Five new and newly renovated play spaces to check out


With school breaks, long weekends and holidays on the horizon, your kids are bound to have some extra time on their hands. This means you, parents, may have a house full of stir-crazy little ones! Keep busy with our favorite indoor activities for kids! Check out these fairly new (and newly renovated) play spaces for a guaranteed afternoon of fun. Any cool new stuff we missed? Let us know!


The Playroom NYC

Founded by two sisters, this 3,000-square-foot play space offers an indoor jungle gym, a Broadway-themed room with amazing kids’ costumes and a “bodega” where they can play with shopping carts and plastic/cardboard foods. There are also ride-on car toys (a Bentley and a Mercedes) and a custom train table featuring a 6 train and landmarks like the Statue of Liberty. 1439 First Ave (212-729-6149, Unlimited play $30, except when at capacity, and limit is 2 hours of play. Ages 6mos–5yrs.


Monkey Do! Yoga

Kiddos can perfect their tree pose, baby cobra and downward dog at this sweet new studio made just for families. Stop in for Family Yoga ($18 per person) on Sundays at 12:45pm, let ’em play without you at Kids Yoga ($20), or try a Sensational Yoga—Rise and Shine for Special Needs class ($35), at which your mini mes (ages 5 to 8) focus on core strength, flexibility and, most of all, having a great time in a supportive environment. There’s also Open Play ($10) available on Mondays and Fridays, and parents will rejoice over Monkey Do!’s extended drop-in hours. Date night, anyone? 279 3rd Ave, Brooklyn (347-987-3797, prices. All ages.


RECOMMENDED: Full guide to indoor activities for kids in NYC


Bowlmor Times Square Arcade

Have you heard about Bowlmor’s new arcade? Find it on the third floor by the main check-in desk near the Coney Island– and Central Park–themed lanes. You’ll play classic games like air hockey, Skee-Ball and pinball, plus there’s Mario Kart, a giant Connect Four game and a Star Wars game with a 180-degree screen. 222 W 44th St (212-680-0012, Various prices. No guests under 21 permitted Fri, Sat after 9pm. All ages.


Raising Astoria

Haven’t visited lately? What are you waiting for! With the help of parent volunteers, this already-awesome space morphed into a dedicated educational, play and classroom spot for local families. Two separate rooms are available to visitors during Open Play: One is an activity room with a padded floor that’s great for toddlers (it often has a mini bouncy castle and giant foam blocks!), and the other is a sensory room/classroom that includes a magnetic chalkboard wall, a wooden playhouse and a custom-built wooden sensory wall with a bead maze, shape-matching toy, vintage telephone and a concave blowfish-shape mirror. 26-11 23rd Ave, Queens (718-440-9444, $10/family for open play. Ages 18mos–7yrs.


Recess Dumbo

New to the scene as of last June, Recess boasts a jumparoo (kids bounce around on a big tube!), fireman poles, an alcoved nook with magnets and netting kids can climb, plus big and small slides. It also offers play space drop-offs every other Friday from 5:30 to 8:30pm with a pizza dinner and arts and crafts for the little ones. 81 Washington St, Brooklyn (347-987-3509, Drop-in $30. Ages 6mos–6yrs.

Share the story
Latest news