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Where to Play Indoors

Laura Standefer, Senior Fun Correspondent

July 29, 2019

The weather this summer has been hotter and wetter than ever, but we’re only halfway through summer break and the kids may be getting restless. If you and your kiddos need to get out and play, there are several places in the area where you can burn that energy while staying dry and cool. Here are some awesome Austin area hangout spots so that everyone can play indoors.

Catch Air is the perfect place for kids burn off energy. There are tons of things to jump, climb, and slide off of at both Catch Air locations in Round Rock and north Austin. Instead of them bouncing off the walls at home, have them bounce here! 

Splash Shack is the first indoor waterpark in the Austin area and it’s perfect for days where the weather just won’t cooperate. With multiple slides and water features, both kids and parents are going to have a splashin’ good time.


Thinkery is one of the most innovative and creative places to play in Austin. It’s easy to spend hours playing here, and there’s something for kids of all ages. 

Urban Air is an airconditioned oasis of fun. Whether you decide to sit back or jump in on the fun with the kids, you are guaranteed to walk out feeling like parent-of-the-year. Plus, they have locations in north AND south Austin.

Kid Spa has your back if you need to run to an appointment or a meeting. With locations in north and south Austin, Kid Spa’s drop-in care is highly recommended by many ATX moms.  

Almost Grown Play Cafe is perfect for the little ones while you work. There are tons of toys and costumes for them to try on. Even my extremely clingy four year-old left me alone for a few minutes because he was having so much fun playing. 

Almost Grown Cafe provides an experience that is truly out of this world.

Wanna Play Playcare also has multiple locations for your drop-in needs. Let those kids burn off some energy while you get stuff done! (Or while you do nothing at all, we don’t judge).  

Mt. Playmore: Enjoy the largest indoor playscape in central Texas! Mt. Playmore offers food, a special reptile program on Wednesdays, and hours upon hours of fun for kids of all ages. 

Little Land Play Gym isn’t like other play places. It’s not as overstimulating and it is very innovative. With toys, swings, and unique playing tools, Little Land is our go-to location for learning and fun.

Pinballz Arcade has several locations from north Austin to Buda. Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, Pinballz has arcade games for everyone. Their northernmost location even has extra fun indoor attractions such as go karts, laser tags, multiple bars, and more.

Go Kart racing at Pinballz Arcade