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Kids' fitness centers in NYC

Get ready to score goals, scale boulders and bounce off the walls at these kid-friendly fitness centers and studios

Forget P.E. class. Families, it's time to adventure out to these amazing fitness and sports centers. They'll keep your kids in shape—and having a totally awesome time—with the opportunity for you to jump in on the fun or just let little ones do their thing. Check out our favorite picks below, and don't miss favorites like Chelsea Piers, 92Y and Brooklyn Boulders.

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Kids' fitness centers and studios

The Field House at Chelsea Piers

  • Price band: 2/4

Not limited to any one activity, kids spend their summer here playing basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball and European team handball. There are also dance classes, rock-climbing classes and multi-sport classes, depending on the season! Look out for holiday camps to keep the kids busy during winter break.

  1. W 23rd St, (at the Hudson River)
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92nd Street Y

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The iconic institution, which was founded in 1874, hosts all manner of events for families, including live music, dance performances and more. Kids and teens can try dance and sport programs and camps to keep active.

  1. 1395 Lexington Ave, (between 91st and 92nd Sts)
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Asphalt Green

  • Price band: 3/4

The not-for-profit megacenter features pools (with aquatics classes for kids), community programs, a soccer field, pilates and yoga sessions, martial arts and (yes, actually, somehow) more. There are even mini camps for kids 18 and younger!

  1. 555 E 90th St, (between York and East End Aves)
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  • Price band: 2/4

There's something for everyone at this tot gym. Classes range from tae kwon do and gymnastics to cooking and crafting, with classes available for kids ages 0–7.

  1. 1520 York Ave, (between 80th and 81st Sts)
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Broadway Dance Center

  • Price band: 1/4

This year-long program includes classes in all forms of dance, from creative movement and jazz to African and contemporary, and includes a year-end recital in a city theater. Mini workshops are also available for kids (and parents) who want a shorter-term commitment.

  1. 322 W 45th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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  • Price band: 1/4

Tots take off their shoes and climb all over this inflated wonderland. Supervised by the experienced staff, kids can bounce in a soft boxing ring, play indoor dodgeball or kick back with a cheesy slice of pizza at the café (just $4.99 for two slices and a drink). When kids get tired of jumping they can head to the arcade and try winning a stuffed animal at the claw machine. And parents, don’t be shy: Adults are encouraged to jump and exercise alongside their young ones. Weekly theme parties, including Family 

  1. 6722 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, second fl, (at 67th St)
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LIC Kids

  • Price band: 1/4

Every week, LIC Kids offers a menu of classes that will work out your kid's brain and brawn. Programs include gymnastics, martial arts, dance, yoga, as well as chess, music, movement-based theatre and after-school tutoring programs. The gym is also accessible for daily open play sessions.

  1. 5-02 50th Ave, (at 5th St)
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Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM)

Kids can swing through the air on the flying trapeze or jump to their heart’s delight on giant trampolines at this Williamsburg performance spot, which hosts birthday parties and classes for kids. Little ones will love Kid Action + Kid Fly, where they'll try daredevil stunts, acrobatics and aerial arts.

  1. 51 North 1st St, (between Kent and Wythe Aves)
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Karma Kids Yoga

At this yoga studio specifically aimed toward the younger set, kids use basic poses and their imagination to improve flexibility, coordination and focus. Try a parent and child class, where you and your child (walking–3) can bark in downward dog and hiss in cobra pose, or send the kids to glow-in-the-dark yoga, where games and partner poses will keep kids 5–7 busy.

  1. 25 W 23rd St, 3rd floor (between 5th and 6th Aves)
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Yogi Beans Classes

  • Price band: 1/4

This UES Studio teaches kids about meditation, focus and breathing techniques while moving through various yoga poses. At Siblings Yoga (ages 3–9), kids quit bickering and learn about cooperation and communication through asanas, games, song and even foot massage. You can also try Family Yoga class, in which parents can practice with their little ones. If your baby is battling teething and thinks sleep is for losers, then you could probably use some downard-dog time yourself; new moms can take a Bye-Bye Bump class ($45 for drop-ins), while babysitters mind the children nearby. Ages 6 weeks to 16 years.

  1. 1018 Lexington Ave, second floor, (between 72nd and 73rd Sts)
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Brooklyn Boulders

This Gowanus climbing gym is the largest in New York City, featuring more than 18,000 square feet of bouldering and climbing walls. Climbing classes for all skill levels, as well as yoga and pilates instruction, are also available. Learn the ropes through packages like BKB Adventures (9am–3:30pm), which includes five full-day sessons with unlimited climbing, outdoor recess and snacks ($539 per week). Bring the whole family to Weekend Family Hours (Sat, Sun 9–11am) to avoid peak-hour climbing traffic.

  1. 575 DeGraw St, (at Third Ave)
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