Stay warm and dry in these interactive climate-controlled spaces featuring gyms, art-making, animals, and more.

Museum memberships are one of our favorite options for indoor entertainment - lots of room to roam beyond the interactive children's space. And annual memberships are tax-deductible.

Also check out free pop-ups & public art and kid-friendly museum programs plus weekly storytimes.

Elliott’s Gymnastics

Upper West Side-80s

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

Ages newborn to 7 years old.

Monday–Thursday afternoon
Varies by day (1 pm-6:15 pm)


$10-$15

Art Farm in the City

Upper East Side-90s+

Learn about different animals through music, stories, crafts and live encounters with bunnies, chinchillas, turtles and other adorable creatures. Explore a small playroom with blocks, tunnels and more. Morning free trial classes also avaialble.


$15-$20

American Museum of Natural History Discovery Room

Upper West Side-70s

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 40-minute timed tickets are available at the Discovery Room entrance (first floor by West 77th Street); they sometimes fill out and you’ll need to come back later.


Free with museum admission
$150/year

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

Harlem

This indoor play in a spacious gym 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.

For ages 5 & under.


$8/session, $120/month

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

Upper West Side-80s

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.


$15, free/ages 11 months old & younger
$250/year

DiMenna Children’s History Museum

Upper West Side-70s

Ride an orphan train, play a newsies video game  nd explore lots of other interactive exhibits on a entire floor devoted to kids. Pick up a printed scavenger hunt or just explore the many installations covering centuries of New York history. Lots to learn for older kids and lots to touch including a train table for tots.

Find tales of New York City past and present in a cozy Children’s History Library with a great selection of history-themed books, maps and ‘History Hunt’ drawers.


Free with museum admission
$160/year

Hex & Co Board Game Cafe

Morningside

Play over 1000+ games, including a big kids section. Discover Star Trek Risk, Golden Girls Clue and so much more. Make new friends, watch Dungeon & Dragon tournaments and shop for new family favorites.

Range of food options available including gourmet pretzels and ice cream sandwiches.


$10/unlimited gaming

Scandinavia House Playing & Learning Center

Midtown-30s

The playspace of your dreams integrates the best of Scandinavian design while emphasizing early childhood sensory perception. Learn about the culture of Scandinavia through books, toys, art workshops, and interactive programs in  two small, distinct areas – an activity room and a 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.

For ages 1 through 5. Kids must be walking on their own to be admitted. Only Saturdays are open to non-members, purchase a day pass in advance to secure a spot.

Tuesday-Friday 10 am–5 pm (members only)
Saturday 12–5 pm


$15
$500/year

Family Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

Midtown-50s

Kids and adults can draw, work with wire, design emoji, engage in light-box play, and more in a small hands-in space. All ages welcome to drop in. Make art, play with gorgeous toys, read arty books and more with a view of the sculpture garden.

Saturday–Thursday 10:30 am–5:00 pm, Friday 10:30 am–6:30 pm


Free with museum admission

GIANT Open Studio

Chelsea

Build and contribute to Unseen Worlds, an interactive exhibit-in-making combining science, art, design, and tech. Inspired by tiny organisms living around us, families build projects, smart textiles, whimsical characters, and interactive artifacts using responsive technology, arts and crafts materials, and fabrication tools such as laser cutter, 3D printer and embroidery machines.

Stay as long as you’d like; most families create for 2-3 hours.

10 am–6 pm on weekdays
10 am–3 pm on weekends


$25

Camp Hudson Yards

Midtown-30s

Past a secret magic door in a toy and clothing store find an immersive retail experience that celebrates the wonders of nature and evokes the feeling of summer camp with hands-on installations.

Hosts daily free activities plus singalongs, performances, classes and art workshops ($25-$35).


FREE

14th Street Y Indoor Playground

East Village

Run, climb, slide, and jump in a padded playroom. Bring a friend and enjoy the relaxed environment where little ones explore and play together. Other drop-in classes include Baby&Me Fitness, Sing Along & Messy Play.

Monday 3:30–5 pm (ages 2 months–3 years)
Saturday 9:30 am–11 am. 3:30-5 pm (ages 1-6 years)
Sunday 9:30 am–12:30 pm am (ages 1-6 years)
January through March


$20-$25

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Fidi

Explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions so ingenious many continue to affect the modern world in a family-friendly, interactive space. Solve puzzles, perform experiments, and play state-of-the-art computer simulations.


FREE

Frying Pan Brooklyn Game Room

Brooklyn-Sunset Park

Play Ping Pong, Skeeball, a 9-hole mini golf course featuring iconic Brooklyn landmarks such as the Gowanus Canal and Brooklyn Bridge and other arcade style games in a colorful vintage-style room next to a New England-inspired seafood-focused restaurant with lobster rolls, poke tacos and fabulous harbor views.

Also explore all the colorful art around Industry City, sample the international food court if you don’t want to eat in a restaurant and enjoy free rock n’ roll for kids on Saturdays.

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$7/unlimited games

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Tuesday, January 1

Caffe Storico

January 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:00 pm
Caffe Storico
170 Central Park West at 77th Street+ Google Map

Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas and paninis at Caffe Storico, a classy yet kid-friendly eatery within the engaging New-York Historical Society.

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10th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

July 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.

FREE
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Saturday, September 14

Just Kidding

September 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - March 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street Upper West Side+ Google Map

See top-notch family-friendly music, theatre, dance and more from local and international companies. Sing along with Grammy-award winning kiddie rockers, see charming puppet shows or watch diverse dance forms in an intimate, welcoming venue on select Saturdays. Save 20% on full price tickets when you buy 5 or more shows. Upcoming Just Kidding Shows    

$17
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The New Victory Theater

September 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - May 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

See extraordinary productions of theater, dance, circus, opera and music from around the world in a grand yet welcoming theater  in the heart fo the theater district with complimentary conveniences like lockers, stroller parking and booster seats. All shows feature engaging pre-show activities and photo ops with the cast. Age recommendations vary by show, from short interactive experiences for babies to though-provoking theater teens. The staff is super friendly and special-needs sensitive Deep discounts and free exchanges when you purchase…

$22-$69
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Mozart for Munchkins

September 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - May 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Experience classical music in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. All ages (even babies) can crawl, squeal, and dance while everyone enjoys outstanding works performed by exceptional musicians. Concerts feature different instruments and themes from a woodwind musical storytime to a jiving jazz trio all over town on most weekends and some weekdays. Includes interaction with musicians throughout the concert and trying instruments after. Discount packages available. Upcoming Mozart for Munchkins Concerts  

$35/adults, free/kids 
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Tuesday, October 1

Eataly NYC Downtown

October 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Eataly NYC Downtown
101 Liberty Street, Floor 3 Lower Manhattan+ Google Map

The downtown outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and weekend kids cooking classes.

FREE
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Venchi Chocolate and Gelato

October 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

Find a vast selection of bon bons and bars from historic Italian chocolatier plus gelato in a a variety of chocolate and other delicious flavors. Make it even yummier with creamy base of Suprema chocolate spread or a cone dipped in seasonal sprinkles like granules of Piedmont Hazelnuts, Nougatine, Chocaviar or Raspberry. Some seating in the back surrounded by a chocolate waterfall wall or enjoy it in nearby Union Square.

FREE
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Stick With Me Sweets Bonbons

October 1, 2019 @ 10:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Stick With Me Sweets
202A Mott St Soho/Tribeca/LES

Gorgeous bonbons in an array of colors and artisanal flavors taste as good as they look in this small Nolita chocolate shop.  

FREE
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Cones

October 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Cones
272 Bleecker Street+ Google Map

Argentinean-style small-batch ice cream and sorbet  comes in traditional and adventurous flavors including sweet potato with brie cheese, yerba mate  and the popular sweet corn with cinnamon.

FREE
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Saturday, October 19

Little Orchestra Society

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
695 Park Avenue at 68th Street Upper East Side+ Google Map

The hilarious Professor Treblemaker hosts a lively introduction to various composers with dancers, young musicians, video and short pieces of music performed by the excellent Little Orchestra Society. Includes audience participation during the show and pre-concert activities in the lobby. A favorite of our family.  Save and get backstage invites with 2 or 4 concert subscriptions. Upcoming Little Orchestra Society Shows

$16-$52
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Friday, November 1

Uptown GRANDSCALE Mural Project

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Harlem Metro-North Station
101 East 125th Street at Park Avenue+ Google Map

Uptown artists transformed three blocks of fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community.

FREE
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Color Factory Circle Game

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA)
102 Charlton Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Interact with colorful dots by following painted prompts such as ‘leap up’ and ‘reach for the sun.’ Right outside the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which has a jelly bean dispenser (bring quarters) encouraging more color exploration. Both can be found on the Color Factory’s neighborhood exploration map, availble for free at 251 Spring Street.

FREE
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Dubuffet Sculpture

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Fosun Plaza
28 Liberty Street Lower Manhattan

An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

FREE
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Hive

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.

FREE
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Mural Outside Fluevog

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Fluevog New York
250 Mulberry Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.

FREE
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WTC Street Murals

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
World Trade Center
Fulton & Greenwich Lower Manhattan

Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.

FREE
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Vandal Gummy at 4WTC

November 1, 2019 @ 5:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street Lower Manhattan

Wonder at how a giant gummy bear ended up in a prison mugshot, gripping an identity placard in between his gelatin paws in this lobby installation by WhIsBe.

FREE
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Eataly Chocolate & Gelato

November 1, 2019 @ 6:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Eataly Flatiron
200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street Gramercy/Flatiron

Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up some artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy bars to elegant cigars. Or sample some of the best gelato in the city in a range of flavors.

FREE
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Pier 25 Playground

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Pier 25
227 West St+ Google Map

The longest pier in Hudson River Park hosts an awesome playground with eight different water features (including some very unpredictable fountains), rock climbing walls, swings, monkey bars, a big sandbox, geodesic-dome-shaped climbing net and more. Also explore a 18-hole miniature golf course, a snack bar, sand volleyball courts, berthing areas for historic ships and a large artificial turf lawn.

FREE
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Levain Bakery UES

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Levain Bakery UES
1484 Third Avenue between 84th and 83rd Streets+ Google Map

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at the UES outpost of legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. We are constantly debating the merits of these versus the equally giant dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, and the whole wheat walnut raisin rolls are also yummy (and a little healthier). Off-the-menu ice cream sandwich - two three-ounce cookies surrounding vanilla ice cream from Ample Hills - available on occasion, follow…

FREE
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Norma’s

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 2:45 pm
Le Parker Meridien
119 West 56th Street Midtown+ Google Map

Availble-all-day breakfast at this nautical-themed kid-friendly hotel lobby restaurant are over-the-top and pricey - there's even a $2000 ' Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata' with caviar. Creative sweet and savory dishes in the $30+ range include Super Cheesy French Toast with caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon, a 'Waz-Za' waffle with fruit inside and outside and crackly brûlée top, and Artychoked Eggs Benedict with truffle porcini sauce (and an artichoke heart instead of en english muffin).

FREE
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Noglu

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
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Noglu
1266 Madison Avenue at East 91st Street+ Google Map

Everything is 100% gluten-free and organic at this cozy French import featuring gourmet meals, pastries and coffee. The menu changes with the seasons  but you can always find classic signature dishes such as burgers (classic or vegetarian) and quiches. First floor is take-away counter service, the second floor is casual sit-down table service.

FREE
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Heavenly Rest Stop

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Enjoy excellent pastries, sandwiches, salads and breakfast dishes plus Melbourne-style coffee) nestled among the limestone arches of what was once a side chapel of a 1929 art-deco church, or pick up provisions for a Central Park picnic.

FREE
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Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area
West 23rd Street & Eleventh Avenue Chelsea/Meatpacking+ Google Map

The newly designed play area features a giant, multi-colored, one-of-a-kind, Robinia wood pipefish plus water features incorporating limestone cattle head sculptures reclaimed from historic meatpacking district business New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company.

FREE
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Heckscher Playground

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Central Park, Heckscher Playground
Sixth Avenue & Central Park South+ Google Map

Central Park's largest playground features a shaded area with swings and slides, a large, maze-like climber, lots of water features with tunnels, ramps and slides plus giant rocks to climb (and a bathroom). Face painters, musicians and giant bubble makers often congregate at the entrance. Closes at dusk.

FREE
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