If you’re wondering what to do in Vancouver on a rainy day this fall and winter, you might want to consider dropping by an indoor playground. While these spaces can be a little chaotic for adults, children love them. If you’re looking for some kid friendly Vancouver fun they’re a great choice because they’re pretty much always open, they facilitate active play and you don’t have to worry about the weather. If you’re on the hunt for a great indoor playground, we have seven suggestions.
7 Kid Friendly Vancouver Indoor Play Spaces
1. Go Bananas
With locations in North Vancouver, Richmond and Langley, Go Bananas offers lots of kid-friendly Vancouver fun all across the region. For more than 15 years they’ve been providing fun and safe indoor play to kids aged 12 months – 12 years old. They have a multi-level play structure as well as concession. The Richmond and Langley locations have free wifi, and the North Vancouver location offers a drop-and-shop service where you can leave your kids age four and up to play while you spend an hour of kid-free time in Capilano Mall.
Located in Port Moody, Koko’s is a classic indoor playground catering to families in Vancouver’s northeast suburbs. There’s a multi-level play structure, a cafe, free wifi, a toddler area, kiddie rides and a parents’ lounge featuring magazines and satellite TV. They bill themselves as a place for people aged three months to 99 years, although they cater mainly to the under-12 crowd. You can easily spend a whole day there, enjoying the parents’ lounge while your kids play. Just be warned that those kiddie rides all require tokens, and those tokens can add up really quickly!
3. 6Pack Beach
6Pack is an indoor beach in Richmond, which offers a Little Diggers’ drop-in Monday-Friday, from 10:00am-5:00pm. Kids 10 and under can run free and enjoy the largest indoor sandbox in the city. There’s no need to worry about cold, wet weather – or, for that matter, sun protection. You can relax and chat with other parents while your kids play. If the regular drop-in times don’t work for you, you can always call 6Pack and see if there’s space for you to visit any day.
This place is pure joy for kids (adults, too). They’re the world’s first indoor trampoline park and offer trampolines as far as the eye can see in a massive warehouse. It’s a blast to bounce around and the bonus is that it’s healthy exercise, too. Kids LOVE the huge pit filled with 10,000 soft foam cubes. Cool tips: they have toddler-only hours, where toddlers can have the whole place without being barrelled over by big kids, plus a toddler-only court. They have Sensory Night every Monday of the month except the first week from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., where they turn down the music and have specially trained staff to help the guests. ps, it’s right next door to Funtopia, our next spot on the list!
Climbing fun knows no bounds at Funtopia. It’s not just climbing walls, but challenges to go with each one: firefighter’s towers, Tetris-like structures, and a cityscape to clamber over, among many others. There’s the freefall slide with its own suit, as well as the standard indoor playground structures and ball pits. They do birthday parties, and have a very flexible day camp program too.
6. Circus Play Cafe
Great for kids 5 and under, Circus Play Cafe boasts a beautiful playscape with slides, little castles, and many toys. It’s also a cafe, so you can check your child in, get some nice snacks and coffee, and watch them go. It’s worth noting that socks are required for small people in the playscape, and they don’t allow outside food other than baby food and formula. Save time by creating an account online first.
Imagination galore. Kidtropolis is a giant ‘pretend city’ with miniature play stations including a grocery store, gas station, streets, police station, veterinary hospital, and more. Kids of all ages will LOVE running around the mini town, being creative and dressing up. There are different events each week, so check the calendar—Spiderman recently visited and there was a live animal show this week. It’s hard to even put into words. Just go, you won’t regret it!
Image credit: Funtopia, Circus Play Cafe