Brooklyn Summer Camps for 2015Art and Science

8 Free and Cheap Camps

Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program
Applications for BCAP open on February 1st. BCAP allows 7 – 12 year olds explore Brooklyn’s cultural attractions. Full- and partial-scholarships are available. Email for more information.

Camp Friendship Summer Day Camp
This Park Slope based camp doesn’t have a lot of information up, other than there are full- and partial-scholarships offered. Email for more information.

The Fresh Air Fund
The Fresh Air Fund host 5 different camps as well as matches city kids with country families for 2-week periods. Applications are available as are information nights.

NYC Parks
NYC Parks have a number of recreational programs including summer camps. The website says the waitlist will be open in April which makes me think that they haven’t updated their summer camp page, yet. As soon as they do, available slots go quickly.
Also check out their Learn to Swim, Kids in Motion,  REEL Education, and other Teen Programs.

NYC Parks REC Youth
he REEL Education for Youth deserves its own line. 14 – 17 year olds interested in telling a story through film have a fabulous–and free!–opportunity to learn from professionals and showcase their work in an exhibition. Email for more information.

Police Academy League
The website still advertises its 2013 dates, but if you’re interested in the Police Academy League, go to the website and find which of their 4 Brooklyn locations works best for you.

Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation
This half- or full-day option is entirely public funded which is great for parents looking for affordable summer camps, but tenuous for the Foundation’s budget. The site still has 2014 information up.  Email them for the 2015 application deadline.

Summer Arts Institute
You’ll have to hurry to register your teen for the Summer Arts Institute. The deadline is January 30 at 6pm.

13 Performing Arts Camps

Acting Out!
7426 15th, 718-236-6494
Acting Out! offers one week workshops in theater subjects from musical theater to film & TV. Specific age ranges are stated for each workshop.

BAX Brooklyn Arts Exchange
421 5th Ave. Park Slope, 718-832-0018
For children entering grades K-6
No talent is needed to start with the BAX summer program. Enthusiastic and curious kids will be given opportunities for tumbling, theater, and dance.

Brooklyn Music Factory
295 Douglass St., Gowanus, 877-767-3560
For children ages 5-15.
At Brooklyn Music Factory campers spend the day jamming in fully equipped band studios—and then hop over to Brooklyn Boulders for rock-climbing.

Brooklyn School of Rock
327 Douglass St. Park Slope, Gowanus, Boerum Hill. 347-844-9363
Amplify your summer at school of rock. Aspiring rock stars have opportunities to write and record original music as well as rock out on the electric guitar.

Camp Half-Blood
339 MacDonough Street. Meets in Prospect Park.
Ages 6-12
Camp Half-Blood is a different kind of performing arts camp. Demi-gods study archery, sword fighting, foraging and other skills needed to master their weekly quests. Greek myth is the overriding theme.

Circus Yoga
Circus Yoga is adding camps all over the Northeast.

Child’s Play
Various locations in Brooklyn, 347-406-2177
Ages 3-11
Campers learn the craft of acting from professionals.

Choice Scholars
1025 President St, 718-493-7981
This Montessori inspired arts program has young artist writing poetry, creating one act plays, and performing on stage.

Cirque D’Ete at Park Slope Day Camp
694 5th Ave, Windsor Terrace, Bay Ridge, Carroll Gardens as well as 2 Park Slope locations, 718-788-PSDC (7732)
For children entering grades PreK-10
Transportation available.
Want to run away and join the circus? Park Slope Day Camp teaches circum acrobatics, clown comedy, and set design in their Circus of the Summer program. The best part is, little performers don’t have to run away.

Creative Arts Studio
310 Atlantic Ave, Boerum Hill, 718-797-5600
For children between the ages of 5-13
Space is limited for the summer program. Yet, they’ve just added the Summer Teen Intensive, a Monday/Wednesday/Friday evening program.

Ages 6 to 12
Campers are led by professional Irondale actors in techniques like improv and movement and also character development and story telling. Irondale works in conjunction with Brooklyn Creative Arts Lab.

Piper Theatre Productions
Old Stone House & Washington Park, Park Slope, 718-768-3195
Ages 7 to 17
Join a  2- or 4-week summer workshop at Piper Theatre and you’ll be in for a memorable July. Swords, zombies, pirates, love beads, jealousy, Shakespeare, music, film and more, performed on our professional outdoor stage. This year Piper is joining hands with Off The Page so students can write the plays they will perform.

Spoke the Hub
748 Union Street, Park Slope, 718-408-3234
Pre-k to age 12.
Hone your dance skills and learn to juggle rubber chickens at Spoke the Hub summer camp.

9 Traditional Camps

The Park Slope Day Camp
339 8th St, Windsor Terrace, Bay Ridge, Carroll Gardens as well as 2 Park Slope locations, 718-788-PSDC (7732)
For children entering grades PreK-10
Transportation available.
Park Slope Day Camp tries to make it easy for the parent and fun for the camper. Pick the most convenient of Park Slope Day Camp’s five locations. Flexible daily and weekly registration is available. Also choose from nine different camps that vary from circus to soccer. Check out Park Slope Day Camp’s Sports Academy if your camper wants to work athletics into the summer fun.

The Co-op School
40 Brevoort Place (Elementary) 87 Irving Place (Preschool)
Ages 2 to 10, half day for 2 year olds
The Coop School takes from all the best teaching philosophies to create a safe, stimulating learning environment.

Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
1224 Prospect Ave, Windsor Terrace, 718-407-6377
For children entering grades PreK-12
Registration is open online for this summer day camp. Kings Bay offers a discount for loyalty. The more years a family comes back, the larger the discount. Bus services is available.

Oasis Children
334 Furman St, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Ditmas Park
Ages 5-11
Campers enjoy activities like swimming in the beautiful outdoors.

Park Explorers
611 8th Avenue, Park Slope, 718-788-3620
For children between the ages of 3-14
Camps are coed and grouped by grade. Choices offer a personalized camp experience.

Park Slope Armory YMCA
361 15th Street, Park Slope
Age appropriate camps for kids 4.5 to 14
Campers have access to the Armory and the elementary school across the street. Camp activities are designed for specific age groups.

Mill Basin Day Camp
5945 Strickland Avenue, Mill Basin, 718-251-6200
For children entering grades PreK-9
There are open houses almost every weekend February – June. Campers must enroll for a four or an eight week camp. Partial week options are available.

Kim’s Kids Summer Camp
378 3rd St, Park Slope, 718-768-6419
For children between the ages of 4.5-11
Kim’s Kids goes on trips every day to enjoy all the city has to offer.

Young People’s Day Camp of Brooklyn
Various locations. Ages 4 to 14.
2-8 week options are available for this “non-traditional” day camp. Campers will visit various sites around the city. Campers separated by age and gender.

6 Fine Art Camps

372 Clinton St, Brooklyn Free School, 718-577-1282
Ages 6-9 and 9-12
Campers enjoy learning fine arts while they explore gems of New York City–cultural and art related. They’ll rub shoulders with South of the Navy Yard Artists and volunteer to walk dogs with Sean Casey.

Barking Cat Studio
219 Greenwood Ave
Ages 5 to 10
This is a traditional arts and crafts camp using art store supplies and found objects. Karen takes young campers to cultural institutions throughout the city for inspiration. Each week artists explore a different theme including color and multi media. Karen also teaches weekly art classes which are still available.

Brooklyn Design Lab
413A 7th Ave, Park Slope, 917-657-7441
For children entering grades K-6
These studios run morning and afternoon sessions and are ideal for focusing on a specific fine arts talent. Artist work with professional grade material to create masterpieces out of clay or wood. They learn the art of bookmaking and printmaking.

Created By Kids
592 Pacific Street, Ft. Greene, Steps from Atlantic Terminal/Barclays Center, 718-857-5437
Become a Master Fine Artist! Created By Kids leads young artists through world topics–the Far East or Space Odyssey–so they can find inspiration from a variety of sources. Each week young artists also explore a new medium. Created by Kids also hosts birthday parties and after school workshops.

Summer Arts Program at Brooklyn Friends School
375 Pearl St, Downtown Brooklyn, 718-852-1029
For children in grades 3-9
Young artists take weekly trips to real, working, producing studios including Little Airplane Productions and the Starn Studio. This is an opportunity for kids to connect summer camp hobbies with actual professions.

Textile Arts Center
505 Carroll St, Gowanus, 718-369-0222
For children between the ages of 5-11
The light infused Textile Arts Center, just steps from the Gowanus Canal, is the perfect spot for young artists to learn their craft. These age appropriate classes include printing, felting and weaving.

5 Science Classes

Carmelo the Science Fellow
300 Atlantic Ave, Boerum Hill, 718-722-0000
For children between the ages of 5-11
Summer Camp kicks off with a week of Frankenstein, keeping in step with popular culture. Sign up for one or for all of these week long science camps.

Brooklyn Robot Foundry (June seats available. Waitlist for the rest of summer.)
303 3rd Ave, Gowanus, 347-762-6840
For children between the ages of 5-11
Registration is open for robot-building scientists. In addition to the regular summer camp, Brooklyn Robot Foundry also has a June camp for students whose school ends before the Department of Education’s calendar.

Engineering for Kids
St. Joseph High School, 80 Willoughby Street, Ft. Greene, 
There are two age groups: 4 to 6, and 7 to 14
Campers will apply imagination to scientific and engineering challenges and have fun along the way. This is the camp to see not only the practical applications of math and science, but also the cool world science, technology, engineering and math open up.

Stoked on Steam
1000 Dean Street #323, Brooklyn, NY 11238, Crown Heights
Ages 10 to 14
Finally, engineers and mathematicians that can speak enthusiastically about science with kids! The summer camp proves how art and science are intrinsically interrelated.

The Tiny Scientist
1624 8th Ave, Park Slope, South Slope
For children ages 5 to 11
An actual, trained scientists explores the wonders of our universe with elementary aged campers.

4 Education Based Camps

A Summer Adventure
Various locations. Park Slope, Williamsburg, Sheepshead Bay, Bay Ridge, Charleston, Grasmere
For ages 2 to 10
Are you looking for a camp that is both educational and enjoyable? FasTracKids Enrichment promises to keep kids learning. They have separate prep courses for core classes.

Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program
789 Washington Ave, Prospect Heights, 718-638-7700
For children between the ages of 7-12, and 13-17.
Registration is open and early bird registration ends February 28th.

Infinity Educational Programs
1972 East 34th St. Ages 2-10.
Infinity is divided into the lower and upper schools. The lower school is full of warm, caring teachers and enriching programs. The upper school features special events like movies and bowling.

7409 3rd Ave. Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst
Mathnasium hosts a special summer program for all school-age children who don’t want to fall behind.


4 Jewish Camps

Building Bridges at Congregation Mount Sinai
250 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn Heights, 347-334-6474
Ages 2 to 5
Campers explore gardening, ocean life, and creative cooking in a sunny room overlooking Cadman Plaza.

Jewish Community House
7802 Bay Parkway, Bensonhurst, 718-331-6800
For children between the ages of 3-5 and grades 1-9
Registration is open for the 87th Jewish Community House summer camps. Although the website isn’t elegant, there is an email and a phone number to call for questions. Special needs camps will also be offered.

Shorefront Y Day Camp
3300 Coney Island Avenue, Brighton Beach, 718-646-1444
For children between the ages of 2.5-14
Camp reunion is this upcoming Sunday, February 9th. An early bird discount is also currently available. In addition to summer camps, Shorefront Y also hosts youth sports.

Congregation Beth Elohim’s Summer Day Camps
274 Garfield Pl, Park Slope, 718-768-3814
For children between the ages of 2-13
Beth Elohim’s summer camps are open for registration. Camps are organized by grade level and include swimming in Beth Elohim’s private pool.

7 Foreign Language Camps

Brooklyn Chinese-American Association
Summer camps at the following schools: Public School 69, 94, 105, 160, 205 and 206, (718) 438-0008
The summer camp offers academic enhancement as well as cultural enrichment activities.

International School of Brooklyn
477 Court St, Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens, 718-369-3023
For children between the ages of 3.5-12
French and Spanish are available at the International School of Brooklyn. Campers will also have the opportunity to study core subject areas.

Juguemos a Cantar Summer Day Camp
357 6th St, Park Slope, 917-453-1187
For children between the ages of 3-10
Full immersion is the way to learn a language. Native English speakers and native Spanish speakers explore traditional camp activities like cooking and gardening. But all communication will be done in Spanish. Spanish-as-a-2nd-language learners will become fluent in the language while native speakers will develop a more nuanced appreciation for their native tongue. Half-day and half-week camps are also available.

Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
1224 Prospect Ave, Windsor Terrace, 718-407-6377
For children entering grades PreK-12
Kings Bay Y has a special Hebrew dual language program. According to their website the program includes: Specialists from Israel teaching belly dancing, hip hop, dance and theater. Culture and language are intertwined.

Playtown Summer Camp
249 20th Street, Park Slope, South Slope
Campers will go to the beach, the pool, and explore activities like building a robot all while immersed in Spanish.

United Chinese Association of Brooklyn
6625 Bay Parkway 2/F, 718-232-0055
The summer camp offers support in all major subject areas. They will take time out for arts and crafts.

Xioalong Center
310 Atlantic Avenue (at Creative Arts Studio),
For babies to elementary aged kids

If you’re set on learning Mandarin but don’t want to commit to an entire camp, the Xiaolong Center holds classes by the semester.

2 Museum Based Camps

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Ave,
Register by the day for the STEM camp.

Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program
Various museums and cultural institutions throughout Brooklyn
Ages 7-12
Campers get to explore all Brooklyn has to offer.

10 Camps on School Campuses

Berkeley Carroll
701 Carroll St or 181 Lincoln Pl, Park Slope, 718-789-6060
For children between the ages of 8-14
Four different programs are held at Berkeley Carroll,including Curious Jane (see below). Among other things, campers will learn Spanish, arts, and toy building.

Brooklyn Friends
375 Pearl Street. Downtown Brooklyn, 718-852-1029
Ages 5 – 14
Learn woodworking, printmaking, music, sculpture and more.

Curious Jane
400 Third Ave, Gowanus and Park Slope, 718-369-6320
For girls in grades 2-6
Online registration is open for Curious Jane Jr and Curious Jane. What’s new is the Curious Jane sleepaway camp! Curious Jane just moved to its new location near Whole Foods on 3rd Ave.

International School of Brooklyn
477 Court St, Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens, 718-369-3023
For children between the ages of 3.5-12
The International School of Brooklyn hosts Spanish and French immersion programs, counselor in training programs, and youth employment programs. Registration is open.

Long Island University
1 University Plaza, Fort Greene, 718-488-1011
For children between the ages of 3-12
LIU offers discounts for campers related to staff, students, or who sign up for the full 6-week program.

New Adventures Day Camp
PS 277 at 2529 Gerritsen Avenue
For children entering grades K to 10
Held at PS 277, this camp offers everything a traditional camp offers including swimming, arts and crafts, and sports.

Packer Summer Camp
170 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn Heights, 718-250-0200
For children between the ages of 4-12
Campers are required to register for a 2-week minimum (with the exception of the first session.) Campers also bring their own lunches, but they have access to St. Francis College’s Olympic size pool and two large gyms. Its not all sports; campers also put on a talent show.

Poly Prep Country Day School
9216 7th Ave
For children ages 3.5 to 15
Walking onto Poly Prep’s 25 acre, tree filled campus is like being transported out of Brooklyn and into a utopia. Poly Prep runs 11 specialty camps including baseball, lacrosse, and soccer.

Xaverian High School
7100 Shore Rd, Bay Ridge, 718-836-7100
For children between the ages of 7-13
Xaverian offers 5 weeks of basketball camp and a week of baseball camp taught by Xaverian High School coaches.

Xavier High School Sports Camp
30 West 16th Street, Manhattan
For boys in 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades
Xavier High School coaches teaches boys how to be develop themselves as total athletes.

4 Outdoor Camps

NYC Parks
Locations vary
For children between the ages of 6-13
Summer camp lottery registration will be open from March 7th to March 16th. Register and pay online.

Prospect Park Zoo
450 Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Park,, 718-399-7327
For children between the ages of 2-17
The zoo has short camps for 2-year olds and longer camps for 12-year olds. The camps fill up quickly. Campers will have a lot of hands-on fun.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
150 Eastern Parkway
For 2-year-olds to 8th graders
Offers half-day camps for little gardeners to get their hands dirty. Sign up for separate morning and afternoon sessions. Staff will oversee lunch. Registration is open.

Trail Blazers
394 Rogers Ave, Prospect Lefferts Garden, 212-529-5113
Ages 4 to 9
Unplug from the city! Trail Blazers helps young Brooklynites find moments of tranquility in our urban environment. At the end of the 6-week program, campers are invited on a parent/camper retreat to the Trail Blazer’s campground in New Jersey.

2 Sleepaway Camps

Fresh Air Fund
Camp: Freshkill, NY  Brooklyn: CAMBA Office, 855 Flatbush Ave, 3rd Floor
Ages 6 to 15
FREE!! The Fresh Air Fund offers 2-week camps, gratis, for qualifying families. This is an opportunity for city kids to connect with their rural counterparts.

Trail Blazers
Camp: Montague, NJ  Brooklyn: 394 Rogers Ave
Ages 7 to 16
Trail Blazers, our nation’s second oldest sleep away camp, boasts a 1,000+ acre facility and offers campers an opportunity to ride horses, forage for food, learn rock climbing skills and more.

5 Camps for Kids with Special Needs

Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
7802 Bay Parkway
Julia Bogatykh, 718-331-6800 ext. 163
There isn’t a lot of information on the Jewish Community House website so we suggest a phone call or an email to Ms. Bogatykh for more information.

Shorefront Y Day Camp Inclusion Program
3300 Coney Island Ave, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach
Children in grades 1-4
Scholarships are available for this inclusion camp where young ones will learn to swim, participate in team sports, and be served kosher hot lunches.

Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
1224 Prospect Ave, Windsor Terrace
For children entering grades PreK-12
Highly trained and talented staff participate in an array of activities including swimming, yoga, and self-defense. Transportation is available.

Leif Ericson Day School
1037 72nd St Bay Ridge
This may be the only peanut and tree nut free campus.

Park Slope Armory YMCA
361 15th Street, Park Slope
Age appropriate camps for kids 5-12
This is a fully integrated 3-week camp that includes swimming, field trips, arts, and crafts.

16 Sports Based Camps

The Park Slope Day Camp
339 8th St, Windsor Terrace, Bay Ridge, Carroll Gardens as well as 2 Park Slope locations, 718-788-PSDC (7732)
For children entering grades PreK-10
Transportation available.
Check out Park Slope Day Camp’s Sports Academy. Athletes gain self-confidence and learn teamwork through soccer. At the end of the season, the Sports Academy holds a World Cup! Flexible daily and weekly registration is available.

529 5th Ave, South Slope, 718-768-8200
For children between the ages of 3-12
Registration is open for summer camp. Camps are organized by week and theme. In addition to martial arts, campers will also enjoy arts and crafts.

Avantis Swimming Academy
Various Locations, 347-380-8777
For children between the ages of 5-17
There are weeklong sessions for beginning, intermediate and advanced swimmers. Avantis also has a sleep-away option.

Aviator Sports
3159 Flatbush Ave, Marine Park, 718-758-7500
For children between the ages of 3-15
Aviator teaches leadership, self-confidence, and healthy living habits through sports. They also have a theater component. Register before March 31 for a discount.

AYSO Soccer Camp
Parade Ground, Ditmas Park, 917-847-8719
For children entering grades K-12
AYSO hasn’t posted summer camp and clinic information yet.

Bounce U
6755 Ft. Hamilton Parkway, Dyker Heights, 718-238-3288
Ages 2-5
Bounce U helps young ones develop gross motor skills. Kids are having so much fun they don’t even know they’re learning.

Brooklyn Boulders
575 Degraw St, Park Slope, Gowanus, 347-834-9066
For ages 5 to 12
Campers will explore activities like top roping, slacklining, and bouldering. For breaks, there will be a few arts and crafts.

Brooklyn Cyclones Camp
MCU Park, Coney Island, 718-382-2603
For children between the ages of 7-14
Registration is open for this half-day, one-week camp. Seats sell out fast. This is an opportunity for baseball fans to meet professionals and possibly a future major leaguer.

Brooklyn Fencing
62 4th St, 2nd Floor, Carroll Gardens, 718-522-5822
For children ages 7 and up
Online registration is open and space is available.

Camp Olympia
999 Jamaica Ave, 718 748-7084
For children between the ages of 4-17
Registration is open for this swimming and sports camp. Parents can get the deposit refunded if they change their mind before May 1. Bring a baseball glove and a water bottle.

Home Run Baseball Camp
Parade Ground, Ditmas Park, 202-256-8883
For children between the ages of 4-12
Registration isn’t quite open for the summer baseball camp, but if you’re interested in Spring Break in the Dominican Republic, sign up now.

The Gym Park
81 Oak Street. Greenpoint.
Campers must be potty trained.
Send your little gymnast to this “mecca of play and recreation.” Tumbling, yoga, even swimming will be fit into these action packed days.

Tennis Center
Prospect Park Tennis Center, Park Slope, 718-436-2500
Registration opens April 7th for tennis camp. You’ll need to print and fax in the registration form.

Urban Martial Arts
965 Coney Island Ave, Ditmas Park, 718-287-5500
For children ages 4 and up
Seats are available still at Urban Martial Arts, though the campers won’t be sitting. They’ll be running, jumping, and kicking while learning life skills and healthy habits.

Xaverian High School
7100 Shore Rd, Bay Ridge, 718-836-7100
For children between the ages of 7-13
Xaverian offers 5 weeks of basketball camp and a week of baseball camp taught by Xaverian High School coaches.

Xavier High School Sports Camp
30 West 16th Street, Manhattan
For boys in 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades
Xavier High School coaches teaches boys how to be develop themselves as total athletes.

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