Our family is forever searching for things to do indoors 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 9 popular indoor play places for you and your family to check out as the temperatures in Calgary start to drop!
52 Aero Drive NE, Unit 102
Unleash your inner ninja! This is the perfect place for kids (2 and up) and adults looking for an adrenaline rush. Injanation boasts tons of activities including a trampoline park, dodgeball courts, foam pits, a climbing center, ninja warrior courses, a free micro-ninja toddler area and a military obstacle course. Admission is charged on a per-hour basis, so keep that in mind when planning your day. A café is available onsite to refuel after you run, climb, and jump around!
944 65th Avenue NE
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The Big Box opened at the beginning of November and our family couldn’t wait to try it out. We took our 1-year-old and 3-year-old on opening day and were pleasantly surprised to find that, even though a lot of people were there, it didn’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 was 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!)
261024 Dwight McLellan Trail, Blazac, 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.
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 permitted, but there is also a café where you can purchase yummy snacks, coffee and other beverages. They’re open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9-3, Thursdays from 11:30-3 and Saturdays and Sundays 30 minutes before and after church services
#148, 4916 103 Avenue SE and #830, 12024 Sarcee Trail NW
Tommy K Play has 2 locations with different features. If you’re looking to play Laser Tag, traverse a Climbing Wall, or shoot hoops while bouncing on an enclosed trampoline, head to the North location. Both locations feature indoor climbing structures with zip lines, slides, roller squeezers, crawl tubes, mazes and more. A baby/toddler area is also available, and one of the best things about Tommy K Play is that this area is close to the “big kids” area and has Play Zone monitors so you can always see what your kiddos are up to. While no outside food or drink is allowed (except in special circumstances), there is a café available where snacks and drinks can be purchased. Free Wi-Fi is available, so parents can relax at the café tables while kids up to 12 years old play (although adults are also welcome to explore the play structure!)
3337 34 Avenue NE and 240 Midpark Way SE
Treehouse is another one of our family’s favourites. We started visiting the south location when our son was about 2-years-old, and while he needed a little bit of help with some of the climbing, he was able to navigate most of the other obstacles while my husband and I chased him around and tried to keep up. A definite highlight for all of us was the huge ball pit area that comes complete with cannons to shoot the balls out of. There’s also an arcade, animal riders and a separate baby/toddler play area at both locations, and the north location has an air inflatable, rock climbing and an X-box zone, so there’s something to do for everyone!
#128, 6008 Macleod Trail SW
Krazy Monkey is a play place our family visits frequently; located close to Chinook Mall, it’s the perfect size to let our young kiddo run around and play in while we keep an eye on him from the nearby café. There are slides, a ball pit, and plenty of things to climb over, under and around. Our little guy loves to explore the arcade and inflatable play structures as well. Like many other indoor play places, there is a separate toddler and baby play area that our one-year-old loves.
#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
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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 Lazer Maze, Ninja Course, Rope Swings, Slack Line and Lyra Swing, among tons of other awesome attractions. We’re adding this place to our list of must-visits!