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Indoor Sports In NYC: Bowling, Climbing, Badminton & Ping Pong

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The 32-lane bowling alley 300 New York offers more than just the typical balls and pins. Floor-length video screens, an upscale restaurant, and the “Game On” video arcade and gaming area promise to entertain all winter long. 23rd Street and West Side Highway, threehundred.com

With locations in two of Manhattan’s epicenters—Times Square and Union Square—Bowlmor Lanes is hip, vibrant, and happening. The high-end bowling alleys each boast more than 40 kid-friendly lanes, mini golf, bocce, arcade games, and a gourmet restaurant. 222 West 44th Street and 110 University Place, bowlmor.com

Perfect for groups large and small, Lucky Strike has gotten upscale bowling down to a science in its 20 locations across the country. The Hell’s Kitchen venue features 26 lanes, 11 billiard/ping pong tables, private event spaces and lanes, and state-of-the-art audio visual systems. 42nd Street and Twelfth Avenue, bowlluckystrike.com

The gym at the Manhattan Plaza Health Club features 5,000 square feet of climbing space with over 60 routes to test your strength. The Learn to Climb package includes orientation and free rentals for one month—perfect for winter break. 482 West 43rd Street, mphc.com/climbinggym

The Field House at Chelsea Piers offers novice and intermediate rock climbing classes (7-9 and 10+ respectively) on weekends and after school. Starting with the very basics, children progressively learn more advanced climbing techniques. Pier 61 (23rd Street and the Hudson River), chelseapiers.com

When it’s too cold to run around outside, let the kids expend pent up energy at one of New York City Badminton’s two locations. The organization offers individual and group coaching, afterschool programs, and walk-ins for this underrated sport that hones hand-eye coordination, agility, and more. 351 West 18th Street and 220 East 76th Street, newyorkcitybadminton.com

SPiN New York has up to 17 ping pong tables, professional players, and an endless amount of ping pong balls. With over 12,000 square feet of space, there’s plenty of room to get a good workout. 48 East 23rd Street, newyork.spingalactic.com

Founded by 2008 Olympian Wang Chen, the Wang Chen Table Tennis Club has a friendly atmosphere that caters to all levels of ping pong skills, whether you want to just walk in and hit the ball around or seriously improve your game in a one-on-one lesson with a pro. 250 West 100th Street, wangchenttc.com