For little ones who need constant exploration opportunities, indoor play spaces or playgrounds can offer sensory opportunities that parents aren’t always up for creating at home. Let your kids run, bounce, climb and play big.
Here is a round-up of indoor play spaces in the East Bay that are currently operating with drop-in hours and private space rentals.
Ready for Open Play: Kids Indoor Play Spaces in the East Bay
These indoor play areas are now open for drop-in play. Don’t forget your socks!
Bumblebee Playspace, Newark
Bumblebee Playspace is a large, 3,000+ square foot indoor playground for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children.They are now offering drop-in open play hours daily 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am -2 pm Sunday-Monday, closed Tuesday. They often close on weekends for birthday parties, so be sure to check their calendar before visiting. Everyone over the age of 3 must wear a mask and socks.
Location: 35500 Dumbarton Court, Newark, CA 94560
Fees: Open play admission is per child and valid for the day. Adults and siblings under 1 or over 10 years old are free. Children ages 1-10 are $15; siblings ages 1-10 are $10; babies under 1 are $10.
Jolly Roger Land, Union City
Jolly Roger Land is open, Monday – Wednesday 10 am-7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday 10 am-8 pm. Take a look at our profile of Jolly Roger Land to see all that they offer. Here’s the online waiver to fill out before going to smooth out the check-in process.
Location: 31300 Courthouse Dr, Union City
Fees: Monday – Friday $16/kid unlimited play with free paying adult, $7 per extra adult. Saturday – Sunday $15/kid – 1 hour; $17/kid- 2 hours; $20/kid- unlimited play; 1 paying child comes with 1 free adult. $7 extra adult. Membership cards also available.
Kids Play Zone Oakland
This family-operated indoor playground is a newer option in Oakland. Visit for climbers, slides, pretend play, and a ball pit. Open play available Monday/Wednesday – CLOSED; Tuesday/Thursday – 9-5 pm (closed for lunch 2:30 pm-3:30 pm); Friday – check the calendar; Saturday/Sunday – check the calendar. Weekend hours subject to private party bookings; check their Insta feed for updates on weekend hours.. Call 510-817-4384 to reserve a spot. Check out our visit to Kids Play Zone.
Location: 900 Market Street, Suite M, Oakland
Fees: $15 for open play for the first child, $12 for the second, inquire directly for group reservations Memberships and private parties also available.
PlayGround CV, Castro Valley
PlayGround in Castro Valley is a newer indoor play space that offers lots of entertaining climbing structures suitable for kids 8 and under (though older kids will enjoy the Ninja School obstacle course. Check our our recent visit to get a feeling for what to expect. Print out the waiver beforehand if you’d like.
Location: 3169 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley
Fees: Open Play (drop-in only): $15 for each hour. Siblings also receive a 10% discount. They also have special events, like an upcoming princess tea party. Drop-off movie night for kids $50.
PlayStar Kids, San Ramon
PlayStar Kids is a contemporary, open play space suitable for children 6 and under. Located in the posh San Ramon City Center Bishop Ranch shopping center, children can engage in a variety of active and quiet activities. Take a look at our updated profile of Play Star Kids to see the amenities. Drop-in available Subject to change the current opening hours are: Thursdays 10 am-5 pm, Fridays 10 am-6 pm, Saturdays 9.30 am-5 pm, Sundays 10 am-5 pm. Parachute time, story time and other programming offered each day. Party bookings available for Sat and Sun afternoons. Cost is $20 per child for a day pass.
Location: 6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon
Spirited Play Labs, San Ramon
Spirited Play Labs was created to be the neurodiverse inclusive play space for children aged 0-6 where you relax while your child plays their own way. Explore 3,000 sf of play space without stuffy rules or overwhelming crowds. Plus, their staff are pros in childhood development & inclusion.
Location: 2220 Camino Ramon – San Ramon, CA 94583
Hours and Fees:Mon-Fri: 8 am – 6:30 pm • Sat: 8 am – 3:30 pm Pricing Varies
Swings and Wings, Alameda
Swings and Wings on Blanding Avenue is a sensory-based play space designed and owned by an Occupational Therapist with two young children. The gym is simple and sweet with lots of thoughtful touches for babies up to eight-year-olds in mind. Drop-in play is now available, as are their popular Date Nights the second Friday of each month. Masks are required for everyone over the age of 2. Socks are required for play. Read our profile of Swings and Wings to get an idea of the features.
Location: 2307 Blanding Avenue Suite E, Alameda
Fees: Drop-in play is $16.50 for one child and $13.75 for each additional sibling. If your child is not walking, you pay $13.75; Adults (up to 2 with each kid): Free!! 10-visit passes for $137.50 Each visit is $13.75!!
The KidTopia playground for kids ages 0 -12 in mind, with soft play equipment, pretend play toys, and a huge ball pit. KidTopia has a dedicated baby and toddler playground area to allow younger kids to play in a separate environment. Check out our visit to see what it’s like> You can sign the online waiver here>
Location: 4620 Auto Mall Pkwy., Fremont Ca 94538
Hours and Fees: Monday – Friday: $16 / child, $5 / adult: Includes: Unlimited play from 10 am to 7:30 pm. Saturday & Sunday $16 / child, $5 / adult Includes: 2.5 hours of play 9 am – 11:30 am, 12 pm – 2:30 pm, 3 pm – 5:30 pm, 6 pm – 8:30 pm socks are $3 a pair; masks are $3 each.
The OG of indoor play spaces, this longtime favorite has multiple locations in the East Bay (El Cerrito, Lafayette, Oakland, San Mateo, Pleasanton, Fremont). You’ll want to check their individual websites for specific pricing, hours and offerings. See the website >