Our Top 5 Playgrounds
Whether kids are in our classes, participating in our open play hours, or outside our doors--we love to see them play! It doesn’t matter where you are. Our philosophy of open-ended, independent play definitely has a place beyond Union Square Play’s walls. So to help you soak up the summer sun, we decided to highlight a few of our favorite Manhattan playgrounds. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Of course, we have to give a shout out to our neighbor. If you’re running early for class, why not make a quick stop for some warm up play right across the way? The entrance is south of the Pavilion, on the north side of the 16th Street Traverse, from Union Square East to Union Square West.
POLICE OFFICER MOIRA ANN SMITH PLAYGROUND
This Madison Square Park playground was dedicated to NYPD Officer Moira Ann Smith who was one of the many officers and emergency responders who gave their lives in order to save others on September 11, 2001. We love the different-sized play structures and water-spouting alphabet blocks for sensory play!
IMAGINATION PLAYGROUND PARK
Designed by architect David Rockwell, this playground encourages kids to engage with their surroundings and create their own unique play space with sand, water, and loose parts (our favorite!).
CHELSEA WATERSIDE PLAY AREA
Reopened as of February 2019, this newly designed play area features sculptures and water features that are sure to spark a few oohs and aahs from little ones. We also appreciate all the shade provided by the beautiful new trees.
BILLY JOHNSON PLAYGROUND
There’s a 45-foot slide! Need we say more?