Beijing's best indoor play centres for kids of all ages

Keep kids occupied indoors for hours as the mercury drops outdoors

It can be hard finding a perfect indoor playground where kids can burn off energy as the mercury drops. Next time you’re trying to hide out from cold temperatures or a smoggy day, try these play centres for big kinds and for little kids.

Kerry Adventure Zone 

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Located inside CBD’s Kerry Centre, Adventure Zone is a large play centre space for toddlers to 12 year-olds with drop slides, ball pits, net towers, themed party rooms, interactive games and a whole lot more. Pro-tip: entrance to Adventure Zone is included in the price of brunch for families that dine at Kerry’s Kitchen on the weekends. A great way for the children to burn off energy after a delicious meal. 


Little Oasis Playroom 

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Little Oasis Playroom at Indigo mall, a sister location to the Parkview Green original, runs classes on weekly themes with access to an exploratory playroom. Your child can sign up for the playroom along with a 30-minute class. Classes run every hour based on the ‘SMART’ programme: sensorial play, music, art, reading and theatre. While not the cheapest you will find in town, Little Oasis Playroom is impeccably clean and well-run. Admision runs from around 200RMB plus a 20 per cent discount for those who place few thousand RMB in a top-up card. 


inKIDS with Line Friends 

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A stylish kids’ play centre if there ever was one, inKids features ball pits, slides and plenty of things to climb. Korean social media app characters, Line Friends decorate the playful-yet-minimal space and while it may not the biggest kids’ venue in town, it is clean and well-maintained. Inside the space kids will find trampolines, huge stuffed animals suspended from the ceiling, slides and ball pits. From 388RMB. 


Brick Space 

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A space dedicated to...you guessed it, Lego. Get your little architects building a wonderland with tiny coloured bricks inside this Parkview Green play place. In addition to standard Lego tables and models, Brick Space has a separate area for brick-sized blocks and a private room ideal for parties. Consider yourself warned however, this space doubles as a Lego retailer so youngsters might be begging for the latest sets on the way out. 


LaoNiu Children’s Discovery Center 

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Little ones are encouraged to explore, make art and role play through five themed spaces including a city square and scientific world. There is a 4D theatre and an area with revolving exhibitions, all designed to ignite imagination and problem solving ability. Best for kids under seven years old. 


Lilliput Kids Café

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A Lego room, interactive screen and a two-level café feature in the Wangjing branch of this Korean kids play centre. Let the children explore the ball pit and bounce zone before they navigate a tunnel to the second floor where they will find magnetic blocks and more. This space is best for kids under five. 

Latitude 

Bounce around to your heart’s content at this indoor gym. Filled with activities such as battle beam, trampoline and dodgeball, this gym is fun for the whole family. An Australia-based company, the Beijing Latitude offers foam pits and basketball, a small rock climbing wall and a helluva lot of trampolines. Pro tip: pack snacks and water. All that jumping is hungry work and the space’s café leaves something to be desired. Entry starts at 108RMB, and group and parent-child rates are available.



O’le Climbing

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O’le Climbing’s centre, just east of Shuangjing in Baiziwan, is the longest-running rock climbing centre in the country and a second venue at the 798 art district opened in 2016. O’le has some of the biggest facilities in the city and hosts events and clubs, including the China National Climbing Team’s practice sessions. Visitors can try their hand at standard climbing or bouldering. Lessons are available in Chinese or English for the uninitiated. Entry starts at 80RMB including shoe rental. 


Sports Ecological Park Centre

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This indoor trampoline and climbing park is closer to the city than its better-known rival, Latitude. The space features giant slides that send kids hurtling into an enormous ball pit as well as a series of trampoline spaces offering different approaches to bouncy fun. Individual climbing walls, bumper cars and a sky walk feature in this giant play centre. Perfect for five and up. Entry costs from 128RMB for one hour. 


Mr X Escape Room

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One for bigger kids, Mr X offers up to nine different themed ‘escape rooms’ and one hour for participants to crack the clues and win their freedom. Choose from scenarios like Angel Island where your mission is to escape from a supermax prison on an island off the Californian coast. Mr X is perfect for groups of six to nine. Teams work together to discover hidden doorways, concealed codes and negotiate mazes and even a shallow river. Rooms are ranked according to difficulty but don’t be too confident: this game can be tough. There is help at hand if you get stuck but our best tip is make sure your group includes a friend who can speak and read Chinese fluently. From 130RMB. 


Star Trooper Laser Tag 

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Lots of action that hits the spot with fog, laser beams and chest thumping music. Relax in the waiting area while you get pumped for your next battle. Staff speak English and kids as young as five can play if they can cope with the dark and the sometimes scary game. 

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