House bursting with energy and looking for ways to expend it? Not a problem! Pack up the kids, round up a few friends, and head to one of these friendly, safe, and exciting indoor play places in Fairfield County.
Whether you are looking for a more traditional playground environment in a clean and cool indoor setting, or a new fun activity with lots of jumping, running, tumbling around you will not have to drive far. There are many indoor play places and family fun centers offering a variety of safe and eye-pleasing settings, interesting programs, and well-trained, kid-friendly staff. For even more indoor fun check out our Connecticut Indoor Play Guide.
Fun For Kids, Stamford
This multi-level children's paradise has something for all ages. The youngest ones can crawl, climb, and stumble around through the bright, colorful twisty tubes, dipping tunnels, and funky slides. Everything here is just the right size, angle, and twist for kids eight and younger. Older kids can head straight to the arcade featuring a wide variety of games including the eternal favorite hoop games, racing games, air hockey tables, and the more secluded pool tables for those with more sophisticated tastes. The fun center also includes a large laser tag area that is sure to please preteens with its cool obstacles and mazes and the funky visual and audio effects that surround the players for a complete experience.
370 W Main St, Stamford, CT 06902, 203-326-5656
Naskart Indoor Kart Racing and Trampoline, Oakdale
Not in Fairfield, but worth the drive. Here you can let out your inner speed demon at the world's largest indoor multi-level go-kart track. And if that's not enough thrill seeking fun, bounce til you're bounced out on their 8,000 square foot trampoline park.
Satchatello Industrial Drive, Oakdale, CT 860-444-7700
Chelsea Piers CT, Stamford
With something for everyone, Chelsea Piers CT is all about active playtime with its two indoor ice skating rinks, adventure center, indoor water slides pool, batting cages, tennis, soccer, and basketball courts. You can bring the kids to the Adventure Center where they can exhaust themselves jumping from square to square in their wall-to-wall trampoline room and then by climbing the rock climbing wall. You can then slide down the numerous slides into their indoor splash zone pool. If you still have energy, take them to the batting cages afterwards to practice their swing.
1 Blachley Rd, Stamford, CT 06902 203-989-1000
Kids U, Stamford
Kids U has climbing structures, bouncy slides, and swings. Passes are available for drop in play.
633 Hope Street, Stamford, CT 06907 203-358-9500
Monster Mini Golf, Danbury
Your kids will light up when they enter this glow-in-the-dark, monster-themed indoor mini-golf and laser tag emporium. Join the kids and battle in the laser tag mazes or enjoy a round on the spooky links. The arcade is just the right size, too, for not losing the little ones.
14 Starr Road Danbury, CT 06810 203-744-4653
Gymnastic Spectrum, Danbury
Gymnastic Spectrum in Danbury offers structured playtime in a truly inspiring and invigorating environment built from bright gym mats, friendly, soft equipment, comfortably wide balance beams, trampolines, rings and bars, a safe, traverse climbing wall, and a giant tumbling pit filled to the brim with colorful foam blocks waiting for kids to dive in. Parents can watch from a comfortable sitting area. Kids Time action includes bounce time on inflatables, quiet movie time, snacks, and pizza.
69 Kenosia Ave, Danbury, CT 06810 203-790-8034
Pump It Up, Norwalk
For serious inflatables that just blow your kids away, try Pump It Up in Norwalk. Although they are primarily a party place, they offer drop-in open play times (based on registration) and slots for groups of various sizes. Pump It Up is serious about safety, providing bouncers with detailed safety instructions, a video about safe hopping around, and plenty of supervision around the attractions.
145 Main St, Norwalk, CT 06851 203-838-5867
Ocean Playplace, Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk
While it is not the main attraction of the wonderful Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, their cozy, well-cushioned little Ocean Playplace offers hours of fun for little preschoolers. This blue-and-green corner of the busy aquarium is neatly tucked away. The simple, no-fuss play area has reconfigurable cushioned panels that can be stacked and arranged for crawling, climbing, sliding or just simply huddling. Should they grow bored in their peaceful play corner, the youngsters can join older siblings and parents in exploring the many exhibits of the aquarium.
10 N Water St, Norwalk, CT 06854
My Three Sons Family Fun Center, Norwalk
With bounce houses, laser tag, arcades and more, My Three Sons is a super-hot birthday spot. But no reservations are needed to enjoy a few hours bouncing and burning off steam. Check the website for hours and daily deals.
62 Wall Street Norwalk CT, 203-838-3013
Tumble Jungle, Norwalk
With mats, inflatables, and plenty of space to run around, your younger kids will enjoy some time at Tumble Jungle in Norwalk. In addition to scheduled classes for which you can register, they also offer their drop-in “Monkey Time” sessions.
250 Westport Avenue, Norwalk, CT, 06851 203-286-4608
Sono Field House, South Norwalk
Visit Sono Field House to try your hand at rock climbing. Staff members are there to advise and assist with the ropes.
365 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Norwalk, CT, 06854, 203-604-9030
Sports Center of CT, Shelton
Shelton’s huge and hugely popular Sport Center offers a driving range, laser tag, batting cages, arcade, and ice skating. Check their website for a full description of schedules and pricing.
784 River Road, Shelton, CT, 06484, 203-929-6500
Jump Off!, Stratford
More than just a trampoline park, Jump Off! offers a fantastic play area that caters to preschoolers and toddlers, battle beam and dodge ball, video arcade and cafe. Drop the teens here for teen night too.
280 Garfield Ave, Stratford, 203-989-3357
Yanity Gymnasium, Ridgefield
Pre-schoolers are welcome at open gym time in the Yanity Gymnasium. No supervision is provided – this is an open space for parents and kids to enjoy together. Call ahead as they will occasionally be closed for a birthday party or other private event. The gym is part of the town of Ridgefield's recreation department, though you do not need to be a Ridgefield resident to use it.
195 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877 203-431-2755
Grand Prix New York, Mount Kisco, NY
Have seen and done enough slides, inflatables and web crawls? Are you ready for some extra special, super cool, smashing fun? Grand Prix New York just across Fairfield County's Western border in Mount Kisco has the inflatables, the arcade games, the pool tables and two exciting indoor go-kart race courses to speed through in kid-sized cars, dressed in full racing gear. To cool down after the thrill of the race, younger ones can head for the giant bouncy castle, while the older kids can hang out at the arcade, the pool tables or play a round of laser tag. A cozy and hip restaurant area around the race courses invites parents for a short, relaxing break.
Originally published 8/9/11.