The best indoor activities for kids in New York City

Stay busy with NYC's coolest indoor activities for kids: exhibits, escape rooms, board game cafes and more!

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UPDATE: Events, venues, shops and restaurants in NYC have been cancelled due to coronavirus. Some offerings here might be affected—if you're unsure, please call to confirm.

We might be partial, but NYC definitely has the coolest indoor activities for kids. 

Where else can you attend a sleepover at one of the best museums in the world (under its giant 94-foot model whale, no less), choose from one of 500 options at a local board game cafe or meet your favorite kids' authors at storytime? Gotham really does have it all, folks. 

If you need recs for entertaining things to do with kids in NYC, you've certainly come to the right spot. These indoor destinations make for the perfect outing, rain or shine. After your visit, we recommend hitting one of the best family restaurants in town and polishing off your day with a treat from one of our favorite Instagrammable dessert spots.

Let the fun begin!

Indoor activities for kids in NYC

Board game cafes in NYC
Things to do

Board game cafes in NYC

Escape rooms for kids in NYC
Things to do

Escape rooms for kids in NYC

Family-friendly arcades in NYC
Things to do

Family-friendly arcades in NYC

Kids' bowling alleys in NYC
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Kids' bowling alleys in NYC

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Indoor playgrounds in NYC
Kids

Indoor playgrounds in NYC

Kids' museums in NYC
Museums

Kids' museums in NYC

New exhibits in NYC
Attractions

New exhibits in NYC

Indoor amusement parks in NYC (and beyond)
Attractions

Indoor amusement parks in NYC (and beyond)

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Indoor water parks in New York (and beyond)
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Indoor water parks in New York (and beyond)

Indoor swimming pools in NYC
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Indoor swimming pools in NYC

Trampoline parks in NYC
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Trampoline parks in NYC

Best laser tags in NYC
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Best laser tags in NYC

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Kids' library branches in NYC
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Kids' library branches in NYC

Bookstores in NYC
Shopping

Bookstores in NYC

Storytime locations in NYC
Things to do

Storytime locations in NYC

Puppet theaters in NYC
Theater

Puppet theaters in NYC

Rock climbing walls in NYC
Sports and fitness

Rock climbing walls in NYC

Kids' fitness centers in NYC
Sports and fitness

Kids' fitness centers in NYC