Is there any place better to be a kid than on the East End? Summer on our narrow stretch of island offers many fun camp experiences.
The Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, is a 140-acre residential sleepover camp located on the Long Island Sound in Riverhead. Camp runs from June 30 through August 23 with weekly sessions available. Activities include kayaking, swimming, hiking, baseball, basketball, horseback riding, ropes challenges, volleyball, soccer, archery, woodworking and arts and crafts. Special soccer and music programs are also available.
Get to know the DPH 4–H camp at the two remaining open houses—May 29 and June 7 from 1–4 p.m.
Visit dpf4hcamp.org for additional information.
Is Junior more into the arts? East End Arts will bring back its award-winning Arts Camps, taking place throughout July and August for children and teens ages 5 through 14 on the grounds of the East End Arts School, located at 141 East Main Street in Riverhead. Pre-registration is required; limited space is available.
Kids can enjoy a Renaissance Kids Camp, a two-week art, music and theater camp for ages 5–8 that runs from July 21–August 1. Campers are introduced to a broad range of artistic and creative experiences through a camp-wide theme, which is “Going Back in Time! A Visit to Colonial America” this year. Kids will take an imaginary trip back in time, singing, dancing, acting and creating just like the early settlers did in Colonial America. Each day includes visual arts with painting, sculpting and craft activities, music where campers sing, dance and try musical instruments, and theater, which includes stories, puppetry, role playing, character creation and other dramatic play activities. Camp concludes with a performance, art show and potluck lunch for campers, staff and families.
The Renaissance Summer Arts Camps are designed for ages 9–14 and run Monday–Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The East End Arts School offers a camp experience where campers will learn and grow creatively in the arts. Programs last one week or two weeks, and are designed to bring out each camper’s unique, artistic ability in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Instructors are professionals who work every day in the subject areas they teach. Group sizes are small to allow for personal mentoring. Sessions include a number of fine art, theater and music themes.
For more information, visit eastendarts.org/education/summercamp.html or contact the East End Arts School at 631-369-2171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s dance! The Eglevsky Ballet in Bethpage offers summer intensives under the artistic direction of Laszlo Berdo in classical technique, pointe, modern, character, variations, men’s classes, Pilates and pas de deux. Choose from two options: The summer intensive is a four-week, full day program; or the August intensive is a two-week, half-day program. The four-week program has housing options available.
Visit eglevskyballet.org or call 516-746-1115 for additional information.
Since 1980, Future Stars has been providing families in Westchester, Manhattan and Long Island with the finest, most comprehensive, specialty day camp programs in the New York metro area. Future Stars’ mission is to teach, inspire and motivate each and every camper, and they do this with experienced teachers and certified coaches who share Future Stars’ enthusiasm for coaching children.
Camp runs from June 16 to August 29. Flexible weekly scheduling is available. Each camp week is Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Facilities also include eight state-of-the-art outdoor tennis courts (four Hard Tru, four Deco Turf) a collegiate size basketball court, 25-meter swimming pool, indoor running track, pitching/batting cages, aerobic and exercise studio and a fitness/wellness area. Outdoor fields for soccer, softball, lacrosse and field games are on site.
Future Stars Southampton at North Sea Park offers numerous sports and specialty camp programs for boys and girls ages 3.5–15. Summer 2014 will offer seven program options to choose from. Sports camp programs include baseball, basketball, lacrosse, multi-sports, soccer and tennis. The Little Stars program is a specialty program for younger children (ages 3.5–5), designed to meet the diverse needs of these campers.
Future Stars also offers a tennis program at Aspatuck Tennis Club, a privately owned Tennis Club located in the heart of the Village of Westhampton Beach. Camp hours are from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Visit fscamps.com or call 914-273-8500 for additional information.
The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center has camps for all budding marine biologists. Adventure Days programs add interactive excitement to summer vacation. Children ages 2–14 explore the wonders of the marine environment through age-appropriate learning and activities.
A tour boat adventure, close encounters with marine creatures and the chance to catch fish on a deserted island are just some of the fun activities offered for children 8 and younger. Older children can collect and identify marine specimens on the aquarium’s tour boat, hike the Pine Barrens, climb a rock wall, go canoeing and kayaking, take a Shark Dive and Snorkel Adventure, and more. A variety of program themes, dates and times are outlined on the website.
Visit longislandaquarium.com or call 631-208-9200, ext. 426 for additional info and registration.
If Junior is more of a thrill seeker, sign him or her up for a summer of adventure with Peconic Water Sports RIDE Camp. Campers spend their days on the water with professional coaches working to learn a variety of water sports including wakeboarding, water skiing, wake surfing and tubing.
Peconic Water Sports teaches campers the value of teamwork and confidence when learning. Camp runs Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. all summer long. The camp is based out of Southold, but pickup is available from Shelter Island and Sag Harbor (reservations required).
For more information, call 609-937-9801 or visit peconicwatersports.com/kids-camp
Sag Harbor Park Tennis offers a summer program from June 30–August 29, on a daily or weekly basis from 9:45 a.m.–3 p.m. In addition to tennis instruction, the camp includes an all-sports hour filled with a variety of fun sports and games outside the tennis courts, utilizing the park facilities to incorporate sports and games that help build tennis skills. Enjoy soccer on the fields for footwork, basketball on the court for hand-eye coordination and games of capture the flag for agility and strategy, just to name a few. Tennis aficionados, ages 4–16, can enroll in tennis lessons offered throughout the summer. And, there’s a free junior clinic open to ages 17 and under on Saturdays from 1–2 p.m. from May 26–August 31. You must be a member and/or a Pierson School tennis team member to partake in the free junior clinic. Membership is not required to partake in the camps, but members get a discount.
For more information, call 631-725-7275, email email@example.com or visit sagharborparktennis.com.
The World Cup is this summer! Luckily, Super Soccer Stars, the country’s largest and most popular soccer program, returns this year. Serving the area for over nine years, Super Soccer Stars makes the world’s most popular sport fun and simple with a variety of popular programs overseen by skilled coaches in Bridgehampton, Montauk, Sag Harbor, Southampton and East Hampton.
The fun begins Memorial Day Weekend with a free Summer Kick-Off with the Children’s Museum at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. May 24 and May 25. Both soccer and the arts are offered—kids play soccer with Super Soccer Stars’ top coaches; and for those youngsters who want to build, decorate and fly their own cool kites, they can do so with the help of the Children’s Museum staff.
Throughout the summer Super Soccer Stars will be offering a variety of weekend classes, indoor mini camps, outdoor camps, and birthday parties designed for kids ranging in ages 2–12, as well as fun pre-soccer Kick & Play programs for children 12–24 months. Kids and their friends can also schedule their own private soccer classes.
Super Soccer Stars will also be celebrating the World Cup with its own World Cup Camp 2014, providing a unique opportunity to broaden a child’s global knowledge and cultivate personal development, in addition to Super Soccer Stars’ ongoing development of its students’ soccer skills and teamwork. Coaches will “visit” a selected country each week, teaching facts and fun information about the highlighted country, hosting its very own World Cup Finals. Kids 3- to 5-year-olds get in on the World Cup action through lessons that include flags, language, and other age-specific cultural elements.
For more information, visit supersoccerstars.com/hamptons2014 or call 212-877-7171.