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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.


Gymboree Play & Music
• 677 Lexington Ave at 56th St (212-838-4301, gymboreeclasses.com). Subway: N, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 59th St. Admission for members only. Hours: Mon–Fri 9:15am–4pm. Sat 9:15–noon. See description under Upper East Side.
• 235 E 38th St between Second and Third Aves (212-867-0250, gymboreeclasses.com). Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7, S to 42nd St-Grand Central. Admission for members only. Hours: Mon–Fri 9:30am–4:30pm; Sat 9am–1pm. See description under Upper East Side.

Scandinavia House
58 Park Ave between 37th and 38th Sts (212-879-9779, scandinaviahouse.org). Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7, S to 42nd St-Grand Central Station. Open to the public Sat noon–5 pm. $5 per child. Annual membership $65, and allows entry Tue–Fri noon–5pm. This cultural center features two play spaces for the price of less than one. The Heimbold Family Children's Learning Center is chock-full of activities, including a puppet stage theater, Legos, costumes and games. Meanwhile the permanent exhibit "The Myths & Magic of Iceland: A Voyage through Icelandic Children's Literature" transports kids to another world with a landscape of volcanoes, glaciers and magical creaturesLittle ones are encouraged to read and listen to recorded stories while hanging in the cozy cottage or the ice cave. There are enough adventures to be had to cure even the worst winter blues. Ages 1 to 5 years.

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