For eight weeks from mid-June through early August, the Summerside camp program gives children an opportunity for uninterrupted, purposeful play supplemented by classes with our arts team and sports specialist. Campers are divided into two sections: Mini-camp for children ages 2.6 – 3.5 and Extended or Full Day for children 3.6 – 5 years old. The 8th floor playground is our home base for the summer with sprinklers, water tables and extensive big block building. Teacher directed classes in art, music, general sports and yoga, for example, also meet on the roof so that children can seamlessly transition between activities without getting out of their bathing suits. The festive atmosphere extends into lunch as Chef Christina presents thematic menus for special days like barbecue and apple pie on Baseball Day and pancakes with turkey bacon on Pajama Day.
Full Day campers go on one field trip each session to locations such as Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale and the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Both Mini and Full day campers visit Riverside and Sakura Park regularly.
Summerside runs Monday through Friday and includes a morning snack and family style lunch. Mini-campers dismiss at 12:30. After lunch, Extended and Full Day campers have a rest period followed by Science, Arts & Crafts and other small group activities supervised by the regular teachers. Older campers have the option to dismiss at 12:30 and add field trips as desired for an additional fee.
Summerside welcomes children who are not enrolled in the Weekday School during the regular school year.