UPDATED JANUARY 2017: If your kids are looking for a fun place to get the sillies out, don’t let the cold weather keep you home. There are plenty of enjoyable ways to keep children amused during the winter months. Check out our handy guide to boredom-busting indoor play spaces, bounce houses, and sports centers for kids in and around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. When you're looking to get out of the house but still stay warm, you can drop in at these places on a moment's notice, no reservation or membership required (but do check for their hours of open play!).
See our indoor play space guides for Rockland, Westchester, Bergen, and Fairfield counties, and Long Island.
Indoor Play Spaces in Manhattan
10 W. 25th St., Chelsea
200 West End Ave., Upper West Side
252 First Ave., Stuyvesant Town
Apple Seeds is a family-operated play center with three locations in Manhattan. The play center boasts a sports playground with basketball nets, soft gym equipment, and nine permanent NYC-themed exhibits to ensure safe, age-appropriate activities for ages newborn to 5 years. A full service snack bar on-site gives parents the chance to relax while the kids play.
The Art Farm
419 E. 91st St., Upper East Side
Are you a family of animal lovers? If so, be sure to head over to The Art Farm, a unique indoor petting zoo. Kids will be able to get close to all sorts of animals, including guinea pigs, lizards, turtles, and bunnies, learn about them, and have fun while doing it. The Art Farm also offers music, cooking, and art programs for children ages 6 months to 8 years.
62 Chelsea Piers, Chelsea
Drop-in activities are available for children of all ages, including a Toddler Gym with open play equipment for ages 4 and younger; open hockey, soccer, rock climbing, basketball, and ice skating; and a class for preschoolers called CP Champs with activities like gymnastics, trampoline, and foam pit play.
Citigym at Citibabes
52 Mercer St., 3rd Floor, Soho
This 1,500-square-foot indoor play space located inside of the main Citibabes center is jam-packed with soft climbing and sliding structures for kids ages 10 and younger. Equipment highlights include trampolines, balance beams, a mini-rock wall, ball pits, and tunnels. There’s also a family-friendly café that offers plenty of tasty delights to keep your little ones’ energy levels up all day long!
129A W. 20th St., Chelsea
City Treehouse, a children’s play and learning facility, brings the great outdoors inside with nature-themed play areas, interactive water play, and supervised activities for children ages 2 months to 8 years. Children can pick from a host of fun adventures including learning how to construct a dam in the water play area, climbing up the two-story tree house, or exploring the fiber-optic star cave.
The Playroom NYC
1439 First Ave., Upper East Side
The 3,000-square-foot facility offers all day open play hours Monday-Friday, with morning hours on weekends. The space features an indoor climbing structure, a toddler room, and a pretend play area. Kids 5 and younger are welcome.
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Indoor Play Spaces in Brooklyn
BounceU of Brooklyn
6722 Forth Hamilton Parkway, 2nd Floor, Bay Ridge
Kids will love the numerous other inflatables, while parents will love the early weekend hours. It also offers a Cosmic Open Bounce when kids can jump around in the dark. It’s a great way to burn off some much needed steam. Reservations are recommended.
The Gym Park
169 Cayler St., Greenpoint
The Gym Park is a gymnastics center for children ages 6 months to 6 years old. The space has tons of things for kids to jump, roll, and tumble on. Your little gymnast is sure to have a blast. Drop-ins cost $20 per child.
Juguemos a Cantar
511 5th Ave., Park Slope
Jueguemos a Cantar is a great place for budding bi-linguists to learn and play in Spanish. In addition to its weekly classes, it offers drop-in open play for kids 4 and younger.
Kids N’ Action
1149 McDonald Ave., Midwood
Drop by to play in the four-level playground, with activities geared toward younger kids at the lower level and older kids at the higher levels. There are also arcade games, a go-cart track, and an indoor roller coaster.
33 Nassau Ave., Greenpoint
This place has it all. The 3,000-square-foot space is full of imaginative toys, musical instruments, and books. Not to mention the playground structures and beautiful murals, which give the feeling of being outdoors. Drop-ins cost $22 for one child and $11 for additional siblings.
6632 3rd Ave., Prospect Heights
Prospect Gymnastics is a developmental gymnastics program for children. Kids can walk on the balance beam, tumble, swing on the uneven bars, and bounce on the trampoline during open play sessions. They’ll feel like they scored a perfect 10!
81 Washington St., Dumbo
Recess is a unique play space that offers flexible hours. Its custom-made play structures are designed for curious minds and busy bodies to explore. Make sure to sign up in advance.
Twinkle Play Space
144 Frost St., Williamsburg
Twinkle is a family owned and operated indoor play space. The 4,500-square-foot facility has innovative custom-made exhibits to cater to any child’s wildest imagination. The space is designed for kids ages 6 and younger. Space gets filled up so it’s best to reserve your spots in advance.
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Indoor Play Spaces in Queens
Artistic Stitch Sports Complex
79-08 Cooper Ave., Glendale
This sports complex offers drop-ins for older kids who want to spend the day playing sports. They can choose from baseball, soccer, basketball, and rock climbing. Kids will love the on-site pizzeria.
Bounce ‘N Play NY
20-21 Steinway St., Astoria
This play space boasts two, huge inflatable slides, a bouncy house, and a climbing wall, in addition to arcade attractions and toddler area. It is a great place for kids of all ages, and it offers regular drop-in and open play hours.
BounceU of College Point
Whitepoint Center, 132-25 14th Ave., College Point
Kids will love the 16-foot Spider Mountain Slide and numerous other inflatables. Parents will love the early weekend hours. It also offers a Cosmic Open Bounce when kids can jump around in the dark. It’s a great way to burn off some much needed steam. Reservations are recommended.
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Kids Fun House
6273 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood
Kids Fun House is family owned and operated and has an awesome “triple slide” as well as mazes and tunnels for kids to explore. The playground is three-stories, so you can easily spend the whole day there. There is also a separate gated toddler area for younger children.
Kids 'N Shape
162-26 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach
The open play sessions at Kids ‘N Shape feature an exclusive variety of interactive fitness attractions designed to improve your children’s motor skills and engage them in physical activity. Its uniquely unstructured open play is a healthy alternative to video games while providing a safe, clean, and supervised environment. Two-hour fitness play open sessions cost $10 per child.
LIC Kids Gymnastics
5-02 50th Ave., Long Island City
This huge activity center has a public gym that is available for open play. There is a trampoline and a rock wall for older kids. Toddlers can take part in the mat obstacle course and pick from tons of sensory toys. LIC Kids offers weekend morning drop-in hours.
26-11 23rd Ave., Astoria
Raising Astoria is a local favorite and the facility is a great space for open play. The staff at Raising Astoria encourages kids to run, jump, and play with its sensory wall of toys, games, and books. Open play sessions are open for kids ages 7 and younger.
Sabrina’s Play Studio
52-07 Queens Blvd., Woodside
This mom-run play space is great for younger kids. The inflatables are small and there are tons of toys for imaginative play, a maze, and a gated baby area. Highlights include stroller parking and an eating area. Outside food is permitted.
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