Summer programs for kids
Though my children may have outgrown the need for a summer program, it doesn’t mean that our guests’ family members have.
Children do crave continuity so to keep the rhythm there are so many programs that offer a regular schedule mixed with fun activities.
Here are my annual (updated) day camp, workshop, and summer program suggestions for families during the months of July and August. Though some summer offerings may be full, there are plenty of options to make sure your children, your guests, and even yourself are being introduced to all the area has to offer. This is only a partial list. For more ideas, visit AdirondackFamilyTime.com Enjoy!
Dance, Arts, STEM, STEAM
BluSeed Studios, 518-891-3799, bluseedstudios.org. Check for a variety of workshops and studio classes offered throughout the summer.
Dance Sanctuary, 518-304-7765, thedancesanctuary.com. Explore a Pirate and Princess Camp for youth (4-6), Breaker/Hip Hop Camp for youth (7-12) at the Tupper Arts Center location. There are also special events/workshops at both studio locations: Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake.
Lake Placid School of Dance and Ballet (LPSDB), 17 Algonquin Ave., Lake Placid, NY, 518-523-2512, lakeplacidarts.org. A week-long dance camp (July 22-26) with three levels geared toward a variety of ages. Beginner (ages 6-8) with three daily ballet classes complimented by rehearsal and conditioning; Intermediate (ages 9-12) and Advanced (ages 13 and up) each with seven daily classes that include ballet, conditioning, contemporary dance and jazz with special instruction with Elisa Monte Dance Company instructors. A 10% discount is available for signing up for both LPSDB and Rebecca Kelly Dance programs.
Camp LPCA, 518-523-2512, Lakeplacidarts.org. One-week sessions exploring art/music/movement including Missoula Children’s Theatre, Puppet Camp, Teen Improv and more.
Kids Co-Motion, Lake Placid, 646-734-7151, www.rebeccakellyballet.com
Directed by NYC choreographer Craig Brashear, this day program offered at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is for students ages 2 to 3 years old, 4 to 5 years old, and 6 to 7 years. Depending on the age of the child, parents can join the class with their child to learn creative movement.
Rebecca Kelly OnStage Dance Intensive, Lake Placid, 646-734-7151, www.rebeccakellyballet.com. Directed by NYC choreographer Rebecca Kelly, this 2-week summer intensive, (July 8-19) is day program offered at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts for students ages 7 to 19 a variety of contemporary ballet and modern dance designed to cultivate confidence, expose students to new ideas through the arts. 10% discount available for signing up for both LPSDB and Rebecca Kelly Dance programs.
Robotics STEM at AuSable Forks Tahawus Center, 646-734-7151, www.TahawusCenter.org, July 22-26: Five 1/5 hour labs explore math and science in fun, engaging ways.
Outdoor Programs and Environmental Education
Dewey Mountain’s Outdoor Explorer Program, 518-891-2697, deweymountain.com, This four-session, themed program for children (5-8) instills a love for the outdoors with inside and outside activities for young explorers.
Paul Smith’s VIC one day workshops, 518-427-6241, www.paulsmiths.edu/vic/programs. A variety of summer workshops gears toward outdoor adventure, Green Tech, poetry, and nature printing. Each workshop has a specific age range.
Lake Placid Outing Club, LpOutingClub@gmail.com, www.lakeplacidoutingclub.org. This volunteer supported outdoor club offers free guided wilderness adventures to youth (7-18). Participants must register with the group leaders.
Northern Forest Explorers Program, 603-801-9597, www.northernforestcanoetrail.org. For youth (10-14) to explore wilderness and the natural environment on 5-day paddling trips while learning to paddle and camp along sections of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
Northern Lights School Magic Garden Day Camp, 57 Church St, Saranac Lake, 518-891-3206, northernlightsschool.org. A Waldorf-inspired outdoor program for youth (3-6)
St Agnes School Summer Program, Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 518-523-3771, www.stagneslp.org. Students (ages 5-12) participate themed activities, field trips, and a mix of indoor and outside activities.
St. Bernard School Summer Program, 518-891-2830, Stbernardsschool.org, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm July 1 to Aug. 23, open to all children ages 5-12.
Tupper Lake Community Day Camp Program, 518-359-8370, tupperlakeny.gov. A co-ed day camp for area youth (5-7), (8-9) and (10-12) to explore activities, field trips, and a mixture of organized events.
Saranac Lake Area Youth Program, Petrova Elementary School, July 8-Aug. 16: co-ed day program is for youth (7-13), providing a variety of summer camp experiences. Htcouncil2108@gmail.com (Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly had the minimum age as 5 and said children must reside in the Saranac Lake Central School District.)
North Elba Youth Program: 518-523-2591, www.northelba.org. A co-ed day camp for youth (5-14) residing in the Town of North Elba or students of the Lake Placid Central School District variety of summer camp experiences.
St Armand Youth Program, 518-524-0606, www.townofstarmand.com. A co-ed day camp for youth (ages 5-15) residing in the Town of St. Armand provides a variety of summer camp experiences.
Town of Franklin (Summer Youth Park Program, 518-891-6389, www.townoffrankin.com. A co-ed day camp for area childrenresiding in the surrounding townships including Town of Franklin, Brighton, Santa Clara, and beyond providing a variety of summer camp experiences.
Keene Youth Commission Summer Program, 518-576-4444, www.townofkeeneny.com. For residents of Keene Central School system and Keene/Keene Valley provides a variety of summer camp experiences including trips, swim lessons, and excursions.
CrossFit Kids, Lake Placid, crossfitlakeplacid.com. Geared toward children 5-13 with a focus on mechanics, consistency, and intensity through good movement.
Dreadhead Soccer, held at Lake Placid Elementary School, Lake Placid, 518-637-3887. Three age groups (4-6), (6-12), and (13-17). The program are divided by age as well as by ability. The week-long camp runs from July 29 to Aug. 2 and covers a range of skills and drills.
Lake Placid Summer Soccer Centre, 518-523-4395, lakeplacidsoccer.com, This day clinic experience (July 8-12) is held at the Lake Placid Show Grounds and open to two ages groups (ages 8-18) and Mighty Mites (ages 5-8) to hone skills using the Coerver Coaching method to improve individual and group play.
Saranac Lake Youth Soccer Association, firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook: SLYSA Group: An evening soccer program for Elementary, Middle and High School children with two leagues, Brighton Park and North Country Community College.
Tupper Lake FREEZE, lakeplacidsoccer.com, Held at LP Quinn Elementary School from July 15-17 to hone individual skills with an international coaching staff.
Tupper Lake Youth Soccer Program, 518-359-8370, tupperlakeny.gov: This soccer program for residents of Tupper Lake allows all youth (3-4), (5-6), (7-8), 9-10), 11-12), and (13-14) to learn or practice their skills.
Tupper Lake Summer Swim Program, 518-359-8370, tupperlakeny.gov. The six-week Summer Swim Program is open to area youths in Level 1, II, III, IV, and V with morning and afternoon time slots.
Lake Placid Skating Summer Program, lakeplacidskating.com. A co-ed weekly ice skating summer program that allows skaters to choose private or group session that best suit their needs and goals.
Look for Lake Placid Young and Fun, free Wednesday art programs offered each Wednesday in July and August or Kids Bowl Free. Sign up for a free card online and choose a participating bowling alley (Saranac Lake’s Romano’s Saranac Lane) and received daily weekly coupons for any registered child (18 and younger) to bowl two free games a day throughout the summer.
If children are still complaining about nothing to do, have them clean the house or, better yet, my house.
Diane Chase is the author of the “Adirondack Family Activities” guidebook series, “Adirondack Family Time: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities.” For more family-friendly activities, go to www.adirondackfamilytime.com.