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NYC play spaces

Your little Energizer Bunnies keep on going through rain, sleet or snow—find play spots that suit them all around the city

Little ones get cabin fever just like we do. This winter, take 'em to these sweet indoor NYC play spaces so they can bounce off the walls in an environment made just for them! Be sure to explore our favoriteyouth fitness classes for sporty kids and other indoor activities for kids to keep the whole brood entertained even in the coldest months. When they're all tuckered out afterward, you might even be able to sneak in a cuddle for one of our 50 best kids movies to watch as a family.

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NYC play spaces

Apple Seeds, Chelsea

Your seedling will blossom at this Chelsea play space, which includes a 2,500-square-foot indoor playground featuring a soft-play climbing area, a shape-sorter garden, a sports section and nine permanent exhibits that mimic the Big Apple. Your child can ring up friends at the New York-style deli filled with fake organic food and flowers, or design her own skyscraper out of colorful geometric shapes. The space also contains a boutique, a bookstore, a café, a birthday room and a hair salon (a haircut for your child will set you back $32). Classrooms at the facility offer lessons in music, art, cooking, science, yoga, dance, sports and Spanish in 16-week sessions. A Red Apple Seeds membership ($114/month) grants you unlimited access to the cheery playgrounds and members receive a discount on classes, camps, haircuts, events and purchases at the boutique and café. Ages newborn to 5 years.

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Baby Moves

Set in the courtyard of the Westbeth artist community, this spot looks more like a gallery than a tot stomping ground. But inside, it's warm and inviting. Founder Dawn Ifrah has a master's degree in early childhood education and she puts it to good use, adjusting her equipment to suit the ages and interests of the kids who show up. Toy kitchens and cars can be added or removed, as can climbing towers. Reservations suggested. Ages 6 months to 7 years.

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West Village

City Treehouse

The Chelsea retreat may be named for its tree house, but its main attraction is actually a water table that accommodates children ranging in age from 18 months to eight years. Toddlers give plastic animals a bath while preschoolers direct water jets to move balls and customize dams. Other offerings include a wide selection of classes and playgroups, as well as birthday parties. Ages newborn to 8 years.

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Discovery Programs

In addition to romping through Discovery's huge gym, tots can take classes in gymnastics, music, dance, art and more. Ages 7 and under.

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Upper West Side


The 5,000-square-foot spot, run by two neighborhood moms who used to work in the fashion industry, sports a members-only indoor playground complete with a replica of a 1970s VW bus, a Rolling Stones–inspired tongue slide and a concert stage. Members and nonmembers alike can also sign up for one of the classes offered at the play space—everything from dance and tumbling to art and languages. There's also a special music program, developed exclusively for Frolic! by children's musician Tim Kubart of Tim and the Space Cadets. Rounding out the offerings are birthday parties, a coffee lounge and a boutique. Ages newborn to 6 years.

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The Gym Park

Nobody's too young or old to burn off energy at this Greenpoint play space. Mommy-and-me classes focus on building locomotor movements, flexibility, agility and social skills through play; toddlers can continue to build these same skills in the Tots Tumble class. Programs for children ages six and up include recreational gymnastics, cheerleading and parkour, as well as a superhero training class—designed to build your youngster's balance, agility, speed and stamina through obstacle-course practice. Ages 6 months and up.

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Jodi's Gym

Offering plenty of activities for kids, the Upper East Side gym features athletic offerings like Mighty Muscle Movers (an action-packed, play-based class for toddlers) and Tumbling Tots (gymnastics for the preschool set) as well as music and dance programs. Best of all: With class enrollment, families are entitled to such perks as free open-play sessions and discounts on birthday parties, camps and special events. Ages 9 months to 12 years.

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Upper East Side

Kidville UES

At this Kidville location you’ll find a supervised indoor gym, tons of classes each week, a boutique and a café. But pampered playtime at each of these members-only megaspaces comes at a price: Platinum and Diamond members recieve complimentary use, and Silver members can play for $14 per visit (first pass is free!). Ages newborn to 6 years.

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Upper East Side


Three stages of classes ensure kids build age-appropriate skills as they play, sing, dance and make art. Stage one mommy-and-me classes serve newborns to 28-month-olds and include classes such as Rock Tots, Messy Art & Music and Crawlers Rock & Sign. Choose from partial- or full-separation classes for toddlers ages 1 to 2 years in stage two. Children ages two and up can experience hip hop dance, yoga, guitar and more in MoonSoup's stage three after-school workshops. Ages newborn to 10 years

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Midtown East