There is an affliction that strikes homes across the Midwest every winter. It is not the flu. Not the common cold. It’s cabin fever – that point when it is too cold to go outside and the thought of playing one more board game or building yet another blanket fort is enough to drive even the most patient person mad. So what is a parent to do when they find their kids bouncing off the walls this winter? Head to an indoor playground, of course! Thankfully, Indianapolis has plenty of options.
Here are the best indoor playgrounds in Indianapolis:
This is innovative play space is ideal for both children with special needs across all age groups and neurotypical kids from infant to ten years old. The 4,000-square-foot space was designed by individuals with first-hand knowledge of parenting a child with special needs and is filled with everything from swings and slides to a zip line and a spring-free trampoline. Carter’s Play Place also offers classes and birthday party packages.
Location: 17219 Foundation Parkway, Suite 100, Westfield
Cost: Pricing varies and membership packages are available.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Newly opened, this indoor playground offers plenty of climbing opportunities for the older kids and a separate area with toddler-friendly equipment, making it a safe and inviting space for all ages.
Location: Cornerstone Lutheran Church, 13450 E. 116th Street, Fishers
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 1:00pm and 4:00 – 7:00pm; Sunday, noon-3pm
Open Thursday through Sunday during the winter months, Discovery Station will delight kids through the age of nine. Here they can create, climb, explore, play and pretend. Activities include a Kids Playscape, fort-building zone, craft area, reading nook and more. There is even a special area devoted to infants.
Location: 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers
Cost: Included with admission to Conner Prairie; free for members
Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Smiley is a huge 25,000 sq foot facility in Castleton filled with the latest Virtual Reality technology. We have very rare and unique interactive games and rides for children of all ages. We also have an enormous indoor playground with trampoline basketball, tubes & slides, rock-climbing, obstacle course, fast raceway slides, and much more.
Location: 5729 E. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46250
Cost: Prices vary. Learn more here.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:00am – 10:00pm; Friday, 10:00am – 11:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am – 11:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am – 9:00pm
This indoor play area was made by an Earth-friendly community using only re-purposed toys, furniture and even carpet tiles. Best of all, it is free to the public and open to children of all ages. Everyone who comes to play will need to fill out a release form that can be completed out when you arrive, or online beforehand to save time.
Location: 554 Pit Road, Brownsburg
Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 9:00am – 1:00pm; Monday and Friday, 5:00 – 8:00pm
The Park is every kids dream. The expansive space is separated into zones, including a preschool play structure, a larger play structure for older kids, basketball courts, a rock climbing wall and a quiet zone (perfect for kids with special needs who may become overstimulated). There is also an oasis where you can take a break and have a snack. Whether you’re looking to let your kids work off extra energy, meet new friends or you just want to relax while your kids play in a safe, fun environment, you’ll feel at home here.
Location: Traders Point Christian Church, 6590 S Indianapolis Rd, Whitestown
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 8:00pm; Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm; Saturday, 8:00am – Noon. The Park is closed the first Monday of each month for deep cleaning.
The Treehouse is only open to the public two days a week, but it is well worth the trip to see this beautiful indoor play structure that is bathed in natural light. Geared to kids ages 2 to 12, it is designed to look like a whimsical tree with tons of space for kids to climb until they are ready to slide down.
Location: 800 Dan Jones Road, Plainfield
Hours: Tuesdays/Thursdays: 9-11 am or 1-3pm; Sunday: 9:00 am – 9:30 am | 10:30 am – 11:00 am | 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Kid’s Planet has a multi-story indoor playground that will make your kids have a blast. There are many play areas that your kids from all ages (up to 14) will love to play, including a toddler play area.
Location: 499 Southpoint Circle, Brownsburg
Cost: Pricing varies. Learn more here.
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 8:00pm; Friday – Saturday, 10:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday, 10:00am – 7:00pm
The Playscape at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the perfect place for kids ages 5 and under to learn through sensory exploration. There are separate spots for toddlers and babies, with a climbing pod, sand area, water play and much more. This space is completely family friendly, too, with amenities like private nursing areas, family restrooms, and diaper-changing stations. Really, they’ve thought of everything!
Location: 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis
Cost: Entrance is included with paid general admission; free for members
Hours: Vary by season. Learn more here.
This padded playground features slides, tunnels, and a special area for children under two, making it a safe place for tots to tumble and kids to climb. Children up to third grade are welcome. There is an eating are outside the Playland doors that is the perfect place to take a lunch break.
Location: 7480 US-52, New Palestine
Hours: Hours vary. Learn more here.
This place is intense! It has everything, including massive bounce & climb arenas, a Euro bungy that propels you more than 20 feet in the air, a bowling alley, arcade games, laser tag, sport courts and tons more. Pricing is based on the area you visit in the complex. It is also a great place to host a birthday party!
Location: 6002 Sunnyside Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46236
Cost: Varies depending on the activity
Hours: Monday – Friday, noon – 10:00pm; Saturday – Sunday, 9:00am – 10:00pm
All right, this one is a bit of a drive from Indianapolis but well worth it. This HUGE indoor playscape has individual areas for tots, preschoolers and the big kids, plus it’s FREE. And parents, it’s such a blast that before long, you’ll find yourself scaling the 3-story climber.
Location: 300 Washington Street, downtown Columbus
Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00pm
Opening after major renovations back in January, the Greenwood Community Center is a MUST- GO! The redesigned two-story building is a year -round indoor play zone with STEM-focused activity stations all around. From an art/ coloring area, a life- size Lite- Brite, a musical garden outside, and smaller climbing play sets indoor just to mention a few! Featuring the Luckey Climber in the middle of the spiral stairs case allows kids to safely climb up and over the staircase creating a unique and imaginative climbing element
Location: 100 Surina Way, Greenwood, IN 46143
Cost: $4.00/child and free for adults
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 6:00pm; Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm