Houston residents know how important playtime is for their kids, even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. If the weather is keeping everyone cooped up inside, opt for a visit to an indoor playground. Whether you join your kids or rest easy in the air conditioning, these are the best indoor playgrounds in Houston to kick back and have a good time with the kids.
Price: $8 to $10 for open play ages 0 to 8; Class prices vary
Hours: Open play Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Weekend parties – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Not only can families enjoy the indoor playground fun, they can also find culture and education at Wonderwild. Enjoy classes in art and martial arts, or visit the quiet time area for crafts and storytime. Infants have a separate play area to enjoy on their own. The playground includes inflatables, soft play structures and a three-story playscape.
This indoor playground is designed for more than just play; it also offers a learning center and preschool prep. It features a complete playhouse, slides and a sandbox, as well as a snack bar for visitors and TV/Wi-Fi for parents.
Price: $7.50 open playtime children ages 1 to 12; Free adults – Mon, Wed, Fri $5 before 11 a.m.
Hours: Open playtime Mon to Fri –10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Private parties daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This is not just a great location for a private party, bring the kids in during the week to romp around and take a lunch break in the party room. Bring your own lunch or order pizza in-house. Bathrooms are located inside the playroom, so parents don’t have to pause the fun to round up all kids for a potty break. This location is 15,000 square feet and full of great activities for the kids including a 17-foot volcano to climb, a 24-foot slide and an obstacle course. For private parties, starting at $195, there is also a 24-foot rock climbing wall. Remember to bring socks to join in on the fun.
Price: Free adults and babies younger than 1; $4.25 children younger than two; $7.57 kids three and older
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Stomping Grounds goes even farther in the indoor playground experience. The site is perfect for play dates. Parents can enjoy lattes and lunch in the café while the kids play with their peers in the 2,000-square-foot playscape. Remember to bring socks so everyone can join in the fun. Party rooms are also available for private events.
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Price: $7 per child weekdays/$10 on weekends and school holidays/free adults
Hours: Mon – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tues and Wed – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thurs and Fri – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; school breaks Mon to Fri 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Planet Wow offers families in the area private parties and open play close to home. All ages are welcome, and parties start at $200. Planet Wow also offers teen nights so the big kids can get rough without worry, but everything here is designed to withstand even parents’ hard-hitting playtime. This is the place to get a little workout while the kids go wild.
Nicole Sonnier is a freelance writer living in Houston and covers Nightlife & Music. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.