When it’s yucky outside, we often look to indoor play gyms and play places to keep our active kiddos busy, and keep us from losing our sanity. There’s no shortage of play gyms in Metro Vancouver, but we like to look for ones that have something different and special that really makes for a fun day playing away. Here are 6 indoor play places with a twist, all located in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

photo from Kidtropolis


Unit 110 – 5940 No. 2 Road, Richmond
Kidtropolis in Richmond is a place where little imaginations get set free. It’s a tiny town, complete with police station, doctor’s office, pizzeria, airport, real working broadcast news station and more — it’s 17,000 square feet of imaginative play! There’s even a stage for kids to put on their very own show. If you have a kiddo that loves make believe and dress up, this is the place for them. Cost: Infants under 2 are free; kids 2+: $17 – $19 (includes admission for 1 adult). More information at kidtropolis.ca

6 pack beach
photo from 6 Pack Indoor Beach

6 Pack Indoor Beach

#115-13180 Mitchell Road, Richmond
When all your kiddo wants to do is dig in the sand, but it’s raining buckets outdoors, what do you do? Head to Richmond’s 6 Pack Indoor Beach for Lil’ Diggers club, where your kiddos can dig in real sand to their hearts’ content, and you don’t have to worry about slathering them in sunscreen. 6 Pack provides all the digging tools your little one could ever hope for. Lil’ Diggers runs Monday – Friday in the daytime (schedule changes on a weekly basis). Cost: $7 for kids under 10; kids 10+: $10. More information at 6packbeach.com

Circus School

Vancouver Circus School

#212 – 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
1525 Welch Street, North Vancouver
Bounce, juggle, twirl — if your kiddo’s wish has ever been to run away and join the circus, Vancouver Circus School needs to be on your “must-do” list. You and your kids will get a chance to jump on a trampoline, play with aerial silks, twirl ribbons, and even juggle! They offer two different types of drop-in classes — Big Top Toddlers is designed for kids 0 – 5. Kids under 1 are free and the rest are only $5. If your kids are a bit older (4 – 6) and you also want to get into the fun, give the Family Intro To Circus drop in class a try. Both New West and North Vancouver locations have toddler drop in. The Family Intro To Circus is currently only available in New Westminster. Pre-registration is required for drop-in classes. More information at vancouvercircusschool.ca

project climbing

Project Climbing

119 – 17828 65A Avenue, Surrey
Climbing gyms are a great way for you and your kiddos to burn off some energy, and we particularly love Project Climbing in Cloverdale. Their gym is a bit unique — you’ll notice there aren’t ropes everywhere and no one is wearing a harness. That’s because it’s a bouldering gym, where climbers climb up courses without any harnesses or ropes. It may sound dangerous, but the walls are lower than you may have seen at traditional climbing gyms, and the mats at the bottom of the walls are extra thick to cushion any falls. This is a great place to visit if your kids are 7+, an age group somewhat underserved in the play gym arena. Costs: $15 for students, $17 for adults. They also have a location in Abbotsford. More information at projectclimbing.ca

Play Abby
photo from Play Abby

Play Abby

2043 Abbotsford Way, Abbotsford
Play Abby may seem like your typical play gym at first glance — there’s a giant indoor playground complete with slides, there’s laser tag, an EyePlay Interactive Play Court, and one of the longest lava tubes in the Lower Mainland. And while all that is super cool, Play Abby gets a mention on our list because they offer yoga for parents while kids get free, supervised play time in the play gym (as long as they are potty trained)! Hatha Yoga is practiced every Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm and each paying adult gets 2 kids into the play gym at no extra charge. Yoga is $18 per class. More details at playabby.com

kerrisdale play palace
photo from Kerrisdale Community Centre

Kerrisdale Play Palace

Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena, 5670 East Boulevard, Vancouver
We’re treating this entry as an honourable mention — the Kerrisdale Play Palace is a super awesome bouncy castle extravaganza, complete with two bouncy castles, an inflatable obstacle course, a huge inflatable slide, plus tons of toys to play with. It gets an honourable mention in our play places with a twist roundup because it’s only open for a few months every year, from April to August. Cost: kids under 6 months are free; 6 months – 2 years: $3.62; 2 years – 6 years: $4.69; 6+ $5.20; supervising adults are free. More information at kerrisdalecc.com

Yo, mama! Looking for more rainy day fun? We’ve got you covered:


By: Michelle Hughes

While we’ve done the best we can to ensure all the information provided is correct, venues often change their hours of operation and admission fees. We recommend you check out the venue’s website for up to date information before you visit.

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