When it’s too rainy, too cold, or too hot to play outside, indoor playgrounds provide a fun way for kids to stay active indoors. Some have play spaces for babies and toddlers—others are exclusively for kids within certain age ranges, and nearly all are suitable for kids ages 4–9.
Each of the playgrounds we’ve listed here has scheduled drop-in play, but you can usually get a membership for repeat visits that will save you some money. Some indoor playgrounds are closed on weekends (usually for birthday parties) so be sure to read the fine print.
Also, be aware that on rainy days, popular spots might hit capacity early the day, so call ahead to be sure they’re taking more drop-in visitors before you go.
Best Indoor Playgrounds in North Toronto
A space with an in-house kids’ pottery studio, an affordable city-run playground with admission under $3 per child, and a super-cool play centre with laser maze and indoor mini-golf are a few of the options for North Toronto kids.
- Kidnetix Edu-Play Centre
- Bunch of Fun
- Playground Paradise
- Kids Fun City
Best Indoor Playgrounds on Toronto’s East End
Looking for an indoor playground in or near The Danforth, The Beaches, Leslieville, or Scarborough? These spaces range from a huge play centre with indoor bouncers, multistory climbers and tube slides, and parents’ lounge to a carpeted little-tykes-only space with ride-on toys and ball pit for the 6 and under set.
- Sprouts Kids
- Kids Fun Town
- Extreme Fun
- Planet Fun
Best Indoor Playgrounds on Toronto’s West End
Find an indoor pirate-ship play structure, air-hockey and basketball hoops for big kids, costume areas for dress-up and more at these Toronto and Etobicoke indoor playgrounds.
- Hooray for Play
- Amazon Indoor Playground
- Goofing Around
- Little Town
- Happy Kingdom
Best Indoor Playgrounds in Peel Region
You have your pick of indoor playgrounds in Mississauga and Brampton—Amazing Adventures alone has four Mississauga locations! Choose a space suited especially for little kids or one that has dedicated areas for toddlers and school-agers. Plus the unique Playtown, where kids can let their imaginations run wild in a play space set up like a miniature village.
- Balls of Fun
- Amazing Adventures
- Bounce ‘N Play
- More Fun With Bounce
- Jumping Jacks Indoor Playground & Party Centre
Best Indoor Playgrounds in Halton Region
Indoor playgrounds in Milton, Oakville, and Burlington allow ample space for kids to run, swing, jump, and slide. Test out the flying balloon room at Kidsopolis, arcade games and rock-climbing wall at Lil’ Monkeys, and the indoor carousel at Cirque du Play.
- Cirque du Play
- Skedaddle Kids Indoor Play Centre
- Lil’ Monkeys
- Amazing Adventures Playland Burlington
- Kidsopolis Indoor Playground
Best Indoor Playgrounds in Durham Region
Some of the most innovative indoor playgrounds are found in Durham Region. Ontario’s first indoor high ropes course can be found at Joey’s World, and Kid Zone specializes in delicious made-in-house pizza. If your kids love slides, ball pits, mazes, climbing walls, and even bowling, then you’ll be able to keep them busy at one of these great indoor playgrounds.
- Neb’s Funworld
- Endless Fun
- Fun Factory
- Laugh Out Loud
- Kid Zone
- Monkey Business Play & Party Centre
- Treehouse Clubhouse
- Joey’s World
Best Indoor Playgrounds in York Region
You’re spoiled for choice in York Region when it comes to picking out an indoor playground for you kids. You’ll find ball pits, trampolines, rainbow ramps, spider climb towers, wave slides, and more in these amazing indoor play places. And with play areas designed for different age groups, you can be sure that the whole family will have fun.
- Oak Tree Play Centre
- Funnery Play Park
- Kid’s Cuckoos Nest
- Jungle Land
- Urban Park Playland
- Explore Center
- Koala Kidz
A version of this article was published previously in October 2017.