Thursday, June 2, 2016

Heat Wave, Day 3: Dozens of Ideas for Indoor Fun

Burning energy while Mama stays cool!
It's Day 3 of this heat wave, and after two days of sharing outdoor cool-down posts (Playground Water Features on Tuesday, Shady Playgrounds on Wednesday), here's a chance to skip the sunblock and head indoors. This is not an exhaustive post -- just an "off the top of my head" list that I'm aiming to finish in 20 minutes or so -- and it isn't gonna be pretty or contain links or hours, but hopefully it will give you some direction when you have a wiggly kid and need a break from the sun. Enjoy, and stay cool!

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  • Homestead Bowl (bowling, obviously)

East Palo Alto
  • Ikea (play room for bigger kids, cafe with kid area and tvs, general exploration)

Los Altos
  • Play! (play room with pretend play, foam block pit, art)
  • Bumble (restaurant with check-in playroom)

  • Great Mall (trampoline thing, little train)
  • Bounce a Rama at the Great Mall (inflatables, arcade)

Palo Alto 
  • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
  • Palo Alto Children's Library
  • Wund3rkid (pretend play, activities)

Redwood City
  • La Petite Playhouse (play structure, some pretend play)

San Carlos
  • Hiller Aviation Museum

San Mateo
  • CuriOdyssey

San Jose
  • Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (New castle exhibit is fun! Note that they're doing set up for a certain person's rally tonight at the Convention Center, so the Woz Way parking lot and some local streets may be closed.)
  • Silver Creek Sportsplex (open play on the inflatables -- our Tuesday adventure this week!)
  • Billy Beez (play structure, pretend play -- our Wednesday adventure this week!)
  • Fun Factory at Oakridge (kid-friendly arcade) and small train right outside
  • Valley Fair (soft play area, Disney store, Build a Bear -- we don't actually build bears, just check out the bath area and the noise area)
  • Rockin' Jump (trampolines)
  • Pump it Up (inflatables)
  • Jungle Island (play structure, arcade)
  • Barnes and Noble (Almaden, Stevens Creek, Eastridge) for train table and Duplo blocks
  • IMAX at the Tech Museum of Innovation (Loved the Journey into Space one! Note that they're doing set up for a certain person's rally tonight at the Convention Center, so some nearby streets may be closed.)
  • The Duck Pond (pretend play, indoor activities)
  • Bass Pro Shops (bowling alley, indoor fish tank)
  • Bowling alley right next to Oakridge

Santa Clara
  • Lemon Tree (pretend play, cafe)
  • Pump it Up (inflatables)
  • Sky High Sports (trampolines)

  • Whimsy (pretend play, cafe, small play structure)

  • Safari Run (play structure)

Other ideas:
  • Check out the website for the various California Sports Centers for Open Gym hours (we've been to the one in Morgan Hill -- super fun! -- but I know there are several others)
  • Check out the websites for My Gym, Little Gym and Gymboree -- I think all offer a free trial class, and some also offer drop-in classes
  • Visit your local library, or try a new one. Some of our favorites are the Bascom, Cambrian, Evergreen, Almaden, and Willow Glen branches in San Jose or the Palo Alto Children's Library adjacent to Rinconada Park.
Stay cool and have fun!

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