After just a week of sub-freezing temperatures, my kids are going stir-crazy! And there is certainly a long winter ahead of us. Help your kids burn off that pent up energy this winter at any of these awesome indoor play places. From bounce houses to children’s museum – they all offer engaging, and more importantly active, play for little kids in and around New Haven County, Connecticut.
Active Indoor Play Places for Kids
We definitely were spoiled over the holiday break. With the unseasonably warm temperatures, we got outside everyday – riding bikes, playing on the playground, taking walks. Plenty to wear two kids 4 and under out. This week’s cold snap and a return to the normal routine has thrown us all for a loop. Time to start visiting our favorite indoor play places as winter sets in!
Kids Gyms & Bounce Houses
Ball pits, trampolines, blow-up bounce houses – those are the stuff of every little kids dreams! And parents’ too as you watch those tireless bundles of energy actually get tired. These are a few of our favorites around town. Be sure to visit each website to confirm seasonal hours, and check openings in the event of weather-related school closings.
MyGym of Orange, Fairfield & Stamford
We have been members of MyGym of Orange since Big M (age 4) was 6 months old. Four years, two birthday parties and soon to have our third child enrolled, you can say we are fans. MyGym is a national chain, annually ranked as the #1 Children’s Fitness program in the country. All three of these franchises are owned and operated by the same couple. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Ashlie, the Director of MyGym Orange. The place is spotless – cleaned top to bottom every week, even all the balls in the ball pit.
Classes are available by age-group, for kids age 6 weeks to 8 years. You must join (one-time membership fee, monthly tuition) for weekly classes and open free play sessions. Anyone can try a class for free. Please visit each location’s website for class schedules.
My girls love this place. BounceTown USA offers open play, no membership or reservations required. It features giant bounce houses, multi-story inflatable slides, pint-sized arcade games and more. It also features a Toddler Zone exclusively for kids 3 and under. It opens at 10AM Monday – Thursday, and often when we go in the morning during the week, we are usually one of only a handful of families there. Toddlers also get discounted pricing ($9.99 for unlimited play – frequent visitor cards available for discounted rate). I would avoid going on the weekends, when it also hosts birthday parties.
Primarily a facility for events and birthday parties, BounceU also has regular scheduled bounce sessions. A session, like a birthday party, typically includes visits to two different rooms featuring various blow-up bounce activities – houses, obstacle courses, slides, and more. There are sessions for all ages, preschool (7 and under), as well as weekly sessions for children with sensory integration issues. Please see their calendar to confirm session times and reserve your spot. Advanced reservations are required to secure your spot, as space is limited. Sessions are 1.5 to 2 hours and price varies by session.
Andie’s Bounce Barn
32C Progress Ave, Seymour, CT
A warehouse of bounce houses, obstacle courses, slides and more. Waterslide play is available in summer months! Open play starts at 10AM daily. Price is $11/child (children under 2 are free with a paying sibling). $8 on Mondays, excluding school holidays. Socks are required to play. Visit website to confirm hours and print the waiver required for each child for play.
The best part about Trampoline Parks is your kid at heart will love it as much as your kids, and be able to fully partcipate in the fun too. Open jump times vary daily and advanced reservations are highly recommended, especially during holidays and on weekends.
Launch Trampoline Park
This brand new trampoline park in Milford, CT is my kids new favorite place to play. After our visit, I have never heard them say “That was so much fun!” so many times. They have been begging to go again from the second we walked out the door… and bonus, they were all totally exhausted and all napped forever after. Check out our full review of Launch Trampoline Park and all it has to offer, including a video of all our fun.
Rockin’ Jump is a trampoline park, offering both fitness and recreation activities. It hosts birthday parties, as well as open jump times. Several mornings during the week and on Saturday are reserved for Rockin’ Tots, children aged 6 and under, with open jump sessions open to all everyday. They also offer fitness classes for adults, and dodgeball for teenagers and up! Rockin’ Tots sessions are 2 hours for $15 (1 parent and child) and $3 for each additional child. Again, reservations in advance recommended, and special socks are required. Please visit website for session times and other event details.
SkyZone is a trampoline park. It hosts open jump times for all ages, as well as designated Toddler Time on Fridays and Saturdays. Advanced reservations are recommended for peak days (weekends, school holidays), and children 4 and under are only permitted to jump before noon on peak days. Priced by jump time. Toddler Time is $9 for 2 hour session. Special socks are required for jumping. Please visit website for open jump hours.
Okay, so this is still cold – but probably not as cold as it is outside! And with your blood pumping from all the activity, you’ll still be warm.
Milford Ice Pavilion
The Milford Ice Pavilion holds regular Public Skating hours: Monday through Saturday, 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM and Sundays, 1 – 2:30PM. $7 admission cost for adults and children over 5. Children under 5 skate free. Skate rentals are available for $3. During the off-season (April – August), they also offer a Family Package for $20, including skate rentals.
SportsCenter of Connecticut
SportsCenter of Connecticut is home to the world’s only double-decker NHL ice rink. They offer Public Skate sessions, as well as lessons. Public session times vary daily – please check the schedule for the latest hours. Lessons are available for children aged 3 and up. Summer camps are also available.
Bowling is great fun for all ages – and the weight of that ball will be sure to wear out the little ones. For the toddler and preschool crowd, check out Duckpin bowling – smaller lanes, pins and balls. Several area lanes are only available for birthday parties, but the one below has open lane times.
At less than $5 a game before 4PM, bowling is super affordable, and a great option for a family afternoon of fun. Newly renovated, it is the largest bowling alley in the state.
Woodlawn Duckpin Bowling Alley
Duckpin Bowling is perfect for pint-sized players. The lanes are about half the width and length of traditional alleys, with smaller pins, and much smaller balls. Most area locations are only open for events and birthday parties. Woodlawn has open bowling hours for $20 per lane per hour (5 person max) and $2.50 shoe rentals. Cash only. Follow them on Facebook or call for open bowling hours.
Fun Bowl at SportsCenter of Connecticut
Optional bumpers, lightweight (3 pounds) balls and no special shoes required make this a great option for young, beginning bowlers. Play in the dark with neon lights, fun music and flat screen entertainment. Open all mornings, making it a great option for toddlers and preschoolers. Click here for hours.
Where’s your family’s favorite local spot to get the winter wiggles out? Many of these venues also host birthday parties – be sure to see my post for the Best Birthday Parties in Milford & Orange for favorite party venues, cakes and entertainment.
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to come back next week when I will cover local favorites for Indoor Learning and Creative Fun, featuring local kid-friendly art studios, museums and more! You can find all our local content on our Milford-Orange, CT landing page, as well as on our Family Fun in Connecticut board on Pinterest.
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