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18 Ways to Have Fun for $10 (and under) in NYC

The Tri-State area has no shortage of things to do with kids on weekends. Sometimes the hardest part is just picking one, especially one that won’t break the bank.

We’re here to help! Below we’ve rounded up 18 of our partners whose activities—from music classes to museum tours to playspaces and more—start at just 2 KidPass credits (or fewer!) which means you’re paying $10 (or less!) for tons of fun!


Where: Murray HillPark SlopeScarsdaleTribecaUpper East Side, Upper West Side, and Yorktown 
Best for: 5 years and under

A classic! With a great selection of art, play and learn, and sing-along classes, there’s something here for every babe. Designed by experts, these age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical, and social skills of children as they play. Read more about Gymboree and its philosophy here.

Valor Mixed Martial Arts

Where: Upper West Side
Best for: age 3 – 15 years

If you’re looking to get your kids into martial arts, try out one of these fast-paced, high energy, and encouraging classes created for all ages, skill levels, shapes, and sizes. The instructors challenge each student to work their hardest.

Sabrina’s Play Studio

Where: Woodside
Best for: age 18 months – 9 years

This playspace includes a baby and toddler play area, a mini bounce house for children of all ages, and a jungle gym with a slide for children 3 years and older. There’s also a variety of pretend play options, including a dress up closet, miniature kitchen, toy train table, and more!

Kanga’s Indoor Playcenter 

Where: Long Island City
Best for: age 1 – 11 years

One of the largest indoor playspaces for kids, with 10,000 square feet of space! Here you’ll find a dedicated toddler area, teacup merry-go-round, 20-foot climbing wall, bounce house, 3-level jungle gym, 4-lane fast slide, air cannon ballistic area, full-service cafe, adult food and drinks, and more. Free for those under 30 inches tall!


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Lavender Blues

Where: Kensington
Best for: age 4 months – 3 years

These interactive music and movement classes for babies and toddlers are designed to help littles ones gain a basic understanding of rhythm and music, build awareness and control of their bodies, and develop social and coordination skills, all while singing, dancing, and having fun!

Daniel’s Music Foundation

Where: East Harlem
Best for: 3 years and under

These adorable music classes use the universal language of music to build a bridge between individuals with disabilities and the general public. Tiny humans and their caregivers are invited to discover and share in the joy of music together.

Rioult Dance Center

Where: Long Island City
Best for: age 18 months – 16 years

This center offers affordable high caliber dance and fitness classes to students of all ages and at all levels. Take a toddler class with your tiny dancer, or sign them up to try out modern, hip-hop, tap, or ballet!

Funtime Junction

Where: Fairfield, NJ
Best for: age 2 – 11 years

FunTime Junction is the best place for all-weather, all-day family fun. The FunTime Unlimited admission includes a large multi-level climbscape, complete with slides, tubes, web ladders, and bouncers, as well as an age-appropriate toddler playground, jump pillow, and interactive floor projection game.

Morris-Jumel Mansion

Where: Washington Heights
Best for: all ages

Come tour Manhattan’s oldest residence and see American life from the colonial era to the present. During the one-hour guided tour, you’ll learn about the history of the house, the decorative arts collection, and hear stories about the people who made it their home.


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Private Picassos Art Studio

Where: Lower East Side
Best for: age 18 months – 16 years

Budding artists will explore paint, crayons, oil pastels, collage materials, air-dry clay, and recycled sculpture in Toddler Art Adventures, a process-oriented art class. Or choose the self-guided Drop-In Art Project where kids can choose from a variety of projects to work on.

Fun Galaxy

Where: Elmherst
Best for: age 6 months – 13 years

Rated one of the best indoor playgrounds, Fun Galaxy is bright, cleans and has tons of different toys and climb structures. Your little ones can enjoy playing in ball pits, trampolines, and much more!

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Where: Financial District
Best for: all ages

Come view one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere. The museum is also dedicated to acting as a resource for the hemisphere’s Native communities and to serving the greater public as an honest and thoughtful conduit to Native cultures—present and past—in all their richness, depth, and diversity.

Bak2Basics Nail Salon and Spa

Where: Prospect Heights
Best for: all ages

Take your little diva in for a mani or a blowout—or just take yourself out for one, sans kids! Bak2Basics prides themselves on their cleanliness, professionalism, and service.

Brotherhood Boxing Club

Where: Bushwick
Best for: age 5 – 17 years

This Youth Boxing Program is designed to teach beginners and intermediates the fundamentals of boxing. Your child will be put through a rigorous but achievable workout in line with their fitness level. Children with a little more experience may also spar. (Sparring is optional.)


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Little Chubs Inc.

Where: Bensonhurst
Best for: under 10 years

Little Chubs is an excellently safe, warm, and friendly environment for children to freely explore. Come by for age-appropriate fun for kids 10 and under!

Everybody Knows Bob

Where: East Village
Best for: all ages

Everybody Knows Bob is the coolest multi-sensorial art show that presents pop art in an interactive way. Come lose yourself in heart-pounding beats and dope art installations, conceptualized and handcrafted by pop artist Raphael Zhou. You’ll sprinkle cash on a skyrocketing money mountain of $200,000,000, get lost in the misty forest of butterflies, find an exquisite life-sized gorilla skeleton decorated in 86,320 Swarovski crystals, and more!

The City Reliquary Museum

Where: Williamsburg
Best for: all ages

Get to know your city better! The City Reliquary’s permanent collection includes Statue of Liberty postcards, terracotta fragments of landmark buildings, subway tokens, geological core samples, paint chips from the L train platform, a “very old shovel,” and countless other artifacts that tell unique stories of New York City’s past.

JCC Harlem

Where: Harlem
Best for: 4 years and under

This community space is open for play, literally! Hit up their Open Play for creative play, stories, bubbles, and socializing with other neighborhood kiddies.

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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