Check out my updated list of Calgary’s Indoor Play Places – Winter 2013.
It’s no secret that I love indoor play places. Sure, I love the outdoors but Winter in Calgary can seem to last forever. This year was a good example, Winter came in October and as I write this it is April 8th and there is a thick layer of fresh snow on the ground. I think it’s great that there are so many places for kids to run around and have fun inside especially when it’s not so nice outside.
More than any other topic I’ve written about so far, 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. Coffee and ‘Scream will be under new management as of May 2013.
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.
New this year, Kiddos Coffee Time is located in the community of Highwood along 4th Street NW. It’s aimed at kids under 5 and features a play house, train table, foam block climbing structure, princess kitchen, caterpillar tunnel, rockers and small toys. They have a cafe at the front which serves coffee, snacks, sandwiches and hot dogs. Update: Kiddos Coffee Time closed Spring 2013
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, toddler area as well as a quiet play room for kids 3 and older. Stir crazy offers a variety of pre-prepared sandwiches, wraps and salads as well as cupcakes made on site.
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
The Coffee Tot is located in MacKenzie Towne and is geared towards kids under 4. It features a castle play structure with small slide, small train table, dress up clothes, ball enclosure (not a ball pit), rocking horse, zebra bouncer, caterpillar tunnel and many small toys. The have a cafe featuring premium coffee, baked goods, snacks and croissant sandwiches. Update: As of September 2013, The Coffee Tot is seeking new ownership and is closed until further notice.
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.
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 lazer maze, gaming tower, roller race track and toddler area. They offer a number of pre-prepared lunch and snack choices.
Located in the community of Silverado, Kids Play All Day is new this year. They cater to kids under 12, and feature a jungle themed 2 story climber, toddler area, roller race carts, and an interactive floor mat. Their deli serves coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads and other snack items. Update: Kids Play All Day closed indefinitely October 2013.
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
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.