Are your kids going crazy at your house? It can be hard sometimes due to the weather, hot OR cold, to find some indoor play fun. I love taking the kids out to go explore the Lake Country area, Waukesha County and even Metro-Milwaukee area and find the most kid friendly businesses and letting everyone know about them. This is definitely a perk of being Mom, I get to play too sometimes 🙂 What’s life without any fun? Am I right? Scroll down to find 30+ places for indoor play! What’s great about many indoor play businesses, is that they are taking tremendous steps to mitigate risks of passing along germs! (YAY!)
Whether it is the cold weather you are trying to escape, or the heat that is making you run for shade, this is the guide for you for fun in the Lake Country and Waukesha County area. Please visit each website to find when they have open play times, and their hours. Plus, follow the links to our INSTAGRAM to see the fun we had while visiting these places!
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HERE IS LAKE COUNTRY FAMILY FUN'S GUIDE TO THE BEST OPTIONS FOR INDOOR PLAY IN THE LAKE COUNTRY AREA, WAUKESHA COUNTY AND METRO-MILWAUKEE!
lake Country Family Fun strongly encourages you to reach out to a business prior to visiting for any reservation requirements, special guidelines or modified operating hours.
SPRINGS WATER PARK
Springs Water Park at The Ingleside Hotel offers 45,000 square feet of indoor year-round fun. Water Park attractions include thrilling tube and body slides, a meandering lazy river, activity pool, indoor/outdoor hot tub, and zero-depth pool. Additional features include an amazing arcade and snack bar. Value-rich overnight packages, birthday parties, day passes and group rates are available throughout the year. For additional information, please call 262-547-0201 or visit https://www.theinglesidehotel.com/waterpark
View our Springs Water Park Review.
Find their spring 2022 Mommy & Me dates here.
GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL
Goldfish is more than a swim school. They are offering partial pool rentals in their 90 degree, shiver-free pool! One family of up to 6 people can swim for an hour for $30. Check their website for more information. Follow them on Facebook Instagram to stay in the loop. Call today at (262) 207-2800 to learn more!
YMCA PABST FARMS
Swimming and Rockwall fun, as well as the play room!
SWIMTASTIC SWIM SCHOOL
Swimtastic Swim School holds open swim times at pre-scheduled time-slots each week, primarily on weekend afternoons.
YMCA of GREATER WAUKESHA COUNTY
There are five locals YMCAs that that also have indoor activities and swimming open hours for kids and families (Waukesha, Tosa, Mukwonago, Greenfield and Menomonee Falls).
LAKE COUNTRY COMMUNITY SWIM
Arrowhead’s Pool has open swim hours listed on their swim calendar with admission of $3.
AmericInn in Delafield
The AmericInn in Delafield off I-94 and Highway 83 offers an open swim for $8 a person. Payment is in cash only. Walk-ins welcome.
Open gym times are available at this gymnastics gym in downtown Oconomowoc.
Check out our fun at Gymlingo on INSTAGRAM.
With three locations (Oak Creek, Franklin and Hartland) it is an easy drive to let the kids have a great time. They have open gym times for kids in preschool and even a school aged open gym.
SALTO GYMNASTICS CENTER
With locations in Waukesha and Brookfield, it is a great place for not only lessons but also for their Open Gym Tiny Tot times which vary by season. Open gym is available to all children from walking to 6 and children must be accompanied by an adult. At Salto Brookfield – Mondays and Fridays 11:45am – 12:45pm fee is $5.00. At Salto West on Mondays and Fridays 10:30am – 12:00pm fee is $10.00.
With over 2,000 square feet of gym space Heat Athletics located in Sussex, WI hosts open gym times. See their website for details on ages, dates, times and fees.
M&M GYMNASTICS and DANCE
Located in New Berlin, M&M offers open gym times. For details on ages, dates and fees, click on their website for more info.
Located in Brookfield, Wildcard offers weekly open gym times. $15 ages 5 and up, $7 ages 6 and under. Check website for dates/times.
River Coffee is located inside Thirst Church with a beautiful coffee shop layout and a seperate play area for kids! It’s a great place to meet others for a play date or to enjoy time with your kids on your own. There is no cost to play, but grab a coffee and perhaps a snack while you have some fun!
Oconomowoc-1260 Brown St Oconomowoc WI
Check out our REEL from our fun there!
BUG AND GOOSE
Bug & Goose Play Cafe is an indoor play area that is fully carpeted, and specially designed for little ones 6 months to 6 years old. With toys, structures, games, and crafts designed to inspire children, the play café is a safe space where kids can socialize and grow. And a fantastic place for caretakers to spend time with coffee, snacks and yummy bakery too!
Locations in Elm Grove and Delafield (coming very soon!)
Elm Grove – 13448 Watertown Plank Road
Delafield – 2850 Heritage Drive
KIDS IN MOTION
With open play, laser tag, arts and crafts, trains, music and more your children will sure to have a great time here.
Your kids will love this children’s museum, there is different stations to excite creativity in your little ones. Don’t miss the PIRATE SHIP! Check out our fun at The Children’s Play Gallery on Instagram HERE and HERE.
THE BIG BACKYARD
The kids want to play at a playground, but inside? This is the place for your kids. Check out this groupon here.
LOTZA FUN ROOM
The Lotza Fun Room in Muskego provides an exciting and enriching play experience for children ages 5 and under.
RAINBOW PLAY SYSTEMS
Play in their indoor showroom! May be closed due to COVID. Inquire with location.
Horwitz – DeRemer Planetarium at the Retzer Nature Center
See shows about outer space and astronomy. The Platenatrium events can be found on our calendar. Be sure to also visit the animals down the hallway in the Retzer Nature Center Visitor Center. They have snakes, turtles, and other native animals!
Visit the Indoor Playgrounds at your Local Chick-fil-A. Locations in Waukesha County – Pewaukee and Delafield! Currently not open due to COVID.
Visit the Indoor Playgrounds at your Local McDonalds. Waukesha Meadowbrook location and Sussex County Road J have indoor play places. Currently not open due to COVID.
URBAN AIR MILWAUKEE WEST
Urban Air is the ultimate indoor adventure park and a destination for family fun. You can enjoy their attractions including go-carts, climbing walls, trampolines, sky gliders, bumper cars and so much more! Read our review of Urban Air here.
- Thursday, March 23 – OPEN PLAY (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) + FAMILY NIGHT (4-8 p.m.) – Family Night includes passes for 2 adults and 2 kids
- Friday, March 24 – OPEN PLAY (10 a.m.-9 p.m.) – No Jumperoo
- Saturday, March 25 – OPEN PLAY (10 a.m.-9 p.m.)
- Sunday, March 26 – OPEN PLAY (10 a.m.-8 p.m.)
- Monday, March 27 – OPEN PLAY (10 a.m.-8 p.m.)
- Tuesday, March 28 – OPEN PLAY (10 a.m.-8 p.m.)
- Wednesday, March 29 – OPEN PLAY (10 a.m.-8 p.m.)
OLD SCHOOL IN OCONOMOWOC
Old School is an arts and recreation space to exercise your mind, body and spirit. Rent the Cafeteria for many uses including parties, live music, arts and crafts, classes, movie nights, and game nights…Or, bring your ideas! This room has a giant slide, movie screen and projector, disco ball, old school arcade, and multiple cafeteria tables. The Gym is a space for physical fitness, fun and games. Bring your own equipment or rent from our on-site options. Choose from a variety of balls, scooters, plasma cars and gym games during your time at Old School.
SOFT PLAY GAMES
Soft Play equipment brought to you for Play Dates, Gatherings, and more! Soft Play is safe, clean and fun equipment for climbing, crawling, sliding and hours of active play. We offer multiple packages, including delivery, setup and teardown. Suitable for inside or outside and children ages 0-4. Packages range in size to fit your space. Each rental includes, foam flooring, ball pit, soft climbing equipment, building blocks, animal hopper, sign board, sanitizing station, complimentary socks, delivery, setup & tear down, and 1-5 hours of play!
WHIRLYBALL IN BROOKFIELD
Enjoy WhirlyBall, Bowling and LaserTag paired with a chef-driven menu featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, a rotating craft beer selection and refreshing cocktails. Dedicated to and built for playing it safe, WhirlyBall’s spacious, 45,000 square foot facility makes social distancing easy with its powerful ventilation system and expansive outdoor patios. To properly foster a safe environment, the team has implemented safety precautions in accordance with the recommended guidelines by the state.
BATTLE HOUSE MKE
Battle House’s newest location is NOW OPEN in Waukesha WI. Immerse yourself in simulated combat playing multiple mission scenarios such as black hawk down, domination, search and destroy, plus many more in our massive indoor arena with realistic, fast, and accurate equipment. Battle around a real crashed helicopter while dodging enemy .50 cal fire as your try to defuse our briefcase bomb! This is not your average laser tag, this is Tactical Laser Combat at Battle House! Family friendly Ages 7-up welcome! Proudly Veteran owned. View our full armory, book parties, and get the latest updates on our website.
1ST AND BOWL
Just as it sounds, football bowling is a combination of football + bowling, and we brought it to you first. Located in Wauwatosa, just south of Burleigh St., 1st and Bowl is easily found just across from Mayfair Collection. From an outing with the family, date night with that special someone, or your next corporate gathering, 1st and Bowl is the perfect place to relax, grab a drink and discover your new favorite year-round sport. Football bowling + nerf wars + full-service bar, and tasty food.
JB’s on 41
JB’s on 41 is Milwaukee’s premiere party place. The party vibes are everywhere in our large center with luxury and Milwaukee-themed bowling lanes and huge arcade with modern games and prizes. Tons of gourmet food selections and unlimited soda fuel your fun.
There are options for even the smallest of kids here to bounce the wiggles out at Monkey Joe’s in Waukesha.
NAGA-WAUKEE ICE ARENA
Ice skate all year long at this indoor arena in Delafield!
EBLE ICE ARENA
Ice skate all year long at this indoor arena in Brookfield!
The area’s most fun attraction. The kids will literally be bouncing off the walls here! Right off of HWY F and 94 in Waukesha. Toddler Jump times are the best for little ones because older kids and parents cannot jump during those dedicated hours.
If rock climbing is your thing, this is your place! There are lots of options for climbers of all ages. Located in Brookfield.
LASER TAG ADVENTURE
Lasertag Adventure in Waukesha has specials and events almost every day!
VELOCE INDOOR GO-KART/Accelerate Indoor Speedway
Premium indoor speedway for Go Karts located right off 94 in Waukesha. Open 7 days a week, see website for details and pricing.
In the summer there is a bounce yard, but inside there are so many options, there is even a water table for the little guys! See our birthday party fun at StoneFire Pizza Company HERE. Located in New Berlin.
This restaurant located in Hartford is worth the drive. Daily specials and great food PLUS a massive GAME ROOM – newly remodeled 5,000 square foot, 2 million dollar game area has added dozens of new games, new prizes and low prices.
Point Burger Bar in Pewaukee has a huge arcade for fun games for the whole family. The burgers are a great treat as well!
Visit the Indoor Playgrounds at your Local Chick-fil-A. Two locations in Waukesha County: Pewaukee and Delafield.
With the overwhelming success of their Wauwatosa location, they opened their second location with 18 mini bowling lanes in May of 2017 in Sussex. The rules are the same as regular bowling, everything is just 1/4 the size. Their goal is to provide guests with the cleanest, safest and most enjoyable experience possible. They take an immense amount of pride in what they do and always aim to make each guest a repeat customer.
Those other places don’t have modern & retro arcade games. They don’t have craft beer for days. It’s unlikely that they have Alcohol infused Slushies, Asian American inspired Pizza creations, A Retro Game Trivia Night.
Also, we LOVE to play at local libraries. We’ve been branching out since we INTERVIEWED ALL THE WAUKESHA COUNTY LIBRARIES in February 2017. Then Jann of Speechworks visited all of the Libraries and documented her tours. Find all of the Waukesha County Libraries HERE.
Awesome children’s museum in Milwaukee. They also are proud to introduce Play in the Cloud – powered by GLOMADO!
Browse workshops from home HERE.
My kiddos love the MPM! The butterfly room is a favorite as well as the Streets of Old Milwaukee. Check out our butterfly fun at the MPM on INSTAGRAM.
There is so much to learn! Get your kiddos into science right on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan!
The Milwaukee Art Museum is open to the public and offering FREE admission to children 12 and under. Reserved time tickets are necessary for admission.
Refer to vaccine requirement for play.
Milwaukee’s Bounce play spot offers indoor play arena , bounce houses, laser tag, rock climbing, games and more!
This play cafe is ideal for children up to 6 years old. Young kids will love the imagination inspired play. We are a shoe-free (socks required), indoor play cafe in Shorewood, WI and Mequon, WI.
Take a scavenger hunt, see a live frog who looks like he swallowed a baseball! Find amazing learning toys and more!
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