The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Indoor Playgrounds (with Air Conditioning!)

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Parents know that the best thing you can do with kids is find them someplace you can launch them like rocks from a trebuchet so they can ricochet off objects and other kids until inertia slows them to a stop.

I sincerely hope that everyone knows I meant that figuratively. Do not put small children in the trebuchet you for whatever reason own.

Here's the issue... it's hot. The average temperature of Houston in the summer is infinity degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity is like being wrapped in towels straight from a pot of boiling hot dog water. The only solution is to find places indoors for your kids to run around. Here are the ten best in Houston.

10. McDonald's
Find locations with Play Places

Sadly, the fast food/jungle gym combination is in the decline. Only Chick-Fil-A seems
to still consider them standard add-ons, and that's a mixed bag at best. On the one hand
the company seasons their food with the tears of bullied gay children, but on the other
they give out cow hats and are apparently the only fast food restaurant that cleans their
playground equipment with any real stringency.

I still prefer McDonald's myself for a good play stop, especially now that they offer stuff
like apple slices for snacks. Their play places, especially the ones built in the last decade
or so, are generally cool and most of all free to use. Speaking of big corporate managed
play pens...

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9. IKEA
7810 Katy Freeway

Yes, ball pits are full of disease. You know what? They're also awesome and IKEA's playroom has one of the best in town. You can use the kid's area to occupy your offspring while you do the furniture shopping, or just head on over there for a few hours of balltastic goodness. If you visit on Tuesdays, your kids can also eat for free in the restaurant upstairs, and while IKEA's restaurant is never going to win a culinary award it's at least better than most fast food.

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8. Main Event
1125 Magnolia Ave

It involves a trip down to Webster, but Main Event is definitely one of the places you
can spend an afternoon in the air conditioning with your kids as they tackle the many
attractions. They offer laser tag, bowling (With kiddie bumpers) and a glow in the dark
miniature golf course! It can get expensive, though, as each attraction costs money.
However, they do run frequent specials and discounts, so if you've got the time to plan
out a trip around them you can get away with spending not much less than your average
trip to the museum.

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7. Planet Wow
10601 South Sam Houston Pkwy W

If bouncy castles are your thing then Planet Wow can be a wonderful time. Your best bet
for peak fun is to book a party there, but they are more than happy to let you in provided
someone doesn't already have the arenas booked. There are two play areas full of bouncy goodness, and $10 gets you into either of them for an hour and a half. $3 off kids tickets if you go on a school day. You have to keep an eye on the website if you want to just drop in because weekends fill up fast with private events, but if you notice a hole in their calendar jump on it because it's a great time at a pretty good price.


Location Info

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Children's Museum of Houston

1500 Binz, Houston, TX

Category: General

Memorial City Mall

900 N. Gessner Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

IKEA

7810 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: General


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photog72
photog72

You forgot Lone Star Bounce Town in Pearland. My 2 year old loves it!

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