Beyond the Ball Pit: Top Indoor Play Centres in London

by Elisa Freeling

It’s raining, it’s pouring… and your kids are climbing the walls. An indoor play centre can rescue your sanity—you sip a coffee from the café while they burn off their energy from manic down to giddy. But there’s more out there than the traditional climbing frame, bouncy castle and ball pit (am I the only one who finds those balls unpleasantly hard?). Why not try trampolining, literal wall-climbing or even preparing for their future careers? Check out our roundup of London’s top kids’ indoor play centres for all kinds of play.

Indoor Play Centres London

WEST

Oxygen Freejumping

What: A trampoline park, including 150 interconnected trampolines, an enormous airbag and a squishy foam pit (here’s our review)
Ages: From toddler (with special Little O’s sessions) through adult—you know you wanna try it
Where: Unit 15, Vision Industrial Park, Kendal Avenue, W3 0AF
Website: oxygenfreejumping.co.uk

KidZania

What: A role-playing centre where your kid can be a pilot, an animator, a singer or a chocolatier (yum)
Ages: 4 to 14
Where: Westfield White City, Ariel Way, W12 7GA
Website: london.kidzania.com/en-uk

Indoor Play Centres London

Clip ’N Climb

What: A climbing centre with a twist—work your way up the Big Cheese, Triffid or Stairway to Heaven (check out our review)
Ages: 4 to adult
Where: 19 Michael Road, SW6 2ER
Website: www.clipnclimbchelsea.co.uk

Heathrow Gymnastics Club

What: The club’s playgym features the typical equipment of an indoor play centre with a gymnastics twist, offering a range of swinging, jumping and balancing opportunities
Ages: toddlers to age 7
Where: Green Lane, Hounslow, TW4 6DH
Website: www.heathrowgymnastics.org.uk

Indoor Play Centres London

NORTH

The Castle Climbing Centre

What: Top-roping and lead climbing featuring more than 450 routes, plus bouldering
Ages: 5 to adult
Where: Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, N4 2HA
Website: www.castle-climbing.co.uk

Little Dinosaurs

What: indoor play centre with a garden, in case there’s a break in the weather
Ages: babies up to 9 years
Where: Alexandra Park, N22 7AY
Website: www.littledinosaurs.co.uk

Indoor Play Centres London

ClownTown

What: Yes, there’s a ball pit, but there are also aerial runways, rope climbs and a 5D cinema
Ages: toddlers and older children up to 4′ 9″
Where: Unit 3, The Coppetts Centre, Finchley, N12 0SH
Website: clowntown.co.uk

Indoor Play Centres London

EAST

Discover Children’s Story Centre

What: Play spaces designed to inspire curiosity and spark imaginations; more low-key than a climbing frame, but more creative (have a look at our review)
Ages: 0 to 11
Where: 383–387 High Street, Stratford, E15 4QZ
Website: www.discover.org.uk

Mile End Climbing Wall

What: 16,000 square feet of climbing surface with National Indoor Bouldering Award Schemes for young climbers
Ages: 7 to adult
Where: Haverfield Road, E3 5BE
Website: www.mileendwall.org.uk

Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre

Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre

What:  Features a clip and climb wall, ninja run, trampoline park and extreme play area with bouncy obstacles and slides, plus a two-storey soft play area for under 6s
Ages:  all ages
Where: Waltham Forest
Website: www.better.org.uk

Indoor Play Centres London

Better Extreme

What: Not only a trampoline park but climbing walls and a skate park too
Ages: toddler to adult
Where: Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 2JR
Website: extreme.better.org.uk/barking/trampoline-park

Indoor Play Centres London

SOUTH

Flip Out Wandsworth

What: London’s biggest trampoline park, including 76 trampolines, 4 of which are ‘Olympic’
Ages: toddler (‘if you can walk, you can flip!’) to adult
Where: Bendon Valley, Earlsfield, SW18 4LZ
Website: www.flipout.co.uk

Kidspace Croydon

What: Bigger than your average indoor play venue, with go karts and climbing wall
Ages: 0 to 12
Where: The Colonnades, 619 Purley Way, CR0 4RQ
Website: kidspaceadventures.com

 Indoor Play Centres London

TeamSport Mitcham (and across London)

What: Indoor go-karting on multi-level circuits for a high-adrenaline day
Ages: 8 to adult
Where: Unit 18, Mitcham Industrial Estate, Streatham Road, CR4 2AP (other London venues include Edmonton in North London, Acton in the west and Docklands in the east)
Website: www.team-sport.co.uk/go-karting-mitcham

Elisa Freeling
Author

Elisa moved to London a decade ago from San Francisco, where, in pre-children days, she was the managing editor at Sierra magazine. She lived in Brook Green, Notting Hill and Chiswick before settling in Northfields, where she lives with her book-loving daughter, architecture-loving son, and thickly moustachioed husband.

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