161 Hudson St., nr. Laight St. 212-226-0345
Moomah offers a killer parent-kid recipe: It’s part café (pouring Counter Culture coffee), part gymnasium, part art gallery, and part ecoexploratorium, all housed in the old Wetlands rock club in Tribeca. Kids go especially crazy for the Funky Forest, an interactive virtual ecosystem with infrared motion projectors that make imaginary trees grow and water ripple. In glow-in-the-dark-yoga (gloga?) classes, white-clad young yogis are illuminated by black light. Birthday parties come in three themes: princesses in space, superheroes go camping, and on the farm. The brainchild of Tracey Stewart (wife of The Daily Show’s Jon), Moomah invites drop-ins and keeps entrance rates relatively affordable. A new art playdate is $40, including supervision, lunch, and materials.
From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).