Things to do with your kids when it’s too cold to be outside!

umbrellaBy Heather Crivellone

Our beautiful spring-like weather we had the past couple of days seems to have left us…and it’s feeling a bit more like February this afternoon,  and as the weather turns cold, we try to find ways to entertain our kids indoors.  Luckily for us here in Sacramento, the rainy and cold season isn’t very long and we have plenty of options to keep our kids entertained, engaged and active.  We can choose from museums (California Railroad, Automobile, Sacramento Children’s museum to name a few), Art museums and exploration (Crocker Art Museum, Art Beast,  Recreate).  Or if your kids are like mine and have more energy than they can burn- an indoor play facility (and I’m not talking about McDonalds) is what you need!

We have plenty to choose from- anything from complete jumping adventures like Sky High Sports (an indoor trampoline center), to bounce houses and indoor play structures that are completely soft and made for the youngest of children.  There is something for every age and ability!

I have compiled a quick list of indoor play structures to help get those “wiggles” out when going to the park is not an option!

Bounce U has 2 locations, one in Roseville and another in Rancho Cordova.  Both locations offer open play sessions of bouncing fun- all with slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and more.  Admission is $7 per child and check their website for specific days and times each location is open.

Laguna’s Awesome Party Palace is located in Elk Grove- about 20 minutes outside of downtown Sacramento.  As with most of the indoor bounce facilities, they don’t allow outside food or drink, but do offer a wide selection of snacks at reasonable prices.  Socks are required- so don’t forget to pack an extra pair!  Admission is $7 Monday-Friday and $8 on weekends and holidays.  They are open Monday and Wednesday 9am-6pm, Tuesday and Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday 9am-6pm.  Call for weekend times since they host private parties.

The Bounce Spot in West Sacramento is open Tuesday-Friday for open play from 9am-11am and again on Friday nights for family fun 6pm-9pm  Admission is $5 during the day and $7 for Friday nights.  Check their website for weekend hours, since they are usually hosting parties.  They have a climbing structure, bouncer and toddler play area. They also have in the Bounce Room an obstacle course with big slide, a jousting bouncer, and a sports combo with soccer goals, basketball hoops, twister mat and volleyball net.  Socks are required and your kids will be fully worn out after a few hours here!

Now, if the bounce house is a bit to overwhelming for your child – then Funtastic (located in Elk Grove)  is a wonderful option.  The entire play area is made of soft foam blocks to climb on, roll over and just play around.  They have climbing rope structures, slides and mazes to climb through- a great place for your little monkey to burn some energy.  Plus, they have coffee and free WiFi for us moms to sit back and get a little “quiet time” in… a perfect way to spend a cold winter morning!  Admission into Funtastic is $8 and they are open Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-8pm.

Another great place to take your kids on a cold day is Wacky Tacky–  This indoor playground has everything to keep your kids entertained for hours (and it also has free WiFi for the parents), you will be ensured a quiet evening since the kiddos will be asleep early after a day here!  The soft playground has climbing areas, obstacle-like courses, soft “shooting” balls and slides to keep them running, crawling and climbing for hours.   The kids love the fast slide…but as a mom, I would rather just sit back and watch them zip down it, since I’m not quite as fearless as they are!  Kids of all ages are welcome (they even have a soft play area for toddlers).
Price is $7 for children over the age of 2 and they are open 7 days a week.  Check their website for “Open Play” times, since this is a great place to host birthday parties- you don’t want to show up when it’s reserved.

And of course, if bouncing isn’t your kids “thing” or you just want a mellow afternoon and not get “crazy” at some of these indoor play centers… some or our local malls have great kids’ areas for them to play in.  Plus- what mom doesn’t need an excuse to hit the mall?
Arden Mall and the Roseville Galleria both have great indoor play areas for the kids to run around in and burn energy.  And if your kids are a bit older for these small play areas, the Arden Mall has the Lego Store to keep them entertained and bulding.  And the Roseville Galleria has a Color Me Mine to keep them busy and creating!

I hope this list gives you and your family some ideas of things to do with your little ones when the weather just doesn’t cooperate.  It’s always good to keep our children active- and it’s even better when they burn enough energy to take an “extra long” nap in the afternoon….so  happy bouncing to you and your kids!


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