Rainy Days and Everyday

Indoor Play Areas for Kids in Thunder Bay

For those days when it’s too cold, too hot or too stormy to safely or comfortably play outside with kids, head inside to one of Thunder Bay’s indoor play centres. These four centres all have drop-in options that are ideal if you’re here visiting family and friends or are in town for a sports tourney or another event. Ready, set… play!

Maple Moose Adventure Park

Jaws drop when you walk into the main play area at Maple Moose. Formerly a movie theatre, this recently opened site now houses a 2,500-square-foot, three-storey Canadian-made play structure that looks like a tree fort with tunnels, tube slides, ramps and stairs, designed for kids 5 to 12. It’s completely enclosed with lots of padding on corners and edges. There’s also a small climbing wall, a log cabin area for creative play, an in-floor interactive video game, several games like a “Lazer Maze” and a painting wall where budding artists can paint on clear panels. A separate infant and toddler area (0-4 years) means little ones can roll, toddle and tumble on the heated, anti-microbial floor. Refuel at the Maple Grove Café, which offers nut-free fare like whole wheat pizza, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, cookies and muffins, made on site.

Connect the Dots

connect the dots 2
Photo Courtesy of Connect the Dots

Found on the second floor of the historic Baggage Building Arts Centre, Connect the Dots is a bright, airy, nature-based play centre aimed at kids 7 and under. Play with wooden toys and explore simple play stations stocked with natural materials like pine cones, stones, shells and branches. (Drop-in times may change so call ahead or check their Facebook page). Bonus: it’s located in the heart of Prince Arthur’s Landing on the waterfront, so if the weather does improve you can check out the skating rink/splash pad, playground, skateboard/BMX park or simply watch the ships in the Lake Superior harbour.

connect the dots 3
Photo Courtesy of Connect the Dots

Canada Games Complex Aquatics

complex 16

Splash, dive, cannonball, giggle: Sometimes only the pool will do, so head to the Canada Games Complex (check the website for public/family swim and slide hours and prices.) You may be able to snag a handy poolside family change room right on deck, but of course there are regular change rooms with lockers too. The Olympic-size pool is 77 metres long, divided into three sections, and the depth ranges from just under 1 metre to just under 5 metres. Or chillax in the Swirlpool, which offers hydrojets and warmer temperatures. For older kids (age 7 and up, who have passed an on-site swim test), the main attraction will likely be the Thunder Slide: 73 see-through metres of twisty, fast-moving fun. Zoom!

Disappointing weather? No problem. You can still have a fun, active, creative—not to mention sanity-saving—day with the kids in Thunder Bay.

Related: Family Fun for Everyone

Related: The Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Centennial Botanical Conservatory Today!

About Bonnie Schiedel

Bonnie Schiedel is the founder of www.tbaywithkids.ca, which covers fun family-friendly attractions, events and restaurants in Thunder Bay. She enjoys canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing and travel, and you can read more of her award-winning work at www.northstarwriting.ca.

Recommended Articles

Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Centennial Botanical Conservatory Today!

Green Mantle and Nanabijou's Wife

Discover the Legends of Thunder Bay's Natural Wonders

Time to change your clocks—but why?

The Thunder Bay and Northwest Ontario Connection to Daylight Savings Time.

Thunder Bay Winter Fun Guide 2023

The complete A to Z list.

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Thunder Bay

"You Can’t Go Wrong" at Tina’s

All Day Breakfast and Lunch is their specialty

Good News Yarn Hunters!

Two New Yarn Stores have opened in Thunder Bay

The Best Sights to See in Thunder Bay

From the legendary Sleeping Giant to Indigenous art galleries these Thunder Bay attractions are not to be missed.

Omett & Naiomi and the Three Sisters

The Legend of Ouimet Canyon and the Welcome Islands

Once a Ski Town... Always a Ski Town

Family-owned ski hills raise the bar

12 Best Places to Stay in Thunder Bay

A boutique courthouse, art-filled hostel, or a luxe waterfront hotel—TBay has accommodations for every taste.

Thunderwolves Hockey

Delivers Canadian Experience

A Pancake is Just a Pancake... Or Is It?

The Top 10 Places to get Finn Pancakes in Thunder Bay

There's alpacas! And you need to visit them!

This farm grows fuzzballs!

Nordic Skiing in Thunder Bay

Ski Some of the Best Cross-Country Trails in Canada

Thunder Bay's Festival of India

An Engaging Evening of East Indian Culture

A Popular Spot for Breakfast and Lunch

Rooster's Bistro in Thunder Bay's Waterfront District

A Bird's-Eye View of Thunder Bay

Mount McKay Lookout - Anemki Wajiw is a must-do in this Northwestern Ontario city

A City of Sisu

Finnish Culture in Thunder Bay

Soups, Sandwiches and So Much More...

10 Great Lunches in Thunder Bay's North Side Downtown