Get ready to be amazed by these indoor playgrounds for kids that have trampolines, monster slides, rock climbing, and more entertainment
The year-round sunshine in San Diego gives families the ability to spend time outdoors hiking the best trails in SoCal, exploring San Diego tide pools, and even catching some waves at our kid-friendly beaches (for those brave enough to withstand cold Pacific waters) along the coast. But sometimes, it’s nice to head indoors which is why we’ve rounded up the best indoor playgrounds San Diego has to offer throughout the county. Kids of all ages will love these wonderlands with features like animal slides, giant bounce houses, and wall-to-wall trampolines.
1. Fandory Factory
This one-stop-shop offers the ultimate workspace for working parents and a super cool play space for kids. The combination of an indoor entertainment experience for your kids while providing an office/workspace for you is a unique must-visit spot. Whether you need just a desk to work for a few hours, a place to meet a colleague or a simple change of scenery from your home office, Fandory Factory is a great solution. The kid-size indoor play town offers visitors of all ages the chance to play and use their imagination as they enjoy a shopping trip at the market house, cook a meal in the kitchen, or play on the slides of the treehouse.
16787 Bernardo Center Dr. Ste 7
KidWonder is a kinetic learning academy looking to inspire kids through physical activity to find their passion and gain confidence. They're an indoor playground, the first American ninja warrior gym in San Diego, and they also have gymnastics classes, along with mom's day out events, pre-K prep, and more. In addition, they host birthday parties and have tons of activities for kids of all ages.
4735 Point Loma Ave.
3. The New Children's Museum
The New Children's Museum offers plenty of indoor play and fun. Don't miss one of our favorite installations—Teatro Piñata, a traveling theatre caravan. Behind its curtains, nothing is as it seems. This is the world of Teatro Piñata. In this immersive theatre installation, the caravan theatre is a portal to an expansive and surreal backstage world. Much like a piñata, what’s inside brings delight to children who crack it open. Discover a ticket booth with a secret tunnel, step up on stage and put on a show, dress up in colorful costumes in the backstage dressing rooms, play with shadow puppets, and more.
Kids will also love Whammock! It's a giant hammock they can climb and swing across.
200 West Island Ave.
4. Pump it Up
Whether it's a giant slide or bounce house that your half-pints love, this is a great place to release that stored up energy. You'll have to be 34 inches to play, and you can find plenty of open days to fit your schedule. What's more, plan your next party here, and they do everything for you.
12760 Danielson Ct., Ste J
445 Ryan Dr., Ste. 103
5. Westfield North County
Shop and play! Head out to this indoor mall in North County San Diego where there's plenty to do. From great shops to a giant animal play area, little bunnies can have tons of fun. What's more, the play area is free. When done, head to the inside food court for a bite to eat. Choose from options like pizza, Chinese food, and a giant cinnamon roll for dessert. Before you head out, treat tots to a ride on the mall's indoor train.
272 East Via Rancho Pkwy
6. The Playground
Located at Grossmont Center Mall, The Playground is a little kid's version of indoor play heaven complete with ball pits, foam block pool, inflatables, trampolines, ride-on toys, basketball hoops, cars, and play centers including a grocery stand that encourage imaginative play.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr.
7. My Gym Children's Fitness Center
Swing on over to My Gym Children's Fitness Center, Poway where you can explore their state-of-the-art facility and meet the staff while the kiddos play on the equipment and join in the revelry of music, dance, games, puppet shows, storytimes, gymnastics, and indoor play. My Gym offers structured classes for kids aged 6 weeks to 10 years old. Their classes incorporate circle time, dance, song, relay, games, gymnastics, puppet shows, and much more.
12222 Poway Rd., Suite 18-19
8. The Backyard at The Nat
The San Diego Natural History Museum's nature-inspired indoor play area called The Backyard is designed for kids five and younger. This serene setting gives little ones a chance to explore the natural world while parents sit back and observe. Tiny tots ages 0-2 will dig in the garden bed and have a safe, soft space to do tummy time and grasp a variety of textures. Ages 2-5 can do activities like dressing up like familiar animals and crawling on a giant ladybug. Kids can also pot flowers, read books, sort shapes, and solve puzzles.
1788 El Prado
9. Play City
Play City truly is a world of fun for kids ages 0-12. Featuring an indoor inflatable playground and massive play structures, this is the place to go to tire out those tots. Speaking of tots, Play City has a designated toddler zone, especially for ages 1-3 making it a choice spot as an indoor playground for toddlers. Add to that? A carpeted area just for babies 0-1. Parents will love that you can bring in your own food and enjoy lunch at the tables while your kids are in view on the play structures.
871 Showroom Pl., Ste. 105
10. Rockin' Jump
This indoor trampoline park is suitable for tots, tweens, and teens, but they do something really special for the six and under set three times a week. For two hours and an affordable price, first graders and younger can have a fun, safe time. The older tots and parents will love the two basketball hoops and the foam block pits. Don't miss the dodgeball arena, slam dunk zone, and vertical ops.
8190 Miralani Dr.
FUNbelievable will especially please parents with kids spaced multiple years apart. Crawlers and new walkers can claim the corner lot of this Lakeside play spot. A ball pit, a small blue slide, and soft crawl-on toys are encased by a perimeter of soft foam blocks. While FUNbelievable appeals to those 12 and under, the older set is thoroughly entertained by the neighboring play structure that includes taller slides and mazes.
11655 Riverside Dr.
12. San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
Looking for an indoor playground near Escondido? This pirate ship and slide that's enclosed by a nautical-like gate is a choice spot. Kids can prepare play food in the ship's rear galley before venturing to the lot's backyard where bubble tables and a stage with foam blocks await. When they've grown hungry for snacks prepared by you, there are some picnic tables by the garden where they can fuel up before romping around the shaded archeological digging site.
320 N Broadway
Classes at Gymboree Play & Music are arranged by age for kids five and younger, so your little ones will experience age-appropriate activities with their peers. A class begins and ends with circle time and the middle is filled with themed activities that are played out with playground-like structures that were constructed specifically for infants and young toddlers. Young babies will get the thrill of possibly going down their first slide, early explorers will crawl through tunnels, and they'll be gently schooled on just how to interact with others their age.
4340 Genesee Ave.
14. Kid City at Fleet Science Center
Consider exploring Kid City on a Residents' Free Day, the first Tuesday of each month, when admission is on the house. The second floor five and under play area is smaller than others on this list, but it's enough to keep the younger set well entertained. A grocery store with a moving conveyer belt sits prominently in the middle and little shopping carts may be seen whizzing down the room's main street. Babies will gawk with wonder as their plastic ball gets sucked up by a tube and they'll eagerly watch as toddler learners watch their ball filter through wheels and various contraptions that carry them up, down, and around the wall.
1875 El Prado
Bounce it out! The dedicated kids' court makes this indoor trampoline spot a must-do for little tykes. Even more, there are plenty of activities for bigger kids––like trying the trapeze that lands in a foam pit. You can head to the main court for major bouncing action, joust on a beam, or try your skill at the rock climbing wall. Kids won't be able to get enough of this trampoline park.
1928 Hacienda Dr.