We love Victoria for its mild climate but let's face it... Those rainy days can come around often!
I find that the kids can sometimes get a little stir crazy in the house, so having a list of places we can go to have some fun but still stay warm and dry has been a life saver.
Some helpful tips:
- Most require socks, so make sure you pack a pair if they aren't already wearing some
- Popular places can reach capacity, busier times tend to be rainy days & later in the afternoon
- Check their website in case pricing or hours have changed since article was updated
- If you find a place you like, save money by becoming a member or buying multi-visit packages
Your quick guide to indoor play places in Victoria
Tumblebums - Langford
A must have on your list if you have a small child, Tumblebums is one of the most fun, versatile, and changing indoor play places in Victoria. With play equipment catering to kids ages 0-months to 7-years-old, including slides, a wooden pirate ship, a small rock-climbing wall, bubble machine, bouncy castle, quiet drawing tables, activities directed to fine motor skill development, tables for snacks, a nursing room, and even large leather chairs for parents, this is an awesome place to visit. Outdoor snacks are not permitted, though there is a good selection of reasonably priced foods and drinks for parents and kids.
Pricing: $8 per child and $6 per sibling ($4.75 if under 19 months)
Open Play Hours: Mon-Sat 9am - 4pm
133 735 Goldstream Avenue - Visit Website
Bumble Hive Play Center & Cafe - Victoria Public Market
This relatively new facility is worth checking out! A West Coast themed playspace for the children and a self-serve cafe for the adults. There's coffee, tea, juice, and light snacks available for purchase, or you can bring in market food (as long as there's no nuts). This is geared towards 0-6 year olds, with sensory walls for the youngest, to a fire pole and foam pit for the older kids.
Pricing: $10 per child and $6 per sibling ($6 under 2 years and free under 6 months)
Open Play Hours: Weekdays 9am - 6pm, Saturday 9am, Sundays 10am (closing time varies on weekends)
1701 Douglas Street - Visit Website
The Cottage Picnic & Play - Hillside
A unique place for parents with kids of all ages- a cafe, restaurant, and play place all in one! They have built what that call an "indoor backyard" with grass, tents, swings, and tree forts. A very cool space for the kids to play. You can spend time with your friends, your partner, or just a bit of time on your own while the 'play patrol' engages and plays games with the children. The restaurant is farm to table, with plenty of tasty healthy options.
****Currently Closed by Owner****
The business is for sale on the market and hopefully this local hot spot will be maintained by new owners. We will keep this updated as we find out more.
PlayZone - Langford
PlayZone is always one of the greatly anticipated indoor play places in Victoria. Kids from toddlerhood through to 10 enjoy this space, which is complete with a toddler zone, ball zone, small basketball court, and a large climbing activity centre where kids can practice their climbing skills while combating hanging punching bag type equipment, ropes, and slides. We love the wristband system, where kids and adults wear bands with identical numbers inscribed. There are large washrooms, an adjoining ice rink, outdoor mini-golf (for not so rainy days), and large couches for those who need to sit down, nurse babies, or even for kids who need a rest.
Pricing: Varies on age (see website)
Open Play Hours: Winter is 9am - 7pm daily, and Summer is 9am - 9pm daily
1089 Langford Parkway - Visit Website
Crumsby’s Cupcake Café - Royal Oak & Oak Bay
For younger kids Crumsby’s is a great spot to visit. Both the Oak Bay and Royal Oak locations offer cafes which cater to the needs of parents and children, boasting colorful rooms and décor, as well as exciting play areas complete with train tables, building blocks, books, and a large chalk board mounted on the wall. Crumsby’s does not allow outside food, though, to make up for it they do offer an extensive menu of both children and adult portion sizes. We especially enjoy this as one of our favourite places to play in Victoria because Crumsby’s always gives us a reason to indulge in some tasty cupcakes!
2509 Estevan Avenue & 4525 West Saanich Road - Visit Website for Individual Menus & Hours
Flying Squrrel Trampoline Park - Esquimalt
This new indoor trampoline park has lots of hype behind it. Flying Squirrel is a perfect place to get hours of exercise while getting the thrill of flying through the air. There's foam pits, countless trampolines, dunk courts, mazes, dodgeball courts, and more. This clean and safe space also features a cafe with delicious treats and free wi-fi in their lounge. A great time to visit with young ones is during Toddler Time as they have their own court for playing.
Pricing: $10 per child during Toddler Time or $20 per hour for general admission
Toddler Time Hours: Weekdays 10am - 1pm and Weekends 10am - 11am
808 Viewfield Road - Visit Website
Lasercity Fun Centre - Victoria
Geared for ages five and up, this is one of the fun indoor play places in Victoria! Complete with long game times, a laser maze and options of birthday party celebrations (complete with food options), you will be sure to fill your child’s laser needs here.
749 View Street- Visit Website
The Boulders Climbing Gym - Brentwood Bay
Running as a not-for-profit society, this is one of the fantastic indoor play places in Victoria (well, central Saanich to be exact) that you won’t want to miss. Available for young and old kids alike, this gym is run purely on donations and offers rehabilitation exercises as well as competitive program opportunities. For those who love the experience, birthday parties and long-term climbing lessons are also available.
1627 Stelly's Cross Road- Visit Website
With many recreation centres around Victoria, you are sure to find one that will suit your family’s specific needs. The Esquimalt recreation centre hosts a pool mixed of salt and chlorine water, offers playgroups and different classes which cater to a mix of interests from cooking to yoga to dance. The Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre also offers a variance of activities for those in the Langford area, including a large pool and different classes. Find the recreation centre near you to explore what indoor play places in Victoria are (hopefully) a quick walk or drive away!
Wishing you a nice rainy season, filled with many hours of fun play at local indoor hot spots! If you’re looking for a nice indoor place to find refuge from the elements, be sure to also make a visit to Butterfly Gardens (purchasing a seasons pass is the same as two adult admissions making it well worth it if you plan to visit more than twice).
Do you know of some other great rainy day activities that should be added to our growing list?
Comment below and share with other Victoria parents!