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
Whitepoint Center, 132-25 14th Ave, College Point (718-747-5867, bounceu.com) Subway: 7 to Flushing--Main Street. $13 per session, $65 for five sessions. Open play Tue 3:30--4:45pm, Sat 9:15--10:30am. 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, play indoor dodgeball or kick back with a cheesy slice of pizza at the caf (just $5 for two pieces and a drink). 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 (Wed 6--8pm) and Preschool Bounce (Fri 10:50am--12:05pm) 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.
Kids Fun House
6273 Fresh Pond Rd, Ridgewood between Metropolitan Ave and Bleecker St, Ridgewood (718-418-KIDS (5437), kidsfunhouse.com). Travel: L train to Myrtle-Wyckoff, then 58 bus to Metropolitan Ave. Free parking. Open play Tue—Sun 10am-8pm. Tue--Fri $7; Sat--Sun $10; monthly family membership with six-month commitment: $59, $30 for each subsequent child. Month-to-month rate $69 per month for one child; $35 for each additional.
This 6,000-square foot tot hot spot is equal parts gym, arcade and caf. Children ages three and up can run around the three-story play area, which features a triple slide, mazes and tunnels. Babies and toddlers get their own space featuring playhouses and double padded carpet. Video games are available to older kids, and four complimentary game tokens are given to every entrant. While the children are occupied, parents can grab a snack in the caf. Ages 3 to 11.
Gymboree Play & Music
*108-14 72nd Ave between Austin St and Queens Blvd, Forest Hills (866-477-3700, gymboreeclasses.com). Subway: E to Continental Ave.
*208-32 Cross Island Pkwy near 201st St, Bayside (866-477-3700, gymboreeclasses.com). Admission for members only. Hours vary; visit website for schedule and additional info. New member initiation $40 at both Queens locations.
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.
5-02 50th Ave at 5th St, Long Island City (718-392-5437, lickids.com). Subway: 7 to Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue. Open play Mon--Fri 12-3pm, 5-6:30pm; Sun 10--11:30am. $12.50 per play pass, $120 for 10 passes, unlimited play pass (good for three months) $150. Siblings under 1 are free. Hours are subject to change; call ahead before your visit.
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 open play sessions. Ages newborn to 10 years.
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