We live in wonderful Sonoma County with a wealth of things to do in the great outdoors: hiking, biking, picnicking, swimming, visiting a local farm, going to the beach, farmers markets, and countless numbers of parks in every town. But what about those rainy days? Good news - there are a lot of places to play indoors too!
Below is a list of indoor play places in Sonoma County. Please email us at info@sonomacountykids if we have missed any.son
Sonoma County Libraries. Don't forget about your local library branch, chock full of hundreds of books for your little ones to look through, be read to, or read themselves. My little ones love having their very own library card and being able to scan the books and check them out themselves. Your local library also has a calendar full of special events each month and regular story and music times for different age groups. Considering this is all FREE and educational entertainment, this is our number one pick for indoor play places!
Double Decker Lanes in RP , Boulevard Lanes in Petaluma, and Windsor Bowling Center. The bowling alleys contain a lot more than bowling! Both these bowling alleys have arcades and pool tables galore. My youngest one just loves to sit in the arcade game booths and pretend to play, no quarters necessary. Younger bowlers can be accommodated with "ramps" to roll the ball out of, and bumpers can be raised to make sure every ball isin't in the gutter! Sometimes they can even turn the lights down and make it a disco bowl theme. The bowling alleys serve food and beverages. Windsor offers Rock-n-Glow every Monday 5-10pm.
Cal Skate in RP. Cal Skate can be fun for even the tots - they have a lot of disco lights that the kids love and they play fun music during the skate sessions. They offer "Kids Skate" every Monday and Thursday 9:30-11:30am. This is when parents can come out on the rink with their little ones and hold hands and help them learn how to get comfortable on skates. You can get the kids' wheels tightened so they don't roll too fast. There is a snack bar and some arcade games on site.
Go see a movie! Did you know that at Reading Cinemas in Rohnert Park any movie on any day that starts before 12:00pm is only $5.75? And kids 3 and under are FREE! Yes you can still afford to go to the movies! Kids love the big screen! We always arrive at least 30 minutes before the movie so the kids can run around the huge lobby getting their wiggles out. They always have large cardboard cutouts of all the upcoming movie characters. Perfect for hide-and-seek. They also have an arcade for extra fun. Every Wednesday around 1pm, RP Reading Cinemas offers the "Crybaby Matinee." This is for parents and their little ones to be able to relax and enjoy a movie without worrying about unexpected tantrums or feedings in the dark. The lights are dimmed and the volume is low. A baby changing table and stroller valet are provided. Price is regular matinee admission for adults and children under 5 get in FREE!
Pump It Up Cotati or Pump it Up Santa Rosa. Pump It Up is an indoor playground full of inflatables. There are slides, obstacle courses, jumpy houses, and a jumpy arena. There is an air hockey table inside of the playground (sometimes we have to put quarters in it and sometimes it is free for some reason). They often turn the lights out and do a disco play time. They offer glitter tattoos at an extra cost. They also host Birthday parties and have an adjacent room for cake and pizza. Check their website for open play times.
Rebounderz in RP. Rebounderz is an indoor trampoline park. Featuring 75 interconnected trampoline beds, a 4-lane foam pit, 4-lane basketball slam, trampoline dodgeball, fitness classes, an enormous indoor playground and toddler park for children 2-12, a Cafe and an adult lounge with free Wi-Fi, and arcade games.
My Gym in Santa Rosa. For children 6 weeks thru 10 years of age. They offer structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more. Children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem.
Fundemonium Toys in Rohnert Park. Fundemonium offers their Kiditivities every day 11am-5pm. Kids can come and enjoy special activities in the Wonderground. They have wooden Train Tables, Calico Dollhouses, a Play Kitchen, LEGO and more. Plus comfy chairs for parents to rest and watch. An artist on staff guides kids through a different craft activity everyday. Kids can participate in all of the activities as much as they wish. Price per child over 2 yrs: $7; Children under 1 yrs: Free. Parents free. They also offer slot car racing and RC car racing for a separate fee. Mondays 10am-1pm is no charge to play.
Children's Museum of Sonoma County. This a great place for littles! They offer both an outdoor and an indoor play space. The hands-on exhibits are stimulating and educational. For more information on all they have to offer, check out our CMOSC Article.
Kids Party Central in Santa Rosa. Kids Party Central is an indoor playground that offers something for most age groups. There are many inflatables including slides, jumpy houses, and an obstacle course. There is a tunnel play structure with a bridge and slide. There is a ball pit that is for younger children with a small slide that slides right into the balls! There is a climbing wall for parties and bigger kids. At the front of the facility, there is a section that is gated off for babies and toddlers Kids Party Central has regular open play sessions during the week and some special extended play on the weekends. We have had 3 Birthday parties there and the kids had a blast at all of them. This facility is fairly spacious. Prices for open play are very reasonable and parties with a large amount of kids are afforable.
Chuck E. Cheese in RP. There are games for both younger and older kids and you can get online coupons for tokens. There is a section for your littlest ones with a small slide and some ride-ons. Chuck E. Cheese serves food: pizza, chicken strips, sandwiches, and a salad bar. They check your kids coming in and going out to make sure the kids are leaving with the right party. They host many Birthday Parties there, they offer some fun for a reasonable price. There are lots of things for the kids to do but it can be overstimulating and very noisy.
McDonald's in RP. This McDonalds has an indoor playstructure for kids 2-12 years old in an enclosed area at the back of the restaurant. There are small tables for eating or for parents to sit and watch their kids play. McDonald's offers FREE wifi also.
Sports City in Cotati. This is an indoor arena that offers many soccer leagues and the Lil' Kickers Program. They also can host Birthday Parties and the coaches offer soccer games and other activities on the field. There are a couple of arcade games in the back. Call to inquire about drop-in play.
Redwood Empire Gymnastics in Petaluma and RP Gymnastics in RP. Both gyms offer a ton of classes for all ages and skill levels. Redwood Empire offers a drop-in opportunity with their "Littlebugs Class" for 1 - 3 1/2 year olds. Littlebugs is an open format class and is designed to provide an exploratory environment for children to play and work with their parents as they discover a wide variety of movement possibilities. If you are not ready to sign up, each Littlebugs class is available at a drop-in rate of $12.00 per class. Call to inquire if the RP Gymnastics offers any drop-in opportunities. Windsor Gymnastics also offers an "Open Gym" day every month for $15-20 (upcoming 2016 dates: Feb 20, March 19, April 23, May 21, June 11).
KinderGym at the Sebastopol Community Center. If you have a young crawling baby or a toddler who is jumping off everything, Kindergym is for you. Come join us for a fun open play time indoors that includes lots of wonderful play equipment, dancing, singing, and fun games with a giant parachute. Get ready to play together and make new friends! Mon/Wed/Fri 11-12, $5/child.
Scandia in RP. Scandia offers both indoor and outdoor playgrounds. Outside they offer a great mini golf course, batting cages, go karts, bumper cars, and bumper boats. Inside they have a full arcade with mostly games for older kids. They also have a snack bar. Scandia can get expensive, especially with the outdoor rides but they do offer the occasional coupon in the Penngrove Proud and Groupon.
Driven Raceway in RP. The main event here is the indoor go-kart track. The cars go pretty fast, helmets are mandatory. These go-karts are not for the younger kids. Kids 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult and anyone who rides must be at least 48" tall. Other features at Driven are Black-Light Mini Golf Course, Mini Bowling Alley, and an arcade. They sometimes offer specials on Groupon.
Playland 707 in Petaluma and Cotati. Playland offers Paintball at their Petaluma location and Airsoft, LaserTag, and Nerf at their Cotati location. These games are gun oriented and are for older kids (although their website mentions that Nerf is recommended for 4-8 years old).
Qzar in RP. Lasertag facility in RP. They offer specials on different days of the week. Features a large arcade packed full of video games.
Lasertag of Santa Rosa. Laser Tag is a game for all ages where players (individually or as a team) score points by tagging opponents with a light beam in a multi-level arena with lighting effects, fog and exhilarating music. Laser Tag is ideal for birthday parties, fundraisers, corporate team building, sports teams, and community organizations. Individuals play right along side groups. Walk-ins are welcome.
Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. Local history and current events are the featured in this little museum gem right downtown. They often host special exhibits, gatherings, and live music.
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Local art museum right of the Sonoma Square. The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art was founded to promote the creation, exhibition, and collection of fine arts from around the world and provide educational opportunities to people of all ages.
Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory. You can book a tour during the week to see how the stickers are made. Each stop in the tour provides free stickers!
Schulz Museum. View the largest collection of original Peanuts art work in the world at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Visitors can laugh at Schulz’s original comic strips, learn about the art of cartooning and Schulz’s role in its development, view a re-creation of Schulz’s art studio, watch animated Peanuts specials and documentaries in our Theatre, and draw their own cartoons in our hands-on education room.
Snoopy's Home Ice Arena. Offers a unique atmosphere for families to enjoy recreational ice skating and a world-class facility to support the goals of local athletes in the sports of Ice Hockey and Figure Skating. Home to the Warm Puppy Café and Snoopy's Gallery & Gift Shop, the arena complex is also a popular destination for Peanuts fans from across the globe.
Coddingtown Mall Kidgets Play Area. This adorable play area is inside Coddingtown Mall right next to Whole Foods. It is a walled-in carpeted area with climb-ons and some sensory toys mounted on the walls. It is aimed for the younger child who loves to run around and climb things with their shoes off. There are benches all around the perimeter for parents to sit and watch their little ones while using the FREE wifi offered by Whole Foods.
The Pottery Studio in Santa Rosa or Glassfusion & Pottery Too in Sebastopol. Pottery painting offers a quiet and calming activity for the whole family. Choose from a large selection of plates, bowls, frames, figurines, and more. Select your brushes and colors and paint away! Once you are finished just turn them in to the employee and they will glaze them and finish them for you. Pick them up when they are ready.
Tudor Rose English Tea Room in Santa Rosa. Experience a true tea party at this lovely tea room. Many varieties of tea and an authentic British menu. A great place to dress up and have a "girls' day."
YMCA Indoor Pool in Santa Rosa. Non-members can get a Family Swim Pass for $10.00 per family (up to 2 adults and their minor children living in the same household) during scheduled Family Swim times. There are 2 indoor pools at this YMCA - one large for lap swimming and one small for kids and babies.
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