Indoor play is always fun, whether you’re looking for an escape from the scorching summer heat or shelter from the pouring rain. That’s why we decided to help you find the best indoor play area near you! After all, what could be better than a list of kid-friendly attractions you can go back to any time of the year?
From big indoor playgrounds and local indoor soft play areas, to role-play centres for the creative little ones. We’ve got something for everyone. Keep on reading and who knows – you might find your kids’ new favourite place!
Indoor Play Areas in Scotland
KIDZ TOWN Role Play, Stirling and Falkirk
You can even hold their birthday party at the fab centre – it’s the perfect party venue for kids big on imaginative play!
Future heroes in the making can team up with the mountain rescue, put on a uniform and join the police, or hop on the firetruck and save the day. Animal lovers can go work at the stables or become a vet. Plus, there’s a garage, a diner, a post office and so much more to explore!
Acrewood Nursery, 35 Colquhoun street FK7 7PX
Tuesday and Wednesday Closed
Thursday to Monday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday and Friday from £9.15
Saturday and Sunday from £11.15
Wonder World, East Kilbride
From spiral slides, swinging obstacles to tackle, climbing frames and baby sensory features – you’ll find a wide range of activities your kids can enjoy! There’s even Peppa Pig soft play shapes and themed play structures for your little piglets.
For little kids, you’ll find an indoor adventure and a huge soft play frame! With slides protruding from volcanoes, tunnels to clamber through, nets to climb up and climbing frames to conquer! It’s a kid paradise!
2 Glenburn Rd, East Kilbride, Glasgow G74 5BA
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 18:15
Child (0-6 months) free
Child (6-12 months) £2.50
Child (12-36 months) £7.95
Child (3-12 years) £8.95
Indoor Play Areas in the North East
Round The Twist, Newcastle upon Tyne
From a huge indoor soft play area packed with giant wave slides, a giant ball pool pit and themed role-play booths for children! If they want to become a shopkeeper for the day or even a vet! They can tune into their imagination at this fab activity centre!
But that’s not all, the family can get stuck into a 9-hole crazy golf course! But it’s not just any normal mini golf course….they have a glow-in-the-dark section! With neon lights illuminating the golf course – you can’t get any more fun with indoor activities than that… Or can you?
We can’t forget the vast space dedicated to sensory rooms! With glowing lights, balls floating in the air, swinging obstacles and light mazes, it’s literally packed with fun. And the older kiddies can play football and aim for the target board or zoom down the drop slide.
You can also nibble on hot food or sip on some hot or cold refreshments!
Unit 28, North Tyne Industrial Estate, Whitley Rd, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9SZ
Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday 10:00 - 19:00
Child (0-12 months) £4.50
Child (1-4 years) £9.00
Child (5-12 years) £10.00
Lancaster Garden Centre, Potter's World, Durham
Potter’s World is considered an absolute gem – did you know it’s home to a wide range of exciting, exotic animals? At the Tropical Village, you’ll find colourful birds, vibrant-looking frogs, chameleons and tortoises! How about wandering through the lorikeet walkthrough?! Engage with educational talks about your favourite animals and even hold some of them!
Maybe head to the indoor Potter’s Play Tunnel! It’s a fab place filled with hours of fun.
Lanchester Garden Centre Bargate Bank, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0SS
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
£4.00 per person
Indoor Play Areas in the North West
Play Factore, Trafford Park, Greater Manchester
It’s all about big fun for small people there, from their indoor play frame standing at over 15m high to Europe’s largest indoor slide stretching over 40 metres. But impressive slides is not all that’s here!
Action awaits in the interactive laser tag arena, followed by speedy racing at the electric go-karting race track, with lots of gaming fun to come at the VR and arcade zones. Why not bounce for joy at their ValoJump Trampolines section? It really is an activity world full of excitement!
Also, if you’re in the mood for something a little more daring, Play Factore also has an impressive indoor zip wire. It’s on our list of the best UK zip wires too! If you’re feeling peckish after all that adventure, you can have your pick of fresh food!
So, if you’re ready to shoot up a laser storm and enjoy a huge range of super cool entertainment for children – pay a visit to Play Factore!
Play Factore, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Trafford Way, Manchester M41 7JA
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Child (5-16) £15.95
Clip 'N' Climb, Preston
Look no further than Clip ‘N’ Climb! You’ll find an action-packed fun-family park with activities everyone can enjoy. With 20 unique climbing challenges for you to try, plus some extra surprises like the Vertical Drop Slide – it doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced climber or not, all are welcome here!
As well as impressive slides, you’ll find that their climbing features are fun, clever and interactive – it’s definitely a hub for family thrills! It’s the perfect indoor play space for a Saturday afternoon adventure.
1b Wyder Court, Millennium City Park, Preston PR2 5BW
Monday 15:30 - 19:00
Wednesday and Friday 15:30 - 18:30
Thursday 13:30 - 18:30
Saturday and Sunday 09:00 -17:00
£12.00 per person
Indoor Play Areas in the Midlands
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham, West Midlands
If you’re based in the North West, you might want to check out LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester instead, it’s definitely closer to you and it’s home to 12 family-friendly attractions, so it has lots of awesome features for LEGO lovers of all ages.
Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2AA
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 19:00
Ninja Warrior UK, Walsall (but can be found across the UK!)
Tackle the main obstacle course, before battling through the inflatables, testing your ninja skills on the climbing ropes, swinging bars and experiencing the Beat The Wall!
Tiny tots can also have their share of fun in their ninja-themed toddler play frame! There’s fun for everyone at Ninja Warrior, making it the ideal indoor play space to visit whatever the weather!
Have you got what it takes?
Unit 7/8, Crown Wharf Retail Park, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 8LL
Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
Friday to Sunday 09:00 - 21:00
1 hour Ninja Session (children aged 4 years+ and adults of all ages) £12.00 per person
Indoor Play Areas in the South East
Playhouse, Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire
With a huge play frame, packed with tunnels, nets, tricky obstacles and climbing walls, at their disposal, your little adventurers will have a lot to keep them entertained. It’s the perfect place to meet up with other kids their age and make friends. Racing each other down the giant 4-person slide never fails to get them excited.
Plus, Playhouse is right next door to Twinwoods Adventure – the indoor hub for family thrills. There you can get a whole lot of excitement under one roof – from indoor skydiving to indoor surfing. It’s perfect for entertaining your teens while your little ones are busy at soft play.
Then when you need to refresh, grab yourself some cold drinks and fresh food!
Building 37, Twinwoods Business Park, Thurleigh Rd, Milton Ernest, Bedford MK44 1FD
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday and Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday to Sunday 09:00 - 18:00
Adult (16+) £1.75
Child (1-16) £4.95
KidZania London, Greater London
Plus, it works just like the real world – children will have to decide what activities they want to spend their KidZos on (the local currency). Rr if they want to save some on their bank card.
KidZania is aimed at kids from 4-14 but while your older ones are getting busy with their new careers, your tots can explore the Early Years area. Which features a Science Lab and the RightZKeepers Residence. It’s one of the largest play centres in London and certainly a favourite family attraction.
Westfield London, Ariel Way, London, Greater London, W12 7GA
Monday to Sunday Kidzania opens from 10:00
Book in advance online
Adults from £16.00
Children from £26.00
Postal Museum, London
Also, you get to see and hear the people who worked on the tunnel brought to life by skilled costumed actors.
Little kids also love Sorted!, the soft play area at the Postal Museum. Yes, you guessed it – it’s postal-themed. There are bright red uniforms and yellow jackets for the kids to dress up in and your little postal workers can help out with all the tasks. From receiving the parcels at the till, all the way up to delivering them to their final destination. Postman Pat fans will be in their element there.
With so many indoor activities and an adventure play park in the museum – it’s a hit for families!
15-20 Phoenix Place, London, Greater London, WC14 0DA
Tuesday Open during school holidays
Wednesday to Sunday 10:30 - 17:00
Adult (25+) from £16.00
Young Person (16-24) from £11.00
Child (3-15) from £9.00
Indoor Play Areas in the South West
Wookey Hole Caves, Somerset and Bristol
With a huge range of attractions (over 20!), to explore in one day, it’s a pure kingdom of indoor play. Want to know what’s in there? OK, let’s start with giant animatronic dinosaurs, then move on to a magical mirror maze and then stop by the 4D cinema for an immersive movie experience.
If that wasn’t enough, Wookey Hole also has two indoor play areas – Pirate Zap Zone where you can shoot your way to victory and a Wizard’s Play Castle which turns soft play into a proper adventure with magic, monsters and more. Oh and don’t forget to check out the Crazy Mirrors – your kids won’t be able to stop giggling!
The Mill, Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset and Bristol, BA5 1BB
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Kids (3-14): £17.65
Woodlands Park, Devon
Their indoor playground is epically named Empire of the Sea Dragon and it features two equally exciting play areas. A huge play frame, with 5 floors of adventure in the soft play area for the older kids (and adults too if you want to join in!). Not forgetting the fairytale Ice Palace where big and small kids can play in separate areas of King Penguin’s home!
Love a bit of a thrill? There are indoor rides for you to try too. Dare to brave the 50ft drop tower Trauma Tower, go on an underwater adventure on the Submarine kiddie ride, or maybe take a bird’s eye view of the play area from the Ferris wheel.
If you love animals, you’ll find an animal farm full of all creatures big, small, cute and exotic!
Theme park fun indoors – who knew! It certainly provides an outdoor adventure and indoor play if the weather doesn’t hold up!
Woodlands Leisure Park A3122, Totnes TQ9 7DQ
Saturday and Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
From £12.45 - £23.40
Indoor Play Areas in Wales
Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire
The Jolly Barn welcomes animal lovers of all ages to meet adorable farm animals. From piglets and lambs to miniature ponies and goats, plus hens and chickens of course. It’s not just the animal farm you can enjoy, but also the indoor play frame in the Discovery Farmyard! As well as a tube and slide and a tractor pulling a trailer.
Not to mention, that the animal farm is home to Europe’s largest undercover vintage fairground, featuring 17 fairground rides, including Dodgems, Golden Gallopers, and the Cakewalk. There, your fearless little climbers can explore the heights of Carousel Woods – a giant wooden play structure. There’s a smaller wooden frame for the mini explorers, plus an indoor soft play area with separate sections for babies and toddlers.
Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, SA68 0XA
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Indoor Play Areas in Northern Ireland
Roar and Explore, County Antrim
Well, Roar and Explore have just won its second consecutive “Best for Little Kids in Northern Ireland” award in our annual Family Favourites Awards. This means over 25,000 thousand parents have voted each year to give it the winning spot. Talk about great references!
Decorated in a bright and colourful jungle theme, with separate multi-level indoor soft play areas for younger and older kids, Roar and Explore is the perfect play area no matter the weather. From crossing the suspended rope bridge with its dangling snakes to swooshing down the bumpy tiger slide, your kids will feel like true adventurers.
3 Stewartstown Rd, Dunmurry, Belfast BT17 0AW
Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 18:00
We hope you’ve found your next favourite indoor play area near you! From huge soft play areas, adorable animal farms and role-play centres to giant dinos, LEGO mania and more!
If you’re looking for more indoor attractions to visit if it’s rainy, then check out some of these: