Summer Camps

Go on a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math Adventure with us and explore our New Summer Labs!

Zaniac 2019 Summer Labs are ideal for children of all mastery levels. This summer we have designed our camps as Labs; for children to research, explore, experiment, problem solve and create. Our labs have been designed to fit varied students' skill and experience levels. Our multi-sensory experience is focused by age and grade to provide a tailored and well-rounded summer camp for your child.

Our Summer Camp space is limited, so enroll today!

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Summer Camps 2019!
Camps run weekly from June 17 - August 30

Camps Include:
  • Personalized attention with small camp sizes(1:8 or less)!
  • Role model instructors in a cool high-tech environment
  • Weekly Jersey City Public Library Visits
  • Weekly kickboxing classes at CKO Kickboxing
  • Weekly local Field Trips (full day campers only)
  • Snacks will be provided
Full-Day Weekly Camps:
  • 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Full Week: $599 (July 4th Week: $479)
  • Please send a nut-free lunch daily
Half-Day Weekly Camps:
  • Half Day AM: 8:30am-12:00pm
  • Half Day PM: 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • Full Week: $399 (July 4th Week: $319)
Single-Day Weekly Camps:
  • 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Monday-Thursday (call for availability and enrollment)
  • Price: $135 per day
After Care Options:
  • 4:30-5:30pm: $50 per week
  • 4:30-6:00pm: $60 per week

Summer Camp At A Glance

Zaniac Summer Camp Categories

Juniors Program: Camps for rising kindergarteners

Our Juniors program is designed specifically for our youngest innovators in mind. Our camps have an interactive weekly theme focused on critical thinking skills with hands-on engineering and science principles. Camper must be at least 5 years of age by 6/1/19.

Themes Include:
Junior Designers: Using sustainable materials become an Architect for a week
Junior Earth Scientists: Explore the earth from its core to the atmosphere
Junior Space Explorers: Soar into outer space and learn about the solar system
Junior Food Scientists: See how foods react with each other in a delicious way
Junior Chemists: Discover how chemicals reaction with hands-on experiments
Junior Musicians & Artists: Infusion of STEM to make true works of Art & Music
Junior Computer Scientists: Learn what coding is used for and how to binary code
Junior Marine Biologists: Discover the magic of underwater animals and their environment
Junior Doctors: Learn about the human body and what is biology
Junior Engineers: Build a robot and learn how circuits work in this introductory camp
Junior Zoologist: Discover how animals interact and live in the wild/zoo

Coding Lab: Grades 1-8:

It’s never too early to learn to code. We start with block-based programming using Scratch or Blockly to writing custom code in Python and Java! Coders go from beginner to expert programmers with our progression of coding Labs.

Coding Lab Camps Include:
  • Intro to Coding: Scratch - Grades: 1-2, 3-5
  • Video Game Designer - Grades: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8
  • App Designer - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • Website Designer - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • Python Coder - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • Java Coder - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • Advance Minecraft Mod Coding Grades: 6-8

Click here to view Coding Lab Camps.

Engineering Lab: Grades 1-8

Think, build and create! Explore mechanical and electrical engineering through hands-on exploration and innovation! Technology is a powerful way to teach kids engineering skills with littleBits circuits, LEGO EV3 robots, drones and more!

Engineering Lab Camps Include:
  • Robotics: Beginner - Grades: 1-2, 3-5
  • Robotics: Intermediate - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • Robotics: Advanced - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • Tinker & Code - Grades: 1-2, 3-5
  • Circuits: Beginner - Grades: 1-2, 3-5
  • Circuits: Advanced - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • Drones: Build & Fly - Grades: 3-5, 6-8

Click here to view Engineering Lab Camps.

Design Labs: Grades 1-8

Students are immersed in the engineering and design process from ideation to production. Projects can range from designing 3D prints, architectural spaces, musical compositions, video tutorials, and even their own fashion designs. Campers create their own projects using our programs such a TinkerCad, PrintStudio, Inkscape, Minecraft, GarageBand and iMovie.

Design Lab Camps Include:
  • Fashion Design: Jewelry - Grades: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8
  • Fashion Design: Runway - Grades: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8
  • 3D Engineering Design - Grades: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8
  • 3D Eng. Design Advanced - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • DJ with GarageBand - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • Video Tutorials & Production - Grades: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8

Click here to view Design Lab Camps.

Gaming Lab: Grades 1-8

Game-Based Learning using Minecraft capitalizes on the love children have for the game as we incorporate math, physics, architecture, design and coding into a game-based learning environment. Kerbal Space Program allows players to explore a whole new universe by creating and managing their own space program by designing, testing, and launching airplanes and rockets.

Gaming Lab Camps Include:
  • Minecraft: Biosphere Explorers Grades: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8
  • Minecraft: Space Exploration - Grades: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8
  • Minecraft: Industrial Design - Grades: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8
  • Minecraft: Urban Adventures - Grades: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8
  • Minecraft Mods Coder - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • Minecraft Redstone - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • Minecraft Newton’s World - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • Kerbal Space Program - Grades: 3-5, 6-8
  • 3D Game Design - Grades: 6-8

Click here to view Gaming Lab Camps.

STEAM Quest Lab: Grades 1-8

Our STEAM Quest Labs have a weekly theme. We incorporate interactive STEAM activities will be into a different daily projects. Campers will use engineering, coding, design, game-based learning principles throughout the week.

STEAM Quest Lab Camps Include:
  • Space Missions - Grades: 1-2, 3-5
  • Wizardry Wonders - Grades: 1-2, 3-5
  • Computer Mastery - Grades: 1-2, 3-5
  • Maker Space - Grades: 1-2, 3-5
  • Superheroes - Grades: 1-2, 3-5
  • Minecraft Design - Grades: 3-5 6-8

Click here to view STEAM Quest Lab Camps.

Zane Math Labs: Grades 1-8

Zane Math Camp is designed from the ground up to prioritize, fun, active engagement, with an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. At Zaniac, we believe that all children can learn and become excited about math in the right environment. This academic camp offers a great way for students to both retain their math comprehension and get ahead before the new school year.

Zaniac Summer Camp Descriptions

Coding Lab Camps:
Intro to Coding: Scratch (Grades 1-2 and 3-5)

Intro to Scratch teaches programming concepts such as sequences, loops, iterative development, and debugging using a modern, block-based approach. Students create animations and videos to share with friends and family.

Video Game Designer (Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8)

Create a new game every camp and program classic arcade games (like Pac-man) and more. Learn advanced concepts, such as broadcasting, variables, and adaptability while working on collaborative learning skills.

App Designer (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Students explore the software design process using App Inventor 2, a block-based, visual programming approach designed by MIT. Learn and use real development techniques like event handlers, timers, lists, database management, and script generation to go from concept to a functional application that is yours to keep. After class you can continue to develop your favorite apps at home, share them with friends or even sell them.

Website Designer (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Create your own website, going all the way from concept to functional, hosted site. Learn the basics of the HTML5 and CSS3 web languages, layout strategies, color theory, and responsive web design. Start by brainstorming your initial concept, wireframing a template in Moqups, building in Weebly, and tweaking the HTML and CSS to dial in the design. Web Makers also learn about site maintenance, including UX feedback, testing, updates, domain management, and hosting.

Java Coder (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

In this introduction to Java, students learn the basics of Java, a "write once, run everywhere" language. Explore principles like variables, classes, methods, code efficiency, and automation, all while building a text adventure game, a calculator and more.

Advanced Minecraft Mods Coder (Grades 6-8)

Dive deeper into the Minecraft Coder Pack for more advanced approaches and create custom inventory tabs, biomes, crops, and unique armor. Build on what you learned in Minecraft Mod Coder to create a brand new mod. Prerequisite Minecraft Mod Coder.

Python Coder (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Students work with an intuitive, syntax-based language and learn syntax-specific concepts like lists, strings and conditions. They have the opportunity to create the foundation of a functional game.

Engineering Lab Camps:
Tinker & Code (Grades 1-2)

Technology and math skills come to life as we teach kids the basics of Robotics, circuits and coding using Ozobots, Spheros, littlebits and more!

Robotics: Beginner (Grades 1-2 and 3-5)

Think, build, create! Our engineering camp explores mechanical engineering through hands-on exploration and innovation. You will get an introduction to levers, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, and complete challenges through building motorized mechanisms in teams.

Robotics: Intermediate (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Work with our robotics experts to build more complex robot systems using our LEGO EV3 Robotics System! Learn about the scientific method, forces, and design through exploring scientific and engineering concepts.

Robotics: Advanced (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Study concepts like renewables, recycling, energy conservation, and carbon footprints through building wind turbines, hand generators, and conveyors. Environmental Science students finish with an understanding of environmental impacts of their everyday actions.

Circuits: Beginner (Grades 1-2 and 3-5)

Be an electrical engineer! Explore electrical engineering through hands-on exploration and innovation using littleBits™, a system of modules that magnetically snap together to build projects ranging from flashlights to synthesizers. Learn about basic inputs, outputs, analogs, electricity, and more!

Circuits: Advanced (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Intro to Microcontrollers uses open source hardware that makes electronics accessible to all. Learn programming logic through hands-on hardware projects, work with sensors to explore the science of light and sound, and build creatively with real circuit boards to create projects like color-mixing lamps.

Drones: Build & Fly! (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Watch your engineering and coding skills take flight with Drones! Campers use creativity and critical-thinking skills to successfully engineer the design and code drone models. Explore physics and geometry to understand how the anatomy of a drone supports its course of flight and how to program their drone with block programming commands to pilot their drone's flight path. Complete a variety of hands-on challenges and understand the real-world applications of drone technology.

Gaming Labs
Minecraft: Biosphere Explorers (Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8)

Game-Based Learning using Minecraft™ capitalizes on the love you already have for the game as we explore math (like Cartesian coordinates) to navigate while working together with friends to accomplish group missions. Explore real science and engineering concepts like biomes and gravity.

Minecraft Space Exploration (Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8)

Commercial Space Travel may be just around the corner for this Zaniac generation. Campers are introduced to the International Space Station and space exploration through Galacticraft. Campers learn to build, prepare and launch a rocket. Stops at the Moon and Mars are part of our trip. And given our environmental consciousness, we throw in an extra challenge: Zaniac’s Space Junk Clean up!

Minecraft Urban Adventurer Lab (Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8)

Zaniac’s Minecraft Urban Adventurers Lab is designed to groom an environmentally conscious generation of planners through the basics of urban planning, architecture and building design. Campers learn about rapid urban growth, electric sustainability, scarcity of water, and the need to bridge supplies to cities. Campers learn to design and build while bringing their miniature eco friendly community together.

Minecraft Industrial Design (Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8)

Campers will explore the inner workings of manufacturing and heavy industry, ranging from baseline resource gathering to advanced metal production. With the simplified tools provided by Minecraft, students will set up working and powered facilities dedicated to creating products from raw materials, and a logistics network that can quickly and efficiently move items to where they are needed.

Minecraft Newton's Lab (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Get introduced to the world of physics and explore Newton’s Laws, mechanics, and thermodynamics. Begin working with advanced concepts like fluid physics and electromagnetics, all in the Minecraft universe.

Minecraft Redstone Lab (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Enter the electrifying Redstone Lab, the circuit equivalent in Minecraft that allows students to use electrical engineering concepts to create complex machines such as a clock or a calculator. Learn about inputs, outputs, logic gates. Use critical-thinking skills to solve electrical challenges throughout the laboratory.

Minecraft Mods Coder (Grades 6-8)

Work with developer tools including JDK, Eclipse, Terminal, and Gimp to create custom items, blocks, and new materials by writing your own code in Java. Learn to install resource packs and pre-existing mods, and interpret the elements of existing mods to define qualities for your own.

Kerbal Space Program (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Use a realistic aerospace simulator to learn about aerospace engineering, orbital mechanics, aerodynamics, and space exploration concepts, igniting a lifelong interest in science and space!

3D Game Design (Grades 6-8)

3D Game Design teaches game design concepts such as formalism vs abstractionism, rule implementation, challenge/reward balancing, game flow and paper prototyping. Students create 3D character models using the modeling software Blender, and explore the history of video game design and how it relates to computer science as a field.

Design Labs
DJ with GarageBand (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Get hands-on experience with real-world music production equipment and bring your song ideas to life! Enter our Music Lab using GarageBand®, the perfect primer for beginners who want to learn the basics of one of the most popular and accessible Digital Audio Workstation programs out there. We start with the basics of musical notation and form, and you’ll work through looping, editing, sound manipulation, and capturing vocals and MIDI instrumentation to create your own music.

3D Engineering Design (Grades 1-2 and 3-5)

Get immersed in the engineering and design process through working with cutting edge software and technology. Take your exciting ideas and turn them into reality with 3D prints!

3D Engineering Design Advanced (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Campers will learn the Iterative Design Process as a critical component of Engineering. They will be given a real-world problem to solve through 3D Design and Printing. They will have to research, construct, design and print solutions that will creatively solve those challenges.

Fashion Design: Jewelry or Runway (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Design one-of-a-kind looks using digital modeling and create custom, wearable accessories through 3D printing. Explore color theory and use the open-source vector graphics software Inkscape. Assemble your own custom garment designs by assembling mood boards, drawing vectors, arranging nodes, and layering color palettes. Our fashion designers will walk away with their own runway collection or jewelry line!

Video Tutorials & Production (Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8)

This camp is designed for children that love to watch their favorite YouTube stars. Campers will work as a team to storyboard, star, film, edit and upload their videos all which emphasizing the importance of online security.

STEAM Quest Labs
STEAM Quest Wizardry Wonders (Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8)

Enter the world of your child’s favorite books! Make scientist glasses, 3D printed magic wands, learn about magic potions and play a game of Wizard Chess! Who needs a flashlight when you can create magic spells? End camp with a game of Robot Quidditch!

STEAM Quest Space Missions (Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8)

Build and program robots for space missions and compose your own soundtrack in our Music Lab for your stellar mission! Navigate the map of foreign cities in Minecraft and use Scratch to create your own robot mission training camp to deliver cargo to your space destination!

STEAM Quest Superheroes (Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8)

Compose in our Music Lab. Tinker with Keytar. Make Superhero weapons in Robotics. Design costumes with Inkscape. Make Masks with Paper Circuits. Design in 3D and print logos and symbols.

STEAM Quest Computer Mastery (Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8)

Coding is the language of the 21st century. Become a master, starting with Blockly or Scratch and working your way up! Go from true beginner with Blockly and Scratch, to writing custom programs and games in Java, all while having a blast along the way.

STEAM Quest Maker Space (Grades 1-2 and 3-5)

Do you like to to create, build, tinker, invent, learn and share? Campers will be exposed to highly engaging hands-on learning and problem solving through a great range of tools, machines, technology, possibilities, and instructor encouragement. They will gain familiarity with maker concepts such as programming, robotics, engineering, multimedia, and design.

STEAM Quest Minecraft Design Lab (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

Learn the basics of urban planning and building. Explore real-world architectural landmarks through Google Maps & Street View, and apply that knowledge to designing a cityscape using Minecraft™ and Tinkercad.

Zane Math Labs
Zane Math (Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8)

Our fun-filled approach to math (you can draw on our glass walls!) keeps you eager to come to camp every day! We customize a math program for your child from our 14,000 math problem database based on your child’s individual Math Assessment.

Our Summer Camp space is limited, so enroll today!

Zaniac Summer Camp 2019 Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your child’s enrollment, you must notify us in writing by emailing by April 1st, 2019. Cancellations made on or prior to this date are subject to a $100 fee per child.

If you require a partial refund based on customer purchasing error (promo code not applied or incorrect purchase) there will be at $15 credit card processing fee).

If cancellation is made after April 1st, 2019 and on or before May 17th 2019, we will issue you a credit for all tuition fees paid valid only for Camps (Summer, Winter or Spring Break only), Birthday Parties and after-school classes or other events are not included. Your credit is transferable to any family member.

No refunds or credits will be given out after May 17, 2019 regardless of your registration date. Changes in enrolled weeks are based on availability. It is understood that no credit will be given for absences (medical or otherwise), family vacations, transportation delays or withdrawals.