It’s that time of year: the grey skies and rainy weather makes those great outdoor activities that keep us busy most of the year a little less pleasant. And while the right jacket and boots can keep you enjoying the fresh air all year long, there might be some days when you simply want to get the kids running around – minus the umbrella and soggy socks. Thankfully we have great options for indoor playgrounds in Vancouver.
Though many indoor playgrounds and activity centres were closed during the last two years, most have now re-opened. Be sure to check the websites for information on pre-booking time slots as some places are keeping numbers limited yet to help ensure a clean and safe environment.
Here’s a few of our favourite indoor playground options in Vancouver and throughout the greater Vancouver region…
Indoor Playgrounds in Vancouver
Kidtropolis – Richmond
This unique indoor play facility opened in 2016 and offers an interactive “city” intended to help children engage in pretend play – children can be teachers, firefighters, restaurant owners, and more, with various businesses and buildings in the model city filled with costumes and various “props” to interact with.
Play Abby – Abbotsford and Surrey
With one location in Abbotsford and now a second in Surrey, there’s a Play Abby close to hand for residents east of the city. Both have extensive indoor climbing and play equipment, along with laser tag at the Abbotsford location and a “glow zone” in Surrey.
Jungle Jac’s – Coquitlam
Known for its large indoor playspace as well as a bumper car area, Jungle Jac’s is a favourite in the Tri-Cities region. Like most indoor play locations, this one offers a variety of birthday party options and group rentals.
The Adventure Zone – Vancouver (Granville Island)
There’s few places as iconic when it comes to kids in the city as the Granville Island Kid’s Market but did you know there’s an Adventure Zone play area inside of it? With a multi-level indoor jungle gym and a variety of unique features, including the new “i-Floor” attraction, there’s something for every age here.
6 Pack Beach – Richmond
This “indoor beach” facility hosts volleyball players and parties, but there’s also a great program available for the little ones. Lil’ Diggers lets kids come hang out on a warm sandy “beach” where they can dig, play and run. And yes, beach toys are included. Available at select times during the day.
Laserdome Plus – North Vancouver
Here’s a spot for both the younger and older kids: Laserdome Plus has a four-level, 7500 square foot laser tag arena, along with three rock-climbing walls with a total of 14 auto-belay lines for large groups. And for the little ones, there’s the Space Jungle: a soft-padded jungle gym area. Reservations required to secure a spot.
Circus Play Café – Vancouver
Circus Play Café, located on East 12th, features a carefully designed play space where children are encouraged to learn through play and imagination. With a circus room and a quiet “reading room” along with classes and workshops held throughout the week, there’s always something interesting going on here.
Go Bananas – Various Locations
Go Bananas may be one of the most well recognized names in indoor playgrounds in the region. They’ve been around a long time and there are now four locations in Chilliwack, Langley, Richmond and North Vancouver. With climbing structures, featuring spaces for both toddles and older children, as well as a variety of play spaces and ability to host parties, Go Bananas is a great option for a rainy day. Check out all the details at: Chilliwack location: http://www.gobananas-chilliwack.com/ or North Van location: http://gobananasnorthvan.com/ or Richmond location: http://gobananasrichmond.com/ or Langley location: http://www.gobananaslangley.com/
Central City Fun Park – Surrey
Here’s one for the older kids who may not be keen on the jungle gyms (or simply are too tall to fit!) Central City Fun Park, located near the Pattullo Bridge, features a huge arcade, bowling, a large roller skating rink, various games, VR sets, and much more. And yes, they offer birthday parties too.