5 Best Indoor Activities for the Kids

When boredom rises to its tipping point, take the kids to spend a day at a local indoor playground—where even rainy weather won’t keep them from burning off some steam.

By Katie Pollock Estes

Mar 2020

Ocean Adventures in Joplin MO
Photo courtesy visitjoplinmo.comAt Ocean Adventures, kids can fulfill that quintessential childhood experience of plummeting into a ball pit by riding down a 26-foot slide.

Fritz's Adventure

1425 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson
Little kids love: The underground tunnels, perfect for sneakin’ around.
Bigger kids love: The Aerodium, a high-flying sky diving simulator.
Parents love: The ropes course, which is just as fun for grown-ups as it is for kids.

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Ocean Adventures

2630 S. Duquesne Rd., Joplin
Little kids love: The soft climbing play area, where everything is toddler size.
Bigger kids love: The 26-foot slide that dumps kids into a massive ball pit.
Parents love: The beach-themed photo booth, to prove you were there.

Urban Air

2825 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
Little kids love: The tubes playground, where they race and slide to their hearts’ content.
Bigger kids love: The warrior course, a challenging obstacle course that truly tests their agility and stamina
Parents love: The huge variety of activities that keep kids occupied all day.

The Jungle Gym

3322 S. Campbell Ave., Suite J., Springfield
Little kids love: The wide variety of ways kids can climb, swing and slide.
Bigger kids love: The massive indoor sand pit for plenty of digging fun. But don’t bring your biggest kids because The Jungle Gym is for ages 8 and younger.
Parents love: The monthly parents-night-out events where you can leave your little kiddos there while you take a date night.

Andy B's

1127 Battlefield Rd., Springfield
Little kids love: Okay, okay it’s not a playground. But there are a lot of ways to play. Younger kids love bowling with bumpers and ramps for frustration-free fun. 
Bigger kids love: Underground laser tag for enough racing around to leave them breathless.
Parents love: There is a restaurant at Andy B’s, so you can keep the kids from slipping into the hangry zone. 

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