When you are the parent of a toddler, you know there is only so much time you can spend in the house making crafts and enjoying at-home play. A little socialization and a change of environment can do wonders for a cranky preschooler (and mom or dad)!
Hitting your local library for storytimes, guest performances and craft days is always recommended. However, sometimes toddlers just need to run around like, well, kids, and not worry about using their inside voices. If it's too cold or rainy to head to the playground, our list of indoor drop-in play spaces in Delaware County is here to save the day.
Be sure to also check out our roundups of indoor play spots for little ones in Bucks County, Chester County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia.
5117 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
With multiple large inflatable slides, obstacles, moonbounces and a mulit-level climbing gym, Jumpers provides plenty of space for indoor exercise. Open play is offered Monday through Friday, but parents should call for weekend times. Discount family passes are available. Packed lunches are permitted but no fast food or pizza is allowed.
16 E. Eagle Road, Havertown
In addition to classes and camps, Creative Clubhouse hosts open studio time for kids on the first Friday of the month. Children ages 1-8 are welcome to get messy exploring crafts, paint and other art supplies as well as play doh, slime, blocks and Legos. Open studio is free for enrolled children or parents can pay a drop-in fee of $10 for the first child and $5 for additional children.
Kehlers Gymnastics Center
680 Parkway Drive, Broomall
The Kids Fun Factory at Kehler's provides a huge soft playground for kids up to age 11. Open play includes access to the tunnels, cargo nets, slides, and ball pits in the Fun Factory. A designated toddler area just for kids under 4 gives little ones a special place to play. Other activities for older kids such as rock climbing, Survival Island Challenge, and mini golf are separate admission. Children with special needs are welcome!
Marple Sports Arena
611 Parkway Drive, Broomall
This facility offers so much for kids. Toddlers can burn off energy indoors playing on the moonbounces. The 5 story Marple Mountain jungle gym is open year round for kids age 4 and over, but it is recommended to call ahead for hours. Other offerings include a rock wall, arcade, and inline skating.
Pump It Up
641 Baltimore Pike, Springfield
This moonbounce facility offers open bounce times for all ages, but Open Jumps during the week are held with little ones in mind. Siblings under 34" are free. Be sure to check the calendar for offerings and availability.
Springfield Square South, Springfield
At Practice & Play open gym time, children ages 6 weeks and up are invited to crawl, climb, tumble, and slide on the soft gym equipment. Little ones get plenty of exercise in the ball pit, parallel bars, balance beam, swing, and rock wall. It is important to note that a membership/class enrollment is required for open gym so be sure to call for details.
1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield
Parents can sign up for free membership to the Springfield Mall's Giggle Gang. This club hosts events at 10:30 AM on select Thursdays throughout the year. Events include a variety of experiences such as musical performances, holiday stories and crafts as well as educational sessions.
Bette's Family Fun Center
2971 W. Dutton Mill Road, Aston
A large open play facility, Bette's is designed for children ages 10 and younger. There is a sectioned zone just for kids under age 5 with climbers, slide, and a mini-moonbounce. Other offerings include video games, mechanical rides, and large inflatables. Children under age 15 months are free. No outside snacks are permitted, but a reasonably priced full service snack bar is available.
35 LaCrue Avenue, Glen Mills
Oasis Family Fun Center is a large entertainment center geared primarily to older kids, but preschoolers have lots of play options here as well. Within the multi-level soft playground is a toddler area for ages 3 and under. Little ones also enjoy the foam ball blaster arena, but must be accompanied by an adult. Prices are per-attraction and discounted for ages 18 months - 3 years. Children under 18 months are free.
10 Conchester Road, Glen Mills
This trampoline park isn't just for big kids. Toddler Time is held several mornings a week, reserved just for children who are walking through kindergarten age. At these one hour sessions, little ones can bounce off their energy on trampolines or the foam cube pit with no older siblings or adults permitted to jump.
This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated.