It snowed. In the first week of September. I don’t care what kind of arctic chill is coming through Canada, it’s got to get you thinking about how you are going to play indoors – especially if you took a walk in this lovely fall season this morning, or had to get of bed and start your car for work. Here are some of our favorite places to play indoors, in Edmonton and area – some free ones, our favorite ones, and the top indoor playgrounds and places to play in Edmonton.
Tegler Discovery Zone
Climb a birch tree and hang out underground in a squirrel’s midden. Get busy as a bee with our live bee hive and build your own flower to pollinate. These are just some of the things you can do in the Tegler Discovery Zone. Socks are required, and the cost is $14/family or $7/child (2 and over) but the fun indoor playground is one of our favorite places to discover when it’s chilly outside.
Discoveryland at Telus World of Science
There is one annual pass that I feel is well, well, worth the cost of admission. The kids love the play area inside the discovery zone and could play for hours within the kid friendly discovery zone! If you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day, why not check it out (it’s not very busy during those morning school days) and the annual pass makes it very affordable.
With areas for young children, infants and even older kids and teens, Millennium Place is a one stop source of entertainment for families. Admission into the facility gets you access to the indoor playground, the skating, the swimming and even the gym area for older children and pre-teens. There is a fun electronic playground for older kids (that the younger ones still want to climb on) and it is always filled with kids in the children’s play area.
Cafe O Play
Best suited for little kids (under the age of four in our experience) Cafe O Play is one of those places where you can sip on your coffee, or finish up some work while the kids interact with others around them and enjoy the multiple play structures inside. Our young girls always favored the princess castle, and the track around the center where they can enjoy the ride on toys at the cafe.
On the Santa Maria, West Edmonton Mall
Two bucks to play on a pirate ship? Bring some snacks and enjoy some lunch as the kids run around in one of the best places to wear an eye patch in the city. When you’re finished hit up a mall walk, or catch a matinee with some friends for some inexpensive fun. Head to chapters in the mall and play with some of the toys, read the books or play, browse and read some books. There are a few inexpensive and free things to do at the mall to entertain the kids – you just have to find them.
Hide and Seek Playground
One of the newest indoor playgrounds in Edmonton, this one located in the West end is one that we’ve heard great things about from all of our little friends who have gone. There are trampolines, air cannons, and fun for kids that are young, but also for kids that are a little older and not usually appeased with indoor playgrounds – and lots of fun stuff to do inside, and they have extended hours, open from 9-9 every day of the week. Visit the Hide and Seek Playground website – your kids are going to love the kids zip line and the big slide!
Launchpad Trampoline Park
Jumping on trampolines is one of my favorite ways to spend those winter days when you feel like you’re going to lose your mind. Make sure to buy your tickets ahead of time to skip the lines and that there’s going to be space for you to jump indoors. Though it’s on the higher end of the price scale for places to play indoors in Edmonton, you’re going to have a lot of fun. There’s a fun kid area at Launchpad Trampoline Park, too.
Strathcona County Library
A giant reading tree with places to hide books, a fun play table, kid friendly computers, a puppet show nook and toddler friendly toys are only a few of the reasons that Strathcona County Library is one of our favorite places to play. There are easily accessed magazines and books you can grab on your way in, comfortable places for parents to sit and many other kids coming through to play with and entertain your own. Plus, there are lots of activities going on throughout the day.
The kids love playing at Chapters with the train table, reading books and browsing through the toys. As a bonus, there’s a Starbucks right there and the staff are fantastic. This is one of our favorite places to head inside and play around Whyte Ave. Second Choice? indigo Kids in South Edmonton Common. It’s one of the best places for free play. Tip: Many of the stores offer story time on Saturdays. Contact your local store to find out when.
KINSMEN INDOOR PLAYGROUND
The Kinsmen Indoor playground is located on the first floor of the Kinsmen Sports Center and has a great playground for the kids to get rid of some of that winter energy. You can also take advantage of the inflatable playground (all services with admission). You can find the hours and the details of the kids facilities at Kinsmen, here.