Burn Off Some Energy! Best Active Indoor Fun For Cold Weather Days In Boston

January 28, 2012 2:02 AM

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-By Cristy MatteThere are days when it’s simply too cold to stay outside, but you’re still antsy to get in some fun and physical activity. Here are some places where you can jump, climb, flip and dodge to release that pent-up energy.
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Tuesday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m.-Midnight
Saturday: 10 a.m.- Midnight
Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Closed Mondays

Laser Tag: One 40-minute Session: $13
Adrenaline Zone (Inflatables): $9, 2 and under: $6

Laser Craze offers laser tag, inflatable play structures, an arcade and a café. The 7,000 square-foot laser tag arena is multi-level and uses black lights and fog for ambiance. Kids must be at least 7 years old to play, but younger kids can enjoy the inflatable Adrenaline Zone. The space is handicap accessible.

Rock Spot Climbing, Boston

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Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-Midnight

Admission: Day Pass: $16, $24 w/gear; Kids 7 & under: $10, $15 w/gear

Rock climbing isn’t something everyone considers when looking for indoor physical activities, but it’s an excellent way to get in a workout and have fun, as well. Plus, you can take your skills into the great outdoors once the weather warms up. Rock Spot Climbing has climbs and classes for beginners and for more advanced climbers. They also have a few auto-belays in-house, allowing you to climb on your own if you don’t have a friend handy to belay for you.  Here’s our top list of Boston rock climbing facilities.

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Hours: Monday-Friday: 2 p.m.-10 p.m., Weekends: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Admission: 2 Minutes of Flight Time: Adults, $55; Kids 3-11, $50

Ever wanted to go skydiving? SkyVenture NH is an indoor vertical wind tunnel where you can get the sensation of flying without having to jump out of a plane. The activity is safe for those 3 and up, so you can go as a family, or just with your friends. They also host birthday parties. SkyVenture is about an hour from Boston.

Open Jump:
Tuesday-Thursday: 3 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Friday: Noon-11 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday: Noon- 8 p.m.

Closed on Mondays.

Admission: 30 min for $8, 1 hour for $12, 2 hour for $18; Special pricing for toddlers

If you have far too much energy, this is the spot for you. Imagine a wall-to-wall trampoline; there isn’t a much better way to get in some active time. Sky Zone has a variety of activities, including Open Jump and “SkyRobics,” but those feeling competitive will probably want to join a game of 3D dodgeball. Check out their site for special jump times for toddlers and teens.

Looking for more action? Here’s our Guide to Extreme Sports around Boston.

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Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults: Free; Kids 3-12: $10.99; Kids under 2: $5.99

This one is strictly for the kids 12 and under. The staff will sign you in and place wristbands on adults and kids for safety. This means you can give your more independent jumpers room to roam and play without any hovering. In fact, Monkey Joe’s provides Internet access, a TV, and even a computer station to entertain the adults. The referees here are attentive, but do keep an eye on your younger kids and those who are particularly rambunctious. There are only a few referees on at any given time and it can get chaotic when school is out. There is a special area for kids 3 and under, but you occasionally need to nudge out curious older ones. Monkey Joes has a café with pizza from a local pizzeria and a handful of video games. And here is our top list of other awesome indoor playspaces for you kids!

Christy Matte is a local freelance writer and blogger, as well as co-founder of Boston Parent Bloggers. She blogs about parenting, travel, tech, and philanthropy at QuirkyFusion.com.