If you’ve been waiting for the thick booklet that comes home every year listing summer camps available through the Montclair Public Schools, don’t hold your breath.

This year, the school partnered with the website Work Family Connection, and now you’ll register online. The good news: Many of last year’s camps will still be offered. Click on the summer camps, then select one of the five Montclair schools participating in the summer camp program.

Offerings include cooking, literature, dance academy, iCamp (create your own video game) and the macabre-sounding crime scene investigation.

One popular camp that didn’t get transferred over to the new system is being offered independently. The Magic for Muggles summer program will be run once again by Glenfield teachers Kevin McCarthy and Adam Scribner–a relief to moms like me who have kids who want to repeat the camp. It’s moved from Glenfield to the incredibly Hogwarts-like parish hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 55 Montclair Avenue in Montclair.

Now in its fourth year and in time for the release of the series’ sixth film Half Blood Prince, the camp makes the magic of Hogwarts School come alive for youngsters–playing Quidditch, wand making, Harry Potter jeopardy and more. Here are the details:

Magic for Muggles Summer Program
Who: Ages 8 to 13.
What: Harry Potter summer camp
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church
55 Montclair Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042
When: Four weeks 9 a.m.-2 p.m.. Starts the weeks of June 29, July 13, July 20 and July 27
Cost: $195 per week, but sign up before May 1 for the special rate of $175 per week.
Register: Email Scribner

Want to know about other private summer camp programs? Click here to see our Summer Camps for Little Kids and Summer Camps for Big Kids lists.

And tell me, where are you sending the kiddies this summer?

Post by Liz George.