- Kids Playhouse
34-17 Steinway St., Astoria; 718-806-1288
This colorful little playpen may not have generated the buzz of bigger, flashier Frolic! in Williamsburg, but it doesn’t come with its $83-a-month price tag either. Here, three hours of play cost just $7—no membership required. Squealy fun-inducers include an elaborate two-story maze, double racing slides, a carpeted toddler area exploding with toys, an arcade jammed with tween-friendly claw machines, the requisite pizza bar, and—hallelujah!—free Wi-Fi for parents. The one catch: no drop-in times on the weekend, when the space is reserved for private parties.
Best Indoor Playground
From the 2013 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).