities based on the theme of the day.

Weekly options
: 2-week sessions with the flexibility to choose the days that work best for you on a 2, 3, 4 or 5 day option.
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Camp Kidville
Age range: 1.5-2, 2, 3-5

Locations: Various locations in Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Check their website for one nearest you.

Offerings: Weekly themes such as space, wild west and fairytales are incorporated into every activity including: storytime, arts and crafts, age-appropriate toy playing, gym, music, movement and drama.

Weekly options
: Flexible enrollment is available in 2, 8, 12 and 16-week sessions.

Summer camp dates
: May 12 - August 22.
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Columbus Pre-School
Age range: 2-5.6

Location:
606 Columbus Ave. New York, NY 10024
(212) 721-0090

Offerings: Daily activities are based on weekly themes and include: arts, science, swimming for campers in the full-week program, water play in the sprinklers and wading pools located in the school’s private playground, and outdoor play and gymnastics.

Weekly options: Flexible enrollment is offered with 1, 4 and 8-week sessions. Visit their website for more details.

Summer camp dates: June 9 - August 22.
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Richmond Hill Children's Center
Age range: 2-6

Location:
501 Richmond Hill Rd, Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 494-7422

Offerings: Weekly themes are used for all activities including: arts and crafts, music and circle time. Daily outdoor activity includes instructional swim, sprinkler play in the water parks and outdoor fun on the rooftop and imagination playgrounds.

Weekly options: Half and full-day programs are offered with 2 to 8-week sessions available.

Summer camp dates: June 25 - August 20.
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New York Kids Club Camp
Age range: 2.6-6

Locations: NYKC can be found in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens locations. Check the website for the club nearest you.

Offerings: Each week campers go on time travel themed adventures and participate in camp activities such as arts and crafts, music and sports. One week they may visit Egypt to learn about pyramids and the next week they’ll be in Australia playing with koala bears.

Weekly options: Flexible enrollment options are available on a week-by-week basis, 2, 3 or 5 days per week.

Summer camp dates: June 2–August 31.

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Rodeph Sholom School (Early Childhood/Elementary Division)
Age range:
Entering 3s
Entering Pre-K
Entering Kindergarten

Location:
10 W 84th St
(212) 362-0037

Offerings: A key focus for summer camp at Rodeph Sholom is outdoor activity including daily swimming. Other activities include: art projects, yoga, music, soccer, and cooking, drama and story time.

Special events and field trips include visits to museums, craft places and outings to Central Park.

Weekly options
: Flexible enrollment options are available including full-day, half-day and 3-day programs. Go to their website to read more.

Summer camp dates: June 23-August 8.
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Village Preschool Center
Age range: 3-5

Location:
136 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
(212) 645-1238

Offerings: Affiliated with the Village Preschool in Greenwich Village, Merry-Go-Round Summer Camp offers a nice variety of traditional camp activities including: science, art, music and movement, dramatic play, nature walks, and indoor play. Both English and French is spoken at this camp.

Weekly options: Half and full day programs are available with (2) three enrollment sessions.

Summer camp dates: June 24-August 8.
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