NYC Play Spaces with Sibling Discounts
While there are plenty of great drop-in indoor play spaces in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, as a mother of two young girls under age 5, the deciding factor for me is always financial. Can I afford to take both of them without hocking my wedding ring? If the answer is no then I have to move on, regardless of how fabulous the indoor playground is or how stir crazy my kids are.
In an attempt to save money this winter, I decided to look into whether any play spaces offered discounts for siblings or (even better) charged a flat fee per family. Turns out my research paid off: I found 10 indoor romping spots in New York City that fit the bill (make that reduced the bill). So skip the pawn shop: Here are drop-in play spaces with deals for siblings.
City Treehouse – Chelsea
129A West 20th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
Ages 3 months-8 years
This beautiful, nature-themed play space features a two-story tree house complete with a slide, and a multilevel water table and stream.
Sibling deal: A family pass costs $40 per day regardless of how many kids you have. Visit the website for open play hours and to reserve your spots since it often fills up.
Sensory City – Long Island City
1-11 44th Road between 9th and 10th Streets, Suite 402
We raved about this state-of-the-art sensory gym when we visited in 2013. Highlights include a rock climbing wall with ropes, a ball pit, a two-story castle for imaginative play with an exit slide, swings, a zip line and toys.
Sibling deal: $30 for the first child, half price for siblings. Visit the website for open play hours. You must reserve your spots in advance via email or phone: 718-433-4434.
Klub4Kidz – Willamsburg
159 North 4th Street between Bedford and Driggs Avenues
Unlike most kiddie gyms, this one is fun for toddlers through tweens. Attractions include a four-story indoor playground featuring a zip line, crawl tubes, mazes and slides; an 18-foot rock climbing wall and a separate padded toddler room for the under 3 set.
Sibling deal: Open play pricing varies depending on which attractions your kids want to try. But if you've got a toddler and a tween, you pay just $5 more for the older kid and everyone pays $10 on Tuesdays. Visit the website for open play hours.
ArtsCetera – Cobble Hill
310 Atlantic Avenue between Smith and Hoyt Streets
Tots can enjoy 90-minute open play sessions featuring toys, blocks, trains, board books and a short sing-along.
Sibling deal: $10 for up to two siblings. Visit the website for open play hours.
Building Bridges Play Space – Brooklyn Heights
Congregation Mount Sinai, 250 Cadman Plaza West at Clark Street
This nonsectarian preschool offers drop-in play in its classroom, which is filled with manipulaties, pretend play stations, blocks, books and art supplies.
Sibling deal: $20 for first child, half price for siblings. Visit the website for open play hours.
Drop-In Center at Congregation Beth Elohim – Park Slope
274 Garfield Place near Eighth Avenue
Another popular Park Slope tot spot where little ones can tumble and play with educational toys.
Sibling deal: $10 for first child, $7 for siblings. Visit the website for open play hours.
Juguemos a Cantar Drop-In Play Space – Park Slope
438 Sixth Avenue at 9th Street
47 Sterling Place at Sixth Avenue
With two Park Slope locations on opposite ends of the neighborhood, this Spanish immersion program opens up its play spaces to the public at designated hours on weekdays.
Sibling deal: $10 for first child, $2 for siblings. Visit the website for open play hours at both outposts.
Brooklyn Arts Exchange – Park Slope
421 Fifth Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets
Tots can navigate hoops and tunnels, color, play with balls and read books at this under-the-radar gem.
Sibling deal: $10 per family. Visit the website for open play hours.
PLAY – Greenpoint
33 Nassau Avenue between Guernsey and Dobbin Streets
Preschoolers can hit the play sets, activity stations like a food market and laundry set, and romp around the tumbling gym. There's also a separate baby area where infants can crawl and explore safely.
Sibling deal: $20 for first child, $10 for siblings. Visit the website for open play hours.
Check out our Indoor Activity Guide for other great places to play inside.