If your kids are anything like my two bundles of non-napping energy, you find there are days when you just need to let them run free – but preferably within a confined indoor space. The winter months can sometimes cause our children to become sluggish. Sub- zero weather makes outdoor venues and parks less than ideal for the kids’ much-needed exercise. So, many days I look to indoor play spaces to sufficiently tire my children out. There are a few notable ones right here in New Haven County. Inexpensive and varied, each indoor play space has its own charm. They cater to different age groups; you just need to find one that is right for your brood. Thankfully, we are here to help. For more indoor fun check out our Connecticut Indoor Play Guide.
Andie’s Bounce Barn is located in Seymour and is another inflatable play place for your kids aged 2 to 12 years. Parents are always free … you have to love that! Make sure the kids bring some socks, since those are required to play.
32C Progress Ave. Seymour, CT 06483
If having some variety for your children is a concern, then Sports Centers of Connecticut in Shelton is definitely for you. Under one roof, you will find the world’s only double-decker ice skating facility, and includes facilities for hockey, golf, mini-golf, batting cages, bowling and laser tag. For those not as into sports, they also have a game zone, and “Glitter” where your children can use their imaginations to create arts and craft projects. Talk about a productive afternoon! For specific schedules and pricing of the different activities, you would be best to check their website.
784 River Rd. (Rt. 110) Shelton, CT 06484
Småland at Ikea in New Haven is a wonderful treat for the kids (and for parents who find themselves in need of some home goods), a play area with the theme of an enchanted Swedish forest. It is free of charge for 1 hour, and your child must be between 4 and 10 years old and potty trained. The store hours are Monday through Sunday, 10am to 9pm.
Off I-95 at 450 Sargent Drive
Connecticut Sportsplex is located in North Branford. Here they offer Family Fun Night where admission includes unlimited Laser Tag, play on the giant playscape, and 60 tokens for the arcade! The Sportsplex also houses batting cages and something called cyber sport, which according to their website is a combination of “lacrosse, basketball and hockey played with two teams driving custom cars on a 40 feet x 60 feet court” with up to 10 players at a time (5 players on 5 players). For their hours, which change with the season, please check their website.
216 Foxon Road, North Branford
Originally published 1/26/13.