Summer is a time of wonder and discovery, and an educational summer camp can provide a child with learning experiences that will last a lifetime. This is an overview of five Long Island summer camps where learning is the focus of the fun.
The Learning Institute at Hofstra University in Hempstead offers children’s summer camp programs in astronautics, fashion design, reading and writing, robotics or video game development. Hofstra also hosts a full-day program tailored to meet the needs of the gifted student. The final program, entitled REACH, is dedicated to children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs campers. Hofstra will be hosting an open house for all camp programs on Sunday March 27th. Tuition and age ranges vary depending on the program selected. More information can be found here or by calling (516)463-CAMP.
The Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport offers educational summer programs centered on exploring and understanding the museum. An “Africa workshop” is slated for the summer 2011 session for grades one through three. Classes are Monday through Friday from 10am until 2 pm. Fees are $200 per week except for the week of July 5th, when the fee is $160. The museum also offers 90 minute pre-K and kindergarten classes. The cost is $20 per child per workshop (adult accompaniment is required.) For further information, call (631) 854-5539, or visit the museum website.
USDAN Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheatley Heights offers summer camps in art, chess, dance, music, theatre and writing for children who have completed 4th through 12th grades. Campers designate a “major” and “minor,” and most students do not need to audition. USDAN offers four- and seven-week programs beginning June 27, 2011. Tuition is $3150 to $3650 plus bus fees for the seven week program and $2750 plus bus fees for four week programs. An open house is scheduled for Sunday March 27th from 11am to 2pm. Additional information can be found here or by calling (631)643-7900.
Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead, offers Summer Adventure Days, which provide interactive experiences with marine life. Children ages two through 14 can participate in various activities throughout the aquarium. Programs begin June 27th with prices and schedules varying according to age range. Discounted rates are available to aquarium members.
Future Stars Summer Camps is introducing a Magic and Illusion Camp at SUNY Old Westbury for children ages eight to 16. This new addition to the 2011 Long Island summer camp lineup runs from July 25th through August 5th in two weekly sessions. Rates are available through the website or by calling (914)273-8500.