100 Reade St., nr. W. Broadway; 888-898-9797; exerblast.com
The antithesis of a traditional indoor playspace, ExerBlast, which opened in September, is aimed to appeal to Generation Tech kids who are more accustomed to switching on a Wii than throwing a ball around outdoors. At this Tribeca storefront, the little ones each strap on an iPod Touch that’s been programmed to tabulate points—the more you move, the more you earn—as they bounce through interactive activities, from climbing a wall covered in digital projections to playing a tweaked version of tag with fast-moving projected lights. Unlike at most children’s spaces, parents are encouraged to participate. (Prices are per person, starting at $30 for a drop-in session.) After school, ExerBlast has a pickup service for students at P.S. 234 and P.S. 150, among others, and also offers a birthday-party room, classes for special-needs children, and monthly evening sessions so parents can go out for a sitterless dinner.
Best Kiddie Gym
From the 2012 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).