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 Brooklyn Children's Museum

The Best Bash for Building Fanatics

There is a Block Party going on the second weekend of every month at 11:30 a.m. at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Choose between foam blocks, magnetic tiles and wooden blocks to construct projects in conjunction with the Collections Central and Totally Tots Exhibitions, or just let your imagination roam free. This past summer, BCM added a Brooklyn Block Lab that’s closed for now, but scheduled to return this September due to popular demand.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Tickets: $9/person
145 Brooklyn Ave.
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
718-735-4400
Online: www.brooklynkids.org

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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