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As we dream of warmer weather and long summer days spent outdoors, it’s never too early to start planning where to send your little ones this year.

Whether it’s at a camp where they can practice their creativity with crafts, mastering how to sail or building an appreciation for wildlife as they learn how to ride horses, we’ve cultivated a list of summer programs available on the North Fork. With a diverse array of activities, there’s surely something to suit every child’s interest. 

While our list is expansive, that doesn’t mean we’ve covered every single camp. If we missed one, feel free to reach out and let us know at [email protected].

Farm Hands at Hallockville Museum Farm

6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead

  • Daily activities include animal and garden care, harvest, cooking and now vs. before on the farm.
  • The program is for ages 3 and 4 for a minimum of one week and a maximum of seven weeks.

For more information visit Farm Hands website, call 631-298-5292 or email [email protected].

Camp Wonder

269 & 253 Main Road, Aquebogue

  • Daily activities include exploring the gardens at Peconic Community School East, investigating pond life, climbing trees and wandering the outdoors. 
  • A six-week summer program for ages 3 through 6.

For information visit the Peconic Community School website, call 631-779-2934 or email [email protected].

Peconic Dunes Camp

6375 Soundview Ave., Southold

  • Daily activities range from a variety of sports to learning circles, boating and swimming, hosting a carnival, hands-on environmental tasks and more.
  • Running as both a day camp and sleepaway camp, it’s offered for about three months (June through August) for kids ages 8 through 15.

For information visit the Peconic Dunes website, call 631-852-8629, or email [email protected]

The Child’s Garden

44600 County Road 48, Southold

  • Activities include interactive and edible science, arts and crafts, wood working, yoga and more.
  • The camp runs for around three months (late June to early September) for ages 3 through 9 (children must be toilet trained).

For information visit The Child’s Garden website or call 631-276-5943.

Peconic Ballet Theatre Camps

71 East Main St., Riverhead

Summer Ballet: The Adventures of Dr. Seuss

  • Students will see the magic of Dr. Seuss come to life in this eight day program culminating in a live performance.
  • Welcome to ages 4-18.

Musical Theater Camps

  • Beginners (4-5 years old):
    • Runs from July 24 to July 28.
    • Students take classes in jazz, tap, acting and voice with a small, in-studio performance at the end of the week.
  • Intermediaries (6-8 years old):
    • Runs July 17 to July 21.
    • Students take classes in jazz, tap, acting and voice with small, in-studio performance at the end of the week.

Dance Intensives

  • For pre-apprentice students it runs from July 5 through July 18, for apprentice students it runs July 19 to August 1 and for the young dancers program it runs from July 5 through the 14. 
  • Activities include morning ballet, repertoire classes in the afternoon and small, in-studio performances.

Pony Camp at Hedgewood Farm

4000 Main Road, Laurel

  • Activities include basic horsemanship and equine caretaking such as bathing, tacking and feeding, as well as practice riding skills while mounting atop one of the safe, experienced school horses.
  • Check their website for camp dates
  • Ages 5 and up

For information visit the Hedgewood Farm website, call 631-926-3118, or email [email protected].

Pony Camp at Hidden Lake Farms

37250 County Road 48, Southold

  • Activities include grooming and handling, horse care, horse related crafts and games, painting ponies, horse/pony costume parties and more. Campers will also receive a daily private pony ride. 
  • Begins June 4 through the end of August.
  • Ages 5 and up.

For information visit the Hidden Lake Farms website or call 631-495-3000.

Mattituck Yacht Club

9462 Peconic Bay Boulevard, Mattituck

  • For both new and returning sailors ages 5 to 18, there are both morning and afternoon programs available. (Note: There are a limited number of spots open.). 
  • You can sign up for three different programs. The first is the “Full Season Pass,” where your child sails five days a week from June 27 to August 19. The second is the two or three-week programs starting June 27, July 11 and August 1. The third is the “Introduction to Sailing” program, which is for children turning 5 or 6 by Dec. 31, 2022 and offers two, three, four or eight weeks of classes starting on June 27, July 11 or August 1.

For information visit the Mattituck Yacht Club website, call 917-334-6639 or email [email protected].

The Little Red Barn

353 Manor Lane, Jamesport

  • A summer baby farm animal and pony camp is offered for ages 5 and up for full and half days, which features pony rides, lessons and more.

Visit the Little Red Barn website, or call/text 631-566-1690 to make reservations.

Long Island Aquarium Summer Adventure Camps

431 East Main St., Riverhead

  • A weekly themed day camp providing hands-on learning and full-on fun for children of all ages.
  • Running from August 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Each week offers experiences and lots of fun for different ages, from exploring sharks to learning what it’s like to work at the aquarium.

Visit the Long Island Aquarium website for a full list of camps or call 631-208-9200 for more information and to make a reservation.

Brick Cove’s Summer Sports Clinic

1760 Sage Blvd, Southold

  • Kids can engage in sports, fitness and outdoor activities like tennis, pickleball, basketball and soccer
  • Runs July through August, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Emphasis on sportsmanship, confidence and coordination development

Visit the Brick Cove website for more information and register for a weekly or monthly spot.