1. Cosmic Adventures Get ready for some cosmic fun. Cosmic Adventures has a huge multi-level padded play structure with obstacle courses, triple and spiral slides and swings. For toddlers, there are two play areas designed to be a little quieter to suit their stimulation needs. This 20,000 square foot play centre is all about kids 12 and younger. Thirteen to 18-year-olds are only allowed in if they’re with a family with younger children. All the games and structures, including the redemption games in the Starcade, are geared toward a younger child’s developmental level. Best suited to ages four to 10.
Go play: Cosmic Adventures 1373 Ogilvie Rd., Ottawa 613-742-8989
2. Kids Kingdom Your little knight will love exploring this castle-themed climbing structure filled with slides, suspension bridges, a cargo rope climb and tunnels. And they won’t be able to resist the 62-foot-long inflatable obstacle course. Your teeniest dragon, ages zero to three, will love the gated infant and toddler play centre with its child-safe blocks, two slides (which are easy to climb up) and padding. Older kids will also enjoy playing the redemption games. Fuel your medieval crew at the cafeteria with grub like pizza, fruit plates and much more. Best suited to ages zero to 12.
Kids Kingdom 66 Hearst Way, Ottawa 613-599-5437.
3. Funhaven Entertainment Centre If you’ve got kids of varying ages then Funhaven is bound to suit everyone in your family. For the baby to five-year-old set, there’s the Comfyland toddler play centre, with tactile boards, tot-friendly computers and music makers—not to mention arm chairs for caregivers to take a load off in. For the five- to 12-year-old set there’s a three-level jungle gym with a spiral slide, padded moonwalk, climbing tunnels, punch-bag forest and ball cannons. This is all in addition to bumper cars, mini bowling, a laser-tag arena, games and more. Both Comfyland and the jungle gym are in separate gated areas so little ones won't get accidentally hurt by big kids. Admission is free for kids three and younger.
Go play: Funhaven Entertainment Centre 1050 Baxter Rd., Ottawa 613-828-4386
4. Starr Gymnastics & Fitness If your kids have barrels of energy to run off, then the preschool drop-in time playtime at Starr Gymnastics locations is the place to go. The gyms are padded and set up with obstacles for children ages one to five to play on. Equipment like trampolines, monkey bars, beams, ropes, a foam pit and a rock climbing wall are all set out and a Starr instructor is on hand to help everyone. If you have a really tiny tumbler, Starr also offers a free baby playgroup program, which is offered at a separate time.
Starr Gymnastics & Fitness 1140 Morrison Dr., Ottawa 2766 Lancaster Rd. Ottawa 520 Lacolle Way, Orléans 613-721-4868