Photo courtesy of Kidville
Photo courtesy of Kidville

Best Indoor Play Spaces in LA: Playgrounds for Cold, Rainy Days

It never rains in LA—except when it does, and you need an indoor playground stat. And have you ever tried planning a birthday party outdoors in January? Sure, you might have one of those gorgeous days Manhattan moms covet, or you might end up wishing you'd booked a play space. Rainy days, birthdays, hot days, cold days—they all add up to needing to know where the indoor playgrounds are in LA and Orange County.

Note that many indoor playgrounds are open only for birthday parties on the weekends, not for drop-ins, so call before heading out. Several of the locations below also offer classes.

Noah's Ark at the Skirball is a definite must-do. Photo by Steve Cohn courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center

Westside Indoor Play Spaces

1. Kidville
Manhattan's popular playspace has a branch in Brentwood, with contained entertainment for little ones up to age 5 or 6 and a full range of programs. Kidville also offers classes and birthday parties. Open playtime is limited; check the website for hours.

2. Noah's Ark at the Skirball
Actually an exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center, Noah's Ark functions as a playspace. Climbing structures are designed from re-purposed materials, and recycled crafts and storytelling go on all day. Admission is timed and restricted to two hours; advance ticket purchase is recommended on weekends and Thursdays (which are free days!). Note Noah's Ark does not do birthday parties.

3. Pamper & Play
Westside moms 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 Wifi. Either way, it's win-win.

4. Under the Sea
Under the Sea in West LA seems to be the last remaining location of this playspace chain; the space offers plenty of room for kids to run and romp on a rainy day, with tables where Mom can make use of the free WiFi.

5. Cayton Children's Museum (formerly the Zimmer Museum) 
The new Cayton is bigger and more educational than ever before and located in the Santa Monica Place Mall. There's a lot to keep kids busy indoors, from the youngest up to ages 9 or 10.

6. Big and Tiny Playworking Space 
If you REALLY need a space to get those emails done or work on a spreadsheet for work, and you have your little ones who need to run off some steam, check out this "playworking" space. There's an area for kids to play AND an area for adults to work. Locations in Santa Monica and Silverlake.

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Kids love the train table at The Awesome Playground. Photo courtesy of venue

Indoor Play Spaces in Hollywood, Silver Lake, Eagle Rock, DTLA

7. The Awesome Playground
Hugging the edges of Eagle Rock, this playspace has giant inflatables, playing areas outside and in, a track for ride-on toys, and a separate baby area.

8. Peekaboo Playland
An Art Deco building in the heart of Eagle Rock houses Peekaboo Playland's inflatables, ball pit, climbing structures, slides, train table, and play houses.

9. Snooknuk
On Larchmont just north of the main village is this super hip playspace with single-play option, membership, birthday parties, classes, a cafe, and a performing arts studio with classes. 

10. Kiddie City
Leimert Park's family owned playspace is like a home away from home, with room to play with creative toys for little ones, and coffee plus free parking and WiFi for parents.

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Everything feels possible at Kidspace. Photo courtesy of venue

Indoor Play Spaces in The Valleys

11. Play Lab
This indoor place space caters to infants and younger children. Its clean, streamlined design is 2200 square feet of space, with cozy lounge areas, reading nooks, and a cafe. 

12. My Lil' Town
Granada Hills' newest 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.

13. Amy's Playground
Amy's in Pasadena features a giant maze, playhouse, bouncer, and a separate "funspace" for small children.

14. The Coop
The Coop offers a very modern play area, complete with ball pit, slides, a dance pad, and race tracks for kids, plus free WiFi and a cappuccino bar for the rest of us.

15. Giggles 'n' Hugs
Giggles 'n' Hugs offers everything in one place: indoor fun for kids up to age 8 or so with easy parental sight lines; healthy, organic food; a Wii to keep older siblings happy; childcare for parents who want to shop the mall, and periodic entertainment including musicians, magicians, and games. How did we survive before Giggles 'n' Hugs?

16. The Jump Around 
The Valley's largest inflatable playground features bounce houses, obstacle courses, a boxing ring, a castle and slides.

17. Kidspace
Much more than a playspace, Pasadena's kiddie Mecca has more stuff going on than the average kid can do in a day. Not a place for parents to chill, but oodles of indoor (and outdoor) fun abound.

18. The Playroom
Kids at the Playroom get to enjoy a bounce house, mini roller coaster, air hockey table, rock wall, ride on toys, and a ball pit.

19. Maddie's Playhouse
Let the kids go wild in 4,000 square feet of inflatable fun in Northridge.

Photo courtesy of We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym

20. We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym 
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. 

21. Pump It Up
This Van Nuys (and Torrance) funhouse is chock full of inflatables -- and though open play hours are limited, kids won't need all day to get worn out. 

22. Kidz Korner
A cozy indoor playground with special seating for parents -- and a small-scale area for toddlers -- Kidz Korner brings some family-friendly space to Encino.

23. The Treehouse
With a ball pit and lots of hidden features, this Tarzana playground has plenty to keep little ones amused. Mommy and Me classes are also available. 

24. Kids World
This Simi Valley play space is tons of fun with a gated toddler area, ball city, arcade, basketball, and laser tag for the older kids. 

25. Adam's Garden
Sherman Oaks Galleria is a hot spot for a new generation at Adam's Garden, where parents appreciate the organic cleaning products used on the 4000-ball pit, and the free organic coffee.

26. Kidz Planet
Open for playtime on weekdays only, this La Cañada indoor playground has a variety of imaginative toys, healthy snacks, and free WiFi for Mom and Dad.

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Jump 'n Jammin has a foam ball volcano! Photo courtesy of venue

South Bay and Orange County Play Spaces

27. Adventure Plex
The scale is super-size at this Manhattan Beach play emporium, with enormous climbing structures, a fitness area, reading nook, and a cafe inside - plus plenty of outdoor activities, too.

28. Jump 'n Jammin
Entertainment includes multi-level play structures, giant slides, obstacle courses, an exploding foam ball volcano, and rock climbing.

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

30. Pretend City
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.

31. Scooter's Jungle
Scooter's Jungle has locations in El Segundo, Valencia, Placentia, and Simi Valley, where kids can romp on huge inflatable jumpers and slides.

32. Twinkle Twinkle 
This kid-friendly restaurant and indoor playground in Lomita is a great getaway for kids up to age 7 or so.

33. Silly Goose 
Little ones can climb and color (and stay dry) at this Lomita playground. 

34. Circus Trix (aka Defy Air Sports)
This extreme sports gym skews a bit older than some of the places on our list, with its many ways to jump, swing, and plunge, but there is also an early morning jump session just for little ones.

35. Billy Beez​
Wild slides, tunnels, and swings -- kids will definitely burn off any extra energy at this Anaheim playground (there's another location in Valencia, too). 

Cayton Children's Museum
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Giggles 'n' Hugs
3222 Glendale Galeria Way
Glendale, CA 91210

11740 San Vicente Boulevard #107
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Pamper & Play
2279 Westwood Blvd.
West Los Angeles, CA 90064

Skirball Cultural Center - Noah's Ark
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Awesome Playground
5158 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Amy's Playground
1115 Mission Street
Pasadena, CA 91030

The Coop
11118 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604

The Playroom
14392 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Scooter's Jungle
606 Hawaii Street
El Segundo, CA 90245

The Jump Around
21515 Parthenia Street #1
Canoga Park, CA 91304

Kidspace Children's Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Peekaboo Playland
2030 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Adventure Plex
1701 Marine Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Jump 'n Jammin
400 South Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91007

Jump 'n Jammin
27741 Crown Valley Parkway Suite 215
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Twinkle Twinkle Kids Cafe
2065 Palos Verdes Dr N
Lomita, CA 90717

Maddie's Playhouse
19559 Parthenia St
Northridge, CA 91324

Silly Goose Playground
25449 Narbonne Avenue
Lomita, CA 90717

Billy Beez
400 West Disney Way, Suite 189
Anaheim, CA 92802

We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym
19520 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91324

Kidz Korner - Encino
17200 Ventura Blvd #120
Encino, CA 91316

The Treehouse
18600 Ventura Boulevard
Tarzana, CA 91356

506 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Under the Sea
3871 Grand View Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Big and Tiny
1731 OceanPark Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Big and Tiny
2624 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Kids World
618 Lindero Canyon Road
Oak Park, CA 91377

Play Lab
1021 E. Walnut St
Pasadena, CA 91106

Kidz Planet
711 Foothill Blvd., Unit J
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Adam's Garden
15301 Ventura Blvd., Ste. P-37
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

My Lil' Town
16909 Devonshire Blvd
Granada Hills, CA 91344
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