When the cold weather won't let up we are lining up museums, arcades and indoor play areas for those days when we need to run around and let off steam. A favorite of ours is a local indoor play space and mini arcade right on Steinway Street just a half a block from the N and R train.
This is definitely a favorite space for my son since it is close by and climbing is a must. It consists of a baby toddler area that is padded and has a small crawling and climbing space. In the big kid climbing maze, a tunnel, obstacles and two large slides make for lots of challenges and fun. The play spaces are cleaned daily which is necessary when little ones are sweating, drooling, coughing and just being messy as kids can be. The owners are family oriented dads who know what parents look for and the young ladies who work there are so helpful and kind.
They offer water, juices and milk for sale as well as snacks and coffee. Personal pizzas are also available if your group gets hungry while playing (which ours often does).
Kids Playhouse is open 7 days a week from 10am - 8pm. Mornings are usually available for open play at $7 a child for up to 4 hours but be sure to call ahead to see that they haven't booked a private event. Also ask about any promotions they may be running.
If you are having a party you can be sure it will be a clean space and every party gets use of the entire space so it is completely private which is rare for the price they offer.
Kids Playhouse Facebook Page
34-17 Steinway Street
Astoria NY 11101
They also have a new space in Jackson Heights which we look forward to checking out soon.