Summer Camps For Little Kids 2012

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It seems like summer is so far away, but now is the time to start registering your kids for summer camp. Whether you’re looking for  full-time camps, half-day programs or just a week or two to occupy your kids and give you a break – Baristaville has something for you.

Many of these camps fill up quickly, so register soon. Some require you to register in person on a first-come basis, so get there early and expect a long line.

We have broken up our list into two categories: Little Kids and Big Kids. Little Kids are ages 2 1/2 to grade-schoolers. Big Kids are middle-school and high-school kids.

Here are camps for Little Kids (Big Kid camps will be listed soon). Not every camp is listed, but we are constantly searching for more options. We will continue to update. If you know of a great camp that’s not on our list, please send us an email.

We’re also putting up a Summer Camp Guide link on our sidebar so you will be able to check out our comprehensive list anytime:

Preschools & School Camps


MMO Programs Summer Days
Where: 40 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who:
Children ages 3 – 6.
What:
Activities include art, music and movement, yoga, drama, science and outdoor activities with lots of water play.  Air conditioned classrooms!
When:
June 18 – August 17. 9 weeks, camp from 9 am to 1 pm. Extended hours available from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.
Cost: $185 per week. For more information call 973.744.6521 or e-mail info@mmoprograms.org.

Camp Co-op
Where: The Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Children ages 3 – 6.
What: In its twelfth year, Camp Co-op offers themed weeks during which children explore and learn through art projects, puzzles, games, science, literature, songs, movement, and many other fun activities. Outside play is plentiful, including water, tennis, bikes, and games. The counselor-to-camper ratio is a low 1:5 so we can get to know the children and keep them safe, happy, and engaged. For older children, they also offer chess and darkroom photography camps.
When: Beginning Monday, June 25 and ending Friday, July 27. It runs from 9 am – 1 pm, 5 days a week, with the exception of Wednesday, July 4.
Cost: $250 per week.. Call 973.783.4955 to register. Download form here.

Shoresh Preschool of Temple Ner Tamid: Summer Camp Fun
Where: 936 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003.
Who: Children ages 2 – 4.
What: Theme weeks of fun-filled activities including: water play, arts and crafts, nature, sports and games, songs, stories, and plenty of outdoor fun.
When: June 25- August 17, Choose 4 weeks, 8 weeks or any weeks in between.
Cost: Contact Arlene Sherman at (973) 338-1500 x 7 or email for more information.

St. James Preschool Summer Camp
Where: 581 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043.
Who: Children ages 3 -5. Children must be potty-trained.
What: Fun-filled day with playground play, water play on the lawn, soccer, t-ball and other organized activities. There are 32 children per day with 4 certified teachers and 4 assistant counselors.
When: Camp is for six weeks from 9 am – 1 pm.
Cost: Applications are available by calling the school at 973.744.0105.

Park Street Academy
Where: 46 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042. (973) 783-1900.
Who: Kids ages 2 1/2 – 6.
What: A fun-filled summer program with a variety of exciting activities including theme weeks, arts & crafts, splash pools, games, non-competitive sports, music and air conditioned classrooms for rainy days.
When: July – August  from 9 am – 1 pm. Children may be enrolled for any or all of the six weeks offered. Extended hours are available between 7:30 am and 6 pm at the cost of $13.50 per hour.
Cost: $320 per week.

Watchung Cooperative Preschool Summer Camp
Where: 71 Mount Hebron Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043.
Who: Children ages 3 1/2 – 5.
What: Led by a certified teacher and at least two camp assistants, each week of this lively program focuses on a different theme — bugs and butterflies, the circus, fairytales, the seashore, and vacations are just of the few themes from previous years.
When:
This year’s camp includes 6 one-week sessions, form 9 am – 12:30 pm, from June 20 – July 29.
Cost: $175 per week. Call 973.783.4535 to register or download form here.

Playhouse Nursery School  – Summer Program
Where: 88 Franklin Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
Who: Children ages 2 ½ to 6 years old
What: Summer at Playhouse offers a nurturing environment filled with hands on activities and many opportunities for outdoor play, including water, sand and weekly trips to the town pool.  Playhouse teachers lead the classes.
When: July  2 – August 24 divided into two sessions — you may choose 1 or 2 sessions. Half and full day programs
Cost: July 2 – July 27 — $770 (9 am – 1 pm) $990 (9 am – 3 pm) $1,180 (9 am – 5:30 pm) / July 30 – August 24 — $800 (9 am – 1 pm) $1,030 (9 am – 3 pm) $1,230 (9 am – 5:30 pm) Click here for information or call 973-736-9451.

Montessori School of Millburn – Short Hills
Where: 5 Bleeker Street, Millburn, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 2 – 4.
What: Fun activities for preschools in a Montessori setting and weekly themes.
When: Offers 2 – 8 weeks sessions beginning on June 13.
Cost: Call 973.379.4710 for more information and download registration form here.

JCC Metrowest Early Childhood Camps
Where: 360 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.
Who: Programs for kids 15 months – 5.
What: Introduce your child to his or her first true camping experience, including weekly themes, instructional swim, organized sports, arts and crafts, daily kosher lunch, outdoor playground time and much more.
When: Offered for 4, 6 or 8 weeks. Programs vary by exact dates.
Cost: For more information, call 973-530-3479 or email here.

JCC Metrowest Exploration Camps
Where: 360 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.
Who: Programs for kids in kindergarten to 6th grade.
What: During an Exploration Camp week, your camper has an amazing opportunity to learn, play, and explore. Our camp focuses on a new activity each week, giving children the opportunity to discover and grow in many different areas of art, science, and aquatics.
When: One week camp options Programs vary by exact dates.
Cost: For more information, call 973-530-3479 or email here.

South Orange – Maplewood Adult School Children’s Summer Program
Where: South Orange Middle School, 70 North Ridgewood Road, South Orange, NJ.
Who: Kids in grades 1 – 12.
What: The Children’s Summer Program is a fun and educational camp.  The program offers more than 100 classes in academic enrichment, creative arts and sports. The range of choices includes creative classes, academic enrichment, games, sports, and more. There’s something for every child, including: Acting, Art, Math, Printmaking, Mosaics, Karate, Knitting, Hip Hop, Comics, First Aid, Computers and Science.The sports camps  run in mornings, 9 a.m. to noon, in four one-week sessions and include co-ed baseball, fencing, soccer, gymnastics and track & field; boys lacrosse and basketball; and girls lacrosse.
When: Four session beginning at the end of June.
Cost: Please call 973.378.7620 or email for more information.

St. Stephen’s Preschool Fun in the Sun
Where:
119 Main Street, Millburn, NJ.
Who: Ages 4 months – 6 years-old.
What: Half-day and Full-day programs including outdoor and indoor play and water play.
When: Offers 2 – 7 week sessions from 7 am – 6 pm available.
Cost: $200 – $350 per week depending on time and ages.

MKA S.T.A.R Camp
Where: Two locations based on age group: 6 Lloyd Road and 224 Orange Road, Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Who: Children in Pre-K – 8.
What: S.T.A.R. Camp stands for Sports, Theatre, Arts and Recreation and offers campers the opportunity to sample many different activities throughout the day, as well as an inclusive lunch program and special events and trips. Weekly registration – Bussing – Lunch Included
When: June 25 – August 3 offering six one-week sessions from 8:30 am – 3 pm.
Cost: For more information, contact Ralph Pacifico at 973.233.3001 or email.

Hedwig Gruenewald Early Childhood Center
Where: 160 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ.
Who: Ages 2 – Pre-K.
What: Mini-camp during July and August in this Jewish preschool which offers a nurturing, noncompetitive place where children can develop their cognitive, gross motor and fine motor skills through play, experimentation and hands-on experiences in all subject areas.
When: Offered in seven week session during July and August.
Cost: Call 973.379.4040 for more information.

Newark Academy Summer Session
Where: 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ.
Who: Children entering grades 3 – 12.
What: Offers courses for advanced credit, enrichment and skill development, as well as preview courses in core subjects. The classes, taught by a talented faculty, are small, providing an excellent academic experience. All summer session classrooms are air-conditioned.
When: Offered Courses run daily Monday – Friday. Dates and times vary by course. Details here.
Cost: Week long enrichment course ($80) / 6 week English and foreign languages courses ($600) / math clinics and courses (range from $110 – $1,200 depending on course and length)

Over the Rainbow Nursery School
Where: 32 Pleasant Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Infants to age 6.
What:Fun camp experience emphasizing outdoor activities and arts & crafts. Explore weekly themes, take local walks, and enjoy weekly special events.
When: Offered for 2 – 9 weeks from July – August. Summer hours are from 9am – 12:30pm or 7:30am – 6:30pm for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week for a minimum of two weeks.
Cost: Ranges from $201 – 300 per week. Call 973.744.5905 for  more information.

Congregation Agudath Israel Summer Camp
Where: Agudath Early Childhood Center, 20 Academy Road, Caldwell, NJ.
Who: Children ages 1 to 4, plus Mom & Me Classes for the tiniest campers.
What: State-of-the-art playground with hidden sprinkler system for steamy-day fun, creative crafts, music, theme days and an incredible program of learning and fun.  Agudath ECC’s summer camp delivers a summer to remember for your growing tot.
When: 8 week camp session begins June 27.  Choose, 2, 3, 4, or 5 day/week camp classes.  Full days, half days and oodles of flexibility.
Cost: Dependent upon number of days/week and age of camper.  Call 973.226.2537 for more information or visit here.

Middleton Early Learning Center Summer Camp
Where: P.O. Box 8196, Glen Ridge, NJ
Who: Preschool kids.
What: Camp offers enrichment and fun with exciting new theme each week.  All campers will bring their own lunches on Mon.-Thursday and on Fridays; pizza/beverage/popsicles will be provided.
When: June 4 – June 22 from 9 am – 1  pm each day.
Cost: Call 973.677.4176 for more information.

Shomrei Emunah Summer Camp
Where: 67 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Program for two and three-year-olds
What: 8 week outdoor, recreational summer camp.
When: June 18 – August 9th
Cost: For more information, or to attend the Open House, please contact Elynn M Finston, Director of Early Childhood Programs at 973 – 746 – 5031 x 4 or email her here.

 

 

YMCA Camps

 

Early Adventures Camp at the Geyer Family Y
Where: Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids ages 3 – Kindergarten.
What: A fun-filled summer program with activities such as swim lessons, music, gym, arts and crafts and more!
When: June – September  from 9 am - 1 pm in 10 one-week sessions. After Camp Hours: 1 pm – 3 pm. Registration Saturday, March 24 from 8 am – 12 pm
Cost: $180.00 per session. For more information contact Kristin Herzog here.

Geyer Family YMCA Afternoon Specialty Camps
Where:
Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids ages 5 – 8.
What: Every week will feature a theme that will touch every child’s interest. From Hammers & Nails to Amazing Accessories you will find a creative outlet for your child. Full schedule will be available mid-February.
When:
June – August (8 one-week sessions) from 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm. Registration Saturday, March 24 from 8 am – 12 pm
Cost: $175 per session. For more information contact Cynthia Garcia or Whitney McOmish at 973.415.6105.

I’m A Big Kid Now Camp – Geyer Family YMCA Preschool Readiness Summer Program
Where: Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids ages 2-3 Must be 2 by 6/1/2012
What: Get your child prepared for pre-school at our readiness camp. Daily activities include circle time, snack, art, and movement.
When: June – August (8 one week sessions) from 9:30am-11:30am. Registration Saturday, March 24 from 8 am – 12 pm
Cost: $125 per week For more information contact  Whitney McOmish at 973.415.6105.

Montclair YMCA New Discoveries Camp
Where: Montclair YMCA led camp held at the Montclair Community Pre-K, 49 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids ages 4-9.
What: New Discoveries Camp offers a daily schedule including swim, sports, arts & crafts, adventures in drama and water sports. Younger children will be bused to the Family Center Y for swimming, while the older children will walk to the Park Street YMCA.
When: 9 sessions: June – August from 9 am – 3:15 pm. Before and after camp hours offered. Registration Saturday, April 28 from 8 am – 12 pm
Cost: $230 per session. For more information contact Rob Casele at (973) 415 – 6117.

Explorers Camp at the Geyer Family Y
Where: Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Children ages 9 – 12.
What: A fun-filled summer program with activities such as swim, games, trips to local attractions and more!
When: June – September (10 one-week sessions) from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  Before Camp hours offered from 7:30 am – 8:30 am. After Camp hours offered from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration Saturday, March 24 from 8 am – 12 pm
Cost: $250 per session. For more information contact Amy Costa at 973.559.9286.

Montclair YMCA Camp at the Lake
Where: Montclair YMCA facility in West Milford.
Who: Children ages 6-12.
What: The Camp at the Lake offers swim lessons, sports, crafts, nature, outdoor survival skills, hiking, archery, recreational swimming, low ropes challenge, drama, boating, and fishing. This camp provides children with exciting adventures, cooperative learning and tons of FUN! The campers will express their creativity, unleash their boundless energy, learn new skills and develop meaningful relationships. Transportation is provided from 8 convenient locations. Registration begins on March 1.
When: 10 sessions: June – September from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm After camp hours offered from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
Cost: Traditional Camp for 6-12 year olds: $245.00-$295.00 per session / Sports Camps (Basketball, Soccer, Sports Fan Club) for 8 – 12 year olds: $245.00-$295.00 per session. /  Specialty Camps (Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Dance, Science and Outdoor Living Skills) for 8-12 year olds: $255.00-$315 per session / Adventure Camp for 10-12 year olds: $295.00-$355.00 per session / Counselor in Training for 14 year olds: $495.00-$555.00 (Two week session + free week to volunteer). For more information contact Dana Duff at 973.415.6102.

South Mountain YMCA Mini-Y Knots and Y- Knots Camps
Where: Mini-Y Knots held at South Mountain YMCA Child Care Center, 10 W. Parker Avenue, Maplewood, NJ. Y Knots held at 13 Jefferson Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Mini-Y Knots (Ages 2 1/2 – 4) / Y Knots 1 (Pre-school – age 3 1/2) / Y Knots (entering kindergarten and 1st grade).
What: The perfect introduction for a child’s first camp experience.
When: Mini Knots (June 25 – August 3) Y-Knots June 25 – August 24 ( 3 week session) Mini-Y knot 9 am – 12 pm / Y-Knots 9 am – 3 pm / Y Knots 2 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Cost: Mini-Y Knots- 3 week session $435 / Y-Knots 1 and 2 – 3 week session $840.

South Orange – Maplewood (SOMAPY Y Camps)
Where: Maplecrest Park, Maplewood and the JCC Pool in West Orange.
Who: Kids in grades 1 – 5.
What: A fun-filled day of activities, trips, daily swim and much more.
When: June 25 – August 24 from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Before and aftercare available for an additional charge.
Cost: $855 each 3 week session.

South Mountain YMCA Specialty Camps
Where: TBA (last year was held at SOPAC)
Who: Divided into 3 age groups: Drama 1 (grades 1 -2) / Drama 2 (grades 2 -3) / Drama 3 (grades 5 – 6)
What: These camps will introduce your child to the world of theater with the perfect blend of acting, singing and fun!
When: July 25 – August 24 from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Before and aftercare available for an additional fee.
Cost: $855 each 3 week session.

South Mountain YMCA Environmental Arts & Awareness Camps
Where:
Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel, 432 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ.
Who: Kids in grades 1 – 4.
What: Camp will explore environmental issues. Indoors, with daily outdoor activities and assorted field trips.
When: June 25 – August 24 from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Before and aftercare available for an additional fee.
Cost: $855 each 3 week session.

South Mountain YMCA Sports Galore Camp
Where:
Jefferson Elementary School, 518 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Kids entering grades k – 6.
What: Campers experience over 15 different sports plus team building experiences.
When: Three 1-week sessions; weeks of: July 18, July 25 and August 1 from 9 am – 3 pm.
Cost: $285 per week.

South Mountain YMCA Golf  Camp
Where:
Depending on weather, the camp will play at various local driving ranges and golf courses. The camp day starts and ends at the Y.
Who: Kids in grades 1 – 8
What: Golf Camp is tailored for ALL SKILL LEVELS; from those who have never played before to the more experienced player
looking to advance their game.
When: Three 1-week sessions; weeks of: July 18, July 25 and August 1 from 9 am – 3 pm.
Cost: $665 per week.

 

Traditional Camp Settings

 

Deerkill Day Camp
Where: 54 Wilder Road, Suffern, NY. (845) 354-1466
Who: Kids ages 3 – 14
What: Deerkill Day Camp, celebrating its 54th season under the Rhodes family, is a smaller ACA-accredited day camp that offers a warm and supportive environment on a beautiful 15 acre campus.  The Group Leaders, the counselors who are with your children throughout the day, are mature adults.  Deerkill offers a superb swimming program, team sports and a dozen specialty programs in the creative and performing arts.  Campers are ages 3-14 and come to camp for a minimum of 2 weeks. Transportation is by air-conditioned minibus.  Hot lunches, towels, supplies, trips and a weekend pool club are included.  No tipping allowed.
When: July 2 – August 24. New campers may enroll for 2 weeks or more. All other may enroll from 4 – 8 weeks.
Cost: Varies by age group: Pre-K: 2 weeks ($1,475) – 8 weeks ($4,125) / Junior Campers: 2 weeks ($1,475) – 8 weeks ($4,125) / Upper Campers: 2 weeks ($1,800) – 8 weeks ($4,975). Cost includes all activities (except horseback riding) family weekend swimming, door-to-door transportation, hot lunches, field trips and supplies, group photo, camp shirts, gym bag and DVD yearbook.

JCC Metrowest Camp Deeny Riback
Where: 208 Flanders-Netcong Road Flanders, NJ.
Who: Ages 3 1/2 – grade 10.
What: Camp Deeny Riback combines the magic & excitement of camp on a beautiful 35-acre facility. The philosophy of “A Summer of Fun—A Lifetime of Memories” lies in the belief that everyone will leave each summer learning life skills, making new friends, and having fun, all in a safe and quality camping environment. Transportation provided.
When: Offered for 4,6,7,8 or 9 weeks. Programs vary by exact dates. Check here for details.
Cost: Call 973.929.2901 for more details.

Spring Lake Day Camp
Where: Conklintown Road, Ringwood, NJ.
Who: Kids in Pre-K – 10th grade.
What: 26 acre campus includes a 40,000 square foot heated pool complex divided into 5 awesome pools, a 5 acre lake for boating and fishing, water slides, manicured baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, 4 basketball courts, 2 hockey rinks, climbing towers, 500 foot zip-line, ropes course, 4 person bungee, beach volleyball, indoor dance studio, gymnastics pavilion, arts & crafts and fine art pavilions, cooking class rooms, computer centers, wood working, ceramics, science, nature, archery, wiffle ball, music and more. Air-conditioned door-to-door transportation is provided using only Department of Transportation approved mini-buses.
When: Mini-Day to Full Sessions from June 25 – August 16. Click here for all details. Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm. Mini Day hours are Monday thru Friday 9 am to 1:20 pm. Mini Day is available only for campers entering Nursery or Pre-K. Campers entering Kindergarten thru 10th grade are full day campers.
Cost: Prices range from $2,295 – $6,395 depending on age, program and length of stay. Call 973.831.9000 for more information.

Camp Horizons
Where: Campus of Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 5 – 14.
What: Traditional camp experience with over 100 activities to choose from daily.
When: Offered from 4 – 8 weeks with many options to choose. Click here for details.
Cost: For more information about availability call 973.992.7767.

Stonybrook Day Camp
Where: 42 Park Avenue, Randolph, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 3  – 15.
What: 40 acre campus includes 2 heated pool complex, a lake for boating and fishing, manicured baseball and soccer fields, ATV’s, tennis courts, basketball courts, hockey rinks, climbing towers, 600 foot zip-line over our lake, ropes course, volleyball, arts & crafts and fine art studios, cooking center, ceramics, Super science, archery, music and more. Air-conditioned door-to-door transportation is provided using only Department of Transportation approved mini-buses.
When: June 25  – August 17.  Multi-week programs, multi-day programs, and half day option are also available.  See website for more information.
Cost: Prices start at $2600 and vary depending on age and session length. Call 973.584.0078 for more information.

Meadowbrook Country Day Camp
Where: 73 East Valley Brook Road, Long Valley, NJ
Who: Kids ages 3 – Grade 9
What: Meadowbrook is an ACA accredited camp with a beautiful 50 acre campus filled with exciting activities including a 9,000 square foot pool complex featuring 3 heated pools and special events each and every week.  Door-to-door transportation available from many locations on air-conditioned mini-buses and mini-vans.  Teen Travel programs available. “We believe camp is a place where children have the opportunity to try new activities, take on new challenges, increase their self-esteem and grow in a safe, nurturing, fun environment.”
When: Begins Monday, June 25th and ends Friday, August 17th. The camp runs from 9 AM to 4 PM with before and after care available.
Cost: TBA For more information call the office at 908-876-3429. Open House on Sunday, March 11 from 11 am – 3 pm.

Camp Ramapo
Where: Rhinebeck, NY
Who: Kids ages 6-16
What: Camp Ramapo is a traditional summer camp experience for children with social, emotional, or learning challenges, including children affected by autism spectrum disorders. Camp Ramapo’s program is carefully structured to help children with special needs learn to live within a group, form healthy friendships, make good choices, develop self-confidence, and experience success.
When: Four sessions from 6/24/12-8/25/12
Cost: Cost varies depending on length of stay and family income and need. Call 845.876.8403 for more information.

Jeff Lake Camp
Where
:  Jeff Lake is located on a beautiful 50 acre lake in Stanhope, New Jersey.
Who
:  Jeff Lake offers a wide variety of age appropriate programs for children in pre- school through 10th grade.
What
: Family owned for 54 years, Jeff Lake Camp is a place where kids have fun.  Our energy and spirit is contagious.  Children grow in a culture that has campers coming back again and again.  Our facilities include:  50 acre lake for boating and fishing, 5 heated swimming pools (we are known as the camp “where kids learn to swim”), athletic fields, New Gymnastics Pavillion, Dance and Fine Art Studios, high and low ropes course, Cooking Studio and more!  Freshman Campus is home to our youngest campers and includes  athletic fields as well as a new air conditioned Freshman Clubhouse for indoor play. Open House on Sunday, April 1 from 12 pm – 2 pm. 
When
:  June 25 -  August 17.  4, 6 and 8 week sessions available.
Cost
:  Please call the office at 973-376-1962 to speak to one of the directors.

Willow Lake Day Camp
Where: 200 State Route 181, Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Who: Ages 3 – 8th grade, with a CIT program for 9th and 10th graders.
What: Willow Lake has developed age appropriate programs which ensures each child has a healthy, safe and fun experience.  Campers thrive in our dynamic program which continues to grow with them each summer as they get older.  Our activities and equipment are specifically designed to fit the needs of campers of all ages and skill levels. Willow Lake’s modern fleet of air-conditioned 16 and 25 seat school buses (they do not use big buses) is carefully routed to ensure the shortest ride to and from camp each day. Each bus is driven by a professional New Jersey CDL certified driver who has also undergone an intensive Willow Lake orientation as well.
When: Camp starts on Monday, June 25 and ends on Friday, August 17, 2012. enroll for either 4 week, 5, week, 6 week, 7 week or 8 week sessions.
Cost: Rates range from $2,895 – $5,795 depending on age and length of program. Please call 973.663.2732 for more information.

Montclair Recreation Day Camp
Where: Clary Anderson Arena, 41 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Kids ages 5 – 12.
What: Campers can enjoy arts & crafts, sports, drama, games, swimming and weekly trips.
When: Three (3) two-week sessions – July 2 – July 13; July 16 – July 27; July 30 – August 10 from 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: Fee is $165 for each two-week session

Sports, Yoga and Dance Camps

 

Big 5 Lax  Camps
Where: Held at either Fortunato Field, on the corner of Essex Avenue and Chestnut Street or Renaissance field on North Fullerton Ave, both in Montclair.
Who: Kids in 3rd – 8th grade.
What:  Program will focus on all the basic skills  to get the players ready for the future while having lots of fun.
When: Four 1-week sessions from June 25 – July 20 – 9 am – 12 pm.
Cost: $190 for sessions 1, 3 & 4 / session 2 $155 (no camp on July 4) See registration form here.

Big 5 Soccer Camps
Where: Held at either Fortunato Field, on the corner of Essex Avenue and Chestnut Street or Renaissance field on North Fullerton Ave, both in Montclair.
What: Program will focus on all the basic skills  to get the players ready for the future while having lots of fun.
When: Four 1-week sessions from June 25 – July 20 – 9 am – 12 pm.
Cost: $190 for sessions 1, 3 & 4 / session 2 $155 (no camp on July 4) See registration form here.

Big 5 Little Laxers  Camps
Where: Held at either Fortunato Field, on the corner of Essex Avenue and Chestnut Street or Renaissance field on North Fullerton Ave, both in Montclair.
Who: Kids going into Kindergarten -2nd grade.
What:  Program will focus on all the basic skills  to get the players ready for the future while having lots of fun.
When: Four 1-week sessions from June 25 – July 20.
Cost: $125 for sessions 1,3 & 4 / session 2 $100 (no camp on July 4) See registration form here.

Big 5 Peanut Soccer Camps
Where: Held at either Fortunato Field, on the corner of Essex Avenue and Chestnut Street or Renaissance field on North Fullerton Ave, both in Montclair.
Who: Kids going into Kindergarten-3rd Grade.
What: Program will focus on all the basic skills  to get the players ready for the future while having lots of fun.
When: Four 1-week sessions from June 25 – July 20 – 9 am – 12 pm.
Cost: $125 for sessions 1, 3 & 4 / session 2 $100 (no camp on July 4) See registration form here.

Maplewood Tennis Camp
Where: Tennis courts in Memorial Park, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Ages 6 – 14.
What: Fun tennis camp teaching all skills and tactics for a better game.
When: Weekly sessions from June- August. Exact details TBA
Cost: TBA

Camp Rocks at The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gym
Where: 40 Watchung Avenue, Chatham, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 7 – 14.
What: Offers Camp Rocks which is a full week of fun and climbing and is open to both beginners and advanced climbers.  They also offer a  summer break camp which is a great blend of climbing, bouldering and games for two hours a day, and you have the option of climbing with us for just 1, 2 or all 3 days.
When: Weekly sessions from July 11 – August 26. 9 am – 4 pm.
Cost: $599 for 5 day camp. Enroll by June 1 for $550.

Pre School Prime Time Summer Arts at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts
Where: 14 South Park Street – 2nd floor, Montclair, NJ, 07042. (973) 655-9819.
Who: Children ages 3 (must be potty trained) – 5
What: Half-day, one week theme-based program offering art, music, dance and dramatic play.
When: Nine 1-week sessions from June 25– August 24 from 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: $200 per week. See registration form here.

MVP Sports Camp
Where: Glen Ridge High School, 200 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
Who: Children ages 6 – 14.
What: All sports camp with a variety of games designed to improve athleticism, sportsmanship and putting the fun back into sports.
When: Six weekly sessions from June 25 – August 3 from 9 am – 2:30 pm. (half-day or full-day options.)
Cost: $159 per week for half-day option / $209 per week for full-day option. Register here.

Prime Time Summer Arts – Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts
Where: 87 Mount Hebron Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043.
Who: Children ages 6 – 14.
What: Full-day program offering daily classes in art, music, dance and drama. Each session ends in a free public performance.
When: June 25 – August 3 divided into two 3-week sessions. Public performances on July 13 and August 3.
Cost: Session I – $870 / Session II – $930.

Sports Domain Academy Montclair Summer Camp
Where: Held at Brookdale Park, Watchung Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Programs for kids ages 3 – 14.
What: Half-day weekly sessions that offer extra training to help children develop their soccer skills. Each student receives a soccer ball, t-shirt and water bottle!
When: 10 weekly session from June 25.
Cost: Camp season pass for ages 3 -4 ($399), for ages 5 -12 ($599-$899) Call 973.746.6887 for more information.

Sports Domain Academy Livingston Summer Camp
Where: Hosted at Gesher Summer Camp, Kushner Hebrew Academy Sports Fields, Livingston NJ
Who: Programs for kids ages 3 – 14.
What: Half-day weekly sessions that offer extra training to help children develop their soccer skills. Each student receives a soccer ball, t-shirt and water bottle!
When: 1 week session from August 20 – 24. Ages 3-4 9 am – 10:30 am / Ages 5 – 12 9 am – 12 pm
Cost:
Ages 3-4 ($80) Ages 5-12 ($125) Call 973.746.6887 for more information.

Newark Academy Summer Sports Camp
Where: Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ.
Who: Children ages 5 – 14.
What: Various sports camps for boys and girls: soccer, baseball, basketball, fencing and lacrosse.
When: Dates and times vary by sport. Details here.
Cost: $275 – $395 depending on camp.

The Little Gym Montclair Summer Camp
Where: One Greenwood Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids 3 – 8.
What: Each three-hour camp day is filled with fitness and fun. Obstacle courses, Air Trak, Arts and crafts, group activities, snack time and special events give kids challenges, fun, and time to interact and build their social skills – all in a non-competitive, nurturing environment. Each camp offers interactive themes which add a dash of imagination to their play. Like “Coastal Cowabunga” and “Harry’s School of Magic.”
When: Sessions run from June to September. Monday – Friday from 1 pm – 4 pm.
Cost: Schedule a day, a few days, or several full week sessions. You can customize your child’s camp days to fit your schedule. Call 973.744.1002 for details and information.

The Little Gym Livingston Summer Camp
Where: 18 Microlab Road, Livingston, NJ.
Who: Kids 3 – 8.
What: Expert instructors fill each three-hour camp day with fitness and fun. Obstacle courses challenge them. Arts and crafts engage them. And group activities, snack time and special events give them time to interact and build their social skills – all in a non-competitive, nurturing environment.
When: Sessions run from June to September. Monday – Friday from 1 pm – 4 pm.
Cost: Schedule a day, a few days, or several full week sessions. You can customize your child’s camp days to fit your schedule. Call 973.422.1722 for details and information.

Basking Ridge Golf Camps
Where: Basking Ridge Country Club, 185 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ.
Who: Ages 7- 16.
What: Half-day camps that teach all aspects of golf.
When: Half-day weekly sessions from 9 am -11:30 am. Click here for details.
Cost: $425

MSU Summer Squirts Sports Camp
Where: Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043.
Who: Kids age 3 – 5.
What: The Summer Squirts Program is a great way to introduce your child to a wide variety of sports, in a safe and fun enviornment. This indoor program meets 5 days a week, and boasts a maximum student to instructor ratio of 8:1. You may register for any or all of the four weeks, in any combination. Each week will focus on a different sport, utilizing imagination-based games to keep your child interested and excited.
When: Offering 4 weeks from July 12 – August 6. See times and details here.
Cost: For more information, please call the Student Recreation Center at 973-655-3340

St. John’s Montclair Soccer Camps at MSU
Where: Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043.
Who: Kids ages 5-14.
What: All day soccer camp held both on two outdoor facilities and an indoor facility for lunch, movies and more. The camp will be run by top level youth, high school coaches from Montclair high , and college coaches from the Montclair state  and Metropolitan area. David Masur Associate Athletic Director at St Johns University and Head Soccer Coach, who has won a Division I NCAA championship, 14 Big East Championships, 4 Final Fours Championships and 17 NCAA Tournament Appearance will be overseeing the Camp.
When: June 25 – July 27, 9am – 3pm
Cost: Click here to register and for all details.

Figure Skating Camp
Where: Essex County Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ
Who: All ages and skill levels
What: Half-day or full-day camps held for 2 weekly sessions.
When: Beginning June 25.
Cost: June 25-30 $400 for the full week or $285 for half-day sessions. July 2-6 (camp will not be held on July 4) $320 for the full four days or $160 for two days. For more information, call the Arena at 973-731-3828, Ext. 0.

Floyd Hall Arena Summer Performance Hockey Camps
Where: One Hall Drive, Little Falls, NJ.
Who: Advanced skaters of all ages and levels.
What: A variety of programs offered depending on level of skill. See details here.
When: Full and half day options available.
Cost: Range from $295 – $475 based on camp and length of day. Click here for details.

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Softball Camp
Where: 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ
Who: Girls ages 8 – 12.
What: Softball camp is designed for girls to learn, have fun and enhance their skills in all phases of softball.
Under the direction of Leslie Korkgy-Valenti and her staff, we provide the opportunity for young players to improve their ability level and develop into the best player possible with all out-door activities taking place at the beautiful Montclair State softball park. Refreshments, lunch and a camp T-shirt will be provided and there will also be some sports education activities inside the Museum, where the players will report each morning and be picked up after camp.
When: 9 am-2 pm daily on June 25-29.
Cost: $325. Call (973) 655-2378 for more information.

Maplewood Karate and Kickboxing Camp
Where: 520 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ
Who: Ages 4 and up.
What: Three days a week of quality martial arts training and two days a week Kid kickboxing training in a clean and welcoming environment, new students will be tested for their senior white belts at the end of each session, making the program challenging as well as fun.
When: Two 4-week sessions beginning on June 24.
Cost: Kid Kickboxing $150.00 a session $60.00 Registration for gear. / Karate Camp $200.00 per session $95.00 registration for gear and uniform.

Orange Lawn Tennis Club Kid’s Summer Camp
Where: 305 North Ridgewood Road, South Orange, NJ
Who: Kids ages 4 – 9.
What: Included in the camp will be tennis instruction on the clay and grass courts, a healthy lunch, special entertainment, soccer, swimming, arts and crafts and other extracurricular activities including magic shows, cooking classes, basketball and other fun activities that your kids will love.
When: A total of 10 weeks beginning June 26 and ending August 31.  Sign up for only the weeks you want your child to attend. 9 am – 1 pm.
Cost: $245 per week (lunch included)

Evolution Lacrosse Academy
Where: Anderson Park in Montclair, NJ, 07043
Who: Two camps: Mini-Laxers ages 5 -6 and Co-Ed ages 7 – 14.
What: Children will benefit from an age and skill appropriate curriculum and an excellent coach-to-player ratio of 1:5. The camps will be led by Matt Podwoski, an experienced educator and coach with more than 20 years of experience, and his trained staff of lacrosse player/coaches. The Co-Ed camp provides safe, fun, competitive and age-appropriate instruction for boys and girls ages 7-14. Instruction will focus on basic to advanced lacrosse skills through individual, group and positional work. This exciting camp is the perfect environment for players of all ages and skill levels to play, have fun, and evolve their games. Mini-Laxers is a starter camp for boys and girls ages 5-6. This camp focuses on basic lacrosse skills through fun games and group activities that familiarize campers with stick skills like scooping and running with the ball.
When: Weeks of July 16-20 and July 23-27. Mini-laxers 9 am – 11 am / Co-Ed 9 am – 1 pm.
Cost: For more information about Evolution Lacrosse and the upcoming summer camps, call 201-306-1124 or email.

Where: New Jersey Rock Gym, 373 Route 46 West, Fairfield, NJ
Who: Kids ages 7-14 years
What: Rock Climbing and Sports Camp. The climbing program focuses on proper equipment use, climbing techniques and safety while building strength, flexibility, concentration and problem solving. Campers will gain experience with top rope, bouldering, and rappelling utilizing the most innovative climbing structures in the Northeast. The program is highly instructional! The sports program is about having fun with sports like soccer, kickball, relay races and cooperative games which lead to building teamwork.
When: Weekdays, June 25-August 17, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Campers enroll for two or more days per week. Minimum of two weeks. Consecutive or non-consecutive weeks.
Cost: $226.00 for 4 days. (additional days available). For more information call 973-439-9860 or check out our website: www.njrockgym.com

 

Art and Crafty Camps


Montclair Art Museum — SummerART
Where:
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

Who: Kids ages 5 to teens.
What: The theme-based SUMMERART Camp provides four two-week sessions during which children will work in mediums such as drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, collage, and printmaking. Visits to the Museum’s galleries are included to enrich the child’s knowledge of fine arts. In addition to making art every day, children are encouraged to interact, talk, and learn about the history of art, its role in society, and how it affects our daily lives. Each session concludes with a student exhibit in MAM’s Leir Hall and the Yard School of Art Arcade. Light refreshments are serves, and family and friends are encouraged to attend. Art projects are taken home at this time.
When: July 2 – August 24. Children are grouped into ages groups: 5-7, 8 and 9, and 10-12. Ages 5-7 can choose either morning session (9:30 am – 1:45 pm) or afternoon session (3 pm – 5 pm). Ages 8-12 can choose any option.
Cost: Ranges from $330 – $890 per session, depending on age and length of day. Discount for museum members. Online registration opens on February 27 for Museum members; Opens March 5, 2010 for non-members.  See here for details.

Montclair Art Museum Pottery Camp
Where: 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Kids ages 6 – 12.
What: The Yard School of Art is excited to offer four two-week sessions of Pottery Camp in our Ceramics Studio. This camp is for children and teenagers who are interested specifically in working with clay to create pottery, sculpture, and more. Campers are grouped in age-specific classes (6 – 8, and 9 – 12) Campers will have the opportunity to use the Museum’s diverse collection of Native American pottery as inspiration. Much of the work created in Pottery Camp will be kiln fired; some will be functional, some will be decorative, and all of it will be treasured for years to come. Much of this artwork will be displayed at the receptions in Leir Hall at the end of each session.
When: Four session offered from July 2 – August 24. 9:30 am – 5 pm (depending on the age and program)
Cost: Ranges from $700 – $995 per session, depending on age and length of day. Please note that the cost of Pottery Camp includes the additional expenses for materials, glazing, and kiln firing. Online registration opens on February 27 for Museum members; Opens March 5, 2010 for non-members.  See here for details.

Montclair Art Museum Digital Media Camp
Where: 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Kids ages 8 – 12.
What: This camp exposes students to working collaboratively while using new technology as a tool for creative expression and communication in our increasingly connected and digital world. Camp is open to all levels and no prior knowledge of software is required; however, basic comfort using a computer is recommended. Students will be provided with a USB drive to take home their projects.
When: Four session offered from July 2 – August 24. 9:30 am – 5 pm (depending on the age and program)
Cost: Ranges from $595 – $890 per session, depending on age and length of day. Online registration opens on February 27 for Museum members; Opens March 5, 2010 for non-members.  See here for details.

@The Art Studio Summer Camp
Where: 211 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Children ages 6– 12.
What:  Each week is different theme, such as Outdoor Art and Sculpture, Design the City of the Future, Comics and Manga, Animation and Claymation, En Plein Air painting and Drawing and Digital Photography.
When: Three options: Day camp from 9am-2pm, Afternoon Art Academy: 2pm-5pm or the All Day Program: 9 am-5 pm.
Cost: Click here for all details.

Bass Arts Studios – Summer Arts Camp
Where: 202 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042, (973) 509-7588.
Who: Children ages 7-12
What: Children’s Art Camp, Five Weeks, June – July, from 9 am-2 pm (you may sign up for any number of weeks). Young Designers Fashion Camp, two weeks in July, 10 am-4 pm.
When: Several dates for each program. Check here for details.
Cost: Call 973.509.7588 for more information.

Express Yourself Studios Summer Art Camp
Where: 1877 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Artists ages 5 – 12.
What: Offers children the opportunity to experiment with a variety of media in a fun and supportive environment.  Children will be encouraged to use their imagination freely. Participants will create 10-15 art projects per week.  The projects are inspired by different Master Artists. Children will learn about the Artists through discussions, examples, and art-making. Projects include painting, drawing, mixed media collage, sculpture, printmaking and paper mache (relative to the artists).  An exhibition and reception featuring students’ artwork will be held at the conclusion of each  workshop week.
When: Weekly sessions from June 25 – August 24. 9 am – 12 pm OR 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
Cost: $175 per week.

The Handywork Studio Camps
Where: Montclair State University, Little Falls / Montclair, NJ.
Who: Kids in kindergarten – 10th grade.
What: The Handwork Studio is a kids’ needle arts and fashion camp. Its purpose is to pass down the tradition of teaching practical arts such as knitting, crocheting, hand and machine sewing, embroidery, quilting, fashion and crafts in a fun and relaxed environment. Several camp options available: half-day, full-day, afternoon program and machine sewing for older kids.
When: All camps offered in August for week long sessions. check here for details.
Cost: Afternoon camp – $160, Half-day – $280, Full-day – $399, Machine Sewing – $465.

Visual Arts Center of NJ Camps
Where: 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 6 – 12.
What: Various Art Camps available offering exploration of a variety of mediums, including: such as drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and three-dimensional work under the guidance of highly qualified instructors. Teens have an option of a Portfolio Development Intensive camp.
When: Offered for several weeks throughout the summer. Saturday Summer Camp available too.
Cost: Click here for more details.

Creative Kids Camps
Where: 1008 South Avenue W., Westfield, NJ and 615 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ
Who: Programs for kids ages 3 through kids in 4th grade.
What: A variety of fun camps: Princess Fairy camp, Under the Sea camp, Canvas Workshop and Picasso to Pop Art.
When: Programs run from July August . Check here for all details and offerings.
Cost: Click here for more information.

The Messy Artist Summer Camps
Who:
Kids from ages 18 months through 5th grade.
What: Join our Journey in Art and Education. Don’t let the fun and learning stop when school is out! Come create with us! Offering three camps: Caregiver and me, 3 – 5 year olds and K-5th grade.
Where:
The Messy Artist, 356 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ.
When: June 25 – August 30.
Cost: Check website for details of each camp. Pre-registration is required. Call 973.378.2425.

Woodworking Summer Camp
Who:
Kids from ages 6 – 8 and 9 – 14 years old.
What: Five days of camp with a fun introduction to woodworking for, boys and girls who are 6-8 and 9-14 years old and are interested in finding out more about the art of woodworking and related fields. Summer Camp attendees will build at least two projects, which will be selected based upon the experience of the students. They’ll learn to use  tools and techniques, and will leave with some pieces they’ll be pleased with. Groups are small so student get individual attention. They’ll ask questions and get answers; and they’ll enjoy the process.
Where:
Javier Santiago Studio, 133 Glen Ridge Ave. Montclair, NJ 07042
When:
Several 1-week session from July 9 – August 17. Ages 6 – 8 from 8:45 am – 12 pm / Ages 9 – 14 from 11:45 am – 3 pm, Check online for complete details.
Cost: Ages 6 – 8 $250 per week session / Ages 9 – 14 $350 per 1 week session.

 

Music Camps

 

School of Rock Montclair Rock Boot  Camp
Where: 125 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Children ages 7-18
What: Themed week sessions. Students participate in group lessons and rehearsals, learn music theory, and take a crash course on how to ROCK on stage, stay in tune, keep a groove, and have FUN doing it! Special concert at the end of the session at a real music venue. Unique Songwriting and Recording Camp this summer! Campers will write and record their own original music using state-of-the-art digital studio equipment in this two week session!
When: Seven week sessions. Check here for all details.  Camp runs from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Cost:$525 – $595 a week, depending on week. Songwriting and Recording Camp ($1,190)

Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop Camp
Where: 14 South Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Young musicians ages 8-20
What: The Jazz House Summer Workshop, (JHSW) provides the ingredients for students to become well-rounded musicians and the keys to the art of jazz performance. The Big Bands group spend a day rehearsing and perform in the evening at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York.  Artistic chair Christian McBride hosts. There is also a sleepover at the Salvation Army Citadel to prepare The camp culminates into the Montclair Jazz Festival where every student performs.
When: Two weeks from August 6  – 18.
Cost: Register before March 15: $950 After March 15: $1,100. Deadline to register is May 15. Get more info on the website or call the office at 973-744-2273.

 

Travel and Adventure Camps

 

Surf and Turf Jr. Camp
Where: Kids travel to various hiking, paintball, tubing, and rock climbing locations.
Who: Children ages 8 – 11.
What: Pick up at Edgemont Park in Montclair. Then they take the adventure on the road to various hiking and swimming spots in the NY/NJ Metropolitan area and beyond. They’ve gone as far as Old Rag Mountain, VA and as close as Mills Reservation in Cedar Grove. Check out the Schedule for this years itinerary.
When: Two weekly session offered in in July.
Cost: $400 per week.

 

Language Camps

 

The Language Workshop for Children Summer Enrichment
Where: 596 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042. (973) 509-0060
Who: Children ages 3 – 9.
What: Children learn a language in a fun and relaxed immersion program. Activities include, arts and crafts, costume and theme days, and snack time.
When: Programs offered from June – August. Click here for all details.
Cost: Pay per class or monthly fees. Click here for details.

Bilingual Buds Summer Immersion Camp: Mandarin or Spanish
Where:
587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 2  – 10 are divided by age and language proficiency (beginners welcome).
What: Bilingual Buds offers a hands-on, “minds-on” immersion approach to summer language camp. Attend one or more sessions where all instruction (and play) takes place in Mandarin or Spanish, including projects, games, experiments and fine arts. Students tackle creative class themes that range from great inventions, to fantastic field trips, to weird and wonderful science. The school’s native-speaking teaching staff promotes a high-energy, collaborative environment for young language learners.
When: Various sessions and times offered. Click here for details.
Cost: $595 session. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Call 908.598.8088 for more information.

Fun in French Camp at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) Montclair
Where:  The Carriage House, 331 Claremont Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Kids ages 5–8; All levels welcome.
What: New this year, the French Institute Alliance Française’s (FIAF) brings its highly acclaimed summer camp programs for kids to our satellite branch in Montclair, NJ. Children will explore French language and cultures through art, theater, and culinary workshops, as well as games and sports—all in French! One-week sessions available. Activities differ per session. Multiple session registration is encouraged for greater effectiveness!
When:
 Monday–Friday, 9am–12pm; Various sessions offered. Click here for details.
Cost: $300 session. Register online, by phone at 973 783 0507, or in person at The Carriage House (office hours)

 

Theater and Acting Camps


Broadway Performing Arts Summer Programs
Where: 357 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 6 – 17.
What: Various programs grouped by age. Learn songs, choreography and scenes from a current Broadway Show!  And learn the goings on behind the scenes!
When:  July 23 – July 27, July 30 – August 3, August 6 – Aug. 10, 9 am – 4 pm or  1/2 day: 9 0am – 12:30 pm
Cost: Full day $299 per week / Half-day $199 per week (Register before April 2 an receive a discount)

Summer Theatre Camp of Montclair – Little Summer Stars
Where: Unitarian Church of Montclair, 67 Church St. Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids ages 5 – 7.
What: Mornings spent making masks, creating costumes & set & playing theatre games against a backdrop of lovely Broadway, Classical and Pop Music designed to sing to the soul. Afternoons spent acting, singing, dancing and preparing for our most excellent play to be presented to family and friends with awesome cast party including cupcakes, clowns and balloons to follow!
When: Two and three week morning sessions. 9 am – 12:15 pm. Check here for dates and details.
Cost: Call 973.746.8686 for more information.

Summer Theatre Camp of Montclair – 4 Week Mainstage Program
Where: Unitarian Church of Montclair, 67 Church St. Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids ages 8 – 10 & 11-18.
What: This year’s show is a bold, imaginative, zany and heartfelt combination of Rock Musical and Renaissance: fastpaced & fun featuring a lively cast of characters & a great score! Personal & artistic transformation is achieved through acting process & performance. MORNINGS are spent in Training: yoga, acting, vocal/singing, dance, movement, choreography. AFTERNOONS are spent in rehearsal for our amazing final show, with full set, sound, lighting and costumes…a not to be missed event for family and friends!
When: Monday, June 25 – Friday, July 20 (Camp closed July 4th). Final Performance: Saturday, July 21. Camp runs from 9 am – 4:15 with before & aftercare available.
Cost: Call 973.746.8686 for more information.

JCC Metrowest Triple Threat Theater Camps
Where: 360 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.
Who: Programs for kids in kindergarten to 3rd grade and grades 4 – 10.
What: Acting, Dance, Song—All Summer Long! Your camper will have hands-on experience they won’t get at other camps—studying acting, voice, and dance with working professionals. Grades K–3 campers will have weekly Master Teacher workshops and see a Broadway matinee twice per session. Grades 4–10 campers will have a Master Class with a working Broadway professional and see a Broadway matinee each week. Each session will culminate in a showcase performance that the campers help create.
When: Offered in 3, 4 or 7 week sessions. Programs vary by exact dates. Check here for details.
Cost: Call 973.530.3421 for more details.

Performers Theatre Workshop Junior Summer Camp
Where: 550 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ
Who: Kids ages 5 – 9.
What: Junior Camp combines singing, acting, and dancing to introduce and establish the building blocks of performing, foster creativity and nurture self-esteem. Through positive and imaginative class experience, these young performers develop confidence in singing, acting and dancing, strengthen their skills and have lots of fun!
When: Two three-week sessions from June 25 – August 10. 9 am – 12 pm.
Cost: $750 for the 5 day program (M-F) / $650 for the 3 day program (T, W, TH). Transportation and early drop off is available both sessions-please call 973.327.2250 for details.

Gas Lamp Players Lights Broadway Summer Camp
Where: 37 Clinton Road, Glen Ridge, NJ.
Who: Children in grades k – 7.
What: This summer, we will be performing the show Just So. Based on the immortal short stories of Rudyard Kipling, Just So takes you on a fantastic journey along the banks of Africa’s great, grey-green, greasy Limpopo River to meet an amazing collection of strange and wonderful creatures.  Set at the beginning of time, the musical introduces the Eldest Magician who has created a world of beasts and birds and fish.  Everything was just so, until Pau Amma the Crab began playing with the ocean, causing a flood that threatened the other animals.
When: The program will run Monday – Thursday from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, beginning Monday, July 9 with performances on August 10 & 11.
Cost: Tuition is $725 and includes free tickets to all performances.

Musical Theatre Conservatory
Where: Livingston and West Orange locations.
Who: Kids ages 7 – 17.
What: Musical Theatre Conservatory is a performing arts school offering exciting classes and camps. Summer choices are: Stage Door Kids and Glee Goes Broadway.
When: Three weeks from June 25 – July 3. Stage Door Kids runs form 9 am – 12 pm. Glee Goes Broadway runs form 9 am – 2 pm.
Cost: Stage Door Kids $750  / Glee Goes Broadway $1,395. Registration form here.



Academic Camps

 

Montclair State University’s Academically Gifted & Talented Summer Programs
Where: Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043. (973) 655-4104.
Who: Children in kindergarten – 11th grade.
What: Families can personalize their schedules by selecting from over 300 courses in science, mathematics, technology, sports, visual and performing arts and the humanities. Anticipated courses include robotics, SAT Prep, algebra, Chinese, fencing, anatomy, and physics.
When: Two three-week sessions are available: June 25 – August 3.
Cost: Call 973.655-4104 for more information or click here.

Montclair Learning Center Summer Camp
Where: 73 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Children in grades 1 – 7.
What: Program offers four different areas of study: Science Camp, Chess Camp , Media camp, Mindscapes Camp and Video Game Maker. All are offered either half-day or full-day.
When: 9 sessions: June 25 – August 24.
Cost: TBA. For more information call (973) 744-7464.

Camp Invention
Where: Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, 9 Manger Road, West Orange, NJ.
Who: Kids in grades 1 – 6.
What: A day at the Camp Invention program is packed with hands-on activities, brainstorming, experimentation, and unbelievable action! Although daily activities are widely diverse and vary based on the program being hosted, as well as the number of participants. Children explore, create, invent and much more.
When: July 30 -August 3 from 9 am – 3:30 pm.
Cost: $245. Register here.

International Ivy Summer Program
Where: Caldwell College, 120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ
Who: Programs for kids ages 8 – 16.
What: The International Ivy Summer Program at Caldwell College is dedicated to providing fun and intellectually-stimulating classes to fuel young people’s interest and creativity.
When: July 2 – August 10. Full-day 9 am – 5 pm / Half-day 9 am – 12:30 pm / Half-day 1:30 pm – 5 pm
Cost: Call 855.678.6335 or email here for more information.

 

Specialty Camps

 

Montclair Mud Fun Camp
Where: Kaveny Field-behind the fences of the baseball field, enter near the corner of Walnut and Christopher Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids ages 5 – 14.
What: A youth led festive summer event with live drums, food, barefoot mud stomp dancing and mud building/sculpting activities! The building of Adobe [sun baked mud] shelters is a tradition that stretches back thousands of years in all climates around the world. Campers will help design and make earthen structures that will remain in Kaveny Field for public viewing.
When: August 15 – August 19. Monday through Friday, 9:30 am-12 pm. Each Friday afternoon from 6 pm-8 pm there will be a community celebration and demonstration featuring food, Essex Diversity Youth Theater Group, drumming, and more!
Cost: $95 for each week, individual days are available at $25 a day.

Magic for Muggles Summer Program
Where: Magic for Muggles, St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall, 55 Montclair Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
Who: Harry Potter fans ages 8 – 13.
What: Program, led by two Montclair teachers, that brings the magic of Hogswarts school alive: playing quidditch, wand making, HP Jeopardy, discovering magical creatures, and making House banners.
When: TBA
Cost: TBA. Registration will begin in March, 2012.

Zoo Camps
Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.
Who: Various programs for kids entering kindergarten through 8th grade.
What: Campers will be introduced to the extraordinary world of animals, nature, and science for our week long camps that run in June, July and August. Kids will enjoy age-appropriate themed camps that include games, teacher-led lessons, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science, and fun crafts.
When: Weekly session running throughout the summer. Various hours available depending on age group. Check here for all details.
Cost: Registration begins on February 20 for zoo members and March 5 for non-members.

The Oval Camp – Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey
Where: South Mountain Reservation, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Girls in grades 1st – 9th.
What: An outdoor camp providing fun and educational experiences designed to give girls opportunities to learn, grow and make friends.
When: Offered from 1 – 6 weeks from 9 am – 4 pm. Dates TBA.
Cost: Attend the Open House on May 6 from 1 pm – 3 pm.

Gesher Summer Camp
Where: 110 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ.
Who: Kids in Pre-K - 10th grade.
What: The only Jewish ACA-accredited camp in Essex County. Gesher is a nurturing environment that welcomes all Jewish children, providing a safe, unique and fun-filled experience. The camp is equipped with two swimming pools, separate girls and boys changing rooms, indoor and outdoor tennis and basketball courts, a team challenge ropes course, a brand new waterslide, tevah (nature), a unique Israeli Culture program, a Kosher indoor cafeteria, a soccer field, a 600-seat auditorium, two gaga pits and a kings wall, plus many other areas to facilitate all of our special activities.
When: Offered for 4 – 8 weeks from June 25 – August 17.
Cost: Various prices based on age and length of program. Check application for details.

Apple Camp
Where: Local Apple stores (Willowbrook Mall, Short Hills Mall and Garden State Mall)
Who: Kids ages 8 -12.
What: Learn the ins and outs of iMovie and how to make a film in about the time it takes to watch one. From storyboarding to shooting footage to editing, kids will create their own film from start to finish. The workshop, held at the Apple Retail Store, spans three days and leads up to an Apple Camp Film Festival where campers debut their masterpieces.
When: 8 three-day workshops available throughout the summer.
Cost: Free. Check here for details.

The Morris Museum Summer Day Camp
Where:
6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.
Who: Kids entering grades 1-4.
What: Four weeks of fun-filled educational programs where children explore museum exhibitions, create art, discover science, play games, and participate in group activities.
When: Four one-week sessions from 9 am – noon daily.
Cost: TBA

Children’s Summer Program at The Adult School
Where:
South Orange Middle School, South Orange, NJ.
Who: Kids in grades 1 – 12.
What: The program offers more than 100 classes in academic enrichment, creative arts and sports. The range of choices includes creative classes, academic enrichment, games, sports, and more. There’s something for every child, including: Acting, Art, Math, Printmaking, Mosaics, Karate, Knitting, Hip Hop, Comics, First Aid, Computers and Science. The sports camps are for children and teens entering grades 1-12. They run in mornings, 9 a.m. to noon, in four one-week sessions and include co-ed baseball, fencing, soccer, gymnastics and track & field; boys lacrosse and basketball; and girls lacrosse.
When: TBA
Cost: Fees vary based on course. Check here for details.

Build n’ Blocks
Where:
46 E. Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ 07039 (973) 216-1066
Who:
Kids ages 3-4 for school readiness and summer camp fun, Age 5-12 weekly themed camps.
What:
A fun-filled summer program with a variety of exciting activities including theme weeks, arts, technology, engineering, LEGO building, Fun with Knex, Mad Science, Animation
When:
June 24  – August 25. 9 am-12 pm for ages 3-4 and 9 am-3 pm for ages 5-12.Children may be enrolled for all weeks, partial day or full day. Extended hours are available between 8:00 am and 5 pm at the cost of $25.00 per day.
Cost:
$ 175 per week for pre school readiness $250 per week for themed weeks.

Camp Funplex
Where: 182, Rt. 10 W, East Hanover, NJ
Who: Kids 4 – 13
What: At Camp Funplex children have access to all of the thrills and amenities they love about the Funplex including indoor and outdoor amusements, swimming, arts and crafts, Fun Fridays, summer field trips and sports that cater to everyone’s strengths and abilities. Kids will also love all that’s new for 2012: The Splashplex – a brand new water playground featuring slides, water blasters, a Hydro Storm Tower and 5 foot deep pool, an inflatable obstacle course, remodeled Lazer Arena, upgraded 5D Theatre, new Super Twister ride and more! It’s all right here guided by experience, watchful counselors.
When: June 27 – August 19 from 9 am – 4 pm with flexible schedules (early drop-offs and late pickups) and only a 2 week minimum. Check the schedule here.
Cost: $299 per week (before 3/31), $349 per week (after 3/31)

Seaton Hackney Stables Summer Equestrian Camp
Where: 440 South Street, Morristown, NJ
Who: Ages 5 – 17
What: Campers learn basic safety, grooming, tacking and barn management skills. They ride 2-3 times daily, either in lessons, on trail rides, lungeing session and Equisthenics. In addition, campers receive daily Badges in many different topics including harness driving, equine breeds, colors and markings, equine health and First Aid, braiding and Show grooming, careers in the industry (demonstrations by vet and farrier) and other exciting horsemanship matters.
When: Weekly camps run all summer until Labor Day. Half-day and full-day sessions for riders of every ability (ages 5 to 17) are available. See forms page for all details.
Cost: From $395 – $695 per week.

Essex Equestrian Center Summer Camp
Where: 12-22 Woodland Avenue, West Orange, NJ
Who: Kids ages 6 – 13.
What: A riding camp for both the beginner and advanced rider.
When: Ten week sessions for Half day (9 am – 1 pm) and Full day (9 am – 4 pm) from June 25 – August 31. See details here.
Cost: From $425 -$625 per week depending on type of program.

iD Tech Summer Camps in New Jersey
Where:
Held at Princeton, Seton Hall, and 60+ universities in 27 states.
Who:
Kids and Teens ages 7-17.
What:
Take hobbies further and gain a competitive edge!  Create iPhone apps, video games, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs held at Princeton, Seton Hall, Stanford, and others.  Small classes for ages 7-17 in a fun and challenging setting.   Also 2-week, Teen-only programs held at Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and other universities: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking & photography).
When:
June – August.
Cost:
Please check website for details.

Montclair Summer Camps/ Work-Family Connection
Where: On site in Montclair Public Schools
Who: Kids in grades k – 8th.
What: Choose from 14 different specialty camps including Icamp, Metal Arts, Rock & Ropes Climbing, Science Fun, Basketball Camp, All Sports Camp, Art O Rama, Creative Crafts, And Traditional Day Camp experiences!
When: June 25-August 3
Cost: Visit online or call 908.534.5935 ext. 10 for more information.

Oakeside Arts, Craftsand Cooking Camp
Where: Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Bellevue Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ
Who: Kids ages 5 – 13.
What: Five weeks of art, crafts and cooking activities.
When: Week 1 – July 9 – 13  (tbd) / Week 2 – July 16 – 20  Creative Crafts / Week 3 – July 23 – 27 Cooking / Week 4 – July 30 – August 3  Creative Crafts / Week 5 – August 6 – 10  Cooking
Cost: Details on the theme for each week will be available shortly, along with registration forms.

Super Kids Science Camp
Where: Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ
Who: Ages 8-11, kids entering 3rd through 6th grade
What: Through demonstrations, creative thinking and hands-on experiments kids will be learning important fundamentals in physics, chemistry, biology and the scientific method and having loads of fun!
When: July 9 – 13, and July 23 – 27, from 9 am – 1 pm.
Cost: $300. Email here for more information.


 

Special Needs Camps

 

Harbor Haven Day Camp
Where: 1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ.
Who: Children ages 3 – 15 with mild special needs.
What: 8-acre private school setting provides an opportunity to experience typical summer activities such as sports, swim, nature, outdoor adventure, drama, dance, music, cooking, bikes, photography, computers, art, gymnastics yoga and more in an environment where success and positive self-esteem are fostered. In addition, social skills group, daily academics and speech and occupational therapy groups are provided within the schedule.
When: The day is 9 am – 3:40 pm for children ages 5-15.  Bright Beginnings Children, ages 3 & 4 attend  from 10 am – 2 pm.
Cost: For more information contact 908.964.5411. Transportation is provided at an additional cost when possible.

JCC Metrowest Club JCC Camp
Where: Camp DeenyRiback, 208 Flanders-Netcong Road Flanders, NJ.
Who: Ages Pre- K – 6th grade.
What: Children with delays or special needs are able to enjoy outdoor summer camp. Integrated within camp, a “shadow” counselor helps each child fully maximize his or her experience. Door-to-door transportation from both JCC’s available.
When: Offered for 1,2,4 or 8 weeks. Programs vary by exact dates. Check here for details.
Cost: For more information call Rebecca Gallanter at 973-530-3478

Camp Pal 2012
Where: Temple B’nai Jeshurun (TBJ), 1025 South Orange Avenue, Short Hills, NJ 07078
Who: Ages 3 and older
What: At Camp PAL your child will participate in an innovative, creative, and therapeutic camp run by the highly-talented and knowledgeable team of therapists at Creative Speech Solutions, LLC. During the 2 ½ to 3 hour camp, children will have a great time as they participate in these enriching group sessions: Chat & Play with Friends, Sing Your Heart Out, From Jumping to Drawing, Fun with Food, Loving Literacy (for ages 4 & up)
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. July 10 – August 16. Program I 1:30 – 4 pm /  Program II (ages 4 & up) 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Cost: One or Two Weeks –Program I: $375 per week / Program II: $400 per week. Three or More Weeks –  Program I: $350 per week / Program II: $375 per week. OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, March 25 from 12:30 pm – 3 pm.

Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp
Who: Children with special needs.
What: A fun camp to teach children with special needs to ride a two-wheel bicycle.
Where: Hoboken High School, 801 Clinton Avenue, Hoboken, NJ
When: 75 minute riding session daily for 5 days from July 9 – July 13
Cost: Cost is $150 per child. Contact Theresa Howard here to participate or volunteer.

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