Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids
Indoor Playspaces
Need some indoor play options but don’t want to commit to a pricey class or membership? Here are some great drop-in playspaces. Also remember:

* The kid’s spaces at MoMA, the Met, Natural History Museum and other museums also offer excellent drop-in fun. Tax-deductible memberships allow frequent creative play all year long starting at less than $100.

* Check out a range of drop-in classes and weekly storytimes. Some semester-only classes offer free or discounted trial classes.

* Many spaces & classes offer occasional introductory deals. Subscribe to our email list or like us on Facebook and we’ll let you know when they come up.

* See our list of kid-friendly indoor spaces for stores and public spaces where wee ramblers are welcome.

Indoor Playspaces

ACT Indoor Playstation at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street
Monday - Thursday, 12 - 3 pm
November - early March
$6, free for adults and babies under 6 months

This indoor gym for children 5 and under has slides, balls and large colorful mats for crawling. Before or after playing look for peacocks and visit the charming sculptures in the Cathedral’s Children’s Garden, or wander around the majestic Cathedral.

Apple Seeds

200 West End Avenue @ West 69th Street
Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 4 pm

The 2,500+ square foot, very clean, well-designed NYC-themed play area has soft gym equipment, slides, a kid-sized taxi, a deli with plastic fruit and vegetables, a huge Lego table and more.

Membership includes unlimited, seven-days-a-week access to the indoor playground for all kids in a family and up to five different grown-up relatives or caregivers, plus discounts on classes, special events and complimentary guest passes for first-time Apple Seeds visitors.

Other locations in Chelsea (10 west 25th street) and Dubai.

ARTech: Adventures In Art + Technology

459 West 14th Street
Saturday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm FREE

Two of our favorite spots, Children’s Museum of the Arts and the New York Hall of Science, join with the Meatpacking BID to present a pop-up activity center comprised of STEAM-based experiential workshops, installations, and interactive moments for school age children and their accompanying adults. Plus a pop-up Planetarium and an awesome giant ball pit. Online RSVP is required for a 1-hour timed entry slot.

Baby & Toddler Play at the J

334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street)
Toddlers: Monday - Friday 9:30 - 10:25 am
Babies: Monday 1:30 pm-2:15 pm

Enjoy a drop-in play space with padding and apparatuses to climb, balance, and jump. A tumbling instructor is on hand to assist babies and parents/caregivers with the equipment. Two sections for babies (birth to crawling) and toddlers (walking to 36 months).

Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA)

102 Charlton Street
Monday & Wednesday 12–5 pm
Thursday & Friday 12–6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am–5 pm
$5.50 at this link, free/ages under 1 & 65+
$175/year ($100 tax deductible)

This delightful, inviting space features self guided art exploration for ages 10 months-15 years. Experiment with sculpture, paints, textiles, sound design, animation, and clay in daily open workshops led by teaching artists and explore rotating exhibitions by established and emerging contemporary artist.


52 Mercer
Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
$7-$10/day with this link

Drive a truck, ride a horse, do wall puzzles and romp through the jungle gyms, slides, and bouncy surfaces of this modern, clean 1,500 square-foot indoor playground. For kids 5 and under, with a special area for babies 12 months and under. Plus a good excuse to brunch/get cronuts in one of our favorite neighborhoods.

City Treehouse

129A West 20th Street between Sixth & Seventh Avenues
Sunday, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
$20/hour (first visit $10/hour), $500/year
$40 family day pass at this link

Small but enchanting, this playspace has a two-story tree house with slides and caves, plus a water table with jets and water wheels.

Discovery Programs Playpark

251 West 100th Street (between Broadway & West End)
Monday 2:45 – 3:30 pm
Friday 11:15 – 12 pm FREE

Discovery Programs’ spacious gym is open for free play for youngsters 6-48 months to run, jump, tumble and play.

Elliott’s Gymnastics

131 West 86th Street between Columbus & Amsterdam
Monday - Thursday 12:15-1:15 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 4:30-5:15 pm
$15/session (free for registered students)

Explore balance beans, padded stairs, hanging bars and other gymnastics equipment. Reservations required via phone/text (917.517.8721) or email (


240 West 73rd Street between Broadway & West End Avenue
217 West 84th Street @ Broadway
1622 First Ave @ 84th Street
235 East 38th Street (between Second & Third Avenues)
100 Reade Street (between Church Street & West Broadway)

Times and dates vary by location
$20/session (free for registered students)

Open gym time in small but friendly, padded playspaces range from 30 to 90 minutes at various times Monday through Saturday.

R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC

334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street)
Saturday, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

Stop by the JCC every Saturday afternoon through March 21st for free art workshops, live music, storytelling and other activities for all ages plus access to indoor playspaces.

The Art Farm in the City

419 E 91st Street between First Avenue and York
Monday-Thursday 12:30pm - 3:30pm FREE

Ages 1-7 learn about different animals through music, stories, crafts and live encounters.

The Franciscan Center

West 97th St between Broadway & Amsterdam
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 12 pm
$5 suggested donation

This playroom has a wide variety of toys and books on a matted floor suitable for babies to 3 year olds.

Tot Zone at Congregation Ramath Orah

550 W 110th Street
Tuesdays, 9:30-11 am

Children ages 0-3 can play with a slide, baby riding toys, mini trampoline, blocks, toy kitchen, and much more. Facilitated by Tot Shabbat teachers.

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