Beat the winter blues with a trip to these action-packed – but warm and cozy – indoor play 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 favorite indoor play places (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 ball around. Ages 12 and under. The Brighton location has an indoor field and gym; call ahead for details.
648 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor. 734-707-4995. annarbor.242communitycenter.com/the-field.
Hours: 8am-9pm Monday-Saturday; 8am-4pm Sunday
Cost: Free, open to the public
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
What better way is there to learn about science than to touch it? The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum offers children and parents alike to come and enjoy the wonders of science tactilely. Come on in and touch all the science with all of the awesome indoor play places and experiments the Hands-On Museum has to offer. Be sure to call ahead during COVID to ensure availability.
220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor. 734-995-5439. aahom.org.
Hours: Hours: 10am-5pm Monday; 9am-5pm Tuesday; 10am-5pm Wednesday; 10am-8pm Thursday; 10am-5pm Friday & Saturday; Noon-5pm Sunday
Cost: free/babies 0-23 months and $12.50 for adults and children, but $5 for adults and children on Thursdays
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. Although it is currently closed due to COVID, it’s set to open again in the near future.
1101 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-475-1555. thechelseatreehouse.com.
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
Decode Ann Arbor and Decode Ypsilanti
Okay, so we don’t recommend this for very young kids, but children aged six and over will enjoy participating in these escape rooms! Work together as a family to solve different puzzles and escape rooms designed around the imagination. There are two locations in the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area, so you’ll have your choice of place. Call ahead so the Decode team can make your team a success!
3170 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor. 16 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. 313-438-8054. decodedetroit.com.
Hours: 10am-11pm, daily
Cost: price will vary depending on the escape room, call ahead for details.
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. 734-744-7256. funrageouskids.com.
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. 734-927-6680. junglejavaplay.com/locations/canton.html.
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, Ann Arbor. 734-769-0263. kidopolis.net.
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. 734-429-1049. mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/restaurant-locator.html.
Store hours vary; check ahead
Sky Zone Canton
This indoor trampoline park has open jumping, a foam pit, gaming tournaments, character toddler times, special events, and more.
42550 Executive Dr., Canton. 734-981-0007. skyzone.com/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 Rd., Northville. 734-667-4965. tinytownplaylounge.com.
Hours: 9:30am-5pm Monday-Saturday; closed on Sundays for private parties
Cost: $5/0-5 months or free with a sibling; $5/age 6-11 months; $9/1 year and up; memberships also available
Whirly Ball of Ann Arbor
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 Dr., Ann Arbor. 734-975-6909. whirlyballannarbor.com.
Hours: Open daily; reservations required
Cost: Call ahead for pricing details
Yoyo’s Fun Center
What does Yoyo’s Fun Center NOT have? Bring the family for a great time playing on jungle gyms, trampolines, and ball pits. Or create are with their special pottery painting room. Parents and children alike are encouraged to come and have a good time!
8044 N. Middlebelt Rd., Westland. 734-956-5500.
Hours: 11am-9pm, Monday-Sunday
Cost: General admission is $10; Pottery Painting will range from $15-$50.
Zap Zone is one of the best places for a game of indoor laser tag. There are also arcade games and prizes to be won for everyone! You can also participate in some of the attractions, such as bumper cars and VR games, making it the ideal location for birthday parties.
4177 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-930-6670. zap-zone.com.
Hours: 5-10 pm, Monday-Thursday; 4-10pm Friday; 2-10pm Saturday, and 1-9pm Sunday.
Cost: Each round of any attractions is $9; call ahead for party pricing.