Barista Kids Summer Camp Guide 2014: Little Kids

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Summer Camps For Little Kids

It seems like summer is so far away,  especially with this winter, 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—our Barista Kids Summer Camp Guide 2014 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 three categories: Little Kids, Big Kids, and Sleepaway Camps. Little Kids are ages 2 1/2 to grade-schoolers, Big Kids are middle school and high school kids, and Sleepaway are overnight options.

Here are camps for Little Kids (Big Kid and Sleepaway camps will be listed soon). This list will continue to grow through the summer, because some camps haven’t released information yet and new options are offered every year. 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.
 Children ages 3 – 6.
 Activities include art, music and movement, yoga, drama, science and outdoor activities with lots of water play. Air conditioned classrooms!
 Information for this year’s camp available on March 1. camp from 9 am to 1 pm. Extended hours available from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.
Cost: For more information call 973.744.6521 or email

Camp Co-op
Where: The Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Children ages 3 – 6.
What: 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, crafting, sewing workshop and  darkroom photography camps.
When: June 23 to July 25. Camp runs from 9 am – 1 pm, 5 days a week.
Cost: $250 per week, discount for multiple weeks. Visit online or call 973.783.4955 for more info or to register.

Shoresh Preschool of Temple Ner Tamid: Summer Fun Camp
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: Choose 4 weeks, 7 weeks or any weeks in between.
Cost: Contact Arlene Sherman at (973) 338-1500 x 7 or email for more information.

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, fairy-tales, the seashore, and vacations are just of the few themes from previous years. 
 6 one-week sessions, from 9 am – 12:30 pm, from June 16 – July 25.
Cost: Call 973.783.4535 to register or 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 and information are available by calling the school at 973.744.0105.

STAR-Camp-logoMKA S.T.A.R Camps
Where: 201 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Jr Star Camp ( grades Pre-k – 2) STAR Camp (grades 3 – 8)
What: Campers entering grades Pre-K-8 choose from dozens of different course offerings led by our highly qualified staff of professional teachers and coaches. This personalized schedule guarantees that your child will spend the day involved in activities that he/she enjoys! Two age-appropriate locations allow campers to benefit from MKA’s first-rate facilities while staying close to home.
When: June 23 – August 8 offering six one-week sessions from 8:30 am – 3 pm.
Cost: For more information, contact Ralph Pacifico at 973.233.3001 or email.

Park Street Academy
Where: 46 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042. (973) 783-1900.
Who: Kids ages 2 1/2 – 6.
What: A fantastic summer program now offering swimming lessons at the Montclair YMCA for campers 4 years and up! Camp for all ages includes exciting theme weeks, arts & crafts, outdoor water play, games, non-competitive sports, music, air conditioned classrooms and a full gymnasium for rainy days. We are known for our exceptional staff to camper ratio assuring a safe, fun-filled summer!
When:  9 am – 1 pm for six weeks, with extended hours available between 7:30 am – 6 pm. Children may be enrolled for any or all of the six weeks offered.
Cost: Call for tuition information or to schedule a tour of our facility. 973-783-1900.

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: Two sessions—you may choose 1 or 2 sessions. Half and full day programs
Cost: Click here for information or call 973-736-9451.

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 metrowestJCC 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 sessions from June 30 1 – July 25.
Cost: Please call 973.378.7620 or email for more information.

Newark Academy Summer Session
Where: 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ.
Who: Children entering grades 1 – 12.
What: Offers courses for advanced credit, enrichment and skill development, as well as preview courses in core subjects. Jump Start program for kids in grades 1 – 3. 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: Contact Robert Mallalieu, Director of Summer Session, 973.992.7000, ext. 217.

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. Summer hours are from 9 am – 12:30 pm or 7:30 am – 6:30 pm 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 weeks from Monday, June 23 to Friday, August 15. 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.

Shomrei Emunah Summer Camp
Where: 67 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Program for 2, 3, & 4 year olds
What: 8 week outdoor, recreational summer camp.
When: Offered for 8 weeks beginning in June.
Cost: For more information for more information call or 973-746-5031, ext 4 or email: [email protected]

Kent Place Summer Camp
Where: Kent Place School, 42 Norwood Avenue, Summit, NJ
Who: Ages 3 through 15 years old
What: Kent Place Summer Camp at Kent Place is a coeducational, state-licensed, day camp program for boys and girls, ages 3 through 15 years old, providing fun, enrichment and opportunities for physical and social development in a safe, non-competitive atmosphere. Our beautiful 26-acre campus offers regulation artificial turf playing fields, playgrounds, a modern field house, five tennis courts, air-conditioned dining hall and classrooms, state-of-the-art computer labs and an arts center.
When: Various programs. Check here for details.
Cost: Depends on program and age group.


YMCA Camps


YMCA of Montclair I’m a Big Kid Now
Where: Geyer Family Branch, YMCA of Montclair, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair
Who: 2–3 years
What: I’m A Big Kid Now is a summer program filled with free play, exploratory art, singing, snack and outside play time. Campers fill their days with fun activities while gaining preschool readiness experience for the future. Potty training isn’t necessary.
When: June 23–August 15 (8 one-week sessions); may sign up for multiple weeks (no camp July 4). Hours: 9:30 am –11:30 am.
Cost: Members $140 per session, Non-Members $160 per session (Session 2, $115/$130) For more information email Amy Costa or call  973-559-9286.

YMCA of Montclair June Bugs
Where: Geyer Family Branch, YMCA of Montclair, 159 Glenridge Ave. Montclair
Who: 3–6 years
What: June Bugs “bridges the gap” between preschool ending and summer beginning. It includes fun activities to keep your child active and learning, include daily swimming, art, gym and outdoor time. To further enhance each camper’s experience, “special enrichment” classes such as music, dance and cooking will be added throughout the week.
When: June 2–June 19 (M – Th 4 days a week for 3 weeks). Hours: 9 am – 1 pm
Cost: Members $160 per session, Non-Members $180 per session. For more information email Kristin Herzog or call 973-415-6115.

YMCA of Montclair Early Adventures Camp
Where: Geyer Family Branch, YMCA of Montclair, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair
Who:  3–6 years
What: Early Adventures Camp offers children a safe, fun and creative first time camp experience. Activities include swim lessons, gym activities, storytelling, arts and crafts, music, dance and special events created around weekly themes.
When: June 23–August 29 (10 one-week sessions, no camp July 4). Hours: 9 am – 1 pm
Cost: Members $185 per session, Non-Members $205 per session (Session 2 $148/$164) After Care: 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: additional fee of $80 per session (Session 2, $64) Before Care: 8 am –9 am: additional fee of $30 per session (Session 2, $24) For more information email Kristin Herzog or call 973-415-6115.

YMCA of Montclair School of Performing Arts Afternoon Camps
Where: Geyer Family Branch, YMCA of Montclair, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair
Who: 4–8 years
What: Kids will have fun while learning in these jam-packed one-week sessions. Campers learn skills in different performing arts disciplines like ballet, hip hop, acting and singing.
When: June 30 –August 29 (9 one-week sessions). Hours: 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: Members $150 per session, Non-Members $170 per session (Session 2, $130/$150). For more information email Amy Costa or call 973-559-9286.

YMCA of Montclair Creative Arts and Sciences Afternoon Camps
Where: Geyer Family Branch, YMCA of Montclair, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair
Who: 4–8 years
What: Every week features a different theme. From Hammers & Nails to Science or Music, you’ll find a creative outlet for your child.
When: June 30–August 29 (9 one-week sessions). Hours: 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: Members $150 per session, Non-Members $170 per session (Session 2, $130/$150) For more information email Amy Costa  or call  973-559-9286.

YMCA of Montclair New Discoveries Camp
Where: Montclair Community Pre-K, 49 Orange Road, Montclair
Who: 4–9 years
What: New Discoveries Camp offers daily activities, including swim, sports, arts and crafts, drama and science. All weeks are theme-based and include special event Fridays, such as Wacky Wild West, Carnival Day and Olympic Hoopla. Monday camp opening includes skits and an introduction to the week ahead. Wacky Wednesdays include Crazy Hat Day, Mismatch Day and Crazy Hair Day. Before and after camp care are available.
When: June 23–August 22 (9 one-week sessions, no camp July 4). Hours: 9 am –3:15 pm.
Cost: $250 per session. Before Camp Hours: 7:30 am –9 am.: additional fee of $70 per session (Session 2, $56).After Camp Hours: 3:15 pm–6:30 pm: additional fee of $95 per session (Session 2, $76). For more information email Rob Casale or call 973-415-6117.

YMCA of Montclair Camp at the Lake
Where: YMCA of Montclair Outdoor Education facility in West Milford
Who: 5–13 years
What: Camp at the Lake offers swim lessons, sports, crafts, nature, science, outdoor survival skills, hiking, archery, recreational swimming, low ropes challenge, drama, dance, boating and fishing. This American Camp Association accredited camp provides children with exciting adventures, cooperative learning and tons of fun! Campers express their creativity, unleash their boundless energy, learn new skills and develop meaningful relationships. FREE transportation provided from bus stops in Montclair, Upper Montclair, Verona, Cedar Grove, Bloomfield and Clifton.
When: June 23– August 29 (10 one-week sessions, no camp July 4). Hours: 7:30 am –4:30 pm.

  • Traditional Camp for 5–13 years: $255–$285 per session
  • Sports Camps (Basketball, Soccer, Sports Fan Club, World Wide Sports) for 8–13 years: $255–$285 per session
  • Arts or Outdoor Education Camps (Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Dance, Science, Outdoor Living Skills) for 8–13 years: $265–$295 per session
  • Adventure Camp for 10–13 years: $300–$330 per session

After Camp Hours: camp dismissal–6:30 pm : additional fee of $90 per session. For more information email Kim Burrows or call 973-415-6118 or email James Goodger  or call 973-415-6116.

YMCA of Montclair -Explorers Camp
Where: Geyer Family Branch, YMCA of Montclair, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair
Who: 8–12 years
What: Explorers Camp offers a combination of fun filled activities and trips to local attractions. Campers participate in a daily schedule of games, recreational swim and activities based around weekly themes.
When: June 23–August 29 (10 one-week sessions, no camp July 4). Hours: 8:30 am –3:30 pm.
Cost: $260 per session (Session 2 $205)Before Camp Hours: 7:30 am –8:30 am : additional fee of $30 per session (Session 2, $24) After Camp Hours: 3:30 pm–6:30 pm: additional fee of $85 per session (Session 2, $68). For more information email Amy Costa or call 973-559-9286.

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 30 – August 8 – 2, 3-week sessions ) Y-Knots June 30 – August 29 ( 3 week sessions) Mini-Y knot 9 am – 12 pm / Y-Knots 9 am – 3 pm / Y Knots 2 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Cost: Depends on sessions. Get details here

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. General Camp activities also include: daily swim instructionand free swim, organized team building games, arts & crafts, nature/science activities, and mini-clinics for sports such as tennis, soccer, baseball, karate and basketball. All activities are age appropriate, except swim instruction which is progressive and based on the individual’s level of competency.
When: June 30 – August 29; 9 am – 3:30 pm. Before and aftercare available for an additional charge.
Cost: Depends on session. Get details here.

South Mountain YMCA Specialty Camps: Drama
Where: TBA
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: June 30 – August 29, 9 am-3:30 pm. Before and aftercare available for an additional fee.
Cost:  $943 each 3-week Session, plus membership – This camp is only sold in complete 3-week sessions.

South Mountain YMCA Environmental Arts & Awareness Camps
Civic House, 124 Dunnell Road, Maplewood in Memorial Park.
Who: Kids in grades 1 – 4.
What: Camp will explore environmental issues. Indoors, with daily outdoor activities and assorted field trips.
When: June 30 – August 29 from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Before and aftercare available for an additional fee.
Cost: $314 each week

South Mountain YMCA Sports Galore Camp
South Mountain Annex Elementary School, 112 Glenview Rd, South Orange, NJ
Who: Kids entering grades k – 5.
What: Campers experience over 15 different sports plus team building experiences.
When: 3 mini 1 week sessions; Weeks of July 21, July 28 and August 4 from 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $295 per week.

South Mountain YMCA Golf Camp
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 k – 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: 2 mini one-week sessions during the weeks of:  July 7 and July 14 from 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $515 per week.


Traditional Camp Settings


Willow Lake Day Camp
Where: 200 State Route 181, Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Who: Kids and teens ages 3 – 15.
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. New for 2014!: State of the Art Gymnastics Center, Lunch pavilion, a fire pit, dance studio, and a brand new frog pool!
When: Camp runs from June 30 – August 22. Enroll for either 4 week, 5, week, 6 week, 7 week or 8 week sessions.
Cost: Rates range from $3,850- $6,075 depending on age and length of program. Click here for more information. Please call 973.663.2732 for more information.

Deerkill Day Camp
Where: 54 Wilder Road, Suffern, NY. (845) 354-1466
Who: Kids ages 3 – 15
What: Deerkill Day Camp is a 3rd-generation family-owned day camp for boys and girls age 3 to 15 in Rockland County, New York. Owned and directed by the Rhodes Family since 1958, Deerkill has been the summer home for campers from throughout Manhattan, Rockland, Bergen, Orange, Hoboken and Montclair for over half a century. Deerkill Day Camp is a smaller ACA-accredited day camp that offers a warm and supportive environment on a beautiful 15 acre campus. Deerkill offers a superb swimming program, team sports and a dozen specialty programs in the creative and performing arts. Transportation is by air-conditioned minibus. Hot lunches, towels, supplies, trips and a weekend pool club are included. No tipping allowed.
When: June 30 – August 22. New campers may enroll for 2 weeks or more. All other may enroll from 4 – 8 weeks.
Cost: Varies by age group. Check here for details. 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.

Jeff Lake Camp
: Jeff Lake is located on a beautiful 50 acre lake in Stanhope, New Jersey.
: Jeff Lake offers a wide variety of age appropriate programs for children in pre- school through 10th grade.
: Family owned for more than 50 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, February 9 from 12 pm – 2 pm
: June 30 – August 22. 4, 6 and 8 week sessions available.
: Please call the office at 973-376-1962 to speak to one of the directors.

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: Various rates. 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. Tour Dates: 2/23 and 3/2 from 10 am – 1 pm 
When: Mini-Day to Full Sessions from June 30 – August 21. Click here for all details. Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm. Mini Day hours are Monday –  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. Click here for details or call 973.831.9000 for more information.

New Horizons Day Camp
Where: Campus of the Blessed Pope John Academy, 8 St. Cloud Place, West Orange, NJ
Who: Kids ages 5 – 14.
What: New Horizons Day Camp was established in 2012 by Seth Blender and Chris Purdue formerly of Camp Horizons. New Horizons offers children a camp experience that is safe, fun, innovative and close to home. We provide an all day camping experience with flexible scheduling that fits the needs of today’s family. Campers choose their own schedules from a menu of exciting activities, including sports & swim, arts & crafts, technology, performing arts, and academics, all delivered with a focus on our 8 core values.
When: Offered from June 30 – August 22.  New Horizons invites you to attend its OPEN HOUSE on June 7 from 1-3 pm.
Cost: For more information about availability call 973-850-6640

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: June 30  – August 22. The camp runs from 9 am to 4 pm with before and after care available.
Cost: Ranges from $2,795 – $6,695 depending on sessions and ages. Check here for details. For more information call the office at 908-876-3429. Open House on Sunday, February 23 from 11 am – 3 pm.

Camp Riverbend
Where: 116 Hillcrest Road, Warren Township, NJ
Who: Kids ages 3 – 14.
What: Camp Riverbend is located in Somerset County on a 30-acre site along the Passaic River in Warren Township. Shady woods, open fields, nature trails, a wetlands sanctuary, athletic facilities and the river bank provide a variety of environment to explore. Camp Riverbend provides a wide range of activities, including arts and crafts, sports, environmental learning and performing arts. Every camper gets individual attention from instructors and group counselors.
When: June 30 – August 15. Campers can attend any two consecutive weeks or more. Camp runs Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm
Cost: Varies depending on age of camper and sessions chosen. Check here for details.

Morristown-Beard Day Camp
Where: 70 Whippany Road,Morristown, NJ
Who: Kids ages 6 – 13.
What: A state-licensed facility, located on a beautiful 22-acre campus, is designed to help children develop skills in sports, arts and crafts, drama, swimming and science. Our counselors work to promote good sportsmanship and self-confidence. Our daily schedule is comprised of structured periods, with a flexible schedule on special events days. Also offer a number of specialty camps. These camps run for different sessions throughout the summer.
When: Monday, June 23 – Friday, August 8.
Cost: Depends on program and ages. Check details here.

Deer Mountain Day Camp
Where: 63 Call Hollow Rd, Pomona, NY
Who: Ages 3 – 15
What: Deer Mountain Day Camp is one of the first established and most respected day camps in the Tri-State area, located just minutes from the George Washington and Tappan Zee bridges.  Founded in 1956, Deer Mountain sits on 25 beautiful mountainside acres surrounding our spring-fed lake.  At Deer Mountain, age-appropriate programs for children 3-15 years old have been crafted by certified teachers and educational professionals to give your child the most enriching summer experience possible.  With swimming, sports, arts, outdoor adventure, lake and special event activities, campers rave that they have “the best summer ever”.  Deer Mountain Day Camp has been family owned since its inception and is now in its second generation of leadership.
When: June 30 – August 22.
Cost: Depends on ages and programs. Check details here.

Oasis Day Camp
Where: 36 Madison Ave Drew University, Madison, NJ
Who: Kids ages 3 – 11
What: Located at the scenic campus of Drew University in Madison, NJ, Oasis Madison has all the facilities you could possibly want in a summer experience- sprawling ball fields, tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, air conditioned gyms and classrooms, and an arboretum complete with nature trails and ponds! Campers can enhance their creative energies in performing arts classes like dance and drama and tap into their athletic side with various sports activities and outdoor adventure classes. Your child will feel comfortable making new friends, learning new skills, and building life lasting relationships.
When: Two – eight week options from June 30 – August 22
Cost: Depends on program and length of session. Check details here.


Sports, Yoga and Dance Camps


Grounded Yoga Camp
Where: Yoga Montclair, 107 Forest St., Suite 3
Who: Ages 7-12
What: Week 1 —Chakras: Through movement, breath, games and art, Campers will learn about their Chakras, how to balance these energy centers to feel their best, and be their true selves. Week 2 — Oh’ the Places you’ll go: Dr. Seuss inspired Campers will discover their own inner strength to help overcome challenges they may face in the journey of life.
When: Two weeks —July 21 – 25 and July 28 – Aug 1 from 3-6 pm
Cost: Day: $40 / 1 Week: $175 / 2 Weeks: $330 Register online or call 973-233-9642

Top Flight Basketball Camp
Where: 100 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042 (Gym entrance on Midland Ave.)
Who: For Boys grades K thru entering 9th Grade
What: Instruction in all phases of the game from a dedicated staff at Montclair High School who have tremendous basketball knowledge and want to teach future High School and College basketball players.
When: Two weeks offered from July 21 – August 1. ( am – 2 pm
Cost: $150 1 week / $280 both weeks. Scholarships (based on financial need) are available at The Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp. (228 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair (973) 744-9094. For further information call:  (845) 661-9398 or e-mail:   [email protected]

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 30– August 21 from 9:30 am – 1 pm
Cost: Varies depending on program. Check rates for here.

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 23– August 22 from 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: $210 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 23 – August 1 from 9 am – 2:30 pm. (half-day or full-day options.)
Cost: $169 per week for half-day option / $229 per week for full-day option. Register here.

Prime Time Summer Arts – Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts
Where: Bradford School, 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 30 – August 8 divided into two 3-week sessions. Public performances on July 18 and August 8.
Cost: Session I – $870 / Session II – $930. See registration form here.

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.
When: Dates TBA
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: Dates TBA
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.

St. John’s Montclair Soccer Camps at MSU
Where: Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043.
Who: Kids ages 5-14.
What: At the Dave Masur Soccer Kid program, participants will improve their soccer skills in a friendly and fun filled environment. All the game skills such as dribbling, passing, control, shooting and heading are covered. Each day includes small sided games, practices and game tactics. The day schedule also includes water slip-n-slide, movies during lunch in air-conditioned lunch rooms. Lunch rooms are also used in case of extreme heat or bad weather.
When: July 14-18 and 21-25, 9am – 3pm
Cost: $240 per week or $410 for both weeks. Click here to register and for all details.

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 from June – August
Cost: Range from $150 – $455 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: June 26-28, July 1-3
Cost: $350 Call (973) 655-2378 for more information.

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Baseball Camp
Where: 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ
Who: Boys ages 8 – 12.
What: The Museum’s baseball camp is directed by Paul Reddick, a former scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates and one of the nation’s leading youth baseball experts. Through specialized stations and game competition, the camps focus on fun and fundamentals – while providing instruction in proper hitting, bunting, pitching, baserunning, fielding, position play and more.
When: August 4 – 8
Cost: $350 Call (973) 655-2378 for more information.

New Jersey Jackals NIKE Baseball Camp
Where: 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ
Who: Boys ages 7 – 15.
What: At camp, campers are instructed by the New Jersey Jackal coaches and will be taught the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, base-running, team plays and more! Join the fun and get better at baseball this summer! Directing the NIKE Baseball Camp at Yogi Berra Stadium is Head Jackals Coach, Joe Calfapietra. The longest-tenured manager in the Can-Am League, 2013 marks Joe’s 11th season at the Jackals’ helm.
When: Half day sessions (9 am – 1 pm) running from June 30 – August 8.
Cost: Register here.

Maplewood Karate and Kickboxing Camps 
Where: 97 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ
Who: Ages 4 – 6 AND 7+ Karate Camps / Ages 7+ Kickboxing Camps
What: The perfect fun fitness activity for the summer to keep your child’s focus on track, building confidence and enhancing self-esteem. Two 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: To sessions, dates TBA
Cost: TBA.

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: June 23 and ending August 29. Sign up for only the weeks you want your child to attend. 9 am – 1 pm.
Cost: $355 per week (lunch included)

Evolution Lacrosse Academy
Where: Verona at Centennial Field
Who: Boys and girls ages 5-14
What: Evolution Lacrosse Academy, a premier lacrosse-training program in Northern New Jersey, exists to foster a love for lacrosse at all levels. By offering our unique skill-progression program, we reinforce the fundamentals in ways that build confidence, so that players grow and evolve into responsible, talented athletes. The camps will be led by Evolution Lacrosse Founder Matt Podwoski, an experienced educator and coach with more than 20 years of experience, and his trained staff of lacrosse player/coaches.
When: Verona at Centennial Field will run from July 7-11 and July 21 – 25
Cost: Varies depending on age and session. Check registration form for details.  Call 201-306-1124 or email for additional information.

Bill Wing’s Pee Wee Tennis Academy Camp
Where: Clifton Racquet Club, Clifton, NJ
Who: Kids ages 4-6
What: Complete instruction including, game rules, etiquette, drills, tournaments and more.
When: Weekly sessions from June to August offered half-day or full day.
Cost: Call 973. 256.0818 for more information

Bill Wing’s Tennis Academy Camp
Where: Montclair Kimberley Academy courts, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Kids ages 7 – 18
What: Complete instruction including, game rules, etiquette, drills, tournaments and more.
When: Weekly sessions from June to August  offered half-day or full day.
Cost: Call 973. 256.0818 for more information

Newark Academy Summer Sports Camp
Where: Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ.
Who: Children ages 6 – 14.
What: Various sports camps for boys and girls: soccer, baseball, basketball, fencing and lacrosse. With state-of-the-art basketball courts, designated wrestling and fencing rooms, modern fitness center, six-lane swimming pool, and vast outdoor athletic fields, Newark Academy offers athletic facilities second to none.
When: Dates and times vary by sport. Details here.
Cost: $150 – $395 depending on camp. For more information, contact: Liz Bona Beach Director, Summer Sports Institute at 973.992.7000, ext. 212

New Heights-Rock Climbing Camp
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: Dates TBA
Cost: For more information call 973-439-9860

Sunburst Gymnastics Camp
Where: 565 Rahway Avenue, Union, NJ
Who: Kids ages 3 – 5 and 6 – 13
What: A variety of activities including gymnastics, dance and arts and crafts. Bowling and swimming are for full day campers only.
When: Five sessions from June  – August . Ages 3-5 half day only (8:30 am – 12:30 pm). Ages 6-13 half day or full day (8:30 am – 5:30 pm). 3 or 5 day option available.
Cost: Ranges  depending on program. Rates TBA

Lydia Johnson Dance Camp
Where: The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ
Who: Kids in grades 2 – 11.
What: Under the direction of choreographer Lydia Johnson, LJD company members and teaching artists will lead small groups through a varied day of creative dance including Dance Technique, Choreography, and Survey of Contemporary Dance, with guest artists teaching jazz and hip hop. The day includes a Choreography Workshop in which the campers create their own dances to show friends and families. An extended day is now offered in partnership with Geralyn’s Art Studio so campers can dance in the morning and create visual art work in the afternoons for a full day of the arts. (Scholarships and one and two-week sessions are available.) The program includes Pizza Fridays, dance games, snack on the patio, and special events.
When: July 7 – July 25 from 9 a.m-1 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Extended day offered)
Cost: $910 for three week session, sibling discount of $860

Knicks Basketball Camp
Where: The Sports Academy, 56 East Willow Street, Milburn, NJ
 Boys and girls ages 8-18
What: The New York Knicks Summer Basketball Camp presented by Chase returns for the 22nd summer in 2013, providing children with a structured basketball learning experience, focused on teamwork and personal development. Campers will sharpen their dribbling, shooting and defensive skills, learn new plays and make new friends, while meeting Knicks players, alumni and coaching staff. Each camper will receive a Knicks camp uniform and the opportunity to win trophies and Knicks prizes.
When: TBA
Cost: TBA. Register online here.

Sum It Up For Girls Lacrosse Camp
Where: Sessions held in Summit, Short Hills, Chatham, Gilette, and Berkeley Heights
Who: Girls in grades k – 8th
What: Guest-coach visits from the area’s elite teams give our campers the chance to learn about playing opportunities at the next level.Creative crafts and journal-making provide girls the opportunity to cool off and relax. A Certified Athletic Trainer at every camp trained to handle medical emergencies, including allergic reactions and asthma-related incidents.
When: Week long sessions from June – August. Check details here
Cost: Sessions vary depending on dates.

Sum It Up For Boys Lacrosse Camp
Where: Sessions held in Summit, Short Hills, Chatham, Gilette, and Berkeley Heights
Who: Boys in grades k – 4th
What: We focus primarily on stick skills as we do NOT require full pads and helmets for boys in K-4th grade. We teach boys the basics of the game such as throwing, catching, cradling, ground balls, shooting, dodging, and defense.
When: Week long sessions from June – August. Check details here
Cost: Sessions vary depending on dates.

Diamond Gymnastics
Where: 182 Route 10 W, East Hanover, NJ
Who: Kids ages 5 – 14
What: Camp activities include gymnastics instruction, rock climbing, outdoor play, arts and crafts, swimming and more.  A great staff mixes instruction with fun…making for a great summer! Teen campers will get to enjoy all that is offered to the full day camp, plus take one or two day-trips per week to local fun spots (bowling, golf, parks, etc) with senior counselors.
When: 10 week sessions from June 23 – August 29 in half-day from 9 am – 1 pm or full day from 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: Varies depending on day and session: from $150-$280 per week

YMCA of Montclair – Youth Basketball All Stars (YBA) Camp
Where: Gymnasium at Immaculate Conception High School, 33 Cottage Place, Montclair
Who: 8–13 years
What: Camp Youth Basketball All Stars (YBA) is the perfect place for your camper. YBA is an intense four week basketball program for players of varying abilities. YBA campers further develop their skills, learn game strategies and achieve goals on and off the court. Each day is spent improving fundamentals, performing interactive drills, building offensive and defensive skills, playing in house tournaments and getting in shape. Campers may register for one or all four weeks of the program.
When: July 7–August 1. Hours: 8:30 am – 3 pm
Cost: $220 per session. After Camp Hours: 3 pm –6 pm : additional fee of $45 per session. For more information email Kimberley Griffiths or call 973-415-6102.

Montclair Recreation Sports Camp
Where: Clary Anderson Arena, at 41 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Ages 8 – 14

  • Track (co-ed) June 30 – July 11 (no session July 4th) 9AM – Noon Monday -Friday Woodman Field
  • Boy’s Lacrosse June 30 – July 11 (no session July 4th) 9AM – Noon Monday -Friday Fortunato Field
  • Volleyball  (co-ed) July 14 – July 25  9AM – Noon Monday -Friday Annex Gym MHS
  • Basketball  (co-ed) July 14 – July 25  9AM – Noon Monday -Friday Annex Gym MHS

When: See above
Cost:  $100 a session. To register online go to:

summer campUmoja Summer Dance Camp
Where: Umoja Dance Studio, 2120 Springfield Avenue, Vauxhall, NJ
Who: Kids ages 5 – 16
What: Campers will learn and perform Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, and African Dance, as well as do Arts & Crafts, Capoeira, and yoga.
When: July 7 – July 25, Monday – Friday from 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $400

Montclair United and the Montclair Rec Half-Day Summer Soccer Camp
Where: Fortunato Field (NW corner Chestnut Street & Essex Ave.)
Who: Kids in kindergarten through 8th Grade (5 – 14 yrs. old)
What: Coached by Rob McOmish (MHS Girls Varsity Head Coach) and Toure Weaver (MHS Boys Varsity Assitant Coach & Montclair United Director of Coaching) Read more here.
When:  Session 1 –  June 30 – July 4 / Session 2 –  July 7 – July 11. 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: One week   – $120 / Two weeks – $200

Coach Nick’s Basketball Intensive Camp
Where: Nishuane Park, Harrison Avenue and Cedar, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Kids ages 8 – 12
What: Instruction, drills, scrimmages, and competitions to help sharpen skills.
When: Monday through Friday from 9 am – 12 pm. July 21 – July 25.
Cost: $150. Email here to register and for more information.

Get it Dunne Summer Field Hockey Camps
Where: Kent Place school, Summit, NJ
Who: Kids in grades 1 – 8 of any skill level.
What: Experienced coaches will offer an introduction to field hockey, complete with skills, drills and thrills for the younger set; and awesome stick work drills, terrific tactics and great games for the older set.
When: Monday through Thursday, July 7 – 10 —Time: 9 -10:30 am (Gr. 1-3) / Time: 9 – noon (Gr. 4-8)
Cost: $170 per player (Gr. 1-3) /  $340 per player (Gr. 4-8)

Petite Equestrian Program
Maplewood Memorial Park.
Who: Ages 3 – 6
What: Participants will learn safety on and around the ponies, grooming techniques, basic riding skills, and other primary horsemanship skills. While this is not a Horseback Riding lesson per say, the program includes an exciting riding component whereas each child will get to ride about 20 minutes and learn how to properly mount, dismount, hold the reins and control the horse/pony at the walk and a few steps of trot. Sessions aim to help develop confidence and motor – coordination skills while providing a supportive, fun, non-threatening environment for the participants as well as social interaction between them. This is a participatory program for parents who so desire so one may be asked to occasionally lend a hand. Parents/guardians must stay on location during the program. The perfect preparation for private or semi-private lessons for eager young aspiring equestrians! Course materials are provided. 
When:  July 14 – 17, Monday – Thursday 3 pm to 4:15 pm 
Cost:  $190.  Go to the Maplewood Recreation Department to pick up a registration form

Pony Grooming Riding Program
Maplewood Memorial Park.
Who: Ages 7 – 13
What: This unique program provides an exciting and inexpensive hands-on introduction to the wonderful world of equines in a fun-filled, non-threatening atmosphere. PonyShare uses camp-trained ponies and cobs, smaller and easier to handle than their larger equine counterparts. Small groups of 4-5 children are formed according to age and prior experience – if any. After reviewing safety rules, materials previously covered and learning new subject matter, participants are assigned their size-related pony or cob and each small group works under the tutelage of a qualified and motivated Counselor. Some of the horsemanship matters covered include: Safety on and around the horses, Basic Anatomy, Equine Senses & Body Language, Grooming, The Tack and Harness, Driving the Miniature Horse, English & Western styles, Barn Management and Careers in the Industry. Participants also get to shortly ride or drive their charges for about 20 minutes during each session. This program enhances team work, self-esteem and camaraderie while helping develop a genuine appreciation and respect for the animals. Course materials are provided. 
When:  July 14 – 17, Monday – Thursday 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm 
Cost:  $230.  Go to the Maplewood Recreation Department to pick up a registration form


Art and Crafty Camps

Montclair Art Museum — SummerART
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. Children are grouped in age-specific classes (5 – 7, 8 and 9, and 10 – 12). Classes are limited to 12 – 15 children and projects are never repeated.
When: June 30 – August 22. 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 $350 – $890 per session, depending on age and length of day. Discount for museum members. Online registration opens on February 24 for Museum members; Opens March 3  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 June 30 – August 22. 9:30 am – 5 pm (depending on the age and program)
Cost: Ranges from $740 – $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 24 for Museum members; Opens March 3  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 June 30 – August 22. 9:30 am – 5 pm (depending on the age and program)
Cost: Ranges from $635 – $890 per session, depending on age and length of day. Online registration opens on February 24 for Museum members; Opens March 3  for non-members. See here for details.

Montclair Art Museum SummerART at Van Vleck
Where: 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Kids ages 5 – 7 .
What: New this summer, MAM will offer  camp sessions held exclusively at Van Vleck House and Gardens. Campers will create works of art inspired by the abundant plant and animal life found in the garden. From butterflies and foxes, to bugs, birds and more, there is so much to explore! Camp will be held outdoors when weather permits, as well as in Van Vleck’s spacious and air conditioned Education Center. Camp sessions will be taught by SummerART’s fantastic teaching artists, and projects will include a variety of fine art materials and methods such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and more. Students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work and celebrate what they’ve learned with family and friends at a closing reception held at the end of each session.
When: Three sessions offered from June 14 – August 22. 9:30 am – 1:45 pm
Cost: $595 per session. Online registration opens on February 24 for Museum members; Opens March 3  for non-members. See here for details.

The Art Garage Summer Camp
Where: 211 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Children ages 6– 12.
What: The Art Camp is in it’s 8th year and going strong!  New programs, great instructors and LOTS of fun.  This year you have three options: Day camp from 9 am – 2 pm, Afternoon Art Academy: 2 pm-5 pm or the All Day Program: 9 am-5 pm. We keep our class size small for a really great summer art camp experience! Options such as Comic Con, Outdoor Sculpture, Art Academy, Printmakig and much more. Check out options here.
When: Three options: Day camp from 9 am-2 pm, Afternoon Art Academy: 2 pm-5 pm 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.
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 23 – August 29. 9 am – 12 pm OR 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
Cost: $200 per week.

The Handywork Studio Camps
Where: Montclair State University, Little Falls / Montclair, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 5 – 12
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: August 4 – August 22 for morning, afternoon or full day
Cost: Afternoon camp – $175, Half-day – $300, Full-day – $425

Visual Arts Center of NJ Camps
Where: 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 5 – 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.

Blueprint: The Art of Fashion and Design Camp
Where: Maplewood / South Orange area
Who: Kids ages 6 – 12
What: Campers will learn the art of photography, fashion design, and style accessories with classes, hands -on projects, trips an more.
When: Seven weekly sessions from July  – August.
Cost: TBA. Call  973-798-8BLU for more information.

The Messy Artist
Where: 346 Route 10, East Hanover, NJ
Who: Kids ages 18 months – 5th graders
What: A variety of different classes for all ages.  The summer programs is very similar to the fall, winter, and spring programs, but you can tailor our summer offerings to fit your vacation schedule!
When: June 23 – August 29. Different times depening on age.
Cost: Depends on program. Check details here.

Brave Girls Art Camp
Where: 16 Enclosure Street, Nutley, NJ
Who: Girls ages 8 – 14
What: A five-day foray into art-making. Each day features a collection of creative activities and adventures and that will boost self-confidence and self-expression while building camaraderie and collaboration. Campers will spend time in the studio, but also head outside and use Mother Nature to inspire and inform  creations. On the final day, there will be an art show to share favorite pieces from the week. Don’t forget to bring your own lunch!
When: August 18 – 22 from 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $300. Register here

Kids Create!
Where: Red Oaks School- (Morristown, NJ) Douglass Campus- (New Brunswick, NJ)
Who: Ages 6-12
What: Fill your child’s summer days with music, dance, theater and visual arts! Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., children develop their imaginations and skills through drawing, painting, collage, movement, music, improvisational theater, creative dramatics, and playwriting. Classes are taught by professional musicians and artists from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and Youth Stages. Each week’s offerings are unique, so children may participate in one or both weeks. Camp weeks end with showcases, giving students the opportunity to perform for their families. No prior experience needed. Before and aftercare are available for an additional charge.
When:  Session I: June 23–June 27, 2014 Red Oaks School, Morristown, NJ / Session II: August 4–8, 2014 Douglass campus, New Brunswick, NJ / Session III: August 11–15, 2014 Douglass campus, New Brunswick, NJ
Cost: Registration deadline: July 1, 2014. Application fee of $20 per student additional to tuition (non-refundable). Fees: $380 for one session or $710 for both sessions. Sibling discount of $50 available! Financial aid is not available for Kids Create.


Music Camps


school of rock montclairSchool of Rock Montclair Rock Camps
Where: 125 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Various camps for kids ages 6 – teens
What: Various themed rock and roll camp for all ages and abilities. There’s also a songwriting and recording camp for kids ages 10 and up
When:  Check here for all details. Camp runs from July 7 – August 29 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Cost:$525 – $595 a week, depending on week. Songwriting and Recording Camp ($1,190)

School of Rock Montclair Summer Boot Camp
Where: School of Rock, 125 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who:  Beginner (6 and up), intermediate (8 and up), and advanced (10 and up) musicians
What: School of Rock Montclair’s exciting, fun, and righteously rockin’ week-long summer camp programs are perfect for young musicians of all skill levels.  Depending on the week, SOR’s Boot Camps are open to guitarists, bass players, drummers, keyboard players, singers, and horn players ages 6 to 18.  This summer’s programs include “Discover Rock n’ Roll:  I Love The 70s!”; “Lollapalooza:  Best of 2013”; “The Alt Folk Experience”; “Songwriting and Recording” (2 week session/advanced students only); “Tribute to The Foo Fighters”; “Tribute to The Beatles”; and “Discover Rock n’ Roll:  I Love The 90s!”
When:   July 7 through August 29, from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.   Certain programs include a Saturday lunchtime performance by campers at Just Jake’s in Montclair.
Cost:   Varies by program.  Save 15% on camp registrations before April 1.  More info and registration details.

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 in August.
Cost: Get more info on the website or call the office at 973-744-2273.


Travel and Adventure Camps


Surf and Turf Jr. CampSurf and Turf Jr. Camp 
Where: Two locations: Pickup in Montclair or Summit
Who: Children ages 7 – 11.
What: Kids 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.
When: 9 am-6 pm, Monday-Friday, for the 6 weeks of July 1-August 9.
Cost: The cost of each week varies from around $425 to $475 for most weeks.


Language Camps


AD_Baristanet_320x100-040314 Camp HeaderThe 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 May- August. Flexible half-day scheduling, 2-3-5 day programs. Click here for all details.
Cost: Pay per class or monthly fees. Click here for details.

Bilingual Buds Summer Immersion Camp: Mandarin or Spanish
 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 2.5 – 12 are divided by age and language proficiency (beginners welcome).
What: Bilingual Buds’ immersion camp is taught by our inspired, native-speaking teachers who turn summer fun into language learning. All instruction takes place in Mandarin or Spanish, with high-energy themes that incorporate language arts, science, art, cooking, music, and outdoor play. Campers are grouped by age and target language proficiency. All levels are welcome.  Snack is provided daily. Full-day campers bring their own lunch.
When: Seven weekly sessions from June 23 – August 8.  
Cost: Ranges from $350 – $600 per week depending on program. See details here


Theater and Acting Camps


Broadway Performing Arts Triple Threat Musical Theater Summer Camp
Where: 357 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 6 – 14
What: For the first half of the day each 2 week camp will include a variety of classes: Theatre Dance, Audition class, Acting, Improv, Ballet, Tap, Jazz/Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acro and Vocal class.The 2nd half of the day the campers will be rehearsing a musical theatre number that will be performed at the “Little Theatre” in Bloomfield on the last Friday of each camp!
When: Two two-week sessions form July 7 – August 1 from 9 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: Only $525 per 2 week camp (price includes 2 tickets for the performance at the end of each camp)!

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.

Gas Lamp PlayersGas Lamp Players Junior Summer Camp
Where: Ridgewood Avenue School, 235 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ
Who: Children in grades 1 – 8.
What: This summer, Gas Lamp Junior will rehearse and perform Peter Pan! During our four-week performing arts camp, students will take classes in acting, singing and dancing in addition to rehearsing for a full-length musical to be performed for family and friends. Campers move in groups throughout the day with our exceptional teen counselors, who engage their kids with traditional camp activities and improvisation and theatre games.
When: Monday through Friday, 9:30 am-2:30 pm from June 30 – July 25.
Cost: $750. Second registration or more (sibling tuition): $700

Musical Theatre Conservatory
Where: Livingston and West Orange locations.
Who: Broadway Kids- Ages 5-7, Glee Goes Broadway – (Ages 7-10) and Broadway Bootcamp (Ages 8-17)
What: Musical Theatre Conservatory offers exciting classes in Singing, Dancing, Acting T.V. Acting/Commercials, Comedy, voice overs, stage combat and auditioning! Meet and Study with T.V. and Broadway personalities! Students will perform their final showcase in N.Y.C at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.
When: Various sessions. See here and here
Cost: For more information or questions about any of our programs, contact Randy – 973.868.6259. Partial Scholarships are available.

The 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: Our littlest participants acquire strong, basic acting skills in a dynamic environment of safety, camaraderie and fun, fun, fun!  Our certified, experienced, caring instructors guide participants through exciting theatre games and play rehearsals for the final show.  The Cast Party for Family and Friends after the show is the proud culmination of our young cast’s crowning achievement.
When: Two or three week options available / morning, afternoon or full day options.
Cost: Varies on programs. Check here for details. Call 973.746.8686 for more information.

The Summer Theatre Camp of Montclair – Improv, Audition and the New York Experience
Where: Unitarian Church of Montclair, 67 Church St. Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids ages 6 -17
What: Participants are immersed in a dynamic week of improvisation, theatre games and audition techniques.  Participants gain audition skills, comprise a theatrical resume and take a trip to New York city to see a production.
When: Two and 1 week options available / morning, afternoon or full day options.
Cost: Varies on programs. Check here for details. Call 973.746.8686 for more information.

The Summer Theatre Camp of Montclair – The Main Stage
Where: Unitarian Church of Montclair, 67 Church St. Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids ages  8 – 12 and 12 – 16
What: Learn how to unleash your expressive power onstage and build natural confidence and leadership offstage by participating in dynamic personalized acting training, theatre games and rehearsal culminating in a professionally staged and beautifully costumed final performance!
When: Four weeks / full day from 9 am – 4:15. Before and after care available at no charge.
Cost:  Call 973.746.8686 for more information.

New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts
Where: 593 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ
Who: Camps for kids ages 6 – 12
What: Spend your summer in the spotlight! This summer’s show for Kids On Stage will be the Broadway play, SHREK-The Musical. Our five week Musical Theater Intensive will give campers the chance to perform in a Musical Show (SHREK) while immersing themselves in the rehearsal and production process. No audition is required for entrance into this program. Enrollment is limited to 25 performers. Tweens and Teens can take weekly specialty camps.
When: Sessions form June 30 – August 1
Cost: Varies on camp and ages. Check here for details.

Paper Mill Players Camp
Where:  Millburn Library, second floor rehearsal room, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn, NJ
Who: Ages 8 – 13
What: Enrolled students will have an opportunity to work on their performance skills in four fun-filled weeks of acting, dance, and musical theatre workshops.
When: Classes will meet three days a week: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 1st to July 24th.
Cost: $625

Essex Youth Theater Summer Camp
Where: Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair, NJ, 07043 and Montclair Operetta Club, 494 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043.
Who: Children ages 6 – 12.
What: Imagine the thrill of starring in your own show!  Musicals and comedies, one and two-week programs.  A specialized program that uses custom-written scripts to guarantee equal roles for every child.  Class size is small, with lots of individual attention in a fun, friendly atmosphere that fosters self-esteem, creativity and confidence.  Plus theater games and improvisation.  Every week culminates in a full production.  Choice of 12 different shows to choose from.
When: July 7 – August 15, from 9 am – 2 pm.
Cost: $249 per week.  Call 973.746.3303 for more information.

Passaic Valley Summer for the Performing Arts
Where: Passaic Valley High School, 100 East Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424
Who: Students going into 4th grade through High School
What: Camp includes classes in Music, Theatre, Art, and Dance all located inside Passaic Valley’s air conditioned classrooms.
When: June 30th to July 25th
Mondays through Thursdays; 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: $250 students who live in Little Falls, Totowa, or Woodland Park; $350 students outside of those towns
Any student taking an art class, there is a supply fee of $15

Drama Llama Studio Theater Camps
Where: Midtown West, NYC
Who: Ages 6– 12
What: A variety of drama classes – playwrighting, performing, acting basics, Broadway Bootcamp, voice lessons, etc – taught by teachers who are, or have, performed on Broadway, National TV, and film.
When: Various sessions and classes running from June 23 – August 8. Check here for details.
Cost: Varies depending on sessions and classes. Check here for details.


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: One or two, three-week sessions from June 30 – August 8. Half-day or Full-day
Cost: Half Day: $1,525.00 (8 am – 12:30 pm- no lunch provided) / Full Day: $1,825.00 (3:30 pm or 5:30 pm. pick-up -lunch provided) 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: TBA
Cost: Depends on programs. Check here for details. For more information call (973) 744-7464.

International Ivy Summer Program
Where: Caldwell, Chatham and Short Hills locations
Who: Programs for kids ages 5 – 14.
What: Classes based on what kids would love to learn like video game creation, robotics, minecraft, performing arts, weird science. We design the classes to be hands-on where kids learn by doing. There are plenty of choices across many disciplines so kids explore what they are interested in. Our ultimate goal is to help our students find their passion. Once they find it, they are self-motivated to learn and explore further.
When: June – August. 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.

YMCA of Montclair Academic Camp Experience (A.C.E )
Where: YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park St. Montclair
Who: 7–9 years old
What: Research shows that the key to stemming summer reading loss is finding novel ways to get books into the hands of children during the summer break. A.C.E., a summer education alignment program, helps keep kids on track with reading, writing and math skills and includes DEAR (Drop Everything And Read). The program is lead by an Elementary Education certified teacher. Students bring lunch and a drink, we provide the rest.
When: July 7–July 31 Monday thru Thursday (4 days a week for 4 weeks). Hours: 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Cost: $150 per session. For more information email Kimberley Griffiths or call 973-415-6102.

Glen Ridge First: STEM/Science Summer Camp
Ridgewood Avenue School, 235 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ
Who: Kids in 1st – 6th grade.
What: Children will explore the dynamic realm of the five senses on a bionic adventure, build morphing vehicles, take apart electronics to build an epic, insect-themed pinball machine, and invent/tinker with circuits & design solutions.
When:  June 23 – 27 from 8:30 – 3 pm daily.
Cost: $285

Destination Science Day Camp
Where: Several locations in Bergen County, NJ
Who: Kids between kindergarten and sixth grade.
What: At Destination Science, kids can design and build robo-chameleons, make scabs and pus, grow a life-size model of their brains, and create soccer cyborgs using CSI. Kids also will find out how sound waves and electricity become music as they build their own portable digital music system. The summer camp is committed to creating a spirit of teamwork, as kids are rewarded for helping their peers throughout the day, learning the power of community, collaboration and character development.
When: Four-week camp sessions in July.
Cost: Depends on length of session and program. Check here for details.



Specialty Camps


Steve and Kate’s Camp
Where: Lacordaire Academy, 155 Lorraine Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043
Who: Grades Pre-K through 7th.
What: Steve & Kate’s Camps conforms to kids, not the other way around. Instead of a rigid structure, they give campers choice. There are a gazillion ways for kids to design a day at camp. One camper might dive into bread-making and animation while another flies down a water slide and scores a goal in our inflatable soccer stadium. It’s up to them. You can buy any number of Day Passes, use them whenever you want, and get an automatic refund for unused Passes. If you need the whole summer, they’ve got a membership too. You don’t even need to tell them when you’re coming. Everything is included–lunch, all hours,  and materials. Need more camp? Day Passes and Memberships can be used at any location. Check out all other locations
When: June 23 – August 22 offered from 7:30 am – 6 pm
Cost: You can buy day passes or full memberships. Very flexible. Check out detail and costs here.

Weaving Cultures Family Camp
Where: On the shores of Lake Erie at Camp Luther in Conneaut, Ohio.
Who: Families with transracially adopted children of the African diaspora.
What: Families will stay in either private or semi-private 2-bedroom cabins. Families will enjoy adoption-related programming for kids and adults in the morning (we will also provide childcare for children 4 and under) and outdoor programming in afternoons, with plenty of free time for swimming, relaxing, sports, and other outdoor fun. Families will gather together for provided meals and evening campfires. The camp welcomes all families regardless of race and ethnicity, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion and spirituality, national origin, social/economic class and life experience.
When: Thursday, August 14 to Sunday, August 17, 2014
Cost: Adults (first two): $260 per person / Additional adults: $180 / Youth (ages 10 and over*): $260 / Children (ages 5–9*): $140 / Preschoolers (ages 2–4*): $85 / Infants/Toddlers (under 2*): Free

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: Five sessions from June 24 – July 25 from 9 am – 1 pm
Cost: Sessions 1 & 2 = $200, Sessions 3, 4, 5 = $250.  Registration will begin on February 15.

L3 Academy  STEM Summer Camps
Who: Grades K-4
What: Weekly Science, Tech & Engineering Camps
Where: L3 Academy One Greenwood Avenue, Montclair, NJ
When: Mondays-Fridays. 9AM-3PM with pre- and post-camp hours available.

  • Amusement Park Science: Motions & Forces (July 7-11)
  • Maker Camp: Inventions from Imagination (July 14-18)
  • Jr. Inventor’s Camp (July 21-25)
  • The Art of Science & Engineering (July 28-August 1)
  • Alternative Energy & Sustainability (August 4-8)

Cost: $425 (which also covers the cost of materials used). Pre- and post-camp hours available. Registration is a must. Space is limited. Call (973) 783-8333 or register here.

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 from July  – August. Various hours available depending on age group. Check here for all details.
Cost: Registration begins on February 24 for zoo members and March 10 for non-members.

The Oval Camp – Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey
Where: South Mountain Reservation, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Girls in grades 1 – 7.
What: An outdoor camp providing fun and educational experiences designed to give girls opportunities to learn, grow and make friends.
When: Offered from June 30 through August 15 from 9 am-4 pm.
Cost: $210 – $270 depending on week. Check details here.

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.

Children’s Summer Program at The Adult School
South Orange Middle School, South Orange, NJ.
Who: Kids in grades 1 – 12.
What: The Children’s Summer Program is a fun and educational camp for children entering grades 1-12.  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.
When: June 30-July 25. 9 am to noon, in four one-week sessions
Cost: Fees vary based on course.

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.
Cost: From $395 – $750 per week. Check details here

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 23 – August 39. See details here.
Cost: From $425 -$725 per week depending on type of program.

iD Tech Camps in New Jersey
Held at Montclair State, Princeton, Seton Hall, Rider, and 80+ universities nationwide.
Kids and Teens ages 7-17.
Take hobbies further and gain a competitive edge! Create iPhone apps, video games, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs. Small classes for ages 7-17 in a fun and challenging setting. Teen programs offer  iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking & photography).
June – August.
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 many 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: TBA
Cost: Visit online or call 908.534.5935 ext. 10 for more information.

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 23 – August 15.
Cost: Various prices based on age and length of program. Check application for details.

Bella Princess Royal Summer Camp
Where: Bella Princess, 98 Broad St Bloomfield NJ
Who: 3 and up.  (Must be potty trained)
What: They will be able to explore the life of a Princess with crafts, dancing, creative play, music & more. Each week will feature a new princess so sign up for one week to meet your favorite or every week to meet them ALL! At the end of the week each child will be crowned an official Princess or Knight and finally meet the REAL Princess they have been learning about all week!
When: Runs June 23 – August 25 in week long sessions. 9:30 am – 2 pm Monday-Thursday.
Cost: $229 per week. See details here.

Essex County Environmental Center Nature Explorers Camp
Who: Three groups: Pre-K – K / 1st – 2nd grades / 3rd – 4th grades
What: At the Environmental Center, the classrooms extend outside  of the building — onto trails, woods, and river — so we can provide exciting, hands-on activities for children to learn about nature and the environment.
Where: Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ.
When: Different times and dates depending on age group.TBA
Cost: TBA

Montclair Cooperative School Chess Camp
Where: Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Students entering grades 2 through 7
What:  Campers will receive daily mini-lessons and hone their chess skills by playing practice games with their peers. In addition to playing chess, campers will play a variety of board games and puzzles, and participate in outdoor recreational activities.
When: Weekly session time slots (one and a half hour each, Monday to Friday) are: 9 to 10:30 a.m.10:30 a.m. to noon, and noon to 1:30 p.m.  through August 22.
Cost: For more information, contact [email protected] or go

Camp Kidville
Where: Kidville Montclair, 516 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043
Who: 18-24 months; 2 years, separation optional; 3, 4 & 5 years, drop-off
What: Camp Kidville is THE place for learning, playing, and making new friends from May to August! Each small camp group participates in developmentally appropriate activities in gym, music, art, exploration and more. Weekly themes such as The Wild Wild West and Safari Adventure set the stage for sports and movement games, live jam sessions with a Kidville musician, take-home art projects, interactive story time and dramatic play in our state-of-the-art air conditioned facility. No sweltering heat, no sunburns, just an amazing line-up of exciting and structured Kidville activities all summer long!
When: (2-Week, 8-Week, 12-Week, and 16-Week Sessions)
Cost: depends on age and length of session. Check here for details.

Nature Discovery Summer Camp
Where: Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills, NJ
Who: Kids ages 3 -11
What: The beautiful Stone House education facility, live animal displays and 16 acres of woodlands provide a perfect environment for children to learn to appreciate the natural world around them. Children’s innate curiosity and joy in learning will be sparked by hands-on discovery led by our staff of experienced teachers. A variety of creative activities are planned for each week, incorporating art, science and imagination. The camp nurtures children by promoting a positive interest in nature and encouraging a protective attitude toward living things.
When: Eight weeks from  June 31– August 22. Half- day and full-day options.
Cost: $250 – $350 depending on sessions and age groups. Check here for more details.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Summer Camps
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, NJ
Who: Kids ages 7 – 18
What: Many offerings from a performing arts camp, art camp, environmental science camp, hiking camp and more! See all the details here.
When: Programs offered form June – August half-day or full-day.
Cost: From $240 -$600

Trailside Summer Camps
Where: Trailside Nature and Science Center, Watchung Reservation
Who: Preschool to 9th grade
What: A fun interactive nature camp.
When: Various programs form June – August
Cost: Depends on programs. See brochure for details.

YMCA of Montclair Summer Sparks Camp
Where: Forest Avenue School, 118 Forest Avenue, Verona
Who: Students entering 1st–6th grade (ages 6–11)
What: This is a new hands-on enrichment camp to ignite talent. Campers choose an activity for the morning or afternoon or pick two and stay for the day. Activities include science, creative writing, drama, knitting, sports, comic art, dance, and more!
When: June 23-August 8 (7 one-week sessions). Hours: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; 1:00–5:00 p.m.; or 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Before Camp Hours: 8:00 -8:30 a.m. After Camp Hours: 5:00 –6:00 p.m.
Cost: $130 per morning or afternoon session, $260 for 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Before-camp and after-camp options are available for an additional fee of $25 per session each. For more information email Kimberly Griffiths or call 973-415-6102.

Montclair Recreation Day Camp
Where: Clary Anderson Arena, at 41 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Ages 5 – 12
What: Campers will enjoy arts & crafts, sports, drama, games, swimming and weekly trips.
When: Three two-week camp sessions available from June 30 – August 8. Runs from 9 – 4 pm with after-care available.
Cost:  $175 for each two-week session. After care: $30 per week. To register online go to:

PicMonkey CollageKierson Farm Summer Riding Camps
Where: 107 W. Woodschurch Road, Flemington, NJ
Who: All ages and skills levels.
What: Kierson Campers will experience horses in a safe, clean and professional atmosphere with fun at the forefront of all activities.
When: Several sessions throughout the summer.
Cost: Depends on sessions and length of day. Check details here.

Bloomfield Recreation Station Summer Camp
Where: Demarest School, Bloomfield, NJ
Who:  Kids in grades k – 7
What: Full day camp . Each session will feature one off site field trip, special events at camp, and so much more.
When: Families can choose from three sessions (two weeks each) starting on June 30. Monday through Friday from 9 am-4 pm, with early drop off option at 8 am.
Cost: For more information about summer camp dates, pricing, and discounts for families with more than one child, call the Recreation Department at 973-743-9074.

Bloomfield Recreation Summer Playgroup
Where: Oakview School, Bloomfield, NJ
Who:  Kids ages 4 – 5.
What: Designed to create a warm, comfortable environment for younger campers.
When: This half day camp (9AM – NOON) is also offered in 3 two week sessions starting June 30.
Cost: For more information about summer camp dates, pricing, and discounts for families with more than one child, call the Recreation Department at 973-743-9074.

Wilderness Skills Summer Camp
Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ
What: Join Traditional Earth Skills instructor Mike Dennis for up to two weeks of outdoor skills building. Week one will take a traditional approach and week two will take a modern approach. Students will identify plants, learn to track animals, create fire, go canoeing, make moccasins and natural rope, build shelters and more!
When: Week 1: June 23 to June 26 / Week 2:  June 30 to Thursday, July 3 from 9:30 am to 1:15 pm 
Fees apply. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776.

Etiquette Camp
Where: Private Room of Grid Iron Waffle, 12 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 
Ages 5 – 12
What: During the week long camp, budding manner mavens will master how to give great first impressions with proper greetings and introductionsEuropean and American style dining and last but not least, learn the art of public speaking and how to give presentations.
When: Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1 (10 am class for 5-8 years olds /11 am class for 9-12 years olds.
Cost: $100 per camper

Montclair Bread Company Baking Camp
Where: Montclair Bread Company, 113 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Kids in grades K-4 and grades 5-9
What: Kids will bake lots of take home treats! Topics include, but are not limited to: Quick Breads, Homemade Pizza, Tea Time Treats, Danishes, Doughnuts (of course) and Cookie & Cake Decorating.
August 4- 8,  K-4: 1:30-3:30 pm / Grades 5-9: 3:30-5:30pm
Cost: $195



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: Full day is 9 am – 3:40 pm for children ages 5-15. Bright Beginnings Children, ages 3 and 4 may  attend from 9 am – 1:30 pm or full-day.
Cost: For more information contact 908.964.5411. Transportation is provided at an additional cost when possible.

JCC Metrowest Club JCC Camp
Where: Camp Deeny Riback, 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 2014
Where: Mount Pleasant Elementary school, Livingston, NJ
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: Six week sessions offered. TBA
Cost: TBA

iCan 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: July 7– July 11
Cost: Contact Theresa Howard here for more information and to register.

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 June 22 – August 15. Click here for details.
Cost: Cost varies depending on length of stay and family income and need. Click here for details. Call 845.876.8403 for more information.

Summer of Sensory
Where: Positive Steps Pediatric Occupational Therapy Center, 66 W. Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ
Who: children in preschool and kindergarten
What: Camp will focus on exploring the senses through: fine motor, gross motor, social play, incorporating yoga, handwriting without tears, and much more!
When: 6 week program from June 30 to August 7 from 9:30 am – 1 pm
Cost: $3,500, includes all materials and activities.


  1. POSTED BY jonbonesteel  |  February 10, 2014 @ 8:30 am

    Wonderful list and a lot of work to compile. Thanks. We have some of our own to share, which are out of the local area. Except for Interlochen, they are mostly for HS aged kids.

    The Music (and other) Camp:

    Interlochen in Michigan –

    Two of our three daughters have attended this camp, as did my wife as a kid. It’s amazing. My youngest hopes to attend the writing school this Summer.

    Art Camps:

    My oldest, who will attend RISD in the Fall attended each of these, and they are all great.

    Montserrat –

    Cranbrook Academy –

    MICA –


    Great for young women arts and sciences –

    Bryn Mawr –

    Middle daughter went here last Summer and the experience was great.

    Boston University –

    And one to avoid at all costs –

    Kid Culinary in VT –


  2. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  February 10, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    Thanks jon,

    We’ll definitely add those to our Big Kid and Sleepaway camp guides.

  3. POSTED BY lauren  |  February 10, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

    Thank you! A sure sign summer IS coming this year. Right?

  4. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  February 10, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

    You’re welcome Lauren, and yes, it will get here!

  5. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  February 10, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

    I hear DeCAMP has a great “day” camp for adults. They work on time management, dealing with adversity, and most of all, learning to take a deep breath, counting-to-ten, knowing that “This too, shall pass.”

    Oh, and it’s year-round!!

  6. POSTED BY arielrose04  |  February 16, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    i am a nanny for a 4 year old girl and her mom is interested in language camps or classes over the summer for Spanish. Does anyone know if the language camps listed here are good or do they know of any others? thanks.

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