Summer Camps For Your Children
by Robert Creenan
JCC Camp Centerland
The Jewish Community Center offers programs for kids of all ages at their Camp Centerland. Specialty camps include Bricks 4 Kidz, the Centerland Summer Stock performing arts group, Nature and Photography camp, Ready Set Go camp, Rising Stars camp, Science and Technology camp, and Treasure Ventures camp.
Walden Galleria Microsoft Store
The Youthspark Summer Camp allows kids to learn how to build computer code. Beginner and Intermediate sessions are available and run for 2 hours.
Walden Galleria Apple Store
Apple Camp allows kids ages 8-12 to go through the creative process of making movies and interactive books.
Monkey See Monkey Do Bookstore
Located out in Clarence, this kid friendly bookstore offers activities based around children’s books. Sessions go right until the beginning of school in September.
Buffalo Zoo Camp
Going from July through August, kids can learn about various topics like different earth biomes, superheros based on animals, and discovering the different talents animals have. Groups are separated by age and goes from 9 am to 3 pm.
UB Sports Camps
The UB Bulls program offers sport camps to elementary age kids through high school in the following sports
Baseball, Softball, Men’s Basketball, Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Track and Field & Volleyball
Local YMCA locations offer various camps for kids of all ages, including teaching teenagers how to be counselors and leaders, along with specialty camps for sports, theater, gymnastics, and trips to camps weona and tahigwa.
Stutelage Innovations has activities planned for every week of the summer, with kids having the options of choosing two events per day. These include learning how Minecraft can be educational, going to see movies, magic school, how to be a mad scientist, and learning about animals.
Hockey Camps at Holiday and Leisure Rinks
Hockey camps offered include the Sport International Hockey academy, which runs for two weeks, Bob Janosz goaltending school, Turcotte stickhandling school, Lucas Miller Summer Camp, and Steal the Show Overspeed and Defensemen camps.
Various programs offered through Daemen include the Albright-Knox Gallery Animation Workshops, Theatre Camp, Boys and Girls Basketball camp, women’s volleyball camp, and Italian camp.
Science Camp is designed mainly for middle school students to cultivate an interest in the sciences. Topics covered this year are SOund Propulsion, Weather, Exercise Science, and Simple Machines. Runs from August 3-7 from 9am-3pm.
Master Chong’s Tae Kwon Do
For kids ages 5-12. At two locations in Lancaster and Williamsville. Includes Tae Kwon Do instruction, field trips, and other activities. Has early drop off times (7-9 am) and late pickup times (4:30-6 pm).
Active Learning Services at Nardin
Participants will learn how to play chess and design their own kart racer video game.
6 week sessions that have the same lineup of activities. Goes from Monday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, with an hour break for lunch.
Various camps offered include Robotics Camp, ACT Review, SAT Preperation, Study Skills, College Applications, and Middle School Academic Enrichment.
Harbor Center Squirt Development
In collaboration with the Rochester Americans, the Academy of Hockey is hosting this program at the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex in Rochester.
Camps offered include Art Camp (learning about drawing, painting and ceramics), Theater Camp (with separate intro and advanced sessions), and Rock Camp
Hotshots Lacrosse Camp
Allows girls of all ages to learn the fundamental of lacrosse. Held at ECC North Campus.
Kids can partake in either the Junior Botanist Camp or the Art Camp, where they can learn about various mediums each session.
Medaile Girls Basketball Camp
For girls from grades 3-12. Held on the campus of Medaille college in August. www.medaille.edu/2015-medaille-college-girls-basketball-summer-camp
Houghton College offers a variety of sports camps including basketball, equestrian, field hockey, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Other camps include the Csehy Music Camp and Houghton Family Camp.
Based in Amherst and Rochester, Achievers-n-Believers allows kids of all ages to learn about a variety of different science topics every week. Kids will be grouped according to age and runs from July to the end of August.
Buffalo Dance Center
The Buffalo Dance Center offers the chance for young children to get into various dance styles, such as tap, hip-hop, and musical theatre. Runs through the month of July.
Buffalo Museum of Science
The Buffalo Museum of Science will be hosting Make Your Summer, a program that embraces the do-it-yourself spirit. The various topics kids will learn in the Make Your Summer Lab are light waves, electricity, sound waves, and chain reactions.
Darwin Martin House
The Darwin Martin House offers architecture themed summer programs through the month of July, including the Aspiring Architects camp and the Design Done Wright camp.
The Guitar Factory offers Summer Rock Camp, the chance for young kids and teens to become rock musicians. Runs from the end of July to the middle of August and ends with a real live performance.
Various camps offered by Niagara County Community College include Boys Basketball, co-ed general sports, middle school student camp, and culinary camps.
Wegmans is offering their Culinary Teen Camp at their Sheridan Drive location in Williamsville. Offered for teenagers only.
ROAD LESS TRAVELED PRODUCTIONS
The Road Less Traveled Productions Summer Institute (SI) theatre camp will begin Session 2 of its SUMMER FUNDAMENTALS course on Monday, July 20th for ages 11-16. The Summer Institute is committed to inspiring and educating area youth and preparing them for a variety of educational, professional, and personal opportunities. Students receive comprehensive instruction in core concepts and specialized skills from professional theatre artists; at the same time, they develop and improve communication and interpersonal skills in a non-competitive, fun, and collaborative environment.
Wegmans Family Garden
Garden open year round
Wegman’s Family Days 10 a.m.- 2p.m.
Free with Garden Admission
Adults - $9
Seniors (55+) - $8
Students (13+ with ID) - $8
Children 3-12 - $5
Children 2 and under - Free
Garden Members - Free
Take the little ones to an interactive playsight within the Botanical Gardens where they can learn about plants and healthy eating in a fun environment. Family Days are the third Saturday of every month and include themed programs and various fun learning stations.
Kenmore Village Improvement Society’s Children’s Concert Series
Every Tuesday July 14- August 11
Concerts will be held at Kenmore Middle School Lawn. Rain Location is at the Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilbur Ave, updates can be found on the KVIS facebook page.
All Concerts are FREE
Dinner Beverage and Dessert are available for purchase. Sit back and watch the kid’s have a blast dancing and singing along with various kid friendly bands in a fun, outdoor atmosphere. See website or the Facebook page for weekly performance details.
Family Fun Thursdays at Canalside
Every Thursday | 12:30- 2PM
Make the most of a dog day afternoon at Buffalo’s Canalside Boardwalk as kids enjoy exciting programs and events every Thursday brought to you by WNY’s Family Fun Magazine. See website for event details.
All day passes are $12 per person (18 and under) adult spectators are free with accompanying child, other adults wishing to play on the inflatables cost $5
4255 McKinley Pkwy. Hamburg, NY 14075
4090 Maple Rd. Amherst, NY 14226
Bounce Magic is an indoor play park complete with various inflatable slides and attractions, arcade games, mini golf, and even a toddler area to keep the littlest ones occupied.
Pole Position Raceway
Walden Galleria Mall
1 Walden Galleria Dr.
Buffalo NY 14215
Must be 58” or taller to drive the adult Karts. Must be 48” to ride the junior karts
Pole Position’s Ride and Drive option allows singles or small groups show up and participate in 10 mintue high speed races with electric go karts that can reach speeds up to 45mph.
Martin’s Fantasy Island
2400 Grand Island Blvd.
Grand Island, NY, 14072-3198
This fun, family friendly theme park has a variety of special offers that make it an affordable day to remember including Wendy’s Family Fridays, and discount tickets online and at Wegmans and Walgreens. Keep an eye out for Tresasure Hunt Tuesdays where kids can follow clues and even win free admission tickets.
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, New York 1421
Open 7 days a week | 10 a.m.-4p.m.
Get your kids excited about the world around them at the Buffalo Science Museum’s various exhibits ranging from Bug Works to In Motion. See online for the special events calendar.
300 Parkside Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Regular Admission: $10.50 (age 13 - 64)
Children (age 2-12): $7.50
Seniors (age 65+): $8.50
Children 23 months and under: FREE
Spend a couple of hours or a day seeing numerous species of wildlife at the Buffalo zoo.
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