Camp TV is a new one-hour public television series that shares the fun activities of day camp with children nationwide, weekdays beginning Monday, July 13 (check local listings). In the New York metropolitan area, Camp TV will air at 10 a.m. on WLIW21; 11 a.m. on THIRTEEN; and 12 p.m. on NJTV.
Episodes will livestream on each station site and be available to watch and review any time at on WLIW’s Camp TV page.
Zachary Noah Piser, a Broadway performer (Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked), plays the head counselor and host of Camp TV , who guides campers as they learn through play.
A Day at Camp TV
Head counselor Zach kicks off each episode with a welcome song and announces the day’s theme: silly hat day, camping day, rhyme day, silly sock day, backwards day and more.
Zach will then guide campers through a variety of learning experiences — exploring nature, math, science, the arts, movement, storytelling, writing and more. For example, kids will learn about surface tension while making bouncing bubbles and discover shapes while creating a flying origami star.
Other hands-on creative activities will include learning how to do magic tricks, turn sneakers into tap shoes, create an oboe from a straw and make guacamole.
Kids will be introduced to animals, from a playful bearcat to chickens who like classical music. Every episode also includes a storytelling segment that features a different book of the day.
Confirmed Camp TV content partners include Bedtime Math, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Chamber Music Society, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Franklin Institute, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Let’s Learn NYC!, Liberty Science Center, Lincoln Center, Macmillan, Memphis Zoo, National Dance Institute, New Victory Theater, New York Botanical Garden, New York Public Library, New York Road Runners, Playworks, ReadWorks, Story Pirates, and Wildlife Conservation Society. Additional content is provided by teachers who participated in The WNET Group’s NJTV Learning Live class lesson series.
Camp TV is produced by The WNET Group in New York City. Major funding for Camp TV is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by Joan Ganz Cooney.