Yes, you’ll have to pay to gain access to this playground (New York Hall of Science admission plus a $4 per person fee), but the incredible thought BKSK Architects put into this space compelled us to zoom it into our list’s top ten. The playground’s myriad niches let kids discover for themselves the laws of the natural world—a.k.a. physics—in a way that enchants them. An elaborate Archimedes screw connected to a water table, two plastic slides with a drop that mimics that of a roller coaster, a precariously wobbly, wood-slatted bridge that conjures the quintessential jungle movie scene, and a giant working seesaw are just some of the ways in which this spot sparks and satisfies kids’ curiosity in equal measure.
|Venue name:||New York Hall of Science Playground|
47-01 11th St
|Cross street:||at 47th Ave|
|Transport:||Subway: 7 to 111th St|