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 the Older Set: Kids ‘N Shape
Have your ninjas-in-training turned the sofa into a booby-trapped bridge one time too many? Set them loose on the indoor playground at Kids ‘N Shape, a play space which specializes in unstructured fitness play—or, to put it another way, all the cool stuff you wish you got to do in P.E. class. (Not coincidentally, the family-owned business—now with locations in Howard Beach and Tottenville—was started in 1989 by a longtime gym teacher and coach.) Don’t be surprised if your high-energy charges are torn between wobbling around the bounce house, racing through a 40-foot inflatable obstacle course, diving into a ball and foam pit, or whizzing down a zip line. (For us, it’s the zip line, hands down.) But it's best to keep younger ones at home—open play here is designed for ages six to 12. Availability is first come, first served, with a maximum of 50 kids per session.
162-26 Cross Bay Blvd.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
153 Main St.
Hours and cost: same as above
photo: via Kids 'N Shape Facebook page
Where do you go for good times indoors? Tell us in the comments below!
— Bonnie Vengrow