11 Best Indoor Play Spaces for Kids in Atlanta
When the weather gets too hot in Atlanta for kids to run around outside, indoor play spaces offer an opportunity to run off some energy, make new friends, and practice those motor skills. Facilities that had been closed are now reopening, many with stricter cleaning measures and temperature checks.
Indoor playgrounds like Catch Air, Buddy's, Leapin' Lizards, and Hippo Hop offer large play spaces for kids to climb, bounce, jump, and explore (note that most require socks to be worn at all times). For something different, consider the Children's Museum for an educational experience, or Tiny Towne for older kids to have fun driving and learning road rules.
Read on for the top indoor play spaces for kids in Atlanta—and be sure to sign up for Mommy Poppins' Atlanta newsletter to keep up with the latest and best things to do with kids!
1. Buddy's Indoor Playhouse - Smyrna
Buddy's offers 4,000 square feet of entertainment with everything from books to a driving track. Local parents love the attentive staff at this play center designed with younger kids in mind. Best for ages 1-5.
Leapin Lizards has plenty of bouncy activities to burn energy.
2. Leapin Lizards - Decatur
This huge indoor play area is open again with regular hours. Kids can enjoy tons of inflatables and parents can use the free wi-fi. Leapin' Lizards also offers a "parents' night out" drop-off program twice monthly for potty-trained kids through age 10.
3. Childrens' Museum of Atlanta - Downtown Atlanta
With the aim of helping kids to learn through play, the Childrens' Museum provides a variety of engaging things for kids to do, including science experiments, creative activities, and interactive settings including a delivery truck and a grocery store. Book your visit online and choose one of three two-hour sessions. Best for kids ages 2-8.
4. Gymboree Play and Music - Multiple Locations
Gymboree offers class and play combos on a membership basis. Local parents recommend it for its interactive, stimulating environment for babies and toddlers. Atlanta has three Gymborees: Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, and Toco Hills.
5. Oodazu - Buckhead
This Buckhead place is as funky as its name with a ripslide, gaga ball, and scaling towers. It even has its own childrens' yoga program. Kids can climb, play, and practice balance skills, but advance reservations are required.
6. Tiny Towne - Norcross
Kids aged three and up can have a go at driving and become familiar with road rules and road safety at this indoor driving center. Parents love it for the educational aspect as well as the fun for the kids. Tiny Towne's advanced driving track simulates real traffic rules, road signs, and police for kids ages 9 and up.
Kids and parents will love this mega-sized indoor entertainment center.
7. Jack N' Elle Playhouse - Decatur
At Jack N' Elle, the motto is "Enrich. Engage. Enjoy." The space has wooden play structures plus yoga and art. Parents love the work stations where they can use free wi-fi, charging stations, and see directly into the play space. Best for ages 1-8.
8. Hippo Hop - Atlanta and Peachtree Corners
This indoor play space, with locations in Atlanta and Peachtree Corners, is known for its environmentally friendly efforts, such as using non-toxic cleaners, eco-friendly paint, and recyling. It's full of fun areas for kids to explore, and parents love it for its various age-appropriate spaces, including a soft floor for the littlest crawlers. The Hippo Cafe offers a range of healthy snacks for the kids and coffee for the adults. Visitors must buy tickets online in advance.
Climb to high heights at Kids Rock the Spectrum.
9. We Rock the Spectrum - Roswell
This recently-opened indoor play gym is for all kids, including those with special needs. Kids can play on sensory-safe therapy equipment. The play area also includes an arts and crafts section and a calming room.
10. Legoland Discovery Center - Buckhead
Lego fans have a blast here. Kids can build and race cars, watch 4D Lego movies, make their own stop-motion videos, and ride Lego-themed rides. Located in Phipps Plaza.
11. Catch Air- Multiple Locations
With four indoor playgrounds across Atlanta (Johns Creek, Snellville, Cumming, and Marietta, with Dacula coming soon) it's easy for families to access one of these epic inflatable wonderlands. Catch Air offers interactive games, obstacle courses, music, and glow-in-the-dark play.
Photos courtesy of the play spaces/museums