In search of the perfect place to lets the kids run wild inside? NYC is full of indoor play spaces, and like children and snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. You’ll find sprawling fantastical spots, sporty places to climb, jump and roll, members-only clubs with benefits, low-key drop-ins for little ones and more. Click through to find your NYC play space match!

For a Trippy and Fun Playscape: Twinkle

"I'm bored -- what's there to do?" says every kid at least once in the winter. Your answer? Twinkle, a 4,500-square-foot creative play wonderland in the heart of Williamsburg. This play space is loaded with nine exhibits designed for the under-six set, everything from the "Red Hot Fire Truck" (complete with hoses that spray real water) to "Graffiti Room" (a fully padded room for dancing and tumbling) to "How to Feed Your Dragon," (which houses four colorful, 15-foot-tall dragons). Afterward, take a well-deserved break together in the inviting lounge area First time visitors pay $25; after that it's $35 to drop-in. You can also get a membership for $185.

144 Frost St.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-noon; Sun., 9 a.m.-noon
$35/child and adult; memberships start at $300 for three months

photo: FU F. via Yelp

  • For a Trippy and Fun Playscape: Twinkle
  • For Fun on the Upper East Side: The Playroom NYC
  • For Water Fun Indoors: City Treehouse
  • For an NYC playscape: Apple Seeds
  • To Play Like the Swedes: The Heimbold Family Children's Play and Learning Center
  • For Hyper-local Play Equipment: Curiosity on Court
  • For Every Kid in the Family: Bounce 'N Play
  • For Recurring Play Dates: 14th Street Y
  • For Major Convenience: New York Kids Club
  • For Inside Play near Brooklyn Bridge Park: Recess DUMBO
  • For the Hipster Baby: PLAY Greenpoint
  • For the Sporty Tot: Little Athletes Exploration Center
  • To Play in the House of Music: TLB Music
  • For the Older Set: Kids 'N Shape
  • For More Than A Kid Can Do in a Day: KidzRock


Where do you go for good times indoors? Tell us in the comments below! 

— Bonnie Vengrow