Ridgewood Day Camps

Kids outsideSummer Adventure 2016  • June 27-August 5, 2016
This is one of our favorites! Pre K- 5th grade. Every summer, Ridgewood holds Summer Adventure Camp at one of the elementary schools. If you feel like your child needs to polish up his writing schools or can use a little extra math help to prepare for the upcoming school year, this IS the place.
Ridgewood teachers and staff teach reading, math, and writing in fun ways with small, intimate groups. Summer Adventure also offers everything from Comic Book Creation, Edible Art, Best Ball Games to Muggles at Hogwarts (a Harry Potter inspired class). Have a child that isn’t quite read for Kindergarte, sign them up for “Cruise into Kindergarten” where they can work on all the skills that they need to feel confident and comfortable in the fall.
Children can sign up for one a 3 two-week sessions. The schedules are very flexible. You can choose a half or full day and include before and after care. Start the day with something more academic and then let off some energy doing something fun like dancing, outdoor games or gymnastics. For more information, call the RCS office with any questions at (201) 670-2777. ridgewood.rcs.schoolfusion.us
Ridgewood Summer Day Camp  •  June 28 through August 5
(For grades 1 through 6. The town of Ridgewood’s day camp is definitely a favorite for kids. They spend the day between The Stable Veteran’s Field, Graydon Pool and Leuning Park and enjoy good old-fashioned activities like swimming, arts and crafts, games, outdoor sports, special events, and trips. Camp days go from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Activities will be held on the grounds of the Stable, The Community Center, Maple Park, Veteran’s Field, Graydon Pool and Leuning Park.  And you can’t beat the price. The cost per child is only $525 which includes optional transportation. www.ridgewoodnj.net
West Side Nursery School  • June 11 – July 31
For ages 2.5-6. Another Tips’ favorite is West Side Nursery School which offers several different camp options.  In “Explore the Arts,” children combine art, drama, music, movement and role play. Children invite parents to a lovely art exhibit and performance at the end of each week. This camp is open to students ages 3-6. Summer Fun camp, for ages 2.5-5, has a different theme each week like “The Rain Forest,” “Junior Architects” or  “The Incredible Edible Cooking School.” Fo 4-5 year olds (Pre-K), there’s Summer Skool,” an active camp program with lots of outdoor activities and play. West Side has a library, a gym, and a shaded, outdoor playground on a half-acre of landscaped, fenced-in grounds.

Stage Right Drama Camp • June 27-July 1 and August 22-26
Ages 5 and up. Stage Right offers week-long workshops where students can attend classes in drama, dance, voice and prep (a behind the scenes class).  Each day focuses on a different Broadway show.  Then, in each class students participate in each class doing related activities. This is a fun, stress-free experience for children who love performing or want to find out if they do! www.stage-right.net

Backyard Players  •  July 18 – 22
Backyard Players is putting on a show! From start to finish, your child will be involved in every aspect of the production. This child-driven production will open the door for each camper to experience the creative process while working together in an ensemble. Whether your child loves being on the stage or working behind the scenes, this program provides a positive atmosphere for children at all levels to express themselves. www.backyardplayers.net/

Green Twig Summer Camp (Ages 2 1/2 and up) This spot is perfect for those looking for a smaller, neighborhood-feel camp. Both of my kids went here and loved it. Campers do a bunch of messy crafts and enjoy lots of outside time on the playground. Please note that young campers under 2 years 6 months must be toilet-trained to attend the camp and be attending Green Twig School in the fall. greentwigschool.com

Ridgewood YMCA (Ages 3 to 15) Specially-designed for the youngest campers in mind, the Ridgewood Y’s Kidz program fills its days with fun and stimulating activities. Those include swim lessons, sports, games, arts & crafts and more. Older kids can choose from specialty camps of the popular Teen Trip Camp.

Summer Music Academy Monday, June 27-Friday, July 29, 2016
(Grades 4-12) Does your child have a passion for music? The Summer Music Academy provides exciting performing opportunities and lesson groups for young musicians in grades 4-12! The program offers string orchestras, jazz bands, woodwind ensembles, brass & percussion ensembles and now guitar instruction as well.
 For program information, please contact Program Director, Carol Sharar, at (201) 670-2700 x30642 or csharar@ridgewood.k12.nj.us or the RCS office at (201) 670-2777.
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Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."