Ah, to be a kid in the summer…a time to say goodbye to the classroom and hello to fun in the sun! Summer camps and programs abound in Westchester County, where children can immerse themselves in in an environment that suits their interests, abilities and schedule. Regardless of their choice, the rewards of summer camp remain the same — a place where children and teens can come together to experience new adventures, learn new skills and most importantly, learn more about themselves. Here’s just a sampling of local camps, but many others can be found at the American Camping Association’s website: www.acacamps.org, and through your local churches and synagogues, schools, and town government.
ACRES OF ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMP at ANN & ANDY’S
2170 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford
Ages served: 3 months to 14 years
Their campus includes a climbing wall, western town, Indian village, basketball court, kickball field, water slide, clubhouse, bike course, computer and media room, multiple playgrounds and relaxation areas for friends to spend their summer days together. Customized schedules, individualized attention and hot lunches daily.
ALCOTT MONTESSORI SCHOOL
27 Crane Road, Scarsdale
46 Fox Meadow Rd., Scarsdale
535 Broadway Avenue, Dobbs Ferry
Ages served: 3-6 years; separate groups for 2-year-olds
Offers wide range of activities including arts and crafts, cooking and science activities, nature walks, soccer, water play, indoor/outdoor play areas and sprinklers. Individualized learning to develop school readiness, social and play skills at the child’s own pace.
ART XO Studio
9 Main Street, Irvington
Ages served: 3 and up
Encourage your child to express his or her creativity! ART XO Studio offers arts and crafts for children (and adults) of all ages in a fun, no-pressure environment. Also available are “Artercise” classes, designed for kids ages 3-12, that combine art and sport to create a fun, movement-based experience for children.
BLUE ROCK SCHOOL
110 Demarest Mill Road, West Nyack
Ages served: 3 to 11 years
Children explore nature, art, music, gardening, swimming, science, woodworking, sewing, drama, games, water play and free play on Blue Rock School’s charming, five-acre wooded campus. A Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is available for children ages 13+.
CENTRAL PARK DANCE STUDIO
450 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale
Ages served: 3 to 17 years
Students participate in all phases of the production from selections and programs, to making their own scenery and rehearsing the acting and dance pieces. Daily classes in ballet, technique, tap, jazz, hip-hop, break dancing, musical theater, acting, voice and more.
THE CHILDREN’S SUMMER PLAYHOUSE
286 Mile Square Road, Yonkers
378 Park Hill Avenue, Yonkers
Ages served: 2 to 6 years
A dynamic program of arts, crafts, music, water play, storytelling, drama, movement, and science. An abundant variety of opportunities are provided for creative play and for mental and physical challenges that lead to success and growth.
DEERKILL DAY CAMP
Ages served: 3 to 15 years
Located on a wooded 15-acre site with a community feel. Professional swim instruction in heated pools, 16 specialty programs and age-appropriate athletic facilities. The 2020 session runs from June 29 to August 21. All campers may register for four through eight weeks. New campers may also register for two weeks for their first summer.
ELIZABETH MASCIA CHILD CARE CENTER (EMCCC)
171 Sheldon Avenue, Tarrytown
Ages served: 5 to 12 years
EMCCC campers visit museums, go swimming, enjoy picnics, and participate in music and dance programs, talent shows, interactive science demonstrations, and tennis instruction. A summer reading program is offered as well. The campus includes playgrounds, a basketball court, a tennis court and a ball field.
FUTURE STARS SUMMER CAMPS
at SUNY Purchase
735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase
Ages served: 3 ½ to 16 years
Future Stars programs run each week from mid-June through late August; Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers choose from specialties such as tennis, soccer, football, multi-sports, basketball, baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, cheerleading, volleyball, circus arts, magic, softball, diving, and more. A lunch option, central point transportation from Westchester, and door-to-door transportation from Manhattan are available.
GREEN CHIMNEYS SUMMER CAMPS
Clearpool – Carmel
Hillside – Brewster
Ages served: 4 to 15 years
Outdoor exploration paired with unique farm and wildlife activities enriches the Hillside Summer Camp program. Over 160 acres of natural beauty include a sandy canoe launch along the Great Swamp and the Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center, where campers make furry and feathered friends with 300+ animals, and an Olympic-sized indoor pool means swimming in almost any weather. Clearpool Summer Camp offers hands-on nature and skill-building activities, helping children develop environmental awareness and gain new personal tools.
293 Benedict Ave., Tarrytown
Summer program options include Adventure Camp, Adirondack Camping, math and language review courses, standardized test prep courses (SAT/ACT) and sports camps. Hackley Summer Programs are open to all, so bring a new friend to the Hilltop this summer.
HOFF-BARTHELSON MUSIC SCHOOL
25 School Lane, Scarsdale
Ages served: 6 to 16 years
Students at all levels participate in programs tailored to their individual needs and interests. Classes, workshops, and performance opportunities include: instrumental classes; orchestra; wind ensemble, and chorus; musical theater; jazz; rock; world drumming; music technology instruction; and more. Morning, afternoon, and extended day options are available.
HOUSE OF SPORTS
1 Elm Street, Ardsley
Ages served: 3 and up
Offering a variety of weekly summer sports camps for children, taught by a full-time athletic training staff and designed to have your child dramatically improve their on-court/on-field skills while having a positive, fun experience. Camps take place on a weekly basis starting in June and continuing through August.
ID TECH CAMPS
Programs available locally at:
- Iona College, New Rochelle
- Manhattanville College, Purchase
- Pace University, Pleasantville
Ages served: 7 to 19
Paving the way in STEM education, at iD Tech, kids and teens of all skill levels discover coding, AI, machine learning, film, robotics, and game design, developing the in-demand skills needed to compete at top New York companies like Google, Facebook, Vimeo, BuzzFeed, and more.
MAIN ST. ATELIER
Ages served: 5 and up
A training ground for budding artists! Main St. Atelier is the place where children (and adults) can go to study traditional drawing and painting technique. Founded by Emily Denise and Camie Isabella Salaz, all programs are designed to help individuals hone their creative skills. Young artists program summer session runs from June 9- August 1.
MUSIC CONSERVATORY OF WESTCHESTER
216 Central Avenue, White Plains
Ages served: 5 to 15
Instrumental and vocal instruction is offered all summer, and you can customize the number of weeks to suit your needs. Students work with professionals in a low-pressure, non-competitive environment to learn beginning techniques in the areas of acting, singing, dance, and improvisation.
MOHAWK DAY CAMP
200 Old Tarrytown Road, White Plains
Ages served: 3 to 15
Twenty-three sports fields, basketball and tennis courts with instruction by top coaches, separate arts and hobby centers, a year-round farm with pony rides, drama and music centers, ropes courses, mini-golf courses and ice skating rink. Two instructional swims daily.
OASIS IN DOBBS FERRY
- Masters School, 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry
- Mercy College, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
Ages served 4 to 14
Campers have access to playing fields, courts and a pool. Oasis Teen Travel program, for ages 12 to 14 years, takes teens on daily trips. Enrollment is flexible; children can attend for a minimum of two consecutive weeks to eight weeks.
OSSINING CHILDREN’S CENTER
90-92 South Highland Avenue, Ossining
Ages served: 4 to 13
Summer program with challenging and fun physical activities (including swimming lessons), enrichment experiences (including a film animation workshop), free time and mentoring relationships with supportive adults. Field trips are taken to recreational and cultural points of interest in the region.
PROSWING BASEBALL CAMP
27 Radio Circle Drive, Mount Kisco
Ages served: 6 to 12
ProSwing camps are designed to provide each individual player with the necessary fundamental skill set in order to maximize potential and excel on the ball field. Offering personalized attention in an exciting group setting, the camp provides encourages learning, activity and most of all, fun.
ARTS CAMP at ROCKLAND CENTER
FOR THE ARTS (RoCA)
27 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack
Ages served: 5 to 14
RoCA is a place for developing artists to explore various art forms in professionally equipped studios. Under the guidance of professional teaching artists/educators and caring counselors, campers explore the arts in a supportive environment where creative expression, group cooperation, personal development, confidence and self-esteem are encouraged.
RoCA’s large sparkling pool and open field provide plenty of healthy outdoor recreation.
RYE NATURE CENTER
873 Boston Post Road, Rye
Ages served: 4 to 13
Provides adventure and ecological exploration. Set on 47 acres of forest and trails, the camp creates an ideal opportunity to explore the outdoors. Encourages hands-on approach to scientific inquiry that connects everyone to nature by making environmental stewardship fun.
SCRIBBLER SUMMER CAMP
SCRIBBLE ART WORKSHOP
63 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry
Ages served: 3 to 11
Includes daily walks on the Aqueduct trail, collaborative outdoor earthworks, open play, lunch at the local playground, and of course, tons of art-making in the studio! Each week, artwork is connected to a specific theme or medium. Healthy, nut-free snacks are provided. You provide a bagged lunch for your child.
SHAMES JCC ON THE HUDSON
371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown
Ages served: 4 to 14 years
From June through August, JCC offers a River Friends Day Camp for ages 2-6, Camp Twelve Trails for grades K-10, and a Summer Sensations program for grades K-6. Kids will move their bodies and learn new social and physical skills including field games, swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, dance, cooking, nature, karate, gymnastics, animal encounters, Shabbat and special outings for the older groups. Staffed by early childhood professionals and educators.
Maria Regina High School
500 W Hartsdale Ave., Hartsdale
Campers customize their own schedule from over 50 exciting courses, including robotics, art, cooking, swimming, Legos, sports, and more. Courses are led by certified teachers. Squire also operates a Tennis and All Sports Academy. A hot lunch and early drop-off are included. Transportation and extended day also are available.
735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase
Voted Best Summer Day Camp for 2019, SummerTech offers the #1 summer technology experience, featuring authentic computer science courses taught by smart, compassionate instructors. Classes, sports and recreation, and gaming are available with day and overnight options.
TARRYTOWN ARTS CAMP
For children entering K-8, July 6-24, at Sleepy Hollow High School.
This year’s camp theme will be “I am the Planet! El Planeta soy YO!” focusing on environmental awareness, global connectedness, and personal accountability. Financial aid, as well as resident and sibling discounts available.
Multi Arts Camp (K-5): 9 a.m.-12 p.m., M-F. Includes music, creative movement, visual art projects, puppets, storytelling, theater, and more. Campers inspired by professional local and NYC-based artists with daily rotating activities.
Afternoon Programs 12:30-2:30 p.m.:
- Latin Music and Dance (grades 2-4). Folklore Urbano NYC’s renowned Cumbia for Kids program brings new musical adventures focused on the sounds and culture of Latin America.
- Puppet Theater Workshop and Creative Play through Music (grades 1-2): Israeli classical bassoonist Gil Sharett leads kids in games, art, and movement through music.
- Theater Improv Workshop (grades 3-4), led by Josh Lewis; kids explore and create theater.
Music at TAC (grades 6-8) – 9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Open to students with prior musical experience, this week-long music intensive combines ensemble playing, music production, music theory, ear training, vocal workshops, rhythm, and more. Teachers include Hackley jazz director and trombonist Rafi Malkiel, pianist and composer Pablo Mayor, vocalist Sofía Tosello.
Clay Camp (grades 4-7) 9:15 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Shaping, sculpting, and using the potter’s wheel, campers make a variety of functional pieces like mugs or plates. Taught by Gary Benton and Gabrielle Sia.
Architecture for Kids (grades 4-7) 9:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ArchForKids provides engaging learning experiences in architecture, engineering, urban planning and design.
Hudson Valley Rising Writers Creative Writing Camp (grades 5-8), July 1, 8, 15, 22 1-4 p.m. – in Partnership with Hudson Valley Writers Center: (Philipse Manor Train Station, Sleepy Hollow). “Environmental Writing” with writer Amy Holman. Generative writing exercises and activities; students read and discuss contemporary work by young writers; and practice providing feedback to their peers. Students will work toward producing a final portfolio of their own original poetry and prose. A culminating reading will be open to friends and family during the last hour of the final class session.
TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL SUMMER ACADEMY
13 Main St, Tarrytown
Ages served: 2 to 12
One and two week performing arts workshops in historic Tarrytown Music Hall: Making Movies, Musical Theater Week (with Rivertown Dance), The Shakespeare Cabaret (Performing outdoors at Patriot’s Park), Moana Jr, Circus Week (with Westchester Circus Arts), Fairy Tale Rock (Musical Fractured Fairy Tales for younger kids) and the world premiere of A Wind In The Door, a new science fiction play. Financial aid available.
TEATOWN LAKE RESERVATION
1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining
Ages served: 4 to 14
Adventure, discovery and hands-on fun in the outdoors. Children learn about and explore the natural world — catch frogs, collect bugs, climb rocks, hike on trails and explore natural habitats. Four sessions, July through August.
TEEN TRAVEL CAMP
Operated by the Village of Sleepy Hollow
Ages served: 13 to 14
Travel Camp goes from July 6-31 this year. Each day involves a trip to such places as amusement parks, museums, ball games, water parks, climbing adventure courses, bowling, etc. Registration starts April 15.
THEATER O ARTS CAMP
25 State Street, Ossining
Ages served: 8 to 14
Housed on the beautiful Bethany Arts Community (BAC) campus at 40 Somerstown Road in Ossining and staffed by professionals from Theater O, the camp explores all aspects of theater, art, music, puppetry, storytelling, games and more. Three sessions to choose from, spanning July through August. Campers may sign up for one, two or three weeks. Limited spots are available.
Village of Dobbs Ferry Summer Camp
Dobbs Ferry summer camps for children and teens are designed to be a positive and enjoyable camp experience for all who attend. Camp activities include swimming instruction, sports, games, sing-a-longs and arts and crafts. Weekly themes, numerous special events and out-of -camp trips are also on tap.
Village of Irvington Summer Camp
Ages served: 3 to 14
Two sessions: Session I: July 6-July 14; Session II: July 20-August 7. Extended days available. Morning and afternoon sessions. Activities and special events include: barbecue, carnival, color wars, cooking, crafts, drama, field day, hiking, nature, multi-sports, scavenger hunts, showcase, swimming, theme days, trips and more. Be part of the fun in a safe and nurturing environment.
Villages of Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow (TTSH) Summer Camps
Operated by the Village of Tarrytown Recreation Deptartment
Ages served: Tot Camp, ages 3 to 5; Day Camp, ages 5 to 12
TTSH Summer Camp is open to residents of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. Camp activities include arts and crafts, sports including basketball, field hockey, kick ball, etc. The program also includes swimming at the Tarrytown public pool, weather permitting.
WESTCHESTER SKATING ACADEMY
91 Fairview Park Drive, (Rte. 9A), Elmsford
Ages served: 4 to 12
Featuring Camp Chillin’ for youngsters ages 4-8 years old; Figure Skating Camp, June 22-September 4, with World and Olympic Team coaches; Hockey Camp, July 6 – September 4, develops boys and girls into well-rounded hockey players.
WORLD CUP GYMNASTICS
170 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua
Ages served: 5 to 14
Each week campers enjoy gymnastics training, organized sports and games, arts and crafts, tie-dyeing, food projects and water games. Every activity is approached in an active, non-competitive manner so that children feel safe and supported as they challenge themselves to grow and learn. Special travel camp for kids ages 10-14 years.
YMCA SUMMER DAY CAMP FAMILY YMCA at TARRYTOWN
62 Main Street, Tarrytown
Traditional Y ELC Summer Day Camp
Ages 5 to 8
Eight weekly sessions, July 1- August 23. Y Camp offers a warm and secure environment for children. All campers participate in sports, dance, nature, swimming lessons three times per week and recreational swim periods, art, and theme-based activities and special events. Space is limited. Do no wait to register. Extended Day (a.m. and p.m.) available. Financial aid offered for qualified families.
Y Dance Intensives – Ages 5 to 18. Develop technique and artistry in a fun, nurturing and creative environment. Beginner to advanced levels.
Contact the Y Dance office for info: 914 631-4807 x114 .