Main Line Indoor Play Spaces
Too hot or cold for the playground? Try one of these just-right spots.
When it’s too hot or cold for the playground, try one of these indoor play spaces to burn off energy! And don’t forget your local library! Most have amazing children’s departments with play toys, blocks, books, and friends to meet.
130 W Main St, Collegeville
882 Springdale Dr, Exton
These indoor play spaces are packed with huge inflatables, which are a surefire fun and active outing for your kids. Preschool Playdate is an open bounce session, every weekday at 10 am, for kids, ages 7 and under ($15 per child). And better yet, parents are allowed to bounce with a paid bouncer! Check their calendar for Open Bounce and Drop Off sessions. Reservations are recommended. Don’t forget your socks!
Charming Star Playroom
4627 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
This family owned and operated play center opened in the fall of 2018 and has quickly become a local favorite. Children learn through play by exploring art, music, movement, touching, observing and playing side by side with other children. They also offer birthday party packages.
Chester Springs Library
1709 Art School Rd, Chester Springs
The children’s area of the Chester Springs Library is a cozy space full of books, educational toys, and kid-sized tables and chairs, perfect for spending quality indoor time with your child in the winter. Check the library’s calendar for in-person, preschool classes like playdough and craft groups and read-aloud story times.
720 First Ave, Berwyn
Visit the Easttown Library where you and your child can spend time in the children’s area browsing books and playing with toys. Weekly programming includes Afternoon Story Time designed to build early language and learning skills and held outside on days when the tempature is above 40 degrees. See the library’s calendar of classes for kids of all ages.
Exton Square Mall Indoor Play Area
260 Exton Square, Exton
In the dead of winter, when you need somewhere to go with your stroller-age child, a comfortable walk in the mall can be just the thing for your metal health! At the Exton Square Mall, you can stroll, browse, and watch your little one play in the Kids Zone, located on the upper level.
Jumpers Family Fun Zone
5117 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
This venue is for children 10 and under. Kids are invited to have fun in a jungle-themed area full of obstacles and play areas. They offer birthday parties as well! They are open seven days a week, so whatever your schedule, there are opportunities for fun.
King of Prussia Mall Children’s Play Areas
160 N Gulph Rd, King of Prussia
Need to get out of the house and take a walk with your kids—even when the weather’s not cooperating? Don’t forget the King of Prussia mall offers indoor strolling, plus a free, play area. There are two play areas in the King of Prussia Mall: one is located on the lower level of the Court, between Pottery Barn Kids and Jos. A Bank; and another is ocated on the upper level of the Plaza near H&M.
Longwood Gardens Indoor Children’s Garden
1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square
This imaginative and child-sized space is filled with hands-on water features, handcrafted sculptures, secret stairways, and engaging plant displays. Families—look for activities and scavenger hunts to help you and your child discover more about this garden.
6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
109 N. High St, West Chester
Lulu’s Casita is much more than an indoor oasis for the children of Ardmore, West Chester, and the surrounding neighborhoods. They offer bilingual story times and host BYOB Pizza night, a favorite of kids and parents alike (check their website for schedule and availability). Children love swimming in the ball pit, building forts, and letting their imaginations run rampant amongst the different scenes laid out for them. Lulu’s also offers birthday fiestas and hosts other classes throughout the month—check their calendar for updates!
Media’s Toddler Town
300 W. Baltimore Ave, Media
Media’s Toddler Town is a drop in play place for children ages 6 months up to 5 years. Their focus is on providing a social atmosphere for children to play and interact, as well as serving as a meeting spot for local families to meet new friends. Monthly memberships are available!
Oasis Family Fun Center
35 Lacrue Ave, Glen Mills
The little ones and the big kids can all find something to do at Oasis! A soft playground and their “ballocity arena” are great for the younger kids, and the older ones will love the virtual reality, laser maze, rock climbing wall, and more!
Sky Zone & Trampoline Park
122 Mill Rd Unit B-250, Oaks, PA 19456
At Sky Zone, there’s jump-time programs for all ages, but between 10 am and noon on weekdays, the Little Leapers program time is just for the little ones. Other bounce activities offered for ages 5+, include Freestyle Jump, Ninja Warrior Course, Foam Zone, and Sky Slam (basketball hoops). For your teen, check out the Ultimate Dodgeball and Glow programs.
70 Buckwalter Road, Royersford
981 E Lancaster Ave, Downingtown
These indoor parks feature bounce and play activities for kids of all ages including ropes, climbing, tumble tracks, Sky Rider (a harnessed zip line), tubes playground, and more. Check their schedules for Jumperoo sessions, which are designated times for children 5 & under and their parents. For teens, there are Teen Nights, with lights, lasers and party music.
Jes Lyons and Christine Mawhinney Lark contributed to this article. Photograph by Jean Goins.