We’re finally starting to feel what’s it’s like to be in NYC in the summer. It is so hot outside that my kids complain about being in the playground after about 30 minutes, which is very unlike them. For those who live in Manhattan, or close enough, Citibabes at Soho has a wonderful summer camp for young kids that can keep the tots entertained while giving you a well-deserved break.
Located in the heart of Soho, Citibabes is a club for families that offers a chock full of amenities, such as an indoor playspace for kids and a gym for parents, just to name a few. Another amenity that’s offered is CitiCamp – a camp for kids ages 17 months to 7 years. Each week the camp offers a brand-new theme (more on that later) and is based on a two-week increment, so you don’t have to commit for the entire summer if you plan on going away. There are three types of camps:
CitiCamp Jr. (17-27 months)
This program provides art and sensory activities, free play, music and movement and snacks, with the CitiCamp themes as part of the activities. Adults are required to attend the camp with the child. It’s a great introduction to a school setting and the perfect way to get your toddler ready for a more formal school program in the fall.
CitiCamp (28 months – 4 years) (Must be fully separated)
This camp also provides music and movement and free play, but also art projects and dress up. And the various weekly themes are interwoven into all of the fun activities. There is also an opportunity to have lunch from 11:30-12:30.
CitiCamp Sr. (4-7 years)
This program offers both on and off-site activities. Off-sit activities include soccer, tennis and swimming. On-site activities include theme-specific art projects, free play and more, including visits from music, science, physical arts and cooking specialists. There are also visits to local museums and neighborhood destinations.
As I mentioned before, every week the theme changes so you can pick and choose the themes that will fit your child best and enroll her for that week, or sign up for the entire camp and let your child experience a broad range of themes for a “little bit of everything” feel which helps create a well-rounded balance. Here are the upcoming themes:
Week of July 8: Medieval Times
Knights, dragons, princesses, sorcerers and castles! Campers will take a journey back to the Middle Ages and combine history with fantasy as we explore the lore of this time.
Week of July 15: The People in Our Neighborhood
NYC is filled with people who affect and protect our world every day: Policemen, firemen, EMTs, the guy at the pizza shop, and even our doormen. This week campers will focus on our community helpers and even make some very personal thank you gifts for these neighborhood heroes!
Week of July 22: Weird Science
There’s chemistry in the kitchen and physics in the sand table. Campers will spend the week using the Scientific Method to answer questions and create a lot of wacky, wild and weird experiments.
Week of July 29: Monster’s Ball
Monsters, myths and legends, OH MY! This week we will explore the wild and wonderful world of make-believe as we read about those loveable creatures that exist only in our imaginations. Campers will work on creating their very own monster puppet!
Week of August 5: Farm to Table
From Old MacDonald’s animals to growing and preparing food, campers will spend the week exploring all aspects of farm life and how it relates to our lives.
Week of August 12: Big Buildings, Big World
Children love to build and this week we will take a journey around the world to study some iconic buildings. Students will create individual structures, group murals and representations of some of the world’s most famous architectural feats.
Week of August 19: I Am A Superhero
Move over Batman, the real superheroes have arrived! Campers will spend the week creating their very own superhero persona complete with cape, mask and all the other accessories needed to save the world!
In my next post I will discuss Citibabes itself and provide an in-depth look at all of its amenities. Some of what you’ll read about will be whether an indoor playspace is great for infants (I have a 9-month-old), what the gym is like (and just what exactly is a Bari workout) and whether my picky son will enjoy the farm-fresh food offered at the cafe.
Photos courtesy of Citibabes.
I was not compensated for this post. I received a complimentary membership to CitiBabes.