If your idea of summer fun for the kids includes fun + enriching experiences that will help them for years to come, these top notch Educational Summer Camps near Bergen County NJ will make them feel like the big kid on campus while having great summer fun!
Dwight Englewood Summer Connections: Gorgeous campus? Check. Enriching activities taught by top instructors? Check. D-E Summer Connections offers a rich breadth of courses which can give your child the chance to hone skills or introduce them to a brand new discipline that interests them. Younger campers (PreK–4th grade) can dabble in music, drama, art, Spanish, science, yoga, water play and more, providing children with a safe, fun atmosphere. Older campers (5th–12th grade) choose from a jam-packed schedule of offerings like 3-D Game Design, Acting, Photography, Cooking, Tennis and more. The program offers a flexible environment that allows students to design their discovery based on individual needs and desires. (315 E. Palisade Ave. Englewood, 201-227-3144, firstname.lastname@example.org, ages preK–Grade 12, camp runs from June 26-August 4, 8:15am-3pm, Open Houses on March 4 and April 22, extended care available, visit website for pricing)
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Science Camp: Let your little scientist have a blast this summer as they explore all aspects of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathethematics through hands-on experiments and projects at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades' brand new science camp. Each week kids will have lots of fun as they work with experienced science teachers in this challenging and innovative summer program and then cool off with a daily swim. (411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly, 201-567-8963, ages 3rd–6th grade, camp runs from July 10–August 4, 9am–4pm, before and after care available, busing available, pricing starts at $475/week for JCC members and $625/week for non-members, tuition includes snack, lunch and towel service)
Montclair Kimberley Academy Star Camp: Spend the summer at MKA’s top rate facilities and engage in their educational college-style program. Every camper personalizes their own schedule, allowing them to explore the activities that interests them the most! Their JR. STAR Camp (preK-2nd grade) and STAR Camp (3rd-10th grade) offers a variety of activities such as sports, arts, dance, theater, swimming, science, computers and more. Throw in fun theme days such as a carnival, petting zoo and pony rides, and a water carnival and you’ve got a recipe for a very successful summer. (Junior Star camp: MKA’s Primary School Campus at 224 Orange Rd., Montclair, and Star camp: MKA’s Middle School Campus at 201 Valley Rd., Montclair; 973-233-3001, ages preK–grade 12, camp runs from June 27–August 5, 8:30am–3pm, before and after care available, pricing starts at $550/week for the first 2 weeks and $495/week for all subsequent weeks)
Liberty Science Center Camp: At the largest science center in the tri-state area, kids will enjoy the fun, innovative STEM camp curriculum through activities they simply cannot cover in a regular school year. All kids will enjoy hands-on exploration in topics like robotics, science, computer programming, animals, food chemistry, engineering and more. With exciting guest speakers, exploration of LSC exhibits, access to science and techology tools and a chance to explore connections between STEM concepts and real-world applications - your camper will have one super cool summer. (222 Jersey City Boulevard Jersey City, 201-200-1000, ages 1st–8th grade, camp runs from July 10–July 25, 9am–4pm daily, before and after care available, $550/week if registered before February 10, sibling and multiple week discounts available)
Zoo Camp at the Bergen County Zoo: This “always booked” local program is open to residents and members ages 5 to 15 only for half day week long sessions where kids work in and explore the zoo with qualified educators and staff. Older campers will walk in the shoes of actual zookeepers while they prepare animals’ daily diets, learn about collection and clean out their cages. APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MARCH 1ST and accepted applicants will be notified via mail by April 20th. (216 Forest Ave, Paramus, 201-262-3771 ext. 124/125, ages 5–15, camp program runs June 19–August 11, 9am–1pm, $150 per one week session/includes t-shirt)