Seven Indoor Play Spaces for Rainy Day Fun
April showers bring restless kiddos who need to release some energy.
April showers bring restless kiddos who are yearning to play outside in the fresh summer air. While the rainy weather sticks around for a couple of days, there are many alternative play spaces for both young children and teens on spring break, to have fun, release energy and even get some exercise! We compiled a list of seven spots for indoor play here:
Launch Trampoline Park:
From laser tag to an arcade, to a small rock wall, this indoor amusement park has it all. But what is Launch without trampolines? Catch some major height while you jump around several courts made from adjoined trampolines or play a game of dodgeball while bouncing from one pad to another without getting hit. Test your ability or challenge friends on the ninja obstacle course. Climb, hang and jump to the finish line for ultimate ninja warrior bragging rights. 920 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick, 401-828-5867, launchri.com.
Within this play space, each divided area offers a creative spot for young children to have fun. Kids can pretend to be a prince or princess, pirate or whatever they imagine, as they explore and climb through the castle-like playground set, have a ball on the mini sports court, bounce around on the inflatable slides and much more. 5 Soule St., Warwick, 401-921-5911, kidzkastleri.com.
Rock Spot Climbing:
Bring the outdoors in. Children – and adults – can rent gear, strap in and scale the many facades of the indoor rock wall. A fifteen-minute orientation from instructors or an introduction to belaying and climbing, is available for first timers. On select days, little ones between the ages of one and three can participate in toddler time. Instructors will offer insight on activities that may be useful for parents to teach their young children how to climb, explore, crawl and play with others. 100 Higginson Ave., Lincoln, 401-727-1704; 1174 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown, 401-789-7768; 42 Rice St., Providence, 401-217-2772, rockspotclimbing.com.
A bright and clean playroom just over the border in Seekonk, Massachusetts, Play Date offers stress-free playtime for both kids and parents. It is equipped with different stations that appeal to children six and under, including a kitchen area stocked with wooden appliances, a sand box filled with construction trucks and diggers, an area where children can dress-up in all kinds of costumes and so much more. The best part? A $5, all-you-can-drink coffee bar for tired parents. 1460 Fall River Ave., Suite 1, Seekonk, 508-557-0122, playdatene.com.
Lock and Clue Escape Room:
Has your teen been sitting in front of the TV and playing video games during school vacation? Get them out of the house for a fun and challenging live adventure game. Players have sixty-minutes to escape from a themed, interactive room, using clues to solve puzzles which will unlock the door and lead to their escape. Rooms include the zany zoo, a zoo-themed escape adventure made especially for children ages seven through eleven, or the vault, an intermediate and high-paced challenge for an older crowd. Some escape adventures are more challenging than others, so choose wisely! Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St., Suite 1202, Pawtucket, 401-484-0048, lockandclue.com.
Providence Children’s Museum:
Play and learn at the museum. The hands-on, play-based exhibits and programs allow children to explore arts, culture and science, technology, engineering and math. The museum is best suited for children between the ages of one and eleven and offers activities including sculpting, building and sorting a variety of recycle materials, puzzles, jewelry making and much more. Exhibits also offer hands-on play time, such as Iway, where children can tackle bridge-building challenges and plan their very own city. 100 South St., Providence, 401-273-5437, childrenmuseum.org.
R1 Indoor Karting:
R1 Indoor Karting lets customers zoom around a kart track, including their 2018 mega track, at blistering speeds. Equipped with the latest in go-kart technology, the electric vehicles have the power of a racecar without the fumes. Its asphalt track is specifically designed for karting, so hold on tight! Grab a bite after you take first place in your race at their bowling and billiards lounge and Fuel Restaurant and Sports Bar. Racing if for children ages six and older only. 100 Higginson Ave., Lincoln, 401-721-5554, r1indoorkarting.com.