Kids' fitness centers in NYC

Get ready to score goals, scale boulders and bounce off the walls at these kid-friendly fitness centers and studios

By Allie Early

Forget P.E. class. Families, it's time to adventure out to these amazing fitness and sports centers. They'll keep your kids in shape—and having a totally awesome time—with the opportunity for you to jump in on the fun or just let little ones do their thing. Check out our favorite picks below, and don't miss favorites like Chelsea Piers92Y and Brooklyn Boulders.

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Kids' fitness centers and studios

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The Field House at Chelsea Piers Classes

Sports and fitness Chelsea

The venerable athletics center gives kids plenty of opportunities to embrace their favorite sports. Tweens can brush up on their basketball skills before the season starts in jump-start clinics, while preschoolers can learn the game from the ground up in a new Little Dribblers program. Teen Parkour is another new offering this year, giving kids a chance to learn running, jumping, climbing and acrobatic movements associated with the noncompetitive sport. Ages 3 to 16.

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92nd Street Y

Things to do Cultural centers Upper East Side

The iconic institution, which was founded in 1874, hosts all manner of events for families, including live music, dance performances and more. Expect special programming during Jewish holidays like Passover and Hanukkah.

Asphalt Green
Photograph: Courtesy Asphalt Green

Asphalt Green

Sports and fitness Upper East Side

The not-for-profit megacenter features pools (with aquatics classes and water polo), community programs, a summer camp, a soccer field, pilates and yoga sessions, martial arts and (yes, actually, somehow) more.


Things to do Play spaces Upper East Side

There's something for everyone at this tot gym. Classes range from tae kwon do and gymnastics to cooking and crafting. Ages 7 months to 12 years.

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Broadway Dance Center

Dance Jazz Hell's Kitchen

This year-long program includes classes in all forms of dance, from creative movement and jazz to African and contemporary, and includes a year-end recital in a city theater. Mini workshops are also available for kids (and parents) who want a shorter-term commitment. Ages 3 and up.


Things to do Play spaces Queens

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 café (just $4.99 for two slices 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, Preschool Playdate and Cosmic Bounce, add to the friendly local vibe, despite this being part of a large national chain. Reservations required. Ages 2 and up.


LIC Kids

Things to do Play spaces Long Island City

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 daily open play sessions.

Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM)

Theater Williamsburg

Kids can swing through the air on the flying trapeze or jump to their heart’s delight on giant trampolines at this Williamsburg performance spot, which hosts birthday parties and classes for kids. Little ones will love Kid Action + Kid Fly, where they'll try daredevil stunts, acrobatics and aerial arts.


Karma Kids Yoga

Things to do Classes and workshops Flatiron

Children as young as six weeks can align their chakras with classes ranging from mom-and-baby stretch sessions to teen workshops. The studio helps kids find their mental and physical balance by imitating animals, playing games and listening to stories. Ages 6 weeks and up.

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Yogi Beans Classes

Things to do Upper East Side

This UES Studio teaches kids about meditation, focus and breathing techniques while moving through various yoga poses. At Siblings Yoga (ages 3–9), kids quit bickering and learn about cooperation and communication through asanas, games, song and even foot massage. You can also try Family Yoga class, in which parents can practice with their little ones. If your baby is battling teething and thinks sleep is for losers, then you could probably use some downard-dog time yourself; new moms can take a Bye-Bye Bump class ($45 for drop-ins), while babysitters mind the children nearby. Ages 6 weeks to 16 years.

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