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Where to Play Indoors in Seattle

Seattle Gymnastics Academy

Yes Seattle, it’s still raining out there, and the playgrounds won’t dry off until, oh, about June. Lucky for us, there’s tons of indoor play spaces for the kids, so staying indoors doesn’t have to mean staying home. With a variety of locations and open hours, you can hit up a different spot every day of the week!

Chances are your local community center has affordable drop-in play times. The city of Seattle alone has 21 community centers with drop-in playrooms and/or toddler gyms, and most are only $2 a visit. Some of our favorites are the Mighty Mite Indoor Play at Miller Community Center with tumbling mats, toddler trikes and a toddler-sized bouncy house. The Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center has an Indoor Toddler PlaySpace (ages 4 and under) and a Tot Gym (ages 2-5) with tons of toys, balls, and ride-on toys, and has open hours 6 days a week. Family Fun Fridays at the Queen Anne Community Center is a great opportunity to get out those pre-bedtime ya-yas. Ride toy cars and bikes, play games, and jump in the bouncy house – every Friday from 5-8pm. Outside of Seattle, check out the indoor playground at Mercer Island’s Community Center at Mercer View, the one at Crossroads Community Center, and the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center.

Get your bounce on at one of the many bouncy house spots around town. 3-2-1 bounce has drop-in play times at the Bellevue and Everett locations. $6 weekdays and $10 weekends.Pump it Up has pop-in playtime at their Lynwood and Kirkland locations Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am – 10:15am and 10:30am – 11:45am. Cost is $6.50 per child and $4.50 per sibling. Jump Planet in Bothell opens both arenas (all 11 inflatable rides) for their drop-in play times at numerous times throughout the week, including some evenings. The Arena Sports Fun Zone inflatable playground is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am – 3pm at their Redmond location. Check the website for open times at the Magnuson Park location. $5 members, $7 non-members. Three-month and annual family passes are also available.

Children ages 12 months to five years will love bouncing on the trampoline, playing on the TumblTrak and crashing in the foam pit at the Seattle Gymnastics Academy Indoor Playground. All three locations (Ballard, Lake City, and Columbia City) have indoor playground times. Cost is $6 per child ($4 for children enrolled in SGA’s classes).

For a nice combination of physical and creative play, check out open play at Dizzy’s Bus Stop in Bellevue. For $7 per child, you can climb the rock wall, jump on the trampoline, hit the slide and monkey bars, play dress up, shop at the market, build with blocks, and play with puzzles and play-dough.

—Heidi Unruh

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