Top Indoor Play Areas in Houston | West University Moms

We know, it is SUPER Hot right now and the nature spots and outdoor playgrounds don’t seem as appealing! We’ve got you covered with the top indoor play areas in Houston.

Palace Social 

Palace Bowling Lanes was a long-time, beloved gem of Bellaire. Many local families have decades of memories that were made at Palace. Now, Palace Social is a newly revitalized experience! Bowling lanes are just the beginning. With virtual reality, arcade games, an eSports lounge, craft cocktails, and a refined menu—Palace Social is the ultimate place to have good times together.


High-energy fun zone featuring indoor play structures for children & separate party rooms.  Wonderwild is a safe indoor environment that encourages kids to see just how far their imaginations can take them. Check out the daily cleaning/sanitizing policies and process here. Wonderwild side in the Heights is for kids 8 and under. Wonderwild(er) side in the Heights is for kids 11 and under. All pricing subject to change without notice. During a statewide mask mandate, masks are required for anyone 10 and over; socks required for all adults and kids.

Children’s Museum Houston

The Children’s Museum of Houston is a children’s museum in the Museum District in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1980 and housed in a building designed by Robert Venturi, it offers a multitude of innovative exhibits and bilingual learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years. Closed on Mondays. Free admission is available to everyone every Thursday night, 5 pm – 8 pm. Reserve tickets NOW.

The Little Galleria Presented By MD Anderson’s Children’s Cancer Hospital

This indoor playground designed to provide a safe and fun place for children to play while at the Galleria, the smallest child is a giant. The play area includes miniature versions of landmark Galleria retail stores such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. It even includes a miniature version of the iconic Williams Tower. Made from a specially molded, anti-bacterial foam material, the buildings are meant for climbing, jumping and other activities. The play area also features a soft, path-based floor that represents Uptown Houston with street names such as Westheimer and Post Oak.

Christ the King Presbyterian Church Indoor Playground

The Indoor Playground will be open most Mondays and Wednesdays during the summer from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Reservations will be required and can be made up to one week in advance.  The Outdoor Playground will be open this summer on most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. No reservation is necessary to play on the outdoor playground BUT please check the calendar for the schedule.

We Rock the Spectrum 

With open play, children are welcome to come in and enjoy the same activities that are offered during the private sessions and private parties. This includes full use of the gym with all equipment, and an arts & crafts section that has: beading, painting, lanyards and much more.

Ikea’s Smaland 

Smaland is located just past the entrance to the store on the lower level. Kids who are 37 to 54 inches tall and fully potty trained (no pullups or diapers allowed) can spend an hour burning off energy while you browse, shop or daydream in the cafe upstairs.

The Smaland play area has a giant ball pit, art supplies and a movie viewing area for kids to enjoy. Non-employee adults are not allowed to enter this area. IKEA has several measures in place for kid safety with the drop off system. All kids must be signed in and out by the same person. Adults and kids get matching hand stamps with a number and parents get a beeper with the corresponding number that will light up when you need to return. Adults must also retain the slip that you fill out during drop off to show when you come to sign your child out.

Smaland has its own bathroom inside so kids never need to leave the area. There is a strict 1 hour, once a day policy adhered to. The maximum number of kids allowed in the play area depends on the number of staff on duty. On a quiet weekday morning there was only one staff member which limited the space to 6 kids.


Houston First Baptist Church – Playland 

The Play land is a fun play area in the Fitness & Recreation Center for children ages 2nd-5th grade. It is open to the public during regular facility hours except on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30p. During inclement weather, First Baptist Academy will have exclusive use of the PlayLand and Game Room. Please call our Front Desk, 713.957.6710, to inquire about any changes.

Jumping World Sharpstown

Jumping World Houston’s southwest location is the BEST place for indoor trampolines, foam pits, basketball dunking, dodgeball, and more! Besides all the fast-paced features, we offer a big variety of activities that are perfect for the younger crowd or the young at heart including plushy foam pit, too cute for words toddler court, walk on water cylinder, and authentic mechanical bull.

Memorial Drive United Methodist Church

Inside MDUMC’s West Campus, you’ll find their playground. It’s right inside the Journey Worship Center, open to children 10 and under on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon. Buy Xanax online

Fort Bend Children’s Discover Center

With several fun, interactive play exhibits, your kids will have tons of activities from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, entrance starts at just $12 per person with a discount for seniors and military.



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