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Best Indoor Play Spaces In and Around Los Angeles

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The weather might be great outdoors, but there's always a reason to enjoy an indoor playground. From ones with jungle gyms to bounce houses, there's plenty of places providing safe, enclosed spaces for the most curious of kiddos.

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Under The Sea Playground
3871 Grand View Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 915-1133

With its aquatic design, the spacious indoor playground franchise Under the Sea adds some splash to little fishies' regular playtime routine. The painted walls, featuring all sorts of ocean dwellers, get kids' imaginations bubbling, as they leap into bounce houses and explore swing sets and mini cars. For special occasions, they might even find themselves face-to-face with a friendly mermaid.

Amy's Playground
1115 Mission St
South Pasadena, CA
(626) 799-0304

Owned and operated by South Pasadena mom Amy Shachory, Amy's Playground is a haven for kids and parents alike. Featuring toys to challenge kids' bodies and minds, a carpeted shoe-free playground and more, kids here can also enjoy the 26-foot-long maze to climb up, crawl through and slide down. Additionally, a kid-sized playhouse with a kitchen center and role-playing toys to stimulate kids' imaginations, a 15x15 bouncer with double-wide slide and more are here. As an added bonus, Amy's Playground offers complimentary coffee for the grown-ups!

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Jump 'n Jammin
Westfield Santa Anita
400 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 821-9120

A huge, indoor, interactive playground, Arcadia's Jump 'n Jammin offers multi-level structures consist of tube and web crawls, barrel roll, giant slides of all types, soft play, climbing structures, bridges and obstacle courses. Kids (and adults) will also love the foam ball blasters, exploding foam ball volcano, vacuums, a tip bucket, interactive targets and much more. Even toddlers have a play area all their own. Some locations even offer rock climbing or virtual jump-rope.

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The Coop
11118 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 760-9613

Kids can dive into the multi-colored ball pit or boogie down on the lighted dance board while mom and dad take a cappuccino break in the connecting coffee bar. The Coop offers an indoor as well as outdoor space, with padded benches and comfy pillows, in case the sunshine is too lovely to resist.

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Kidspace Children's Museum
480 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 449-9144

Located on almost 3.5 acres in Pasadena, Kidspace Children's Museum is one of Southern California's premier family spots. Entering through the colorful, mirrored tunnel called The Kaleidoscope is just the beginning of this imaginative play space. At Kidspace Children's Museum, kids can also learn about what happens underground in the Digging Deeper Gallery and research rocks and minerals in the Nature Exchange exhibit.

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Scooter's Jungle
606 Hawaii St
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 848-1380

Kids can slam dunk in the bouncy Sport Court or squeeze through an inflatable obstacle course at this jungle-themed indoor play space located in Aliso Viejo, Placentia and Valencia. Specializing in group parties, Scooter's Jungle also features air hockey, ping-pong and a glow-in-the-dark ball room.

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Giggles N Hugs
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 553-4847

This Westside kiddie wonderland is a prime restaurant-and-play space for parents who are overwhelmed with taking tots to a regular eatery. At Giggles N' Hugs, mom and dad can relax while junior investigates the open play space a toy's throw away from the dining tables. Be sure to check the calendar for themed evening parties and events.

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Pretend City Children's Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 428-3900

Kids can get an early taste of adulthood – well, the fun side, at least – at Pretend City in Irvine. From a scaled-down post office and grocery store to a mini gas station and farm, kids have the opportunity to stretch their imaginations and creativity. And from Oct. 17-Jan. 30, Curious George will have his own hands-on exhibit at the museum to inspire even more monkeying around.

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Play Los Angeles
5814 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 988-1189

Children are invited – no, encouraged – to get messy at Play, the indoor fun space on Third Street close to Miracle Mile and Hancock Park. The "Messy Art" schedule allows parents and kids to drop in and paint to their heart's content – or until naptime or dinner, that is. Play's music class is also a nice draw for toddlers and preschoolers, who can explore various cultures and storytelling techniques.

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Pumper Jumpers
160 E Imperial Hwy
Fullerton, CA 92835
(714) 265-7121

A fun place for kids, Pumpers Jumpers in Fullerton is a terrific place to experience Southern California's biggest indoor inflatable playground. With over 17,000 square feet, 8 separate activity play rooms, and more for kids to enjoy. Pumper Jumpers boasts having the biggest and most cutting edge selection of fun equipment. From imaginative toys for toddlers, the latest tech games to keep kids entertained, trampoline cages for volleyball, dodgeball and free bouncing to inflatable obstacle courses, gigantic extreme inflatable slides to trampoline dodgeball, Pumper Jumpers is the ultimate center to fulfill kids of all ages. Their goal is to provide the top place for kids of all ages to create fun and memorable experiences.

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Peekaboo Playland
2030 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 255-1400

Located in the Eagle Rock community of Los Angeles, this indoor play space with attached children's boutique boasts a playful "Stork's Nest" as well as tube slide for kids who are feeling adventurous, and a dress-up nook and pretend bistro for those who would like to take it a little easy. Complimentary Wi-Fi and coffee are available for caregivers.

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The Playroom
14392 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 784-7529

A bright and colorful play space that's no stranger to Hollywood types including moms Melissa Joan Hart and Julie Bowen, The Playroom offers climbing toys and a tyke-sized house for imaginative little ones. Dedicated to children ages 5 and under, this space sports manageable playthings for the tiniest of tots.

Laura Clark is the founder and editor of L.A. Story.
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