Winter days can get awfully long for us mamas when the kids are stuck inside. When kids can’t get their energy out, each minute can feel like an eternity. Luckily, Westchester is full of awesome indoor playgrounds for kids to get that energy out. Whether your child likes to climb, slide, or simply run around and have fun, there’s a great place just around the corner.
Although some play places can give moms anxiety when they get crowded with screaming little ones, most kids love them for the ability just to let loose and climb, run and scream. They are great for families with siblings of different ages since there is often equipment available for differing ages and abilities. Here are a few of our favorites!
The Play Place (Elmsford)
This fun spot features climbing equipment, party rooms, indoor tennis and soccer fields, classes and holiday camps. They also hold open hours for play on the play equipment and even have a parent’s night out! Prices for two hours of free play run about $13. The Play Place is located in an executive park so parking is readily available, just be sure to drive around to where the entrance is!
Leapin Lizards (Portchester)
Leapin Lizards has been part of the Portchester kid’s scene for a long time. Their play space offers a ball pit, places to climb, tunnels, slides and more. Snacks are available on site and they also offer birthday party packages. Prices for play time run about $14 depending on the time and day, but check out their website for coupons before you go! Parking is readily available and free.
Kids U (Portchester, NY and Stamford, CT)
Both locations offer guests a large play space with multiple slides, tunnels, rope ladders and more. Separate rooms are great for the tumbler in your life, and they offer gymnastics equipment including bars, rings, and trampolines. The Kid’s U Stamford location also includes a room with bouncy castles. Both offer great party packages and many classes. Note that only the Stamford location offers passes to play in their play quads and bouncy castle areas. Portchester’s play quad is only available for members enrolled in classes or for birthday parties. Both locations offer free parking, and neither sell food.
While many people would not immediately think of Legoland when thinking of play places, but Legoland does have a large play area for children of all ages to enjoy. A tall climbing structure with tunnels, slides and nets stands in the middle of a large central area where many Lego-centric activities are available for children of all ages. Children can enjoy rides, movies, Lego building areas and many attractions. Legoland also has a cafe and a Lego store. Birthday parties are available as well. Parking is available for a fee. Buying tickets online is cheaper and starts at $17. Want to learn more about Legoland? Check out this post.
Sportstime USA (Elmsford)
Sportstime has a small play area and much more. While your little one plays in the play space, older kids can try their hand at laser tag, batting cages, arcade games, and bumper cars. There is something fun here for everyone, with snacks and free parking on site. They also have birthday party packages and vacation drop off events. Wristbands for the kiddie zone (play space) and ball city are $10 while other activity prices vary and can be found online.
Billy Beez (Bronx and Rockland)
Although the Billy Beez locations are not technically in Westchester, they are close enough to be viable options for a fun day for kids. Billy Beez has locations in The Bay Plaza Mall in the Bronx and The Palisades Mall in Rockland. Both Billy Beez locations are the ultimate in play places and offer multiple areas to climb, slide, run, and bounce. Children can play all day for one price, stop and eat at the on site cafe, or celebrate a birthday (party rooms and packages are available). The sheer size of Billy Beez does make it difficult for watching your children and it can become quite crowded. On the plus side, there are many different areas that allow for older kids and younger kids to have fun in the same location. Both locations offer ample free parking (although there are also pay parking lots in Bay Plaza).
My Gym (Mamaroneck and Dobbs Ferry)
Technically My Gym is not an indoor playground. However, they do have a slide, a ball pit, and a trampoline. Add that to tons of fun activities and a mini rock wall and you’ve got yourself a great energy burning destination. Party packages and classes are available, as well as the coveted Parent’s Night Out. In Mamaroneck, parking is free but quite limited (but it is next door to a Starbucks so maybe the caffeine fix cancels out the parking drama). My Gym is the most fun for younger children.
If your child would just love to bounce the day away there are a lot of great options for jumping time as well. Check out this post on bounce places for kids!