The summer is long anticipated in the Five Harbors because of the incredible amount of activities that can be done outdoors and the beautiful beaches to relax on. Of course all the children in the area are super excited for some time off but time off quickly turns into boredom. The Huntington/Five Harbors area has some great camp programs which appeal to just about every interest. When you are planning for this Summer, keep these places in mind.
Photo & Cover Photo courtesy of Camp Alvernia
Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium- Each July & August, the Vanderbilt Museum offers creative workshops for pre-school children and grades K-3. Programs for both grade levels involve visits with museum educators to the various collections galleries and doing creative projects.
Camp Alvernia- is a summer day camp for boys and girls set on 15 beautiful wooded acres on Centerport Harbor. There are a wide range of activities which include major sports, swimming and sailing. This camp has a sleep-away feel but is only minutes away from home.
Cold Spring Harbor
photo courtesy of Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum- Every year the museum hosts a variety of camps with different activities all of which explore the ocean in fun ways. Camp starts off with open free-time in the workshop room, followed by the days set activities which can include hands-on time with collections, playing games, and creative art-making. There is snack time as well as lunch break time. There are sometimes even live animal visits and trips to the beach!
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery- Each Summer, the Fish Hatchery runs a variety of camps specifically centered on different age groups. Young explorers are surrounded by nature. They are given hands-on adventures, opportunities to create nature crafts, interact with live animals and more!
Cold Spring Harbor DNA Lab- The renowned Cold Spring Harbor Lab holds fun and challenging camps for science enthusiasts for students entering 6th-12th grade. Guided by experienced instructors, students use sophisticated laboratory and computer equipment to perform experiments several grade levels ahead of their peers.
Seahawk Sports Camp @ Cold Spring Harbor High School- unique day camp run with the cooperation of the Cold Spring Harbor School District that includes arts & crafts, sports, special events, games, dance and computers.
Photo courtesy of Town of Huntington
Heckscher Museum of Art- The museum educators run two different programs ArtSense for ages 7-12 and SummerArts for ages 12-15. ArtSense workshops are inspired by the exhibition on view in the Museum. Children learn art history as they explore works of art in the galleries and also learn art-making skills as they create their won artwork. The SummerArts program incorporates a variety of learning experiences designed for young adults interested in visual arts. They create artwork as well as go behind the scenes during installations and meet and work with exhibiting contemporary artists. Students in both programs are invited to display a work of art in the annual Heckscher Museum Student Exhibition in the fall.
Huntington Historical Society- the Passport to the Past program takes campers back in time to discover the crafts, culture and activities children participated in during Colonial times. It is a fun opportunity to learn through hands-on experiences which can include butter churning and weaving on looms.
YMCA Huntington- this main stay in Huntington offers day programs for all ages and interests. They offer half, regular, and extended hours for kiddie camp. Specialty camps include performing arts camp and sports camp.
Town of Huntington Summer Camps- the Town of Huntington runs eight different summer full day camps and eight half day programs. The programs run in different settings and offer a variety of different types of camps including skateboarding, legos, science and sports.
Lloyd Harbor Village Park Camp - This camp for children entering 1st through 5th grade is exclusively for Lloyd Harbor Village residents. The camp runs from late June to late August and includes swimming, arts & crafts, storytelling, tennis instruction and special events.
Photo courtesy of Northsport
Northsport Athletic Facility- Located on 25A in Northport, this facility offers basketball camps for boys and girls of varying ages in July and August.
Northport Historical Society- take a break with history during August at the Northport Historical Society. The program takes place from 9:30-12 for children in grades 2-6. Space is limited for the three day program.