Free Indoor Playgrounds for Kids in Orlando to Have Fun
It's no surprise that Orlando has an abundance of indoor playgrounds and indoor entertainment centers for families, but these can get pricey, especially if you have more than one child. Luckily, Orlando also has indoor playground spots that allow kids to play and explore at no cost. From soft indoor playgrounds at the mall, to a dino dig and real train car to explore, you're sure to find something for kids of all ages to enjoy. And who doesn't love FREE entertainment?!
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The Play Park at Florida Mall offers 3,000 square feet of indoor fun.
Free Indoor Playground Spots in Orlando: Malls
Altamonte Mall Children’s Play Area — Altamonte Springs
On the lower level of the Altamonte Mall is an enclosed indoor playground, geared toward babies and toddlers, with climbing structures, tunnels, and small slides.
Florida Mall Play Park — Orlando
The Play Park is a 3,000-square-foot, nature-themed indoor playground inspired by Dr. Seuss and Alice in Wonderland. This interactive play area includes a story tunnel, piano patio, wind tube, digital pond, pixel wall, and much more.
Lake Square Mall – Leesburg
Located at the food court at the Lake Square Mall, this free indoor playground is an enclosed soft play space perfect for babies and toddlers.
Oviedo Mall – Oviedo
The Oviedo Mall has a free soft play area located in the food court; it is ideal for kids ages 4 and under.
Seminole Towne Center Kidgits Play Area — Sanford
The Seminole Towne Center's enclosed play area is geared toward little ones and features small slides, climbing equipment, and baby play areas, as well as plenty of seating for parents. Bring quarters to ride one of the kiddie rides located outside of the play area or in the food court.
Dig for dinosaur bones at T-Rex restaurant at Disney Springs.
Free Indoor Playground Spots in Orlando: Stores & Restaurants
Chick-fil-A — Multiple Locations
As Chick-fil-A locations begin reopening for inside dining, some indoor playgrounds might reopen as well. This varies by location as each restaurant is individually owned and operated.
Disney Springs – Lake Buena Vista
You can have a fun day at Disney Springs without spending a dime. Free indoor fun includes build stations at the Lego Store, meet and greets and photo ops with the Coca-Cola polar bear, and fossil digs at T-Rex restaurant.
IKEA – Orlando
IKEA offers Småland, a free indoor playground play area for kids while their parents shop. Kids can stay for up to one hour each day. This play area includes a ball pit, climbing structures, coloring area, movies, and a range of IKEA toys to play with. This play area is temporarily closed due to COVID.
McDonald’s – Multiple Locations
Several McDonald’s locations around Central Florida offer indoor play areas. Click here to search for your nearest location, and apply the filter for indoor play area. Reminder that indoor playgrounds may be closed due to COVID. And don't forget about the "world's largest entertainment McDonald's," which houses a huge play area, jungle gym, and arcade.
Free Indoor Playground Spots in Orlando: More Spots
Central Florida Railroad Museum – Winter Garden
This FREE museum is ideal for little train enthusiasts. Kids will enjoy climbing in and exploring a real caboose, checking out the HO scale train layout, and playing with a Thomas wooden train set.
Local Libraries — Multiple Locations
Libraries are packed with fun, free activities such as puzzles, legos, board games, and of course, books galore. Find more information about Orange County libraries, Seminole County libraries, Lake County libraries, and Osceola County libraries.
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