Best indoor play spaces for kids in New York City
Our picks for indoor play spaces in New York City let your little ones horse around no matter what the weather.
Tue Dec 16 2008
Upper East Side
Playgrounds and parks are great, but sometimes a tot needs a change of scenery or a cozy place to play on a rainy day. These play spaces in the five boroughs offer just that, plus, in many cases, perks like professional supervising staff, boutiques and cafés. From no-frills spots that are easy on your budget to exclusive, members-only locations, we present our favorite play spaces for NYC kids.
Art Farm in the City
419 E 91st St between First and York Aves (212-410-3117, theartfarms.org). Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St. Open play Mon–Thu 12:30–3:30pm. One-time visit $20–40, children enrolled in class $20. Five passes $200, ten passes $300, 20 passes $500. One-year pass (good for 50 visits) $1,000.
Instead of jungle gyms and storytimes, this family space's defining feature is its live animals. During open play your tot can mingle with bunnies, turtles and hamsters, and participate in baking, art and music workshops. Ages 6 months to 8 years.
1622 First Ave between 84th and 85th Sts (212-452-9814, gymboreeclasses.com). Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St. Admission for members only. Member initiation fee: $50; open gym time is only accessible by paying classes and initiation fees. Hours vary; visit website for schedule and additional info. Open gym hours: Mon 2:15pm–3pm; Tue, Thu, Fri 12:15pm-1pm; Wed 12:30pm–1:15pm; Sat 9am–9:30am.
The folks behind this kiddie clothing brand don’t just want to outfit your children—they want to educate them, too. With more than 550 locations across the globe, Gymboree offers a variety of classes in music, arts and sports. Its popular family classes allow your whole crew to paint murals or learn to play an instrument together. Besides hosting birthday parties, Gymboree also puts the space to use for mothers’ playgroups and family reunions. Ages newborn to 5 years.
163 E 84th St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-772-8435, kidville.com/eastside). Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St. Admission for members only; annual family membership starts at $725. Hours vary; visit website for schedule and additional info.
At this Kidville location you’ll find a supervised indoor gym, tons of classes each week, a boutique and a café. But pampered playtime at each of these member-only megaspaces comes at a price: Rates begin with a $70 registration fee plus a semester’s class cost (from $725 and up). Ages newborn to 6 years.
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