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Boston’s Best Indoor Playgrounds

August 2, 2014 7:00 AM

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Photo credit: Jump On In Parties

Photo credit: Jump On In Parties

Oh, New England. The area is known for fantastic seafood, our love of sports, our instantly recognizable accents…and the constantly changing weather. If you have kids, and the weather has caused your outside plans to be canceled, what to do? Never fear, Boston has all kinds of indoor play places where kids can burn off their excess energy no matter what the weather decides to do outside.
Photo credit: Jump On In Parties

Photo credit: Jump On In Parties

Jump On In
100 Holton St.
Boston, MA 02135
(617) 789-5867
www.jumponinfun.com

Jump On In is a super fun inflatable playplace that will have your kids bouncing off the walls. And unlike many indoor play places, it’s geared towards slightly older kids so there’s fun for the whole family. This indoor bounce playground has won “Favorite Birthday Party Destination” twice from Boston Parent’s Paper. And its one of those Boston rarities — there’s free onsite parking if you’d rather drive than try to bring a gaggle of kids on the subway.

Related: Boston’s Best Cheap Activities To Do With Kids

Photo credit: Kids' Fun Stop

Photo credit: Kids’ Fun Stop

Kids’ Fun Stop
1580 VFW Parkway
West Roxbury, MA 02132
(617) 325-8088
www.kidsfunstop.com

Kids’ Fun Stop in West Roxbury is a great choice if you’re looking to get some exercise inside. It has tons of fun playground-style equipment for little ones. And it offers other activities for kids to break up the play and keep them interested. On Mondays, you can drop in for arts and crafts time. And some days there are sing-a-long hours for youngsters. The Kids’ Fun Stop closes in the early afternoon on weekends so be sure to get in early on Saturday and Sundays to get a good amount of playtime in.

Photo credit: Together In Motion (Facebook)

Photo credit: Together In Motion (Facebook)

Together in Motion
1 Broadway
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 643-1377
www.togetherinmotion.com

Together in Motion is well known among Boston parents for its awesome child-geared classes and birthday parties. Less well known is that Together in Motion offers plenty of open gym time. If you have a range of ages, you’ll be happy to hear that Together in Motion also offers Tiny Tot Time where your little ones can have some time away from their big brothers and/or sisters and get some time playing with kiddos around their same age.

Related: Boston’s Best Toy Stores

Photo credit: Mama & Me (Facebook)

Photo credit: Mama & Me (Facebook)

Mama & Me Creative Playspace
284 Armory St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 477-3432
www.mymamaandme.com

Mama & Me Creative Playspace features plenty of indoor playground-style equipment. But what really makes it stand out is everything else it offers. Dress-up spaces, puppet theaters, movement studios and more fill the playspace, truly offering something for everyone. And everyone includes mom and dad. Mama & Me Creative Playspace has all kinds of things for parents too. This includes parent and baby classes like yoga, massage and pilates, and parent meetup groups so you can meet other people with kids around the same age.

Photo credit: Inside Playground

Photo credit: Inside Playground

Inside Playground
100 Parker St.
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-1772
www.bostonindoorplayground.com

Inside Playground doesn’t mess around when it comes to fun. This indoor play space is a little bit summer camp and little bit playground. There’s a wide variety of things to do, along with weekly themed activities, and a whole lot of fun. Mom and dad can have some fun too. Inside Playground has free wifi, in case you need to do a little work while the kids have fun. And if you really need some time to yourself, it offers drop-off babysitting rates. Now if you have a few quick errands to run, there’s no need to drag the kids along with you. They can play while you get things done. Just be sure to register 24 hours in advance if you’re hoping to drop the kids off.

Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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