Summer is finally here! After a long, hard school year, your kids deserve some well-earned time off. But just because they’re no longer spending their days in the classroom doesn’t mean they shouldn’t continue to learn throughout the summer. There are plenty of fun, educational activities for kids in Tarrytown and the surrounding area that will keep your kiddos busy, entertained and educated all summer long.
At 914 Smiles, we care about your kids’ health and well being — and that includes their lives outside of our orthodontic and pediatric dental office in Tarrytown. Why not use this summer to jumpstart your kids’ education so they can return to school in the fall ahead of the curve? Read on for our list of the best educational summer activities in town.
1. Learn and Play at the Westchester Children’s Museum
It doesn’t matter if your kids are still in preschool or are finishing middle school — the Westchester Children’s Museum has educational opportunities for kids of all ages. With hands-on, interactive exhibits, and bright places to build and play, we’re sure your kids will have so much fun they won’t even realize they’re learning! Admission is only $7.50 per person, and all children must be accompanied by an adult (and vice versa).
2. Get Curious at a Curious-on-Hudson Summer Camp
Have your kids ever been curious to learn more about the growing field of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math)? Curious-on-Hudson is the best place for kids to explore their curiosity by asking questions and getting hands-on opportunities to develop their skills. The center offers year-round classes and integrated summer camps for all ages. At Curious-on-Hudson, your kids will be little scientists (or engineers or mathematicians and more!) in the making.
3. Explore the Outdoors at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
Let’s be honest: it’s summer and after being cooped up in school all year, your kids probably want to spend as much time outside as they can. At the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, your kids can get a valuable education while enjoying their summer days in the great outdoors. There are science and nature camps for kids as young as 4 years old and as old as 16. They’ll get to explore nature with outdoor trekking and wildlife classes lead by experienced counselors. This is one educational activity for kids they won’t soon forget.
4. Let Little Ones Learn at the Tarrytown Children’s Center
For an educational activity for kids from infancy through to age 6, head to the Tarrytown Children’s Center. The center is open all year round and offers daily programs for little ones, including opportunities to learn and grow in a safe environment. There are arts and science sessions, cooking classes, music and story time, language lessons and more. There’s no better place to give your kids an educational summer than at the Tarrytown Children’s Center.
5. Get Six Weeks of Fun with the Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow
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When your kids get out of school for the summer, it can be tough for parents to organize child care and make sure their kids are staying active, both mentally and physically. That’s what makes the programs at the Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow so great: they’re six weeks long and offer all kinds of educational, recreational, athletic and creative outlets for kids of all ages. If you’re a parent with a full-time job, signing your children up for a Kids’ Club camp will give you peace of mind knowing they’re taken care of (and having fun) all throughout the summer.
6. Try Something New with a YMCA Tarrytown Summer Camp
For one of the best educational activities for kids, all you need to do is sign up for a summer camp at the YMCA Tarrytown. With programs varying from dance and theater to swim and nature, Y Summer Camps give your kiddos the chance to try something new and maybe even discover a hidden talent. There are camps for kids from ages 5 to 18 and registration is still open! Visit the website above to get your kids on the list.
7. Discover Your Inner Architect at Play-Well TEKnologies
We’re willing to bet if you have kids, you likely have a whole lot of LEGO in your home. So what better way to give your kids a summer of learning than by sending them to a LEGO-inspired summer camp? With their LEGO-themed engineering camps, Play-Well TEKnologies is discovered an interactive (and super fun) way to teach kids how to build and create. Your kiddos will have access to over 100,000 pieces and will typically work on two projects a day. Who knows, maybe they’ll even become an engineer or architect one day!
8. Jumpstart Their STEAM Career at the Rye Arts Center
To develop your kids arts and science skills from an early age, we invite you to explore the programs at the Rye Arts Center. Little performers and scientists-to-be alike will love the classes on offer throughout the summer. The center holds visual arts programs, musical programs and STEAM programs for kids as young as 4! Talk about getting an early start on their future careers.
9. Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center
What do you do when you need child care for the summer but you also want to ensure your kids’ education doesn’t go out the window? You sign them up for a summer camp at the Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center, of course! The summer program runs for eight weeks, beginning on Monday, July 1st and ending on Friday, August 23rd, and will include lots of fun, educational activities and exciting trips. There’s no need to sign up for the entire program; you can pick and choose the weeks you want your kids to participate. The summer camps at Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center are an educational way to keep your kids busy until the school year starts up again in September.
10. Challenge Their Learning with Challenge Camps
Give your kids the summer of a lifetime by signing them up for one of Challenge Camps interactive, educational summer programs. What will they learn with Challenge Camp? Literally everything: math and science, arts and crafts, history, architecture, computers, cooking and the list goes on! Challenge Camps has been furthering kids’ education for 35 years. They’ll help your kids discover and realize their own potential through interactive programs that challenge what they thought was possible.