New Haven Announces ‘Summer of Fun’ Activities for Youth

NEW HAVEN — The city has unveiled plans for “dozens of fun and enriching summer events and programs” for children, youth and families in New Haven this summer that Mayor Justin Elicker says will make “burst of pleasure”.

“Summer is just around the corner, and the city of New Haven will be teeming with fun and fulfilling activities in every neighborhood and for children and youth of all ages, interests and abilities,” Elicker said at a conference of press at Lighthouse Point Park.

The Department of Youth and Recreation, along with other nonprofits and local organizations, offers a variety of summer activities and programs across the city, according to a statement. They are all listed in the all-new Mayor’s Youth Summer Guide 2022, a booklet and resource for parents, which is available online.

Printed copies are also sent home with the children to New Haven Public School families. If a child or parent requires a disability-related accommodation to participate in city programs, it can be requested through the Department of Youth and Recreation, according to the statement.

“We have something fun for everyone this summer, and we encourage children, youth and families in New Haven to join in the fun and make new memories this summer,” said Gwendolyn B. Williams, director of the youth and recreation department in the statement.

“…Students will also receive meaningful ways to develop their individual skills through positive and empowering activities while remaining in a structured and organized environment,” Williams said.

Some activities that will be available, according to the release, include:

— Movies in the Park on Friday evenings at sunset, starting June 3.

— Family Fun Days on Wednesday afternoons between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. starting July 13, with free food, games, activities, bouncy houses, live DJs and more.

– Weekly summer camps, held in city parks, schools and public spaces, run from June 27 to August 12.

The Mayor’s Summer 2022 Youth Guide is available online at For more information, residents may also contact the Department of Youth and Recreation at 203-946-7582 or online at

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