When it’s too dark and dreary out to visit LA’s best playgrounds, take the kiddos to one of these newer indoor play spaces, 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 on LA’s newest and cleanest indoor gyms and play areas, plus discover all of our tried-and-true favorite at the end.
Wild Child Gym - Culver City
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 at like natural playspace 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: Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
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.
Little Play Society - Mid-Wilshire
Looking for a place that's soothing and chill, all pastel tones and natural woods, with a stylish, boho-inspired lounge you won't want to leave? Check out this just-opened play area designed to entertain children ages 5 and under. It features a pretend kitchen, several climbing options (both soft and wood), a ball pit and reading nook. There’s also a dedicated infant area for the littlest guests. And of course the spot hosts private events, just in case you're looking for the newest spot to throw your kid's birthday party.
Hours: In addition to classes, open play is also available throughout the week (see schedule here).
Rates: For open play, the rate $12 per child; $8 for each additional child; free for children 4 months and under.
5065 W. Pico Blvd.
PlayLab Family Playspace - Pasadena
With super-clean toys and equipment and a 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: Mon.-Fri. 9a.m.-6p.m. (open til 7p.m. on Tues. with a special $5 Day Passes from 5p.m.-7p.m.); weekend hours vary depending on private events
Rates: $12 per child; $10 for first-time visit; weekly and monthly prices also available with monthly unlimited from $60
Insider tip: If you forget socks, don't panic. Unlike a lot of other play spaces that charge you for a pair, PlayLab offer them up for free to borrow.
1021 E. Walnut St., Ste. 100
Big and Tiny – Santa Monica & Silverlake
The Silverlake outpost of this co-working-friendly space recently opened, offering eastsiders a chance to experience the beautifully designed setting, with amenities for both parents and little ones (hence the name Big & Tiny).
Hours: Open Mon.-Fri., from 9a.m. to 5p.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 $95 a month and includes unlimited access during open play times. See details on that plan and others here.
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.
Santa Monica Studio:
1731 Ocean Park Blvd.
2624 W Sunset Blvd.
Bounce LA - Pico-Robertson
The recently opened but already beloved indoor gym offers drop-in classes throughout the week for kids ages six months and up. The staff is friendly and high-energy, offering a range of activities for little ones. For the tiniest tots (those crawling or taking their first wobbly steps), the focus is on music, circle time and play. Once kids are a little older, activities help build strength and coordination. Toddlers have the chance to zoom down the zip lines, balance on beams and bounce (naturally!) on the trampoline.
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 9:30a.m.–5:30p.m.; Sat. & Sun, 10a.m.–6p.m.
Rates: An 8-class package is $180 and classes never expire (woo-hoo!). Discounts for sibling and family packages.
Insider tip: Bounce LA is known for its birthday parties, with packages starting at $549.
9618 W. Pico Blvd.
All Our Tried & True Favorites
Adam's Garden - Sherman Oaks
Tucked in the Sherman Oaks Galleria, this spot is a haven for tiny tots just learning to walk. All the equipment is soft and spongy (and clean!), including the super-fun climbing structure that little ones will love exploring. There's also a trampoline, small ball pit and cushioned mini carousel. And for anyone leery of germs, rest assured that the entire space is disinfected daily—including the ball pit—using organic cleaning products.
For parents, there's free Wi-Fi and coffee, plus Garden employees will order and pick up food for you from one of the nearby restaurants for just $5.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10a.m.-8p.m.
Rates: $13 per child, $10 per additional sibling, children 9 months and under $7
A monthly membership of unlimited play can be purchases for $50 (or $80 for two siblings; $100 for three).
Insider tip: If you are bringing little ones, try to schedule your visit in the a.m. to avoid the after-school influx of older kids.
15301 Ventura Blvd., Ste. P-37
Peekaboo Playland – Eagle Rock & Bel Air
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.-Thurs. 10a.m.-6p.m.; Fri. 10a.m.-5 p.m.
Rates: For Eagle Rock location, $10 per child over 12 months, $8 for siblings and infants 6-12 months. For Bel Air, $11 per child over 12 months, $9 for siblings and infants 6-12 months.
Insider Tip: At the Bel Air spot, be sure to make your way through the space to discover the back patio, which offers some amazing views.
2030 Colorado Blvd.
2321 Roscomare Rd.
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.
Hours: Open play available Mon., 10a.m.-5p.m., Tues.-Thurs. 10a.m.-7p.m., and Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m.
Rates: 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.
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.
Hours: Tues.-Fri.; 10a.m.-6p.m.
Rates: $12 per child, $9 for siblings, $8 for children under 2. 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.
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). They also have Parents Time Out sessions for 4 hours on Sat.
Hours: Make an appointment or walk-in Mon.-Fri. 10a.m. -5 p.m.
Rates: $13 per child; for supervised play, $25 for 2 hours for kids under 3, and $20 for 2 hours for kids 3 and up
Insider Tip: During supervised sessions, free coffee and wi-fi are available so you can relax, work, or catch up on browsing your favorite parenting website.
2279 Westwood Blvd.
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. 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.-Fri., 9a.m.-6p.m.; Sat., 9a.m.-5p.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.
Mid-City Los Angeles
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. They also offer Parent's Night Out at $25 for the first two hours; $10 per each additional hour.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10a.m.-6p.m.
Rates: $10 per child. 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.
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.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10a.m.-6p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10a.m.-6p.m.
Rates: $14.95 for the first child (plus adult); toddlers are $6.49 plus adult; additional adults are $3.95
400 S. Baldwin Ave.
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.
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.
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.
Hours: Each location has different hours but all are open Mon.-Fri., and closed weekends for private events.
Rates: $12 per child
Insider Tip: Both the Woodland Hills and Studio City locations have a full cappuccino bar and free parking.
Locations: Woodland Hills, Studio City & Redondo Beach
Kidz Planet Indoor Playground - La Canada Flintridge
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.
Rates: $12 per child; $9 for each additional child
Hours: Mon.–Fri. 10a.m.–6p.m. (subject to change based on private events)
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
Giggles N’ Hugs - Woodland Hills & Glendale
This children’s restaurant and play space have spots in Glendale and Woodland Hills 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. 10:30a.m.-8p.m., Fri. 10:30a.m.-9p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-9p.m., Sun. 10a.m.-7p.m.
Rates: Big kids are $14, $11 for sibs and $8 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?
Kids World Family Fun Center – 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.
Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10a.m.-8p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-9p.m., Sun. 10a.m.-7p.m.
Rates: $11.99 admission for kids 24 months-15 years; kids under 2 are $5.99; siblings are $10.99 (weekdays only). 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 Kid's Gym – 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.
Hours: Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Call ahead on weekends to confirm openings)
Rates: $14 per child (siblings $12)
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
–Meghan Rose, Shahrzad Warkentin, Andie Huber & Shannan Rouss
featured photo: Courtesy of Little Play Society