Free Summer Camp for Kids in Queens, New York for the NYPD

By Jenn Greenleaf
Children of New York City need fun, and educational summer activities to keep them occupied.
Children of New York City need fun, and educational summer activities to keep them occupied.

Tight budgets are a reality in more households than not in these tough economic times. For those NYPD parents living in Queens, New York, this is no exception. Rather than their children missing out on summer camp opportunities, granting has been made available to many programs. Because of this, free summer camps are available for children ages 5 to 18 living in New York City.

Wingspan Arts Summer Theater Conservatory

There is focus on serious instruction, as well as fun and active play.
There is focus on serious instruction, as well as fun and active play.

Children in grades 6 and up are eligible for free summer camp thanks to grants. Wingspan Arts Summer Theater Conservatory focuses on theatrical and performing arts. Not only are children able to learn these skills, but lunch and outdoor play is also provided throughout the day.

Wingspan Arts, Inc. 630 Ninth Ave., Suite 410 New York, NY 10036 212-586-2330 wingspanarts.org

Willie Randolph Summer Sports Experience

Training in a wide variety of sports and athletics is available.
Training in a wide variety of sports and athletics is available.

Low-income families with children ages 8 to 15 are eligible for free summer camp opportunities through Willie Randolph Summer Sports Experience. Beginning each spring, children are offered structured education in the sporting areas of track and field, soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball, and more.

The Arsenal Central Park 830 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10065 212-NEW–YORK nycgovparks.org

Shakespeare Lab JR

This summer camp is beneficial because Shakespear's work is part of most high school curriculums, too.
This summer camp is beneficial because Shakespear's work is part of most high school curriculums, too.

This free summer camp opportunity is available for students in grades 9 to 12. With particular focus on Shakespeare, students do not need to be familiar with him or his works in order to participate in this camp. This camp offers workshops and instruction about Shakespeare’s work and his plays. Not only will students explore these areas, but they will also work on writing and performing.

The Public Theater 425 Lafayette St. New York, New York 10003 212-539-8500 publictheater.org

About the Author

Jenn Greenleaf has been a writer for over a decade in print and on the Internet. Publications include "The Writer Magazine," "Spirit Magazine," "Do! Magazine" and "The Writer's Journal." She has written several books and is working on many more. Greenleaf is currently working toward her degree in legal studies through the University of Maryland University College's distance learning program.