The Best of NYC: Manhattan Summer Camps

The Best of NYC: Manhattan Summer Camps


Below are camps taking place in Manhattan this summer – they are without doubt some of the very best that NYC has to offer.

Manhattan Fencing

Manhattan Fencing Summer Day Camps

The Manhattan Fencing fun and exciting summer day camps introduce kids ages 5-16  to the Olympic sport of fencing. Camps consist of fencing games, etiquette, footwork, coordination, conditioning and development of proper skills and technique. Campers learn fencing history and fun facts, touch upon sports psychology and team competition.  In addition to fencing, camps offer add on options of chess and dance  (jazz, hip hop, ballet) which help develop the mental game and footwork needed to foil your opponent on and off the strip. Students will be taught by a coaching staff consisting of National, International and Olympic coaches. This camp is ideal for beginners and students with less than 24 months of experience. All needed equipment is provided for beginners. Camp is running weekly Monday-Friday from June 14-August 27.

Covid safety measures:

  • Temperature Checks
  • Covid Medical Questionnaires
  • Face Coverings
  • Reduced capacity and group sizes
  • Sanitization of high touch areas between classes
  • HEPA 13 Air Purifiers and Ionizers

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Dazzling Discoveries STEM Education Center

Dazzling Discoveries NYC

Explore 3D printing, creative engineering projects, coding, science, technology and more at Dazzling Discoveries STEM Education center and it’s teen maker space, Skill Mill NYC. Kids and teens 5 -15 yrs old learn through creative projects like constructing a roller coaster, programming a vehicle or designing a labyrinth. We have 20 years of experience bringing STEM into homes and classrooms through engaging and active projects. This Spring and Summer join us for in-person or virtual camp and after school programs taught by our trained instructors.

In-person camps adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols and include ample outdoor activities, weather permitting. Virtual programs are completely interactive and involve hands-on projects, games and movement activities.

Registration is open for March and Summer Vacations. Summer Camp runs June 7 – September 17 for virtual or in-person sessions. Visit our website for more information and to register for Spring and Summer programs!

Godwyn Morris, Director
Skill Mill NYC
949 Amsterdam Avenue
NY, NY 10025

Classes online and in-person

Website | Email | Instagram | (917) 288-9975

Play On! Studios

Play On! Studios NYC

Play On! Studios is back in person this summer! All of our drama camps will take place on the UWS, with a filmed performance at the end of each session. Kids will put on a full production, make sets and costumes, and play lots of drama games! Space is very limited this summer – check out our new COVID procedures on our website. Camps are available for grades PreK-12. Creative Drama Camps (grades K-4) run July 5-August 27. Kids will do a new show each week. Musical Theater Camps run July 6-August 20 for kids entering grades 4-12, including Musical Theater Performance, Audition Bootcamp, and Musical Theater Revue. Sign up for one week or more!

Camps take place on the UWS – 86th Street and Broadway

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Kids at Art is in the Studio!

Kids at Art NYC

Summer 2021 at Kids at Art is going to be a blast!
This year we’re offering 3-hour morning workshops for ages 4.5+, and children may attend either by the day or by the week. Our groups are small and socially distanced. Children who attend more than one day or week will always be given new projects to do — no repeats!

Four-Week Tuesday & Wednesday Art for Ages 2-4 and 5+

We’ve set aside a special time for our 2 – 4 year old artists!

Join us for any of the following four-week periods on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30PM – 4:15PM for a fabulous variety of exciting art projects! Classes for children ages 2-4 yrs, and 5+ yrs.

Kids at Art
1412 2nd Ave
New York
NY 10021

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Camp Léman

Summer is the season of imagination, creativity, laughter, and play. It is also the ideal time for children to take risks that build confidence, develop skills, and enhance learning. At Camp Léman, we are experts at making summers both meaningful and memorable. As Lower Manhattan’s premier day camp, we provide all you need to make your child’s summer an unforgettable experience. Campers will enjoy varied activities including swim, sports and outdoor play, cooking, art and music, nature treks, animal shows, and more!

Camp Léman is part of Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, a nursery through 12th Grade school in the heart of downtown Manhattan. Campers will take advantage of Léman Manhattan’s unparalleled facilities including our indoor, heated pool, rooftop playground, and 4,600 square foot gym, as well as multiple nearby parks and playgrounds.

Léman has offered in-person school since September of 2020 and is ready to open camp safely for Summer 2021.

June 28-August 6, 2021
Ages 3 years old through entering 5th grade

Camp Léman
41 Broad Street
New York
NY 11226

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Summer Studio Art Camps with CMA

CMA Summer Camp

Monday through Friday
July 6 — August 27, 2021
Full Day and Half Day

One of the most popular choices for art camps in the New York City area, Summer Studios at Children’s Museum of the Arts champions children’s creativity and artistic expression within a welcoming and nurturing environment. This summer, we are pleased to debut 30+ programs over three locations — 103 Charlton Street in SoHo, the LeFrak Center in Lakeside at Prospect Park, and online.

Each week throughout the summer, children participate in a diverse range of art practices, as well as field trips to neighboring museums and galleries and fun outdoor activities. Children’s artwork created during the week also has the opportunity to be featured in CMA’s forthcoming television show, The Look Make Show. The week concludes with a “show and tell” celebration for friends and families members to view students’ artwork created during the week.

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Kids in the Game Summer Camps

Kids in the Game Summer Camp

At Kids in the Game, we’re providing a better way to play all summer long. Your camper will get to experience swimming, creative and performing arts, outdoor adventure, and of course team sports and games, all in the same day! Our camp includes theme weeks and exciting field trips that you won’t want to miss, like a trip to Governor’s Island or a Mets game! 

Through these activities, campers gain new experiences, develop friendships outside of their school communities, and learn from kid-approved, adult mentors who make each day more adventurous than the last. 

This summer more than ever, safety is top of mind. In 2020 we successfully ran 4 camps for over 400 campers, and we had 0 COVID cases. More importantly, we created a space for kids to be kids again. We wore our masks, shifted our programming, and tapped into our creativity. And this summer, we can’t wait to do it again. We have 8 weeks for you to choose from, so your kids are sure to have a ton of fun all summer long! 

Sign up now! Use code ‘LOVESKIDS103’ and save $25 per week when you register. *Codes cannot be combined with other offers.

RiverdaleInwoodUpper East SideUpper West SideEast VillagePark Slope, Greenpoint

Chelsea Piers Summer Sports Camps

Welcome to Chelsea Piers Summer Camp, your summer destination for sports, safety, and fun. With a wide range of sports camps to choose from, children ages 4-16 can pursue their passions and fuel their athletic potential. Join for a week or the entire summer to play sports, build friendships, and grow confidence.

Choose from a variety of camps including gymnastics, soccer, basketball, ninja, golf, ice skating, ice hockey, and more. Chelsea Piers offers flexible, worry-free enrollment and only a $25 deposit to secure a spot before committing.

Camp staff is committed to keeping kids safe. All operations, from check-in procedures to daily activities, have been designed to deliver a safe, fun experience. You can read the entire Safety-First Commitment online.

Early bird pricing is available through May 17th. Visit the website for full details and easy online registration.

Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex
62 Chelsea Piers
NY, NY 10011

Camp Director: Craig Woodcock

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CinemaKidz Summer Camp

Calling all kids and creators, ages 5 to 15!  

Join CinemaKidz this spring and summer and become a Filmmaker, Animator, Actor, Game or Costume Designer, and so much more! Children explore media and technology as they learn the fundamentals of storytelling, cinematography, editing, and other media arts in a hands-on creative environment.

Projects are completely kid-made from start to finish; we encourage experimentation, risk taking, and collaboration. Film an adventure tale with your friends at exciting locations throughout the city, produce and direct a cooking show, or create a Mandolorian costume and star in the next great space saga; with over 14 age-appropriate camps and a variety of Spring Outdoor After school classes to choose from, your maker is sure to have an unforgettable time with CinemaKidz.

Offering both in-person camps as well as interactive live virtual camps. Choose between in-person camps at either the Lower Manhattan or Downtown Brooklyn campus which will follow stringent COVID safety protocols and focus on outdoor fun OR choose the Outdoor ONLY camps running in Prospect park.

Virtual Classes & Camps: CinemaKidz has developed an engaging successful and FUN virtual program to bring the learning home! The program has served thousands of children throughout the country, and teaches children the tools they need to continue creating even after the class ends!

Locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn or online.

Website | Email | 347-699-6401

Claire’s Creative Adventures: Specializes in Art Camps + Classes, Museums Tours & Parties 

Claire's Creative Adventures In-Person Summer Camps

Art Adventures Camps go beyond school curricula, include local visiting artists, museum & gallery art-making trips and provides ample supplies for unique hands-on learning experiences; all while actively engaging children in the fantastic world of art from arrival to departure.

Ages 3-15, June to August, In Person: NYC Locations/ Pods welcome (Virtual: Anywhere)

Ages 3-9: A full ARTS experience: Students learn about friendship and courage as they adventure with Animals and Peoples from around the world. They imagine, create and learn how to Draw, Paint, Build 3D Dioramas, and Craft! Plus, learn simple French & Spanish along the way. Story-based dance included!

In Person Camps: 

  • Daily Outdoor Courtyard Easel Painting
  • Drawing
  • Building 3D
  • Mixed Media + Safe Indoor Fun
  • Group Murals
  • Free Choice Art Stations
  • Dance and Movement
  • Individualized Art Tools
  • Socially Distanced
  • Spaces Limited
  • Art-making tours @ the Metropolitan Museum of Art or Guggenheim Museum on Fridays

Virtual Camps:

  • *Uniquely Crafted Art Kits* filled with exciting supplies for the Adventure & your home art studio
  • 2 (45 min- 1hr. Zoom Classes) ages 3-9 (limited class sizes/ 1 class per week or day (weekly or monthly camps)
  • 2 hours additional Digitally Accessible lessons (per class) in Art and Movement
  • Drawing Camps (9-15’s)

Spaces Limited, Contact Us Today: 

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