Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean that you and your family have to go into hibernation. There are some great indoor play spaces in the Hartford area where your active child can burn off excess energy by climbing, bouncing, running, and jumping. He or she might even take a nap for you later! We've also compiled a list of indoor play places specifically for big kids in Hartford County. For even more indoor fun check out our Connecticut Indoor Play Guide.
This 12,000 square foot aerial adventure center dares kids ages 6 and up to scale cargo nets, wobbly bridges, and fly down zip lines.
Launch Trampoline Park—Hartford
With over 15,000 square feet of trampolines, your kiddos can literally jump off the walls at Launch. The trampoline park is suitable for all ages but has special scheduled toddler times throughout the week.
Romp n' Roll—Wethersfield
The bright and colorful gym for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers offers little ones a safe space to run around, jump, swing, slide, and play.
Opening its showroom to the public during open play times, TimberGyms invites kids to climb on elaborate wooden playscapes, including a super fun pirate ship, and jump in the bounce house.
Buckland Hills Mall—Manchester
Offering a free, woodland-themed indoor play area made of soft foam, Buckland Hills Mall invites children under 42" to play. In the food court area, the mall also has a large carousel with a variety of animals and 2 grand chariots in addition to the traditional horses.
Nomad’s Adventure Quest—South Windsor
The large indoor entertainment facility, features laser tag, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, bowling, a rock wall, a billiards room, 2 large basketball courts, bumper cars, 10 bounce houses, and over 50 arcade and video games. There's also a 3-level soft play area and playscape for younger children.
My Gym—West Hartford
The popular children's gym facility offers classes for babies through elementary school age, and also has free "practice and play" times. Babies and children up to age 7 can explore fun equipment safely outfitted with mats and a spring floor. Admission for children currently enrolled in classes is free. Check the web site for the most updated times, as the schedule changes periodically.
Stone Age Rock Gym—Manchester
For an exciting way to get some physical activity, try rock wall climbing in Stone Age Rock Gym's 4,500 square feet of textured climbing walls. They have climbing packages geared toward children ages 6 and up.
Originally written on 2/04/12 by Tania Pesce.
Photos courtesy of Jennifer Johnson-Saunders