We are lucky to live in California where the winters are short and the warm weather is long. However, when we do have some cold and wet days, there are plenty of options for keeping our kids entertained, engaged and active when we just can’t be outside. 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!
Sky High Sports is an indoor trampoline center located at 11327 Folsom Blvd in Rancho Cordova. They have open “bounce” hours, dodgeball, AIRobics, special days for those with “special needs”, family and great holiday discount packages. For the kids who are a little older and have lots of energy to burn- this is the place to take them! Admission is $12.
Bounce U has 2 locations, one in Roseville (7611 Galilee Rd) and another in Rancho Cordova (11280 Sanders Dr). Both locations offer open play sessions of bouncing fun- all with slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and more. Admission is $7.50 per child and check their website for specific days and times each location is open. They have two different sessions of “open bounce”- one for the children who are 7 years of age and younger and one for “all ages”. This will help in making sure your little toddlers don’t get trampled by the bigger kids!
Laguna’s Awesome Party Palace is located in Elk Grove (3147 Dwight Rd)- 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 and call for weekend times and prices since they host private parties.
The Bounce Spot in West Sacramento (2939 Promenade St) 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 overwhelming for your child – then Funtastic (9882 Waterman Rd, 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!
Another great place to take your kids on a cold day is Wacky Tacky (7351 Galille Rd, Roseville)- 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.
Climbaroo in Natomas (4421 Gateway Park Blvd) is another option for the younger children. They have giant, soft blocks to climb and build with. A climbing structure with slides and ropes to climb through and an area to just run, jump and be a kid in! For the parents, they offer one of the best full service cafés for a “bounce house”. They are open 7 days a week and offer special events like “mommy and me” dance days, family nights, and more.
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 of our local malls have great kids areas. 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 building. And the Roseville Galleria has a Color Me Mine to keep them busy and creating!
Or, if you want to keep it really simple and just sit back, enjoy some good food and let the kids play, then of course there is always Wicked West Pizza in West Sacramento, Johns Incredible Pizza in Roseville and Chuck E Cheese on Arden and another in Roseville. You can just order a pizza, hand over some coins and let the kids have some fun at the arcade.
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. Happy bouncing to you and your kids!