Winter is in full swing here in NYC, and whilst we enjoyed watching the snow fall the first time round, the excitement has worn off and its now becoming a bit of a nuisance. Cabin fever sets in and keeping my toddler occupied becomes hard work, so any opportunity we have to leave the house is taken. Its too cold to play outside so its really important to have some places for the kids to go and burn off that endless energy – seriously, my child never stops moving! Ive done a LOT of searching and have put together my top ten list of indoor play spaces for Kids in Manhattan.
City Treehouse, Chelsea
This place is fantastic, and pretty affordable in comparison to some other play spaces in the City. It costs $25 to use their full play area or $15 if you just want to use the soft play room (this is more suitable for pre walkers ). There is a fun water sensory table which my son LOVES, with sprinklers, water wheels and dump buckets. They also have a two storey treehouse with slide and secret cave where kids can crawl. Downstairs you will find another space with art and craft supplies if the kids fancy being creative, a kitchen set and lots of other toys to play with. There are a variety of classes held at City Treehouse and opening hours are Monday to Sunday from 10am – 5pm.
Appleseeds, Chelsea and Upper West Side
Their 2,500 square foot indoor playground will provide your child with endless hours of fun. You will find a lego table, yoga block skyscaper, a magnet wall, climbing area and lots more. They have two locations, one in Chelsea and the other in the Upper West Side and membership starts at $136 p/mth. This includes unlimited access to the play area as well as big discounts on their classes. You can try out the soft play area as a new customer for $40, access afterwards will require a membership plan. They are open Monday to Friday from 9am – 6pm and Saturday/Sunday from 9.30am – 4pm.
Chelsea Piers Toddler Gym, Chelsea
Chelsea Piers is one of the more affordable soft play areas in the City at just $12 per child. Although the space is not huge, it holds enough to keep kids entertained for a good couple of hours. There is a ball pit, slide and climbing area where kids can jump and explore and the space is suitable for kids from the age of 6 months to 4 years. Opening times are Monday to Thursday from 9.30am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm, for Friday through to Sunday you will need to call and confirm the schedule for that week.
Scandinavia House, Mid Town
Incorporating Scandinavian design, the Heimbold Family Children’s Play and Learning Center is open to the public on Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. For a modest $15 you will have access to an activity room and a sensory room – design highlights include a reading theater, sensory tunnel, custom Lego® corner, landscaped BRIO® train table, indoor climbing corner and more. Kids must be walking on their own to be able to play here and if you decide you love it, you can join Scandinavia House to gain access throughout the week as well.
14th Street Y, East Village
For kids aged from 6 months to 3 years, kids can make a playdate at the Y’s indoor padded playroom. Kids can run, jump and explore on Sundays from 9.30am – 11.30am. $20 a session or $90 for a 5 class punchcard.
The Playroom, Upper East Side
The Playroom is a 3,000 sq.ft. play space on the Upper East side which holds an indoor climbing structure, a pre-walker room, a dress-up area and stage and a play bodega. You can drop in for $35 or pay for a membership starting from $250 p/mth. Suitable for kids up to the age of 5, its also a shoe and nut free facility. Weekly classes in music, art and exploration are also available.
The Art Farm in the City, Upper East Side
New York City’s only indoor petting zoo invites your kids to interact with chickens, chinchillas and more! This facility also offers cooking, art and music classes and a large playroom filled with plenty of toys. All of the Art Farms programs include time at the Petting Zoo and are suitable for children from 6 months and up. They are open Monday – Thursday from 9.30am – 3.30pm, drop in costs $20 p/hr and bulk or membership options are also available.
Twinkle Playspace, Brooklyn
An impressive 4,500 sq.ft. play space for kids up to the age of 6 years. Once inside you will find a life size tree with suspension bridge, 15 ft tall multicoloured dragons, a Firehouse, fully padded barnyard, grocery store, graffiti room and aven a princess parlour! Your kids will have endless fun in this amazing play space, drop in is $25 with the option of bulk and membership packages. Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday/Sunday 9am – 11.30am. Weekend afternoons are reserved for parties.
Equipped with custom-designed playscapes featuring slides, tunnels, poles, rope nets and more, the space also includes a lower-impact area for babies and beginner walkers outfitted with a magnetic wall, books, bead mazes and a shorter, simpler climbing structure. This is a fantastic place for kids to explore and is suitable from the ages of 6 months to 6 years. Drop in is $30 and opening times are Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday/Sunday 9am – 11.30am. Weekend afternoons are reserved for parties.
This 3,000 sq.ft facility Greenpoints first original playground. There are a variety of classes available from French to Ballet as well as their jam packed play room containing tumbling gym, music and art studio, laundry set and more. Suitable for kids from birth to 6 years, at $23 for drop in you cant go wrong. Packages are also available and opening times are Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday/Sunday 10am – 4pm.