As the temperatures really start to take a nosedive, 'tis the season for finding winter activities that keep kids busy indoors. Just in time for December vacation, we’ve rounded up seven indoor play spaces where you can take your little ones and your school-age kids, too. Most are a drive outside city limits, but all have lots of space and plenty of options for high-energy fun.
1. Inside Playground—Watertown
Watertown’s Inside Playground is a giant space for younger kids, featuring inflatables and a separate room for quieter activities like reading, playing dress up or house, or building with Legos. You can bring your own food to Inside Playground (though you have to eat it outside the play space), and you can buy food there as well. There’s wifi for parents and free parking to boot.
When: Hours vary by season, but from at least 10am to 6pm
Who: 8 months – 12 years
How much: $12 per child, adults free, frequent visitor punch cards and Military discount available
Contact: 617-923-1772 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2. The Klubhouse—Woburn
Bouncy houses and obstacle courses, a ship anchored in the South Seas, a wooden lookout castle, and a fleet of plasma cars are all fun things you can expect to find at The Klubhouse. There are snacks available for purchase at the front desk, but you may also bring your own peanut-free snack.
Who: Lower elementary school age and younger
Contact: 781-937-5582 (KLUB) or Info@theklubhouse.com
3. Imagine Playspace Cambridge—Cambridge
Imagine Cambridge offers children endless options for play, with an indoor playground and an imaginative play town. For creative kids, there are opportunities for creative play with a play town that includes a library, restaurant, grocery, bakery and theater. Active kiddos will love the swings, bounce house, climbing, ball pit and ride-on toys—including the outdoor space. Imagine’s website offers a “Busyometer” that tells you how many other people are there. In addition, Imagine provides bilingual song and dance classes in Spanish, as well as language clubs in French, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Portugese, German and ASL.
When: 8:30am–6:30pm daily
Who: 10 and under
How much: $10 per child per hour with discounts for additional kids, or $15 per day visit
4. Jump On In—Boston, Lowell and Woburn
Jump On In is every kid’s dream. Housed in an enormous warehouse space with multiple rooms, it’s nothing but enormous inflatable slides and castles. It’s very quiet on weekdays but pretty crazy on weekends and holiday weeks, with delighted children bouncing their heads off. That said, you can make a reservation in advance so you’re sure to get in. With no time limits, it’s a fantastic place to bring kids with energy to burn. There are special areas for smaller children, but be warned: larger children often jump their way in.
Who: 12 and under
How much: $13 per child on weekdays, $15 on weekends
5. Jump N' Slide—Newton
Though this big, relatively new facility in Newton, adjacent to the Newton Childcare Academy, is getting known for its birthday parties, kids and families can also drop in during regular weekend hours to have some fun in its Jump Hall (full of extra-large inflatables and slides for big kids), Toddler Area (with more toys for littles), and exciting arcade.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-9pm; Fridays 5pm-9pm
Who: All ages are welcome, though it's best for pre-teens and younger
How much: $15 "unlimited fun pass" is valid for the entire day, and includes $3 toward arcade games
6. Monkey Joe’s, Danvers and North Attleboro
At Monkey Joe’s, kids get to monkey around (heh) on inflatable slides, jumps, and obstacle courses. They have designated play areas for kids 2-12 years old, featuring jumps, slides, climbing walls, and games. There is also a Mini Monkey Zone for kids 3 and under, featuring games, puzzles, and soft landing areas.
When: Danvers 11am–6pm; North Attleboro varied
Who: 12 and under
How much: Varies by location
Contact: 978-739-8099; 508-316-3533
7. Imajine That, Lawrence
Imajine That is an interactive children’s museum offering a space where families can create and learn together. The 12,000 square foot area includes a Whole Foods grocery store, a dinosaur climbing structure, Between the Lions literacy area, Peep and the Big Wide World Science Station, Lowell General Hospital Doctors Office play area, and an arts and crafts area. Imajine That also offers Spanish immersion infant and toddler programs. Imajine That is a shoe-free facility with socks available for purchase.
When: Sun-Thur 9:00am–5:00pm; Fri/Sat 9:00–8:00pm
Who: 8 and under
How much: Children 1+ $10; Babies $2.95 (free with accompanying sibling); Adults $1
Photos courtesy of each play space
Originally posted in 2016; updated in 2017