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When our kids were very tiny, I used to love going to the Tot Spot at the Children’s Museum. It was a self-contained space where I could trust that they couldn’t get too far away from me and they had the freedom to touch, jump and climb on just about anything.
As they have gotten older, their overall independence and abilities have grown right along with them. But I’m always searching for that perfect place where I can let them roam freely (and safely) and, let’s be honest, I want to totally wear them out. Here are a few of our favorite indoor (and air-conditioned) play spaces in Houston for older kids.
Wonderwild, The Heights
Wonderwild767 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TXWonderwild in the Heights is a staple in our rotation of indoor places to visit and always a crowd pleaser. While their focus is heavier on the eight and under set, half of the space is devoted to Wonderwild(er): a indoor ropes course, go kart pedal track and a massive bounce pillow for kids ages five to 11. Add to that the play structures, slides, bounce house and you have something for everyone. Socks are required everywhere, plus closed toe shoes on the Wonderwild(er) side.
Pricing: Walkers are $10 and pre-walkers are $8. They do have 10 visit pass for $85, which is a $15 savings.
Urban Air Adventure Park, Sugar Land
Urban Air Trampoline Park9848 US-90 ALT
Sugar Land, TXWe discovered Urban Air Adventure Park in Sugar Land, but locations are continuing to pop up all over Houston. Urban Air is a part trampoline park, part rock climbing, and part play structure with a little American Ninja Warrior thrown in. Our favorite feature is the zip-line and the $5 parent pass. Who says kids get to have all of the fun? You can find coupons on their website often, so always check it first.
Pricing: The ultimate package is $25 for 2.5 hours, including all activities. You also have to use their socks, which cost $2.50 a pair. Frequent jumper passes and other specials can help cut down on the overall repeat visit costs.
InSPIRE Rock, Spring
inSPIRE Rock Indoor Climbing & Team Building Center403 E Louetta Rd
Spring, TXDid you know that rock-climbing will makes its debut as an Olympic Sport for the 2020 games? Time to get training. InSPIRE Rock has a special designated “Kidz Cave” for those under 14, with a cargo net bridge, bouldering walls (no ropes) and four auto-belays to help kids climb up as high as 25 feet. When they are ready for a tougher challenge, the downstairs area has additional auto belays with rated courses for them to try.
Pricing: All day passes for children ages four to 10 are $12.95 plus harness rental. Kids under three are free.
Sky Zone, Multiple locations
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park10207 South Sam Houston Parkway West
Houston, TXSky Zone, a large indoor trampoline chain, has locations in Spring and Southwest Houston. There’s a huge area for freestyle jumping and a “sky slam” for basketball dunking practice. Our favorite is the foam pit where the kids launch off with their best highflying jumps into a sea of foam cubes. Sky Zone does have separate jumping areas by age, so don’t be too worried about your youngest ones getting trampled. (Pun intended)
Pricing: Prices are based on time; 60 minutes is $15, 90 minutes is $19 and 120 minutes is $23. Check the website for coupons and special events, like toddler time for $10.
Main Event Entertainment, Multiple locations
Main Event Entertainment19441 Interstate 45 South
Shenandoah, TXIf you are looking for something indoor that doesn’t involve climbing or bouncing, look no further than Main Event Entertainment. Classics like bowling, video games, laser tag, billiards and a gravity ropes adventure course can all be found under one roof. It’s a really popular spot for birthday parties, but who says you can’t party on just a regular rainy day? Plus there’s food (and a bar).
Pricing: Everything works by “Fun Card” here. The cards are like cash and can be used on all of the different activities. During weekdays, the $7FUNbination cards are the way to go—$7 bowling, $7 laser tag, $7 gravity ropes…you get the idea.
K1 Speed, Northwest Houston
K1 Speed14900 Northwest Freeway
Houston, TXEver wonder how many grey hairs your kid will give you when it is time for drivers ed? Get a preview on a go kart! The K1 Speed indoor track is among the largest in the country, featuring electric karts that go up to 45 miles per hour on more than 50,000-square-feet of track. You have to be at least 48 inches to participate in the Jr. races, so this is one for bigger kids only. They do separate races by juniors and adults, so don’t worry about a much older person zooming by your child.
Pricing: One race is $19.99, two races is $35, and three races is $48. Add to that the one time $8 Annual Membership that is required to race, but this fee does include your helmet rental.
Sky Sports Trampoline Park, West Oaks
Sky Sports Trampoline Park Houston14409 Parkhollow Dr
Houston, TXSky Sports Trampoline Park is another location where your kids can literally bounce off the walls. What makes this particular location unique is that in addition to the regular trampoline features, they also have batting cages, bounce houses, slides into ball pits and play structures for younger kids. What I like most, though, is it is hardly ever crowded. Remember: you must have grip socks and no denim.
Pricing: $9 for 30 minutes, $13 for an hour and $22 for 2 hours.
Majestkids Adventure Zone, Sugar Land
MajestKids Playland – Indoor Playground-Birthday Party Venue14031 Southwest Fwy
Sugar Land, TXNot to be confused with the Majestkids Playland, which is next-door for the littles, the Majestkids Adventure Zone is specifically designed for kids 47” and taller (parents can give it a try, too). It’s a Ninja Warrior style-course packed with obstacles, ropes, nets, rings, a balance beam and even a rock-climbing wall.
Pricing: $15.95 per kid, with a $14.95 for siblings from Friday to Sunday. Weekday prices are $12 per kid and $11 per sibling. They do offer 10% military discounts too.
Jumpstreet5000 Katy Mills Cir
Katy, TXIn case you haven’t gotten the wiggles out yet (and let’s be real, kids never have) this Katy trampoline park is where it’s at. With a foam pit you can swing into, a volleyball net, basketball hoops, bucking bronco, trampoline dodgeball courts and tons and tons of places to bounce, kids always leave Jumpstreet ready for a nap. The Earthquake area is just for ages seven and under, so you don’t have to worry about big kids versus little ones.
Pricing: Prices are hourly here: Kids ages three and under are $4.99, kids ages four to seven are $7.99 and kids eight and up are $13.99. Most days offer BOGO pricing, just check online before going for deals.