Open Sensory Gym

Open Sensory Gym is available:

Monday from 10:00-12:00pm

Thursday from 10:00-12:00pm and 12:00-2:00pm *Please note: Open Play is cancelled Thursday 4/6/2017.

Friday from 10:00-12:00pm

Saturday from 11:30-12:30 and 2:00-3:00pm

We charge $15 (cash only) per child, per session. Siblings are welcome for an additional $10. Please call (718) 433-4434 or email to reserve your child’s space.

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Please call or email us to reserve your child’s place for the day and time desired. We allow up to 10 children to play at a time. Contact us for further information regarding Open Sensory Gym.

Sensory City offers Open Sensory Gym for children of all abilities to play and learn in our safe, clean family-friendly environment during daily designated hours. Our special open play allows your child to navigate, explore and discover new sensory-motor experiences, gaining vital motor planning skills and improving physical and social development through gross motor & fine motor collaborative, social-imaginative play. Up to 10 children, ages birth through 10 years, are welcome to get their “just-right” play experience and discover how Sensory City is where fun furthers function!

Through sensory play, children discover their world and how to be successful in it. They develop appropriate behaviors based on what they see, touch, hear, taste, smell, how they move and position their body in space.

Think of the senses as the way information gets into a child’s brain to build their understanding of the world. The broad play experiences from sensory-rich open play at Sensory City allow children to integrate and develop their senses. The more they play, the more they develop skills necessary to engage, change and impact the world around them.

The interesting thing about the brain and senses is that they are unique to each child. This is particularly true for children with disabilities. A child with Down syndrome may have a hard time getting sensory input to register. So they may seek out that input more than other children. Another child, perhaps with autism, may register a particular sensory input too intensely, finding the experience unpleasant and causing the child to avoid the input in the future.

Sensory City considers the sensory needs of all children coming to play here.

– Tactile
Sensory receptors for touch are found in our skin. They tell the child where their body ends and the rest of the world begins. Open Sensory Play at Sensory City has a wealth of tactile experiences for children to explore including a home-made tactile table with buckets full of varied textures to explore.

– Proprioception
Proprioceptor receptors are found in muscles, tendons and joints. When a child moves, these receptors tell their brain about body position and how much force is needed for an activity. Open Sensory Play at Sensory City has a wide variety of experiences that allow children to use their muscles in different combinations including climbing our rock climbing wall, swimming through our ball pit and swinging from our zip lines.

– Vestibular
Vestibular receptors are in the inner ear and tell the child how their body moves through space and against gravity. This input is important for developing proper balance, posture and protecting the body against gravity. Open Sensory Play at Sensory City provides opportunities for children to move through space, allowing them to experience gravity in a variety of positions and speeds including swinging and spinning on our varied suspended equipment and sliding down our bumpy slide.

– Visual
We depend on sight the most. Colors, visual patterns and natural light reflection at Sensory City provide a variety of visual experiences for children of all abilities. We also have a visually engaging laser kaleidoscope that reflects tiny stars in varying pattens on the ceiling within our 2-story castle play structure to help stimulate a child’s level of alertness and ability to focus.

– Auditory
Auditory receptors are in the ear. Children often hear a broad range of sounds that can enhance or hinder their play experiences. The design of Open Sensory Play at Sensory City provides for a variety of sound opportunities for children. Sensory City also offers The Listening Program® . For more information on The Listening Program® please use the following link:

– Taste and Smell
While taste doesn’t play a big role in Sensory City’s design, use of natural elements–proximity to plants and flowers, for example–will stimulate the sense of smell, making play a more enjoyable and engaging experience for all.

In addition to the core senses, Open Sensory Play at Sensory City is a prime environment for developing additional sensory skills required for healthy development.

Motor planning involves thinking of the steps it takes to complete an activity, then implementing the plan. For instance, children have to plan where their feet and hands go while climbing, and then how to motor plan to move higher.

Social imaginative play is the ability of two or more children (of the same or varying abilities) to create new worlds together through play. Open Sensory Play at Sensory City supports the sensory needs of all children and allows all children to have a powerful make-believe play experience.

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