Indoor Play Spaces Around the Country

When it's too cold, too rainy, or too boring at home, try one of our favorite play spaces.

Giggles n' HugsGiggles n' Hugs
Giggles n' Hugs
With the best of local entertainment and a menu adults and kids can both enjoy, it's a family fantasy come true. Staff win over even the most bashful tots and make a point of remembering everyone's name. Activities take place on the hour (karaoke, magic shows) and you never know when Snow White will drop by for a surprise appearance.

Giggles n' Hugs, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, suite 155, Los Angeles (310-553-4847 or

Little Beans CafeLittle Beans Cafe
Little Beans Cafe
Take an on-site class while she stays busy with supervised play. The mini village is tricked out with a firehouse and gas station, so there's little chance she'll notice you're gone. Treat her to a cone from the old-fashioned ice-cream parlor. When warm weather arrives enjoy a scoop on the deck.

Little Beans Cafe, 1809 West Webster Avenue, at North Wood Street, Chicago (773-251-1035 or

Toys for Small Playrooms

Sensations TherafunSensations Therafun
Sensations Therafun
Little monkeys get a kick out of scaling the climbing wall and dangling from a zip line. Hot date? Drop them off for movie night.

Sensations Therafun, 1704 Chantilly Drive, Atlanta (404-634-3500 or

One day it's too hot; the next too rainy. Head here to seek refuge from temperamental weather. Clamber up rope ladders and bounce on trampolines; those in need of downtime mellow out in a vibro-acoustic tunnel.

Play-In, 2501 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Miami (305-576-7604 or

Philly's row houses are picturesque, but there's seldom spare room to play. Let kids run wild through the obstacle course; the fenced-off area for crawlers ensures they won't get trampled by rambunctious big kids.

Nest, 1301 Locust Street, Philadelphia (215-545-6378 or

Dream Houses for Playtime

They might not have grassy backyards, but mini-Manhattanites are blessed with this Soho spot. Take a Pilates class (heaven after you lug a stroller up three flights of subways steps) or sip coffee while rugrats romp around the indoor playground.

Citibabes, 52 Mercer Street, at Broome Street, 3rd floor, New York City (212-334-5440 or Family membership is $2,200 per year.

Orange Blossom SocietyOrange Blossom Society
Orange Blossom Society
Nestled in a three-story Craftsman house, the Seattle spot's welcoming vibe makes it almost like home. Rummage through the dress-up box (not just princess costumes; there's plenty for little dudes to choose from, too) or get messy with seasonal art projects.

Orange Blossom Society, 16715 Northeast 79th Street, Redmond (425-883-2400 or

Recess Urban RecreationRecess Urban Recreation
Recess Urban Recreation
Catch up on work (there's free Wi-Fi) while they explore the soup-to-nuts community center. Miss Wobbles can practice putting one foot in front of the other in the newly revamped prewalker area. Plus, it's easy to snag a parking spot on the street.

Recess Urban Recreation, 470 Carolina Street, at 18th Street, San Francisco (415-701-7529 or

Where's your favorite place to play? Let us know in the comments!