Last-Minute Summer Camp Options

By Ben Fractenberg on May 15, 2013 11:03am 

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 There are still plenty of affordable summer camp options around the city for parents to choose from.
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NEW YORK CITY — The spring may have sped past in a blur, but there's still time to snag last-minute summer camp spots.

Here's a list of some options in the five boroughs:

Queens Theater Program: The Unity Stage Summer Program in Sunnyside, Queens, offers parents four sessions where kids will learn song, dance and comedy. 

A two-week theater workshop, where children will learn songs and dances from popular musicals and plays, will run from July 8-19.

From July 22-26, will be a dance workshop with lessons in Irish step, African dance, hip-hop and jazz.

The comedy workshop, which teaches improv, play writing and puppet creation runs from July 29 to Aug. 2.

Each day runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Queen of Angels Church in Sunnyside.

There is also a playground a block away from the church and the children will spend time outside, said Sofia Geier, who oversees the camp.

The cost is $350 per week and there is a $50 discount for the first week and $25 each additional week if you mention DNAinfo New York and apply by June 15, Geier added.

You can go to its website for more information.

Day Camp in Park Slope: Kim's Kids Summer Camp is open to kids age 4 1/2 to 11 and runs from July 8 through August 16. The "traveling day camp" will have kids hiking, swimming, searching for frogs and turtles in ponds and going on field trips to locations in and around New York.

Families can send their kids to the camp three, four or five days per week. Prices range from $780 for three days a week for three weeks to $2,030 for five days a week for six weeks, according to the camp's website.

A $200 deposit is due with the application and full payment by June 1.

Check out the website for information on how to enroll.

Lower East Side Day Camp: Another affordable option is Camp Henry, which is run by the Henry Street Settlement in the Lower East Side for children 5 to 18. Campers take part in daily activities like crafts, music, drama, sports and swimming.

Kids also take trips around the tri-state area to amusement parks, museums and other interactive sites.

The camp runs from July 8 to Aug. 16 and weekly sessions are available. The full summer program is $1,300, but there is also financial aid available for qualifying families.

Check out the website for application and contact information.

Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Centers: If you're looking for a program in The Bronx the Neighborhood Centers run a camp from July through August for children 5 to 12 years old.

The summer activities include trips to parks, museums and plays and recreational activities like basketball, kickball and volleyball.

Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 955 Tinton Ave. The cost is $425 per child.

You can contact the Forest Houses at (718) 542-2727 for application information.

Greenwich Village Softball and Baseball Camp: The Pier, Park & Playground Association runs a girls and boys summer camp on Pier 40. Its co-ed baseball camp is for children 6 to 14 and runs from June 27 through Aug. 12.

An all-girls softball camp for ages 8 to 14 runs from July 1 through Aug. 16.

The schedule is flexible, with prices starting at $375 per week.

Arrival is between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and pick-up is from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Check out the website for enrollment information.

Ice Skating in Queens: If your kids prefer winter sports during the summer, the World Ice Arena in Flushing, Queens runs an ice skating camp from July 8 through Aug. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Classes include jump and spin workshops and musical interpretation.

Prices vary for the day, week and full-camp session, but range from $140 to $3,300.

Go to the camp's website for registration information.

Staten Island Camp Options: The Staten Island Day Camp runs a summer program with swimming and outdoor activities at the College of Staten Island.

Camp is for children 5 to 13 and runs in two sessions: July 1-26 and July 29 through Aug. 23. Prices range from $1,450 for a three-week session to $2,840 for the full summer.

You can check out the camp's website for a full summer calendar of events and information on busing.

Upper East Side Gymnastics: The 92nd Street Y offers a camp for children 6 to 14 years old who want to practice their flips and rolls.

The program offers one-on-one instruction from USA Gymnastics-Safety certified coaches, according to the website, and other activities like swim lessons and trips to places like the Bronx Zoo.

The program runs in four sessions from June 27 to Aug. 16. The first session costs $949 and the other three are $1,575. Prices for attending more than one session range from $2, 475 to $4, 475.

Call (212) 415-5710 for more information.

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