Beat the winter blues with a trip to these action-packed – but warm and cozy – places for kids to play in Washtenaw County and nearby.
Forget cabin fever. The icy temps around Ann Arbor this winter have many families stuck in a seasonal slump to be reckoned with. When trips to Target, tea parties and couch-cushion forts get tiresome – and your kids have watched more hours of Ryan’s World than you’d care to reveal – it may be time for a trip to one of these local indoor play places. Here are some of our favorites (and don’t forget to vote for your local faves here).
Check out “The Field” at this modern Ann Arbor church. There’s a foam pit, trampolines, and tons of open “grassy” space to kick a bill around. Ages 12 and under. The Brighton location has an indoor field and gym; call ahead for details.
648 S. Wagner Rd.
Hours: 8am-9pm Monday-Saturday, 8am-4pm Sunday
Cost: Free, open to the public
An indoor trampoline park offering open jump, arcade games, special events and toddler time hours (recommended age of at least 18 months). Other locations include Canton/Westland and Novi.
800 W. Eisenhower Parkway
Hours vary seasonally; check ahead
Cost: $10-$20/jump pass; varies by age and day of week
An indoor playground and cafe with 9,000 square feet of fun, including its signature giant treehouse. Separate areas are available for infants and toddlers.
1101 S. Main St., Chelsea
Winter/spring hours through April 30: 10am-5pm Monday-Tuesday, 10am-7:30pm Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday
Cost: Free/babies 0-12 months and 16-plus (with a child), $9/ages 1-15
Jump, climb, slide and shoot hoops in the jumping area, explore imaginative play in the Tiny Village, or let little ones enjoy the Toddler Animal Kingdom. Painting, ring toss, and other games are available.
16128 Middlebelt Road, Livonia
Hours: 11am-5pm Sunday, 10am-3pm Tuesday, 10am-4pm Wednesday-Thursday, 10am-7pm Friday, 10am-8pm Saturday
Cost: $8/under age 2, $12/age 2-plus; memberships also available
A rainforest-themed indoor play center where all ages are welcome to explore the themed play structure or stop at the cafe for a snack. Toddler zone also available.
6481 Canton Center Road, Canton
Hours: 8:30am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday, 10am-8pm Sunday
Cost: $10/2-plus, $4/12-23 months, free/under 12 months
An indoor play space that emphasizes imagination and role-play; includes themed rooms and a “green zone” that utilizes recycled and repurposed materials.
509 State Circle
Hours: 10:30am-3pm Thursday-Friday, 10:30am-4pm Saturday-Sunday
Cost: $8/child, free/non-walkers with older siblings
The Saline location of this fast-food chain has an indoor play place, along with several other locations in southeast Michigan. Call ahead to confirm (and don’t forget your socks!).
7847 E. Michigan Ave., Saline
Store hours vary; check ahead
This indoor trampoline park has open jumping, a foam pit, gaming tournaments, character toddler times, special events and more.
42550 Executive Drive, Canton
Hours: Open 10am-8pm daily; call ahead to confirm seasonal hours
Cost: $14.99/60 minutes; call ahead for special promotions and jump passes
Kids can partake in imaginative play in the pizzeria, music studio, grocery store and other themed play spaces. Open to ages 0-5.
15444 N. Haggerty Road, Northville
Hours: 9:30am-5pm Monday-Saturday; closed on Sundays for private parties
Cost: $5/0-5 months or free with sibling; $5/age 6-11 months; $9/1 year and up; memberships also available
For older kids (8-plus and 48 inches), consider this unique team sport involving bumper cars. Reservations are required, so plan your trip in advance. Video and arcade games are also available.
750 Phoenix Drive
Hours: Open daily; reservations required
Cost: Call ahead for pricing details