Best Play Spaces for a Cold or Rainy Day
During rainy or cold days, kids need somewhere to burn their energy. Fortunately, there are plenty of indoor play spaces for kids to run, jump, climb, use their imagination or get creative.
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Pump it Up – Let your kids jump away all that energy on one of the many inflatables during open play times or at a special party. Check website for prices. Multiple locations throughout the Bay Area.
Rockin’ Jump – It offers a jump arena, dodge ball arena, climbing wall and more. Check website for prices. Multiple locations throughout the Bay Area.
Peek-a-Boo Factory – It provides a clean, safe, fun and family-friendly environment for play dates, parties and other fun. There are slides, obstacle courses, tunnels, zip line, mirror maze and rock climbing. $8-10. 6253 Southfront Road, Livermore (Daly City location to open soon). 925-245-9913.
Little Imaginarium – The center is designed to provide an imaginative and safe space for infant crawlers to ages 6 to enjoy social, pretend and creative play. Offers open play hours, drop-in child care, preschool and a parents’ night out event. Check website for hours. 428 Georgia St., Vallejo. 707-644-4831.
The Rec Room – Offers drop-in play, crafts, classes and activities for parents. $10, $8 siblings. 3222 Adeline St., Berkeley. 510-999-5437.
Bay Area Discovery Museum – There are tons of places to play at this children’s museum, both indoors and out. The museum also hosts activities like the Art Lab, story times, performances, classes and more. 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415-339-3900.
The Planet – This year-round drop-in day camp and activities center offers sewing, beading and other crafts, a woodshop, LEGOs, games and free play. $11-14 per hour. 220 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley. 415-888-2194.
The COOP – This play and party space has an enormous ball pit, two-story curly slide, rope climbing tunnel, bouncer with basketball net and more. Call for prices. 303 Linden Ave., South San Francisco. 650-741-6325.
Safari Run – Kids go wild at this play space featuring games and obstacle courses. The combination of slides, ladders, bridges and tunnels provide a setting where kids can build their motor skills, balance, cardio, strength and confidence. There are open play times and party packages. Call for prices. 341 N. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo; 650-342-1977. 1180 Kern Ave., Sunnyvale; 408-579-9218.
House of Air – This indoor “adrenaline park” hosts open trampoline time, aerial training on trampolines, trampoline dodgeball, rock climbing, classes, parties and more. Check website for prices. 926 Mason St. 415-903-0556.
Peekadoodle Kidsclub – Serving newborns to age 5, it features an indoor play space, café and classes. It also has Golden Gate Bridge and cable car play structures and area for parents to relax. $65-360 memberships. 900 North Point St., #100. It also offers a preschool in Danville. 415-440-7335.
STEMful – It is designed for parents to drop by with their kids to engage in STEM activities and toys. Daily play pass: $8 for ages 1-10, $6 siblings; play pass packages: $36-72. 30 29th St. 415-660-5975.
Bumble – This is a treat for parents. Kids ages 1 to 10 can enjoy the bright and sunny playroom while parents eat and relax in the restaurant. $10-20. 145 First St., Los Altos. 650-383-5340.
California Sports Centers – These gymnastics and dance centers welcome kids ages 5 and under for drop-in play time. Multiple locations in San Jose and Morgan Hill. $10. 408-360-9400.
Teresa Mills-Faraudo is an associate editor at Bay Area Parent.