Summer Camps

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mamaroneckyacth2015 Dates: June 29 – August 14.  Partial Summer Program Available.
Our exceptionally warm and nurturing approach supports each child to learn and grow at his or her own pace, and promotes a healthy adjustment for the first time camper.  Group sizes are small, allowing for ample personal attention from our experienced staff, with an outstanding camper to staff ratio (as few as 2 to 1 for our 2’s program).  Our outdoor-based program features swimming and a balanced, age appropriate curriculum to foster whole-child development.  Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club has two pools supervised by trained lifeguards and a Certified Water Safety Instructor. A private beach. two large fields for a variety of sporting activities. playground, tennis courts. pleasant air-conditioned rooms for indoor learning and play. covered gazebo for special and rainy day activities, and lets not forget our game room!  This outstanding program includes weekly supplementation by some of Westchester’s most experienced specialists including Mad Science, Super Soccer Stars, Musical Munchkins, Maritime Aquarium, and others.  Call today for your personal MBYC Day Camp Club Tour, (914) 698-1130, Email: Linda@mbyc-ny.com.  Visit www.mbyc-ny.com.

NATURAL KIDS: SUMMER NATURE CLASSES AT WESTMORELAND.  Let your child be a ‘Natural Kid’:  Summer classes at Westmoreland are designed to spark creativity and encourage teamwork and an appreciation for nature.  Participants age K-5 will work together under the supervision of our naturalists and other staff to create projects bound only by their imagine using natural materials in specific settings of our beautiful preserve.  Projects may include: rock cairn sculpture, giant bird’s nest, floating frog raft, branch fortress and monster throne.  While creating the children will be encouraged to notice the wildlife around them and our naturalists will be on hand to point out interesting creatures and plants.  In case of inclement weather, participants will create a project for display in our museum and learn to care for our ambassador animals.  The Natural Kid program is being offered in the following sessions:  Session 1: June 24-27 (4 days)  1-3:30 pm, $150 ($130 for members), Session 2: August 19, 21, 22, 23—9:30-11:30,  $150 ($130 for members), Session 3: August 26, 27, 28 & 29—9:30-11:30, $150 ($130 for members).  Westmoreland Sanctuary, Inc., 260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Bedford Corners, New York 10549, www.WestmorelandSanctuary.org.

Treat your child age 2-15 to a unique and action-packed summer experience at the New Canaan Nature Center!  Our staff of full-time naturalists and experienced summer counselors will create age-appropriate opportunities to explore, investigate & discover the natural world while building friendships through fun, creative activities.  Each session will revolve around a different theme that will be brought to life through age appropriate games, experiments, projects and activities!  Online registration at www.newcanaannature.org.  For more information, contact Geoff McCann, Summer Camp Director at gmccann@newcanaannature.org or (203) 966-9577 x38.  Visit www.newcanaannature.org.

New York Rock Academy offers a complete year-round Rock and Roll program suitable for students from the beginner to the talented artist who is ready to get into the recording studio. In the summer, the school offers a day camp with six week-long sessions where all students perform in a live rock concert for friends and family at the week’s end. A student can begin the week with no experience and depending on his/her interest, be playing an instrument or writing and performing a song with a band by Friday!  Please call (914) 238-3123, email at mail@musicincchappaqua.com, or visit us at www.newyorkrockacademy.com and www.facebook.com/newyorkrockacademy.

oodleOodle Monkey Art + Discovery Studio is a new and fun place for creative and curious kids ages 3 years to 3rd grade! Kids can “unplug” and tune into their creative side, make new friends and learn about themselves and the world around them through art. Very hands on and nurturing – using a variety of materials and techniques – explorations and projects are driven by the interests of our Oodle Monkey artists. It’s a joy to see children become more creative, confident and expressive! 1 and 2 hour drop off classes; After School Art 3pm – 5:30pm; Early Dismissal and Vacation Camps. contact information: oodlemonkeyart@gmail.com, 914-708-7748, 127 N. Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573, website: www.oodlemonkeyart.com

Summer Art Classes for Youth and Adults. A wide range of courses for the beginner or advanced student. Youth 15 and older may enroll in adult classes and classes for children 9mos to 14 offered. Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon and evening running 4-7 weeks. Classes for adults and children 15 yrs and up can register for a variety of classes including Botanical illustration, Crocheting, Yoga, Stained Glass studio, Glass painting, Quilting, Faux Finishing and more. Some of the classes offered for children 9 mos and up include Adult and Tot Music and Movement for ages 9mos – 2yrs and adult, Comedy and Improv for children 8- 14 yrs, Fashion Illustration for children 10-18 yrs and Mask-making for ages 5-9 yrs. Scholarships are available. Contact the Art Center for a complete listing of classes and workshops at 914-738-2525.

Purchase College Youth Programs in the Arts provide a unique opportunity to spend the summer exploring the visual and performing arts under the guidance of experienced instructors and practicing artists. Grouped by age, the Youth Programs are designed to enable the exploration of a variety of artistic genres. For example, a student interested in the performing arts may choose to take the Songwriting Workshop in session I, Youth Musical Theatre in session II, and Young Filmmakers in session III. There are many possible combinations! All programs meet 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. Early drop-off and extended-day options are also available. Programs listed for students up to age 13 are also appropriate for younger 14-year-olds.  For more information, including the availability of scholarships, please contact: Doug Munro, Director. Email: doug.munro@purchase.edu. Tel: (914) 251-6731.  Visit www.purchase.edu.

Join other students and teacher Susan Midlarsky in a fun, engaging, and challenging approach to math. Each day will include activities that both enrich student knowledge and fill in gaps in understanding. Many of the activities will take place outdoors, weather permitting.  Location: Campus of The Garden Road School, Crompond, NY.   All classes 9-11am each day.  Send your child for a full day of math and creative arts by attending this program and The Garden Road Creative Arts program at a discount! Visit the program link or call today for more information.  Sign up at singaporemathny.com, email susan.midlarsky@gmail.com, or call (914) 623-8632.

Nicholas Szucs, Artistic Director.  Calling All String Students – join us for either 1 or 2 weeks at the end of August 2012 for string chamber music
study. Open to kids ages 8 and older who play violin, viola, cello, bass or piano.  Chamber music coach, Nicholas Szucs’ vast teaching & performing experience includes Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Norwalk Symphony, NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and as String Orchestra Director at Rippowam-Cisqua School.  Nick will provide practice techniques, coaching sessions and will oversee rehearsals. The 1st day includes orientation. The following days, students will learn proper rehearsal technique, have practice time and group coaching.  Two final performances will be held on Fridays, August 24th & 31st, which will be a culmination of all the techniques the students have learned.  Chamber Music Study:  August 20th – 24th, (1st week) & August 27th – 31st, (2nd week).  Classes will be held Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm daily.  Tuition is $200 per week.  Instrument chamber music assignments vary from duos to quintets & more. Advanced students may perform in more than one group.  Students will get music assignments 1 week before their 1st week of camp. Location: Sun & Moon Health Spa, 155 Route 202, Somers, NY 10589.  Call (914) 433-3362 to register now.

Stepping Stones, Maritime Aquarium & Seaport Association: Water Wonders: Grades 1 – 4.  Water, water everywhere! Hosted by The Maritime Aquarium and Stepping Stones Museum for Children, campers experience exciting hands-on activities at two museums. Discover the amazing properties of water through experiments and demonstrations. Learn about creatures that live under and around wet, watery worlds including live rainforest insects and exotic frogs. River walks and beach exploration bring it all home to Long Island Sound, our own watery backyard. Daily 8:30 am – 2 pm. For more information about the collaboration camps or to register, call 203 852 0700, ext. 2353, between 2:00 to 4:00 pm or email mailto:mcampdirector@maritimeaquarium.org. Stepping Stones Museum. Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. For more information, call 203-899-0606 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is 80 rolling acres of field, gardens, pastures and woods in Pocantico Hills, New York, where rich traditions of community-based farming are merging with the 21st century. Stone Barns Center’s Farm Camp is entering its eighth season. Camp sessions are designed for rising first graders through rising eighth graders. Our campers have the opportunity to see how the farm works and get their hands dirty by pitching in with farm chores and learning alongside our farm staff. In addition to activities focused on a specific theme, every camp session includes garden work, animal chores, cooking, crafts, games and hiking. At Farm Camp, we also explore the farm-to-table connection. A staff cooking specialist helps campers prepare healthy snacks several times each week, and older campers cook a full lunch together in a professional kitchen. Space is limited. Please register early! For more information, please contact Meghan Ryan, Camp Director: farmcamp@stonebarnscenter.org, or 914 366 6200 x111. Visit www.stonebarnscenter.org to download the brochure and to register.

Camps and Programs for Children and Teens.  The Jacob Burns Film Center’s Media Arts Lab is open for summer registration!  Camps and programs are available for children and teens, ages 4-18. New this summer is Lab Camp, an exciting array of unique opportunities for kids and teens to experience the magic of movies. All programs include demonstrations, creative collaboration, and opportunities for hands-on projects using all the riches of our state-of-the-art facility. Visit www.mediaartslab.org for more information on camps, courses, and how to register. Questions? Call 914.773.7663 ext. 8, or email registrar@burnsfilmcenter.org.

Summer Adventure Camps at The New York Botanical Garden, a series of week-long, themed summer camps for kids ages 5 to 10. Camps run Monday–Friday, July 9–August 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Early drop-off (8 a.m.) and late pickup (5:30 p.m.) options available. Children participating in these adventure camps will spend time indoors and out exploring the amazing flora and fauna of the Garden’s 250 acres. The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, which is specially designed for children to explore outdoor areas like wetlands, meadows, and ponds, will serve as the camp home base.  Call 718.817.8181 for more information or visit nybg.org/camps.

Tuesdays for Tots.  Young artists and a parent or caregiver share the delight of looking at the Museum exhibitions together followed by the exploration of art materials including paint, collage, and clay.  A new series is offered with each exhibition.  Ages 3-5, please no siblings under age 3. Visit our events calendar for upcoming Tots sessions.
Art Adventures.  Art Adventures is a child-friendly blend of art history, art appreciation, and art projects. The current exhibition is the starting point for this hands-on approach to looking at, understanding, and creating art.  Grades K-6. Visit our events calendar for upcoming Art Adventures.
Katonah Museum of Art is located at 134 Jay Street – Route 22, Katonah, NY 10536, 914-232-9555.  Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm. Closed Monday.  Find out more about the offerings at the Katonah Museum of Art at www.katonahmuseum.org.

Afraid Your Child Will Lose Academic Ground This Summer?  For parents concerned that their children will lose academic ground over the summer, The Center for Literacy Enrichment-Pace University has a solution – The Summer Reading & Writing Program. From pre-schoolers to middle schoolers the program provides children with an opportunity to not only maintain their reading, writing and comprehension skills but also to make gains academically in fun and informative ways. Age-appropriate instruction includes developing phonemic awareness, improving decoding skills and strengthening reading comprehension.  The program, which runs from June 30 – July 25, offers full- and half-day sessions. Certified teachers provide small-group instruction complemented by theme-based indoor and outdoor activities including digital story telling, literacy-themed crafts and games in a non-competitive setting. For more than 40 years the Center for Literacy Enrichment has been providing programs that encourage children be become lifelong learners.  The Summer Reading & Writing Program is held on the campus of Pace University Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains. Early Bird Registration, prior to May 1, qualifies for a fee discount. To register your child, contact Center Director Sister St. John Delany, PhD at 914-422-4135 or mdelany@pace.edu. For more information about The Center’s array of programs, go to www.thecenterforliteracy.com.