French Summer Camps for Kids in New York City

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Cherry trees are in bloom, spring is upon us. We all know what that means: it’s time to think about summer camp. We’re providing you with a list of French summer camps in New York.

Lycée français de New York (Manhattan)

Learn French through immersion in a fun-filled French-speaking atmosphere, this is what the Lycée Français offers with its summer camp for 4-10-year-olds, open from June 25 to July 13. Depending on their age, your child will be in a creation, discovery, or exploration focused camp. Sports, theatre, music, and cooking classes will keep the campers busy every day of the week from 9am to 3pm. All levels of fluency in French welcome, from beginners to native-level speakers. Maximum 15 children per section. $700 a week. More information here.

Ecole International de New York (Manhattan)

Children aged 3 to 10 are invited to attend summer camp at EINY from June 27 to July 20. On the program: artistic activities, sports, music, field trips, and more. Those who opt for the full day will spend the morning in French and the afternoon in English. All levels of fluency in French welcome, from beginners to native-level speakers. From 9am to 12pm ($70/day), or from 9am to 3:30pm ($120/day). Possibility of daycare from 8am to 5pm ($30/day). More information here.

@French American School of New York
@French American School of New York

Bleu Blanc Rouge (Manhattan)

From June 25 to August 17, Bleu Blanc Rouge welcomes children with fun activities in French. The schedule includes picnics in Central Park, walks through museums, and singalongs, and creative activities. Though this is a French immersion camp, all levels of fluency in French welcome, from beginners to native-level speakers. From 9am to 3:30pm, with daycare possible from 8am to 5:30pm ($15/hour). One week costs between $530 and $625. More information here.

Arc en Ciel (Manhattan)

From June 25 to July 27, this Upper East Side bilingual preschool also offers a summer camp. Teachers and French and English speaking so English speakers should get along fine as they learn French in this bilingual environment. Half days are 8:30am to 11:30am, or 12:30pm to 3:30pm ($350/week). Full day from 8:30am to 3:30pm ($500/week). More information here.

The Language Workshop For Children (Manhattan)

After two weeks of camp, The Language Workshop For Children promises that your child will have started thinking in French. From June 18 to July 20, various activities are offered like cooking, art, field trips, and French lessons. All levels of fluency in French welcome, from beginners to native-level speakers. Open to children ages 6 months to 8 years, from 9am to 12pm ($395/week). Free daycare from 8:30am on. More information here.

La Petite Ecole (Manhattan)

Two locations for the La Petite Ecole’s summer camp: Washington Square and the Upper West Side. From June 18 to July 13, your children aged 2.5 to 5 years old will participate in cooking, drawing, and singing classes, all in French. All levels of fluency in French welcome, from beginners to native-level speakers. From 9am to 3pm, with one week costing $575 to $620. More information here.

@The language Worshop for Children
@The language Workshop for Children

French Institute Alliance Française (Manhattan and Montclair)

Discover France thanks to the Tour de France, this is FIAF’s promise for children up to 10 years old. For teenagers, FIAF offers immersion camps and cultural discovery camps with themes like “Among Friends,” “Among artists,” and “Among foodies.” All levels of fluency in French welcome, from beginners to native-level speakers. The FIAF camp is one of the only ones with dates that run through most of the summer: from June 18 to August 31, for kids from 1 to 17 years old. Rates vary according to age and time spent at camp. Daycare available ($15/day). More information here.

PSG Academy (Manhattan and Brooklyn)

Are your children fans of the PSG and soccer in general? The intensive summer camps with PSG Academy, with its official club coaches, are for perfect for them. From 5 to 14 years old, your soccer stars will be welcome from 9am to 3pm, either on Randall’s Island (June 18-22, June 25-29, August 20-24, August 27-31), or on Pier 5 in Brooklyn (July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27). This camp is English. Bonus: at the end of the camp, the little footballers will leave with a jersey, pair of shorts, socks, and an award from PSG ($585/week). More information here.

Bonjour New York (Manhattan and Brooklyn)

Start learning French or let your child improve his or her mastery through learning how to make bread or play soccer. That’s what Bonjour New York offers children from 3.5 to 11 years old. Here, too, the latter two summer months are covered with dates from July 2 to August 31. Half days (only open to campers age 3.5 to 5) are from 9am to 1pm ($550/week), and full days are from 9am to 4:30pm ($650/week). Daycare is available from 8am to 5pm. On the program: Zumba, building with Legos, archery, gardening, enjoying the swimming pool, playing water games, and much more. All levels of fluency in French welcome, from beginners to native-level speakers. In Brooklyn camp will be at A. Fantis School. In Manhattan, camp will be at Solomon Schechter School. More information here.

The Language and Laughter Studio (Brooklyn)

LLS celebrates ten years of summer camp! From June 16 to July 27, children from 18 months to 9 years old are welcome to participate in the French-immersion summer activities. Camp is open to kids 1-4 years old from 10:30am to 12pm ($200/week), and to kids 4-9 years old from 9:30am to 3pm ($550/week). Younger children will enjoy movement games and songs, while older kids will enjoy science, stop-motion animation, and papier-mâché. All levels of fluency in French welcome, from beginners to native-level speakers. More information here.

@The Language and Laughter Studio
@The Language and Laughter Studio

International School of Brooklyn

The Brooklyn International School will keep its doors open this summer to welcome children 4 to 15 years old for weeks of learning. Rising Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade kids can attend camp from June 25 to August 3. Each week is organized around a theme: myths and legends, time travel, protecting the planet ($550/week). Rising 3rd  through 6th graders can take an explorer program from June 25 through July 6 ($125/day or $600/week). All levels of fluency in French welcome, from beginners to native-level speakers. From 9am to 3pm. Daycare from 8am until 6pm. More information here.

French American Academy (New Jersey)

Two locations are offered for the French American Academy summer camp: New Milford (June 25 to August 3)($295/week), and Jersey City (June 25 to August 17)($510/week). Kids 3-7 years old can play games and activities, enjoy nature, do sports, and spend time doing music and dance. All levels of fluency in French welcome, from beginners to native-level speakers. From 8:30am to 3pm, with possibility of daycare until 6pm. More information here.

Tessa International School (New Jersey)

From June 25 to August 24, Tessa International School in Hoboken invites children from 2.5 to 6 years old to participate in week-long themed immersion camps. Half days are from 8:30am to 12pm ($265/week), and full days are from 8:30 to 4pm ($490/week). All levels of fluency in French welcome, from beginners to native-level speakers. More information here.

Tékakwitha Camp (Maine)

To escape New York in the summer, there’s nothing like a summer camp in the wilderness by the lake. Evenings by the fire, French songs on the guitar, kayaking, climbing, and every standard American camp activity: your kids ages 8-17 years old will never want to leave Camp Tékakwitha. Campers are divided into four age groups with specific activities for each. Stays last two weeks ($1475) or four weeks ($2555). Two-week sessions are only open to children under age 11. More information here.