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 Skyscraper Museum

Best for Budding Architects

Reach for the sky at the Skyscraper Museum, where every weekday educational tour or weekend Family Workshop for school-aged kids ends with block play and a chance to recreate the amazing buildings and towers you’ve seen throughout the Museum.

Skyscraper Museum
Tickets: $5/adults, $2.50/students
39 Battery Pl.
Battery Park
Online: skyscraper.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