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Mel’s Play Place – an indoor play space for kids

Hidden away in a Castro Valley office complex sits Mel’s Play Place – an indoor recreation center (read 2-hour babysitter) for you and your kids. Two jumpy houses, four wooden playhouses, slides, trains, and countless push toys – my boys (2 and 4) were easily entertained. Plus, it met my one criteria for indoor play spaces – it was clean.

Mel's Play Place has an inflatable slide

Mel’s Play Place is separated into four different sections.

There’s a designated play area for crawlers with mirrors and squishy blocks for climbing. In the same area, you’ll find playhouses, play food for pretending, and a larger tree house with a slide. My boys spent some time in here (fighting over push cars) but most of their time was spent in the two bouncy houses. One was an obstacle course with a big slide at the end, one a more traditional jumpy house, both equally as fun. The last area is a place for bigger kids to play – an air hockey table, a basketball hoop game, foosball table, plus a train table for the younger crowd. We didn’t spend much time in here.

Mel's Play Space Baby Area

Some other nice things – there was A LOT of seating options – couches, chairs, benches in every room. The place isn’t huge, which meant I could stand in one spot and see both my boys playing on opposite sides of the place. They offer coffee, juice, snacks for $1 a piece. There’s a lunch/snack room, and clean bathrooms. Also, socks only. Don’t forget them.

Mel's Play Space Toddler Area

Plan your visit to Mel’s Play Place in Castro Valley


  • M-F from 9:30am – 6:30pm, Sat 9:30am – 2:30pm, closed (most) Sundays
  • Call ahead for weekend/holiday offers as they may be closed for private parties or holidays. 510.460.9144


  • $9/child, siblings under 11 months are free
  • Admission gets you in/out privileges for the day
  • Check their website for special offers – Tuesdays they offer free pastries and $8 admission.

Location20994 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA

It’s a bit of a tricky place to find. It’s directly across the street from the Castro Valley BART. If you’ve passed Round Table Pizza, you have gone too far.

See a list of other indoor play spaces in the East Bay.

[All photos by Anna Azimi]

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2 thoughts on “Mel’s Play Place – an indoor play space for kids”

  1. We always enjoy our time at Mel’s Play Place! Just had a birthday party there and everyone (kids ages 1-12 & adults!) had a fun time.

    510 Families, will you be doing an event there one of these days?

  2. Pingback: 31 things to do with East Bay kids in October - 510 Families

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