Our Favourite Indoor Playgrounds in Calgary
Our family is forever searching indoor playgrounds and activities to keep our active kids busy when the weather gets cold. While we’ve already got a bunch of indoor play places that we visit frequently, we’re always looking to add new ones to the list. Here are 8 popular indoor play places, playgrounds and trampoline parks in Calgary for you and your family to check out as the temperatures start to drop!
Our Favourite Indoor Playgrounds in Calgary
THE BIG BOX
944 65th Avenue NE
Although a lot of people are likely to be visiting The Big Box at any given time, it doesn’t feel overcrowded. This is because the space is absolutely HUGE. With multiple climbing structures, inflatables, ball pits, slides, life-sized building blocks, baby play area, and more, there’s no shortage of things to do in the 25 000-square foot “Leisure Lagoon”. For an extra cost, kids and adults can also try out the aerial ropes course, arcade, bumper cars, and virtual reality games.
A couple of tips: because of its huge size, I wouldn’t recommend taking more than one young child here without an extra set of hands – it’s easy to lose sight of busy kiddos who want to go in two different directions. They also require special “grip” socks, so either wear your own or be prepared to buy a pair when you get there. Kids of all ages are sure to love this place (and parents will, too!) 2 adults get in free with each child’s admission.
261024 Dwight McLellan Trail, Balzac, AB
If you’re looking for the perfect place to help your entire family burn off some major energy, this is it. Mazes, slides, obstacle courses, and pirate ships are just some of the attractions you’ll find among the 25 (or more) inflatable play spaces available at any given time. Big Fun does require you to wear special “Frog” socks that are only available to purchase from their establishment, but once you’ve bought a pair for $3, you can bring them for any future visit. Reviewers have also said that they are pretty strict about their “no outside food” policy, so if you’re hungry, be prepared to purchase food from their concession. Booking ahead online is recommended to guarantee entry, as Big Fun gets pretty busy on weekends and holidays. Two free admissions (adult or baby under 2) are included with each child’s admission.
260300 Writing Creek Crescent
The newest addition to the list of indoor playgrounds in Calgary features a soft play space with multiple slides, a snow castle, doughnut slide, ninja area, car track, arcade, and more. There’s also a mini community where kids can play, explore, and pretend to be their favourite community helper! Be sure to visit their site to mark their family friendly events on your calendar so you don’t miss out! Each child’s admission includes two free adult admission. Grip socks must be worn and may be purchased on site for $2.99.
FIRST ALLIANCE CHURCH
12345 40 Street SE
First Alliance Church offers a free play space for kids between ages 3-9 to explore (3-year-olds must be potty trained). Located in the South Atrium, parents can take a break and watch their kiddos climb, play, and slide while they relax at tables nearby. Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the play place, but there is a bistro nearby where you can purchase yummy snacks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as socks, if you forget them. They’re open Wednesdays from 9-3 – book your 2 hour time slot ahead of time here. Pre-registration opens on Monday for the upcoming Wednesday and fills up fast!
3337 34 Avenue NE and 240 Midpark Way SE
Treehouse is a great spot to visit for kids of all ages. While littles may need a bit of support with some of the climbing obstacles, there are plenty of features to keep even the littlest kids in your crew busy burning energy. A definite highlight is the huge ball pit area that comes complete with cannons to shoot the balls out of. There’s also three 20-foot slides, an arcade, animal riders and a separate baby/toddler play area! If you’re dying for a night on the town, check out their Parents’ Date Night option for kids between 4 and 10 years old. For $29.95, you can drop your child off from 5 pm until 8:30 pm. Additional children are 50% off. Pre-registration is required.
HIDE N SEEK
#18, 49 Aero Drive NE
Bounce, climb, swing. and slide your way through this super fun play structure in the north end of Calgary. There are plenty of fun and safe obstacles for kids of all ages to explore, whether they are playing on the Kids Structure or are hanging out in the Toddler Zone, Market Room, or Arcade zone. The lounge and cafeteria space offers a place for parents to relax while their kiddos burn off some of their pent-up energy, and it’s a great place to grab a snack after a busy day of playing!
5342 72 Avenue SE and #105, 572 Aero Drive NE
If you’re looking for the kind of fun that makes you jump up and down, search no further than one of Flying Squirrel’s two Calgary locations. Whether you’re just looking to bounce or you want to play dodgeball, basketball, or practice your flips, Flying Squirrel is sure to entertain you for hours. A 3D Climbing wall, aerial silks, fidget ladder, and foam pit will keep older kids and adults busy, while kid-sized versions are also available for any little ones who want to play. If that’s not enough, there’s also a laser maze, ninja course, rope swings, slack line and lyra swing, among tons of other awesome attractions.
688 Heritage Dr SE #100, Calgary, AB
KidzGO has tons of fun obstacles that kids of all ages will love to scale up, slide down, and run across. There’s a kids’ race track, an arcade zone, massive slides, giant building blocks, and more. If you work up an appetite from all your playing, there’s a cafeteria offering snacks and drinks. They’ve also got daily specials you won’t want to miss, including free coffee on Mondays until 12 pm, $2 off admission on Tuesdays from 10 am – 5 pm, 50% off admission from 5 pm to closing from Monday to Thursday, 50% off from the third child in the group, 10% off for veterans, military, police, firefighters, and EMA and a special needs rate of $5.95 every day.
What are your favourite indoor playgrounds in Calgary? Fill us in in the comments!