We view playspaces with some serious ambivalence. On the one hand, they offer something structured, fun, and unusual to do — and the kids wear themselves out. On the other, they can be crowded, wild, and — on occasion — full of the kind of entitled New York City parents you want to avoid.
Still. It’s winter and new ground to cover is new ground to cover. When the arts-and-crafts routine has grown weary at home, I’m ready to pay for some entertainment and willing to travel for it.
I’ve had Williamsburg‘s new Klub 4 Kidz on my radar since reading about it on Mommy Poppins. Goodbye, construction paper- and glue stick-strewn dining room table! Goodbye, Park Slope! Hello, neighborhood that makes me feel OLD AS HELL.
Chrissy had to be convinced. But that wasn’t hard, given that she knew I wouldn’t shut up about the place until we went. She caved easily. Here’s what we found.
What it is:
Klub 4 Kidz is a big, bright, cheery new playspace where your kids can run, jump, climb, and slide. There’s a big climbing structure (where Jasper and Magnolia spent every second of their time, pictured above) and a rock climbing wall. My kids are 4 and 6 — it was perfect for them. Older kids (and a couple of adults) gravitated to the rock climbing wall.
There’s also a separate toddler play area and an arts space.
My kids were happy making the loop on the climbing gym — there’s a little Zip-slide thingie, tunnels to crawl through, different levels to clamber up and down, and two impressively fast slides to zoom down.
Klub 4 Kidz also offers classes and parties; they have a small cafe with snacks for kids and coffee for tired parents.
What it costs:
Open Play in the playground area is $12 for one kid, $20 for two. Ditto the toddler play area. See prices for rock climbing (it’s extra), combo passes, and daily play passes here.
Where it is:
Klub 4 Kidz is at 159 North 4th Street (bet Bedford and Driggs) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
What we thought of the place:
A huge hit and we will definitely go back! They open at 9am on the weekends, and I think getting there when the doors open would be a great idea — let the kids exhaust themselves in the morning, then go have lunch, and you’re in great shape for the rest of the day.
Kids leave hot, sweaty, tired, and happy.
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