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.

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Fort Building at Its Finest

There’s a lot more than music going on at TLB Music! In addition to classes galore, there's also a drop-in, indoor play-space for children ages 6 months to 6 years that boasts a soft block play area with cubes big enough for stacking, climbing and building forts. Meanwhile, over on the toy shelves, you'll find award-winning Dado cubes for developing fine motor skills, visual spatial learning, and imaginative thinking. There's something for every kind of builder here.

TLB Music
Tickets: $20 hour/members, $25/non-members
266 East 78th St.
Upper East Side
212-744-0404
Online: tlbmusic.com

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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