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 25-August 3, 8:15am-3pm, Open Houses on March 10 and April 21, 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 mathematics 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 June 25–August 17, 9am–4pm, before and after care available, busing available, pricing starts at $500/week for JCC members and $650/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 interest 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 25–August 3, 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 technology 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 9–July 24, 9am–4pm daily, before and after care available, $520/week for members and $590/week for non-members if registered before February 20, 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 the 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 18–August 10, 9am–1pm, $150 per one week session/includes t-shirt)
STEM camps at L3 Academy: Got a kid who likes to tinker, code, game or build? Give them the tools and instruction build their skill or even find a new passion L3 Academy in Montclair. Camps include chess, taught by an expert Blitz chess player who incorporates traditional chess play, a proprietary electronic chess game and movement to teach the game, a Minecraft camp, teaming campers up to work together in a Minecraft world to meet a challenge, and a Spy Camp, Coding camp, STEM camp, STEAM camp, Robotics camps, A Jedi Science Camp and a Survival Science Camp, you can feel good about your kid's screen time this summer! (1 Greenwood Ave, Montclair, 973-783-8333, grades K-8, camp program runs June 25 - August 31, morning, afternoon and full day sessions available, camps start at $117 per half day, one week session)
The French American Academy Summer Camps: Immerse your child in French with fun & educational activities, travel in art history while speaking French! They walk your children through the history of the arts, from prehistoric paintings in the caves to modern art with stops in the castles of Middle Ages, or at the feet of Mona Lisa during the Renaissance period, and of course some exploration of impressionism. The children will enjoy the discovery of many artists while learning or improving the French Language. (1092 Carnation Drive, New Milford, (201) 338-8320, ages 3-11, camp program runs June 25 - August 3, full day or half day sessions available, camps start at $295 per week, Early Bird registration is available until April 15th.)