Get Out to Play In

Indoor Playgrounds
Get Out to Play In

Autumn is a magical time of year with the power to transform leaves from green to gold and the living room sofa from sitting place to trampoline, as kids bring rambunctious play in from the cold. While we’re keen to encourage our budding Olympians, we also have a vested interest in preserving our well-loved furniture and the kids’ heads, which keep coming dangerously close to the coffee table.

So that’s why we have a fondness for indoor playgrounds that give little ones a safe place to run, climb and play and give moms a safe place to sit, chat and drink java.

Joso’s Play and Learn Center and Playtopia Family Entertainment Center might be pushing (and crossing) city limits, but we think they’re worth the trip.

Both Joso’s and Playtopia have large play structures with nets, slides and windows from above but are small enough that you can usually find a child-on-the-go in seconds.

Joso’s is located in the NW community of Creekside and offers a host of indoor play opportunities for families. Aside from the climbing structure, Josos also has a small baby and me area and plasma car yard. Admission is $6.99 for the first child. Take advantage of Joso’s drop-in childcare service (up to four hours) by booking ahead. With a strong educational focus, Joso’s has an in-house preschool and full-time daycare as well.

Playtopia is a short drive south to the quaint community of Okotoks. Located on a quiet street just off Railway Avenue, Playtopia has a great variety of activities for a range of ages including gated baby and toddler area, bouncy castle and in-house café serving hot entrees. Admission is $6.49 for preschoolers (or drop-off for $8) and includes wireless internet access for Mom. Playtopia is open both Saturday and Sunday as well (hint, hint: send Dad). Just remember to bring socks for all family members (available for $2 if you forget).

So let them wreck someone else’s living room…just kidding (not really). Try the strip mall play date—you’ll enjoy the change and your living room (and Jack’s noggin) will remain in tact.

How to Find

Joso’s Play and Learn Center
Unit 100 - 12018 Symons Valley Road, NW

100, 26 Crystal Ridge Dr.

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Tested by Heather J., Calgary
Tagged under calgary, kids, play
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First published 2009.10.01

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