Indoor Playspaces in Greater Boston – Isis Instructor Picks

Kids Fun Stop in West Roxbury is a great place to burn off energy.

It’s the middle of winter, the snow is piled up to the sky, and the kids are antsy. That’s why we love indoor playspaces. Here are our favorites:

Boston

Sky Zone is a new trampoline park in Hyde Park. It offers a fun place for kids of all ages to bounce to their hearts desire. They have a special zone just for toddlers, as well as toddler time, that is just open for toddlers in the morning. Great way to get out the wiggles on a cold morning. ~Miracle B.

I like Kids Fun Stop in West Roxbury because it’s a large room filled with many different types of activities: lots of structures for gross motor play; a playhouse that encourages imaginative play; and an art area for children to be creative. There’s also an area sectioned-off for children younger than two only, to keep the younger kiddos safe. It’s not too expensive, is clean, there’s an area for snack; and pretty much Mom can see the kids from any point in the room- which is great if you have more than one child and they run in opposite directions! :) ~Teresa S.

West of Boston

I would recommend Together In Motion in Arlington. On a cold or rainy day, it’s a great option. It is a big open room filled with mats and large, soft gross motor equipment. My daughter is almost 11 months, and I think she enjoys watching all the other kids even more than playing on the equipment! ~Sara Y.  I like that it is small enough to be able to manage 2 kids at one time and that it is only kids under age 6 so I never feel like my littler one is going to get run over. ~Liz K.

Belmont Kidspace is a community organized, playspace for infants and toddlers within the larger playspace, large and well-stocked with toys. Volunteer staffed and led. ~Rachel G.

My kids love Inside Playground in Watertown, they go there with the aupair and friends. They are open every day for drop-in play. ~Gesa N.

We really like the kids play area on the 4th floor of The Atrium Mall…with all padded equipment and a soft floor, it’s an indoor space where kids can quite safely tear around, unlike a lot of other indoor play areas. ~Andrew K.

South of Boston

Backyard Adventures sells outdoor playground equipment. However, in the winter months, they open their show rooms on certain mornings for play time, where you can pay a small fee and come in and play for the entire morning on all the different show room swing sets and trampolines. It’s a great place to go with a few friends during the cold winter months. Several MA locations including Braintree. ~Miracle B.

Child’s Play Museum [no website] in East Weymouth is probably more for toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2+); but it offers alot of hands-on exploration. There’s a sandbox to dig for dinosaurs; a 3-D impression pinscreen; a pendulum; an air-toss machine. There’s also a kitchen- area, a train the kids can climb on and through tunnels; and an area where the kids can play doctor and learn about the human body. One heads-up though, there’s no snack-area, so definitely feed the kids before coming! ~Teresa S. [Editor's note: A commenter tells us Child's Play may be closed. Don't make the trip before calling first.]

North of Boston

The Klubhouse in Woburn is a really fun place with bouncy houses a track with ride on toys and a huge ship to climb on. They also have a separate room for younger kids as well as an art room where they can take a break. ~Liz K.

We love Monkey Joe’s in Danvers- it’s a giant space filled with about twenty different bounce houses.  Unlike some of these other centers like it, it is open to the public and not just for birthday parties. ~Jen M.

Boston parents, what are your favorite indoor play areas? If you’re not in Boston, what play areas are in your city? We’ll check them out when we visit!

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8 Responses to Indoor Playspaces in Greater Boston – Isis Instructor Picks
  1. naomi
    January 27, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    There’s also two brand new playspaces opened in the last month: Jam Time in Maynard and Playcafe in Leominster. Playcafe is a “grown up” coffee shop with a playspace adjacent to it which you can watch through a big glass window.

  2. naomi
    January 27, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    Correction: the one in Leominster is called “Great Escape”

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  4. Kami
    January 27, 2011 | 10:23 pm

    The playspace in the Natick Mall and Playtown Express in Hopkington. Love both of those!

  5. Potter
    January 28, 2011 | 11:29 am

    I think the Childs Play Museum in Weymouth has closed. We tried to go their about a month ago and it looked like it was out of business.

  6. Cindy Meltzer
    January 28, 2011 | 1:43 pm

    Hi Potter, thanks for the update. I’ll edit the post to add this.

  7. Kelly Bulens
    January 28, 2011 | 8:54 pm

    Playtown Express in Hopkinton is also great.

  8. Cheryl
    February 7, 2011 | 6:14 pm

    Jump Around in Framingham is great

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