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

Halifax Public Libraries
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, the North Branch Library on Gottingen Street and the Sackville Public Library which has a great little play space and is in close proximity to Acadia Park.
Website: Halifax Libraries Website
Phone: (902) 490-5700

Chapters, Bayer’s Lake and Mic Mac Mall 
Chapters Bayer’s Lake and Mic Mall both small children’s play area in the back of the store, with a reading nook and toys to keep your little one entertained.
Website: Chapters
Phone: Bayer’s Lake: (902) 450-1023/ Mic Mac Mall: (902) 466-1640

Otis and Clementine Books and Coffee, Tantallon 
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

Local Jo Cafe & Market, Oxford Street, Halifax 
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.
Facebook: Local Jo Website
Phone: (902) 455-6225

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)

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


Indoor Playgrounds

Hop, Skip, Jump, Bayer’s Lake 
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 
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 
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

The Fun Factory, Dartmouth
The Fun Factory has tunnels, a ball pit, a multi-tiered climbing frame to explore with slides and so much more. Adults can join in the fun or relax with a coffee and and enjoy the free Wi-Fi.
Phone: 902-407-2999

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

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) 
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