Space-Themed Play Space Cosmic CAMP Comes to Flatiron for Limited Run

Editor's note: While Cosmic CAMP has finished its run at the Flatiron location, it has reopened at CAMP's City Point location through the end of the year.

Grab your space suits and get ready to blast off on an all-ages family adventure. CAMP, the innovative toy store/play space is taking families on an all-ages, interactive journey with Cosmic CAMP an intergalactic-themed family experience, which cultivates a sense of adventure while testing the mental mettle and physical skills of your all-ages "crew."

Read on for a sneak peek at what's in store once you open the magic door and enter the Cosmic Launch Pad.

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Families who have visited CAMP's other locations, or even the previous installations at its flagship Fifth Avenue location should take note: Cosmic CAMP is really meant to be a family adventure as noted in its tagline: Come as a family, leave as a crew. Parents and kids work alongside one another in each of the challenges to collect points using space-age bracelets and innovative AR and projection-mapping technology. Amass as many points as you can to land your crew on the daily or ongoing leaderboard, which you can follow on its website long after you've returned to terra firma.

So what challenges, exactly, await?

Cosmic CAMP's ice caves
Step into the hidden Ice Caves at Cosmic CAMP.

Bop ice crystals in the Ice Caves in a game that's likely to remind adults of the old light-up Simon game of their youth.

Athletically-inclined astronauts will like the Deep Space game, where you can try to shoot balls—er, asteroids—into black holes in a game of beat the clock. The more shots you make, the more points you score.

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The Floor is Lava at Cosmic CAMP
Can you traverse the lava surface at Cosmic CAMP?

The area where we spent the most time is the lava field, trying to traverse its (virtual) bubbling goo and collecting more points along the way. It kept drawing my daughters back as they tested new routes to conquer the course.

Make sure to step into the "CAMPitheater" for an interactive Galaxy Game Show, where an energetic counselor fires off trivia questions, throws out Pictionary-inspired drawing challenges, and has visitors spin a wheel to decide interactive challenges. It's plenty of silly fun, and everyone leaves a winner—and learns a little space trivia in the process.

If you're looking for CAMP's usual playground features, you'll find them in the Space Station, which takes up significant real estate in the center of it all. It's the one spot that's really best enjoyed by kids, as its low ceilings make it hard for grown-ups to navigate. Once kids are done here, they can exit via the teleportation tube—aka the twisty slides—and everyone can try their luck driving Robot Rovers, building with magnetic blocks, or blasting asteroids.

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Interior of the space station at Cosmic CAMP
Kids can man the space station at Cosmic CAMP.

Know Before You Go to Cosmic CAMP

  • Cosmic CAMP is located at CAMP's Fifth Avenue store in the Flatiron District.
  • Unlike its previous free "behind-the-magic-door" experiences, Cosmic CAMP comes with a price tag: $35 per person, and timed-entry reservations must be booked online.
  • Allot 45-60 minutes to explore the space; though you might have a hard time convincing the kids it's time to leave!
  • While there are still plenty of cool toys and gifts located in the retail store as you enter, once you're in the Cosmic CAMP play space, it's toy-free, so it's much easier to convince kids to leave empty-handed—though you do get to keep your cool space bracelet as a souvenir!
  • Ready to blast off? Book now because Cosmic CAMP is only here through Sunday, October 31.

All photos by author

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