Welcome to play:groundNYC's third year of summer camp! Our Governors Island play lot is a blank slate, ready to be transformed into a land of your own imagining. Work with new friends to bring big ideas to life using a wide array of materials, craft supplies, and basic hand tools. Never used a hammer before? No problem! Our playworkers are here to help you learn the skills you need.  Join us for a summer of unforgettable outdoor fun!

Each day at camp will be filled with plenty of opportunities for campers to plan their own adventures. Materials will be provided and supervised by trained playworkers in different areas of the playground.

Due to the self-directed nature of our camp, much of your child’s day will be (wonderfully) up to them! They will have opportunities to play with others, spend time alone, build, take apart, imagine, play in and with water, just relax, or anything else they can come up with! Your child will get dirty and may get small bumps, bruises, or scratches, as that is the nature of play.

They will also have the daily option to take a walk around Governors Island to explore other programs and parts of the island with our staff. We will take a lunch break and two snack breaks outside of the gates of the playground under the shade of trees across a small (car-less) road. This will help provide a chance for them to have a rest and re-energize. The playground itself provides partial shade under canopies and plenty of materials that they are free to use under the supervision of our staff who have been specially trained to work in this environment.

Drop off is at 8:30am and pick up at 3:00pm at the Battery Maritime Building (at 10 South Street on the corner of South and Whitehall Streets in Lower Manhattan, next to the Staten Island ferry terminal.)

Available Weeks

July 9 - 13 - SOLD OUT

July 16 - 20 - SOLD OUT

July 23 - 27 - GIRLS WEEK! - SOLD OUT

July 30 - August 3 - available

August 6 - 10 - available

August 13 - 17 - available

August 20 - 24 - available

August 27 - 31 - available

Enrollment is now open for eight 1 week sessions from July 9 through August 31, 2018. Weekly sessions are $625 for a 8:30am to 3pm day. We also offer an early bird discount and can  provide two financial aid scholarships per week. There is a 10% discount for siblings and for campers registering for multiple weeks. **To receive the multiple week discount you must register for the multiple weeks within the same registration.**

Please note, your summer camp tuition helps make it possible for play:groundNYC to serve our non-profit mission of offering greatly subsidized and free programming to thousands of New York City children in a diversity of neighborhoods all year long through our free summer weekends and off-season programs. And so, thank you!

This year our sessions will be available for children entering 1st through 6th grade in Fall 2018. However, we realize that all children are wonderfully different and develop at their own pace. Please feel free to contact us if you have a child outside the age range that you would like us to consider. We will NOT be offering an aftercare option this summer.

play:groundNYC's Summer Camp advocates for and practices age-mixing at our camp, where children of various ages have the opportunity to play together, if they wish. And so, children who are slightly older or younger than our recommended age range are welcome to enroll so long as the children are able to tell the difference between play fighting (which we tend to have lots of) and real fighting. Also, parents of younger children should be aware that our camp does not restrict expletive language use (as long as it's not meant to offend or be hurtful) and older children should have the ability to play well in an environment of younger kids. For more on the advantages of age-mixed play, we recommend this article:


This year we are thrilled to announce that we will be offering a girls only session at play:ground! This week is geared towards creating a space for girls to play, imagine, build and explore. We welcome any campers who self-identify as female, trans, and gender non-conforming. play:groundNYC values diversity, inclusion, and sensitivity towards all individuals, regardless of gender identity or expression, so please reach out to us directly if you have any questions or concerns.


To apply, please fill out our application. Your child’s spot will not be guaranteed until tuition is received in full. Once we have received your application, we will be in touch with next steps and how to pay the tuition. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

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