Editor’s note: If you are still feeling iffy about heading indoors, these LA yoga studios and indoor playgrounds offer both private classes (aka playdates), as well as classes in your own backyard or at a nearby park. Click here for all the information.
When it’s too hot to visit LA’s best parks and playgrounds and you’ve had your fill of splash pads, take the kiddos to one of these indoor playgrounds, where the toys and equipment are spick-and-span, the spaces are open and airy and the decor has an earthy, organic vibe you’ll love. Read on for the details for our favorite indoor gyms and playgrounds in Los Angeles.
Hollywood & Santa Monica: Big and Tiny
The Hollywood outpost of this co-working-friendly space recently opened, offering more parents a chance to experience the beautifully designed setting, with amenities for both parents and little ones (hence the name Big and Tiny).
Hours: Open Mon.-Fri., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though open play hours vary. Check the schedule online for Silverlake and Santa Monica, and call ahead for weekend hours.
Rates: Membership is required. The base plan starts at $615 a month at the Santa Monica location ($815 for the Hollywood location) and includes 4 hours of childcare and 2 enrichment classes. See the website for details on that plan and others.
Insider Tip: There are various co-working plans that will give working parents access to a workspace, printers, WiFi, free coffee, etc. while kids enjoy enrichment classes and activities.
Santa Monica Studio:
1731 Ocean Park Blvd.
Culver City: Wild Child Gym
Wild Child Gym, mixes chill Hawaiian vibes with California cool that results in a fun, interactive, eco-friendly space complete with a "grassy" hill that feels more like a natural play space than a busy metropolitan city storefront.
Daily classes are available for "Droolers" (newborn-5 months) all the way up to "Advanced Skill and Development" (5-7 year-olds), along with free play options, birthday parties, camps for kids, and workshops for kids and for the whole family. But what we really love are their extended hours—perfect for working parents or those tricky school holidays.
Hours: Varies depending on the day and schedule.
Rates: Per class price is $30 (based on availability) or choose a four-week session which includes one "Wild Play" drop-in class for $100. Become a member for $25 and receive discounts on parties, events and more.
9715 Washington Blvd.
Eagle Rock: PlayLab Family Playspace
With super-clean toys and equipment and friendly staff, this well-organized and cheerful spot earns high marks from parents. The climbing structure is small, so making it ideal for tots just learning to walk. There are also cozy sofas and reading nooks throughout the space, giving you a chance to chill and bond with your little one.
Hours: Sun.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Rates: $12 per child for an unlimited time; limit of 20 people in the space at any given time.
1431 Colorado Blvd.
This large, indoor playspace has something for everyone—from a special corner for babies to slides, bouncers, and a climbing structure for bigger kids. Great for families with kids of varying ages—the one-room advantage allows mom or dad the ability to chill out on the side while keeping their eye on their brood at the same time.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sat. & Sun. for private parties.
Rates: $14 per child, under 9 months are free.
3871 Grand View Blvd.
La Crescenta-Montrose: Outside the Box
When you are looking for a little more than an indoor jungle gym, check out Outside the Box where they combine the love of play with learning—picture arts and crafts that help develop fine motors skills, and music and movement to help develop communication. For kids who like to get messy, check out their heavy sensory classes that could include body painting, jello jams, and more.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sat. & Sun for private events.
Rates: $31 per class or buy a multipack of classes for a discount.
2550 Foothill Blvd.
Westwood: Pamper & Play
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).
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. -5:30 p.m., closed Sat. & Sun.
Rates: $35 & up
2279 Westwood Blvd.
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. Don't forget to indulge in their on-site Caffe Luxxe gourmet coffee, pastries or paninis while the kids enjoy the play area.
Snooknuk offers a supervised play option so you can sit on the patio and get work done while the kids play. This space also offers loads of classes and plenty of snacks. While most of the activities are ideal for the 6 and under crew there are some classes available for older kids, up to 12 years old.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rates: $8 per child, $5 for each additional sibling
Insider Tip: You’re on Larchmont Blvd., which means you have approximately six 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.
Arcadia: Jump ‘n Jammin
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.
Hours: Wed.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. noon-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.; closed Mon. & Tues.
Rates: $17 for the first child (plus adult); toddlers are $7.50 plus adult; additional adults are $5.
400 S. Baldwin Ave.
Studio City: The Coop
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.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., closed Sat. & Sun. for private events.
Rates: $12 per child
Insider Tip: The Woodland Hills and Studio City locations have a full cappuccino bar and free parking.
Locations: Woodland Hills, Studio City & Redondo Beach
La Canada Flintridge: Kidz Planet Indoor Playground
A popular spot for kids' parties, this bright and modern venue wins points for its clean environment and friendly staff. Plus, the school bus bounce house will instantly win over kids. The climbing structures here are smaller but should be just the right size for kids under 3.
Hours: Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., closed Sat. & Sun. for private events
Rates: $12 per child; $9 for each additional child
Insider tip: A private two-hour party here starts at $675, making it a bargain compared to many other LA spots.
711 Foothill Blvd., Unit J
La Canada Flintridge
Glendale: Giggles N’ Hugs
This children’s restaurant and play space in Glendale is full of castles, 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.
Hours: 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.-7 p.m.
Rates: Big kids are $15, $12 for sibs and $9 for crawlers
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?
3222 Glendale Galleria Way
Simi Valley: Kids World Family Fun Center
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, an American Gladiator style arena, a video game floor with motion-activated games, and an 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.
Hours: Mon.-Thus. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Rates: $15.99 admission for kids 24 months-15 years; kids 13 months to 23 months are $6.99; 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.
Multiple Locations: We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym
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.
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Call ahead on weekends to confirm openings)
Rates: $14 per child (siblings $12), all day pass is $20
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.
Locations: Tarzana, Redondo Beach, Studio City, Woodland Hills, Glendale, Santa Monica & Lawndale
Eagle Rock & Bel Air: Peekaboo Playland
COVID Update: The Eagle Rock location will have open play starting Jul. 13 and private parties beginning Jul. 10. The Bel Air location remain closed.
Who says your kids can’t play and learn? Peekaboo Playland offers two progressive and artistic indoor playspaces for your kids’ creative energy to flourish and grow. There's the requisite slides, bouncy house and even a small ball pit, along with plenty of set-ups for imaginary play. One of our favorite things is the separate baby space upstairs, where crawlers can explore without getting trampled.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-noon for members only; Noon-3 p.m. for members and walk-ins.
Rates: $10 per child over 12 months, $8 for siblings and infants 6-12 months.
2030 Colorado Blvd.
Manhattan Beach: Adventureplex
COVID Update: Adventureplex is open for summer camp but closed for all other activities until further notice.
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.
Hours: Open play times vary for the play structures and Toddler Town, so make sure to check the website.
Rates: 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. Cost is $30, and $20 for siblings and includes dinner.
1701 Marine Ave.
–Meghan Rose, Shahrzad Warkentin, Andie Huber & Shannan Rouss
featured photo: Meghan Yudes Meyers