Some things are inevitable come winter. (Salt-covered stroller wheels and slush pools at every street corner, for starters.) But other things—like the kids going a little stir-crazy—are totally avoidable. The five boroughs are teeming with well-stocked (and well-heated) indoor play spaces. Flip through this album for 11 of our favorites.

For an NYC playscape: Apple Seeds

Need a sure-fire way to entertain the under five set? Head straight to Apple Seeds, which has locations in Gramercy and the Upper West Side. Membership isn’t cheap,  but you get a lot of bang for your buck: unlimited access to the bright and airy play spaces and guest passes which make for the easiest play date ever. Each location is stocked with sensory-rich features custom-made for the curious and energetic. You'll find a well-padded play area where babies can practice cruising; a tricked-out gym with a basketball net and soft equipment for climbing and belly flopping; a build-your-own-adventure LEGO table, and a miniature cityscape where kids can race through an apartment building, run a deli and (because this is New York) drive a cab.

10 W. 25th St.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Family membership plans start at $114/month

200 West End Ave.
Upper West Side
Hours and cost: same as above

photo: Apple Seeds

  • For an NYC playscape: Apple Seeds
  • For the Little Artist: Children's Museum of the Arts
  • For the Sporty Tot: Little Athletes Exploration Center
  • For Major Convenience: New York Kids Club
  • For a Bay Ridge Hangout: Play Days & Parties
  • For the Hipster Baby: PLAY Greenpoint
  • For Dragons and a Whole Lot More: Twinkle
  • For Every Kid in the Family: Bounce 'N Play
  • For the Older Set: Kids 'N Shape
  • For More Than A Kid Can Do in a Day: KidzRock
  • For Bronx Babes: Uptown Sports Complex


Do you have a go-to indoor play space we missed? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Bonnie Vengrow