If you have a non-athletic child, you can still find ways to bond with him or her through non-competitive physical activities. We've compiled a guide to parks, rinks, and other sports centers in Manhattan that offer healthy and fun activities - like biking, boating, and table tennis - for all ages.
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New York Table Tennis Federation
Tribeca; (646) 772-2922, (212) 966-2922; www.nyttf.com
Hosts Saturday and Sunday morning workshops for kids and adults. Beginner and intermediate players are encouraged to attend. Groups include six students per coach.
Flatiron District; (212) 982-8802; www.spinyc.com
With 13,000 square-feet of playing space, this location features 16 professional tables, an Olympic-style cushioned floor, a pro shop, an eatery, plus membership options.
Wang Chen Table Tennis Club
Upper West Side; (212) 864-7253; www.wangchenclub.com
Owned by Cindy Wang Cheng, a professional player formerly of China's national team, Wang Chen Table Tennis Club welcomes players of all ages and skill sets. The club contains seven tables, professional equipment, and wireless Internet.
Bike New York
(212) 932-2453; www.bikenewyork.org
Their Learn to Ride program assists parents in teaching their children how to ride a two-wheeler with a fun, easy-going attitude. Kids learn the fundamentals of balance, steering, stopping, and starting their bikes; best for kids ages 5 and up. They host events and rides throughout the New York region.
(212) 310-6600; www.centralparknyc.org
Of the many things to do in Manhattan's vast and beloved Central Park, renting boats to leisurely row across the park's 22-acre lake is a family favorite. Row boat rentals cost $12 per hour, with $3 for each additional 15 minutes.
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