It’s official. Some of us are already over the cold weather.
But we still have to slog through two to three months of chilly weather, and with boisterous children, that can be a challenge. As for me, I’m either hollering at my kids for roughhousing inside, or ordering them off their tablets.
That’s when it’s time to think about indoor play.
I’ve been a big fan of indoor play since my first kiddo was about 18 months old. So, in an effort to help you get out of the house this winter but stay inside, here are some of the places you might try.
Located at 14350 North Lincoln Boulevard, the Breakaway Indoor Playground charges $10 for ages 1 through 12, but children under 1 and adults (no more than two per child) are free. There are other deals, like a two-for-one price on Thursdays. I tried this out recently with my six- and eight-year-old, and it was bright and clean and made them want to stay longer than the two hours we played.
Unpluggits Paint & Play (unpluggits.com)
Located at 575 Enterprise Drive, Unpluggits charges $8 for children 18 months through 10 years. Everyone ages 11 and up are free. The indoor playground is large, but activities included in the admission are chalk, painting (on paper), a magnet wall, and a puppet theater. You’ll need to pay extra to paint a ceramic or wood craft, but the prices are reasonable.
Okie Kids Playground (okiekids.com)
Located at 321 West 15th Street, this playground charges $8 per child, but babies and adults are free.
I have not visited it personally, but this indoor playground caters to kids 6 and under; however, kids up to age 12 can come at designated times.
Bouncin Craze (bouncincraze.com)
Located at 14901 North Lincoln Boulevard, the price of admission is $9 per child (less if a child is under age 2). This facility has a variety of inflatables that get changed up, as well as a smaller area for little ones to play and have fun.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park (skyzone.com/Edmond)
Located at 2525 South Broadway, price of admission starts at $11 for 30 minutes, but is discounted with the more minutes you purchase. Older children may find it especially appealing, and it is a great workout.
If I’ve missed an indoor play space you love, post it on the “Mom Around Town” Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MomAroundTown).
Finally, don’t forget:
• Most of these places require socks! Sky Zone requires their own socks, so when you buy a pair, keep them in a safe place at the house to reuse.
• Check if an indoor playground requires a waiver. If your child is attending without you, you may be able to submit the waiver online.
• Germs can spread indoors. Be extra careful about hand washing during and after visiting any place where little hands have touched many items. That way, you’ll keep the indoor play experience a positive “repeat.”