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 Alina Adams

Building with Artistic Flair

At the Museum of Modern Art's Art Lab: Places and Spaces, kids of all ages can help design landscapes, city-scapes and more via art, poetry, sound-effects, crafts and blocks, which include soft, chewy ones for the younger set, and geometric, magnetic ones for older architects.

Museum of Modern Art
Tickets: $25/adults, Free/Under 17
11 West 53rd St.
Midtown
212-708-9400
Online: moma.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