Summer Camps and Activities in the Kingston area UPDATED 5/22/14

Summer is just around the corner and the kids will be out of school.  Do you have plans for your kids?  Will they hang out at home and just relax all summer or do you prefer to keep them occupied with activities?  Does your work schedule require that they attend camps in the summer?

Let’s share ideas about various activities, camps, etc. for our kids.  I have received some information from various organizations and I am sure that many of you have camps/activities that your kids have loved that you can share.  Please post camp/event names, descriptions, links, why your kids loved a particular camp/activity/etc. in the comments.

Personal recommendations from the Safron family:

  • Summer Strings – a day camp for those who love to play violin, viola, cello or bass and want to study classical string orchestra and traditional fiddle music while having a ton of fun!  What the kids learned in five days was unbelievable as demonstrated by the amazing concerts performed at the end of the camp week.
  • Wayfinder Experience – day camps and overnight camps including acting (improv), sports, fantasy, making new friends and the outdoors that are way better than video games!  You will have to read about it to truly understand the Wayfinder Experience but suffice it to say everyone is made to feel a part and everyone leaves changed.  The kids can’t wait to return the next year.
  • Rec Rats (at the Hurley Rec) – the Hurley Recreation Association is a local recreational facility offering members access to a pool, playground, pavilions, baseball field, tennis courts/lessons and an ice skating rink in the winter.  The Hurley Rec is accepting new members.  A new Rec Rats summer camp program is being offered for members ages 5 and up.  The new Rec Rats program has some nice sounding enhancements but since it is new, I can’t give personal experience on what will be offered this year.  My kids did enjoy the times they participated in years past.
  • Children’s Swimming Lessons/Children’s Tennis Lessons (at the Hurley Rec) - the Hurley Recreation Association offers swimming lessons and tennis lessons for members and non-members.  Check out the link for prices and schedules.  We have always found the lessons to be a great value for the money.


I just discovered the Kingston Happenings website and it indicates that City of Kingston Summer Program Registration has begun (as of 5/6/14).


Here are some links that I have received although I do not have personal experience with the programs:

  • Poughkeepsie Day School Summer Camps – Camp info session on May 7, details in newsletter
  • Hudson Valley Writing Project – Young Writer’s Programs at SUNY New Paltz
  • ADDED 5/15/14 Project STEAM Adventure Camp – July 7-18, 2014 at Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Center – technological exploration of Video Game Design, Rocketry, and Robotics plus new Gizmo Building  Call 331-6680 ext. 2238 to inquire about possible extension of 5/16/14 registration deadline.
  • ADDED 5/22/14 Kathy’s Korner Summer Camps – summer camps with a musical focus
  • Dutchess Arts Camp – children ages 4-14 spend a week, 9:00am-4:30pm, creating visual, literary, and performance art with a staff of professional artist-educators

*Disclaimer:  Information is presented personally by Jolyn Safron for the benefit of  the parents of Kingston.  No organization or business listed here requested to be included in this list nor was permission sought to include them.  No benefit (monetary or otherwise) was received by Jolyn Safron for including any organization or business in this list.