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The definitive guide to indoor activities for kids: South King & Pierce




The Jungle Gym in Burien offers active indoor fun for ages 6 months to 12 years.

South End

 

SHOP AND PLAY: SOUTH END

IKEA: Kids can explore the supervised playroom, Småland, while their parents shop (for up to one hour). The playroom features a ball pit, slides, books and toys, and a special theater for watching cartoons. Children must be potty-trained. 601 SW 41st St., Renton. 425-656-2980; ikea.com/us/en/store/seattle

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am to 7:45 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6:45 pm

Ages: Between 37 (3-foot-1) and 54 inches (4-foot-6) in height

Cost: Free

Food: Yes, at IKEA restaurant

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SHOP AND PLAY: SOUTH END

The Outlet Collection, Seattle: This mega-shopping center features an arcade, kiddie rides, carousel, climbing wall and a Pacific Northwest-themed soft play area. 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn. 253-833-9500; outletcollectionseattle.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SHOP AND PLAY: SOUTH END

Westfield Southcenter Kids' Play Space: Experience a rainforest-themed play area where kids can climb on soft play structures, explore the colorful space with animal and nature motifs or work on large, interactive puzzles. Two nearby family lounges, equipped with large restrooms, plasma screens, games, comfortable seating and private nursing stalls, offer a quiet respite. 2800 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila (on the first level near JCPenney). 246-0423; westfield.com/southcenter

Hours: Daily 10 am to 10 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

ART AND GAMES: SOUTH END

Tinkertopia: Tacoma’s creative reuse center has everything kids need to flex their creative muscles and save the planet at the same time. Drawing from a huge donated pool of resources, Tinkertopia’s drop-in Open Tinker Art Studio and tinker workshops will give your little ones the space to create. 1914 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-778-6539; tinkertopia.com

Hours: Open Tinker Art Studio: Monday-Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Tinker Tots (ages 3-5), Tuesday and Friday 10:30 to 11:30 am, Tinker workshops, every second and fourth Saturday. Retail hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $5 and up

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

FAMILY FUN CENTERS: SOUTH END

Charlie's Safari: Indoor safari-themed fun center offers mini golf, laser tag, a bouncing pit, play structures, an arcade and a restaurant. 5400 Martin Way E, Suite J, Lacey. 360-292-1600; charliessafari.com

Open: Monday-Thursday 11 am to 8 pm, Friday 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 8 pm

Ages: All (variable play spaces for kids 1 to 4, and 5 and up)

Cost: Starting at $6.95; unlimited wristband costs $21.95

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

FAMILY FUN CENTERS: SOUTH END

Chuck E. Cheese's (multiple locations): Games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment. 25817 104th  Ave. SE, Kent. 253-813-9000. 4911 Tacoma Mall Blvd., Tacoma. 253-473-3077; chuckecheese.com

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 am to 9 pm, Friday 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free admission, games

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

FAMILY FUN CENTERS: SOUTH END

Family Fun Center: If you’re hankering for a place that will please all the members of your clan, look no further. Older kids will enjoy indoor attractions such as laser tag, a roller coaster simulator, video games and bumper cars. The four-level “Kidopolis” with slides and tunnels is a treat for little ones. 7300 Fun Center Way, Tukwila. 425-228-7300; fun-center.com/public/tukwila

Hours: Daily, varies by month

Ages: All

Cost: Games start at $3

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

FAMILY FUN CENTERS: SOUTH END

Odyssey 1: Check out their jungle gym, laser-tag arena and game center. 2310 W Mildred St., #110, Tacoma. 253-566-3231; odyssey-1.com

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 10 pm

Ages: up to 10 for jungle gym; 7 and older for laser tag

Cost: $6.95 for 2 and over; $1.95 for under 2 (free with admission for one child over 2); parents free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: SOUTH END

Children’s Museum of Tacoma: The museum’s five playscapes include educational toys and promote creativity by encouraging kids to invent. The “Playful Little Library” allows children to take a book home for free, with the request that they donate a book during their next visit.

1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-627-6031; playtacoma.org

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

Ages: 0 to 8 years

Cost: Donation of your choice

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SOUTH END

Black Hills Gymnastics: Open gym for preschoolers is offered on Friday mornings with supervision from trained staff. 7961 29th Ave. NE, Suite A, Lacey. 360-413-9855; blackhillsgym.com

Open: Friday 11 am to 12:30 pm, Saturday 7 pm to 10 pm

Ages: 0 to 5 years Fridays, 6 to 17 years Saturdays

Cost: $7-$15

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: Yes, for older children

Wi-Fi: No

 

SPORTY: SOUTH END

Metropolitan Gymnastics: The gym offers open play for all ages on the equipment. 6822 S 190th St., Kent. 425-282-5010; metropolitangym.com

Hours: Wednesday-Friday 2 to 4 pm, Saturday noon to 2 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $9/hour and $11/ two hours for members; $11/hour and $13/ two hours for non-members

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Unknown

 

SPORTY: SOUTH END

Pump It Up (multiple locations): Little ones can bounce on their many inflatable toys, including an obstacle course and giant slide. 3610 S Pine St., Suite A, Tacoma. 253-754-7971; pumpitupparty.com

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am to noon, 2 to 4 pm; Wednesday 10 am to noon, 4 to 6 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $8 per child per two-hour session

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

SPORTY: SOUTH END

Round1 Bowling and Amusement: Even the smallest kids can get in on the fun with gutter bumpers and ramps that steer the ball straight toward the pins. 2351 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila. 243-2787; round1usa.com/location/south-center-mall

Hours: Daily 10 to 2 am

Cost: Prices are by the hour per person ($9.49-$17.99 for 90 minutes, depending on the time and day) or by game ($4.50-$6), shoe rentals are $3.50

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SOUTH END

The Jungle Gym: An open gym with a tumble-track trampoline, foam-shape obstacle courses, bars, beams, trapeze, rings, climbing wall, zip line and much more. 15220 2nd Ave. SW, Burien. 248-3547; junglegymfun.com

Open: Tuesday 4 to 5 pm, Wednesday 11:15 am to 12:15 pm and 5 to 6 pm, Thursday 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and 4 to 5 pm, Saturday 12:45 to 1:45 pm, Sunday noon to 1 pm

Ages: 6 months to 12 years

Cost: $8 non-members, $5 members

Food: Yes, at Kids Night Out (2nd and last Friday of the month)

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: Yes, for kids over 3 years

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SOUTH END

Trampoline Nation: Get your bounce on with more than 5,000 square feet of trampolines, plus special features including trampoline-assisted basketball dunking and dodgeball. Trampolines are partitioned off with nets to corral smaller kids and keep them away from bigger ones. 35025 Enchanted Pkwy. S, Federal Way. 253-661-8466; trampolinenation.com

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4 to 9 pm, Friday 4 to 11 pm, Saturday 10:30 am to 11 pm, Sunday 10:30 am to 9 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Weekdays are $11 for the first hour, $7 for additional time; weekends are $11 an hour

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

WiFi: Yes

 

SWIM: SOUTH END

Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center: Swim in an Olympic-size pool at the aquatic center built for the Seattle Goodwill Games in 1990 and now used extensively for competition. The pool has several afternoon family swims and nighttime public swims. 650 SW Campus Dr., Federal Way. 477-4444; kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/pools.aspx

Hours: Family swim: Monday-Friday 11:30 am to 12:30 pm; public swim: Monday-Friday 7:30 to 8:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $3.25

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes, except Magnuson Community Center

 

COMMUNITY CENTERS: SOUTH END

In the south end, visit kentwa.gov/IndoorPark for information on Kent's indoor playground, auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/recreation.htm to learn about the indoor playground in Auburn, and metroparkstacoma.org/community-centers to find out more about Tacoma community centers.

 

LIST UPDATED BY DAWN ZEDONIS, LISA STIFFLER AND CAITLIN FLYNN

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