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Help Your Kid Learn a Foreign Language at These Immersion Summer Camps

By Heidi Patalano | March 31, 2014 10:45am
 Ensure that your kid is smarter than you are with these language immersion summer camps.
New York's Language Immersion Summer Camps for Kids
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UPPER WEST SIDE — Amusement. Diversión. Divertimento.

Those are just a few of the ways your kids can learn to say "fun" in another language — while having a blast at one of the city's many immersion summer language camps.

Open the door to fluency in French, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew or even Mandarin at these language camps, which offer a well-rounded experience that incorporates language as part of the summer camp experience.

"The parents here, even if they’re non-Spanish speakers, they’re looking at this school saying ‘We don’t speak Spanish, but we want our children to learn a second language early on,’" said Beatrice Rieskohl, of Juguemos a Cantar, a Spanish language school and summer camp in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Noemi Ali, admissions director of Bilingual Buds on the Upper West Side, is so convinced that dual-language learning expands brain power that she enrolled her own child in an immersion Mandarin class.

"Bilingualism fosters overall cognitive development and provides students with many benefits," Ali said. "Bilingual Buds presented us the opportunity to give that gift to our son."

DNAinfo New York makes finding the perfect camp as easy as learning the abecedario — Spanish for "the alphabet."

It's best to register early since many camps fill up before their May registration deadlines.

La Petit Ecole
Upper West Side, 159 W 82nd St., 646-504-9694
Tribeca, 45 White St., #1A, 646-504-9694
Ages: 2.5 to 5
Weeks: June 23 to July 18
Days and Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pricing: $495 a week
Activities: Trips to Central Park and other local parks, water games, arts and crafts, cooking, singing and dancing, field trips to museums.
Registration Deadline: Early registration before May 1, late registration is May 1 to June 20

Lycée Français de New York
Upper East Side, 505 E. 75th St., 212-439-3825
Ages: 2.8 to 11
Weeks: June 24 to July 26
Days and Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pricing: $1,300 for one week, $500 for each additional week
Activities: Sports, cooking, music, science, art, dance, karate and a special event each week, such as a field trip to Chelsea Piers or Yankee Stadium.
Registration Deadline: May 1

Bonjour New York
Carroll Gardens Location: P.S. 58, 330 Smith St.
Upper West Side Location: P.S. 84, 32 W. 92 St.
Ages: 3.5 to 11
Weeks: June 30 to Aug. 29
Days and Hours: Full day is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Half-day runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up are available for an additional fee.
Pricing: $425 for a half-day week, $525 for a full-day camp week. Reduced pricing for multiple weeks.
Activities: Art projects, board games, sports, singing and dancing, field trips, science and drama.
Registration Deadline: May 31

Bilingual Buds Mandarin Immersion Camp
Upper West Side, 175 Riverside Blvd., 212-787-8088
Ages: 2 to 3 (sessions for these toddlers are already filled for the summer) and ages 4 to 12
Weeks: June 23 to Aug. 8
Days and Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pricing: $1,400 — $2,550, with discounts for multiple sessions.
Activities: Two one-week sessions are devoted to drama, singing and dancing. The third and final session focuses on building and construction, with older students traveling to landmarks such as Grand Central Terminal.
Registration Deadline: Open now on first-come, first-served basis.

The Language Workshop for Children
Upper East Side, 888 Lexington Ave., 212-628-2700
Ages: 3 to 9
Weeks: June 16 to Aug. 22
Days and Hours: Two-, three- and five-day week options available, 9 a.m. to  noon. Pricing: $400 to $4,525
Activities: Arts and crafts, singing, dancing and acting. (These sessions are also available for children wishing to learn Spanish and French.)
Registration Deadline: First-come, first-served but it is recommended to reserve a spot before the third week of May.

Planet Han
Upper West Side, 401 West End Ave. 212-724-2421
Ages: 2.5 to 4 (preschool) and 4 to 12 (full-day camp)
Weeks: June 16 to Aug. 15
Days and Hours: Preschool immersion: Tuesday to Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Immersion full day camp: Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up are available for an additional fee.
Pricing: Preschool classes run between $140 and $240 weekly. Full-day immersion camp is $698 a week.
Activities: Arts and crafts, cooking, science, singing, karate and computer time.
Registration Deadline: First-come, first-served.

Gowanus, 93 3rd Ave.
Ages: 3 to 8
Weeks: July 14 to Aug. 22
Days and Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, available to 3- to 5-year-olds only. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., available to all students.
Pricing: $265 per week for half-day students, $425 per week for full-day students
Activities: Arts and crafts, games, reading, singing and dancing. The program is also available in Mandarin.
Registration Deadline: May 30

Juguemos A Cantar
Park Slope, 438 6th Ave. and 463 6th Ave.
Ages: 2 to 8
Weeks: June 23 to Aug. 29
Days and Hours: Two, three or five days a week. Half days (9 a.m. to noon). Full days (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Extended hours from 3-6 p.m. are also available.
Pricing: $95-$425 weekly
Activities: Gardening, cooking, building, reading, theater and exercise.
Registration Deadline: May 30

International School of Brooklyn
Cobble Hill, 477 Court St., 718-369-3023
Ages: 4 to 12
Weeks: July 7 to Aug. 8
Days and Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for half-day students (pre-K ages only). 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for full-day students.
Pricing: Half-day, $300 weekly. Full-day, $475 with additional fees for lunch and after-camp care. Discounts available for multiple-week registration.
Activities: Arts and crafts, music, cooking, drama and athletics
Registration Deadline: May 31

Hebrew Dual Language Camp
Windsor Terrace, Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace and 1224 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn
Ages: 5 to 12
Weeks: June 27 to Aug. 22, extended camp available from Aug. 25 to Aug. 29
Days and Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours available from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pricing: $415 to $2,700 depending on grade level and number of weeks attending. Additional fees apply for early drop-off and late pick-up. Some discounts may also apply.
Activities: Swimming, field trips, games, dancing, cooking, theater, sports, music, drumming, arts and crafts, and storytelling.
Registration Deadline: Register by June 1 to get $50 off.

Russian Dual Language Camp
Kings Bay Y, Sheepshead Bay, 3495 Nostrand Ave.
Ages: 6 to 11
Weeks: June 30 to July 11
Days and Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours available from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. for an additional fee.
Pricing: Ages 6 to 8, $500 for a single week, $950 for two weeks. Ages 9 to 11, $525 for a single week, $975 for two weeks.
Activities: Swimming, sports, drama, arts, puppetry and Russian songs.
Registration Deadline: June 1

Collina Italiana
Upper East Side, 1556 Third Ave., 212-427-7770
Ages: 3 to 7
Weeks: June 9 to July 11; Aug. 11 to Aug. 29
Days and Hours: Monday to Friday, half-day (9 a.m. to noon) or full-day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Pricing: $190 to $600 per week
Activities: Trips, theater, games, singing, arts and crafts
Registration Deadline: April 30 for the June 9 session; June 30 for the August sessions.