New Haven’s Summer Fun: Camps, Swimming, Sports, Family Fun Days

“Summer is just around the corner, and the city of New Haven will be teeming with fun and fulfilling activities in every neighborhood and for children and youth of all ages, interests and abilities,” Elicker said. “From summer camps and movies in the park to family fun days, organized sports, youth employment and academic enrichment programs, families in New Haven have so much to choose from and enjoy. I know my family and I can’t wait!”

The Youth and Recreation Department, along with other local organizations and nonprofits, offer a wide variety of summer activities and programs throughout the city, which are listed in the new City Guide. Mayor’s Summer Youth 2022, a comprehensive booklet of over 50 pages. and a helpful resource for parents, which is now available online. Printed copies are also being transported to New Haven Public School families starting today. In addition, if a child or parent requires a disability-related accommodation to participate in City programs, they may request it from the Youth and Recreation Department.

“We have something fun for everyone this summer, and we encourage children, youth and families in New Haven to join in the fun and make new memories this summer. There are so many exciting ongoing events and programs that residents won’t be able to fit into! said Gwendolyn B. Williams, director of the City of New Haven Youth and Recreation Department. “In addition, students will also receive meaningful ways to develop their individual skills through positive and empowering activities while remaining in a structured and organized environment.”

  • Movies in the Park take place on Friday evenings at sunset, starting June 3.
  • Family Fun Days take place Wednesday afternoons between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., start July 13 and include free food, games, activities, bouncy houses, live DJs and more .
  • Weekly summer camps, held in city parks, schools and public spaces, begin June 27 and run through August 12.
  • Open swim sessions at the municipal pools at Hillhouse and Wilbur Cross High Schools begin June 27 weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • [email protected] summer employment opportunities begin July 5 for New Haven Public School youth ages 14-21, providing youth with work exposure, mentorship and academic enrichment activities and community.

New Haven Public Schools also offers Summer of Fun programming July 5-29, with a staggered schedule between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., depending on grade level and location. Students will be engaged in reading, writing, science and outdoor learning every day. Enrichment activities will include kayaking, hiking, arts and crafts, and drama. The program is available for children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Information is available on the SNPS website.

“The New Haven Public Schools Summer of Fun balances academic and enrichment activities to engage all students from K-12. Students will be exposed to kayaking, hiking, the arts, and the crafts, drama, and literacy and math,” said Deputy Superintendent Keisha Redd Hannans of New Haven Public Schools.

Gemma Joseph Lumpkin, NHPS Director of Youth, Family and Community, added: “Learning doesn’t take a vacation. We take advantage of this time of year to implement fun, exciting and challenging learning opportunities that meet the diverse needs and interests of our students and families. .

The New Haven Police Activity League is also offering a free four-week summer camp July 5-29 for children ages 8-11. PAL Summer Camp offers days filled with sports activities such as basketball, kickball, swimming, running and hiking, as well as arts and crafts and other educational activities . Residents can access PAL summer camp applications on the city’s website here.

For more information, residents may also contact the Department of Youth and Recreation at 203-946-7582 or online at

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