Best Play Spaces for a Cold or Rainy Day

Even in the rain, these indoor playspaces offer hands-on exhibits and other activities to burn off energy when kids can’t play outside.

Acrosports – Kids run, jump, crawl, swing, balance, bounce and climb at open gym times. There are separate open gym times for ages 4-6, 6-15 and children with special needs. Acrosports also offers classes, camps and party packages. Check website for details. $20-35. 

639 Frederick St., San Francisco

Bay Area Discovery Museum – In addition to an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge, this children’s museum has hands-on exhibits, art studios, camps and classes, and school programs. Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm. $15-20. 

557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito

Bumblebee Playspace – This indoor space offers more than 3,000 square feet of play and is designed for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. It offers open play and private options. Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday-Monday 10am-2pm. $10-15 for open play, $60 per month for membership.

35500 Dumbarton Ct., Newark

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose – This children’s learning museum includes hands-on exhibits exploring art, bubbles, water, air, the natural world, mammoths and more. Reservations required for non-members. Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30am-12:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:30pm. $16-18. 

180 Woz Way, San Jose

Chuck E. Cheese – Enjoy games and small rides for little ones as well as birthday packages. You can purchase play passes and food including pizza, wings and more. Multiple locations throughout the Bay Area.

Lawrence Hall of Science – Located on the UC Berkeley campus, this science museum provides a variety of exhibits and activities including a 3D theater, a hands-on biotech exhibit, a young explorer’s area, a planetarium and more. Open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. $20, under 2 free.

1 Centennial Drive

Luv 2 Play – It offers an indoor playground, toddler area, baby area, soft climbing wall, games, plus a café and party room. Check website for prices and times.

7871 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin

2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose

Movement – In addition to 19,000 square feet of rock-climbing walls, it offers fitness and yoga classes. Monday-Friday 6am-11pm, Saturday 8am-8pm, Sunday 8am-6pm. Check website for prices. 

Multiple locations

Pump It Up – This indoor playground of inflatables focuses on birthday party packages but also offers open jump times including a “glow in dark” jump event for families. Check calendar for times and prices.

Multiple locations

Rockin’ Jump – Play trampoline dodge ball, try the slam dunk zone and do flips and somersaults. It also has a variety of party packages. Check website for prices. 

1631 Challenge Drive, Concord

5641 Lone Tree Way, Brentwood


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