8 Indoor Play Spaces Near Boston That Are Open Now
When chilly weather keeps kids inside in Massachusetts, they don't necessarily need to stay home: Many Boston-area indoor play spaces have reopened under state guidelines and will keep little ones climbing, bouncing, jumping, and giggling on cold or wet days. For 2021, facilities have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures, social distancing protocols, and advance registration requirements, ensuring not only a fun day trip but increased safety.
Look to our Boston Winter Fun Guide for more cabin fever cures, from snow tubing outings to dozens of outdoor winter activities to keep kids busy at home.
BeanStalk is set to reopen in mid-January. Photo courtesy of BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course
February 2021 update: Boston Playground is temporarily closed; contact the facility for more details.
This indoor playground for kids ages 1 and older features inflatables, climbing areas, wide-open play spaces, and more. Open play sessions are being held on weekend days, and guests can also book private play sessions. Walk-ins are welcome, but call ahead to make sure there's enough space to meet capacity restrictions.
BB Kidz Club—Westford and Leominster
Both BB Kidz Club locations are open at press time, offering indoor play for all ages, from imaginative play areas for little ones to arcade machines for bigger kids.
Beanstalk Adventure Ropes Course—Reading
Beanstalk plans to open January 14th, so check its website for more details. (Reservations will be required.) Expect zig-zag beams, cargo nets, angled rope ladders, crisscross walks, and ziplines. For young adventurers less than 48 inches tall there is BeanSprout, a kids-only ropes course with platforms less than 3 feet from the ground.
Toys are regularly cleaned at Woburn's Vinkari Safari (don't forget your masks!) Photo courtesy of VinKari Safari
Children's Piazza—Beverly and West Peabody
Reserve open play time at Children's Piazza, a beautiful "play cafe" featuring lots of climbing areas, chalkboards to scribble on, and community toys that are disinfected between visitors. It's also booking private play times and birthday parties.
Jam Time—Maynard, Norwood, Natick, and Natick Mall
Choose among drop-in play time (in certain locations), private play time, and birthday parties at Jam Time. Expect regularly cleaned play structures, slides, ride-on toys and more to keep kids busy. Be sure to check each location's calendar and book spots before heading out.
Designed for kids ages 6 months old to 7 years old, Vinkari Safari is a favorite among local families for its big space filled with interesting toys, climbing structures, and ride-ons to keep children entertained for hours on end. Reservations are recommended as capacity restrictions are in place.