Thursday, September 29, 2011

Indoor Play Places in Bangalore

Here are some of the indoor, soft play places I have visited with my kids in Bangalore. My kids are age 2 and 4, and we are American, so my reviews are based on that perspective. If you know of another fun, clean, place for kids to play in Bangalore, please leave a comment.
See also Family Activities in Bangalore for more fun things to do. The information in this post was accurate as of October 2011.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any related questions about expat or family life in Bangalore. I know how hard it can be.

Snakes & Ladders
Cost: For one hour, 100 Rs. for 1 child, 50 Rs. for each additional child.
Old Madras Road, near Outer Ring Rd.
Above ICICI Bank
Across from RMZ Infinity
Our Review: Snakes & Ladders is BY FAR the best indoor playplace we've been in India. It is cheaper (since I have two kids) and so clean. It is completely safe for my 2 year old to wander around unattended. He can get on the low swings himself, go down the slides, and there's no where to fall - the only entrance is a slow climb, not a ladder.

Whitefield Mall
Cost: 50 Rs per child for 20 minutes
3rd Floor, Whitefield Forum Value Mall
Open mall hours
Our Review: This play area is fun for small children, and you can leave them to play while you do your shopping. They will give you a ticket when you bring your child, then you pay when you pick them up. There are slides, swings, a playhouse, ride on toys, and balls. We used to really enjoy coming here, and the kids would play with the young girl who was tending. The last time we went, it was a grumpy woman who talked on her cell phone the entire time rather than watching the kids.
The mall also has an arcade with a really fun mini-bowling alley. It just costs 25 Rs. to play bowling. On the ground floor, there is an inflatable jumping house and electronic ride-on toys. Each is 50 Rs. per child (10 minutes jumping).
Time Out Arcade
Cost: 100 Rs per child for 1 hour
Oasis Mall, 100 ft. Rd/Inner Ring Road
Our Review: This is a nice play area, secure enough you can leave your child while you shop (they won't let the child out until you come to claim him). Unfortunately, they don't allow children under age 3. My daughter liked it, but not enough to stay for an hour.
Monkey Maze, Indiranagar
Cost: 100 Rs. per child for one hour
13th Main in Indiranagar.
Going South on 100 ft road, turn left on 13th Main. On left side.
Opens 10 am?
Our Review: This playplace is covered, but it is on the roof and is technically outdoors. It is dustier than the other, indoor ones. There are hired girls playing in the equipment with the kids, but I still didn't feel safe to leave my 1 yo there. There are a lot of ladder climbs and drops where he could fall. They also have books, ride-on toys, and offer classes on dance, art etc. This place is pretty crowded.
Monkey Maze, Marathalli/Whitefield (both photos above are from this Monkey Maze)
Cost: 100 Rs. per child for 45 minutes
Opens 10am?
North side of Marathalli Bridge. Turn left immediately after crossing the bridge into Whitefield.
Our Review: Annoyingly, this Monkey Maze is more expensive than the one in Indiranagar. It is a smaller, but cleaner play area. Still nowhere near as clean as Snakes & Ladders. My 1 yo is too small to go up in the play area alone, but there is a ball pit and trampoline down below. They also have toys! They have blocks, a toy kitchen, and art easel, and a small swing/slide. My kids liked playing with the toys more than the play place. One of the girls will usually come play with my kids.

Here are two other Bangalore play places that I've heard of, but haven't visited:
Hide & Peek (Jayamahal)
Gambolla (Infantry Rd Cross)


Ima Ali said...

Thank you thank you so much. I'm from the Philippines married to an Indian. I have two daughters aged 3 and 2. I am always on the look out for places nearby where I can take them for fun. So far we've taken them a number of times to Cubbon Park and Mantri Square for the play area. Your blog is a big help. Can't wait to check these places out soon. -Ima

pumpkin said...

Thanks for your blog. It is really helpful.

pumpkin said...

This is great information.

pumpkin said...

Thanks for your blog. It is really helpful.

Rupa said...

The inner child cafe has a 3000 sq ft indoor play zone for kids, and a garden as well... It's near barbecue nation indiranagar .. When we went with our kids , there were people to play crazy games with our boys ... Not like malls where there is just a collection of plastic toys.. And they have theme days such as DIY Thursday's and cooking Sundays etc... Also we dined at the terrace cafe ..good European and Mexican stuff.. The cafe s called CRAZIYUMM :) quite whacky..

Rupa said...

We went to cafe CRAZIYUMM @ the inner child.. It's got a 3000 sq ft play zone for kids with people playing crazy games with kids unlike malls where there is just toys..we dined at their restaurant , European and Mexican stuff they served along with a kiddy menu.. The place is close to barbecue nation indiranagar ..

GuBacheez V said...

We have Opened a brand new indoor soft play area in HSR layout called GuBacheez. We also host birthday parties. Please do visit us for more information

Priya said...

Thank you for this post. This is very useful information. I am always looking for a clean and fun place to take my 3 year old

Mamta Rivonkar said...

Really useful info.. when I have to babysit my niece I will always be always be wondering ways to entertain her.. thanks for the brief review ...

Cezandra Koby said...

Hi... wanted to let you know there is a brand new indoor play canter opening up soon in Bangalore!It's over 3000sq ft of play area filled with fun activities for the children to play with triple lane slides, rock climbing wall, tunnels, ball pool etc. The best part is there are 2 separate zones, 1 for toddlers below 3yrs & the other for kids up to 10 yrs, all of this in clean, safe environment. There is also a cafe for moms to relax & watch their kids enjoying. Expected to open by Jan 2015 in 1 MG Rd Mall, 4th floor, opp Foodhall. drop me a mail for more info..

Shilpa said...

Thanks for the info...
Also, there is kidszone at Gopalan Mall, Banneraghatta Road...Rs 150 for an hour over weekends...small play area...havent visited any other so cant really give a comparison...

Unknown said...

I had been to funkymonkey in the 1mgroad mall.. That is too good and clean too. My 3 year old girl enjoyed well..