Sydney's Best Kid's Indoor Play Centres for Rainy Days and Summer Heat
Rain may be great for farmers, ducks and plants but it’s hard work for parents and kids! And what about those stinking hot days when you want to escape the sun? If you need some inspiration for beating the rainy day blues and sunny day meltdowns, why not head to one of Sydney’s Best Indoor Play Centres? The kids get a workout, mum or dad gets a coffee and everyone stays happy. Here’s our guide to some of Sydney’s best by region:
Monkey Mania at the Entertainment Quarter - play equipment for ages 1-12 and dedicated toddlers area. Please note: Monkey Mania EQ is temporarily closed.
We also love Cool Cats in Randwick, where kids are entertained for hours with inflatable games like the Leg Roll, a bucking mechanical bull, and every sized jumping castle imaginable! Now open for casual visits Saturday & Sunday. Please call ahead.
Skyzone in Alexandria is an awesome mega-trampolining, indoor climbing and now a ninja gym venue too. From their ‘Little Leapers’ sessions for under 4s to adults who want to bounce and fly – this is amazing fun for all ages. There are lots of other deals on offer over the school holidays, particularly if you enter after 5pm. And school holiday camps where you can learn the art of trampolining! Now open. Book before you visit.
Little Dynamos in Alexandria has a five-level themed play structure full of tunnels, climbs, tree houses, a flying fox, mazes, bridge climbs and five amazing slides! There is a foam ball arena and a separate play area for babies and toddlers. Now open.
There’s also Nubo in Alexandria for loads of indoor fun including arts and crafts plus a ball pool (with a slide), imagination room and an awesome library. The calming blue and white colour scheme and instrumental nursery rhymes playing in the background will make you feel like you've stepped into heaven. Now open.
Twinkle Kids Cafe in Burwood is similar to Nubo but more intimate and lots going on. Slides, ball pits, dress-ups, supermarket play, baby pods and so much more. Adults get a $4 credit to spend at the cafe so there's your coffee sorted! Now open.
Your whole family will love the funhouse that has it all - Archie Brothers Electric Circus opened in Alexandria last year and is already a hit with kids and the kids at heart. From ten-pin bowling and laser tag to video games and dodgem cars. Now open. You must pre-book a 90-minute session.
Try indoor rock climbing for something different on a rainy day – the excellent Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym at St Peters has great after school, holiday and weekend programs for kids 5 and up. Now open. No booking required.
There’s the fantastic Jungle Buddies based in Five Dock – a refreshing new approach to indoor play that offers kids’ active play along with fresh food, as well as a fun party venue and fully serviced café. Please note: Jungle Buddies is temporarily closed.
Another local fave is Shiny Star Playcentre in North Strathfield. Open for play Monday to Saturday, however, closed to the general public during vacation care. Now open.
Lollipop’s Playland & Cafe in Rosehill is also serious fun. There’s all the traditional play centre gear plus a giant rock climbing wall for the over 4’s and Code Red Laser Skirmish for the over 6’s. Now open.
Monkey Mania in Bankstown offers an impressive 10-metre high play area, jumping castle, dedicated toddlers area and more. Giggle Lots in Bankstown is a circus-themed centre for kids to 12 with some unique offerings for older kids and a separate toddler’s area. Now open.
Lollipops Playland & Cafe in Penrith is a superb play centre for children under 11 years. It offers a huge play area with two jumping castles, speed slide, flying fox and more. Now open.
Ultimate Sydney at Northmead has all your family entertainment needs in one 2500m2 place- with a massive network of interconnected trampolines, zip lines, a foam pit, climbing wall, and of course- giant play centre. It has a sensory room, party rooms for birthdays, a cafe, a more importantly - a parent’s retreat. Young children 0-5 are well catered for with Kids World- with trampolines and mini rock-climbing walls. Now open.
Monkey Mania Ryde is the newest Monkey Mania centre, located within the Top Ryde City Shopping Centre. It offers a jumping castle, dedicated toddlers area, foam ball area, climbing structure, slides and go-karts. Plus, that all-important cafe for parents! Please note: Monkey Mania Ryde is temporarily closed.
If your little ones are obsessed with ball pits, Planet Mino Chatswood is ball pit heaven! The chic indoor play centre opened in 2019 and is already an indoor play centre hit! The multi-level play centre features playgrounds, giant slides, a sandpit, toys, crafts, LEGO, trampolines, a ginormous ball pit, and even an augmented reality play wall. Now open.
Rockhouse Indoor Climbing offers a great family activity. It's safe, fun and a great way to get fit! Anyone can give it a go from three-year-olds through to grandmas. Now open.
Cheeky Monkeys in Warriewood offering great indoor play areas for fun casual visits. Now open.
You’ll also find a recently upgraded play area in Warringah Mall Shopping Centre. Please note: Warringah Mall play area is temporarily closed.
Chipmunks in Macquarie Centre (also located at Villawood and Bankstown) is air-conditioned and also offers a drop-off service for school-age children, perfect for getting through a few errands on a drizzly day. Now open.
Castle Hill offers Lollipopsland - The Hill’s leading children’s indoor play area with a giant playframe, brand new Airplay with foam balls cannons, Teacup Ride, inflatable jumping castles, super high walk-bridge, speed slide, bouncy slide, ball pits, dedicated toddlers area, play-believe areas, and ride-on cars section plus a dedicated toddler area. Now open.
For an awesome forest-inspired play centre, check out The Play Cave in Miranda. It comes highly-recommended by ellaslist readers for its two separate play areas (one dedicated to toddlers) and for its onsite restaurant and amazing menu! Now open.
Little Feet Cafe in Engadine is on the small side but a perfect local escape on a rainy day. There are natural light, free wifi and a decent menu. Now open.
Funtime 4 Kidz offers some of the most exciting children’s free play in the Sutherland Shire a perfect playground for kids to romp through and explore, plus a 3-tier Climbing Maze, Separate Toddler Area, Jumping Castle, Ball pools & Slides. They also do Laser Tag! Now open.
South Sydney/St George
Shrimps Play and Party Centre is a clean and safe environment for 0-12’s with an amazing 3 tiered play structure with giant slides, tunnels, ball pools, flying fox and more. Please note: Shrimps is temporarily closed.
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Aug 08 2020
Where’s south west Sydney? Got tons to offer.
Jul 15 2020
Baby Paraiso in Hurstville is a great little cafe/playcentre for kids under 5.
Jan 10 2020
I would like to recommend Tik Tocs Party and Play Center in Preston, Sydney that is a fun place for kids. Apart from that Chipmunks is also worthy of time and pleasure. Thanks
Jan 05 2016
The Playhouse at Mingara recreation club is fantastic - great staff that care for kids from 6 weeks to 14 years of age - a fantastic facility for anyone visiting the central coast!