Looking for some fun summer activities for your toddler!
We all know that school kids love summer camp! It’s a time when they have the opportunity to make great, new friends, learn new skills, find new passions, soak in the summer sun, focus on stress-free learning through playful activities, develop meaningful skills in teamwork and independence, and create amazing memories that last a lifetime! But, did you know that all of this is also available for our tots?
In and around New Jersey, we have many great options for 2 and 4 year olds to enjoy summer camp, offering them loads of fun while preparing them emotionally, socially and educationally for school, in a safe and nurturing environment. Here are some of the best Toddler & Preschooler Camp options this summer.
75 Knickerbocker Road, Englewood, NJ
Educational summer experience for children ages 4-12. Each week boasts a new theme as each day begins with core subjects like math, writing and science, then adventure activities in the afternoon like water fun, special guests, arts & crafts, games, nature walks and more.
15 locations throughout New Jersey
Enriching environment for students aged 2-12 where each day is filled with adventures and activities to excite the mind. These include: coding, robotics, innovators & explorers, tech time, music, drama, arts, sports, swimming or water play, Montessori lessons and more. This educational camp will surely prepare your young student for the year ahead.
BUEHLER CHALLENGER & SCIENCE CENTER CAMP
400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ
Offering a Little Astronauts Program for Pre-K and Kindergarten-bound kiddos, this half-day camp will teach preschoolers about living and working in space. They will have the opportunity to experiment with rockets, investigate the science of color, explore day and night cycles and lift-off in the Science Center’s shuttle simulator.
91 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ
It’s full STEAM ahead for kiddos ages 2 and above! Kids will learn science, technology, engineering, art and math through fun and engaging, themed activities, special visitors and exciting, hands-on projects! Camps include meals and snacks, a t-shirt, baseball hat and backpack!
30 Mountain Rd, Pomona, NY
Day camp for boys and girls ages 3 to 15 on a gorgeous, 44-acre property with a lake, 9 heated swimming pools, and state-of-the-art facilities, in Pomona, NY. Activities include: adventures, arts & crafts, sports, fashion, gymnastics, horseback riding, leadership training, music, nature, performing arts, science, travel, STEM and more.
116 Hillcrest Road, Warren, NJ
Where “tradition meets tomorrow”, this camps boasts a huge selection of daily activities including: high ropes, yoga, pedal carts, cooking, technology, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, arts & crafts, multiple sports, challenge and ninja courses, performing arts, games, nature trails, a wetland sanctuary, along with a variety of indoor and outdoor athletic facilities. Programs are offered for children as young as 3 years old.
242 Adelphia Rd, Farmingdale, NJ
Held on 144 acres in southern Monmouth County, this outdoor day camp for girls ages 3-15 engages in a wide range of activities and Girl Scout traditions which include: hiking, swimming, archery, arts & crafts, zip lines, wall climbing, campfires, STEM and more. All girls are welcome to attend but must sign up for a Girl Scout membership upon registration.
225 Pompton Road, Haledon, NJ
For kids Pre-K through 10th grade, this ACA accredited summer day camp provides outstanding activities and staff dedicated to campers’ safety and development. Activities include: Red Cross Instructional Swim, go-carts, sports, rope course, arts & crafts, drama, gymnastics, science, nature and more. Transportation, lunch and snacks are included.
DEER MOUNTAIN DAY CAMP
63 Call Hollow Rd, Pomona, NY
Offering a “sleepaway-range of activities” and amenities in a day camp setting, campers ages 3-15 can explore their talents, unlock their creativity, enhance skills and discover new passions. Activities here include: swimming , sports, fine arts, performing arts, outdoor adventure, STEM, waterfront events, batting cages, golf, gaga courts and more. Transportation, lunch and snacks, towels service, daily photo & video gallery and t-shirt are included.
DEERKILL DAY CAMP
54 Wilder Rd. Suffern, NY
Popular day camp in northern NJ for campers ages 3 to 15 offering children the opportunity to try new sports and activities and form life-long friendships. Activities and classes include: swimming, ceramics, woodworking, dance, music, theater, photography, archery, to name a few. The grounds have a large, heated pool, an array of athletic fields, a 28-foot climbing tower, a 250-foot zipline, and much more. Sessions run throughout the summer weeks with choices of 2, 4, 5, 6, or 7-week registrations.
Located in Englewood, NJ, DE 360's Discoveries & Adventures day camp for preschoolers through grade 5 offer themed weeks where campers explore and learn from a range of experiences that include art, theater, music and movement, STEM, academic, waterplay and other traditional camp activities. Camp is 6 weeks starting July 6 on the campus of Dwight-Englewood School.
EDGEWOOD COUNTY CLUB ALL SPORTS CAMP
449 Rivervale Rd, Rivervale, NJ
Multi-sports day camp for children 4-12 years old in a beautiful, private setting, perfect for enjoying tennis, swimming, and a variety of other level and age-appropriate activities and sports.
ELISABETH MORROW SCHOOL SUMMER EXPLORATION
435 Lydecker St. Englewood, NJ
Summer day program offering a unique blend of camp and educational activities for students ages 2 to 14. Full and half day options are available. Activities are age and grade appropriate and can include: art, sports, technology, drama, math, reading, STEM, woodworking, creative writing, filmmaking, science and more.
142 Bordentown Georgetown Rd, Chesterfield, NJ
Time to unplug and explore the outside world at the farm. Full and partial day options are available for campers aged 3 - 15 so that they may develop a “sense of appreciation of the natural world, agriculture, and healthy lifestyles.” For a true farm experience, this is a great summer option.
GREEN BROOK COUNTRY SPORTS
100 West Greenbrook Rd, North Caldwell, NJ
Not sure which sport your little one wants to enjoy this summer? Join this multi-sport camp which will include lessons taught by certified professionals for tennis, golf, karate, yoga, swimming, lacrosse, kickball and more, with weekly field trips for campers 6years and up. This is a great way for your child to try a new sport and/or improve in one they already enjoy. Programs are available for kids ages 4-12.
iGO STEM CAMP AT STEM ACADEMY
1665 Oak TREE Road, Suite#400, Edison NJ
Interactive and hands-on explorations and discoveries for pre-kindergarteners through 8th grade students. Full and half day programs are available showcasing science, engineering, robotics, arts & crafts, exploring the digital world, puppet works, baking, public speaking, globe trotting, wacky inventions, computer programming, as well as karate, soccer and chess. There is so much for students to experience with iGO Stem.
JCC CAMP RUACH
775 Talamini Rd, Bridgewater, NJ
High-caliber, inclusive and welcoming day camp for campers Pre-K through 9th grade. Diverse programming includes: swimming, art, cooking, music, sports, archery, ropes, STEM, dance, karate, entertainment, and more. Full and half day programs are available as well as overnight enriching activities for students in 7th-9th grade.
LIBERTY LAKE DAY CAMP
1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ
Liberty Lake is a magical day camp for hundreds of children, ages 4 to 15, (and staff ages 16+) to expand their talents, make new friends, and develop the life skills needed to be successful in the 21st century. From the Preschool Turtles Program, up through the dynamic Teen Leadership Program, Liberty Lake is a wonderful community of love and friendship, that children return to year after year - many as counselors! A focus on youth development is evident in areas of independence, integrity, teamwork, aspiration and friendship. Campers can choose from over 60 elective activities, enabling them to customize and enjoy their weekly schedules by participating in activities they enjoy, surrounded by 60 acres of natural beauty, boundless activities and loads of fun.
MONTCLAIR LEARNING CENTER STEM CAMP
57 Park St, Bloomfield, NJ
Offering virtual camp as well as small, in-person programs, MLC loves to share their passion for STEM with children. Register your preschooler to 8th grade student for full day or half day programs in coding, robotics, chess, 3D design, SPA science, digital arts, kitchen chemistry, civil engineering, themed STEM weeks, video design and much more. The Little Engineer program is specifically designed for 3-5 year olds which includes fun, hands-on activities to develop creativity, curiosity, problem-solving, critical thinking, communication and teamwork.
MORRISTOWN BEARD DAY CAMP
70 Whippany Rd, Morristown, NJ. 07960
A State-licensed and ACA accredited facility located on a beautiful 22-acre campus, designed to help children, ages 4-14, develop skills in sports, arts and crafts, drama, swimming and science. The daily schedule consists of structured periods, with a flexible schedule on special event days. Campers are grouped based upon their age. Traditional Camp runs from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Camp shows, camp t-shirt, towel service, morning and afternoon snacks and a drink at lunchtime are provided in the Traditional Camp fee. Early Arrival and Extended Day is also available. Activities include: Aquatics, Athletics, Arts & Crafts, Performing Arts, Science, Games, and Teen Trips, while specialty camps can include such great themes as: Hogwarts Summer Camp, CIT Program, Guppies-Half Day, Soccer Clinic, Girls Lacrosse Clinic, Beginner Bike Camp, Mountain Biking Camp, and Robotics Camp.
New Providence, Westfield and Glen Rock
Affordable, drop-off, pay-by-day camp for children ages 3-10 with energizing games, gymnastics, arts & crafts, music and loads of fun to keep kids moving and engaged.
ORANGE LAWN TENNIS CLUB CAMPS
305 North Ridgewood Rd, South Orange, NJ
Multi-sport day camp with a highlight on tennis for children ages 4-13. Your young athlete can enjoy an hour of tennis daily followed by a variety of other activities like swimming, golf, karate, yoga, arts & crafts and much more. Snacks and lunch are included and all activities are taught by certified professionals who love teaching juniors of all levels.
SEATON HACKNEY STABLES RIDING CAMPS
440 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
Riding camp for horse lovers of all levels and abilities, aged 5-17 years old. Combine the great outdoors with education, fun, and of course, horses!!! Offering half-day and full-day programs, riders will learn basic safety, grooming, tacking and barn management skills. They will learn Equisthenics, harness driving, equine breed, colors and markings, equine health and first aid, as well as show grooming and braiding, to name a few. Demonstrations from professionals such as a veterinarian and a farrier will also be available to round out this very complete program. The stables also offers a Petite Equestrian Program for riders as young as 3 years old. Please contact them for further information.
VSA FUTURE is offering all virtual academic programs starting at Kindergarteners. Attend summer programs conveniently online, through their secure Zoom platform and interactive learning software. With offerings from intensive academics to fun creatives, each class is tailored by grade level as well as each student’s specific strengths and needs, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to become “independent thinkers and thoughtful learners, ready to tackle the world.” Mondays through Thursdays, campers begin with a gym class to get their blood pumping and their brains ready to learn the ins & outs of language arts, writing, math and public speaking, while Fridays are reserved for Fun with Science, Global Speech Series, Chess & Art.
WESTMINSTER CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC SUMMER CAMP
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ (at Rider University)
A musical, life-changing, learning experience for young musicians!
Music lovers from beginners to aficionados, ranging from PK to 12th grade, can appreciate this musical camp in person, at Rider University in Lawrenceville, or through virtual options, from the comfort of their home. This summer is the perfect opportunity to pursue your child’s love of music and to discover and develop your child’s artistic and creative, musical performance abilities. A variety of camp offerings are available, these include: Early Childhood Music Camps, Young Composers Camp, String Orchestra Camp, Chamber Music Camp, Jazz Starters Camp, Musical Theatre Camp, and lessons for Keyboard, Violin, Cello, Ukulele, Piano, Viola, Bass, and Flute.
For further information and registration, please contact each camp individually.