14 FREE Indoor play places in Houston

Posted on Jan 6 2016 - 9:28pm by Beth

indoor play places for kids in houston


Things to do in Houston with kids indoors:

Here's my list of 14 free indoor play places in Houston - perfect for a hot, cold, or wet day.  It is important to take our kids outside to play, burn energy, and get fresh air.  There are days that are just too wet, too cold, or simply too hot to go outside.  On those days, what are you supposed to do with your kids?  Of course, there are a ton of cute ideas and activities on Pinterest.  At some point, it's nice to get out of the house.  Here is a list of places to go that are free.  There are many other indoor play places that have a fee, but this list is of free venues only.  Enjoy!

1. Sugarcreek Playscape @ 59 and Hwy. 90

The Sugarcreek Church has a playscape that is awesome for burning energy, and it's free to members and non-members of the church.  You definitely want to check their website for the hours because it varies from day to day.  The playscape is open during the week and on Sundays. It is closed on Saturdays for private parties. sugacreek

2.  The Little Galleria @ The Houston Galleria

The Little Galleria is a play area at the Houston Galleria presented by MD Anderson's Children's Cancer Hospital.  It is located on the second floor, and it's near Payless.  The play area is open daily, and it is free.  The hours are Monday to Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.  Please visit their website for more details.

little galleria

3.  Frolic's Castle @ The Memorial City Mall

Frolic's Castle is listed as the world's largest indoor soft play area in a shopping center.  The medieval castle has a drawbridge and catapult.  It is surrounded by an Enchanted Forest featuring dragons, a boat, a giant, etc.  There are lots of structures to climb, and some features have interactive sounds.  It is located in the Sears Wing of the Memorial City Mall, and it's free.  It is open on Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm and on Sunday from 11am to 7pm.  Please visit their website for more information.


4.  Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A restaurants are located all over town, and most of them have a free indoor play area.  The play area usually have a small toddler area and a climbing section with a slide.


5.  The Main Street Indoor Park @ The First Methodist Houston Church Downtown

The Main Street Indoor Park is free and open to the public to enjoy.  Families are invited to play on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9am to 12pm.  The area has mini train play structure with a slide, a green space to move around, and classrooms.  Guests are welcome to bring art activities and crafts to enjoy in one of the classrooms. There are tables and chairs available in the classroom.  For more information, please visit their website.

main st indoor park

6.  The Play Area @ Houston's First Baptist Church

The Fitness & Recreation Ministry of Houston's First Baptist Church provided a large recreational facility for guests to enjoy.  The center is located at 7401 Katy Freeway at The Loop campus.  The play area is free to enjoy during regular facility hours except on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The recreational center also has a small bowling alley, a party/event room, and game tables.  The area can be rented for private parties and birthday parties.  Please visit their website for more information.


7.  Play area at Katy Mills Mall

The Katy Mills Mall has a free indoor play area for small children.  It is open during the mall's regular business hours.

katy mills

8.  Play area at The Woodlands Mall

The Woodlands Mall has a free indoor play area for children.  It is a small area, and it's open during the mall's regular business hours.

woodlands mall

9.  The Play Area @ The Willowbrook Mall

The Willowbrook Mall has a play area for young children.  It is located in the Sears courtyard, and it's open during the mall's regular business hours.  The play area is designed for children under 42 inches in height.

willowbrook mall

10. The Indoor Playground at Christ the King Presbyterian Church

The church is located off of Silber Road, and the indoor playground is open to the public.  It's regular hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on week days.  The play area is free.  They also have an outdoor playground available.  Please visit their website for more information.

christ the king

11. Maryam's Cafe Play Area

Maryam's Cafe is a restaurant located in the Heights.  It has a cute, indoor play area located inside the restaurant.  Although the food and drinks are not free, the play area is another great free place to let your children play.

maryams cafe

12. Gallery Furniture

Gallery Furniture is more than just a family friendly store.  It is a place that your children will love due to their indoor playground, exotic birds, monkeys, Blue Bell ice cream, fresh-baked cookies, and lots more.  The locations on I-10 has an indoor play area with large slides and bed that the kids can jump on.  The entertainment varies from store to store, but the best part is that it is free.


13. Smaland @ IKEA

IKEA has an indoor play area called Smaland.  It is a free supervised play area near the entrance.  Your children can enjoy playing while you shop.  The children must be potty trained.  They must also be between 37 inches and 54 inches tall.


14.  McDonald's

McDonald's Restaurants are located all over town, and many of them have play areas.  The play structures are free, and they're mostly indoors.  They are usually spacious with lots of seating for the parents.  Many of them also have several tables which are great for dining.


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