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Batting cages for NYC kids

Kids can take a swing at one of these sports spots.

Baseball Center NYC

Asphalt Green Batting Tunnel
Rentals here accommodate an unlimited number of batters, making it a perfect place for a group outing. Just remember that the more players you bring, the more time you'll need to reserve. 555 E 90th St between York and East End Aves (212-369-8890, ext 2321; asphaltgreen.org). Rates begin at $40 per half hour for individuals or groups.

Astoria Sports Complex
Players face pitches coming at them at 40mph to 95mph. They also practice catching with the fielding tunnel and ground ball machine. 34--37 37th St between 34th and 35th Aves, Long Island City, Queens (718-729-7163, ascsports1.com). Batting cages $40 per hour, fielding tunnel and groundball machine $35 per hour each.

The Baseball Center NYC
This spot, which specializes in teaching kids as young as two how to play America's favorite pastime, also rents out cages to individuals and groups of players. 202 W 74th St at Amsterdam Ave (212-362-0344, thebaseballcenternyc.com). Prices start at $50 per half hour for up to five people.

Chelsea Piers
Kids can practice with the ProBatter Simulator—the same machine used in the MLB. It features a jumbo screen on which children can watch a virtual pitcher wind up before a ball is launched their way. Standard hitting practice is also available. Chelsea Piers Field House, Pier 62, 23rd St  at the Hudson River (212-336-6500, chelseapiers.com). $2.75 for ten pitches; Probatter practice $5.50 for 16 pitches.