It’s about this time of year when we all realize how much we take our local playgrounds for granted in the milder months. They’re a quick stop on the way to the store to burn off all that endless kid energy. A place to pass the hour before dinner. A playdate hub. A chance to meet new friends.
Then the weather turns wintry and all of a sudden we’re home. Alone. With kids who think playing “how far can I jump from the sofa” is an acceptable form of indoor entertainment. Ahhhhh!
Luckily, we’ve been scouting places for indoor play for 5 years now! We have been all over this state–from Stamford to Simsbury, from Newington to New Haven, from Milford to Manchester. We’ve found places for bouncing and jumping and climbing and sliding. Foam pits and twisty slides. Obstacle courses and rock walls. Tunnels and trampolines. We’ve seen it all! And today, we are presenting our most up-to-date listing of Out and About Mom approved indoor play. That’s 30+ ideas for indoor fun!
As always, we have only included places that we have actually been to and blogged about. That’s right! We don’t just send you to any old place here at Out and About Mom. We make sure it has our personal stamp of approval. Or, more importantly, our kids’ stamp of approval 🙂
So you can feel confident heading out with your loved ones knowing that you have all the inside info you need to make the outing a success. We have done all the research for you, so all you need to do is have fun!
We’ve even added a special section just for babies & toddlers aimed at helping new moms (and dads!) get out there and socialize with other new parents. We know how rough those early months (or years) can be! Sometimes the difference between a good day and a bad day can be as simple as a friendly face and a sympathetic ear…and a cup of coffee never hurts either 🙂
We hope you enjoy our Ultimate Guide to Indoor Play in (and around) Connecticut and that it inspires you with dozens of reasons to get bundled up and brave the cold weather. Give your poor, tired, mangled couch the day off. We promise, it will be so worth it!
The Gymnastics Training Center in Simsbury, CT offers Drop-in Family Playtime where kids can experience the gym at their own pace. They also offer classes and tumbling programs for toddlers to teens. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
My Gym offers an array of classes for little ones plus open gym times each week. We’ve checked out the locations in our towns, but there are many other CT locations as well. OAAM POST-Glastonbury/West Hartford; Website-Glastonbury/West Hartford; Facebook Page-West Hartford
Romp n’ Roll in Wethersfield, CT offers gym, art and music classes for kids ages 3 months to 5 years. They also have open play times each week where kids can roam free and explore the colorful gym equipment. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Whippersnappers Play Gym in Cheshire, CT offers music, movement, fitness and arts & crafts programs for kids ages 1 to 10. They also offer open play in their spacious gym filled with fun fitness equipment plus outdoor playscapes indoors! OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Flight in New Britain, CT has special “kid flight” sessions every morning where little ones ages 6 and under have access to the whole park, plus there’s a toddlers/preschoolers-only “Kiddie Court” that’s open to them all the time. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Launch in Hartford, CT boasts 15,000 square feet of trampolines (even on the walls!) and offers “toddler time” each Friday morning. Although kids under 42 inches tall are welcome to jump anywhere in the park, there is also a special “Kid’s Court” just for them. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Sky Zone in Wallingford, CT offers “toddler time” on Friday and Sunday mornings. Jump on their main court, launch into the foam pit or play some bouncy basketball. There’s also a snack bar and seating area. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Billy Beez in Holyoke, MA is a massive indoor play park where kids can run, jump, bounce, climb and slide on an array of jungle-themed playscapes. There is also a separate play area for kids under 42″ tall. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Chuck E. Cheese’s (we visited the Manchester, CT location but this international chain has locations across the country and around the world) is the original indoor playland for kids. Arcade games, a separate toddler-friendly area with kiddie rides, musical shows, prizes and some pretty delicious pizza make this a fun family hangout. OAAM POST; Website
IKEA in New Haven, CT has a drop-off area for potty-trained kiddos (between the height of 37″ and 54″) where they can make new friends and play in a supervised environment for up to an hour while you get some shopping done or just enjoy a cup of coffee or a snack in the cafe. OAAM POST; Website
IT Adventure Ropes Course in New Haven, CT has a surprising location: inside the Jordan’s Furniture store! You’ll find two 60′ high ropes courses, four 200′ zip lines, a climbing wall area, and a special pint-sized ropes course designed for the little ones. Plus pizza and ice cream! OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
The Little Green Tambourine in Canton, CT offers creative open play experiences (painting, dramatic play, doll house, train table, bubbles, dancing and more!) as well as a variety of unique classes and workshops. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
McDonalds Play Areas are a go-to resource when we just have to get the kiddos out of the house. Like now. We’ve checked out the ones in our towns, but of course, you can find them all over the state. OAAM POST-Glastonbury/West Hartford
PlayStrong Indoor Playground in Simsbury, CT is a perfect active outing for crawlers up to 4 years old. Check out the schedule to see when the playground is open to the public. PlayStrong also offers classes. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Questers’ Way in Mansfield, CT has a huge indoor playroom with a treehouse-inspired playscape, plenty of toys and a rock climbing wall. A separate area within the room is designated for crawlers and early walkers. There is also a healthy café and a wide variety of drop-in classes. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Chick-Fil-A has given CT parents another option for a restaurant/play area combo. And family-friendly features like staff bringing your food to the table for you makes it super convenient when you’ve got your hands full with little ones! We checked out the Enfield, CT store, but other CT locations include Danbury, Brookfield, North Haven and Wallingford. OAAM POST; Website
The Kids’ Play area at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester, CT is adorable, fully-enclosed, toddler-friendly and now located in the food court right next to the carousel and other kiddie attractions. FREE. OAAM POST; Website
Tot Town in Brookfield, CT puts the focus on imagination with playtime that lets your kiddos flex their creative muscles with elements like a play kitchen, grocery store, vet center and beauty salon. There’s also an area for climbing, sliding and other active play, as well as a gated space designated for crawlers. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Ron A Roll in Vernon, CT is a retro roller skating rink that offers a unique program on Thursday mornings called “Tiny Tot Skate and Bounce.” The name says it all! Toys, a bounce house and skate rentals are included in the (budget-friendly) price of admission. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
TimberGyms in Newington, CT is an outdoor playscape showroom that doubles as an indoor playspace. For just a few dollars, kids can play on a half dozen or so jungle gyms (including one shaped like a pirate ship!), jump their jiggles out in the bounce house or explore the playhouses, train table and other toys that might be hanging around. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Looking for ways to get out of the house with your baby or toddler? Check out the Fun with Friends play group at the Shirley Reaback Early Childhood Center in Glastonbury, CT. This weekly drop-in playtime designed for babies and toddlers ages 6-36 months (and their caregivers) is held on two mornings during the school year and provides an opportunity for the kids and the moms to socialize! Coffee and snacks are provided as well. FREE. OAAM POST; Website
Little ones got energy to burn? Drop in for Gym Kids at the Elmwood Community Center in West Hartford, CT where 1-5 year olds (and their caregivers) have plenty of space to run around and play with toddler-friendly toys. OAAM POST; Website
Even infants can get out and about at the Museum & Me: Playdates with Art program at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT. A private tour of the galleries with your baby accompanied by helpful museum docents, plus sensory playtime in the spacious Stanley Works Center. Also includes a “coffee break” for the parents. Designed for ages 0-24 months and their caregiver. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Hang out with old friends or meet new ones at the weekly Talk & Toys Library Playgroup at the Windsor Library in Windsor, CT. Designed for children ages 0-4 and their caregiver. FREE. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Drop in with your tot on Friday mornings for playtime at the Tiny Tots Sensory Table at Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester, CT. Then stay to play in the spacious children’s library filled with engaging activity areas. Check the monthly newsletter (available on their website) for details on this and other programs. FREE. OAAM POST; Website; Facebook Page
Need more ideas? Many of the libraries we’ve visited have amazing indoor play areas. And, of course, it’s always FREE to play!
You can also check out these children’s classes for more climate-controlled fun.
And don’t forget about children’s museums!
Still searching? Find the complete catalog of all our 400+ outing ideas sorted by activity type here.
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