Summer in the City
Last-minute camp options for tots
Camp culture starts early for NYC kids. More and more, the City’s popular summer camps are opening their doors to the under-3 set. And though summer officially kicks off this weekend, it’s not too late: there are still a few spaces available at the following toddler programs.
A Dalton Summer
The Dalton School’s summer camp (June 27 to August 5) offers a half-day morning session for 3-year-olds. With a daily dose of art, science, and music—plus special appearances by Super Soccer Stars, Little Maestros, and Magic Al, it’s no wonder there’s always a wait list. But last week they added a few extra classes to accommodate wait listed families, and are offering a sweet deal to fill the remaining slots: if you sign up for the camp and refer a first-time family, you’ll get $500 off your tuition. To redeem, email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention this offer. Register for ages 3-9 at dalton.org.
The summer camp at Brooklyn’s newest play space is for tots aged 18 months to 3 years. Kids do gymnastics, sensory play, and music. There are four two-week sessions, which run Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 9:30 to 11am or Tuesday and Friday from 9:30am-12 noon ($300 per session). There are four spots left for the first session, and more for the later weeks. Register at playspacenyc.com.
There is still space at CitiCamp in Soho, where kids participate in story time, dramatic play, scavenger hunts, music and movement, and art classes. CitiCamp Jr. (for ages 17-27 months) runs two-mornings-a-week, in two-week sessions ($250); CitiCamp (28 months-4 years) also runs in two-week sessions and costs $600 for two days a week, $900 for four days, or $1,050 for all five days. Register at citibabes.com.
Super Soccer Stars Mini Camp
The City’s most popular soccer program for tots offers both outdoor and indoor mini-camps for kids ages 2.5 and up. Mini camps vary from two hours of straight soccer instruction and play ($125 per week) to a mix of soccer, art, and music ($250 per week). Register for Mini Camps in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Hoboken.
Kidville offers camps for toddlers (18-24 months), 2 year-olds and 3-5 year-olds, and has availability throughout the summer for all age groups.The program is twelve weeks long, but you can register your child in two-week blocks. The camp includes gym, science, music, and arts and crafts. Session times and prices vary with the number of days and weeks; multiple locations. Register at kidville.com.
74th St. Magic Summer Days Camp
Hosted at the Epiphany Nursery School and 74th Street Magic facilities on the Upper East Side, Summer Days Camp has some pretty sweet offerings for kids ages 2.5 and up—including a rooftop playground, 8,000-volume library, and an air-conditioned gym. The camp is eleven weeks long, with a two-week minimum requirement for registration. Each week’s curriculum is centered on a theme, like “Barnyard Buddies” or “Happy Birthday, USA!” The fee is $480 a week for three half-days, or $595 a week for five half-days. Register at 74magic.com.
camp apple seeds
The Chelsea play space offers its campers (ages 3-4) dramatic play, music and storytelling, cooking, science, construction, and craft activities. Options range from two days per week ($522 member/$580 nonmember for two weeks) to five days per week ($1,125 member, $1,250 non-member for two weeks). Register at appleseedsnyc.com.