As the summer heat continues (because Texas 🌞), I find myself less motivated to go outside with my daughter. We all know outdoor time has great benefits, but what if I don’t want to sit in the humid air and fight off mosquitoes? That’s when indoor playgrounds come in handy! My kid gets to play and run around while Momma gets to enjoy the greatness that is central A/C.
I have scoured the internet, searched my local Facebook groups and received intel from other parents to bring you this list of indoor playgrounds near Carrollton. They will be categorized by price so you know if you can afford that after-playtime trip to Target where “you only need one thing”. 😉 You will see a variety of options, from mall play areas to fitness gyms.
Save this article for that next hot/rainy/cold day when you’d rather stay inside, but still want your kids to burn off some of their endless energy. Enjoy and thank me later!
Free (my favorite word!):
- Shops at Willow Bend play area in Plano: Located right by the Crate & Barrel entrance, this soft play area is great for babies and beyond due to the carpeted floor and the climbing structures having rounded edges. There is lots of seating all around the perimeter and only one way in and out. Right next to the play area are pay-to-play kiddie ride machines that all ages can enjoy. More info: Open until 8 PM Monday-Saturday and until 6 PM Sunday
- Prestonwood Kidz Indoor Playground in Plano: This play area is inside Prestonwood Baptist Church, and the majority of the room is occupied by a tall climbing/running padded playground that has several levels, different entrances/exits and a few slides. There is also a rock climbing wall, a hill area with tunnels, and a small baby/toddler section. A cafe is nearby if you and your kids get hungry. More info: For 10 years and under, open Monday–Friday: 10 AM-4 PM, registration required
- Living Spaces in Frisco: While shopping for furniture, your kids can explore this enclosed play area that features a huge padded playground with multiple levels. There is also a movie room, games and coloring/drawing materials. There is an attendant that helps watch the kids that are playing, so if your child is 4 or older, you can go shop while they play. If you need food and drinks, there is a cafe and bar in the store as well. More info: Open Monday-Sunday until 8 PM, registration required
- Preston Trail Community Church in Frisco: This is another padded playground for the littles, similar to Prestonwood and Living Spaces, with slides and multiple levels. To access, you will enter through the covered entrance on the north side of the building. More info: For 10 years and under, open Monday-Thursday: 10 AM-2 PM, Friday: 10 AM-1 PM, Saturday: Closed, Sunday: 9 AM-12:30 PM
- Scheels Playland in The Colony: In the Youth Girls clothing section, you will find a small padded playground with a couple of levels and a slide. Be sure to also check out the aquarium and the animal display while you’re in this huge store. Other attractions (that cost money) are the indoor ferris wheel, arcade games and the cafe and coffee shop. More info: Open Monday-Friday: 9:30 AM-9 PM, Saturday: 9:30 AM-9 PM, Sunday: 11 AM-7 PM
Up to $15
- The Ark at GracePoint Church in Coppell: This low-priced playground has two padded play structures, one big and one small, so multiple ages can enjoy. A nearby cafe has food and plenty of tables. More info: $5 per child, for 10 years and under, adults and children under 1 are free, check their website for fall hours coming soon, reservations required
- Strong Fitness in Farmers Branch: Inside this gym is a massive fitness park that all ages can enjoy. There is lots of padding, so your kids will stay safe as they run, jump, swing and slide around. There are obstacle courses that get changed around for variety and a 5 years and under area. A cafe is right next to the action so you can grab food and drinks. They also have parent’s night out events and summer camps. More info: Starting at $10.95 per child under 5 years, Open Monday-Friday: 10 AM-6 PM, Saturday: 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday: 12 PM to 6 PM
- We Rock the Spectrum in Plano: This inclusive gym is set up to provide both physical and mental stimulation for all kids, including those with sensory processing disorders. The list of equipment includes swings, a zipline, trampoline, play structure, and crash mats/pillows. There are also arts and crafts and a calming room for kids who need to regulate. More info: $14 per child, siblings $12 each, Open Monday-Friday: 9 AM-6 PM, call for weekend hours
- Play Street Museum in Plano: This interactive museum provides kids the opportunity to imagine and explore through play and education. There are kid-sized playhouses, toys, games and crafts available. Each week, they focus on different topics (like airplanes, musical instruments, bees, etc.) and have coordinating activities. More info: $13 per child 1-8 years, Open Monday-Friday: 8:30 AM-5:30 PM and occasional weekend events, reservations required
- Safari Run in Plano: A big play structure and running tracks are the first thing you’ll see as you walk into this place. Right next to the parent’s lounge area is a play area specifically for kids ages 1-3 years old. There is an arcade room with several games that give you tickets you can turn in for prizes. They also offer parent’s night out and drop off camps. More info: $14 per child, adults and children under 1 are free, Open Monday-Friday: 9:30 AM-6 PM, check online calendar for availability
- Kids Empire in Dallas: This playground features a multi-leveled maze that includes slides, obstacles, and spinning equipment. The tots area has age appropriate structures and a ball pit. Kids can also play games, build with giant blocks, ride a bicycle or motorcycle, groove on the dance floor and kick a ball around in the soccer arena. More info: $15 per child, 2 adults free per child, Open Monday-Thursday: 10 AM-8 PM, Friday-Sunday: 10 AM-10 PM
- Cheeky Monkeys in Plano: This place is all about the soft play, so babies can join in the fun. There are structures for climbing, sliding, jumping and more, plus a toddler area with a ball pit. In addition, there is a kid-sized clubhouse with a play kitchen, living room and toy room. They offer classes and activities on a regular basis. More info: Monday-Friday: $16.99 all day or $13.99 for one hour. Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday: $13.99 for the first hour and $4.99 for any additional hours, Ages 10 months to 8 years, Open Sunday–Thursday: 9 AM–6 PM, Friday & Saturday: 9 AM–8 PM
- Urban Air in Coppell: If jumping around is your kid’s thing (and maybe your thing too!), this trampoline park has you covered. Attractions include: trampolines, obstacles and ropes courses, a zip-line experience, foam pit, dodgeballs, basketball hoop, a tumble track and a big airbag to jump on. There is a traditional playground as well to climb and slide on. An on-site cafe will keep you fueled for however long you stay here. More info: Starting at $11.99 per child under 5 years and $6 per parent, Open Monday-Thursday: 4 PM-8 PM, Friday: 4 PM-9 PM, Saturday: 10 AM-9 PM, Sunday: 10 AM-8 PM
- Crayola Experience in Plano: There are many *colorful* activities at this huge interactive destination located inside the Shops at Willow Bend. They have 25 attractions, including a coloring station, crafts, puzzles, shows, dancing, and big and little playgrounds. There is food and a store inside, so you can easily spend a few hours here. More info: Starting at $24.99 each person, 2 years and under are free, Open Monday-Friday: 10 AM-4 PM, Saturday-Sunday: 10 AM-5 PM
If you know of any other play places for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, please comment below!
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About the Author
Kelli Morales is a Texas native who lives in Carrollton with her husband Raul, toddler daughter Grace, and pet rabbit Buddy. She enjoys yoga, watching reruns of The Office and Friends, and exploring the outdoors with her daughter.