Summer Camp At The Yard

Early bird sign-up JANUARY 6 to February 3, 2020 for a discounted rate of $550!

play:groundNYC’s ten week-long summer day camp at The Yard on Governors Island allows children to spend their days being physically active, gaining resiliency and unplugging from technology. Campers have the chance to work with tools, practice using new materials and techniques, spend time with handcrafting materials, and focus on concentrated exploration through activities such as digging and water play. Our camp sessions are unique in that campers make their own decisions about how to spend their time, supported by our trained playworkers. 


Weekly sessions are $625 for a 8:30am to 3:00pm day with drop off and pick up at the Battery Maritime Building. Aftercare is available from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Imagination Playground.

Our summer camp is recommended for ages 6-12 though email us if you have questions about the suitability of our camp for your child.

(Multi-week or sibling discount is 10%. A $550 early bird discount is available until February 3rd. More on scholarship information below).

Young adventurers

-have the chance to work with tools and building materials free for use
-experience opportunities to work with fine art and handcrafting materials
-discover options for daily field trips to other areas and projects on Governors Island
-practice creative collaboration and group problem solving

Girls Only Week

We are thrilled to offer Girls Only Week at The Yard! 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 reach out to us directly if you have any questions or concerns.

Age Mixing Policy

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. You can learn more on age mixed play here.


A large component of our mission to provide play for all are scholarships for summer camp. Please read our Scholarship Information sheet for more information on how to qualify and apply.


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.

Cancellation policy: If families cancel by April they will receive 95% of the registration fee, minus the fee we pay to Active and the cost of administrative overhead. Cancel up to a month in advance and families will receive 60% back, minus the fee we pay to Active and the cost of administrative overhead. After that you will receive 50% back if there is a wait list and we can fill your child's spot.


Have more questions? See our Summer Camp FAQ. Still have questions? Feel free to email us.