Indoor Playspaces

Stay warm and dry in these interactive climate-controlled spaces featuring baby gyms, art-making, animals water play and more. Click on the location name for more info.

Also check out pop-ups & public art and kid-friendly museums plus weekly storytimes, drop-in classes and free or discounted trial classes.

Events This Week | Weekend Agendas

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

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street

Monday–Thursday 12–3 pm
November–early March
$8, $75/10 sessions, 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.

American Museum of Natural History Discovery Room

American Museum of Natural History
West 81st Street & Central Park West

Monday–Thursday 1:30-5:10 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 10:30 am –1:30 pm & 2:15 –5:10 pm
Suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors, Free/ages 2 & under
$150/year for 2 adults and up to 4 children

Explore artifacts and specimens, hang-out inside a giant tree, put together puzzles, build a dinosaur fossil and conduct scientific experiments in an enclosed hands-on space. Free timed tickets are available at the Discovery Room entrance (first floor by West 77th Street). And the rest of the Natural History Museum is pretty great for all-ages hands-on fun and lots of room to roam.

Apple Seeds

apple seeds UWS
200 West End Avenue @ West 69th Street
10 West 25th street between Broadway & Sixth Ave

Monday–Friday 9 am-6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:30 am–4 pm
$136/month + tax

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.

Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)
212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam

Sunday–Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
$210/year ($125 is tax deductible) for two adults, all children and up to two additional adult caregivers

The enchanting Children’s Museum of Manhattan has interactive, educational exhibits, from soft, enclosed areas for babies and crawlers, a whole floor for Dora & Diego lovers, and multicultural explorations for older kids. Admission includes tons of programming and performances.

Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA)

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
$12, 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 artists.

City Treehouse

City Treehouse
129A West 20th Street between Sixth & Seventh Avenues

Monday–Sunday 10 am –5 pm, Reservations recommended
$30/visit (first visit $10/hour), $250/10 visits
3 play passes for $45 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.


Downtown Dance Factory
291 Broadway

Monday & Wednesday 10 am–12 pm
$10/child, free/siblings under 6 months

On Monday & Wednesday mornings, Downtown Dance Factory’s large sun-drenched studio is transformed into an indoor playground for babies, toddlers and preschoolers with colorful mats, a cool ball pit, adventure-filled tunnels, books, building blocks, and fun ride-on toys. Drop-in, no registration necessary.

DiMenna Children's History Museum

New-York Historical Society
70 Central Park West at 77th Street

Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-8pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
$12, free/ages under 1 & 65+
$175/year ($100 tax deductible)
free Friday 6–8 pm

Ride an orphan train or play a newsies video game in the awesome DiMenna Children’s History Museum in the basement of the New-York Historical Society. Hands-on exhibits tell the life stories of diverse youngsters who lived in New York City from the late seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. The rest of the museum is also fun and fascinating for all ages to explore and often features interactive kid-friendly exhibits.

Discovery Programs Playpark

Discovery Programs
251 West 100th Street (between Broadway & West End)

Monday 2:30 pm–3:15 pm
Friday 11:15 am–12 pm
$25/session, $225/10 sessions, cash only

Discovery Programs’ spacious gym is open for free play twice a week. Youngsters 6-48 months can run, jump, tumble and play.

Elliott's Gymnastics

Elliott’s Gymnastics
131 West 86th Street between Columbus & Amsterdam

Monday–Thursday 12:15-1:15 pm
Monday & Thursday 3:14-4:15 pm
Friday 9-11:30 am
$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 ([email protected]).


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.

Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center at Scandinavia House

Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue at 38th Street

Tuesday-Friday 10 am-5 pm (members only) Saturday 12–5 pm ($15)
$15/Saturday drop-in
$500/year ($110 tax-deductible)

This Scandinavia-inspired activity room and sensory room includes a reading theater, sensory tunnel, custom Lego corner, landscaped BRIO train table, indoor climbing corner, mushroom house, a “please touch” wall, light landscape, and imported Scandinavian educational elements. Learn about the culture of Scandinavia through books, toys, art workshops, and interactive programs or just explore this small yet satisfying designed multi-sensory environment.

MoMA Art Lab: Nature

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
4 West 53rd Street

Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)
$85/year ($38 tax deductible)

Visitors of all ages can discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world in a new multisensory installation. Beautiful discovery boxes contain creative activities related to seashells, grass, butterflies, etc. inspired by works in the galleries. Also lots of gorgeous books, building toys and multimedia projects that appeal to all ages (including this mom – I made a cool flower-inspired chair prototype). Great play spot for bad weather days (or good weather – it’s right next to the sculpture garden). All ages welcome.

The Art Farm in the City

The Art Farm in the City
419 E 91st Street between First Avenue & York

Monday-Thursday 12:30–3:30 pm
$20/session, $150/10 sessions

Learn about different animals through music, stories, crafts and live encounters with bunnies, chinchillas, turtles and other adorable creatures.

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