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Camping Grounds

Summertime options for the under-three set

Most of New York City’s most popular summer camps (A Dalton Summer, Camp Broadway, Park Explorers Summer Day Camp) are reserved for Big Kids and preschoolers who have already crossed the potty-training threshold. But toddlers and 2-year-olds can get a taste of the camp experience at the city’s three main play spaces, which all offer mommy-and-me and trial separation versions of camp that are a great introduction to organized classroom situations.
 
At Citibabes’ members-only CitiCamp Jr. (17-27 months) and CitiCamp (2.4-4 years), kids can join in music, art, cooking, science and gym activities. Sign up for two, four, or five mornings a week, in two-week increments. Cost starts at $210 per week, for two mornings. Cool alternative: check out the “Citibabes  To Go” camp this June on Ambergris Cay in the Turks & Caicos (for kids aged 2 and up.) Available to non-Citibabes members as well; $200 per day. Contact Citibabes for dates and details. Citibabes.com

Tots as young as 18 months rotate their way through gym, arts and crafts, music, and exploration (a.k.a. science) classes at Camp Kidville. Camp sessions are 90 minutes for 18 to 24 month-olds ($270 for a two-week session of two days per week), and two hours for 2-year-olds ($360 for a two-week session of two days a week). Kidville.com

Apple Seedings, for kids aged 2-to-3, allows children to gently separate from their parent or caregiver during two-hour sessions filled with music, creative art projects, recreational play, and exploring goo. The 16-week camp is $2,750 for two mornings a week; open to non-members. Appleseedsnyc.com