28th Jan 2018 FOR KIDS

The Best Indoor Activities for Kids

The Best Indoor Activities for Kids

Winter is here… Cold dark days and kids pent up in the house driving you crazy? Time to get them out, but where? See below for our favorite indoor gyms, museums and activies for kids.

The Best Indoor Activities for Kids Noah’s Ark Skirball

LOS ANGELES

AuFudge – This creative space is open for children of guests who dine at AuFudge. Activities range from messy art classes to slumber movie nights. This space is also available for special events and private parties. Opening times: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm. Sat-Sun 10am-8pm. 9010 Melrose Ave West Hollywood 424-204-9228, aufudge.com

Noah’s Ark Skirball – Immerse in a story with whimsical animals that fill this floor to ceiling wooden ark, fit for exploring, climbing and imagination. Help construct the ark, join in music jams, hear stories, make friends, meet puppets and even conduct a storm. Kids can also load the animals onto the conveyor belt two by two as they enter the ark. All the animals are made from recycled materials, such as the crocodiles made from violin cases. Children under 2 can play for free. 2-12 year olds $7. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049. 310-440-4500, skirball.org

The Coop – The Coop offers lots of ways to play! Included is an enormous ball pit, 2 story curly slide, rope climbing tunnel, a bouncer with a basketball net and the electronic dance and gaming floor. There’s also a cappuccino bar and an outdoor garden for you! Opening times: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm. Fri 10am-3pm. Child ticket $12. 11118 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604. 818-760-9613, thecoop-la.com

Snooknuk – Enjoy a coffee, pastry or panini sandwich as your children enjoy some time in the play area. There is also a performing arts studio, providing classes such as Kids Hip Hop for 3-5 year olds and Toddler Tune Time for 1-5 year olds. Opening times: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Sat 9am-5pm. Sun Private Events. Play pass rates: $8 one child, $13 for two and $18 for three. 506 N Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004. 323-498-5259, snooknuk.com

Happy Place – An interactive pop up for all ages! Take pictures as you climb a giant birthday cake, dance in the large confetti dome, jump off a rainbow and take part in many more happy activities. Tickets: 8th Jan – 25th Feb Mon/Wed/Thurs $28.50 Fri/Sat/Sun $35. 1242 Palmetto St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, happyplace.me

Sky Zone – Sky Zone is the perfect place to get a great work out by having fun. The trampolines cover the floors and walls so you can jump non-stop. Freestyle Jump, Ultimate Dodgeball and the Foam Zone are just some of the great activities on offer. All ages, shapes and sizes welcome! 7741 Hayvenhurst Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406. 818-046-0082, skyzone.com

Rolling Robots – Do your kids love robots? Then they’ll love Rolling Robots, where they can create their own robots and release the scientist within them. Tech workshops are available for kids to create, learn, build and compete. Battles take place in the robot arena, where kids can choose either an all-star robot, or put their own creation to the test! 1800 South Brand Blvd. #101 Glendale, CA 91204. 818-241-2308, rollingrobots.com

 

The Best Indoor Activities for Kids

Museum of Ice Cream

MIAMI

Museum of Ice Cream – If you’re an Instagram user, you may have come across this one in awe! With a pool filled entirely with sprinkles, how can one resist?! There are loads of amazing photo opportunities and there are many treats included with admission. Tickets for Miami are on sale now. Tickets are $38 (Children under the age of three are free). 3400 Collins Ave, Faena District Miami Beach, FL. 855-258-0719, museumoficecream.com

The Best Indoor Activities for Kids

Twinkle Playspace

NEW YORK

Chelsea Piers – This 28-acre sports and entertainment complex is a project that was funded to transform four historic piers. It is now home to a variety of drop in classes, leagues, classes, clinics and schools. With plenty to choose from: Bowling, batting cages, gymnastics, golf, ice skating, basketball, hockey, soccer, sailing, rock climbing and even parkour! 23rd Street & Hudson River Park, 62 Chelsea Piers, New York NY 10011. 212-336-6666, www.chelseapiers.com

Children’s Museums of Arts – CMA is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities to make art alongside artists and displays exhibits of artists and children’s work. Animating videos, painting landscapes, and sculpting in the clay bar is what you’ll most likely find yourself doing on a day at CMA. Admission price is $12. 103 Charlton St. NYC. 212-274-0986, cmany.org

Twinkle Playspace – Overlook the world of twinkle from the life size indoor tree house, feed the dragons scarves and dress up as a firefighter to put out the flames of a burning house. There’s also a 1950s-pretend play market, where imagination comes to life. 18 months and younger can explore ‘Young MacDonald’s Farm’, an enclosed space for little ones to meet the animals living there. 144 Frost Street BK, NY. 718-349-1300, twinkleplayspace.com

Kidville UES – Kidville has a class for everyone: Art & science, dance, enrichment, gym and music. Classes are available for babies, toddlers and children up to 5 years old. There’s also a salon that makes the styling chair more fun with games, toys, and DVDs. 163 East 84th Street New York, NY 10028 84th between 3rd and Lex. 212-772-8435, www.kidville.com

Recess Dumbo – The play area is completely custom and are designed for curious minds and energetic bodies. They also offer pop-ups and workshops such as bracelet crafts, finger painting and making a dream catcher. Drop in passes are $30, memberships are also available. Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Sat-Sun 9am-11.30am. 81 Washington St. Brooklyn, NY 11201. 347-987-3509, recessdumbo.com

The Heimbold Family Children’s play – Scandinavian design is a big part of this learning and play experiences with an emphasis on early childhood sensory perception. Upcoming events include knitting, morning storytelling, puppet playtime and vintage selfies, all inspired by Nordic themes. Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue New York, NY 10016. 212-779-3587, scandinaviahouse.org

Busy Bodies – An open space filled with natural light, a jungle gym, art supplies, toys and music. Toddler play groups includes guided open play, story time, arts and crafts, and a group snack time. Busy Bodies also has upcoming events such as infant CPR, childbirth classes, understanding milestones and cooking for baby and toddler. 1004 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11238. 929-337-6584, busybodiesbrooklyn.com

The Best Indoor Activities for Kids

Maggie and Rose

LONDON

Purple Dragon – Packed full of exciting activities, from puzzle tables, tiger tea parties and puppet adventures to bear hunts, flower fair festivals, snorkelling and jedi training. You can guarantee each day is action packed and filled with high energy adventures. Grown-ups have their space too, whether you want to practice some serenity, head to the library or catching up. Ground floor, Bramah House, Grosvenor Waterside, 30 Gatliff Road, Chelsea, London SW1W 8DP. 020 3906 8601, purpledragonplay.com

Kidzania – An indoor city run by children 4-14 years old. 60 real life experiences including a chocolate factory, engineering centre, fashion studio, hospital, hotel, newspaper, animal wellbeing, university and the theatre. Kids can earn kidZos and then visit leisure activates such as the climbing building where they will spend the currency. Westfield London, Ariel Way, W12 7GA. 0330 131 3333, kidzania.co.uk

The Climbing Hangar – Whether it’s the family or just the kids, climbing is a great activity to help build confidence, communication skills, fitness and spatial awareness. The coaches will make sure you’re kept safe and have lots of fun, no need to bring any equipment! 5 Parsons Green Depot, 33-35 Parsons Green Lane, London SW6 4HH. 0207 610 6276, theclimbinghangar.com

Flip Out – London’s largest trampoline park is fit for all ages. 1 hour is £12. Flip fit is a blend of trampolining, stunt boxes and gymnastics for over 15s, a great way to get flexible and strengthen. Flip Out also offers a ‘Quiet bounce session’ aimed to create a comfortable environment for those with autism. The music, noise, lights and announcements will all be turned down. These sessions are on Tuesday, 4-6pm. Bendon Valley, Earlsfield, London SW18 4LZ. 020 3026 8440, flipout.co.uk

Children’s Story Centre – Inspiring Children’s curiosity and imagination. Children and families are guided through space to create stories for Hootah, a baby space alien wanting to return to his planet. The interactive exhibitions change every 6 months to a year, which are focused on favourite authors. Workshops are also run by authors, illustrators, poets, musicians and artists. The focus of the children’s story centre is to improve reading, writing and communication skills through exciting ways.  383-387 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ. 020 8536 5555, discover.org.uk

Team Sports: Indoor Go Karting – Multi-levels, bends and straights for speeding make this go karting a track an exhilarating experience. Test your skills with a race and then grab a bite to eat. From £20pp for an open timed race, £30pp for a mini grand prix, team challenges for work costing £40pp. Multiple locations. 0844 998 0000, team-sport.co.uk

Maggie and Rose – Maggie and Rose provides a beautiful members club with a creative space for the kids with a homely feel. The charming shabby chic cafe is open all day and has a good selection of juices on sale. Cooking, dancing, boogying, singing and gardening are just some of the things your children will find themselves enjoying.  58 Pembroke Road, Kensington London W8 6NX. 020 7371 2200, maggieandrose.com

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