The Best Indoor Playgrounds and Indoor Play Spaces in Connecticut
As winter rolls on, the novelty of staying warm and cozy within your own four walls may begin to lose its appeal (especially for moms and dads). Kids with pent-up energy need to get the wiggles out, and they can do exactly that at one of these indoor play spaces and indoor playgrounds near you. Grab a friend and some other kids to make it memorable, or even better, start a weekly routine!
Note: Please check each location individually for specific COVID guidelines.
Best Indoor Play Spaces in Fairfield County
Skyzone Trampoline Park — Norwalk
So much to do! Kids of all ages will love this place for its Ninja Warrior Course, free-climb area, trapeze, warped climbing wall, foam put, skyline, and so much more. Little Leapers is Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Kidz Klub — multiple locations
Located in Milford, Danbury and Trumbull, Kidz Klub is a fun, brightly lit, and super-cushioned play and climbing area. Little ones will adore the child-friendly slides, ball pit, mini-trampoline, obstacle course, and more. There's even an area for the toddlers. This is a fun place for kids ages 1-10. For every child, 2 adults get in for free!
Chelsea Piers' indoor courts will help get your spring swing ready. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Piers CT
Chelsea Piers CT — Stamford
This place has everything. Kids can do just about every sport here: indoors. Try out its two indoor ice skating rinks, adventure center, indoor water slides, a 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. There are also drop-in classes and fun for kids including a Little Athletes Zone, gymnastics, and open volleyball.
Ole — Fairfield, Monroe
The Winter 2022 calendar is currently up. While soccer is their specialty, the clean indoor jungle gym offered at both Ole locations is perfect for even your little toddlers to explore with a trampoline, bridges, obstacles, a climbing tower, and slides. Purchase a 2-hour pass and enjoy all this place has to offer.
Test out your Ninja Warrior Skills at Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park. Photo courtesy of the park
Rockin' Jump — Trumbull
Climb, jump and soar through the air at one of the ultimate trampoline parks in Fairfield County. Attractions include an open jump pit, X-Beam, Slam Dunk Zone, Vertical Ops, Warped Wall, and Ninja Course. Open till 8pm almost daily. Click here to understand their sanitizing protocol.
Monster Mini Golf — Bethel/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. Dig the laser maze, the arcade, and of course the ropes course. Open every day of the week, Sundays until 9pm.
Kids scale the walls in Danbury. Photo courtesy of Gymnastic Spectrum
Gymnastic Spectrum — Danbury
Gymnastic Spectrum in Danbury offers weekly structured classes called Preschool Gymnastics and Tumble Bears for the littlest gymnasts. The facility is built from bright gym mats, soft equipment, wide balance beams, and a safe climbing wall. There is also a giant foam pit kids will love to jump into. Parents can watch from a comfortable sitting area. Kids should also check out the Ninja classes for kids from age 2 to high school.
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. Masks are required for children 2 and older.
Best Indoor Play Spaces Near New Haven
Rascals Gym — Hamden
This indoor learning and play gym has a long history of serving families. Kids will love it, especially little ones! Offers classes both with parents and without for children starting at six months. old. There are weekly open-play sessions and summer camps. Kids will benefit from fine and gross motor skills training, as well as practicing taking turns, listening, and following instructions. Summer camp is already registering.
Småland at Ikea — New Haven
For something a little different, go to IKEA. Smaland is a play area where kids can entertain themselves with tunnels, ball pits, climbing, and imagination. While you shop, your child will be happily entertained by IKEA staff.
Bounce Town USA — Milford
Reserve your tickets and fill out a waiver form, then come play for 2-hours. Play on New England's largest inflatables, virtual reality games, bumper cars, and the world's largest bungee trampoline! Masks are requested of those who are not vaccinated. Open every night till 8pm.
The smaller-sized ropes course at IT is a perfect challenge for little ones! Photo courtesy of Mommy Poppins.
IT— New Haven
Hope you're not afraid of heights! A destination for every kid before they grow up, IT has two 60 foot high ropes courses, four zip lines, and a huge catwalk. There is also a smaller size ropes course for those who are under 48".
Urban Air Trampoline Park — Orange
Do you like arcades? Got it. Climbing? Got it. Bowling? Got it. You get the picture. There is plenty to do at this all-in-one location. Open Daily till 8pm.
Best Indoor Play Spaces Near Hartford
Central Rock Gym — Glastonbury
CRG has lots of things for kids to do. JumpStart is for climbers ages 4-6 and runs on the weekends, Climbing Club (ages 6 and up) is also on the weekends as well as Wednesday after school. School vacation programs are also a sell-out.
Flight Trampoline Park — Manchester
A "Covid-cautious" recreation location. Bring your thrill-seeking child to jump, bounce and leap. Besides the trampolines, there is a bounce-basketball court, awesome ninja warrior court, climbing walls, and arcade. There is also a "Kids Zone" for your little ones too with slides, climbing and a ball pit.
Test your best dance moves in the arcade. Photo courtesy of Nomads
Nomads — South Windsor
Nomads is a one-stop fun spot place for kids of all ages with a rock climbing wall, huge arcade, and laser tag. How about a teacup ride? Bowling? It's all at this one location. There are also inflatables and climbers for smaller kids.
Romp and Roll — Wethersfield
Play-based classes and open play times at this fun, energy-burning recreation zone. Open playtime is on Tuesdays (varied times) for multiple ages so that brothers and sisters can come too. Don't forget about this gem: Parents Morning Out, when mom can drop off the kids and go get a coffee!
My Gym — multiple locations
Kids will gain gross-motor confidence in one of My Gym's classes. From 4 months to 10 years old, choose from classes like Waddlers and Gymsters, terrific Tots, Mighty Mights, and of course, Ninja Training for the older kids. Maybe mom and dad need a date night. My Gym offers a Parents Night Out once a month and vacation programs.
Imagine Nation Museum — Bristol
Imagine Nation has re-worked its approach in connecting with the public. Now offering intentional, guided activities (instead of self-led exploration), the Museums has a rolling schedule of monthly activities for visitors. Examples of classes are Junior Zookeepers, Artists Circle, and Playful Learners.
Best Indoor Play Spaces in Eastern CT
Family Zone — Mashantucket
Take a weekend trip and never leave the state. The Family Zone at Foxwoods Casino will definitely be memorable for your kids. Spread out over a few different on-site locations, kids can bowl in a twenty-lane bowling alley, try their hand at games in the arcade, shoot aliens at the Virtual Reality Arena and go ice skating at the winter rink!
Cyber Quest — Uncasville
Located at the Mohegan Sun Casino, this arcade consists of "non-violent game content." This arcade is a little different as it's purposefully brightly lit, with staff constantly circulating to assist patrons and games for a wide variety of skill levels.
Bounce Fun Center — Clinton
Currently closed due to Covid
Fun bouncy inflatables, a super silly velcro wall, a ball pit, and slides. This is a cozy spot for kids to play that won't overwhelm them with flashing lights and loud noises. Special play area for wandering littles, some arcade games, and plenty of places for mom or dad to sit while the kids play.
Kids will love the bright, cheerful play space. Courtesy of Busy Bees Playhive
Busy Bees Playhive — Norwich
This adorable place believes in the power of play! The space is warm and simple with wooden toys, climbers, slides, and a fun, huge "hive" at the center. The hive is open daily and kids under 1 are free.
Originally published in 2011, this article was updated in January 2022 by writer Jenny Coe.