Once upon a time, playing with blocks was considered mere child’s play. Now it has officially been deemed vital to the successful construction of children’s cognitive, spatial and mathematical skills. Drop by one of the many play-spaces in NYC that boasts a bevy of building blocks. Here’s the exclusive scoop on eight spots that feature all kinds of build ’em up and knock ’em down fun.

Image via Children's Museum of the Arts

Big Blocks for Little Hands

In theChildren’s Museum of the Arts' WEE Arts Studio dedicated to children ages 1-5, even diaper-wearing artists can explore a variety of stations and materials, including flubber, play dough, dot markers, collage, painting, and, best of all, an ample building-block corner. Semester-long workshops are available, as are individual drop-in sessions.

Children’s Museum of the Arts
Tickets: $11/Ages 1-65
103 Charlton St.
West Village
212-274-0986
Online: cmany.org

Still looking for more building block fun? You may already know (because you read it here, first) about Imagination Playground, the Creative Dream Playhouse, and, of course, not only the LEGO flagship store, but also its outposts at Toys ‘R’ Us and FAO Shawarz. If not, click through to read all about them!

Where does your kid like to build towers in the city?

–Alina Adams