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. This is common practice for such activity spaces for children and will allow our Center to continue providing the highest level of quality learning and play for your child(ren).
Please bring a copy of the signed form with you before your first visit or email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
The Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center is open at limited capacity for 120- minute free- play sessions to ASF family members from Tuesday through Saturday. In addition to family members, non-members are invited to reserve tickets for Saturday sessions on a limited basis. 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 for ages 2 and up 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.
A maximum of two kids are allowed with each adult. A maximum of two adults are allowed with each child.
NEW HOURS STARTING IN JANUARY 2023:
HOURS & ADMISSION
TUESDAY — FRIDAY: ASF FAMILY MEMBERS ONLY
SATURDAYS: OPEN TO PUBLIC AS WELL AS MEMBERS
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. Admission is for children ages 1 through 5. Please note that children must be walking on their own to be admitted and must be accompanied by a caregiver.
ASF Family Members will be limited to three reservation spots per play session.
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:
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.
EMAIL SIGNUP — CHILDREN’S CENTER
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.