Since I last wrote about this topic, two new indoor play places have opened up in the North (Hide N Seek and Fun City Play Centre), a second Treehouse location in Midnapore and one in Airdrie (YeeHaw Play). Coffee n’ Scream and Super Duper Playground closed in 2016.
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
Hop, Sip and Jump opened last year 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’ve made some changes since they opened and now have a additional playroom with a kitchen, playhouse and giant lego building blocks. They have a full service cafe and ice cream shop with a separate entrance next door – all menu items can be purchased inside the play place as well.
2. Joso’s Play and Learn Centre – North
Joso’s runs a play centre and a preschool program at their north Calgary location. The play centre is primarily aimed at kids 5 and under but can accommodate kids as old as 8. 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 also have a new South location.
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
New this year, this Pirate themed indoor play place has a three level climber as well as a toddler climber and bouncy castle. It’s a great spot if you want to have a coffee while your kids play or have more than one kid you need to keep track of.
6. Hide N Seek
Calgary’s newest indoor play place just opened this November (2016). It features a huge indoor climber with tons of slides and special features, redemption games, and toddler areas. This is a great space for bigger kids and younger kids but it is a big space and can be challenging if you have younger kids that don’t want to stay together or a young kid who wants to go up the big climber when you do not. They have a full service cafe with lots of options.
Treehouse is located in the NE just North of 32nd avenue. They cater to kids 12 and under. They offer a huge climber, bouncy castle, baby room, toy room, animal riders, backyard blasters, x-box area, climbing wall, interactive mat and arcade games. It is great for bigger kids and has a nice space for babies and toddlers but it is large and can be challenging to keep track of kids of different ages. They offer ready to eat snacks and sandwiches as well as hot items like hot dogs and pizza.
Located near Sunridge Mall in the NE, Chuck E Cheese is free to enter but requires tokens to play the rides and games. The 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, baby area toddler jungle gym, interactive floor mat and time freak game. For an additional cost they also offer black light mini-golf and mini bowling. There is a fast-food style concession and central seating with great visibility.
Joso’s has recently opened a second in West Springs. This location also features a play centre as well as a preschool program. The play centre is primarily aimed at kids 5 and under but can accommodate kids as old as 8. It features a 4 level play structure with a ball pit, baby area and plasma cars. They have a concession which primarily serves snacks.
11. 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 10 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.
12. 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.
Treehouse’s new South location can be found in Midnapore and caters to kids 12 and under. They offer a huge indoor play structure, arcade, interactive floor, animal riders, toddler zone and trampoline.. It is great for bigger kids and has a nice space for babies and toddlers but it is large and can be challenging to keep track of kids of different ages. They offer ready to eat snacks and sandwiches as well as hot items like hot dogs and pizza.
13. YeeHaw Play – Airdrie
YeeHaw Play features a 3 story play structure, toddler area, deli and seating area.
(photo courtesy of Yeehaw Play)
Closed in 2016: Coffee n Scream, Playtopia (Okotoks)
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.