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Best of New York 2012 • Kids

Best Kiddie Gym

  • Exerblast

    100 Reade St., nr. W. Broadway; 888-898-9797;

    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.

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