Toddlers are tiny little powerhouses of unwavering energy, and sometimes all the toys in the world can’t keep them entertained. All their zest for life and curiosity can, at times, be draining, and sometimes you just need a break – we get it. We also understand that making a weekly play date or class might not fit into your busy schedule, but you’re in luck. We’ve put together a list of drop-in play places that can tucker out your little ones.
Wund3rkid (559 College Ave., Palo Alto)
Wund3rkid offers a drop-in play rate of $25. Children must be at least 9 months old and accompanied by an adult, but they can enjoy Wund3rkid’s selection of toys from around the world.
Parents Place (200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto; 2001 Winward Way Ste. 200, San Mateo)
Play with your child (birth to 5 years) at Parents Place’s Drop-In Play on Monday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:20 a.m. and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon for a low $10 fee.
La Petite Playhouse (1264 Oddstad Drive, Redwood City)
For children under 3, La Petite Playhouse has a baby and toddler play area with slides, crawl spaces and mats. For children over 3, a larger play space is available.
Safari Run (341 N Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo and 1180 Kern Ave., Sunnyvale)
For an annual fee (or drop-in rate of $10), Safari Run will give you 20 open play sessions between Monday and Friday in its jungle-themed locations.
Diddalidoo (544 San Mateo Ave., San Bruno)
Diddalidoo has three areas – infant, toddler and quiet – to entertain babies and toddlers of all ages. Single day passes cost $13.
Play! Los Altos (170 State Street, Los Altos)
Day passes start at $10 and range from 30 minutes to a half-day of play. Children can participate in arts and crafts, fort building and hide and seek.
Rec Room Creative (1419 Chapin Ave., Ste 101 Burlingame)
Recently opened (January 17, 2017), Rec Room Creative offers open-ended collaborative, imaginative and construction-type play for children under 6. Drop-in play is offered during business hours (every day except Monday). One hour play rates are $15 for one adult/child and $10 for one adult/infant (infant is defined as pre-walker). Additional guest rates are $10 per child and $5 per adult.
Sky High Sports (1524 Rollins Rd, Burlingame)
Although for older littles, Sky High Sports has a Kids Court with trampolines and a foam pit. Day passes start at $14.
Pump It Up (1309 Elmer St, Unit A, Belmont)
Open Play is from $12 10 a.m. -noon and $12 will give your children the opportunity to play with Pump It Up’s giant, soft and interactive inflatables. Children must be are at least 34 inches tall to play.
My Gym (2655 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto)
My Gym’s $75 membership fee is transferable to all My Gym Centers around the world and if you sign up for a 4-week course for $88, your child is entitled to one Practice & Play session (unstructured parent and child time) per week.
Junior Gym (811 South B Street, San Mateo)
Buy a membership for $50 or pay an hourly fee of $8 and hour if you’re a registered guest of a member or an inactive member to gain access to Junior Gym’s open gym Monday – Friday. They’ll love romping around Junior Gym’s play structures, sliding down the zip line and running through its obstacle course.
Gymboree (664 Los Altos Rancho, Los Altos)
A $50 new member initiation fee (currently being waived) and monthly membership fee (between $74 and $129) entitles members to weekly open gym hours on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and weekly classes (the $129 monthly option gives parents a two-hour drop-off option per week) as well as other discounts.
Know of any other local drop-in play places? Let us know in the comments.