Running out of options to keep your child occupied at home? Head out to these indoor play spaces in the city, which will eventually bring out the child in you too!
By Shashwathi Bhanukumar
Many of us remember with great nostalgia, our childhood days when we would go out and play or run around the house. We would create our own silly games, have a tea-party or engage in pillow fights. These days children are often glued to electronic gadgets so much, that physical activity is reduced to a minimum and perhaps the only action that happens is inside the video games.
There are several studies which point out that free play enhances creativity, improves language skills and helps children pay better attention to studies. A 2006 study by researchers Pellegrini and Holmes showed that kids paid more attention to academics when they were engaged in unstructured play for a specific amount of time.
Agreed that in a place like Chennai, where the weather is not very pleasant, it can sometimes be tiring for the children to play outdoors. So, we bring you a list of indoor play areas, where children can enjoy free play and you can have a good time bonding with your little ones.
This is an engaging play space for both children and parents. Funky Monkey caters to the age group of 6 months to 12 years and even beyond, if you too want to play with your child! They have two play zones – Toddler and Junior. The play space is completely carpeted and colourful, and meets the highest international safety standards and certifications.
Activities: Right from a mini carousel and a ball pool for the younger children to trampoline and wave slides for the older kids, they have something for every age group.
Facilities: They have a cafe and birthday party area. They also have kid-friendly bathrooms and first-aid kits in case of any emergencies.
Where: 1st floor, Phoenix Marketcity, Velachery Main Road, Velachery,
Contact: 044-665 13317/18
Timings: Mon - Thur: 11:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Fri - Sun: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
With large bouncing castles to cuddly soft toys and pretend play, Kartwheel has it all. With an area of 5,500 square feet filled with toys and fun activities for the children, your little tykes are bound to have a whale of a time. It caters to the age group of 1 to 7 years.
Activities: Wall climbers, water play corner, puzzles and a range of other activities.
Facilities: The entire play space is padded. It also has a nice cafe and clean bathrooms that are kid-friendly.
Where: New No.21, Old No.9, Balaram Road, Adyar
Contact: 044 42660909/ 99401 83296 / 98408 92939
Timings: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tues - Sun (Mon Holiday)
The most unique aspect of this play space is that it is the brainchild of five young grandmothers, who were on the lookout for a perfect play area to entertain their grandchildren. Spread over an area of 3,700 square feet, Kidz Resort caters to the age-group of 1 to 8 years. The floors are matted, and the walls are cushioned.
Activities: Water play, sand play, ball pit and rock climbing – they have it all.
Facilities: They have a cafe and a party hall.
Where: New no.45, W-174, Park road, Anna Nagar western extn.
Contact: 044-43500333/ +91 88257 22060
Timings: 11:00 a.m. -7:30 p.m. weekdays
11:00 am - 8:30 pm on (weekends and public holidays)
A spacious, well-ventilated and contemporary play space that will let your child have fun and explore her creative side. It is an amazing place for the child as well as you to take that much-needed break and have some fun. It caters to children right from 9 months to 6 years.
Activities: The place has a separate toddler zone, an activity room and a quiet room for reading. Children can also spend hours having fun with LEGO toys. Your child will never run out of options in Weebees.
Facilities: The place is equipped with washrooms, baby change facility and a mother-baby room. The place also has a great cafe.
Where: 89, Bishop Garden, Off Greenways road, RA Puram
Contact: 8870043373 / 9884482950
Timings: Mon to Fri – 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This place has something for both you and your child. While they are engrossed in playing, you can relax and de-stress with a yoga session.
Activities: There is a soft play area for the toddlers which has a ball pit, a castle and a colourful art corner. For the older kids, there is a gaming room and an adventure play gym. They also have an outdoor area for yoga and dance workouts.
Facilities: The place has a cafe stocked with books and board games, so you can jog your mind while you grab a bite.
Where: 5/2, The Nest, 1st Street, Abhiramipuram
Contact: 98845 32222/ 82708 86472
Timings: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (weekdays); 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (weekends)
This is yet another place which your child would love to visit again and again. It is a great place to let your kid indulge in creative let her imagination run wild. The place caters to the age group of 6 months to 8 years.
Activities: There is a pretend play corner, where there is a pretend police station, clinic and a market. Toyz Day Out also has a tree house, pirate-ship cars, bikes and of course, a ball pit!
Facilities: The place is known to host a lot of theme parties and have ample space for that. In fact, they have a separate party area too.
Where: 27/28, Velachery - Tambaram Road, Vijaya Nagar, Velachery
Contact: 044 48522258 / 9940067759 / 7358514377
Timings: Mon-Sun – 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Tuesdays closed)
The name of this place resonates what children will feel when they want to spend a little more time here. This is an innovative play space – a restaurant and a play area exclusively for your child. The décor is interesting with Lego blocks for the ceiling, and a musical stairway. Your kids will will be hooked as soon as they climb up the stairs.
Activities: With the slides, tunnels and climbing spaces, they have everything to keep your child occupied for a long time. There’s a craft corner and a kitchen set-up for younger children.
Facilities: The food and drinks are taken care of by the restaurant and there is also a good restroom. Apart from that, the place also has a nanny service, so that while the children are playing and being taken care of, the parents can shop or even catch up on a movie.
Where: Express Avenue Mall, 2, Club House Road, Express Estate, Royapettah
Timings: 10:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. (weekdays), 10:00 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. (weekends and public holidays)
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