9 Indoor Playgrounds in Ottawa
We're always on the lookout for fun things to do with our stir-crazy kids. Why not try one of these fun and fabulous indoor playgrounds we scoured the city to find for you?
Gymboree Play and Music is now open in Orléans. The classes are designed for children ages 5 and under, with parents being an important part of the curriculum. Together, along with Gymboree teachers, children are introduced to music and movement, art and creativity, physical sports, activities and more. The play area is a welcoming way for families to get moving—at their own pace. In addition to classes for kids, there are special events for families to attend too, like meet-ups for moms. And forget having to plan a messy, complicated birthday party at home, Gymboree Play and Music can host you and your tiny guests for some birthday fun. Read our full review of Gymboree here.
With locations in Kanata and Orléans, Kids Kingdom is the perfect indoor playplace for little princes and princesses who need to blow off a little steam on a cold, wet fall day. The toddler area (fully padded!) is set up for climbing, exploring, and sliding while moms (and babes) can sit in comfort and chat or nurse. Bigger kids aged 3–12 will love the larger, castle-themed structure, which features multiple levels, zippy slides of all types, and plenty of little corners to make for a great game of tag or hide and seek. The best part is that child care is available. Drop off your bundle of energy for a few hours of quiet shopping, or take advantage of their before-and-after school care programs to help make your hectic family schedule work.
Funhaven offers laser tag, mini-lane bowling, rock climbing, bumper cars, a video arcade and a jungle gym complete with a jungle temple theme that includes a three-level spiral slide, ball launcher and cave crawl. Food options include pizza and a self-serve yogurt bar. Birthday parties are also available.
Starr Gymnastics and Fitness
Three words—drop-in playtime. And it's great for kids age 6 and under. Active play in this indoor playground is a great way to get the wiggles out and ensure a good night's sleep. (And we're not just talking about the kids either!)
Tubes & Jujubes
Tubes & Jujubes is located in an industrial area in Gatineau, right next to the old Wakefield steam train station. It's a bright and cheerful environment in which to spend an afternoon with your family. Think of it as a giant padded jungle gym. A network of tubes, stairs and slides cover the warehouse-style interior. Play areas are carpeted and cushy mats are everywhere.
Clip N' Climb at Altitude Gym
Clip ‘N Climb is a cavern full of dozens of funky and fun climbing walls. Youngsters can live out their Spiderman dreams as they try out the Lego-themed wall or the glow-in-the-dark wall. Every climber self-clips into the support rope (plenty of staff are on hand to double check each fastener), and then kids are free to head up, up and away.
Toddler Games is a new non-profit community drop-in play area, custom designed for toddlers. Located inside Archery Games just off Bank Street and Walkley Road, we love that play time is designed specifically with children aged 1-4 in mind. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are all welcome to the arena, too. It's a large enough space to allow for plenty of running, exploring, and free play. Best of all, admission is just $4 per toddler, and parents and babies under 12 months are free. We love the sense of community that Toddler Games is trying to create by welcoming so many families at a reasonable cost.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Sky Zone is the new indoor trampoline park in Ottawa's east end. From a giant foam pit to the dodgeball pit to the main pad, which has a grid of trampolines on the floor AND walls—this place is guaranteed to give kids a hilarious and thrilling workout.
Good to Know: Toddler Time is offered on weekday mornings at a discounted rate.
XTreme Trampoline Park
We love the funky colours and bright, natural light at Ottawa's West End trampoline park. The Crash Pit is a fave—get a bouncing start on a trampoline and hurl yourself into a foam-filled giant pit, or play ball at one of three basketball nets or dodgeball pit. Of course, there's the massive free-jump area, too, for maximum jumping fun. Got little ones? We've saved the best feature for last: the toddler area. Separated from the rest of the gym by fencing and limited to kids 42 inches and under in height, there's a perfectly sized little foam pit and smaller trampolines—including two surrounded by a small padded bench for really little ones so that mom or dad can provide a steadying arm.