Welcome (back) to Kew Kids! We are excited to see your family.
We are an outdoor nature program and the first forest school in Queens committed to guiding learning in nature that inspires empathy, resilience, grit and a deep connection to the earth.
We work 100% outdoors (except for naps) because we believe nature is the best classroom for personal growth and it just so happens that through direct experience on the trails, youths develop a profound love and respect for nature that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Our 8-week summer camp is divided into 4 sessions, each 2 weeks long with new nature theme to keep young minds and bodies active. Prior themes have included Nature Detectives, Digging for Dinosaurs, Animal Superpowers and Camping & Adventure Skills.
ASTORIA PARK, QUEENS
Nature Camp - Ages 1 to 6 Parent-Child
The morning is a great way to build an early connection to nature in the company of like-minded families. While each class has a consistent structure and pace, we are intentionally casual and encourage children to follow their curiosity and proceed at their own style.
FOREST PARK, QUEENS
Wallenberg Camp - Ages 1 to 3 Half Day
Aligning with camp themes we will discover, sing songs, play games, listen to stories and adventure across the landscape in search of whatever catches our eye. We will leave plenty of time for play at nature's mud kitchen, building stick forts, soaring in swings and climbing across fallen logs as open exploration is the true work of childhood.
School Camp - Ages 1 to 3 Full Day - FULL
Full day schedule allows us to add crafting, cooking and waterplay (even car washing!) to deepen our connection to nature, our community and enjoy the childhood wonder of a beautiful summer day.
SPANISH Camp - Ages 2 to 8 Half Day
Half day immersed in Spanish taught by native Spanish-speaking teachers, we will explore and discover themes while effortlessly acquiring or practicing Spanish and enjoying the childhood wonder of a fun summer day in the sun (or rain)!
MANDARIN CHINESE Camp - Ages 2 to 8 Half Day - NEW!
Half day immersed in Mandarin taught by native Mandarin-speaking teachers, we will explore and discover themes while effortlessly acquiring or practicing Chinese and enjoying the childhood wonder of a fun summer day in the sun (or rain)!
Overlook Camp - Ages 4 to 8 Half Day or Full Day - HALF WAY THERE!
These weeks in the forest build on a child's natural curiosity while putting their hands, hearts and minds to work! Working with camp themes, we will spend our summer days playing nature awareness games, singing songs, wildcrafting, exploring art in nature, hiking, tracking, waterplay and tending to our gardens. We will build our naturalist skills while deepening our connection to nature and our community, while leaving plenty of time to soak in the beauty of a summer day in nature.
We are adding wood carving or whittling this summer!
Summer 2023 Dates: Eight weeks from July 5th to August 25th, 2023
Summer 2023 Mini Camp Dates: One week from August 28th to Sept 1st, 2023 (reprisal of best play this summer!)
Schedule: Enroll for either full 8 weeks or any 2-week sessions or the mini camp
$4000 for full day (8am to 5pm for Overlook Camp and 8am to 6pm for School Camp) for full 8-week camp
$2850 for half day (8am to noon) for full 8-week camp
$1750 per 2-week full day or $875 half day
$875 for Mini Camp full day or $475 half day
$240 for full summer at Astoria Park
50% deposit is required to confirm your spot before April 1st
Camp Size: Limited to 12 children under 4 years old with 3 counselors per camp. Maximum 15 children over 4 years old.
Dress: We will meet rain or shine in all but extreme weather. On wet and muddy days, water resistant pants that can get dirty and rain/mud boots are required. One piece suits or coveralls, such as Oakiwear, Tuffo's Muddy Buddy or Frogg Toggs are a must. In case of rain, wear hat and rain jacket (umbrellas are not practical). Still nervous about the elements? Please see our Gears page for additional information.
Meals/Snacks: We provide breakfast, mid-morning and afternoon snacks, though your child is free to eat and drink any time. You bring lunch for full day camps. Water refills are available throughout the day.
Missed Classes: We do not offer refunds for classes you miss, nor do we allow drop-ins. While we strive to be as accommodating as possible, we also believe continuity in participation builds an important sense of community and makes for a higher quality learning experience for our children and families.
Weather Cancellations: We follow NYC weather advisory and reserves the right to adjust activities, location or schedule to ensure health and safety of our campers and staff. There is no refund for weather related changes or cancellations.
Cancellation requests received before April 1st will result in a full refund minus $200 cancellation fee.
Cancellation requests received before May 1st will result in a 50% refund minus a $200 cancellation fee.
Cancellation requests received after May 1st will not be refunded, regardless whether that session has a waitlist.
If a citywide lockdown occurs, we will cancel and issue credit towards a future program.
Any questions, please drop us a note. To register for our summer camp, please sign up using the link below and select Summer Camp with desired start date and full/half day option.