Despite LA’s year-round near perfect weather, there are the handful days when it’s either too chilly or more likely too hot, to go outside and play. Luckily, the city is jam-packed with indoor play places that let kids run, jump, play, and give their imaginations a workout too. There are even a few spots that keep mom and dad’s wants in mind with coffee bars, work spaces as well as wine and beer options. Scroll below to check out our picks.
photo: Big and Tiny via Yelp
Big and Tiny – Santa Monica
This gorgeously-designed play space in Santa Monica not only offers a creative playground for kids 6 months to 6 years old to climb, swing and jump but they’ve also partnered with the School of Wonder to offer enrichment classes that will keep your kids happily engaged.
In addition to the play space, they have an on-site cafe plus the flexibility for working parents to get some work done while their kids are pre-occupied.
Open: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (check the schedule on weekends as they sometimes close for private events.
Rate: Two-hour open play is $18; play passes are also available $80 for 5; $140 for 10
Insider Tip: There are various co-working plans that will give working parents access to a workspace, printers, WiFi, etc. while kids enjoy enrichment classes and activities.
1731 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
photo: Divya V. via Yelp
A Magic Forest – Culver City
If you are the parent who freezes when you walk into a loud place that’s filled with plastic toys and blaring music, welcome to your own little slice of ‘om.’ This is nirvana, in a wooden, Waldorf inspired room. Wooden toys, beautiful murals, and organic food await. So while we do the loud and crazy sometimes, when you need a quiet oasis, this is your spot.
Open: Weekdays from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Rate: $10 per child, $8 for siblings
Insider Tip: Best for babies through 4 years old, and don’t you dare leave without sampling the muffins. To. Die. For.
12512 W Washington Blvd.
photo: Keren B. via Yelp
The Tree House – Tarzana
This indoor jungle gym lets your little monkeys climb and play like they’re outside all within four window-lit walls. The fully-padded structure features tunnels, and a winding slide that drops into a ball pit. There is also a pint-size merry-go-round and a separate play area for toddlers. The space is small, but there are plenty of cozy spots to sit back and relax while still getting a bird’s eye view of the entire play area.
The space also has an indoor picnic area where you can bring in your own food and snacks to eat. Coffee, juice, and water are also available for purchase.
Open: Mon. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tues. – Thurs. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rate: Open play is $10 per child
Insider Tip: There are tons of great restaurants within walking distance along Ventura, like D’Amores Pizza, The Carving Board, and Wanderlust Creamery so you can grab a bite or sweet treat after play time.
18600 Ventura Blvd.
photo: Jessica S. via Yelp
Pint-Size Kids – Sherman Oaks
Bounce houses and ball pits are a ton of fun, but at Pint-Size Kids, tots get to use their giant-sized imaginations to pretend they’re hanging out in a space set up like a little village. From shopping at the grocery store, getting a dental exam, driving around town, or working a construction site, they get to pretend their the grown-up in this town that’s just for them. There’s also a quiet space for reading books and a separate area for kids two and under to crawl and explore age-appropriate toys.
Open: Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. – noon for open play
Rate: $12 per child and $10 for siblings, babies under 9 months are free
Insider Tip: They also offer classes, like music and soccer, that you can sign-up for at a monthly rate or just drop-in for $25 per class which includes open play after. All classes have a $5 trial so you can try it out first.
13323 Ventura Blvd.
photo: via Adventureplex
Adventureplex – Manhattan Beach
There’s adventure to spare here with a ton of energy burners including a basketball court, mazes, tunnels, climbing bouncy houses, gymnastic mats and plenty of playrooms. There’s not a ton of supervision happening, but that’s ok, as you’ll want to get in there and play, too. With a ropes course and rock wall for bigger kids (note: both cost extra), Toddler Town for wee ones and even a café when need to refuel, you just might be here all day.
Open: Hours vary for the play structures and Toddler Town, so make sure to check the website.
Rate: Admission is $12. You can also sign up for a Flex Membership and get unlimited drop-in play for $29 per month, $19 per month for siblings
Insider Tip: Adventureplex offers Parents’ Night Out every Fri. and Sat., 5:30 – 9 p.m. for kids 3 and up if you want to get an evening away the kids will be begging for. Dinner is included for $25, and $15 for siblings.
1701 Marine Ave.
photo: Izzie S. via Yelp
Maddie’s Playhouse – Northridge
Dress up, painting, building with blocks, utilizing motor skills through soft play and storytelling-the name of the game here is child-initiated play in all its many forms. It’s filled with bounceable, slideable and jumpable inflatables, an obstacle course, playhouses, dress up and more. We love it because it caters to a mix of ages, and at over 4,000 square feet has room for the jumping the bigger kids (up through about age 7) need and also a toddler area where small fry won’t get run over. With so much stuff to do and play with and explore, kids won’t get bored, and they will be eager to come back.
Open: Tues. – Fri. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for open play
Rate: $10 per child, $7 for siblings, (under 2s are $6 and under 8 months are free). Multi-visit passes and memberships are available that will save you money
Insider Tip: Brent’s Deli is a few doors down for lunch. It’s one of the best and most authentic delis in town, with pickles that will live on in your memory. There are four kinds of fries for kids to pick from, a kids menu for B, L or D, and don’t leave without sampling a black & white cookie.
19559 Parthenia St.
photo: via The Coop
The Coop – Multiple Locations
A play space for kids…and adults? The Coop is the place that doesn’t sacrifice the sanity and patience of parents for their kids to romp around in a gritty and overly cutesy play space. Free wifi and a cappuccino bar are just some of the perks for adults in this modernized play space that looks like an ad for Phillipe Starck for IKEA. Kids will love sliding into the ball pit, the touch-sensitive, luminescent dance floor, and dress-up play. There are three locations in Studio City, Redondo Beach, and the newest spot in Woodland Hills.
Open: Each location has different hours but all are open Mon. – Fri.
Rate: $12 per child
Insider Tip: The Woodland Hills location offers drop-off care on select evenings and dates so you can go grab a drink or dinner at The Village while the kids play. Call ahead to find out when the next event takes place.
photo: via Snooknuk
Snooknuk – Larchmont
This colorful play space showcases an enchanting mural and life-size tree that transports tots to a magical landscape usually found in fairy tales. Artwork is filled with positive images families will appreciate, and music exclusively scored for Snooknuk sets the perfect tone for a happy day of fun. Many parents bring kiddos in just for a simple afternoon of play or play dates, while others come for classes but still love the convenience of having a play area to entertain siblings while they wait.
For parents who might need a little free time to run some errands or want a few moments to sit on the patio and work, Snooknuk offers a supervised play option. This space also offers loads of classes, plenty o’ snacks and is on the Larch. Your whole inclement day is now planned. It’s best for the under 6 crew but classes are available for ages up to 12 years old, and they have some very cool ones!
Rate: A day pass is $8, or $5 per sibling
Insider Tip: You’re on Larchmont Blvd., which means you have approximately 6 coffee options, a retail shop for kids, a resale shop for tots, a vegan and raw food spot, a vegan and GF bakery plus bookstore and two toy stores all in walking distance. Welcome to parenting paradise.
506 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Mid-City Los Angeles
Peekaboo Playland – Eagle Rock
Who says your kids can’t play and learn? Peekaboo Playland is the progressive and artistic indoor play space for your kids’ creative energy to flourish and grow. Let your little one explore the boundlessness of their imagination in the 3,300 square feet building. One of our favorite things is the separate baby space upstairs, where crawlers can explore without getting trampled.
Open: Weekdays open play is 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., until 5 p.m. on Fri.
Rate: $10 per child over 12 months, $8 for siblings, or babies 6-12 months
Insider Tip: Oinkster, Swork, and Four Cafe are all right nearby so you can get tasty lunch and coffee to go and eat at picnic tables here when kids need to refuel. There’s a second location in Bel Air.
2030 Colorado Blvd.
photo: via Pamper & Play
Pamper & Play – Westwood
The unique twist here is that they understand that kids need to play, but parents need some pampering, too. So you get a break while the kids (ages 18 months and up) can enjoy some supervised play (parents or caregivers have to stay on the premises). Yes, you could hire a sitter, but that requires advance planning, and sometimes you need a break (or a conference call) right this minute. They also have Parents Time Out sessions, where you can drop the kids off for 4 hours in the morning, afternoon or evening on Saturday, and unsupervised play hours at $9 for the day (but no coffee or wifi are available at these times). Check the schedule to find out what days/times are offered this month. Best for toddlers, but kids up to 8 are welcome.
Open: Make an appointment or walk right in Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rate: $12 for the first hour, $18 for two kids from the same family (though there’s an additional $5 per visit fee for under 3’s who need extra TLC
Insider Tip: Free coffee and wi-fi upstairs, so you can relax, work, or catch up on browsing your favorite parenting website. You can also book a massage when the massage therapist is available. Or duck next door for a cut or color with packages that include childcare at Pamper & Play.
2279 Westwood Blvd.
photo: Christian G. via Yelp
Giggles N’ Hugs – Multiple Locations
This children’s restaurant and play space has spots in Glendale and Woodland Hills. Castles and pirate ships and dragons – oh my! Kids can have loads of fun here running, jumping and playing, and there’s even plenty o’ live entertainment on tap. Play all day and pay based on mobility. Unlike most other spots, this one is open on weekends for free play, although they do host parties then as well so it can get crowded.
Open: Mon. – Thurs. 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri. 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Rates: Big kids are $13, $10 for sibs and $7 for non-walkers
Insider Tip: It’s a restaurant (with organic, kid-friendly food). So lunch doesn’t have to be pre-packed or cobbled together out of chips and pastries. And did we mention the wine and beer?
Jump ‘n Jammin – Arcadia
Tube crawls, web crawls, barrel rolls and giant slides are just a few features of Jump ‘n Jammin’s multilevel play structure. This is a spot that is as much fun for the 3-year-old as for the 13-year-old (and Mom and Dad, too). And the best part? They don’t automatically close all weekend for parties) and have other locations in Mission Viejo and West Covina, though we prefer the Arcadia spot.
Open: Mon. through Sun.
Insider Tip: The prices are great since each $14.95 gets in one child plus one adult (yes, you’ll want to play, not just sip coffee and update Facebook), toddlers are $6.49 and that also includes on adult. Additional adults are only $3.95.
400 S. Baldwin Ave.
photo: The Awesome Playground
The Awesome Playground – Highland Park
The aptly named spot offers a vast array of indoor and outdoor fun for the little ones up to 10 years of age, featuring a 60 foot inflatable obstacle course, a giant slide, an indoor crooked house and even a race track for the aspiring Andrettis.
Open: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rates: $9 per tyke. Monthly memberships are $39 or you can purchase a 10 play pass for $60 that never expires
Insider Tip: If you’re here because it’s too hot to play outside (not too cold), they often break out an inflated water slide to cool kids down on broiling days. So don’t forget the change of clothes!
5158 York Blvd.
The Great Escape Club – Atwater
It’s not just a clever name. Here the monkeys can go bananas and the mommies can get down to business, each with their own dedicated space to do so. With a sweet little courtyard connecting the two diametrically different havens, arrive with a potty trained independent walker, kiss them good-bye, and off you go. The “Escape Artists” (aka awesome kid watchers) will take it from there. You leave for the land of low voices and lattes. The space is best for the under 5 crowd.
Open: Mon., Wed., Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Tues., Thurs., 11 a.m. -6 p.m.
Rate: $12 for kids to play all day ($10 for additional siblings) and will cost you an extra $6 per child if you’re going to have them kid-tend for you
Insider Tip: For those days when you all need to get out of the house, but you need to get work done (or you know, catch up on past issues of the New Yorker) you can sit in the quiet and “I wish my house was this beautifully decorated” grown-up lounge. Then everyone hits Proof Bakery for outstanding treats on the way home. Win-win.
3197 Glendale Blvd.
Kids World LA – Simi Valley
Even big kids who think they’re too cool for indoor playspaces will beg to spend the day here. This entertainment spot raises the standards with virtual games, climbing tubes, slides, foam ball launchers, zip lines, basketball court, American Gladiator style arena, a video game floor with motion activated games and old-school arcade. But it’s not just for big kids, there’s also a Toddler Corner designed for children newborn–3 years old for the little ones to learn and play in their own gated space.
Open: Tues.-Sun. at 10 a.m., and closes between 7-9 p.m., depending on the day.
Rates: $11.99 admission, but kids under 2 are $5.99 and on weekdays siblings are $10.99. Grip socks and arcade games are extra.
Insider Tip: Ahem, with beer (did we not mention that the café serves beer?) and video games, it satisfies everyone and is why we say it’s worth the drive for a rainy day excursion.
618 Lindero Canyon Rd.
We Rock the Spectrum – Multiple Locations
We love this unique gym that caters to children with autism and special needs creating a safe and warm environment where they can play and strengthen their muscles and skills. While kids can just have fun, you’ll know that everything here actually serves a positive purpose: swings promote balance, the zip line is for stress release and joint and body relaxation, the trampoline builds core strength and play structures, sensory-based toys and arts & crafts areas all work on motor, social and eye-hand skills. It’s for kids at every spot of the spectrum, and kids of all ages and abilities will have a ball. Rates and hours vary by location. Some spots also offer drop-off care.
Insider Tip: The whole place is cleaned top to bottom daily with only green products, so the planet will stay as healthy as our kids.
There are multiple locations across Los Angeles. Check the website for details.
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—Meghan Rose & Shahrzad Warkentin