Kids everywhere have summer in their sights, but with that comes the parental anxiety associated with not knowing how to keep them entertained while you’re at work and they’re off from school. It’s not too early to start looking into full day summer camps in Queens. In fact, many day camps in the area are starting to have open houses where parents can go to find out more information about the programs offered. Here are a few local camps that are sure to ease your woes and keep your kids having fun all summer.
Samuel Field Y Summer Camp
This camp is ideal for those with unique schedules. They offer a “customize your camp” option, where you can choose from full or half days, and even indoors or outdoors. Children as young as 2 are welcome, as are campers up to 15 years old. The camp also has swimming instruction, and door to door transportation available for many areas in Queens. Visit their open house on Sunday, April 10th from 12-2pm at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds 75 Colonial Springs Road in Wheatley Heights, or call them at 718-225-6750 ext. 261 for more information.
58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck
Sensational Kids Camp
This camp has four sections, each divided by age groups. The kindercamp is for ages 3-5, the junior division is for ages 6-8, the senior division is for ages 9-12, and the teen division is for ages 13-14. Each week, the campers focus on a given theme, and participate in activities related to that theme. Kids in the junior, senior, and teen divisions go on daily scheduled, supervised, trips, like to zoos, museums, even on the Circle Line. For more information, call 718-386-1962 or visit www.sensationalkidscamp.net.
Two Locations: Our Lady of Hope – 61-21 71st Street in Middle Village, and The Mary Louis Academy – 176-21 Wexford Terrace in Jamaica Estates
Blue Dolphin Summer Camp
Campers at this summer camp can participate in a variety of sports, arts and crafts, and even field trips. The Blue Dolphin Summer Camp also has a swimming program. The age groups are 3-5, 6-11, and 12-15. Space at this camp is limited, as they like to keep the counselor to camper ratio low. For more information, call 718-847-6470 or visit www.bluedolphinsummercamp.com
69-26 Cooper Avenue, Glendale
World of Discovery Day Camp of Queens
Entering into their 30th year, this camp offers two eight-week summer programs, with one being an instructional sports academy, and both programs have instructional swimming sessions. This camp is designed for kids ages 4-15. Visit their open house on March 20th from 12-3pm at the North Flushing Swim Club 141-01 32nd Avenue, off Union Street, for more information or visit www.worldofdiscovery.org.
John Golden Ball Fields – 32nd Avenue and 215th Place, Bayside
YMCA Summer Camps
Your local YMCA also offers summer camps in Queens for kids age 3-14. They have four different age groups, with each full of age appropriate activities to keep your child learning new things, even over the summer months. There is currently a 10% off early bird discount that’s running until May 15th, as well as a sibling discount for those with more than one child attending the camp. There are open houses coming up in April and May. Visit www.ymcanyc.org to find the Y nearest to you, and to find out more information on their summer camps.
Magic Carpet Day Camp
Magic Carpet Day Camp has age appropriate sports programs, field trips, and swimming programs for kids ages 4-15. There are three different age groups, 4-6 year olds, 7-11, year olds, and 12 and up. Swimming takes place at the Flushing Meadows Aquatic Center. They also offer transportation, which is included in the tuition. The camp is open from July 5th- August 26th. They are offering a discount rate on tuition now through April 15th. They have open houses on Sundays at JIB Lanes, 67-19 Parsons Blvd., from 1-3pm. For more information, call 718-634-8109.
34-45 202nd Street, Bayside
Young Peoples Day Camps – Queens
Founded in 1972, this is a family run summer camp in Queens with licensed teachers for kids ages 4-15. They offer special discounts and flexible payments, as well as free transportation. The camp opens on July 5th and runs through August 26th. There are field trips, including fishing and team building trips, arts and crafts, sports, swimming, music and dancing. Their open house is on March 26th from 1-3pm at JIB Lanes, 67-19 Parsons Blvd. For more information, call 1-800-856-1043.
Alley Park, Springfield Blvd., South Bayside
Camp Café at Forest Hills Community Center
This camp is designed for kids ages 7-12, and is more focused on healthy living and cooking. Kids will learn about kitchen basics and the importance of a healthy lifestyle over seven weeks. They also have sports, field trips, and arts and crafts. Kids who are 13-14 can be counselors in training. For more information, call Jennifer Buffa at 718-592-5757 ext. 228 or email her at JBuffa@QueensCommunityHouse.org
108-25 62nd Drive, Forest Hills
Parks Department Summer Day Camps
The Parks Department also runs a series of summer camps in Queens at various recreation centers throughout the five boroughs for kids ages 6-13. Not only do the campers get to go on local field trips, swim, do arts and crafts, but they also learn how to use computers and technology. The camps run from July 5th through August 19th, 2011. Spots are limited, so contact the recreation center nearest you for more information or to register your kids. The locations in Queens are:
Vic Hanson Field House: 133-39 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, 718-978-1536
Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center: 93-29 Queens Boulevard, 718-263-1163
Sorrentino Recreation Center: 18-48 Cornaga Avenue, 718-471-4818
Cunningham (Satellite): Union Turnpike & Francis Lewis Blvd., 718-520-5918
Be sure to check back here at Queens Mamas for more upcoming events and summertime resources for your family.