Camp! Cake! Kids!
Even though our cars are still glazed with road salt, it’s time to start seeking out Summer Camps for the kids. After a winter of snow days and ‘I’m boreds’, it’s something nice to think about. Start by thinking about what your child would benefit from and enjoy the most. Then take a look at your finances as prices, length of programs and supplies vary widely. Do you want a sleep away camp? A day camp that specializes in a certain interest, like sports, drama, academics, etc? What about the extras, like transportation, food and gear? Camp can be a great growth experience and a breath of independence for kids and parents alike, but there’s some important homework to do.
Another “kid counseling required” topic are Birthday Parties. Pirates and princesses…divas and drama — kids birthday parties are a lot more than just cake and ice cream. It can be a challenge finding clever new ways to celebrate. Themed parties are very popular, as are activity driven parties. Some celebrations can become downright decadent, but there are some great fun ways to make memories without draining the camp fund. Many locations offer both birthday party and summer camp options.
Here’s a few summer camps suggestions and unique birthday party ideas:
The Acting Conservatory
The Acting Conservatory in beautiful Ocean Grove is a professional acting school where students of all ages can study their craft in a safe and trusted environment. Choose from a number of great summer programs for your budding star!
Main St. & Main Ave.
Ocean Grove, NJ
Allaire Country Day Camp at Goodsports
A fantastic 10-acre day camp facility located at Goodsports in Wall, Allaire offers a supervised, safe, fun environment including a swimming pool and kiddie pool, a large arena for a variety of sports activities, an artificial grass area for additional play space, an indoor skating rink and three classrooms for games, arts & crafts, dance and yoga classes and computers.
2903 Route 138 East
Wall Township ·NJ
Artisan Art Studios
If you’re looking for a unique birthday party idea or a fantastic summer art camp, Artisan Art Studios has the perfect program for your little artists. Summer art camp registration starts March 1st.
9 North Main Street (Rt.79)
Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship
Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, operating exclusively as a therapeutic riding center for children ages 5-12 with disabilities. Located on 27 acres of preserved farmland in Howell, facilities include large indoor and outdoor arenas and a sensory trail.
671 Fort Plains Road
Hunter Brook Horse Farm
Unlike any other equestrian center in the area, Hunter Brook offers a state-of-the-art training facility with a wide variety of difficulty levels. Whether you’re an advanced rider wanting to improve your jumping skills, or you’re a beginner with no experience, there’s a program for you!
672 Fort Plains Road
Frozen Ropes’ curriculum and teaching philosophy is based on over 20 years of experience in player development including the most current research in biomechanics, sports psychology, visual skills, and strength and conditioning. From “Born to Play” classes starting at 3 years old to the “Amateur Coaches Alliance”, Frozen Ropes offers a program to fit every skill levels.
31 Park Road
Tinton Falls, NJ
Kick Fitness and Dance
From themed birthday parties, summer dance camp, and a full slate of classes covering nearly all dance disciplines Kick offers Monmouth County’s finest instruction in dance for children ages
1 to 18.
740 River Rd # 102
Fair Haven, NJ
Get your baseball fix at Langan Baseball Academy, a 15,000 square foot facility featuring 3 hitting cages, 2 pitching tunnels and 3 Pro Batter simulators. With summer camps, birthday parties or private baseball and softball lessons there’s a great program for children of all ages and skill levels. Coming soon…golf, soccer and lacrosse on their new TURF FIELD.
712 Ginesi Dr # 5
Monmouth County Park System
A full slate of Summer fun activities abound at our wonderful Park System. Registration for camp programs begin March 27th at noon. To register, call 732-842-4000, ext 1 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com
Monster Mini Golf
Perfect for parties or special events, Monster Mini Golf is an indoor monster themed glow in the dark 18 hole miniature golf course that offers a host of fun activities at every turn. This is not your average putt putt golf course! Franchise owners Andrew and Darlene Kiss invite you to experience 18 holes of fun filled Monster Mini Golf.
314 US Hwy 9 N
(at Union Hill Rd in Exclusive Plaza)
YMCA Camp Topanemus
Quality Summer camp programs at an affordable price, Camp Topanemus provides a traditional day camp experience that helps children and teens grow in spirit, mind and body based on the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibilities.
380 Monmouth Rd.
Millstone Township, NJ