District News

Virtual Summer Camps

Jul 1, 2020
two kids laying on the pavement with chalk drawings around them

Last week the City approved the use of park space for day camps this summer, which is great news for camps that rely on parks to operate. But even if you don’t feel completely comfortable sending your kids to camps this July and August, there are still a number of alternative virtual options around the neighborhood to keep your kids active and creative from the safety of your home.

Kaufman Music Center

Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School is offering new online summer classes specifically designed for remote learning. Whether your child is studying a musical instrument for the first time or looking to learn a new dance style, Kaufman offers a number of classes to help lay a solid and engaging foundation for music, theater, and dance skills. Choose to enroll in private lessons or group lessons, organized by age group. There are choices for toddlers, young children, and teens. Click here to browse! There are a number of classes available for July and August. Contact Kaufman Music Center for specific details.

Museum of Arts & Design

MAD Museum is offering Summer Camp and Teen Workshops online on a weekly basis throughout the summer for kids age 8-18. virtual immersions in art and design for young curious creatives who want to expand their skill sets, meet new friends, and discover new creative outlets. MAD’s experienced artist-educators will lead hands-on making activities and each week, an artist-in-residence from the Museum’s Artist Studios program will welcome participants for a virtual studio visit and lively talk about life as a working artist. Each session concludes with a virtual group art show and celebration with family and friends. There is also the option to create private sessions with multiple families. Click here to browse class options and learn more.


The YMCA, a great partner to the BID with the West Side Y on West 63rd Street, is offering Virtual Camps online to create virtual adventures that will make your kids laugh, learn, and cheer. The Y is offering camp opportunities for early learners, elementary school aged kids, and young teens and tweens. Camp choices include Fine Arts Camp, Lego Super Hero Challenge Camp, Science Camp, and more! These virtual camp opportunities will provide structure, fun, and silliness to your child’s day while staying safe at home. Click here to browse camp options. Click here for Camp FAQs.

Additionally, there’s kids programming happening online throughout the summer, including #concertsforkids through Lincoln Center at Home, AFAM from Home Activities and Archive, and more, some of which you can find through our Events Calendar. We hope you and your families have a fun and safe summer.

Photo credit: YMCA