Top Indoor Playgrounds In Houston

August 2, 2014 6:00 AM

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Children love to play. They enjoy crawling, climbing, swinging, spinning and otherwise having a fun time through physical activity. A park is an ideal place to visit for this purpose, but mother nature often gets in the way, making it difficult to provide children with the physical exercise and entertainment they deserve. A useful alternative is an indoor playground — a place where kids can be kids under easier supervision from parents and with protection from weather and other outdoor hazards. Here are some of the best indoor playgrounds in the Houston area.
Houston Children’s Museum
1500 Binz St.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 522-1138

With three levels of play, Houston Children’s Museum is the ultimate playground for children. Kids can get educated and have fun at the same time while they learn about science, motion, work occupations and more. Bring most any child to the Houston Children’s Museum and even the moodiest and unhappiest among them is bound to be grinning from ear to ear before the visit is through. The museum is one of the largest of its kind in the United States and it has won numerous awards for its child-centric excellence. With so much to offer, it rates as the top indoor playground in the Houston area.

Planet Wow
10601 S. Sam Houston Parkway
Houston, TX 77071
(832) 390-4969

Plastic inflatables abound at Planet Wow, one of the area’s top indoor playgrounds. There are obstacle courses, basketball hoops, giant slides and other means for fun and play. Planet Wow is a popular destination for birthday parties, graduation parties, anniversaries and any other type of celebration. It’s one of the few places where older kids and even young adults are welcome to host a party and join in the fun. As long as you can handle some bouncing around, you are welcome to play at Planet Wow. It’s a great place to rediscover the kid that exists inside each and every one of us.

Stomping Grounds
15415 S.W. Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 313-3800

Stomping Grounds is a place made for the youngsters. With about 2,000 square feet of play area, children can run wild and have the fun time they crave while mom and dad relax in an easy chair, read a magazine or check e-mail using the complimentary wifi. Kids can climb through tunnels, navigate mazes and otherwise entertain themselves and their friends. Parents can not only relax while the kids play, but they can also purchase coffee, lattes and other beverages and food from the onsite Brewster’s Cafe. Stomping Grounds is a nice place to take the kids for a midday break and its fun and games will keep kids occupied for hours.

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Jumping World Trampoline Park
14147 N.W. Freeway
Houston, TX 77040
(713) 996-7811

Who doesn’t love to jump up and down on a trampoline? It’s an activity loved by children of all ages and at Jumping World Trampoline Park, kids can jump to their heart’s content. The inside of Jumping World Trampoline Park is gigantic, with more than 20,000 square feet of space and some of the largest trampoline lines in the state of Texas. But this is not strictly a place to jump up and down — Jumping World Trampoline Park has other amusements as well, like a foam pit, slam dunk court, dodgeball courts and more. With such an immense size and so many activities, it’s no wonder that Jumping World Trampoline Park is such a popular place for birthday parties and other celebrations.

Monkey Joe’s
15540 FM 529
Houston, TX 77095
(832) 427-1375

Another place popular as a birthday party destination, Monkey Joe’s is ready to bring out the monkey in your child. This indoor playground is comprised mainly of inflatable plastic with large slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and other play areas for children as young as toddler age. Children will drift from one place to the next, challenging themselves to see how fast they can complete an obstacle course and beat their friends to the finish line. Parents can sit back in the lounge area, watch television or access the internet using Monkey Joes free wifi access. Open play is every day at Monkey Joe’s and it ranks as one of the Houston area’s best places for indoor fun.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at

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