Winter is most certainly upon us and as much fun as it is to watch the kids splash around in puddles or to freeze our own booties off as the kids play outside at the park, sometimes (ok, most of the time) it’s nice to head to a toasty indoor location. There are plenty of indoor play spaces in Seattle where you can kick back with a cup of coffee and enjoy the indoors as the kiddos burn off some of the crazzies (better yet, make it a mom date by bringing along your fellow mama for the ride). Here’s the scoop on five indoor play spots to bring the kids when the weather is chilly and you’re tired of hearing your own teeth chattering.

Dizzy’s Bus Stop
This happening indoor play spot has been one of our favorites since it was voted best indoor play space in Red Tricycle’s 2011 Totally Awesome Awards. Hop on the bus for open play sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm (not available June through August). Little ones can practice tumbling, climb a rock wall or play dress-up at this super fun kiddies spot. Tip: Reservations are not required, but are recommended, especially if you’re with a big group. Cost: $10 per child.

3205 148th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Wa 98007
425-564-8287
Online: dizzys-tumblebus.com

Kid’s Quest Children’s Museum
This hands-on interactive children’s museum encourages the whole family to explore science, art and technology. Some of the exhibits include: The Backyard, The Garage, The Light Galley, The Treehouse and Waterways. Sounds like the little ones will have plenty to do! This museum is typically closed on Mondays, but they are open Tuesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Cost: Free with membership, $8 and under one free.

4091 Factoria Mall SE
Bellevue, Wa 98006
425-637-8100
Online: kidsquestmuseum.org/

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Imagine Children’s Museum
What is the number one rule at this museum? Have fun! This spot features awesome exhibits ranging from pretend play on a train, the mountains or a fire engine. Note: This museum does have a couple of other rules including no strollers (bring baby packs instead) and snacking and lunching in the downstairs snack area only (there are vending machines with drinks and snack items). This is not the place to go on Mondays, since they are closed. Tuesday and Wednesday they are open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Cost: $7.95 and under one free (check out Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for $4).

1502 Wall Street
Everett, Wa 98201
425-258-1006
Online: imaginecm.org/index.html

Kidz Bounce
This is THE place to go if your little ones like to bounce, bounce, bounce. Their collection of all things jumpy is sure to wear out the kids and give them some awesome exercise without them even noticing. Your little cuties will jump away all those “been cooped up too long” sillies. Drop by on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 am to 11:00 am and 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Thursday Evening from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Be sure to check out their website for additional drop-in times. Cost: $7 per child (siblings under two free).

8178 304th Avenue SE
Issaquah, Wa 98027
425-222-5439
Online: kidzbounce.com/directions.asp

Twirl Café
Twirl Café is an ideal spot for a playdate. The kids can explore to their hearts content, and then sit down to enjoy a nutritious lunch. This fully equipped play spot has a tree house, a play kitchen and a train table. Bonus: Healthy children are a priority here so expect earth-friendly toys and cleaning products. There is no outside food allowed at this spot since their menu has all your meal needs covered. Check out the calendar on their site for play times and other cool events. Cost: Open play $6/$5 with purchase.

2111 Queen Anne Avenue N.
Seattle, Wa 98119
206-283-4552
Online: twirlcafe.com/Welcome.html

–Katie Ludin

Photo Credit Kidz Bounce website