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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Tykes (5-6)

A typical day in the Tykes program begins with a morning of easy-going educational activities followed by lunch, afternoon recreation, workshops, snacks, and visits to places of interest at Cornell and in Ithaca.

Program options

On Safari
Tykes explore the geography and zoology of Africa and Asia through study of amazing animals such as lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants, and hippos, as well as their habitats. Creative projects, music activities, and first-hand accounts of animals in the wild, nurture curiosity about the natural world. Offered weeks 1 and 3.
Tykes: On Safari
Week 1: July 7-13, 2019
Tykes: On Safari
Week 3: July 21-27, 2019
Birds and Bugs
Tykes investigate the habits and habitats of birds and insects through a variety of fun activities. Trips to Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology, Sapsucker Woods, Beebe Lake, local parks, and trails provide learning opportunities about the interesting creatures that inhabit our planet. Hands-on projects, outdoor time, music, stories, and more keep Tykes active and interested. Offered weeks 2 and 4.
Tykes: Birds and Bugs
Week 2: July 14-20, 2019
Tykes: Birds and Bugs
Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019

Sample day for Little Bears (3-4) and Tykes (5-6)

  • 7:15-8:30 a.m.: Before-camp activities: Crafts, games, free play with breakfast snacks available*
  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.: Welcome activity: Upon arrival, campers join an activity
  • 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Academic activities based on age group
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch provided in the Northstar Eatery, Appel Community Center
  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.: Visit to Ithaca's Sciencenter for hands-on discovery
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m.: Outdoor water play
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m.: Snacks and games
  • 4:30-6:00 p.m.: After-camp activities*

*Extended-care options have additional fees. See fees below.

Youth program fees

Courses with additional fees and are noted within the course information. Otherwise, the program fees (per child, per week) include

Residential camp fees cover all youth activities including the academic program, housing, seventeen meals, and all morning, afternoon and evening activities. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with optional evening care from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Children reside in Court/Kay Hall or North Campus Townhouses with their accompanying adult who is registered in the CAU adult program. Participants may also choose to reside off-campus at the Homewood Suites. See Housing for details.

Day camp fees cover the following activities: academic program, five lunches, and all morning and afternoon activities. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Extended-care fees

  • Before-camp care: $45 (per camper, per week)
  • After-care: $45 (per youngster, per week)
  • Both before-care and aftercare: $80 (per youngster, per week)
  • Daily drop-ins, Early/Late: $10 per instance
  • Evening care: $30 (per youngster, per night) (This fee does not apply to residential campers as it is included in their residential fee.)

Age groupResidential
Reduced residential

*Reduced rates apply to the second and all additional children (after the first, oldest child) accompanying a registered adult in residence on campus.

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