It’s about this time of year that I really start to miss my local playgrounds. Free, fun, and always open, they are my go-to spots when the kiddos and I need to get out…and fast! But frigid temps and frosty conditions make them considerably less appealing. And while there’s no harm in piling on the winter gear and heading outdoors anyway (if that’s your style), sometimes it’s just not worth the aggravation, especially when you’re the one freezing on the bench while the kiddos are on the move.
That’s where these great indoor play places come in. From active play to active learning, these hot (not to mention heated) spots are the perfect playground replacement. Plus, most make great meeting places for my mommy friends when I need a little playdate of my own too 🙂
Here, we’ll highlight a few of our faves, but be sure to check our NEW Indoor Fun Page for a complete listing of all the Out and About Mom reviewed indoor play destinations.
1. OUTDOOR PLAY INDOORS: Indoor Play Spaces with Drop-in/Open Play Time
From full-size outdoor playscapes to pretend play to inflatables to arts & crafts, these fun (and heated!) places will keep the kiddos toasty and busy all season long.
You’re looking for: A real playground feel
Try: TimberGyms in Newington or Stay and Play in Old Saybrook
You’re looking for: A laid-back spot for pretend play, arts & crafts, and a variety of other fun activities
You’re looking for: A place the kids can burn off their (seemingly) endless energy
2. LEARN & PLAY: Children’s Museums
Have you considered investing in a children’s museum membership this year? If not, this is a great time to check out all our area museums and decide which one has the most membership benefits for you. Better still, secure that membership first, and then explore many other museums for free or reduced admission! And don’t forget to see if any of your local libraries have museum passes that can be checked out (many can even be reserved in advance online). That’s another great way to save on the cost of admission.
You’re looking for: A place to spend the whole day
You’re looking for: A place with tons to do for the toddler crowd
You’re looking for: A place with activities for a range of ages
3. *FREE* INDOOR FUN FOR LITTLE ONES: Libraries with Children’s Play Areas
Did you know that many of our state’s libraries have stellar children’s departments complete with cozy spaces to play and read? These are great places to spend a wintry day, and best of all, it won’t cost you a penny!
You’re looking for: A place to hang out with comfy seating for you and lots of activities for them
You’re looking for: Fully gated areas to let your little ones explore without escaping
You’re looking for: A variety of drop-in classes for babies and toddlers
That should be enough to keep you and the little ones busy for weeks, but just in case, don’t forget to consult our complete listing of indoor activities on our Indoor Fun Page.
Only 63 more days until spring! We can do this 🙂
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