Ziptivity’s Metro Boston Summer Camp ZipPicks

Here are Tara’s Metro Boston ZipPicks from our Summer Camp Edition of ZipNews!  Read this special edition of ZipNews here to also learn about other camp recommendations from our Community Ambassadors in MetroWest, the North Shore and the South Shore.

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What: Arlington Center for the Arts, Vacation Arts Camp

Fill your summer with fun and creativity! We focus on imaginative problem solving through the arts. We develop your child’s creative potential in a structured, nurturing environment. We introduce your child to the collaborative and social aspects of theater, movement and music.

Where: Arlington, MA

Who: Kids entering Grades 1-6

When: Weekly, June 27th – September 9th, 9am – 4pm.

Extended Day available:

Early Bird: 8 to 9 am, Monday through Friday. $10 per child, per day.  Afternoon: 4:30 to 6 pm, $15 per child per day, Monday through Thursday only, due to Open House every Friday from 4 – 4:30 pm.

How much: $285 per week for members, $305 per week for non-members.

Why: The activities revolve around a different theme each week, there is outdoor playtime each day, and this is one of the few camps that covers the whole summer. Plus, you can take a tour of place and meet the staff at an Info session on Sunday, April 17th from 2-4pm. They have programs for younger children and teens, too.

What: Camp New Connections

Camp New Connections is a four-week, summer day camp for children, ages 7 through 17, who have Asperger’s Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disorders and non-verbal learning disabilities. The camp, a component of McLean Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Program, Center for Neurodevelopmental Services, is designed to help children develop social skills through fun activities, such as drama, arts and crafts, communication games, swimming and field trips-all within a therapeutic context. As part of the core camp curriculum, children receive direct instruction on social skills, body language and non-verbal communication, conversation, problem solving and awareness of self and others.

Where: Belmont, MA

Who: Children, ages 7 through 17, who have Asperger’s Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disorders and non-verbal learning disabilities.

When: August 1st-26th, 2011. Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm (pre-camp is from 8:30 am to 9 am and post-camp is from 2 pm to 4 pm). Both pre- and post-camp hours are included in the camp fee.

How much: $4500

Why: Fee Includes pre- and post-camp hours, daily lunch, snack and field trips, counselor consults by appointment (during post-camp hours), mid-camp meeting with parents, end-of-camp written report that can be shared with the camper’s school and service providers, and professional resources and support, such as psychopharmacology, occupational therapy and speech and language specialists, which are available for consultation on an as-needed basis.

What: Wheelock Family Theatre: Story Troupers

Join a select ensemble of teen-age actors! For two weeks, Story Troupers rehearse an original show based on children’s literature, then tour and perform daily for young children at daycare centers, camps, public libraries, and other venues throughout greater Boston. Previous experience and a full 4-week commitment are necessary; an audition or permission of the instructors is required.

Where: Boston, MA

Who: Teens with previous theater acting experience

When: Tuesday 7/5 – Friday 7/8, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (note extended hours due to Monday holiday) & Monday 7/11 – Friday 7/29, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

How much: $850

Why: This is a wonderful experience for teens, especially those who are thinking about a career in theatre. This gives them a real sense of what it’s like to perform in many different venues, in front of a variety of audiences. Wheelock’s other summer classes and workshops sound amazing, too. Check them out.

What: MIT Summer Day Camp

Since 1960, MIT Summer Day Camp has strived to offer an inclusive environment where all children are encouraged to participate and learn new skills. Our programs are designed to ensure each camper a safe and enjoyable experience. We hire only highly qualified individuals with tremendous experience working with children and knowledge in a broad spectrum of recreational activities. MIT Summer Day Camp is a member of the Massachusetts Camp Association.

Where: Cambridge, MA

Who: Ages 6-13

When: June 13th-August 12th, 9:00am-3:45pm. Early Arrival 8-9am, Late Stay 4-5:30pm.

How much: $635 per two-week session. Sessions and tuition vary. See the website.

Registration and payment: In order to reserve your space in any camp session, your registration must be accompanied by a RESERVATION FEE of $50.00 per camper per session that will be applied towards your camper’s tuition. RESERVATION FEES are non-refundable and non-transferable. This fee will be charged for any session in which your camper is enrolled. This fee will be applied to your tuition for that enrolled session only, and cannot be refunded or applied to any other camp session or camp balance at any other time. Final payment for all fees is due by Wednesday, May 4, 2011.Applications submitted after Wednesday, May 4, 2011 must be paid in full at the time of submission.

Why: I’ve heard this camp is very low-stress and the kids are active all day, with lots of time out in the fresh air and sunshine. They swim twice a day, play sports galore, and have down time for crafts and reading. Be aware that boys and girls are in separate groups – this could be a good thing, or not, depending on your kid. This is one of the more affordable camps around.

What: Brimmer and May: Global Explorers

Global Explorers gives children entering pre-K through 6th grade an introduction to a variety of world cultures and languages including French, Spanish, and Mandarin. Campers are immersed in these cultures and languages through interactive play and exploration.

Where: Chestnut Hill, MA

Who: Children entering PK-6th Grade

When: August 22nd – 26th, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Extended Day: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

How much: Program – $450 per week. Extended Day – $50 per week

Why: This is a wonderful and unique experience for your kids!

Brimmer & May also offers other terrific-sounding summer programs. Check them out on their website.

What: Mt. Ida Day Camp

Where: Newton, MA

Who: Ages 3 ½  – 13

Dates: June 27-August 18, 8:40am-4:00pm. Extended Day: EXTENDED AM – 7:30 am – Start of camp day, $60.00 per week. EXTENDED PM 1 – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, $60.00 per week. EXTENDED PM 2 – 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm, $100.00 per week.

How much: $510/wk ($75 less for 4-day weeks). Multiple Week Discount and Sibling Discounts offered.

Registration Deadline: Registration and camp fees due by April 30, 2011.

Why: One of the few camps offered all day, all summer for younger campers. There is a camp nurse on site, and – super bonus – they feed your kids lunch! For more info, visit their website.

What: Beam Camp

Beam Camp offers two 4 week summer sessions for kids aged 7-17 in Strafford, New Hampshire. Every year Beam commissions unique large-scale collaborative Projects from notable artists, architects and designers that serve as centerpieces of each Beam session. Beam Campers cultivate hands-on skills while exploring innovative thinking, design and the creative process. They swim, hike, play games and enjoy 750 acres of mountain, forests and lakes, while transforming ideas into artifacts and personal achievement into community success.

Where: Strafford, NH

Who: Ages 7-17

When: June 29th-July 24th and July 27th-August 21st

How much: $4,500 (Refer to coupon code ZipBeam during registration to a receive 15% discount on camp tuition!)

Registration and payment deadline: A $800 deposit is due at time of registration with full tuition payment and medical paperwork due by April 1st.

Why: Your kids will have a great time, get the full summer camp experience, and amaze you and themselves with what they can accomplish. Find out about this year’s Beam Projects at

Tip: To find sleepaway camps like Beam Camp on, make sure you expand your range of miles in the “Within [      ] miles of zip code” field. I recommend changing it to within 100 miles of your zip code.

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