Wondering what to do in Vancouver on a rainy day? Indoor playgrounds are a great option. Atmospheric rivers have become a new term in Vancouver these last few years, and this year looks no different.
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, here are a few suggestions.
Kid Friendly Indoor Play Spaces in Metro Vancouver
Ideal for ages 5 and over, you clip in and climb up! Clip ‘n Climb has 25 + climbing walls each with three alternate climbing routes of varying degrees of difficulty. These climbing routes will keep the kids entertained … and exhaust them so you can all relax when you get home!
Located inside the Kids Market on Granville Island, the multi-level play structure and a giant ball pit is the big draw for kids and provides hours of entertainment. But that’s not all! There’s an old school arcade, and now the iFloor, interactive playground for tech obsessed kids who want to play soccer or hockey.
As far as indoor playgrounds go, this one brings 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. Great for ages 5 to 10. Just go, you won’t regret it!
If you’ve got kiddos under 5, you’ll definitely want to check out Science World’s gallery, which was created exclusively for early learners, ages 0–5 and their caregivers! Boom! This interactive play zone boasts 3,300 square feet for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kiddies to crawl, splash, build, climb, play with light, and experiment. Child development experts collaborated in the creation of Wonder to help design a place where children can learn through play.
With locations in North Vancouver, Richmond, Chilliwack 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.
Indoor playgrounds meets cafe at this fun location. 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.
Perfect for the not-yet-in-school, this Coquitlam play space is a fun and educational. Highlights include an ocean-themed adventure playground, an aerodynamical pipe wall, a toddler play area, and a ‘magic balls’ interactive games zone. Cost is $10 for the under 3 and $15 for 3 and up. PS: There’s a cafe too!
Port Coquitlam parents rave about this place. Energetic jumping beans can get their yayas out here on a rainy day. Not only is it full of fun things to climb up, slide down, and jump off, but in the summer, there’s an outdoor inflatables bounce zone every day. Recommended for ages 6 month to 17 years.
Do your kids have sensory issues? We Play Kids in South Surrey merges the worlds of indoor sensory gym play with pediatric therapy. There’s a climbing wall, slides, a swing, hammocks and chill zone. Currently they are only open for pediatric therapy services and accepting new clients. They are CLOSED for public drop-in play, birthday parties, general programs, and rental bookings for the time being.
6Pack is an indoor beach in Richmond is the ultimate as far as indoor playgrounds go. They offer a Little Diggers’ drop-in Monday-Friday, from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. 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 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.
Play Abby is an indoor playground and climbing facility with 10,000 square feet of space for your little ones to run and jump around. With separate playing areas for toddlers and older children, you can safely choose from ball pits, slides, or large-scale climbing structures to play on. Play Abby is a parent-supervised facility. Located in Abbotsford and Surrey, hours are open 9 pm- 6 pm. Open until 8 pm on the weekends.
Head to New Westminster’s 40,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines. This spot is a perfect place to visit if you are a multi-age family; there is something for everyone. They also have Mom & Tot jump every day between 10 am and 11 am for 1-Hour of jump time. From dodgeball and wide open bouncing spaces, kids will come home wonderfully exhausted.
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Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).