Too cold to play outside? Check out these local spots for indoor fun!
If you’re anything like me, I’m not into being outside in the freezing winter temps. No thank you. But that doesn’t mean the kids have learned to temper their excess energy like I have (years of practice).
When the kids need a little energy burn and you need to stay inside, here are some great options to achieve both your goals.
If your kids need some serious energy burn, you might want to try out Blitz Air Park in Portsmouth. This wall-to-wall trampoline park offers Open Jump, dodge ball and basketball dunk “courts” Wednesday through Sunday and special toddler times on Friday and Sunday mornings. You’re pretty much guaranteed an early bedtime with this one. Go to blitzairpark.com to book a jump time and get info on hours and fees.
With over 9,000 square feet of climbing space, Indoor Ascent in Dover is a great way to rid your kids of all that pesky winter zip. The Monkey Club, which runs from 10am-12pm every Saturday and Sunday, is geared for kids 5-12 to take on the indoor climbing wall (helpful staff is always on hand), play games and learn new climbing techniques. Cost is $25 per session and reservations are highly recommended. Visit indoorascent.com for more info.
Stop, Drop & Roll!
For more of a bounce house experience, try out Twice the Fun (twicethefunnh.com) in Dover, AirZone (airzonekids.com) in both Portsmouth and Exeter or Rumble Tumble (rumbletumblegym.com) in Portsmouth. These indoor play-spaces have inflatables, climbing mazes, slides, mat areas and more. If I’ve ever short on money or time, I find that the McDonald’s PlayLand in Portsmouth works perfectly. I think they even have wi-fi and they definitely have coffee!
How about some competitive fun? Try Bowl-o-Rama (bowlorama.com) in Portsmouth, Dover Bowl (doverbowl.com) or Exeter Bowling Lanes (shooterssportspub.com) for some candlepin bowling (perfect for little kid hands). Check out their websites as all offer food/game specials on certain days of the week. Double points for knocking out both exercise and a meal.
Even though it may feel too cold for a swim, you’ll feel differently when you step into the balmy indoor pool space at The Works (theworkshealthclub.com) in Somersworth. Their family aquatic center is open every day and offers a giant slide, lap pool and a zero depth wade in area. Guest passes can be purchased at the time of your visit. Don’t forget to take a peek at their outdoor pool area with slides, splash pads and more– you’ll definitely want to return in the summer.
Strap on the Skates!
If you want to be indoors but feel like you’re not, don’t forget about all the great ice rinks around the Seacoast. The Rinks at Exeter (therinksatexeter.com), Dover Ice Arena (www.dover.nh.gov) and Rochester Ice Arena (rochesternh.net) all have public skate times and equipment rentals. Fun! Visit their websites for hours and costs.
For the Smaller Peeps!
For the little ones who aren’t in school yet, here are a few of my favorite activities.
Sometimes kids don’t need anything more than a ball and a big open space! Seacoast United has a weekday Playtime Program at their indoor soccer facility in Hampton. Children up to age 5 take over a soccer field filled with all kinds of balls to kick, throw and roll with. Only $5 per child, $8 per family. Visit seacoastunited.com for more info.
Here’s another two-fer program that I love. Atlantic Gym in Portsmouth and Dover offers a Lunch Bunch activity which includes 30 minutes of parent/child gym time followed by 30 minutes for lunch (please bring your own nut free lunch). This program is suitable for children ages 18 months (or crawling) to 5 years. Visit atlanticgym.com for more info.