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The Best Summer Camps in The Hamptons

By Mia Ljungberg Nevado | May 31, 2019 | Lifestyle

We searched high and low for the best and most unique summer camps for your little ones. Here are our options for programs that aim to inspire the body, mind and soul.

Hamptons International Film Festival, East Hampton and Southampton
Hamptons International Film Festival runs a film camp for kids ages 8 to 15 at Guild Hall and the Southampton Arts Center. This is the 11th summer HIFF is offering this camp, an incredible program created by executive director Anne Chaisson. Kids will learn how to make movies, write screenplays, direct, act and produce from film industry pros. Their final products will be shown on the big screen, plus each child will get a link to an online version meant to be shared with friends and family.


HIFF Film Camp

Innovators Camp
Bridgehampton is located at the Nova’s Ark Project in Bridgehampton in a beautiful 100-acre sculpture garden with horses. Founded by local entrepreneurs with a passion for STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design and Math, this camp welcomes kids from ages 5 to 13 years who are interested in learning how to use and develop future technology from coding and 3D printing to robotics and drones.

Amagansett is the place for active kids who love all things athletic. For more than 30 years this camp has been the only name in the game for those looking to seriously up the ante on their skills.

Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island
For seven years Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island has offered farming summer camp for kids ages 3 to 7. Kids learn how to farm, harvest and prepare local food, and about the environment, history and arts. Sylvester Manor also offers story time at its farm stand every Saturday at 10:30am; all books read are related to farming.

Urban Zen and Tutto Il Giorno
Sag Harbor will be hosting upcycled jewelry-making classes with local jewelry designer Jennifer Anderson for kids throughout the summer at their beautiful location on Main Street in Sag Harbor. Kids get creative while parents can enjoy a delicious lunch. Part of the proceeds from the meal will go to support artisan projects in Haiti.

Ross School
East Hampton offers a broad summer camp at its serene 62 acres of woodlands in East Hampton for kids ages 6 to 14. It has a smaller program available for kids under the age of 6 as well. The school hires experts in each field and offers over 20 different “majors” from crime investigations, surfing, sailing, filmmaking, art, horseback riding, innovators lab, robotics, gymnastics, fashion, theater and ceramics. New on the program for this summer is archery and fencing. Definitely something for every kid to try and explore!


Ross School camp

Art Barge
The Art Barge is an old Navy barge turned into an art school surrounded by water and nature in Napeague, Amagansett. Founded in 1960 by Victor D’Amico (founding director of education at the Museum of Modern Art), Art Barge was intended to be the place that brings artists as close as possible to both land and water. Sixty years later it is still one of the most talked-about art schools in the Hamptons. Summer art classes are available for kids ages 6 and up. Kids learn to paint, draw, collage and sculpt. Good news is parents are encouraged to take classes too. theartbarge.‌com


Art Barge

Blocks, Trucks + Art
This progressive education initiative is housed inside and around an 18-wheeler, aimed at children ages 3 to 16, with the intention to tap into all aspects of the developing child: social-emotional, creative, cognitive and physical. blockstrucksandart.‌com


Photography by: photos courtesy of the art barge, photos courtesy of camps