Looking for places to send the little ones this summer? Here are some quality summer programs near Carroll Gardens.
Cobble Hill Ballet Workshop Camp
Calling all ballerinas! Cobble Hill Ballet again hosts its extremely popular ballet camp. If your child loves dancing or wants to learn, this is a great camp for them. Classes are divided into two age appropriate groups. The week culminates with a Friday performance. The day is structured around ballet, creative modern and a craft project. Campers will make props/costumes to use in the performance at the end of each week. There is also a 4-day camp for tots. The tot camp focuses on ballet, creative modern, craft project and snack time. Parents and caregivers are invited Fridays for a “ballerina tea party."
Dance and Music at The Brooklyn Music School
The Brooklyn Music School wants to help your kid find his inner Baryshnikov. This summer, the 99-year-old institution on Hanson Place will offer a “Dance and Music Institute Program” from July 5 through August 12. The camp, for 5- to 13-year-olds, runs all day, and involves classes in the morning and afternoon excursions to various cultural institutions around the city. Lessons will be offered in dances like salsa, tap, and jazz, and students will also have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with various musical instruments.
The Prospect Park Zoo Summer Camp
For your little animal lover, the Prospect Park Zoo offers 4- and 5-day camps for kids aged 4 to 9. Activities vary by age, but all of the programs include the chance to visit the animals, arts and crafts and games. Older kids learn about such topics as composting, animal behavior and conserving rainforests and wetlands. The 8- and 9 year old groups even gets to make an enrichment project for the zoo’s baboon babies Jabari and Azizi.
Young Players Theatre Summer Camps
The Young Players Theatre offers a host of fun summer camps for creative kids at The Church of Gethsemane on Eighth Avenue and 10th street. In the Creative Arts Program, kids explore everything from traditional art mediums such as theater, dance and music to less traditional forms of creative expression, like gardening and cooking. For kids that are more focused in their creative endeavors, there’s also a Musical Theater Lab and a Film-Making Lab.
Summer at the Bed-Stuy YMCA
The Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA, located at Bedford Avenue and Monroe Street, integrates recreational activities, sports, field trips, arts, leadership development and literacy initiatives in its summer camp programs. Camps available include a Pee Wee Camp for ages starting at 6-years-old, an Adventure Camp for ages 7 to 12 years old and a Teen Discover Camp for ages 13 to 15 years old. Possible field trips include tours of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Financial assistance is also available. For more information, call 718-789-1497. —C. Zawadi Morris, Bed-Stuy Patch