Where to Play Inside in Austin

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This list has been updated in January 2020.

Winter can be a dreary time to be outside, even in Central Texas. And summer…. we definitely need an indoor option for playtime to stay out of the brutal Texas heat. On those gray days and those oh-so-hot days, it’s nice to take the kids somewhere they can burn off some energy.  But where? This comprehensive list, brought to you by Indigo Play, will help you find indoor fun for kids of all ages!

Indigo Play is a unique indoor playground that is fun AND educational! The 19,000 square foot center features:

  • A three-level play structure where children and parents will learn about the world. Explore the tombs of Egypt, navigate through Aztec temples, and slide down a giant American flag!
  • A completely separate baby and toddler area where the littlest ones can safely practice tummy time or explore all the sensory features.
  • An imagination play section with an adorable coffee shop, fire station and more!
  • Amazing birthday parties that will WOW your guests!
  • A bookstore with beautiful, educational books that make the perfect gift.
  • Relaxed atmosphere parents love!

Location: 13530 Research Blvd #102, Austin

More Information: https://indigoplay.com/

Indigo Play in North Austin

North

Main Event – Rock wall, video games, mini-golf, laser tag, bowling and more.

K1 Speed – Indoor go-karting

PlayMazing – Formerly CatchAir, PlayMazing offers bounce houses, climbing structures, and more.

Top Golf –  Indoor driving range. It may not work well if it’s storming but not a bad place to play when it’s drizzling outside.

Urban Air Trampoline Park – Indoor trampoline park.

The Coop – Ball pit, rope climbing tube, magnetic wall, reading area, dress up items, teepee with bean bags, quiet play space.

iFLY – Skydive inside their wind tunnel.

Dart ’em Up – Indoor Nerf foam dart arena.

Little Land Play Gym – An indoor playground with developmental equipment.

Mt. Playmore – Huge play structure with a large variety of obstacles for kids to navigate. Smaller kid area is available as well.

Pinballz Arcade – Large selection of arcade games.

South

Altitude Trampoline Park – Trampolines, rock wall, foam pit, battle beam and more.

Blazer Tag Adventure Center– Laser tag and arcade.

Hoppin House – Inflatable playground.

LocoMotion Inflatable Play – Inflatable playground.

Epic Fun – Elevated ropes course, mini bowling lanes, arcade games, ballocity, bumper cars, and laser tag.

Jungle Island Family Fun & Entertainment Center – Large play structure and arcade games.

The Jumpy Place (Kyle) – Inflatable playground.

Central

The Escape Game Austin – Escape rooms are sure to include riddles and puzzles but The Escape Game Austin takes it to a whole other level – every game takes you on an adventure.

BookPeople – Storytime and a nice tunnel for kids to climb through.

The Thinkery – Austin’s children’s museum, packed with daily activities and new things to explore.

Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex (MYEC) – Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, MYEC offers skating, a movie theater, bowling, an arcade, and a food court.

Round Rock

Altitude Trampoline Park – Ropes course, recreation wall, trapeze swings, trampolines, and more!

Escapology – Solve the clues to bust your way out of this escape room! Several rooms to choose from.

IKEA – Drop the kids off at Smaland for 60 minutes of supervised playtime while you shop. See restrictions.

Pump It Up – Inflatable playground with open play times available during weekdays.

Jungle Movement – Indoor mixed martial arts gym. Non-members can play during open gym hours.

PlayMazing – Formerly CatchAir, PlayMazing offers bounce houses, climbing structures, and more.

Rock Sports Arena – Skating rink. Check their event calendar for open skate times.

Monster Mini Gold & Laser Tag – Mini-golf course and laser tag.

Legion of Foam – Indoor Nerf arena. (Only open to the public on Fridays from 5:30-7:30 pm).

Pflugerville

Spare Time – Bowling, laser tag, and arcade.

Austin’s Park n’ Pizza – Bowling, rock wall, virtual reality, and arcade games, with additional rides outdoors when the weather is nice.

Cedar Park

Inflatable Wonderland – Inflatable playground located inside Lakeline Mall.

Jumpstreet – Indoor trampoline park.

Almost Grown Play Cafe & Coffee Bar –  Coffee bar with an open play area for children.

Some other indoor play ideas

Head to your local library for storytime and crafts.

Bowling with bumpers for the kids is always a fun rainy day activity.

Fast food restaurants have fun indoor playscapes for children.

Visit a local toy store. Kids can spend hours looking through all of the toys and many of the locations below have a play area or events to entertain the kiddos for a while.

Terra Toys – North

All Things Kids – Georgetown

Toy Joy – Central and Downtown

Learning Express – Bee Cave

Anna’s Toy Depot – South

Over the Rainbow – Central

The LEGO Store – South in Barton Creek Mall

Lions & Tigers & Toys – South

Feel like skating? Hit up Playland Skate Center or Chaparral Ice, both located in north Austin, to burn some energy. Austin’s Roller Rink in south Austin is a great option too.

And if you need some caffeine, check out our list of the 10 Best Coffee Shops in Austin for Families.

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Catherine Prystup has been in the publishing industry for over twenty years, handling everything from large and small scale ad campaigns to events, marketing, content management, and more. She lives in the greater Austin area with her husband, three kids, three dogs, two cats, and one Beta fish.