Newark Summer Activities: Free Movie Nights, Online Youth Camps

Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Director of Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Senior Services Patrick Council announced today that the City of Newark will host a virtual camp for city youth, virtual programming at recreation center and will offer movie nights to residents this summer. All programs are FREE and open to Newark residents.

The virtual watershed camp will take place in two sessions, with online activities for all participants. These will include: daily arts classes in different areas; online presentations about animals; team building activities; a treasure hunt; Magic trick; talent activities; and a video equestrian program that will teach attendees about horse care and riding. Participants will take a quiz based on the videos and the 10 campers with the highest scores will win a trip to Echo Lake Stables to ride horses.

“Our city has always strived to provide its residents with the best possible summer, with fun, safe and educational family and youth-oriented activities. This summer is more difficult than previous years. But we are adapting and taking innovative and pioneering steps to ensure our young people can enjoy the summer and learn new skills, all from the safety of their homes,” said Mayor Baraka. “I also urge our residents to join us on our movie nights for enjoyable family movies, sharing laughter and togetherness under the stars.”

The Watershed camp will take place in two sessions, the first from July 7 to 31, the second from August 4 to 28. Only 100 participants will be allowed in each session, so residents should register their child early at www.newarknj. gov or call (973) 697-9018.

Additionally, all recreation centers across the city will offer the regular “Grab-n-Go” summer feeding programs from July 7 through August 28, with a range of online virtual programs in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.

The programs will be organized as follows:

  • Creative Performing Arts Camp at Boylan Street Leisure Center
  • Newark Sports Camp at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center
  • Robotics and Gaming Camp at Marquis Bo Porter Sports Complex
  • Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Camp at Rotunda Recreation Center
  • Coding and Digital Play Camp at Sharpe James/Kenneth A. Gibson Recreation Center

For more information about these programs, visit the city’s website at or call the Division of Recreation at (973) 733-6454.

From July 7 through August 28, Hayes Park West Center will be offering the GIRLS (“Girls in Recreation, Leadership, and Sports”) Camp for young Newark girls ages 7-13. Operating Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., this program is designed to teach, encourage, and empower young girls ages 7 to 13 in the city of Newark. The program will consist of a range of activities, virtual trips and special events that cater to the development and growth of young women. The program includes: STEAM, coding, acting, stepping, yoga, sewing, art, personal care and healthy eating.

For more information about this program, visit the city’s website at or call the Hayes Park West “Center of Hope for Girls” at (973) 733-3959.

Summer Fun Movie Nights, sponsored by the Centers of Hope and Census 2020 and the city, will feature free family-friendly movies at Army Park and other outdoor venues around the city. Participants should practice social distancing and bring chairs and blankets for their families. The program for the film follows below.

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