The weather forecast calls for rain in the South Bay at least three days this week. What's a mom to do when it's too cold and wet outside for a trip to the park -- but there are five long hours until bedtime, and one (or more) bored children with cabin fever?
Consider heading to Kid Concepts U.S.A. in Torrance, a 10,000-square foot indoor playground for kids (age one and up). Got multiple kids in different age ranges? Or one child who loves to be physically active, and another who'd rather play quietly? No problem. Kid Concepts has tunnels, multi-level play structures, ball pits, an indoor climbing wall and basketball hoops, but it also has a giant play kitchen, train table, a block-building area, a puppet show theater and a karaoke machine. There's also a toddler area for kids under the age of three.
As you supervise your child's play, you can enjoy a snack from the cafeteria or read one of the many magazines that Kid Concepts stocks for parents. Admission ranges from $7 to $11 per child, depending on the child's age (children under one get in free; click here for details). Each admission includes on accompanying adult.
- Children and adults have to wear socks inside (no shoes). If there's a chance your child will need to use the restroom during your visit, it's a good idea to slip a pair of flip-flops (or other easy on-off shoes) for the two of you in your bag, so you don't have to trek to the potty in just your socks.
- If you have a toddler, try to come during special hours (click here, then scroll down to "Toddler Time Hours") so you can take advantage of the toddler gym, where your child can crawl through tunnels, take a turn on the swings and tumble on the soft foam mats. If you miss the toddler gym hours, ask the staff if they can open up the gym -- they often will.
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