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.

Barnes & Noble 86th & Lexington

150 East 86th Street
Upper East Side

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

Brookfield Place

220 Vesey Street
Lower Manhattan

10 am–8 pm
Sunday 12 pm–6 pm

Palm trees in the Winter Garden, lots of space and stairs, delicious food options including French market Le District, intriguing exhibits, diverse programming for all ages and a winter time ice skating make this downtown shopping center and office complex an excellent destination for bad weather days.

Eat & Treats: Get croissants and crepes at French market Le District or fancy fried chicken sandwiches at David Chang's Fuku.

Columbus Library

742 10th Avenue at 51st Street
Midtown West

David Geffen Hall - Lincoln Center

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.

Eataly NYC Downtown

101 Liberty Street, Floor 3
Lower Manhattan

7 am–11 pm

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


265 W 87th Street between Broadway and West End Ave

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.

Lefferts Historic House

452 Flatbush Avenue

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Faces and Stories of Prospect Park (through )
A photo testament to the individuals, couples, families, friends, and even canines, that make up the vibrant landscape of Prospect Park.

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.


144 10th Avenue at 19th Street


12th Street & Broadway
Gramercy & Flatiron

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

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street

This welcominf museum, part of a community revitalization project merging housing, education and art, offers art exhibitions, storytelling series, workshops, performances, and other interactive programs specifically designed to nurture the curiosity, creativity and cognition of children ages 3 to 8. The artists, art and stories found are rooted in the rich cultural heritage of the surrounding communities.

Tarrytown Music Hall

13 Main Street

The NFL Experience

20 Times Square
Midtown West

An interactive and immersive attraction brings fans closer than ever to the National Football League and their favorite teams. Experience football from t the stands to the field, from kickoff through playoffs through Interactive displays, state-of-the-art 4D cinema and other multimedia effects.

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

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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