Please see the updated version of this list – Calgary’s Indoor Play Places 2015
Since I last wrote about this topic last Winter, two new indoor play places opened and I found another one that I had overlooked. There are also plans for 2015 for a new play place in Airdrie, another Joso’s location in the South end of Calgary and Edmonton’s Treehouse Indoor Playground intends to open a Calgary location as well.
Update 2015: Treehouse has now opened in Calgary
Update June 2015: Stir Crazy has now closed.
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
New this year, Hop, Sip and Jump opened in Silver Springs and caters to kids 10 and under. It features a small toddler area with soft blocks for kids 2 and under and a large climber with a double slide, big ball area, tunnel, bridge and obstacles. They have a full service cafe with a separate entrance next door – all menu items can be purchased inside the play place as well.
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.
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. They are planning on opening a new location in the South in 2015.
The Tot Spot is located upstairs inside the Flip Factory Gymnastics Facility and is for kids 6 and under. It features a bouncy castle, climbers, large mats and balance beams. They have a small cafe and you can also bring in your own food to eat just outside the play area.
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
Another new option this year is the Super Duper Playground. It caters primarily to kids 7 and under and features a climber with slides, soft mat climber, pretend play areas and ride on toys as well as a small area just for babies. They have an on-site cafe that serves hot drinks, snacks as well as sandwiches and baked goods pre-prepared onsite.
7. Stir Crazy Family Fun Centre – Closed June 2015
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. They have turned their quiet play room into a party room and some of the quiet play toys are now in the toddler area. Stir crazy offers a variety of pre-prepared sandwiches, wraps and salads as well as cupcakes made on site.
(photo courtesy of Stir Crazy Family Fun Centre)
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
9. 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 and black light mini-golf. They have made some significant changes since our last review, including adding a Toddler Jungle Gym, a new Time Freak button pushing game and transforming the skating rink into a Mini-bowling alley. There is a fast-food style concession and central seating with great visibility.
Update 2015: New review of Fun ‘n’ More.
10. Play a Latte
Located 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. Last Summer they also had a expanded play area outside.
11. 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.
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.
Opened in 2015: Treehouse Indoor Play Place
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.