Kid On The Town
Culture For City Kids
Indoor Spaces
Our living space may be cramped, but NYC families can find lots of interesting, kid-friendly indoor public spaces – stores, libraries and other institutions – for those too-common bad-weather days.

For more structured indoor play, see our weekly storytimes and drop-in classes & playspaces guides. Also check out our kid-friendly museums guide for details and tips on visiting NYC’s cultural meccas, many of which have interactive spaces specially designed for youngest patrons. Annual memberships start under $100 (way less than a semester of a Manhattan kids class) and allow lots of short visits over the year.

Our events calendars can be sorted by indoor/outdoor among other criteria.

Get out of your apartment and enjoy! And let us know where you go on bad-weather days by leaving a reply below or emailing us.


Avery Fisher Hall

10 Lincoln Center Plaza
Upper West Side

Daily 10 am - 8 pm

This elegant spacious lobby has lots of colorful posters and striking sculptures, classical music listening stations, comfy leather seating, and a great view of the Lincoln Center fountain.

Strollers/Diapers: Large bathrooms but no changing tables.

Eat & Treats: Get sandwiches and pastries at the espresso bar inside or head across Broadway for delicious French salads, croissants and gelato at Epicerie Boulud.


Barnes & Noble 86th & Lexington

150 East 86th Street
Upper East Side


Storytimes: Join in stories, songs and crafts led by a bookstore employee.


Columbus Library

742 10th Avenue at 51st Street
Midtown West



Fauna

265 W 87th Street between Broadway and West End Ave



Giggle Upper West Side

352 Amsterdam Avenue between 76th & 77th Street
Upper West Side



JCC Manhattan

334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street)
Upper West Side

Daily 7 am - 10 pm

This Jewish Community Center has fantastic kids programs and events for all faiths, and the large lobby has colorful kid-friendly seats and tables, rotating art displays.

Strollers/Diapers: Spacious bathrooms with changing tables. Strollers must be left in the lobby.

Eat & Treats: Healthy tasty options can be found at the cafe or bring your own snacks. We like the juices and treats from the Equinox cafe one block north.


Polarn O. Pyret

428 Columbus between 89th & 81st Street
Upper West Side



Pottery Barn Kids

1311 2nd Avenue at 69th Street
Upper East Side


Storytimes: Employees read favorite picture books surrounded by adorable decor and toys.


St. Agnes Library

444 Amsterdam @ 81st Street
Upper West Side


The children’s floor is divided into a small but charming toddler/baby section with toys and comfy cushions and a section with tables and crayons for older kids. No eating allowed in the library.

Storytimes: Storytimes at this recently renovated library are lively and crowded - strollers sometimes line up outside the library before it opens.


Strand

12th Street & Broadway
Gramercy & Flatiron


Storytimes: Each week, staff at this famous bookstore read from a favorite book.


Time Warner Center

10 Columbus Circle
Midtown West

Monday-Saturday 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday 11 am - 7 pm

Manhattan Kids love the the giant (naked) sumo statues, escalators, colorful displays and wide open spaces at this upscale shopping mall. Also rotating art events, fun stores (check out the giant animals at C. Wonder), and seasonal happenings like Holiday Under The Stars.

Strollers/Diapers: Spacious elevators and bathrooms with changing tables on the second and third floors.

Eat & Treats: Get healthy food and treats for sale at Bouchon Bakery and Whole Foods.


Torly Kid

51 Hudson Street
Tribeca/Soho


Storytimes: This hip kids' clothing, toy and book store hosts weekly toddler storytimes in a 13-foot tall giraffe print play tent.


West Side Kids

498 Amsterdam Avenue at 84th Street
Upper West Side



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