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Best Indoor Play Spaces In and Around Los Angeles

October 21, 2010 5:03 PM

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Kuki's Playshop (credit: losangelesstory.blogspot.com)

Kuki’s Playshop (credit: losangelesstory.blogspot.com)

As the weather becomes better suited to rain boots than flip-flops, parents can still let their kids run, play, leap and skip without getting soaked. Check out these indoor play spaces, in and around Los Angeles and Orange County, which offer anything from themed play dates to arts and crafts. Rain or shine, they provide safe, enclosed spaces for the most curious of kiddos.
Note: Some of the listed facilities offer discounted rates for additional children or siblings. Check individual businesses for details.
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Under The Sea Indoor Playground (credit: undertheseaindoorplayground.com)

Under the Sea Indoor Playground

Locations in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Burbank, Altadena, Manhattan Beach and West Los Angeles
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Admission: $9 per child

With its aquatic design, the spacious indoor playground franchise Under the Sea adds some splash to little fishies’ regular playtime routine. The painted walls, featuring all sorts of ocean dwellers, get kids’ imaginations bubbling, as they leap into bounce houses and explore swing sets and mini cars. For special occasions, they might even find themselves face-to-face with a friendly mermaid.

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The Treehouse Social Club

426 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 288-3024
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Open play: $9 per child
Membership: Starts at $40 per month

In addition to the sizable indoor treehouse, complete with slide and tire swing, The Treehouse Social Club also boasts a pint-sized farmer’s market for little shoppers and a computer room for tech-savvy tots. Arts and crafts classes are just one of several workshops that kids can experience as well.

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Amy’s Playground

1115 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-0304
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Owned and operated by South Pasadena mom Amy Shachory, Amy’s Playground is a haven for kids and parents alike. They feature toys to challenge kids’ bodies and minds, a carpeted shoe-free playground. Kids can enjoy the 26-foot-long maze to climb up, crawl through and slide down, a kid-sized playhouse with a kitchen center and role-playing toys to stimulate kids’ imaginations, a 15×15 bouncer with double-wide slide and more. As an added bonus, Amy’s Playground offers complimentary coffee for the grown-ups!

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Jump ‘n Jammin

Westfield Santa Anita
400 South Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 821-9120
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The Kaleidoscope Mall
27741 Crown Valley Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 582-5890
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General Admission: $12
Toddler Admission: $5 (Children under 2 years old) or FREE with a paid (full price) sibling
Additional Adult Admission: $3
*one adult admission is included with each paid child admission

Jump ‘n Jammin is a huge, indoor, interactive playground. The multi-level play structures consist of tube and web crawls, barrel roll, giant slides of all types, soft play, climbing structures, bridges and obstacle courses. Kids (and adults) will also love the foam ball blasters, exploding foam ball volcano, vacuums, a tip bucket, interactive targets and much more. Even toddlers have a play area all their own. Some locations even offer rock climbing or virtual jump-rope.

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The Coop

11118 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 760-9613
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Admission: $9 per child
Monthly pass: $45

Kids can dive into the multi-colored ball pit or boogie down on the lighted dance board while Mom and Dad take a cappuccino break in the connecting coffee bar. The Coop offers an indoor as well as outdoor space, with padded benches and comfy pillows, in case the sunshine is too lovely to resist.

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Kidspace Children's Museum (credit: kidspacemuseum.org)

Kidspace Children’s Museum

480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 449-9144
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Admission: $10 (Adults); $10 (Children)

Entering through the colorful, mirrored tunnel called The Kaleidoscope is just the beginning of this imaginative play space in Pasadena. At Kidspace Children’s Museum, kids can also learn about what happens underground in the Digging Deeper Gallery and research rocks and minerals in the Nature Exchange exhibit.

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Scooter’s Jungle

25 Journey
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 349-9090

921 S. Via Rodeo
Placentia, CA 92870
(714) 223-5730

28230 Constellation Rd.
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 877-4400

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Party packages: From $239

Kids can slam dunk in the bouncy Sport Court or squeeze through an inflatable obstacle course at this jungle-themed indoor play space located in Aliso Viejo, Placentia and Valencia. Specializing in group parties, Scooter’s Jungle also features air hockey, ping-pong and a glow-in-the-dark ball room.

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Kuki’s Playshop

1036 N. Lake St.
Burbank, CA 91502
(323) 205-5854
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One-time Play Session: $20
Membership: Starts at $50 per month

From reserved play dates to storytelling to early-childhood classes, Kuki’s Playshop offers lots of options for little ones and their parents. Focusing on children ages 4 and under, Kuki’s allows the smallest of small fries a place of their own, where they can engage in nature classes or explore the colorful and imaginative pint-sized play space.

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Kids Island

1313 S. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 447-8003
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Admission: $8 per child
Monthly pass: $75 (includes all classes and open play)

Whether it’s for open play or the convenient Parents’ Night Out program, families in or near the San Gabriel Valley can explore this spacious indoor play area for kids of all ages. Looking to enrich children through play and creative services, Kids Island offers dress-up closets, indoor playgrounds complete with bounce houses, and classes such as ballet and art. There are also Wi-Fi capabilities for accompanying parents.

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The Enchanted Castle

20650 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(818) 227-3800
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Parents, boys and girls can enjoy a day at The Enchanted Castle, which sports an open play area with a Friendly Fire Station as well as a boutique, hair salon and Kiddie Kar Wash. The Enchanted Castle also has recently partnered with The Enhancement Center to offer Mommy & Me classes, as well as pre-natal and nutrition courses.

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Giggles N’ Hugs

11701 Wilshire Blvd. #11
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 478-4847
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Admission: $9 per day

This Westside kiddie wonderland is a prime restaurant-and-play space for parents who are overwhelmed with taking tots to a regular (read: judgy) eatery. At Giggles N’ Hugs, Mom and Dad can relax while Junior investigates the open play space a toy’s throw away from the dining tables. Be sure to check the calendar for themed evening parties and events.

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Pretend City Children’s Museum

29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 428-3900
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Admission: Adults ($11); Children ($11)

Kids can get an early taste of adulthood – well, the fun side, at least – at Pretend City in Irvine. From a scaled-down post office and grocery store to a mini gas station and farm, kids have the opportunity to stretch their imaginations and creativity. And from Oct. 17-Jan. 30, Curious George will have his own hands-on exhibit at the museum to inspire even more monkeying around.

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Play

5814 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 988-1189
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Admission: $6 per child (Community Area); $8 per child (Messy Art and Community Area)
Monthly Membership: $40-$42

Children are invited – no, encouraged – to get messy at Play, the indoor fun space on Third Street close to Miracle Mile and Hancock Park. The “Messy Art” schedule allows parents and kids to drop in and paint to their heart’s content – or until naptime or dinner, that is. Play’s music class is also a nice draw for toddlers and preschoolers, who can explore various cultures and storytelling techniques.

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Froggy’s Arts and Crafts

11332 Camarillo St.
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
(818) 980-3764
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Admission: $6 per hour (for use of the studio)
Monthly Membership: $55

Whether you and your child want to create jewelry, ceramics or clothing, Froggy’s has all of the appropriate tools literally on the table. With classes divided into various age groups, from 2 years old to adult, kids and parents can create memorable keepsakes while learning the essentials of painting, drawing or sculpting, among other crafts.

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Peekaboo Playland

2030 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 255-1400
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Admission: $9 per child

Located in the Eagle Rock community of Los Angeles, this indoor play space with attached children’s boutique boasts a playful “Stork’s Nest” as well as tube slide for kids who are feeling adventurous, and a dress-up nook and pretend bistro for those who would like to take it a little easy. Complimentary Wi-Fi and coffee are available for caregivers.

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The Playroom

14392 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 784-7529
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Admission: $9 per child
Monthly Membership: $70

A bright and colorful play space that’s no stranger to Hollywood types including moms Melissa Joan Hart and Julie Bowen, The Playroom offers climbing toys and a tyke-sized house for imaginative little ones. Dedicated to children ages 5 and under, this space sports manageable playthings for the tiniest of tots.

Laura Clark is the founder and editor of L.A. Story.
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