“Mom, I’m bored!” How often do parents hear that refrain from their kids during the summer? Fortunately, children of all ages can enjoy a wide variety of programs and activities in the area. These camps, representing just a sample of what’s available, feature a diverse selection of hands-on interactive activities, outdoor exploration, games, nature discovery, educational programs, crafts, sports, and more.
1 Museum Dr., Greenwich
The Bruce Museum is a regionally-based institution highlighting art, science and natural history in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. It offers various programs throughout the summer; the sessions are inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. No advanced registration required.
Science Sunday: A drop-in program for ages 4 and up and their families. Participants will explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Art Adventures: A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. Participants will craft fun and creative works of art. Program is free with general admission. Bruce Beginnings Jr.: The program provides a welcoming, engaging museum experience for toddlers, ages 10-24 months, and their caregivers through hands-on play and exploration. Program is free with admission. Bruce Beginnings: Children, ages 2 1/2 – 5 and their caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum’s collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. Topics will rotate between art and science. Program is free with general admission. Family Gallery Tours: Designed for children aged 6-10 and their families, these tours will provide an interactive, discussion-based tour of the museum’s current exhibitions led by a museum educator. This program is free with general admission.
Westport’s Academy of Dance
345 Post Road West, Westport
Westport’s Academy of Dance offers summer camps for various ages and levels. Programs will be offered in creative movement, ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and choreography. Some camps will culminate in an end-of-session performance, complete with choreography from the dancers themselves. It promises to be a fun, energetic and upbeat way to spend summer days.
Woodcock Nature Center (WNC)
56 Deer Run Rd., Wilton
Woodcock Nature Center, a private, non-profit source of nature and environmental education in Southwestern Connecticut since 1972, offers a state-licensed summer camp program for ages 3 years through 8th grade. Children explore the beautiful 149-acre preserve through hands-on activities that bring them closer to local wildlife. Camp runs June 19th – August 18th (closed week of July 3rd). Depending on age/grade, the camp’s activities may include live animals, nature walks/hikes, crafts, games, wilderness skills, campfire cooking, canoeing, wildlife tracking, Friday night camp outs, and a special weekly visitor throughout the season to teach an enrichment program.
20 Mopus Bridge Rd., Ridgefield
Horse enthusiasts will enjoy learning about the world of horses and more in the summer Horsemanship Program at Starbuck Equestrian, a beautiful country equine estate nestled between rolling, grassy hills in historic Ridgefield. Featuring four individual Olympic riding arenas, the facility offers summer camp for kids age 6-14. Daily activities include formal horseback riding lessons, ground instruction in the riding ring, stable management, grooming, horse anatomy, tack care, and arts & crafts. Professional trainers give every student the attention they need to grow from a beginner rider to a successful national and international rider. At the conclusion of the two weeks camp, there will be a show for the parents.
Darien Summer School
80 High School Lane, Darien
Darien Summer School offers fun and enriching programs for both Darien residents and non-residents, ages 3-18. Courses will run from June 26 to July 28. To provide flexibility for families, options include one, two, and five week sessions available in the morning, afternoon, and early evening. Over 100 different classes and camps are offered and range from academic (reading, writing, math, science, languages) to enrichment (technology, art, music, cooking, film, sports, theater, etc.) to transition programs (intro to kindergarten, elementary to middle school/middle to high school transition, and college application/essay/test prep). Classes are taught by certified teachers and coaches and provide an exciting way for children to learn and grow over the summer. Programs are held at Darien public schools.
4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport
Summer Camp Program for kids, 5-13 (kids entering kindergarten through Grade 9). 38 programs offered based on age groups and interests. Camp will run weekly, June 19-August 11. Register ASAP. Activities include hands-on, interactive STEM learning adventures that explore a wide array of topics, such as Super Hero Science, Wild World, Flight School, Just Like Magic, Spy Lab, and Robotics 101. Summer programs at the Discovery Museum will fuel your child’s curiosity and innate creativity.
Ridgefield Golf Course Jr. Golf Camp
545 Ridgebury Rd., Ridgefield
Fore! Ridgefield Golf Course is an 18-hole facility featuring a driving range, short game area, and restaurant. It offers a weekly Junior Golf Camp for ages 8-14. Camp runs Monday through Thursday, beginning June 19. Children at all skill levels are welcome. Open to residents and non-residents. Activities include full swing video analysis, putting, chipping, sand play, and on-course instruction, as well as games, contests, and prizes.
Sailaway Sailing School
#1 Bostwick Avenue, Bridgeport
Kids, ages 9-15, will have fun, make friends, and learn to sail at their own pace in a safe environment. Four 2-week sessions run, rain or shine, June 19 through August 11, Monday-Friday (am and pm classes). Sailaway combines hands-on instruction with fun activities to build confidence and encourage teamwork. Kids share the helm as they sail from Black Rock Harbor to Penfield Lighthouse or race their friends along St. Mary’s By The Sea.
American Wanderer Summer Camp
3 Broad St., Weston
This co-ed summer camp offers campers a new adventure every day, with four camp sessions in the following locations: Colorado Springs, CO; Grand Junction, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; and Billings, MT. Camp explores eight parks and their surrounding area for every 2 week session. If you’re between ages 11 and 17, you can visit America’s National Parks and explore some cool places aboard a Rolling Cabin. Camp runs June 27 – August 21. Some of the activities include climbing to alpine lakes in the Grand Tetons, rafting the wild Arkansas River, hiking down into the Grand Canyon or the Virgin River in Zion, exploring ghost towns and ancient ruins, panning for gold in the Black Hills, hunting for fossils in Wyoming, exploring caves by candlelight, sledding down sand dunes and summer snow, and much more.
Winchester Center, CT (Litchfield County)
Celebrating 62 years, Camp Berger is a traditional coed overnight summer camp located on scenic Park Pond in Litchfield County, CT. The camp is large enough to ensure a fun-filled summer, yet it’s small enough (120 campers per session), to give individual attention. Some of the wide variety of activities include swimming, archery, arts & crafts, sailing, fishing, canoeing, forest golf, rocketry, sports, and more. 7 Camp Sessions: June 25 – August 12.
The Maritime Aquarium
10 N. Water Street, Norwalk
A not-for-profit organization, The Maritime Aquarium’s mission is to educate visitors about, and to create stewards for, Long Island Sound. It accomplishes this by allowing visitors to get close to more than 250 species native to the Sound and its watershed, including sharks, seals, sea turtles, river otters, jellyfish and other animals. The Maritime Aquarium Summer Camp for ages 5-7, 6-8, 9-12, and 13-15 runs weekly from June 19-23 to Aug. 21-25. Each weekly session is different and filled with fun activities. Themes include Sound Art and Ocean Mammals for ages 5-7, Junior Aquarist and Shark Safari for ages 6-8, and Junior Marine Biologist and R/V Oceanography for ages 9-12. For ages 13-15 there’s a 3-week Teen Apprentice session available. Most sessions meet 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-and extended-care is available.
Greens Farms Academy
35 Beachside Avenue, Westport
Founded in 1925, Greens Farms Academy (GFA) is located on a former Vanderbilt estate in the Greens Farms section of Westport. The 42-acre campus borders three ecosystems: a salt marsh, Audubon woodland, and the Long Island Sound. Every summer GFA offers a traditional summer camp where children can explore their potential; a variety of sports camps where athletes build skills and friendships; and a summer academy where students can focus on one course at a time in a motivating and stress-free environment. Open to kids entering K-12, Summer on the Sound at GFA runs June 12-August 4. Camp GFA for grades K-4 offers weekly sessions (available for full day and mornings only) featuring arts & crafts, nature exploration, games, sports, swimming, and more; sports camps (lacrosse, basketball, field hockey, tennis, surf fishing, squash); and summer academy (two-, three-, four- or five-week classes to get ahead or strengthen their skills).
Webb Mountain Discovery Zone
71 Webb Circle, Monroe
The Discovery Zone is a nonprofit nature center located on 171 acres, providing enrichment opportunities and links to school curricula in the areas of nature, science, and history. The center offers a variety of educational programs for children and their caregivers, including classes, scout programs, and summer camp. Children will explore Webb Mountain Discovery Zone’s diverse ecosystem with digital cameras and binoculars, find frogs and salamanders, use dip nets in vernal pools, and more! Each week includes games, stories, and crafts, and features a theme day.
Chelsea Piers Summer Sports Camp
1 Blachley Road, Stamford
Chelsea Piers Summer Sports Camps, for kids ages 3 to 18, runs June 19 – September 1. Camps focus on an active curriculum run by expert instructors, including NCAA All-Americans, professional athletes and decorated coaches. The state-of-the-art, air-conditioned facilities span 465,000+ square feet, providing a place for campers of all skill levels to learn, or excel at, a sport. Programs are offered for preschoolers and beginner athletes, sport-specific developmental camps for elementary/middle school athletes, and elite sport-specific training for high school athletes. Camps are available for basketball, gymnastics, baseball, ice hockey, ice skating, lacrosse, soccer, Sports Academy (multi-sport), squash, swimming, dance, football, tennis and volleyball. Campers also enjoy a daily recreational period that includes swimming and water park play, rock climbing, trampoline games, ice skating, batting cages and more. New this summer is a CIT 4-week program for 14- and 15-year-olds in July and August. Receive an Early Bird Discount on enrollment fees if enrolled by April 28.