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I love indoor play places. For a place like Calgary where winter can go on and on I think it’s great that there are indoor places for kids to be active and run around. Sometimes it can get a bit heated in the comments because while some people love a particular play area, others find it disappointing. The thing I try to remember when I am doing my reviews is that each indoor play area has their own approach and no one is the right fit for everyone. In alphabetical order, here is a short review on each to find the one that’s right for your family.
Located in Cambrian Heights NW this 33coffee and play place is aimed at children 6 and under. It features a driving track, little tykes climbers, kitchens, play house and a soft mat baby area and more. It has a full service coffee shop with food that is made to order. This is a great place for toddlers to engage in independent play.
This coffee and play place on MacLeod Trail is for kids 6 and under. It features Little Tykes climbers, playhouses and cozy coupes as well as a baby area with bumbos and exersaucers. The coffee shop is located at the back of the play area and does not have outside access.
Joso’s runs a play centre and a preschool program at their north Calgary location. The play centre is for kids 8 and under. It features a 4 level play structure with a ball pit, baby area and 2 plasma cars. They have a concession which primarily serves snacks.
4. Let’s Play
This family fun centre can be found at MacLeod Trail and Canyon Meadows. Its features are aimed at children from 0-12 and include a huge multi-level play structure with a ball pit and roller slide, arcade and redemption games, and a toddler area with a ball pit and climbers and more. The fast-food style concession has a large eating area with big bright windows.
This modest play area for kids 5 and under is located at the back of the full service coffee shop with food that is made to order. The space isn’t large but it’s well utilized with climbers, a train table, bead mazes and panels. This is a great spot for toddlers to play independently.
Located in Okotoks this play centre is aimed at kids 10 and under but can accommodate kids as old as 12. It features a multi-level play structure with a large ball pit, bouncy castle, climbing wall and baby area with a ball pit, slide and other age appropriate toys. The eating area has bright windows and serves fast food style options that are made fresh when you order.
7. Play a Latte
Calgary’s only mobile play place is located in Midnapore on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. It features 3 big bouncy castles, 1 little bouncy castle climbing toys, ride on thomas train, bouncy and hippity-hop horses. For ages 7 and under. Play a Latte primarily offers snacks but they do have a couple of sandwich choices if you want to stay for lunch.
This family fun centre located to the west of Calgary is aimed at an older demographic than the others here serving teenagers and adults as well as younger children. Its also the largest centre with an indoor play ground, arcade/redemption games, climbing tower and laser tag. In better weather they also have mini golf, go-carts and water wars. They have a fast food style concession.
Stir Crazy opened last year in the NE and is aimed at kids 12 and under. It features a large dessert themed indoor playground, bouncy castles, toddler area as well as a quiet play room for kids 3 and older. Stir crazy offers a variety of pre-prepared sandwiches, wraps and salads as well as cupcakes made on site.
10. Tommy K Play
Also new last year Tommy K Play opened in the South East at 130th avenue and caters to kids 12 and under. It offers a huge indoor climber, a lazer maze, gaming tower, roller race track and toddler area. They offer a number of pre-prepared lunch and snack choices.
Dana is a mom of a 2 year old boy. She spends her free time reviewing playgrounds and other play spaces over at Calgary Playgrounds Review.
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