Drop-In Indoor Play Spaces: For Little Kids and Bigger Kids, Too

Imagination Island, Great Escape Playcafe, Sky Zone Boston, Monkey Joe's, and The Klubhouse

Just in time for December vacation, we’ve rounded up five indoor play spaces where you can take your little ones and your school-age kids, too. Most of these places are further afield, but sometimes have more space and may offer bigger thrills than ones located closer to the city and are for little tykes only

The Klubhouse, Woburn

Bouncy houses and obstacle courses, a ship anchored in the South Seas, a wooden lookout castle, and a fleet of plasma cars are all fun things you can expect to find at The Klubhouse. There are snacks available for purchase at the front desk, but you may also bring your own peanut-free snack.

Where: 90 Cummings Park, Woburn MA 01801

When: See Open Play page on website

Who: Lower elementary school age and younger

How much: $, adults free, frequent visitor punch cards and Military discount available

Contact: 781-937-5582 (KLUB) or Info@theklubhouse.com

Imagination Island, Plymouth

Owned and operated by a mom and dad, Imagination Island’s play space is inspired by kids, with a focus on safety and cleanliness (equipment and toys are disinfected daily).  The island-themed playscape is a multi-level, open floor plan with mazes, tunnels and slides. Your child can jump in the palm tree moonbounce, pretend in the play houses, and play with the Legos, doll house, trains, and riding cars. There is a café onsite, and no outside food is allowed in.

Where: 12 Resnik Road, Plymouth, MA 02360

When: Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm

Who: Ages 1-8

How much: $, see Admission page for current admission rates and frequent island hopper passes

Contact: (508) 747-7447 or web form

The Great Escape Playcafé, Leominster

The Great Escape Playcafé is a café and play space, where parents can enjoy a cup o’ joe and uninterrupted conversation while the kids play happily on a soft playground. The play space has plenty of toys and an art and crafts area. Check the calendar for programming like educational and family-oriented events, including a drop-off camp for the holiday weekend.

Where: 21 Sack Blvd., Leominster, MA

When: Monday – Wednesday 10 am-6 pm, Thursday – Saturday 9:30 am-8 pm, closed Sunday (for birthday parties and other private events)

Who: Kids for playing, adults for relaxing

How much: $

Contact: 978-227-5886 or INFO@TGEPlaycafe.com

Sky Zone Boston, Hyde Park

If you’ve never been to a trampoline park, you should give Sky Zone a try – it is seriously fun. You and your kids can literally bounce off the walls, and the kids are usually sweaty and exhausted after a jump session (hooray!). Sky Zone has a Toddler Court for the little ones, which is great because things can get wild with the big kids. If you go, be prepared with a signed waiver and let your kids know that there will be lots of rules to follow (for their own safety, of course).

Where: 91-B Sprague Street, Boston, MA 02136 (Hyde Park), additional location in Everett

When: Monday – Closed, Tuesday-Thursday 3 pm - 8 pm, Friday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Saturday 10 am - 10 pm, Sunday 12 pm - 8 pm

Who: All ages, Sky Zone recommends younger jumpers (10 and under) jump earlier in the day

How much: $

Contact: 857-345-9693

Monkey Joe’s, Danvers and North Attleboro

At Monkey Joe’s, kids get to monkey around (heh) on inflatable slides, jumps, and obstacle courses. They have designated play areas for kids 2-12 years old, featuring jumps, slides, climbing walls, and games. There is also a Mini Monkey Zone for kids 3 and under, featuring games, puzzles, and soft landing areas.

Where: 10 Newbury St, Danvers Crossing Mall, Danvers, MA 01923 and 1360 South Washington St., Unit 1-A, North Attleboro Market Place, North Attleboro, MA 02760

When: Danvers hours/North Attleboro hours

Who: Ages 12 and under

How much: $, adults free

Contact: web form


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Photo: The Klubhouse