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The 10 Most Popular Kids’ Activities on the Upper East Side

If you live on or near the Upper East Side and are looking for some fun things to do with your kids, look no further. Because we’ve rounded up the most fun things to do—as decided by you, the local parents. Read on below to find these hyper-local activities, that are our most popular of ALL TIME.!

The Playroom NYC

Best for: age 6 months – 5 years

There’s nothing quite so crucial in the city as finding an amazing playspace right around the corner—and we’ve found yours. From a wall of light switches, to a padded area for toddlers learning to walk, to a room devoted entirely to dress up and imaginative play, kids will be begging to come back.

Physique Swimming

Where: Yorkshire Towers and East 66th Street
Best for: age 6 months – 3 years

This swim class has TEN locations in the city, and two right here on the UES. 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.

Juliette & Ella’s Playdate

Best for: age 6 months – 3.5 years

These unique classes use the art of storytelling to introduce babies to music theory, ballet technique, and sign language. Classes are also full of fun surprises, like bubbles, balls, parachutes, and puppets to keep your little one engaged and smiling!

The Craft Studio

Best for: age 3 – 15 years

The most popular arts & crafts activity on KidPass, The Craft Studio’s Arts & Crafts Walk-In Hour is a flexible, unstructured crafty time with a different promotion each day of the week. An awesome afterschool activity for your budding artists.

Pure Yoga East

Best for: prenatal – 2 years old

No time to do yoga with a baby at home? What if you could bring your baby to class with you? With a variety of classes to choose from, like Prenatal, Baby & Me, Baby Wearing, and more, now you can fit in your workout with baby in tow. No prior yoga experience is necessary!


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The Art Farm in the City

Best for: age 6 months – 8 years

Take your little animal lovers to an actual petting zoo, right around the corner. Come experience bunnies, chinchillas, guinea pigs, lizards, turtles, birds, tropical fish, and more. Choose from open play and petting zoo time, or art classes that incorporate the animals!

Super Soccer Stars

Where: Hungarian Church, All Soul’s Church, Marymount, St. Vincent Ferrar
Best for: age 2 – 10 years

These fun, non-competitive soccer classes offer age-specific programs to introduce little athletes to the fundamentals of soccer. With lots of locations, times, and age groups to choose from, you’re sure to find a class to suit your little kicker’s needs.

TLB Music

Best for: age 6 months – 6 years

This early childhood education center and indoor playspace has group music classes designed to help children reach development goals through play while introducing them to all genres of music and a variety of classical and folk instruments!

Little Jay Music & Play

Where: Pure Yoga East and House Of Jai Yoga
Best for: age 1 – 3 years

Taught by an NYC mom who is also a professional singer, these high energy music classes are full of surprises for your little one, including instruments, parachute, scarves, bubbles, tunnels, and more.

The Creative Kitchen

Best for: age 2 – 6 years

This partner teaches age-appropriate recipes that focus on kid-friendly themes, colors, numbers, and shapes. Little chefs eat their creations and leave with a happy belly!

Looking for more ways to play in the city? Here are 9 playspaces to visit in the NYC area. And if you want to discover and book even more fun, check out all upcoming activities across the NY Metro area. 

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