With the first snowfall of the year, it appears that Winter has arrived. Although we may yet have some warm weather, and there will still be lots of fun to be had outside, it’s a good time of year to examine the indoor options Calgary has to offer. Since I wrote about this topic in the spring, three indoor play places have closed – the short-lived Kiddos Coffee Time (on 4th St NW), The Coffee Tot (McKenzie Towne) and Kids Play All Day (Silverado). As far as I know, no new ones have opened but if you hear of one, please e-mail me at email@example.com or leave a comment below.
More than any other topic I cover, the comments on indoor play places can sometimes get a bit heated – for any play place, some people will love it and others will find it disappointing. When I write my reviews, I try to keep in mind that each indoor play place is different and none is the right fit for everyone. Organized by area, here are short reviews on each of Calgary’s indoor play centres to help you find the one that’s right for your family.
North West Play Centres
Located in Cambrian Heights NW this coffee and play place is aimed at children 6 and under. It features a driving track, little tykes climbers, kitchens, play house and a soft mat baby area and more. It has a full service coffee shop with food that is made to order. This is a great place for toddlers to engage in independent play. As of May 2013, Coffee and Scream have been under new management. No major changes have been made so far.
Joso’s runs a play centre and a preschool program at their north Calgary location. The play centre is for kids 8 and under. It features a 4 level play structure with a ball pit, baby area and 2 plasma cars. They have a concession which primarily serves snacks.
Tommy K Play’s North location is at the North end of the Beacon Hill Shopping Centre and caters to kids 12 and under. It offers a huge indoor climber, trampoline basketball, time freak game, roller race track and toddler area. For an additional fee kids over 5 and adults can play laser tag or climb the climbing wall. They offer a number of pre-prepared lunch and snack choices.
North East Play Centres
Stir Crazy is located in the NE and is aimed at kids 12 and under. It features a large dessert themed indoor playground, bouncy castles and toddler area. Since my last review, the quiet play room has been turned into a party room. Stir crazy offers a variety of pre-prepared sandwiches, wraps and salads as well as cupcakes made on site. Update: 2014 Stir Crazy review
Located near Sunridge Mall in the NE, Chuck E Cheese is free to enter but requires tokens to play the rides and games. The primary attractions are redemption games and token operated rides. Chuck E. Cheese primarily serves pizza, but also has sandwiches and a salad bar.
South Play Centres
8. Fun ‘n’ More
This family fun centre can be found at MacLeod Trail and Canyon Meadows. Its features are aimed at children from 0-12 and include a tall play structure, toddler area, interactive floor mat, Black light mini-golf and skating on an artificial ice surface. There is a fast-food style concession and central seating with great visibility.
9. Play a Latte
Lcated in Midnapore , Play a Latte features 3 big bouncy castles, 1 little bouncy castle climbing toys, ride on thomas train, bouncy and hippity-hop horses. For ages 7 and under. Play a Latte primarily offers snacks but they do have a couple of sandwich choices if you want to stay for lunch. Since my last review Play a Latte reports that they have improved the lighting and added a small play area for kids under 2 years old.
10. Tommy K Play - South
Tommy K Play is located in the South East at 130th Avenue and caters to kids 12 and under. It offers a huge indoor climber, a laser maze, gaming tower, roller race track and toddler area. They offer a number of pre-prepared lunch and snack choices. Update: 2014 review of Tommy K Play.
Located in Okotoks this play centre is aimed at kids 10 and under but can accommodate kids as old as 12. It features a multi-level play structure with a large ball pit, bouncy castle, climbing wall and baby area with a ball pit, slide and other age appropriate toys. The eating area has bright windows and serves fast food style options that are made fresh when you order.
This family fun centre located to the west of Calgary is aimed at an older demographic than the others here serving teenagers and adults as well as younger children. Its also the largest centre with an indoor play ground, arcade/redemption games, climbing tower and laser tag. In better weather they also have mini golf, go-carts and water wars. They have a fast food style concession. Summer review of Shakers Family Fun Centre.
Closed in 2013: Kiddos Coffee Time, The Coffee Tot and Kids Play All Day.
Please Note: I love hearing other perspectives on Calgary’s play places both positive and negative, but I reserve the right to delete comments that I do not feel are in keeping with the family friendly tone of my website and forward them to the owners. This occurs extremely rarely. If you have a bad experience at a play place, I encourage you to e-mail the owners with your complaint. If you have concerns over cleanliness, please file a complaint with the city.
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