If you have kids, you know how difficult it can be to get them to be active once summer rolls around. Luckily, Central New Jersey is loaded with fun and unique summer camps that will get them off the couch and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Check out our list of 25 amazing summer camps to send your kids this year in central New Jersey, organized by town! 


The Albrook School Summer Camp

  • 361 Somerville Rd. Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
  • Dates: June 19-30 (Session 1); July 5-14 (Session 2); July 17-28 (Session 3); July 31-August 11 (Session 4)

If you want to open your children’s eyes to the world around them, consider signing them up for a session at the Albrook School Summer Camp. Each day at the camp includes free swim lessons, cooking, sewing, crafts, board games, and much more. Children must be at least 4 years old to attend this camp, so if you have a little explorer or artist on your hands, let their imaginations run wild at the Albrook School Summer Camp.

(Cover photo courtesy of the Day Camp Sunshine Facebook page)

Day Camp Sunshine

  • 3575 Valley Rd. Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
  • Dates: June 26-August 25 (9-week program)

For a summer camp that is truly run the way it should be, register your child for a program at Day Camp Sunshine. With a staff dedicated to fostering relationships and an environment in which children of all ages can flourish, this camp is the perfect place for children to gain new friends and experience spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth. There are programs for kids ages 2 ½ through 15, so sign up today and make your child’s summer transformative. 

Pingry Big Blue Summer Camp & Summer Programs

  • 131 Martinsville Rd. Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
  • Dates: Vary by Camp

With a mission to foster a lifelong commitment to intellectual exploration, individual growth, and social responsibility, the Pingry School and summer camps follow a four-step honor C.O.D.E.: Curious. Open. Dedicated. Enthusiastic. Each of the camps encourage kids to develop self-confidence, individuality, and respect through special events, art, sports, outdoor education, and more. Ages vary from K-12 (based on the camp program), so be sure to visit the website to learn more and sign your kid up for a camp today.


Photo courtesy of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Facebook page

Music Explorers Camp at the Wharton Music Center

  • 60 Locust Ave. Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
  • Dates: June 26-August 25

For all budding little maestros out there, the Music Explorers Camp at the Wharton Music Center is the perfect fit. Through this program, kids entering Pre-K to 2nd grade can immerse themselves in musical games, crafts, and role-playing, try their hands at a variety of instruments, receive piano instruction, and showcase what they’ve learned for family and friends every week. With morning-only or all-day options, there is something for every music fan at this fun camp.


Campus Kids

  • 2 Park St. Blairstown, NJ 07825
  • Dates: June 26-August 11 (Exact dates vary by camp length chosen)

If your child is looking to transition to a full sleepaway camp experience, Campus Kids is the ideal place to begin. At Campus Kids, children ages 7-15 are picked up from area meeting points on Monday, spend a week interacting and immersing themselves in the full camp lifestyle, and are back home with their families by dinner time on Friday. With opportunities to have the best of both worlds, Campus Kids is the best option for preparing your child for independent living while keeping them close to home. 


Photo courtesy of the Goddard School's Facebook page

Summer Camps at the Goddard School

  • 3322 US Route 22 W. Branchburg, NJ 08876
  • Dates: June 26-30 (Epic Explorers); July 5-7 (The Great Outdoors)

With a unique approach to learning, the summer camps at the Goddard School promise that your children will gain useful knowledge about the world around them all while having fun. The Epic Explorers camp features everything messy, from science experiments to crazy concoctions, and the Great Outdoors camp focuses on an exploration of animals, plants, and outer space. Both of these camps are open to children ages 4-9, so register today and let your little one have a truly exciting summer at the Goddard School. 


Hi Hills Day Camp 

  • 25 St Bernards Rd. Gladstone, NJ 07934
  • Dates: June 26-August 18 (8-week program)

With flexible programs to fit every child, Hi Hills Day Camp is a fully enriching experience. Children ages 3-16 can take part in academic camps, travel camps, sports camps, and much more, with options to combine camps in a Hi Hills half-day program. Customizable schedules ensure that your children, no matter what their interests may be, will have the time of their lives at Hi Hills Day Camp.


Photo courtesy of the Green Brook Education & Athletic Foundation Facebook page

2017 Green Brook Day Camp

  • 132 Jefferson Ave. Green Brook, NJ 08812
  • Dates: June 26-September 1

The Green Brook Day Camp (hosted by the Green Brook Education & Athletic Foundation) is the best-kept secret of central New Jersey. This ten-week program features trips to various locations across New Jersey, arts and crafts, outdoor water games, and more. With phenomenal teachers working along with the staff, this camp is a fantastic opportunity for kids ages 5-14 to get out of the house, learn responsibility and leadership, and have fun.


Photo courtesy of the Girl Scouts website 

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey at Camp DeWitt

  • 605 Montgomery Rd. Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844
  • Dates: July 9-August 19

Whether your child is Girl Scout or just wants to experience the great outdoors, you will want to check out the camp options available from the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey. These camps feature everything from hikes and swimming to canoeing and sing-alongs. With a brand new activities building at Camp Dewitt, week-long sessions for the older girls, and half-week sessions for the little ones, your daughter will have a summer to remember, thanks to the Girl Scouts. 


Photo courtesy of the Newark Academy Facebook page

Newark Academy Sports Camps

  • 91 S Orange Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039
  • Dates: Vary by Camp

Summer is the perfect time for your little athlete to sharpen his or her skills, gain new skills, and stay in shape for the upcoming school year. Luckily, Newark Academy offers a wide selection of sports camps for kids ages 5-17. Swimming, volleyball, fencing, and baseball are just some of the camps available, and experienced, dedicated coaches ensure that your child will head into the new season strong and ready to go.


Photo courtesy of the iD Tech Camp Facebook page

iD Tech Camp at Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham

  • 285 Madison Ave. Madison, NJ 07940
  • Dates: June 26-August 4

Prep your kid for college and give them the competitive edge they need by enrolling them in the iD Tech Camp at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Rated #1 in summer tech education, iD Tech camps offer students ages 6-18 courses in coding, game design, app development, web design, and much, much more, all with the chance to gain valuable STEM skills in a collegiate setting. If your child is interested in the tech world, iD Tech Camps are definitely the way to go this summer. 


Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Youth Symphony website

New Jersey Youth Symphony Summer Programs

  • 570 Central Ave. New Providence, NJ 07974
  • Dates: June 25-July 8 (Orchestral camp); July 24-28 (Winds camp); August 21-25 (Flute camp)

Offering numerous opportunities for growth and skill sharpening, the New Jersey Youth Symphony Summer Programs are perfect for both budding and advanced musicians. The Orchestral camp gives kids in grades 4-8 the chance to hone their orchestral playing skills through ensembles, the Winds camp allows 4th-7th graders to strengthen fundamentals through the use of a primary and secondary instrument, and the Flute camp gives 8th-12th graders the ability to grow technically in a nurturing environment. If you have a child with a passion for music, sign him or her up now for a camp from the New Jersey Youth Symphony.


Camp Yachad

  • 1391 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
  • Dates: June 26-August 18

“Yachad” means “together” in Hebrew and Camp Yachad in Scotch Plains certainly lives up to its name. Bringing together children ages 18 months to 14 years, this camp features a wide variety of activities, from sports opportunities to performing arts and travel. Give your child a summer to remember by enrolling him or her at Camp Yachad.


Oak Crest Day Camp

  • 92 Cortelyous Ln. Somerset, NJ 08873
  • Dates: June 26-August 18 (8-week program)

Every parent wants his or her child to experience the joys of success and at Oak Crest Day Camp, your child can do just that. From the soccer field to the stage, each activity at Oak Crest is intentionally designed to ensure that kids grades Pre-K to 4 feel accomplished in everything they do. If you want your child to develop the confidence and independence necessary for a successful life, then sign him or her up for a program at Oak Crest Day Camp this summer.


WHRHS Sending District Summer Band Camp at Long Hill’s Central Middle School

  • 90 Central Ave. Stirling, NJ 07980
  • Dates: June 26-July 20

Proudly sponsored by the Long Township PTO, the WHRHS Sending District Summer Band Camp is a wonderful opportunity for local musicians in grades 4-12 to have fun and develop their skills. Whether they are beginners or advanced, students of all experience levels are welcome to take part in this laid-back alternative to traditional school music lessons. If your child wants to learn a new instrument or hone what already exists, consider registering him or her for the WHRHS Sending District Summer Band Camp this year. 


Robot Revolution

  • 34 Maple St. Summit, NJ 07901
  • Dates: July 3-28

Bringing the values of STEM to life through robotics, Robot Revolution is a truly unique summer camp. Innovative classes gives kids in grades 4-12 real hands-on experience through a philosophy of 1 Student/1 Robot/1 Computer. If your child is a total techie with a love for all things robotic, he or she will definitely appreciate a summer at Robot Revolution.

Girls Leadership Summer Day Camps

  • 31 Woodland Ave. Summit, NJ 07901
  • Dates: July 31-August 4

Young girls entering grades 4 and 5 are at a truly vulnerable age when social pressures and confidence issues begin to arise. Luckily, Girls Leadership offers summer day camps that enrich girls with social and emotional learning, giving them the skills and empowerment to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. If you want to equip your daughter with the tools for success, sign her up for a day camp at Girls Leadership this summer. 


Photo courtesy of the Camp Riverbend Facebook page

Camp Riverbend

  • 116 Hillcrest Rd. Warren, NJ 07059
  • Dates: June 26-August 11

Family-owned and operated since 1962, Camp Riverbend provides children ages 3-14 with countless opportunities for achievement and growth. Crafts, sports, day trips, and more, combined with the individualized attention your child receives from instructors and group counselors, promises a fully personalized camp experience. With extended day options for children of working parents, there is no reason why your child can’t enjoy quality camping this summer at Camp Riverbend.

Camp Harmony

  • 206 Mt. Horeb Rd. Warren, NJ 07059
  • Dates: June 26-August 18

If you want your child to have the summer of a lifetime, sign him or her up for a 4-8 week program at Camp Harmony. This one-of-a-kind camp features fun rituals (such as the daily “ugga bugga” mantra) and specialty areas where campers ages 2-13 can play mini-golf, dance, and even learn martial arts. Sign your kid up for Camp Harmony today and let them experience New Jersey’s premier summer camp.

Camps at Artfully Young Art Studio

  • 3 Katherine Dr. Warren, NJ 07059
  • Dates: June 22-July 31 (Exact dates vary by program)

If your child is the next great artist, sign him or her up for a camp at Artfully Young Art Studio. Students grades 3-12 can experiment with everything from colored pencils and oil pastels to clay and candlemaking. Let your kids feel the power of creation this summer with a camp at Artfully Young Art Studio. 

Camp Invention at the Woodland School

  • 114 Stirling Rd. Warren, NJ 07059
  • Dates: July 31-August 4

Keep your child’s mind sharp this summer with the programs offered at Camp Invention. At Camp Invention, students in grades K-6 are presented with daily challenges (or modules) that encourage creative problem-solving, teamwork, and innovation and teach children to use their imaginations like never before. Sign up for Camp Invention today and give your kid a summer packed with fun and learning.

Warren Township Schools Summer Fun

  • 213 Mount Horeb Rd. Warren, NJ 07059
  • Dates: June 26-July 28

Whether your children are in need of extra instructional help or want to learn something new while socializing with friends, you will find something just right for them at Warren Township Schools Summer Fun. Students in grades K-8 can participate in a variety of classes, including yoga, cooking, and much, much more. Extended day and after care programs are also offered, so you can let your child have fun while you get things done at home or work, thanks to Warren Township Schools. 

Round Top Swim & Tennis Club’s All Stars Camp

  • 106 Mt Horeb Rd. Warren NJ 07059
  • Dates: June 26-August 18 (8-week program)

Keep your kids on their feet this summer with Round Top Swim & Tennis Club’s All Stars Camp. This sports camp features activities like Capture the Flag, Tug-of-War, and even Star Wars, and it is directed by New Jersey-certified Physical Education teachers, so you know your children will be given a top-notch experience. Register today and let your child maximize his or her summer fun at Round Top Swim & Tennis Club. 

Primrose School of Warren’s Summer Adventure Club

  • 117 Mt Bethel Rd. Warren, NJ 07059

Let your child’s imagination take flight this summer with the Primrose School of Warren’s Summer Adventure Club. Themed weeks like movie-making, the science of cooking, and robotics ensure that kids ages 5-12 will experience learning, exploration, and fun all in one. Enroll your child today, let them choose which week appeals to them the most, and watch them enter a whole new world of discovery at the Primrose School’s Summer Adventure Club. 

The Giving Nest Preschool Summer Camp Program

  • 109 Washington Valley Rd. Warren, NJ 07059
  • Dates: July 11-August 17

If you have a little one and are looking for a fun and educational summer camp for him or her, the Giving Nest Preschool Summer Camp Program is the one for you. The Giving Nest’s summer camp gives toddlers ages 2-3 a variety of interesting activities to participate in, from “Blowing Bubbles by the Sea” to “Digging for Dinosaurs.” With an experienced staff on hand, you can be sure your tyke will be safe to create, explore, and have a truly exciting summer at the Giving Nest Preschool.

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