Thank you to all who were a part of our 2019 camp -- we had a blast!
Expect more exciting EDucational Adventures next summer, but in the meantime, we left last year's activities up to give an idea of how the camp works. Specific activities for the summer of 2020 will be updated prior to next spring.
We are extremely excited to offer our 13th Mohr's Explorers EDventure Camp! This day camp, which will run June 17-July 12, is an exceptional opportunity for your child -- we will set out on a different "EDventure" each day, exploring many of the city's other boroughs along the way, including some unique locations off the beaten path. Central Park is the backdrop for some of the afternoons, where we try to explore areas of the park we cannot normally reach during after-school time.
As things start to take shape throughout the spring, a few more of our bigger activities may be added, some with dates, where applicable. There will likely be a stadium or arena tour, which will be posted as soon as someone decides to get back to us. But please remember...this is EDventure Camp! If every single day is specifically planned out, it ceases to be an EDventure. (The tentative days of each activity will be announced by e-mail to all participants later.)
Each week will have a day of all-time favorite activities and a day with a surprise activity...
- CLASSIC EXPLORERS DAY: We take Central Park by storm, hitting all of our favorite locations to squeeze in as many of our all-time favorite and most popular games and activities as possible. In Week 3, we'll be doing many of our "Lost Classics," which are games and activities that everyone has loved over the years, but for whatever reason, have not made it into our after-school line-up for at least a year.
- WILDCARD DAY: Each week of the camp features one of these fun days where no one, except Mike, knows what we are doing for the day. Explorers' staff members don't know, parents don't know and our Explorers don't know! We have had some incredible EDventures in the past and we will continue bringing the fun on these surprise days of camp.
- FORAGING WITH THE "WILDMAN": We will learn about edible and medicinal wild vegetables, herbs, greens, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds and mushrooms with NYC's favorite naturalist, "Wildman" Steve Brill. We will meet Mr. Brill in Queens, as he takes us all throughout Forest Park, which will be an amazing area for us to hike, learn...and eat! For more information about the "Wildman," click here. This activity is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18.
- BEACH DAY, CONEY ISLAND, BROOKLYN: We will take advantage of this underrated beach, where we will build sand sculptures, play beach games, go swimming (for those who want to) and have lunch at the original Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs. Also, time and weather permitting, we may hop on a ride or two and/or play a few carnival games. One possibility, the historic Wonder Wheel, is "150-feet high, weighing 200,000 pounds and holding 144 people at once -- built in 1920...No visit to Coney is complete without a turn on the WHEEL." -- from the Wonder Wheel website. If it rains, we can go to the New York Aquarium instead.
FISHING DAY: We traditionally have a fishing day on the last day of camp out in one of the boroughs, but we are going to do one in Central Park this week as well!
This activity is scheduled for Friday, June 21.
- CITI FIELD TOUR: We are excited for our Mets' fans, but this is a treat for all, as it is not always available (we haven't done it since 2012!) This fun-filled tour includes visits to the Mets' Clubhouse, warning track on field, dugout, bullpens, scoreboard control room and the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum, among other things. With any extra time, we will explore Queens' own Flushing Meadows Corona Park, at 1,255 acres, the 3rd-largest park in the city. This activity is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26.
- NEW PARK EXPLORATION: We have visited many different parks throughout the boroughs over the years and whenever we do, you can bet that there will be many fun activities throughout the day. It is possible that we will revisit one we have not been to for several years (Owl's Head? Swindler Cove?), which should be new to this year's crew, but are there others out there we have never checked out before? If so, that might be the spot, so stay tuned!
THE ANNUAL HIKE: We took a longer trip out to Pelham Bay Park last year and ended up hiking "only" 7.03 miles, a bit off the record of 10.79 miles in 2017. That one might be unbreakable, but we are scouting out some ideas for this summer to give it a shot. We have averaged about 8.75 miles over the last 5 years and everyone who has ever attended has completed the hike. If tradition serves, there will likely be ice cream at the end of it all!
This activity is scheduled for Friday, June 28.
*** PLEASE NOTE: There will be no camp on Thursday, July 4. ***
- THE QUEENS ZOO: Exhibit updates have given the Queens Zoo the feel of a national park. In the past, the zoo has welcomed coyote pups (above) that had been rescued and rehabilitated, as well as many new baby animals over the years. We will explore other areas of Flushing Meadows Corona Park with any extra time, which may include checking out the Unisphere from the 1964-65 World's Fair, among other things. If it rains, we will go to The New York Hall of Science.
THE CLIFFS AT DUMBO: This awesome, outdoor climbing facility offers bouldering, which is a type of rock climbing focused on movement and requires no experience, rope or partner! This was NYC's first outdoor bouldering gym when it opened a few years ago and at 7,800 square feet, it is actually the largest outdoor wall of its kind in the United States. All participants need to have a waiver filled out, which you can find here.
Please check "Other," type Mohr's Explorers in the appropriate spot on the form and forward your confirmation e-mail to Mike. This activity is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3.
- QUEENS COUNTY FARM MUSEUM: "The Queens County Farm Museum dates back to 1697; it occupies NYC's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland and is the only working historical farm in the city. The site includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard and an herb garden." -- from their website. And we are going to explore the whole thing! This activity is scheduled for Monday, July 8.
- BEACH DAY: We normally do not have too many kids in Week 4 who were with us in Week 1 and those who are still with us usually don't mind a second trip. So we're going back to Coney Island! See above for details.
FISHING DAY: This has long been a camp tradition the last day of camp and this year, we may even trek to a new fishing spot somewhere throughout the city, so stay tuned!
This activity is scheduled for Friday, July 12.
- WATER DAY: We typically try to find a cool place on one of the hotter days with a lot of sprinklers and spend part of that day splashing around and having fun. Parents will be notified ahead of time if we plan to do this, but rest assured, even if we don't schedule in a specific day for it, most days when we happen upon some sprinklers, we tend to take full advantage for at least a few minutes!
- GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL TOUR: We may save this for a rainy day and if so, we will be taking an insider's tour of this incredible NYC landmark, which turned 100 in 2013. The tour focuses not only on the history and architectural highlights of the Terminal, but provides little-known secrets and anecdotes as well. Our Explorers will never see Grand Central with the same eyes again!
OTHER DETAILS AND INFORMATION:
- The dates are June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5 and July 8-12 (we will not be in session on Thursday, July 4). You do not have to enroll for all four weeks; we realize summer begins at different times for all of our Explorers. Need more time outdoors beyond July 12? Click here for more details about our Summer Mini-Camp, which will run from July 15-August 9.
- The day camp will run from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
- Pick-up & drop off will be at the NE corner of Columbus Circle & Central Park West. Right across the street from the big globe.
- The day camp is for boys and girls, ages 5-12.
- All participants bring a packed lunch and water (unless otherwise notified on special days).
- Most of the necessary travel is via subway. Not only is it better for the environment, it is also safer and faster, allowing us more time for what we are here for - the fun!
- The cost for one full week of camp is $625. The price is $1,150 for anyone who signs up for two full weeks and for anyone enrolling for more than that, it will be $1,650 for three weeks and $2,100 for all four. If we are not full, daily drop-ins are available as well ($140/day). Please note that because July 4 falls on a Thursday, that Week 3 of this camp will be just 4 days and the cost is $500. If this week is included with any other weeks of the camp, then the discounted rates will be $1,050 (for Week 3, plus one additional week) or $1,550 (for Week 3, plus two additional weeks). We do not accept credit cards; please make checks payable to Mohr's Explorers, LLC.
- This is a small camp with limited enrollment and we are unable to provide any financial aid or sibling discounts.
- All full-week participants will receive one Mohr's Explorers item (in the past, it has been a t-shirt, lunch tote, etc.) Multiple-week participants always get at least one bonus item!
- Registration is currently open and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. To pre-register, just e-mail Mike to save your spot. After that, please mail payment and a completed enrollment form (please click link below) to secure your child's enrollment. Registration is not official until the form and full payment are received. You may also e-mail a .pdf of the form, as long as the text is clear, and submit payment electronically. For more details, just ask when pre-registering. If you have already submitted a Mohr's Explorers enrollment form this school year for any other program, then you do not need to fill out another one.
If you have any questions, or if you wish to enroll your child, please contact Mike.
Full refunds will be issued for cancellations prior to May 19. Through June 2, 75% will refunded. Fees are non-refundable after June 2, regardless of the reason for withdrawal. There are also no refunds or credits for absences or dismissal.