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Not Playground Weather? Try These Philly Indoor Play Spaces

Here's where to move inside when the weather makes a playground trip impossible.

You might want to curl up on the couch in cold weather, but your kids still need to move around and burn off all that energy. Here are some city indoor play spaces to keep them busy all winter long.


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Beehive at Bok

Suite B03 1901 S 9th St.


Beehive at Bok is an indoor play space designed for babies, toddlers, and children ages birth to 7 and their caregivers (older siblings welcome!). They offer drop-in play, membership options, arts, music and movement-based classes, story times, playgroups, and private event space. Beehive is an inclusive environment that strives to meet the play and sensory needs of all children. From climbing structures and tumbling mats to cozy nooks and sensory walls, Beehive was designed with the unique needs and interests for babies and young children in mind.

Cub Social

2532 S. 13th St


Cub Social’s priority is to provide a safe, clean, loving and respectful play environment; encouraging social interaction among children. Cub Social promotes the development of a bias-free world for all children despite ability or background inspiring friendships through play. Cub Social offers open play, memberships, workshops, classes, parties and group packages great for organizations, daycares and educational institutions.


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Kith + Kin

3060 W. Jefferson St.


Kith + Kin is all about encouraging play from the open-ended equipment and toys, to the art and decor, every element stimulates the senses and encourages child’s work, play. Their environment was created for meaningful play that supports motor, cognitive, language, and social development.  They strongly encourage caregivers to follow their child’s lead, and watch the brain at work!


1234 S. Broad St.

This is the go-to spot for South Philly families with young kids, offering play groups, classes, and meetups to help parents connect.


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529 S 4th St


This brand new sustainable living shop in Queen Village (where you can also rent pre-loved kids’ items!) doubles as a play space for little ones. Their play space is open  Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Only $10 to drop in or sign up for a monthly membership while you’re there! They are also currently offering drop-in baby and me yoga classes and an 8-week baby and me group. 

By My Side

1542 E. Montgomery Ave.

By My Side is a Fishtown lodestar for parents of young children. There’s a variety of playgroups (they ask that you donate $5 each time) and other gatherings, and they offer birthday parties, too. But the focus here is on supporting parents while children grow and learn. It’s a lovely respite, and a fantastic opportunity for kids and adults to make lifelong friends.


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Rutabaga Toy Library

3452 Conrad Street, C2


This East Falls toy lending library not only has eco-friendly toys for families to borrow, it also offers sustainable party planning services and a beautiful play space stocked with games and toys. They also have drop-in weekly hangouts that are free for members and $10 for non-members. 


1301 Locust St.


Shop, play, and enjoy the café at Nest. Memberships and drop-in play are available, as well as classes and mingling events. With their large play area children get to explore their imaginations.


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The Barn Yard

305 2nd Avenue 212, Collegeville 


Located right outside of Philly in Collegeville, The Barn Yard  is an indoor play space that brings community, imagination, and education to every cornerstone of what they do. The Barn Yard has consists of a small play village for children 1-8 to play in, an indoor basketball court with hoops for every size, a library for kids to read in and is completely accessible to every ability. They also offer classes, birthday parties, open play, special holiday events, and more. 

Kids at Play

7201 Ridge Ave


This Roxborough indoor play location goes above and beyond for the kids who visit, especially children with sensory challenges. Kids At Play’s 7,000 square foot facility houses a sensory gym, a toddler soft play area, private therapy rooms, and a lounge for parents to relax. Your child can come here for casual play at their open gym times or for speech, occupational, and physical therapy, among others. Kids at Play also offers birthday parties.


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1241 N. Front St.


PlayArts offers not only casual indoor play, but also play-based classes. They offer something for everyone from infants to adults, with birthday parties, private music classes, and after school camps. Their play space is open most weekend days from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Smith Memorial Playhouse

3500 Reservoir Drive


Smith Memorial Playhouse is a non-profit organization located in Philadelphia’s East Fairmount Park. Smith’s beautiful, 16,000 square foot Playhouse was designed solely as a play space for children by one of Philadelphia’s most prominent late 19th century architects, James H. Windrim.

Looking for similar spots on the Main Line? See our list here.

Christine Mawhinney Lark, Jes Lyons, and Sarah Heyman contributed to this article.  


Lead photo courtesy of Kith + Kin. 

Contributing Writer for Philadelphia Family.