It’s almost time for summer vacation – do you know how you’re going to spend your time off? Whether you have school-age kids eager for a camp experience or you’re an adult that just needs a little alone time with other grown-ups, there is something out there for you. While registration may already be closed for some of these options, you can put them on the radar for next year.

Day camps in the city

Are you looking for a way to keep the kids engaged this summer without sending them to sleepaway camp? There are tons of day programs available in the city that cater to just about every interest you can think of. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Butter Beans Food & Garden Summer Camp – Kids ages 6-10 plant seeds, harvest food, cook their own lunches and write a cookbook in this fun, farm-to-table summer camp.
  • NYC Parks Experience Summer Day Camp – Though the lottery is already complete for 2018, keep this on your radar for next year. Kids ages 6-13 engage in a variety of activities including arts and crafts, computer classes, field games, and outdoor pursuits like hiking and bird watching. Camps are held at various locations in all five boroughs.
  • YMCA Summer Day Camps – There are tons of options for kids day camps at New York City’s YMCA. They offer camps for all ages, and your kids can enroll for just a week or two or for a full summer. There are many locations throughout the city so you can find one close to home.
  • Downtown Day Camp – Located at the Downtown Community Center in Tribeca, this camp offers sessions anywhere from one to eight weeks and features programs in athletics, aquatics, and arts and sciences.
  • Oasis – This day camp has several locations, including the Lower East Side. Campers of all ages enjoy a traditional summer day camp  experience with an emphasis on outdoor activities.

Classes and workshops for kids

Not ready to commit to the full day camp experience? Don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities to keep the kids busy this summer with classes and workshops. Here are just a few of the hundreds of options:

  • Color Me Mine – Located in Tribeca, this pottery studio allows kids to express their creativity in a stress-free environment. It’s a great place for both children and adults to spend a few carefree hours painting ceramic pieces to keep or give as gifts.
  • Kids at Art – Located on the Upper East Side, this children’s art studio is the most well-equipped of its kind in the city. Their summer programs begin on June 11 and are great for ages two and older.
  • Hands On! A Musical Experience – These music classes are for children ages four months to four years, and introduces them to the world of music, story and movement. They have locations in Tribeca and the Upper West Side.
  • The Makery – This fun place near Union Square encourages kids ages nine and up to tinker, experiment, and make things with technology.

Weekend getaway camps for adults

You don’t have to be young to enjoy summer camp — just young at heart. If you’re itching to get out of the city for a little adventure, these camps cater specifically to adults.

  • Camp No Counselors – As seen on Shark Tank, this summer camp for adults gives you the full camp experience, from sharing a cabin with 20 other adults to playing capture the flag.
  • Camp Bonfire – Located in the Poconos, this all-inclusive summer camp for adults 21 and older includes all your camp favorites like s’mores around the campfire and canoeing. Their motto is “You’re a grown-ass adult, do what you want.” Need we say more?
  • Zombie Survival Camp – If preparing for the zombie apocalypse sounds like your idea of a fun weekend, you’ll love this camp in central New Jersey. Spend your time learning how to shoot a crossbow and create a safe shelter, and bunk with like-minded adults in the barracks-style farmhouse.

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