Sometimes, especially in late summer, the weather gets too hot to really enjoy anything outdoors. When that sun starts to bake, and the temperature reaches three digits, it’s tempting to just hide out inside of your house. However, there are lots of great indoor parks that are perfect for the whole family. When your kids have some extra energy, and it looks like they just may burst, take them to one of these great indoor playgrounds for lots of fun (and air conditioning).
Fun City Colorado
9670 W. Coal Mine Ave.
Littleton, CO 80123
When it comes to indoor fun, Fun City has you covered. There is a lot to enjoy at this 144,000-square-foot indoor entertainment center. The kids will love getting lost in the Laser Maze Challenge, which is like one of those big webs of lasers that you have to navigate through, just like in all of the movies. There is also laser tag, mini golf, go-karts, a three-story foam factory with more than 20,000 foam balls, a rock wall and more. For the younger kids, check out the little city and the inflatables, which has lots of fun inflatables for your kids to explore and climb on, plus the always popular jumping castle. Don’t despair mom and dad, you will have fun too because there is a full bar for you to relax at while the kids run around and work off all that energy.
Inside Family Sports Center
6901 S. Peoria St.
Centennial, CO 80112
Lollipop Park is the perfect indoor park for the younger children in your life. When the big kids get to run around on the large playgrounds and amusement parks, this is where you take your younger children so they don’t feel left out. Designed for children under 10, Lollipop Park features lots of fun rides and activities for your kiddos. There is a classic bounce castle, a train ride, the popular horse carousel, a large Ferris wheel, swing rides, whip ride, teacup ride and more. Lollipop Park is also perfect for your next birthday party, and all of the kids are certain to have a fun and safe time.
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Big Time: Trampoline Fun Center
7330 W. 52nd Ave.
Arvada, CO 80002
Ready for an indoor playground unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced? Check out Big Time Trampoline Fun Center for tons of high-flying action. There are huge 50-square-foot floor level trampolines with rope swings and climbing structures, and it’s the perfect way for the whole family to play together. The giant trampolines are designed for all ages and abilities, so everyone can have a great time. Plus there is another 27,000 square feet of other activities for play. Play indoor trampoline dodge ball, ping pong, pool, check out the obstacle course or bring the little kids to the little kids playground. Plenty of bouncy fun is ready for you at Big Time Trampoline Fun Center.
8000 S. Lincoln St.
Littleton, CO 80122
Jungle Quest is the most unique indoor playground in Denver. Your kids will love climbing and exploring the jungle in this indoor safari-themed playground. There is a lot of very exciting stuff to do here too. The tamer kids can explore the Treehouse or cross the rope bridge, and those kids ready for some serious adventure can go on the zipline, check out the safari swing and see how high they can climb on the rock climbing wall. Parents are always free, and you are welcome to watch your kids on the equipment from the lookout viewing deck, and you’ll be comfortable knowing that all of the staff is very careful and all of the kids are harnessed for safety.
Little Monkey Bizness
730 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80206
Little Monkey Bizness is another indoor playground that is specifically designed with the younger kids in mind. Designed for children six and under, this is the perfect place to take your kids on a rainy day. There is a large multi-level, soft playground, climbing structures, play areas, bounce house, clubhouses and more. There is a separate space for the crawling babies to play, where mom and dad can interact with them. For those kids who love to create, there is also an art room with all of the supplies and materials needed for creative play as well. While you are there, enjoy a cup of coffee, a latte or a cappuccino and know your kids are having a great time at Little Monkey Bizness.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.