Winter isn’t just a tough season for adults. It’s hard for the kids too! Frigid temperatures keep outside play at bay, the sun goes down so early compared to summer, and the cold seems to make fun and play hibernate with the change of the season. Sure, kiddos stuck inside can play with their gadgets and gizmos, but there’s only a matter of time before they become restless with winter blues and find themselves longing for the days of summer as they watch the clock tick slowly forward. Thankfully, children of the South Sound community can enjoy fun and excitement during the cold season and take their minds off the wait for summer with the help of these fantastic, fun indoor play centers in and around Tacoma.

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Parents can rest easy knowing their young ones aged one to ten will have a safe play area full of fun and excitement at Funtastic Playtorium. Photo courtesy: Funtastic Playtorium

Funtastic Playtorium

4502 S Steel Street, Tacoma

Your little ones between the ages of one and ten can fight off the winter blues with fun that never ends at Funtastic Playtorium in Tacoma. Here children are encouraged to run amok and enjoy some good old fashion playtime instead of being glued to their gadgets and gizmos. A giant indoor play area awaits where they can run, jump, laugh, and just be kids.

Monday through Thursday, unlimited playtime can be purchased for $11.99 per child, with the purchase admitting one adult free, meaning that you, too, can enjoy some playtime with your little ones. If your child decides that Funtastic Playtorium is their favorite place on earth, they host birthday parties for parents looking to have their child’s party at a safe, secure location that will also be full of engaging and exciting play opportunities.

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At Odyssey 1, kids can enjoy their jungle gym, which includes a clubhouse and roller slide. Photo courtesy: Odyssey 1 Tacoma

Odyssey 1

2310 Mildred Street, Tacoma

Laster tag, jungle gym, arcade — what more could a kid ask for at Odyssey 1 in Tacoma?! This family fun choice has been a favorite of residents since it opened its doors in 1993 and is the perfect place to have fun and excitement all year round. Their indoor laser tag games will get your kid’s adrenaline pumping to burn off all that pent-up energy.

Little ones looking for a chance to romp and roam can have fun at the super soft play park jungle gym, where they can climb, jump, swing, bounce, and crawl in a soft and secure area. Once all that energy is burned up, everyone can head on over to the arcade for some gaming fun for the whole family.

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Did you know that Defy has camps for kids? Check out their website for more information. Photo courtesy: Defy


1680 S. Mildred Street, Tacoma

Kids and parents alike can enjoy getting some big air at Defy, an appropriate name, as you take on the challenge of trying stunts that defy all you know about gravity. The park features over 35 trampolines, including the famous angled wall trampolines, launching decks, and a few other surprises that are sure to help your kids reach new heights.

In this 30,000-square-foot facility, they can enjoy fun activities like basketball, dodgeball, foam pits, warped walls, and more, all while bouncing boredom out of their system. Special KidJump times are held every Monday through Saturday from 9 until 10 a.m., with the time being exclusively set aside for parents and children giving a chance for them to enjoy the park before the bigger kids start arriving for the day.

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WiggleWorks Kids wants every boy and girl to be able to have fun and enjoy playtime, that’s why they have an infants-only playground on site so they can have fun in a safe environment. Photo courtesy: WiggleWorks Kids Puyallup

WiggleWorks Kids

3500 S Meridian, Puyallup

Kids under 48″ tall can enjoy playtime no matter the weather at WiggleWorks Kids‘ soft, indoor, moving playscape in the South Hill Mall. Children can jump, run, climb, bounce, spin, tumble, and slide at this Washington award-winning indoor playground all year long with no reservations needed. The playground was built to provide little ones with ample opportunity to work on gross motor skills, coordination, and balance while helping them increase their strength, flexibility, and agility.

Parents looking to bring their infants to the playground can rest easy knowing that there is a specially designated area for them, away from toddler and preschool kids, with age-appropriate toys and activities to foster learning and development.

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Kaleidoscope Family Gym isn’t just a gym! There’s a nice, warm indoor activity area that’s perfect for boys and girls of all ages. Photo courtesy: Kaleidoscope Family Gym

Kaleidoscope Family Gym

3850 S Meridian, Puyallup

A unique, inclusive environment for all patterns of play and learning can also be found at the South Hill Mall at Kaleidoscope Family Gym. Up to 15 kids and adults can fight off boredom and enjoy fun-filled activities in their safe, user-friendly open play area. Parents with children who have additional needs, such as sensory disorders, will be happy to know that the staff is more than happy to accommodate and want families to know that they can enjoy their playtime with music or without, and the lights on low with blinds closed or lots of color and excitement — just let them know!

The space is also designed to be wheelchair friendly for children who need one but still want to enjoy playtime. Parents are welcome to unwind and relax in their Parents’ Lounge and Café Area, where they can keep a close eye on their little ones while enjoying a nice cup of coffee to give themselves an energy boost while their kiddos work out their own.

Other Indoor Fun for Kids in South Sound

Dorky’s Arcade
Playlive Nation
Paradise Lanes Entertainment Center
Super Jump Party Zone

What’s your favorite thing to do with the kids in the South Sound area? Send us an email at and let us know!