45+ INSIDE Places for Kids to Play in San Diego

August 6, 2018

(last updated 8/6/18)

 

Sure we've got perfect weather year round to run and play outside...but sometimes we want a break from the summer heat or when it rains once or twice a year. Here are some of San Diego's finest INSIDE play areas for kids!

 

Below is the master list. And below that, you'll find ALL of the DETAILS! Like hours, cost, toddler times, parking, deals and food options nearby with links to everything!

 

Balboa Park INDOOR Museums

(FREE on Resident Tuesdays!)

-San Diego Natural History Museum

-Fleet Science Center

-Model Train Museum

-Museum of Man

-Air & Space Museum (pictured above)

-Automotive Museum

 

BOWLING - FREE during the summer

 

SUMMER $1 MOVIES

 

INDOOR PLAY AREAS

-Kid Ventures (Liberty Station, 4S Ranch, Eastlake)

-The Playground (Grossmont Mall)

-Urban Jungle (Santee)

-FUNBelievable (Lakeside)

-Play City (Chula Vista)

-Gymboree (Clairemont, Poway, Carlsbad)

-Kidsville (Carlsbad)

-Play Kingdom (Oceanside)

 

TRAMPOLINE PARKS

-Rockin' Jump (Mira Mesa) 

-Pump It Up (Poway, Chula Vista) 

-Get Air (Poway, East County tba, Vista, Temecula)

-Sky Zone (Chula Vista, San Marcos)

-House of Air (Carlsbad)

-Altitude Trampoline Park (Vista)

-Jump Around Now (Chula Vista)

 

CHILDREN'S MUSEUMS

-New Children's Museum (downtown)

-SD Children's Discovery Center (Escondido)

 

FREE

-Balboa Park Museums on FREE Resident Tuesdays

-Bowling Kids Bowl FREE in the Summer

-Storytimes

-Libraries

-$1 Movies - basically Free!

-Pet Stores

-IKEA

-Indoor malls (see below)
 

RESTAURANTS w/ INDOOR PLAY AREAS

-Waypoint Public Brewery (North Park)

-Mountain Mike's Pizza (Clairemont, La Mesa)

-Corvette Diner (Pt. Loma/Liberty Station)

-Dave & Buster's (Mission Valley)

-Punchbowl Social (downtown)

-Chuck E. Cheese

(Oceanside, Vista, Escondido, La Mesa, College, Sports Arena, National City)

-John's Incredible Pizza (National City, Riverside)

-IKEA (Mission Valley)

-Ice Rink at the UTC Mall (La Jolla/UTC, inside the food court)

-Landon's Gourmet Kitchen (San Marcos)

 

INDOOR MALLS

(yes there are some in San Diego & some with FUN play areas)