Murray Hill has a brand new playspace to ease your winter stuck-inside-again woes. Creative Dreams Parities, an established kids party company, recently decided to start offering up their very generous 3,000 square foot space – complete with play kitchen, art table, oodles of blocks and more – as a play space in two hour blocks Monday through Thursday. Here’s why you should take a trip to the Creative Dream Playhouse.

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Space to Spread Out

You’ll find Creative Dreams in Waterside Plaza – that expansive outcroppings of apartment buildings, playgrounds, and shops built around a central series of plazas and situated between the East River and the FDR, spanning 23 Street to 27th Street.

You’ll enter via the waiting area dubbed “The Parent Parlour,” a large, friendly space to hang out with other adults, which is roomier and comfier than many playspace waiting areas.

But you’re not coming here for you, you’re coming here for your kid, right? The real draw is the play-and-party space. A bright, colorful, carpeted expanse, which features plenty of open space to use however kids want, plus plenty of play stations, including a kitchen area, a ship with wheel, art table, snack table, various game and block centers, imaginative play zone and more.

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Play In Comfort

Here’s how it works: Children ages 6 and younger are welcome to drop in with you or their caregiver Mon. – Wed., from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. You’ll pay $20 per session – two non-stop, unlimited hours of unstructured fun, exploration and playtime activities. Kiddos are encouraged to use their imagination and create their own experience during Open Play. A snack and drink are included. If you love it and want to save on return trips, you can purchase a 5-Play Pass for $75 or a 10-Play Pass for $140. There is also a drop-off option available with pricing TBD.

This summer, the space will also offer a day camp. At Camp Creative Dreams kids ages 4 to 9 will play, learn, go on adventures, swim in Waterside Plaza’s pool, chill out and more.

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Birthdays, Too!

As we mentioned, Creative Dreams started as a party company and it continues to play and host birthday parties for kids. In fact, in 2008, Parents Connect called Creative Dream Parties “The best kept secret in NYC.” If you like the playspace as a birthday party venue, you can choose from over 25 themes, including Pajama Party, Rock Star, Pirate and Princess Pool Party, Wacky Science and Glamorous Tea Party. Party packages range from $500 to $1000 for 10 children.

The 90-minute parties include pizza, beverage, customized birthday cake, welcome bubble machine, name tags, balloons, set-up and clean-up services, bubble wrap freeze dance, parachute, music, dancing and free parking for the party host. Because parties include one staffer per every five children, parents are encouraged to simply hang out, mingle and munch in the Parent Parlour.

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Creative Dream Playhouse
25 Waterside Plaza, Murray Hill
212-447-7263

Where do you go for indoor playtime?

–Stephanie Pedersen

Photos courtesy Creative Dreams