23 Best Indoor Playgrounds in Los Angeles: Indoor Play Spaces for Hot (or Rainy?) Days

Wild Child Gym has a cool vibe that kids and parents love.
Wild Child Gym has a cool vibe that kids and parents love.

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If you ask my kids if they'd rather go to Disneyland or an indoor playground, they truly would have a hard time making the decision. Colorful rooms filled with slides, play structures, ball pits, and engaging activities are a special kind of magic for kids. They can run, bounce, and climb to their hearts content without losing sight of mom and dad. There are special type of magic for adults too: their places where the Wi-Fi works, coffee is available, and kids remain contained. .

Rainy days, birthdays, hot days, cold days—no matter why you need an indoor playground in Los Angeles, these are the best of the best. Check out other indoor play spaces, like trampoline parks and more, in our Ultimate Indoor Fun and Playspaces Guide for Los Angeles Kids.

Note that some indoor playgrounds are open only for birthday parties on the weekends, not for drop-ins, and reservations may be required. Be sure to call your location of choice before heading out. Several of the locations below also offer kids' classes

Indoor Playgrounds on the Westside

1. Pamper & Play — West LA

Westside parents can choose between playing with their toddling little ones in the play area or taking advantage of supervised play as they sit upstairs and get some work done with the free Wi-Fi. Either way, it's a win-win. The space also offers a parents' time out, summer camps, preschool transition classes, and birthday parties.

2. Under the Sea — Mar Vista

Under the Sea in West LA is the last remaining location of this play space chain; this spot offers plenty of room for kids to run and romp. It also has plenty of tables where grown-ups can make use of the free Wi-Fi. Pay by the visit, buy a discounted multi-visit pass, or get a monthly membership for unlimited visits. Private and semi-private birthday party packages are available.

3. Big and Tiny Playworking Space — Santa Monica

If you really need to clear out your inbox and your little ones are banging on your keyboard and watching too much Bluey, check out this "play-working" space. There's an area for kids to play AND an area for adults to work.

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Best Indoor Playgrounds in LA: Wild Child Gym

Sometimes kids just want to hang out.

4. Wild Child Gym — Culver City

Wild Child Gym describes its space as "California cool with a distinct Hawaiian vibe." At the gym, kids can enjoy classes or free play. The classes range in age from "Droolers" (three to seven-month-olds) all the way up to Advanced Skill + Development classes for ages five to seven years. Summer camps and birthday parties are also available.

5. Noah's Ark at the Skirball — West LA

The Skirball Cultural Center has a special exhibit just for kids, and it is one of our all-time favorites. Noah's Ark functions as a play space and it is probably the coolest one in town. Climbing structures are designed from repurposed materials. Kids can also participate in some crafting with recycled materials, or attend a storytelling session. Admission is timed and restricted to two hours; advance ticket purchase/reservation is recommended on weekends and Thursdays (which are free days!). Note: Noah's Ark does not do birthday parties.

6. Cayton Children's Museum — Santa Monica

Formerly known as the Zimmer Children's Museum in Mid-City, the Cayton is bigger and more educational than ever before. It is located in the Santa Monica Place Mall. There's a lot to keep kids busy indoors, from the youngest tots up to ages 9 or 10. Blippi even visited this educational wonderland not too long ago. 

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Best Indoor Playgrounds in LA: Peekaboo Playland

Play among the birds at Peekaboo Playland.

Indoor Playgrounds on the Eastside

7. Peekaboo Playland — Eagle Rock

An Art Deco building in the heart of Eagle Rock houses Peekaboo Playland's inflatables, ball pit, climbing structures, slides, train table, and playhouses. This one is about as "Instagrammable" as you can get, with neutral, relaxing colors, wooden toys, and a great "baby lounge' for mamas and infants that need a moment of zen. 

8. Play Lab — Eagle Rock

This indoor/outdoor play space caters to infants and younger children. When the sun is shining, enjoy the outdoor space with a large deck, a sandbox, and more. The clean, streamlined design boasts 2200 square feet of space, with cozy lounge areas, reading nooks, and a cafe, and is a respite for tired parents with active tots. Play Lab has open play Friday-Sunday when the space is not reserved for birthday parties and events. 

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Best Indoor Playgrounds in LA: Kidspace

Everything feels possible at Kidspace.

Indoor Playgrounds in the Valleys

9. My Lil' Town — Granada Hills, San Gabriel, Burbank, Topanga, Glendale, & Calabasas

 This valley play hub offers an imaginative play area in the form of a small town—one with plenty of climbing structures and frequent impromptu dance parties. My Lil' Town is reminiscent of Pretend City in Irvine, with a hospital, jail cell, grocery store, and more pint-sized places for kids to explore and pretend. 

10. Kidspace — Pasadena

Much more than a play space, Pasadena's kiddie Mecca has more stuff going on than the average kid can do in a day. Indoor (and outdoor) fun abound in this beautiful space that even has a live creek to play in (so bring a change of clothes and some waterproof shoes!) 

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Best Indoor Playgrounds in LA: We Rock the Spectrum

This indoor playground welcomes kids of all abilities.

11. We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym — Locations include Tarzana, Studio City, Agoura Hills, Long Beach, Santa Monica, and more

With several locations in Southern California, this unique gym caters to kids across the spectrum—including kids with special needs. This fun playground also helps kids with strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, and more.

12. Pump It Up — Van Nuys

This funhouse is chock full of unique inflatables and though open play hours are limited, kids won't need all day to get worn out. There are also locations in Chino Hills, Anaheim Hills, and Lake Forest. 

13. Kids Empire — Woodland Hills, South Gate, Monrovia, Anaheim, and Northridge

Kids Empire is like an indoor playground on steroids, in the best possible way. It's super-sized fun, with a giant, multi-level play structure, a babies-only area, a disco room, and tons of seating for parents. It's the kind of place that can entertain toddlers and tweens alike, making it a great option for families with mixed-aged siblings. Luckily, there are several locations, so this level of fun is never very far away. Also lucky is the fact that 2 adults get in free with each paid child admission.

14. Kids World — Oak Park

This Simi Valley play space is tons of fun with a gated toddler area, ball city, a modern LED and touch-zone arcade, basketball, and more.

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Best Indoor Playgrounds in LA: My Little Paris

There's a lot to love here, but the cleanliness level is a standout.

15. My Little Paris Café & Play — San Gabriel

One of the newest entries into the indoor play space scene is My Little Paris, a cute cafe and indoor playground in San Gabriel. The space is impeccably clean and has an array of brand new toys, most from high-quality European manufacturers—it's going for a vibe, after all. On one side of the space is the playground, and on the other is a cafe with authentic French-inspired cuisine, an espresso bar, and even beer & wine! You can dine and sip a cappuccino or Malbec while your kids frolic in air-conditioned paradise. 

16. Dream Big Children's Center — Monrovia, Ontario, Riverside and Rancho Mirage

Despite being located in a relatively small space, Dream Big Children's Center offers a wide range of activities for children. The company started in Monrovia with the goal of providing kids of all abilities a place to grow and thrive. Dream Big in Monrovia has several different themed rooms, each offering different stimulus and play.

17. Southern California Children's Museum — Pasadena

SCCM is a favorite of ours. This central Pasadena staple is located in an airy, expansive storefront on Colorado Boulevard and has a wide range of activities and programming throughout the day, plus plenty of room to explore and play. It also has its own (free!) parking lot in the back, rare for a downtown Pasadena space! Drop in for open play, or come for one of the almost-daily events or activities.

18. Munchkins Indoor Playground -- North Hollywood

I recently took my daughter to this new indoor playground for her 2nd birthday, and we fell in love with the colors, cleanliness, and creativity. Munchkins boasts two separate play structures with slides, ball pits, and climbing equipment, as well as a pretend town where toddlers can visit the grocery store, veterinarian, or fire station. A virtual target practice game on the wall keeps older kids entertained (my boys hardly left this spot.) This playspace is perfect for toddlers- all the structures are easy to navigate, so parents won't have to climb up the structures behind their kids (a win for us.) In fact, just park yourself at a table in the center of the room, connect to the wifi, and enjoy a few minutes of alone time while the kids play happily within eyesight. 

19. Adam's Garden -- Sherman Oaks 

When we asked our Facebook friends about their favorite indoor play spaces, Adam's Garden was an overwhelming favorite. Adam's Garden gets major points because of their high standard of cleanliness. In addition to regularly cleaning all equipment, they sanitize each and every ball in the ball pit, every day. They also have a baby space, which is reserved for little ones 18 months and under. 

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Best Indoor Playgrounds in LA: Jump 'n Jammin

Jump 'n Jammin has a foam ball volcano!

South Bay and Orange County Indoor Playgrounds

18. Jump 'n Jammin — Mission Viejo, West Covina, Arcadia, Oxnard

Entertainment includes multi-level play structures, giant slides, obstacle courses, an exploding foam ball volcano, and rock climbing. There's enough here to keep everyone from toddlers to tweens busy, and admission prices are extremely reasonable. We've been to several birthday parties here that are a blast for kids of all ages.

19. AdventurePlex — Manhattan Beach

The scale is super-size at this Manhattan Beach play emporium, with enormous climbing structures, a fitness area, a reading nook, and a cafe inside—plus plenty of outdoor activities, too. Call before visiting, because when camps are in session the facility may be closed for drop-in play.

20. Seascape Kids Fun — Anaheim

This three-story play arena in Anaheim offers huge slides, an obstacle course, and foam shooting ranges all with a bubbly ocean theme. 

21. Pretend City — Irvine

Pretend City is just what the name implies: an entire miniature city set up for imaginative play. Be prepared, though, that everyone over the age of 12 months pays admission, including adults. However, it's totally worth it to see kids play this hard and remain this engaged for an entire play session. There's even a kids' version of Trader Joe's... I mean, could anything be cuter? Check out their online calendar as well, there are events at Pretend City almost daily. 

22. Scooter's Jungle — El Segundo, Valencia, and Placentia

Scooter's Jungle has multiple locations where kids can romp on huge inflatable (custom-made and one-of-a-kind) jumpers and slides. Scooter's is loads of fun for an afternoon of play, but where they really shine is setting up birthday parties where parents can just relax and enjoy themselves without doing any planning, set-up, clean-up, or work! 

23. Billy Beez​ — Anaheim and Valencia

Wild slides, tunnels, and swings—kids will definitely burn off any extra energy at this candy-colored indoor playground that is buzzing with (pretend) bees. Get ready for a good night's sleep after a day of climbing and sliding. Bonus: They have free Wi-Fi- so bring your laptop and get some work (or binge-watching) done. 

25. Dig It Play -- Torrance 

Construction vehicles and indoor play places - two things that little boys love. Dig It Play combines the construction craze with STEM-enhanced free play and plenty of play structures for climbing and sliding. This new space is focused on providing kids with opportunities to learn through play. Make sure to bring your grip-bottom socks with you. 

All photos courtesy of venues unless otherwise noted. 

Places featured in this article:

We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym

Southern California Children's Museum
Knott’s Peanuts Celebration
Knott's Berry Farm - various times
Lunar New Year at Disneyland
Disney California Adventure Park - various times
Exhibition: Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898 - 1971
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures - various times
Stranger Things: The Experience
Montebello - various times
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