These day camps are the perfect way for your kids to test drive suburbia
Tons of city kids hop on a bus and head to suburban day camps every summer—and with good cause. These amazing day camps offer a true daily retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. But, beyond that, there’s another perk: if you’re considering a move to the suburbs, these day camps are a great way for your crew to test drive suburbia. Here, they’ll make friends and you’ll all have a chance to feel out the vibe in a particular area—and, of course, they’ll have an incredible summer in the process. Bonus! Start with these suburban day camps, popular among city and suburban kids alike.
If you’re considering Westchester…
Mohawk Day Camp (White Plains, NY)
There’s so much to do at Mohawk. With eight pools, seven craft centers, two music centers, tons of sports facilities, multiple nature centers and an apple orchard, your kids will be hard pressed to utter, “I’m bored” once this summer. And on weekends, transportation is available to NYC or to the Hamptons, for campers as young as 3.
Breezemont Day Camp (Armonk, NY)
Breezemont’s “Bears” programs starts with campers as young as 3. Located on a picturesque 18-acre property, kids will love taking in the greater outdoors daily, with activities ranging from the classics—swim, arts and crafts, kickball and ropes courses—to more modern activities such as paddleboarding, tennis, yoga, ziplining, cooking and science.
If you’re considering Long Island…
Buckley Day Camp (Roslyn, NY)
From Legos to science to dance and more, many parents opt for Buckley because of the customization it allows—and because parent-and-me programs start as early as 18 months. At Buckley, kids can focus on what they truly enjoy, even from a young age. They can also attend for two to eight weeks, and weeks don’t have to be consecutive.
Shibley Day Camp (Roslyn, NY)
A more rustic option in Roslyn, Shibley offers junior options for campers as young as 3, including door-to-door busing. Here, kids get everything from twice-daily swim to adventure courses to go-karts and air bungee, plus a summer carnival and a chance to be part of theatrical and musical performances. Older campers can take part in some cool field trips, plus overnight weeks throughout the summer.
Pierce Country Day Camp (Roslyn, NY)
Pierce has everything—and then some. Campers as young as 3 can dive into all of the fun, including zip lines, field trips, an interactive splash park and seven heated pools throughout this ultra-lux facility. Pierce also offers weekend busing to the Hamptons.
If you’re considering Connecticut…
Camp Playland (New Canaan, CT)
A family-run camp, Camp Playland offers three heated pools, tons of sports facilities, arts, archery and more—it’s an “away” camp in a day camp environment.
Greenwich Academy Summer Program (Greenwich, CT)
This comprehensive program is available for kids preK through 12th grade and happens on the Greenwich Academy campus. Choose from a summer enrichment program, athletic offerings, summer language institute, creative writing, upperline code, ballet or their new debate camp.
If you’re considering New Jersey…
Camp Ramaquois (Pomona, NY)
Though located in Rockland County, New York, Ramaquois is popular among Bergen County residents as well as city kids. The camp offers round-trip busing to all areas—plus, of course, Westchester and Rockland—for campers age 3 to 15. Once here they’ll find everything from pools to a massive lake packed with inflatables and activities, zip lines, sports, cooking, arts and crafts and more.
Ramapo Country Day (Airmont, NY)
Also located in New York, Ramapo a popular camp amount the Northern New Jersey set. With a focus on powering the whole child, kids get a major say in how they spend their days—and the options are endless. Here, kids will find Red Cross swimming and water activities, sports, arts, ceramics, science and action adventure designed to inspire them and push them to do even more in a safe, supported environment.
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