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Just Added: 10 New Ways to Play in Manhattan

We’ve got some great news! Not only have we added new fun activities and opened up even more time slots for some of your favorite providers, but we’ve also got some brand new places you’re going to want to check out. Get ready to rock out with an actual band at music class, make a splash at swim, whip up some palate pleasing treats, and more! Read on for a full list of new things to try! 

Apple Seeds
Chelsea / Upper West Side  / 0 – 5 years old

While described as an all-in-one play space, Apple Seeds offers up so much more than just open play (not that their awesome play area isn’t enough of a draw). Get your little athletes running at Apple CORE Training, rock out with an actual three-piece band at their popular Songs for Seeds music class, or create a masterpiece at My Art Opening.

Kids at Work 
Chelsea / 0 – 4 years old

Kids at Work is the only multi-subject center in NYC that features an ALL DROP-IN schedule, meaning that students may attend any class, any day, any time, with a package, or attend on a single drop-in basis. Enjoy music, sensory art, movement, dance, soccer, yoga, sign language, and cooking!


Physique Swimming
East Village / Financial District (Bowling Green) / Financial District (Leman Manhattan Prep)Harlem / Lower East Side / Midtown EastMidtown WestUpper East Side (East 66th St.) / Upper East Side (Hunter College) / Upper East Side (Yorkshire Towers) / 6 months – 7 years old

Make a splash at one of TEN locations in the city! Introduce your babies to the water with fun activities and songs at a Me & My Shadow class or let your bigger fish dive in for a beginner class on their own.

Gymboree Play & Music
Murray Hill  / 0 – 5 years old

This location has a great selection of art, play and learn, and singalong classes. They also have tons of Open Gym times available, perfect for dreary winter days! You can even double down and take a class and follow it up with some unstructured play.

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FunFit Kids
Upper West Side  / 3 months – 7 years old

If you’re not ready to commit to just one sport, try out one of their classes where little athletes will shoot, dribble, catch, and more as they experiment with lots of different sports like baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, volleyball, and gymnastics…to name a few. And now even your littlest athletes can join in the fun at their Multi-Sport Buddy & Me class designed just for tiny feet and hands!

NoHo  / 24 months – 12 years old

Back by popular demand, mini chefs can cook and craft through Palate-Palette. Using both their palate to taste fun and healthy recipes they make from scratch and their palette to craft fun art projects, this class is a hit. You can also slice and dice together at a Little Chef class or drop your more “experienced” kiddies off for a tasty culinary experience at a Young Chef class.

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Elliot’s Classes
Upper West Side  / 6 weeks – 14 years old

Not only can you enjoy all of the great classes Elliot’s has to offer, but you can pop in for Open Play! The perfect way to burn off some energy when it’s just too cold outside, your kiddies can run, jump, and climb in their wide open gym. And make sure to check out all of their great classes that focus on movement and development. Your little explorers can tumble and roll in gymnastics, leap through a ballet class, and more.

Chocolate Works
Upper East Side  / 3 – 12 years old

There’s always something new and delicious happening at this chocolate factory and candy store. Young chocolatiers can make and decorate a mold in any shape they want at Open Chocolate Molding or kids can whip up Candy Kabobs, the name says it all! Make yourself a dessert kabob out of candies and chocolate!


Miss Sara’s Ballet Studio
Upper East Side  / 18 months – 4 years old

The tiniest of dancers can enjoy fantasy play and simple movements based on folk stories and nursery rhymes at Dance with Me, while the “bigger” kids can spin and twirl through one of Miss Sara’s intro to ballet classes, Movement & Motion. Prima Ballerinas will still have a blast using their imaginations, but also begin to learn the basics of ballet.

JCC Harlem
Harlem  / Birth – 4 years old

This community space is open for play, literally! Hit up their Open Play for creative play, stories, bubbles, and socializing with other neighborhood youngsters. Their schedule is super flexible, with tons of weekday and weekend hours available.

Want to discover and book more new activities in NYC? Check out all upcoming activities across the NY Metro for more Big Apple fun! 

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