Check out our updated list of indoor play spaces and creative places in HRM! We will continue to update our list as more fun opens up. Since not all places have re-opened and some have reduced hours that may change without notice, please call ahead before you go.
FREE Indoor Play Spaces
IKEA Småland – Temporarily Closed
Småland is a secure play area just inside the entrance of the new Halifax IKEA. They have a soft-play area, art centre, movie area and a ball jumping pit. Entrance is by height, not age. The play area is supervised by specially designated IKEA co-workers who have passed their police check. Rules – no food or drink, no shoes. Parents are given a buzzer; any problems and it will flash and vibrate. The maximum playtime is 1 hour unless you are an IKEA family member, then you get an additional 30 minutes.
Website: IKEA Halifax
Phone: 1-866-866-4532 (IKEA)
The Library – Kids areas are open but some of the toys/board books are currently unavailable
Every branch of the Halifax Public Library has a fun area where kids can play or get creative. Our favourite is the gorgeous Halifax Central Library, but we are also fond of the beautifully spacious Keshen Goodwin Library in Clayton Park, and the North Branch Library on Gottingen Street.
Website: Halifax Libraries Website
Phone: (902) 490-5700
McDonald’s, Main Street, Dartmouth – Temporarily Closed
Our fave Play Place at MacDonald’s opposite the Sportsplex is gone, but this one remains! Reviews on Yelp! say that this MacDonald’s is clean and friendly, and a good place to bring the kids.
Phone: (902) 434-0373
McDonald’s, Tantallon – Temporarily Closed
McDonald’s play place is the perfect place for kids 3-12 to burn off some energy at no charge. There is a McDonald’s Play Place in upper Tantallon, in the St. Margaret’s Bay complex.
Phone: (902) 826-1763
Chapters, Bayer’s Lake and Mic Mac Mall – Temporarily Unavailable
Chapters Bayer’s Lake and Mic Mall both small children’s play area in the back of the store, with a Thomas train set and a few other toys to delight your young ones while you browse.
Phone: Bayer’s Lake: (902) 450-1023/ Mic Mac Mall: (902) 466-1640
Woozles Bookstore, Birmingham Street, Halifax – Temporarily Unavailable
Woozles is Canada’s oldest bookstore. Tucked away just off Spring Garden Road, Woozles has a train table downstairs (the book-side of the store) and a very well-equipped Playmobil table on the upper level
Website: Woozles website
Phone: (902) 423-7626
Otis and Clementine Books and Coffee, Tantallon – Temporarily Unavailable
Otis and Clementine, in Redmond’s Plaza, has thousands of second-hand books but tucked away in the back, you will find a real treasure: comfy chairs, a beautiful Playmobil Dollhouse, some LEGO and other little toys. Oh, yeah, and they serve delicious coffee and treats!
Website: Otis and Clementine Website
Phone: (902) 826-1823
Tattletales, Dartmouth – Temporarily Unavailable
Tattletales Bookstore on Portland Street, Dartmouth has a pretty extensive play area, giving you lots of time to browse for books.
Website: Tattletales Facebook Page
Phone: (902) 463-5551
Local Jo Cafe & Market, Oxford Street, Halifax – Temporarily Unavailable
Local Jo Cafe & Market has a “boutique” (i.e. small) children’s play area tucked away in the top corner of the cafe with toys and lots of books to keep the kids occupied while you enjoy the truly excellent coffee, soups, and baked goods.
Website: Local Jo Website
Phone: (902) 455-6225
Hop, Skip, Jump, Bayer’s Lake (Open reduced hours: 10 am – 2 pm and 3 pm – 7 pm)
Hop Skip Jump Halifax is the Las Vegas of indoor playgrounds offering a 3,500 square foot, three-level, multi-colour play structure for ages 5 to 12 as well as a toddler section, featuring a spinning palm tree, balloon carnival, trampoline, animal merry-go-round. For the adults, there is a bright and cheerful coffee area, which -warning- gets pretty busy!
Website: Hop Skip Jump
Phone: (902) 406-4406
Ice Patch Hollow Indoor Playground, Bedford – (Open reduced hours: 10 am – 4 pm M-Th, 10 am – 5 pm F, Sa, Su)
Ice Patch Hollow in Bedford is located at the Sunnyside Mall. This playground is the newest indoor space in HRM but a bit smaller than Hop, Skip, Jump, so possibly a better choice if you like to keep an eye on your kids while they play!
Phone: (902) 835-1155
Get Air Indoor Trampoline Park, Burnside – Open regular hours
Get Air Indoor Trampoline Park in Burnside is a gigantic addition to the Halifax indoor playground and birthday party scene and a great place for kids of all ages to burn off energy. Prices are a little high, but we are told it’s worth it!
Website: Get Air Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 702-8790
Dalplex Fun Zone, Halifax – Temporarily Closed
Get fit at Dalplex, while your kids have fun! You can work out at Dal with your membership, or on a day rate. If you’re there on the evenings or weekends, child care is available for kids 10 and younger at $5 per hour (parents must stay on-site).
Website: Dalplex Fun Zone
Phone: (902) 494-3372
Places to get Creative
Clay Cafe, Quinpool Road, Halifax – Open regular hours
At The Clay Cafe on Quinpool Road, children can drop-in to hand-paint anything from a light-switch cover to a serving plate! Once an item has been purchased, a painter can return for as many visits as needed, until the piece is complete.
Website: Clay Cafe Website
Phone: (902) 429-2994
4Cats Art Studio, Oxford Street, Halifax – Open regular hours
4Cats Art Studio Halifax is an Art School and Party Centre. 4Cats Halifax offers registered art classes, art history, art parties, art supplies and party planning for children and adults.
Website: 4 Cats Website
Phone: (902) 431-9660
Wonder’neath, Isleville Street, Halifax (Free admission) – Studio temporarily closed but you can pick up art take-away kits on Saturdays!
Wonder’neath Open Studio is an independent Artist Studio in Halifax’s north end. Every weekend, Wonder’neath hosts an open studio, where families are invited to drop in to be guided and inspired by local artists, or create their own project!
Website: Wonderneath Open Studio
Phone: (902) 454-6860