When it seems like winter might never end, parents are always looking for ways to burn off cooped-up kids' energy. Luckily, Boston is home to many phenomenal indoor playgrounds and play spaces, so there are a lot of options to choose from. After hearing great things about Children’s World Indoor Playground in Canton, I headed there for open playtime with my 4-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter. Here's the scoop for parents looking for somewhere new to spend a chilly morning or afternoon.
Conveniently located close to Route 128, Children’s World is tucked away in the back of a building housing a number of other businesses. The playground’s signage isn’t easily viewable from the road, so you’ll definitely need to keep an eye out for it. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by a large room filled with a bouncy house and slide, climbing structures, scooters and tricycles, wagons, kids’ roller coasters, giant bouncy balls and more.
With so many options to choose from, my son initially had a hard time settling down to pick just one activity. Once he did a few laps around the play space to get an idea of his options, he particularly enjoyed the roller coasters and play kitchen—and his baby sister even tagged along for that one. And speaking of babies, they also had their own play area in the back of the space, with small slides, foam blocks, walkers, and more.
Most of the children at the play space seemed to be about kindergarten-age and younger, which was a perfect age group for the toys and activities available. Kids older than that age range likely would find their play options more limited.
In planning your trip to Children’s World, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. Strollers aren’t allowed inside (as of this writing, this is not listed among the rules on the Children’s World website), so if you have an infant too young to crawl and enjoy the fun, you may want to bring a baby carrier for the convenience of a hands-free way to carry your baby while following the older kids around.
In addition, like many playspaces, shoes are not allowed in the play area, and socks are required. However, if you forget your socks at home, Children’s World does offer them available for purchase.
Children’s World offers free Wi-Fi (look for the password posted on the wall)—and even better for parents in need of a caffeine fix, free coffee. There are a few snacks and drinks you can buy, and outside food is welcome. The eating area has plenty of tables and chairs, and provides a clear line of sight to most of the activities in the play area.
If you want to continue the fun after your visit, the play space offers annual memberships available for a monthly fee. You also can bring playgroups of 10 to 30 children for a three-hour play session. Birthday party packages also are available.
For us, Children's World was a winner. We’ll definitely be back.