Playing & Learning Center


Incorporating inspirations from early childhood education centers in Scandinavia into this premier indoor learning and play space in New York, the Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center integrates the best of Scandinavian design while emphasizing early childhood sensory perception. Young children and their caregivers have fun while learning about the culture of Scandinavia through books, toys, and free unstructured play sessions.

Within the two distinct yet complementary areas – an activity room and a sensory room – design highlights include a reading theater, sensory tunnel, custom Lego® corner, landscaped BRIO® train table, indoor climbing corner, mushroom house, a “please touch” wall, light landscape, and imported Scandinavian educational elements.

This magical interior landscape transports children from Park Avenue all the way to Scandinavia and back again, without the need for an airplane ticket!

All Children’s Center patrons are required to sign a liability waiver before children can attend the Center.

Please bring a copy of the signed form with you before your first visit or email a copy to You will not be permitted in the Playing & Learning Center without a signed waiver. Waivers will be kept on file and will be renewed annually with your ASF Family Membership.


The Heimbold Family Children's Playing & Learning Center

Reservations must be purchased in advance for each child through our online ticketing system, Elevent. A waiver must always be signed online before children can attend the Center. ASF family memberships are $125 ($110 tax deductible); the cost per child per session for members Tuesday through Saturday is $20. Non-members will pay $25 to attend the Saturday session, space permitting.

Masks are strongly encouraged while in the Playing & Learning Center. Staff will be masked while in the Center.

Parental and caregiver supervision is required at all times. We discourage the use of mobile devices in order to ensure a safe and joyful environment for everyone.

If any unforeseen circumstances result in the need to cancel, please contact for assistance and next steps.


Admission is for children ages 1 through 5.  Please note that children must be walking on their own to be admitted. A maximum of two children are allowed with each adult. A maximum of two adults are allowed with each child. Parental and caregiver supervision is required at all times.


There will be two 2-hour play sessions per day.
Play Session I: 10 AM-12 PM
Play Session II: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Reservations are required. You must purchase a reservation ticket for each child using the space. The cost is $20 per child for ASF Members from Tuesday through Saturday, and $25 for non-members on Saturday sessions. Reservations are non-refundable. ASF Family Members will be limited to three reservation spots per play session. Sessions can be booked one hour into a session, space permitting; however, we encourage reserving early to be guaranteed a spot, particularly on Saturdays when the Center is also open to non-members. Reservations must be purchased in advance for each child through our online ticketing system Elevent; see the FAQ for instructions to make a reservation. The Children’s Center does not accept cash payments.



Still have questions or concerns?
Please call 212-847-9716 or email and we will do our best to assist you.



In order to keep the Playing and Learning Center safe,
clean, pleasant, and available to everyone, we ask that you
abide by the following rules:

  • Be Safe

    – Masks are strongly encouraged for those ages 2 and up in the Playing & Learning Center.
    – Parents or caregivers must supervise their kids at all times.
    – Only kids who are walking on their own are admitted to the Playing and Learning Center.
    – There is no running or playing in the hallway or the Halldór Laxness Library.
    – Please do not leave any valuables unattended. Scandinavia House is not responsible for missing or lost items.

  • Be Respectful

    ASF Membership Cards must be presented upon entering the Playing and Learning Center, or at any time the attendant asks.
    The Center is only open to ASF Members with a Family Associate Membership or above. The Center is open to ASF Family Membership holders with reservations. Members may not bring guests to the Playing and Learning Center.

    A liability waiver must be signed for all kids playing in the Center. Membership cards must be stamped at the Front Desk.
    Absolutely NO food or beverages are allowed in the Playing and Learning Center. We want to keep the space as clean as possible, so please finish all food and beverages before entering the 4th Floor. You will be asked to put away or dispose of any drinks or snacks. If you would like to eat or drink, please proceed to Björk Café and Bistro at Scandinavia House on the 1st Floor.

    Diaper changing is permitted only at the diaper changing stations. These facilities are located in the restroom on the 4th Floor. Diaper changing is NOT permitted outside the restroom. Additional restrooms and changing facilities are located on the B-Level of Scandinavia House.

    Please take care that books and toys are not damaged. We ask that you take responsibility in putting away books and toys after your kids have used them. To prevent confusion with the Playing and Learning Center’s toys and supplies, we ask that kids leave their own toys at home or in their strollers.
    Due to the size of the space and social distancing, there is a limit of 10 children, plus 10 adults in the Playing and Learning Center during each play session.


    If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about the Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center, please contact the ASF Membership Coordinator at 212-847-9716 or

Other Family Programming

Scandinavia House frequently offers family programming including storytelling events, children’s theater, and virtual workshops. The Children’s Center email list includes upcoming programs as well as video tutorials, activity suggestions, and other ways to keep children busy and occupied at home. To subscribe to the list, fill out the form below.


The Children’s Center has also offered a wide array of virtual children’s programming and workshops, including art tutorials, read-alouds, and studio visits with children’s book illustrators, many of which remain available to stream.


If you have questions or concerns please contact the ASF Membership Coordinator at 212-847-9716, or



The Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center is made possible by the generous support of the Heimbold Foundation/The Honorable Charles A. and Monika Heimbold.




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