NYC play spaces
Just like the postman, your kid keeps going through rain, sleet or snow. These indoor play spots let them horse around no matter what the weather.
Mon Nov 1 2010
6722 Fort Hamilton Pkwy at 67th St, second fl, Dyker Heights (347-450-5867, bounceu.com). Subway: N to Fort Hamilton Pkwy. $15 per session, $65 for five sessions. Open play times vary; see website for schedule. Reservations required.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 and play indoor dodgeball. Arcade games such as Pac-Man keep fingers busy when tired legs need a break. And parents, don't be shy: Adults are encouraged to jump and exercise alongside their young ones. Weekly theme parties, including Family Bounce Night and Preschool Playdate add to the friendly local vibe, despite this being part of a large national chain. Ages 3 and up. Kids must be able to walk.
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 Tue, Wed, Fri 10am-1pm. $12 per family (one or two kids); $15 per family (three or more kids).
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
Travel: B41 bus to Ave N.
*1270 Bayridge Parkway, (BETWEEN 12TH and 13TH AVES.) Dyker Heights
SUBWAY: D Train to 71st St.
Admission for members only. (New member initiation $40 at both Brooklyn locations)
Hours vary; visit website for schedule and additional info.*1270 Bayridge Parkway (between 12th and 13th Aves), Dyker Heights (718-983-1280, gymboreeclasses.com). Travel: Subway: D train.
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.
808 Union St at Seventh Ave, Park Slope (718-569-2150, kidville.com/parkslope). Subway: B, Q to Seventh Ave; M, R to Union St; 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza. Admission for members only; annual family membership starts at $595. Hours vary; visit website for schedule and additional info.
At Kidville you'll find a supervised indoor gym, tons of classes each week and a boutique. 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 $$595 and up). Ages newborn to 6 years.
Klub4Kidz, 159 North 4th St at Bedford Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (1-877-KidzKlub, klub4kidz.com). Subway: L to Bedford Ave. Open play hours vary. Daily playground pass (under 3 years) $12 for one kid, $25 for two. Daily Toddler Area pass Pass (under 3 years) One kid: $12 per day, Two kids: $20 per day. Various monthly membership packages available : VIP Monthly Perks $50 for one kid, $75 for family; Celebrity Monthly Perks $70 for one kid, $100 for family, and Rock Star Monthly Perks $100 for one kid, $150 for family. Daily: 10 play passes for $100.
The tot spot features a four-story play structure, rock-climbing wall, caf and boutique, and also hosts a variety of programs, including acting, music, ballet, yoga and even robotics. The kiddie destination also offers birthday parties, movie nights and other special events.
New York City Explorers
*399 Atlantic Ave near Bond St, Boerum Hill (718-797-3707, nycityexplorers.com). Subway: A, C, G to Hoyt--Schermerhorn; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St. Open play Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm, Fri 12am-3pm.
*186 Underhill Ave between St. John and Sterling Pls, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-399-6923, nycityexplorers.com). Subway: 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza. Open play Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-6pm, Tue, Thu 11am-6pm. All-day family play pass $10, 10-day pack $90, annual family membership $600.
Both locations of this Brooklyn-based play space house 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. Note: The Atlantic Ave. location does not have a playspace. Ages newborn to 4 years.
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