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
Staten Island & New Jersey
400 Chelsea Rd at South Ave, Staten Island (718-761-7529, chelseaplaygroundny.com). Travel: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the Staten Island Railway to Tompkinsville, then take the S96 bus to South Ave at Teleport Dr. Open play Mon--Thu 10am--6pm; Fri--Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 11am--7pm. $10 per child, $5 per adult.
Little ones can pretend to be myriad heroes at the "kids' village." One of the newest spots: a pet care station, where children wear a veterinarian's jacket and administer a dose of TLC to their favorite stuffed animal. A rock-climbing wall and three levels of tubes, tunnels and slides keep children occupied after the dress-up sessions grow tiresome. Ages 1 to 9.
Gymboree Play & Music
3295 Amboy Rd between Buffalo St and Hopkins Ave, Staten Island (718-370-8189, gymboreeclasses.com). Travel: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the Staten Island Railway to Bay Terrace. Admission for members only. Open gym hours: Mon 2:15pm-3pm, Tues, Thurs & Fri 12:15pm-1pm, Wed 12:30pm-1:15pm, Sat 9am-9:30am. Hours vary; visit website for schedule and additional info.
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 6 years.
1202 Shipyard Lane between 12th St and Barry Ln, Hoboken, NJ (201-377-5495, kidville.com/hoboken). Travel: NY Waterway ferry to Hoboken 14th St. Or NJ Transit bus 126 to 12th St. Admission for members only; annual family membership starts at $495. 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 $495 and up). Ages newborn to 6 years.
Wild at Play
125 River Dr at Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, NJ (201-333-4244, wildatplay.com). Travel: PATH to Pavonia/Newport. Open Mon--Fri 9am--6pm; Sat, Sun 9am--noon. Admission for members only. Annual family membership $225; ten play passes $180 plus annual membership fee; unlimited annual play pack $1,100 plus annual membership fee. Check website for class schedule and additional membership details.
This Jersey City space was founded by parents support group Downtown Babies. In the venue's 2,300-square-foot playground, kids can slide, bounce, crawl and bump their way through a winding maze. The location also offers a range of classes (including music, dance and martial arts) and themed birthday-party packages. Ages 3 months to 12 years.
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