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 Water Fun Indoors: City Treehouse

A wet and wild time can be had by all at this Chelsea play and learning center. A two-story treehouse features slides, a secret star cave, kaleidoscopes, a see-through floor and whisper tubes. What takes this place to the next level, though is the water play area, which is outfitted with hoses, jets, waterwheels, dump buckets and lots of opportunity for interactive learning. Additionally, a soft play area for babies and young toddlers can be found here, and older kids can explore another play area with a ball pit, dress up area, large whiteboard for doodling and drawing, and multiple toys and games. Recommended for kids anywhere from 18 months to eight years of age, City Treehouse requires reservations, which you can make online, or by calling or e-mailing at least 24 hours in advance. Bring a change of clothes and water shoes — kids understandably get soggy here! First-time visitors pays $10/hour; returning play $20. You can get a family day pass (up to three siblings for $40, and memberships are also offered.

129A W. 20th St.

photo: Andrea I. via Yelp


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— Bonnie Vengrow