We're gathering parent recommendations for academic summer camps near NYC where kids can study a language, explore creative writing and reading, learn to play a better game of chess, get a head start on the new school year, and much more. There's a lot to learn this summer!

Tell us about any favorite educational summer camps around New York that your family has tried and loved! Post a comment below to add your review to a camp that's already on our list, or submit a new recommendation for another one that we should consider adding.

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    FasTracKids - Summer Academic Boot Camp

     (246.5 mi)

    1 week sessions

    Half day

    From $575/week

    Age 5-12

    Nancy L.:  FasTracKids Summer Academic Boot Camp is a skill-based math, reading, and writing program. Kids receive individualized attention based on their ability allowing them to excel at their own pace. Campers get to have fun too with breaks to interact with friends. This can be combined with Summer STE(A)M Academy for a full day of summer camp.

    Children's Chinese Book Garden - Summer Camp NYC

     (266.2 mi)

    1 week, full day


    Age 5-16

    Nancy L.:  Spend the summer making friends and having fun at the Children's Chinese Book Garden's Chinese Immersion Summer Camp. Campers will practice Mandarin skills, learn about Chinese culture, play ping pong and chess, take Chinese cuisine cooking lessons, calligraphy, and field trips.

    Juguemos a Cantar - Summer Camp

     (266.9 mi)

    2, 3 or 5 day sessions

    Full or half day

    From $230+/week

    Age 2-6

    Nancy L.:  Juguemos a Cantar offers a bilingual (Spanish/English) summer camp environment for children. Campers will learn about the food, music, and customs of a variety of Spanish-speaking countries. The day will also include field trips, yoga, music, art, and soccer practice.

    The Language and Laughter Studio - French Summer Program

     (267.2 mi)

    1 week sessions

    Full day


    Age 3-7

    Nancy L.:  Children can spend their summer immersed in the language and culture of France at the Language and Laughter Studio. Each program is rigorous yet fun and relaxed. Kids learn from native speakers through games, music, movement, art, and foods.

    Fencers Club - Summer Day Camp

     (268.9 mi)

    1 day & 1 week, half day/full day


    Age 5-14

    Nancy L.:  Fencers Club Summer Day Camp is a mix of academic programs and fencing practice. Learn and practice the dynamic sport of fencing in the morning and afternoon. In between fencing sessions, campers will engage in activities that inspire academic risk taking and creativity, such as creative writing, applied science, chess, logical puzzle solving and strategy games for kids.

    French Institute - Summer Camps

     (270.4 mi)

    1 week sessions
    Full or half day

    Age 3-18

    Nancy L.:  Campers will be immersed in French language and culture taught by native speakers at the French Institute's Summer Camp program. Whether your child is already fluent or they are just getting started, all kids will enjoy the Summer Tour de France theme exploring mountains, waterfronts, and the countryside. Meanwhile, the Teen Club invites teens to explore all things French in New York City.

    Collina Italiana Summer Camp

     (271.9 mi)

    1-week camp sessions; half or full day


    Ages: 3-8

    Nancy L.:  Collina Italiana's Summer Camp invites kids to explore the Italian language and culture by playing with friends, watching movies and cartoons, creating art, acting in short theater performances, tasting foods, and venturing out on museum outings around New York City.

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