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
Congregation Mount Sinai
250 Cadman Plaza West at Clinton St, Brooklyn Heights (718-875-9124, congregationmountsinai.org) Subway: A, C to High St-Brooklyn Bridge. Open play Mon 2–4:30pm; Tue 9:30am–noon, 2–4:30pm; Wed–Thu 9:30am–noon. $10 per family. Bring baby for a toddle in a cozy indoor play area. Tykes can get their hands on tons of toys and partake of free snacks and drinks while you chat up your peers. Ages 6 months to 6 years.
Gymboree Play & Music
• 5206 Avenue N at 52nd St., Mill Basin, Brooklyn (718-983-1280, gymboreeclasses.com). Travel: B41 bus to Ave N. Admission for members only. Hours: Mon 10am–1pm, Tue 9:30am–12:30pm, Thu 9:30am–12:30pm, Sat 10:15am–1:15am, Sun 9:30am–1pm. See description under Upper East Side.
• 1305 86th Street at 13th Ave, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn (718-983-1280, gymboreeclasses.com). Travel: B1 or B64 bus to 86th St. Admission for members only. Hours: Mon 9:30am–3pm, Thu 10am–11:30pm, Fri 9:30am–3:00pm, Sat 9:30am–12:30pm. See description under Upper East Side.
808 Union St at Seventh Ave (718-569-2150, kidville.com). Subway: B, Q to Seventh Ave; M, R to Union St; 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza. Admission for members only. Hours: Every day, 9am–6pm. See description under Upper East Side.
New York City Explorers
• 388 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-625-6923, nycityexplorers.com). Subway: A, C, G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St. Open play Mon–Fri 9:30am–1pm, 2–6pm; Sat, Sun 9:30am–6pm
• 186 Underhill Ave between St. John and Sterling Pls, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-399-6923, nycexplorers.com). Subway: 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza. Open play Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun 9am–6pm; Thu noon–6pm. All-day family play pass $10, annual family membership $395–$895. This newcomer on the play space circuit—which just recently opened a second location in Prospect Heights—houses a green "exploratorium" equipped with ball pits, soft mats and wooden toys; also on hand are an outpost of children's clothier Corduroy Kid, a parents' lounge and a snack bar. The main draw is the long list of services, including after-school pickup, supervised play on Saturday mornings and weekend date nights. Both locations have an enrichment program for two-year-olds called Two: Cool for School, which features French instruction and crafts. The centers also offer parent support groups and parent-child music classes. Ages newborn to 10 years.
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