Where to find the best indoor play places in Dallas-Fort Worth

Get ready to have some fun in a blissfully climate-controlled setting. We'll be continually updating this list, so let us know about your favorites. Important note: Some pay-to-play centers may not be open on weekends because they host parties, so be sure to check on hours in advance.

Pay-to-play spots

The Coop

This weekday playspace in Frisco features a ball pit, dress-up fun, a dancefloor, toys and books. $10 per child. Free for parents or other caregivers. thecoopfrisco.com.

Mother Emrielle Rumph plays with her baby Mialon Collins at the Fun Zone indoor playground.

Fun Zone

Kids 5 and younger can romp through obstacles in this multilevel play structure. $3 per child per session. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.dallasrectrac.org (select Browse Tickets).

Going Bonkers

This Lewisville attraction features a huge indoor playground, an arcade and food. $3 ages 1-2, $6 ages 3-18, $1 for those 19 and older. goingbonkers.com.

Ninja Kids Club

Obstacles are the main attraction at this Frisco spot. Youngsters 4 to 12 can climb, jump and challenge their sense of balance during open play. $10 for one hour of open play. ninjawarriorkids.com.

A skyline-themed play structure is part of the fun at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science.

Perot Museum of Nature & Science

Admission to this fabulous downtown Dallas museum includes the Moody Family Children's Museum, geared toward ages 5 and younger. There's a mini playground version of the Dallas skyline, water tables and a play farmers market. General admission is $12 ages 2-17, $19 adults, $13 seniors. perotmuseum.org.

Play Street Museum

The Play Street Museum indoor play center has three locations where accompanying adults can play along or just relax. The latest to open, in McKinney, has a farm theme (a cow and a giant Lite Brite are among the highlights). In Plano, it features an Adirondack-inspired village and campsite with adorable mini versions of a fishing pier, a general store, a camper and more. The original Play Street in Frisco features a teeny town with attractions including a shop, a restaurant and a doctor's office. $11 per child ages 1 to 8. playstreetmuseum.com.

Safari Run

Climb on a multi-level play structure, check out the arcade and do some sliding at this Plano play center, which is geared toward ages 1 to 10. $10 for an hour per child, $18 per child for two hours. safarirun.com/location/plano.

Children ages 7 through 17 are encouraged to explore and discover on their own in the lower level of Spark! in Dallas.

Spark!

A big structure for climbing, sliding and crawling is part of the fun at this 11,000-square-foot attraction in the sub-basement of South Side on Lamar in Dallas. It's open to the public on Saturdays. $10. sparkdallas.org.

Free fun

Collin Creek Mall

The play area on the Plano mall's lower level has lots of soft-surface structures with an outdoor theme for climbing fun. collincreekmall.com.

Dallas Museum of Art

Free general DMA admission is already a good deal, but access to the Center for Creative Connections is an added perk. In addition to an interactive gallery and a spot for art projects, there are two spaces for youngsters. Arturo's Nest is an oasis for kids 4 and younger with toys, puzzles, books and a big nest for the museum's children's mascot Arturo. The Young Learners Gallery for ages 5 to 8 includes activities, artworks and spots for reading. dma.org.

Galleria Dallas

Climb on structures in a rainforest-themed play area on level 3 of the Dallas mall. (The mall's ice skating rink is another cool option for fun on a hot day.) galleriadallas.com.

Shops at Willow Bend

Soft play pieces with a Plano theme, including mascots from area high schools, are featured on this mall's lower level. shopwillowbend.com.

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