My daughter and I are always on the lookout for places to play indoors when it's cold or rainy. And if the spot is really cool, we don't mind traveling a bit to get there. So even though we live in Brooklyn, we decided to make the inter-borough trek to Queens to check out Kids Playhouse, Astoria's newest drop-in play space.
Although it's an hour from our home, my daughter and I have already been back—twice. The last time we went, my preschooler spent two and a half hours running, climbing and sliding, and I still had trouble convincing her to leave. And as much as she loved the space—you can see how awesome it is by clicking through our slide show—I loved the price: Drop-in play is just $7 per visit.