We all know that play is so important for kids, not only for fun but also for learning, development, and socialization! It builds curiosity, challenges perspectives, and sets your child up for a lifetime of learning.
As a family, we try to get outside and enjoy where we live as much as possible. I love to see my kids playing in nature but when the weather isn’t ideal or their interest in at-home activities are dwindling, we take them to an indoor play area.
It’s so fun to see them get excited about a change in setting, different toys or games and watch their little neurons fire with excitement navigating the newness.
The Gulf Coast has so much to offer in the form of indoor play areas! I recommend you check their websites before planning a trip to check times and current procedures with COVID-19 restrictions.
Check out this list for an indoor play space near you!
Check out the Engineer workshop at Infinity Science Center and let your child build their own invention before soaking in the full space exhibit. For those of you doing virtual learning this year, they have special events just for you on Homeschool Mondays!
Stop by Sweet Escape and grab dinner and an ice cream while your kids enjoy arcade games!
Ocean Adventures (or Institute for Marine and Mammal Studies) has an incredible indoor dolphin show, stingray exhibit, and aviary experience. Catch the festive train to experience what the whole property has to offer!
Big Play Entertainment Center has an arcade, bowling, laser maze, minigolf, go-karts, bumper cars, laser tag, AND a full restaurant. Hours of family fun to be had right off of the beach! (Also good to know: kids eat free on Sundays)
Escape Family Entertainment Center in Margaritaville Resort is one of the largest play areas on the Gulf Coast.
Topgolf Swing Suite in the Beau Rivage is currently closed but reservations may still be made. With multiple massive virtual screens and a wide selection of exciting arcade games like soccer, baseball pitching and zombie dodgeball. This is a great indoor activity for the older kids (and man child too).
The Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center is currently closed but keep your eye on their Facebook page for a reopen date!
If you’re further east, try the indoor inflatable playground at Pump It Up in Mobile!
Whether you prefer the AC or need activities in your back pocket for a rainy or chilly day, there are so many indoor play spaces for you and your family to enjoy, right here on the Gulf Coast!
We want to know, have you been to one? Which is your family’s favorite?
If you’re still keeping it close to home due to COVID, check out these fun family board games to mix things up for family game night!