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Another Take on Indoor Playspaces

Those of us with little ones and small apartments know we need places to take them to run, jump on things, climb if possible, and maybe even socialize with other kids (however much this actually happens under 3). For those of us with older kids, there are more options and different places, but you still need something to do outside the house on those cold days when there is no school.

Here are some ideas for the little ones.

My favorite is the indoor playspace at the YMCA. The 9th St. Propect Park Y has an indoor playground three days and week and the Dodge YMCA has a similar Toddler Time in their gym. Sometimes we go to the indoor playspace at BAX on 5th ave where the teacher, Ben, is a miracle. He talks to all the kids in just the right way that makes them comfortable and feeling like someone is really listening to them about which scarves are the best color. Fantastic.

The Little People Party

We can’t wait to go to the The Little People Party in Williamsburg, but we haven’t made it yet because it requires a subway trip. If you are close by, go and tell me how it is! It looks great as they have a huge astro turf play area inside.

Another one that has been getting a lot of press is Fairytale Island in Bay Ridge.

Recess in Dumbo

For a real indoor playground, try Recess in Dumbo. They are open Monday-Thursday 9a-6p, Friday 9a-5p and Saturday-Sundays 9a–1130a. Kids (with parents of course) may come in and play anytime during our scheduled play hours.

Prospect Gymnastics has been hosting indoor playtimes lately and listing them on our calendar. This is for toddlers 4 and under, but I really think they should offer something for older kids as I would have loved this as an 8 year old.

For last minute fun in Park Slope, the tots drop-in center at Congregation Beth Elohim is a place for children ages 0-24 months and their parents/caregivers to explore, learn, and have fun! Drop in for play with age-appropriate toys and activities in their social hall (large indoor space). No advanced registration required.

For a playspace in Bed Stuy and one that actually has DROP OFF, see Little Lola and Tots. One hour long playspace with adults participation is available for $12 and day-long play passes to be used during the morning (9 am – 12 pm) and/or afternoon (2:30 – 5:30 pm) are available for $34. For children 0 – 4 years. Drop-off service available for children aged 1 – 4 years old on Wednesdays between 2:30 – 5:30 pm unless otherwise indicated on their calendar.

Here are some more playspace options that we confirmed are open, but I have never been to. Please let me know if they are good! As should be understood, I don’t and can’t vouch for any of these, as I am just a mom and not an inspector or authority — so please use your own judgement!

Name Address Phone Hours Cost Age Range
Party Gym 1130 Avenue Z, Brooklyn, NY 11235 718-891-8500 T: 4pm – 7pm
Th: 10am-2pm
open play: $11 / child  
Play Days & Parties 6632 3rd Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11220 718-492-8997 M: 10:30am – 4pm
T: 10:30am – 4pm
W: 11:30am – 3pm
Th: 10am – 3:30pm
depends on the event / play days sitting service is $15 / hour  
Play 33 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 718-387-2071 M-F 10am – 6pm / Sat. & Sun 10am-4pm dropin: $130 / month
10 session: $165
dropin all day: $22 / child
2 to 6 yrs
Kids N Action 1149 McDonald Ave. 718-377-1818 Sun-th: 10am – 7pm
F: 10am -5pm
Sat: night after sundown
$10 / weekday
$12 / weekend day
1 to 14
Twinkly Playspace 144 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 718-349-1300 M-F: 10am – 6pm
Sat-Sun: 8am – 11:30am
Open play pass: $35 daily
$135 / 6 month
0-6 yrs
Aviator Sports & Events Center 3159 flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234 718-758-7500 M-F: 5:30am-12am
Sat-Sun: 6am-12am
depends on the activity summer camp: 3 to 14
Bounce U 6722 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11219 347-450-5867 varies – check website depends on the activity
open bounce: $16 / child
2 to adult
Brooklyn Explorers Academy 110 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 855-687-6923 M-F: 8am-6pm depends on the program 2 Yrs to 8th grade
Superstar Family Fun Center 736 61st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 718-492-2928 varies
open play: $14 / child 0-12 yrs

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