Go Inside and Play!
Kids have so much pent-up energy that you can’t keep them inside your home all of the time. But when the weather isn’t cooperating, you need to find new walls to climb. These eight destinations welcome drop-in families anytime. Just bring your socks (they’re required!) and spend an hour or a full day at these fun picks. Call or check websites for hours, which vary.
• Jump On In, 100 Holton St., Boston; 617-789-5867; jumponinfun.com/boston. Giant inflatables and other jumping equipment await your kiddos at Jump On In. Check the website for additional locations in Massachusetts. Admission, $12 weekdays; $14 holidays and school vacation.
• Kids Fun Stop, 1580 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury; 617-325-0800; kidsfunstop.com. Kids exploring Kids Fun Stop can play on slides, a climbing tunnel, a sand table, a block-and-Lego area and more. One child, $12; additional children, $8 each; one adult per child, free.
• AMAZEment Action Play Center, 931 Boston Road, Haverhill; 978-521-7700; cedarland.net. Possibilities for play at AMAZEment Action Play Center include a sports area, a triple wave slide, climbing structures and courses. A toddler area features a pretend store and house, and a giant sand room. Ages 2-12, $8.95; 12 to 23 months, $5.95; under 12 months and adults, free.
• ImajineThat, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence; 978-682-5338; imajinethat.com. Located in an old mill building, ImajineThat offers engaging stations, including a grocery store, a stuffed animal hospital, a dinosaur climbing structure, a craft room, a bouncy room and a soft-play area for infants. Admission, $10; babies under 12 months, $2.95 (free if accompanied by sibling); adults, $1.
• Monkey Joe’s, 10 Newbury St., Danvers; 978-739-8099; monkeyjoes.com. Part of a national chain, Monkey Joe’s is filled with blow-up jumps and slides and an obstacle course appropriate for ages 2 to 12. Ages 3 and up, $13.99; ages 2 and under, $7.99; adults, free.
• Einstein’s Workshop, 25 Adams St., Burlington; 781-202-5645; einsteinsworkshop.com. Combine fun with education at Einstein’s Workshop, where kids can play with Legos, K’nex, Anker Blocks and Minecraft. Admission, $12 with accompanying adult; children 3 and under, free.
• Imagination Island, 12 Resnik Road, Plymouth; 508-747-7447; imaginationislandusa.com. This tropical village features various stations and a 14-foot-high soft climbing structure. Head to the palm tree moon bounce when the natives are restless. Admission, $10 weekdays; $12 weekends, holidays and school vacation; babies under 11 months and adults, free with older sibling’s paid admission; babies under 11 months with no older sibling, $5; additional adults, $2.
• Jam Time, 86 Powder Mill Road, Maynard; 978-897-2917; and 251 West Central St., Natick; 508-651-2917; jamtime.com. Kids 6 and under will find climbing structures, bouncy houses and ball pits, with separate kiddie gym equipment for infants, in two fun-filled locations. Admission, $10; babies under 12 months and adults, free with older sibling’s paid admission.
Robin Chalmers Mason is a freelance writer in Bedford. Cheryl Crosby is senior editor of Boston Parents Paper.