Chilly? Head to These Philly Indoor Play Spaces
Here's where to move inside when the weather makes a playground trip impossible.
You might want to curl up on the couch in cold weather, but your kids still need to move around and burn off all that energy. Here are some city indoor play spaces to keep them busy all winter long.
1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia
PlayArts offers not only casual indoor play, but also play-based classes. They offer something for everyone from infants to adults, with birthday parties, private music classes, after school camps, and a BYOB family happy hour. They are open 7 days a week.
1218 Welsh Road, Suite A, North Wales
The Little Pod has so much to offer for the little ones. They have an indoor playground where kids can climb, play, explore and learn. They are open 7 days a week and offer a great break from the cold outside. Plus, their café is an added bonus. They also offer birthday parties.
1542 E. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia
By My Side is a Fishtown lodestar for parents of young children. There’s a variety of playgroups (they ask that you donate $5 each time) and other gatherings, and they offer birthday parties, too. But the focus here is on supporting parents while children grow and learn. It’s a lovely respite, and a fantastic opportunity for kids and adults to make lifelong friends.
Shop, play, and enjoy the café (at the Chestnut Hill Location) at Nest. Memberships and drop-in play are available, as well as classes and mingling events. With their large play area children get to explore their imaginations.
3502 Scotts Lane, Suite 711, Philadelphia
This East Falls indoor play location goes above and beyond for the kids who visit, especially children with sensory challenges. Kids At Play’s 7,000-square-foot facility houses a sensory gym, a toddler soft play area, private therapy rooms, and a lounge for parents to relax. Your child can come here for casual play at their open gym times or for speech, occupational, and physical therapy, among others. Kids at Play also offers birthday parties.
1030 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken
This “pay and play playgroup” is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30 — 11:30 am. For $6 for the first child, and $4 for siblings over the age of 1, your child gets two hours of free play, plus juice, fruit, and cookies, while you sip a cup of complimentary coffee. They do birthday parties and other events, too.
Fairmount: 1942 Brandywine St., Philadelphia
Graduate Hospital: 2227 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia
Babies and young children love Baby WordPlay! No matter where your child is in their literacy journey, they’ll love the songs, storytimes, and interactive play from expert story leaders that know just how to make children laugh, dance, and sing! If you’re a new parent, Baby WordPlay is a great way to meet other parents like you and to find play dates. Baby WordPlay also offers birthday parties.
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Jes Lyons contributed to this article.
Lead photograph courtesy of Nest Center City.