Interspersed throughout the space is an expertly curated collection of toys, projects, books, and more. Wherever your kid’s passion and interests lie, you’ll find it here. For instance, in a section devoted to science, you’ll find a chemistry terrarium kit, architect building blocks, and a plant pot that doubles as a music speaker. (Pro-tip: There are great gifts for grown-ups, as well.) Pool toys, fake tattoos, L.O.L. Surprise Dolls—you name it, you’ll find it at CAMP.
Upstairs on the third floor of The Shops at Columbus Circle is Art CAMP, where kids can choose from what seems like hundreds of open-ended visual arts experiences, from tie-dyeing to sand art to ceramic painting. In the mood to get your hands dirty? At the Slime Lab, you can mix up one-of-a-kind creations like a glow-in-the-dark version scented with banana and interspersed with gold leaf and mini watermelons. Or head to the spin art table and combine colors to create a technicolor frisbee that will definitely make a statement in nearby Central Park.
Then there’s the star of the Art CAMP show: the Splatter Room, where budding artists are given a range of brushes, tools, paints, and a blank canvas. (According to Justin, the Splatter Room has also become a secret date night location for couples looking for a unique night out on the town.) Guests suit up in a plastic poncho and booties and splash paint on the canvas as they channel their inner Jackson Pollock. And don’t worry about making a mess. As Justin will remind you: “The word ‘no’ does not exist here.”