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 in Victoria
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 - Learn More
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 - 7:30pm daily, and Summer is 9am - 9pm daily
1089 Langford Parkway - Learn More
This drop in indoor playground and sensory centre is a space where children can explore the world around them through imaginative play. They've created an amazing 3,000 square foot indoor village of Kidogo which features a hospital, barn, house, fire truck, large water table and indoor sand box, mud kitchen, and more! This truly unique space is great for play dates, and even has a cafe on site for coffee, tea, or quick snacks.
Pricing: $8.50 for ages 1-3, $10.50 for ages 4-10
Open Play Hours: Monday-Friday from 9am - 5pm, Saturdays 10am - 4pm
1610 Island Highway - Learn More
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 - Learn More
More Ideas For Indoor Fun
5. 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- Learn More
6. 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- Learn More
7. Recreation Centres - All Around Greater Victoria
With many recreation centres around Greater Victoria, you are sure to find one that will suit your family’s specific needs. These options all have a pool!
- 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 Crystal Pool also offers a variance of activities for those in the Victoria area, including a large pool and different classes.
- Commonwealth Pool in Royal Oak has the huge waterslide, diving boards, and wave pool which are popular with the kids and well worth checking out.
- Oak Bay Recreation
- West Shore Recreation
- Panorama Recreation (Saanichton)
Find the recreation centre near you or try somewhere new.
For just $6 you can stay for as long as you like and choose from over 800 games to play. They also have a wonderful cafe with awesome milkshakes (and they are licensed now too).
723 Yates St - Learn More
9. Fired Up! Paint Your Own Ceramics - Jubilee
Drop in to a local art studio and get your creative juices flowing. At Fired Up! you don't have to book ahead, you can pop by anytime and choose from over 150 different pre-formed items, and then you can get painting!
1801 Fort Street - Learn More
10. Langford Lanes - Langford
10 pin bowling at it's finest, and the only one we have in Greater Victoria. They have specials each day, ones worth mentioning: Unlimited bowling on Thursdays for $10 per person, $4 early bird special on weekends before noon, Tuesdays 2 for 1.
1089 Langford Parkway - Learn More
More Awesome Guides For Victoria Parents
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