There are so many great indoor playgrounds in Halifax. Our list also includes play areas in libraries, play nooks in local bookstores, and quiet places where your family can enjoy arts and crafts.
FREE Indoor Play Spaces
Småland is a secure play area just inside the entrance of the new Halifax IKEA. There’s a soft-play area and a ballroom. Entrance is by height, not age. 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. Maximum play time is 1 hour, unless you are an IKEA family member, then you get 30 min additional time. Thanks, IKEA- we love you!
Website: IKEA Halifax
Phone: 1-866-866-4532 (IKEA)
Every branch of the Halifax Public Library has a fun area where kids can play or get creative. Our favourite is the gorgeous new Halifax Central Library, but we are also fond of the beautifully spacious Keshen Goodwin Library in Clayton Park, and the North Branch Library on Gotttingen Street.
Website: Halifax Libraries Website
Phone: (902) 490-5700
McDonald’s, Main Street, Dartmouth
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 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
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
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
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: some 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
Fiddleheads Children’s Store, Dartmouth and Bedford
Fiddleheads Children’s Store on Prince Albert Road in Dartmouth has lots of great stuff for kids – and a cool little play area too! They also have a new location in Bedford, but we’re not sure what the play area is like (tell us in the comments, please!)
Phone: (902) 405-8801
One of our readers asked us to add this one to the list. Tattletales Bookstore on Portland Street, Dartmouth has a pretty extensive play area, giving you lots of time to browse for books. Buy local!
Website: Tattletales Facebook Page
Phone: (902) 463-5551
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.
Website: Local Jo Website
Phone: (902) 455-6225
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 five 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
Play Box, Dartmouth
The Play Box on Portland Street offers a speed slide, moon walk, roller squeeze, punch bags,trolley glide, maze, spiral slide, ball jam and more for energetic children aged 4-12. There is also a dedicated toddler area for the 0-4s.
Website: Play Box Website
Phone: (902) 463-0034
Happy Kids Indoor Playground, Bedford
Happy Kids Indoor Playground in Bedford is located just off Larry Uteck Boulevard. This playground is big, but a bit smaller than Hop, Skip and Jump, so possibly a better choice if you like to keep an eye on your kids while they play!
Website: Happy Kids Website
Phone: (902) 461-8111
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
Dalplex Fun Zone, Halifax
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
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
4Cats Art Studio Halifax is a 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
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.