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 Scribble Art 

Tops for Toddler Tower Building

Scribble Art calls it Beans & Blocks, weekly, sensory open play for tots ages 18 months to 3 years, where toddlers can explore first building, then destroying their towers of wooden blocks, large and small. To add life to your city, Scribble Art even provides wooden train tracks, animal figurines and toy cars to weave over and under your bridges and tunnels!

Scribble Art Workshop
Tickets: $6/child
5000 Broadway
Online: scribbleartworkshop.com

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