Whether it’s a rainy day or sweltering hot, taking the kids to an indoor playground can be a lifesaver. There are dozens in Houston to choose from so we’ve sorted them by price and noted a few other details.
Always be sure to check the rules before you go. Most indoor playgrounds do not allow food or drinks so plan ahead!
Here’s our list of the Best Indoor Playgrounds in Houston:
- Frolic’s Castle at Memorial City Mall– This huge castle playground is fully ADA Accessible and designed for preschoolers and toddlers 48 inches and under. There is a 3-level medieval castle surrounded by an Enchanted Forest with interactive features. There is also a Nestle Toll House Café and Cinnabon nearby for parents.
- IKEA’s Smaland– For kids who are potty trained and between 37 to 54 inches tall, you can drop them off at this Houston indoor playground while you shop!
- The Little Galleria Play Area– A kid-sized replica of the Galleria located on Level 2 north of the Galleria Financial Center. Enter through the yellow parking garage. It’s for kids under 42 inches tall.
- Main Street Indoor Park– Located inside First Methodist Downtown, this playground is free and open to the public. It’s for kids aged 5 and under. The park is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am to noon.
- Crosspoint Church Pearland– Bring socks and your insurance card for the waiver. Adventure Point is open to the public Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 am to noon.
- Houston First Baptist Church– This church has a huge fitness facility in which the playground is located. The fitness center has a membership fee but the playground is free and open to the public during regular business hours except Wednesdays from 6:30- 8:30 pm.
- Humble Baptist Church– This indoor playground is focused on providing a quality experience by limiting admission to 30 spots at a time. They require you to register the kids in advance and sign in at the at the Main Lobby Welcome Desk. The playground is for kids aged 12 months to 5th grade and it’s open to the public September through May on Tuesday & Wednesdays from 1- 4 pm.
- Memorial Drive United Methodist Church– Inside MDUMC’s West Campus, you’ll find their playground. It’s right inside the Journey Worship Center, open to children 10 and under on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon.
- Kingwood First Baptist Church-This indoor playground is open to the public at various hours throughout the year. Their hours are at the bottom of the site- always check for updates before you go!
- Memorial Church of Christ– Open Monday through Thursday from 9:30- 3:30 and Friday from 9:30 to noon, this Houston indoor playground is a safe bet for daytime play.
- Sugar Creek Baptist Church– The playscape is open to the public Monday and Tuesday from 8 am to 4 pm, Wednesday from 11 am to 4 pm, Thursdays from 8- 10 am and 2-4 pm. They’re closed to the public on weekends. Try this one out- it’s awesome!
- The Woodlands Church– Their Texas- sized playground is open to the public for toddlers through 12 years old. Their public hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.
- The Woodlands United Methodist Church– Safari Stop at UMC Woodlands is best for kids aged 3- 9 years old. They’re located next to Fireside Cafe and open to the public every day of the week. Sunday- Thursday, noon- 6 pm. Friday & Saturday, 8 am- 6 pm.
- Christ the King Presbyterian Church– Mondays and Fridays from 10 am until 3 pm, you can play on their indoor or outdoor playgrounds for free! Check before you go- this church is busy and has tons of events!
- The Tot Spot at Children’s Museum of Houston– Entrance to the Tot Spot is included with museum admission. Go during their slower hours and the littles under age 6 can have room to roam.
- Wonderwild– Open Play is Weekdays, 10 am to 6 pm. There are inflatable jumping pillows, a pirate ship, a three-story playscape, and more. Admission starts at $8 and they have added features for members.
- We Rock the Spectrum– Specially for children who benefit from specialized occupational therapy play and equipment, this playground has many locations around Houston. Open Play starts at $12 for one, and $10 for every child after that.
- Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center– Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, entrance starts at just $12 per person with a discount for seniors and military. They have several fun, interactive play exhibits.
- Woodland Children’s Museum– This whole facility is a playground and admission is just $7!
- Kidspace Indoor Playground– With two sections and inexpensive admission, this place has some of the best ratings in Houston. Kids 2 and under are $9 but you can let them roam freely. The other section is for kids aged 3- 12 and is just $11.
- Funky Monkey Playland– This location has so many things to do, the kids can play all day and not get bored. You’ll want to bring skid- free socks or buy some when you’re there for just $1.50. Admission is based on age and day of the week.
- MajestKids– This indoor play space has tons of toys, soft building blocks, a jumping pillow, places to climb, and more. They’re open every day and admission starts at $10.
- Giggles & Fun– This indoor playground is different because it includes both active and imaginative play. They offer room to jump and climb as well as a “store” where kids can role play, a dress up area, a reading nook, and more. Admission is $10 for kids 2 and up, and just $9 for kids under 2.
- Altitude Trampoline Park– This indoor jump spot has two Houston locations- one in Sugar Land and one in Spring/Klein. It’s great for all ages, including teenagers. They’re open every day and admission starts at $10 for half an hour.
For even more free options, check out the malls around Houston. Their indoor playgrounds are made for small kids, usually under six, and get super busy so make sure you have a backup plan!