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Indoor Things to Do

Xtreme Play

704.782.1221 | 1480 Concord Pkwy N, Concord, NC

Indoor inflatable playground located in the Concord Mall bounce houses, inflatable slides, inflatable obstacle courses, a toddler play area, and more.

Birthday Party Packages are available for 5 – 24 children, packages vary by price.

DEFY Charlotte

704.817.4660 | 8116 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC

Indoor trampoline park with inclined walls, extreme air sports, wall tramp, zipline, battle beams, parkour, and kid jump zone.

Birthday party packages are available and require a 10-jumper minimum. Weekday parties get a 10% discount.

The Box Escape Room Experience

704.750.8218 | 6604 East WT. Harris Blvd., Charlotte, NC

Escape room in Charlotte with haunted, spooky, and “cold case” themes.
There are 4 escape room themes to choose from.

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Reservations are required.

We recommend this escape room for older kids, teens, and adults.

Big Air Charlotte

704.246.5233 | 2408 Sardis Road N, Charlotte, NC

Big Air Charlotte offers an indoor trampoline park and a soft play zone. They offer weekly jump specials including Cosmic Nights, Toddler Time, Air Camp, and Midday Maddness.

Four birthday party packages are available and start at $325.

The Basement Arcade Bar

| 14 Union Street S, Concord, NC

Retro arcade with classic 80’s and 90’s games.
Also offers a full bar.

Children are welcome until 8 pm.
After 8pm, 21+
$10 per adult and $5 per anyone under 21
Tuesday & Wednesday is $5 for everyone
Games are free to play after entry fee.

Timed Out

980.209.9776 | 12239 N Community House Road, Charlotte, NC

Timed Out offers four escape rooms that are generally best for older kids, teens, and adults.

Escape room themes include elements like illusions, aliens, police stations, and laboratories.

Ninja Nation

704.327.2929 | 14120 Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC

Indoor parkour, ninja gym. They offer free play passes, classes, and more.

Ninja Nation also offers summer camps for ages 5-12 years old. Camps are from 8:30 – 3:30

Learn why Ninja Nation is an awesome place to play indoors in our KA review!


704.716.9300 | 210 E Trade Street, Charlotte, NC

Bowling alley offering 18 bowling lanes, an arcade, and a sports bar.

Online reservations are available.
Birthday party and event packages are available.

The Valcarol Missions Escape Room

704.960.0529 | 325 McGill Ave. NW Suite 108, Concord, NC

Location at Gibson Mill in Concord, The Valcarol Missions offers three escape rooms and a game show.

Extreme Ice Center

704.882.1830 | 4705 Indian Trail - Fairview Road, Indian Trail, NC

Extreme Ice Center offers public ice skating, birthday parties, summer camps, and hockey.

Summer Camps include several hockey camps for ages 5 and older. Camps range from beginner skater to advanced.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

704.353.9209 | 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

The modern art museum located in Charlotte offers rotating exhibits, permanent exhibitions, jazz music events, and special events.
The museum offers a Family Day regularly, which is free admission to the museum.

Breakout Games

704.769.9588 | 11025 Carolina Place Parkway, PIneville, NC

Offers private escape room experiences, with 10% off for weekday games.
6 games with varying themes are available.

All ages are welcome, but those under 14 require parental supervision.

Discovery Place Kids- Huntersville

704.286.8302 | 105 Gilead Road , Huntersville, NC

Interactive children’s museum with STEAM activities, live shows, daily events, and exhibitions.
This location is part of the Discovery Place Museums.

Summer Camps at Discovery Place Kids are available at Discovery Place Kids, with June, July, and August options. Camps are half day or full day.
Two birthday party packages are available to choose from, with “It’s Science”, “Colors in Science”, and “Gross Science” themes available.

Playland Indoor Playground

| 2700 Gray Fox Road, Monroe, NC

This indoor playground and cafe offers a huge indoor playground with multi-stories, a toddler area, slides, obstacle courses, swings, a ball pit, and even a ball blaster.
Ages 1 -10 allowed.
Admission cost is for 2 hours of play. Weekends and holidays require reservations.

Three birthday party packages are available, starting at $225. Full facility rental available.


Sparetime Entertainment

| Two Locations, Huntersville & Pineville, NC

Entertainment complex offering bowling, a large arcade, an escape room, and more attractions.

Two locations are in the Charlotte area

The venue has a full-service restaurant and bar.
Birthday party packages are available.

Sparetime Entertainment Huntersville– 16317 Statesville Road · Huntersville, NC
Sparetime Entertainment Pineville– 9600 Pineville-Matthews Rd · Pineville, NC

Davidson Community Players

704.892.7953 | 210 Delburg Street, Davidson, NC

The Davidson Community Players offers theatre for adults and kids.
Adult shows are typically for ages 12 and older on the Main Stage.
Children’s shows are held with the Connie Company and are generally for all ages.

The theatre also hosts children’s classes and workshops

Summer Camps at Davidson Community Players are week-long and themed with themes of acting, crafts, theatre games, and more!
Most summer camps are half day, but some full day options are available for older children/teens.


NASCAR Hall of Fame

704.654.4400 | 400 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, NC

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is a museum for all things NASCAR. They have special events, guided tours, interactive exhibits, and much more.

The museum offers summer camps, Spring Break camps, and camps throughout the year where children learn about NASCAR, engineering, hands-on experiments, and more.
Summer camps are for grades K – 9th grade, with week long camps in June and July.

Unwind Indoor Play Cafe

704.835.1059 | 601 N Polk Street, Pineville, NC

Indoor playground and cafe for ages 0 – 7. The playground has a ball pit, slides, a large sandpit, a toddler zone, a climbing wall, and a sensory floor.

The cafe serves coffee-based drinks, juice, soda, and snacks. Socks are required and must be purchased on the first visit.

Check out our full Kidding Around review of Unwind Indoor Play Cafe! We have all the details on pricing, what to expect, and information about party packages.

Offers an indoor trampoline park with dodgeball, basketball, a foam zone, a drop zone, a ninja warrior section, a toddler zone, and more.

SkyZone birthday party packages are available, including Freestyle, Glow, and Little Leapers

Northlake Charlotte Location: 7325 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28269
Pineville Location: 10200 Centrum Pkwy, Pineville, NC 28134

Monster Mini Golf

| 3 Locations, Gastonia | Charlotte | Monroe, NC

Offers glow-in-the-dark monster mini golf, an arcade, laser tag, bowling, a laser maze, and VR.
The location is mostly blacklight/glow in the dark.

Birthday party packages from Monster Mini Golf are available and are recommended for ages 5 and older.

Monster Mini Golf Gastonia location: 3924 East Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, North Carolina 28056
Monster Mini Golf Charlotte location: 230 East W.T. Harris Boulevard Suite C-4, Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
Monster Mini Golf Monroe location: 108 East Sunset Drive suite 114, Monroe, North Carolina 28112

10 Park Lanes

980.985.3683 | 1700 Montford Drive, Charlotte, NC

10 Park Lanes offers 32 lanes, Bocce, corn hole, and ping pong.

The bowling alley also has a sports bar.

Birthday party packages are available.

Sports Connection

704.583.1444 | 11611 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte, NC

The sports and family entertainment center offers family-friendly attractions including

Sky Trail Ropes Course
Bumper Cars
Mini Bowling
Arcade Games
Laser Tag
Esports gaming
Playland Adventure Center
Rock Climbing

Party Packages are available

Stroke Urban Golf Club

704.907.4710 | 1318 Pecan Ave Suite 101, Charlotte, NC

Indoor boutique mini golf course. They also offer a food and beverage menu.

Tickets are $12 to putt.
Reservations are needed for weekend play, weekdays do not require reservations.
Kids golf free on Sunday.

The location is 21+ after 7:30 pm

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

704.372.1000 | 130 N. Tryon Street , Charlotte, NC

Offers large-scale professional theatre productions, including family-friendly theatre productions, throughout the year.

Performances are generally held at the Belk Theatre, Booth Playhouse, or Stage Door Theatre.

iFLY Indoor Skyding

| 7840 Lyles Lane NW, Concord, NC


Indoor skydiving, no plane required!  iFLY is a skydiving simulator.

Check out how it works in our full review of iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Concord, NC.

Birthday Parties: iFly offers a variety of party packages with everything from private flights to pizza, party rooms and pictures!

Stars & Strikes

678.965.5707 | 545 Concord Parkway N Concord, Concord, NC

Bowling alley, arcade games, laser tag, bumper cars, VR, and augmented reality bowling are offered at Stars & Strikes.

Adult and kid birthday party packages are available.

AMF University Lanes

704.596.4736 | 5900 N Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

Offers 40 bowling lanes, billiards/pool, food, and drinks.
AMF is wheel chair accessible, has a lounge, and sports bar.

The alley also offers kid and teen birthday party packages.

Inner Peaks Climbing

| 2 locations near, Charlotte, NC

Inner Peaks Climbing offers two climbing gym locations near Charlotte in Matthews, NC and South End. New through advanced climbers, including kids are welcome. You’ll find youth programs and adult programs, after-school sessions, school break camps, summer camps, birthday parties, and more!

Summer Camp: 3 options based on age and experience level!

Altitude Trampoline Park

704.550.4709 | 3940 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC

Indoor trampoline park with attractions like dodgeball, basketball trampoline dunk, a soft play area, zipline, toddler play area, and more.

Altitude Birthday Party Packages are 2 hours of playtime, with customizable packages available.

Pins Mechanical Company

| 307 W Tremont Avenue, Charlotte, NC

Boutique bowling alley with a tavern, duckpin bowling, pinball, and an arcade.
Kids bowl free with an adult on Sunday until 8 pm.

The alley is ages 21+ after 9 pm.
Kids Night Out party package available.

Discovery Place Science

704.286.8302 | 301 N Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

Science museum with specialized science themed events, lab workshops for kids, live shows, and featured IMAX showings of nature themed shows and movies.

Science Camps at Discovery Place Science are available for rising Kindergarten through 6th grade, with June and July options available.
Camps are full-day with extended care available.

Birthday party packages are available, including party themes like ” Our Ocean Friends”, ” Science of Super Villians”, and “Shocking Science” for ages 3 – 12. Animal meet and greet add-ons are available.

The IMAX theatre at Discovery Place Science offers multiple showings per day, with several options to choose from.

Discovery Place Nature

704.286.8302 | 1658 Sterling Road , Charlotte, NC

*Currently closed for construction

Nature-based museum for families that offers nature exhibits, daily activities, special events, and live shows. In addition to an indoor museum, it also have an outdoor portion with nature trails.

Discovery Place Nature is part of Discovery Place Museums.
Open Tuesday – Sunday

Discovery Place Nature birthday party packages include “Insect Safari”, “Out of this World”, and “Animals of the Piedmont” themes, and are available for ages 3 – 12. Animal Encounter add-ons are available.



Art Buzz Kids

| 1419 East Boulevard, Suite J, Charlotte, NC

Art Buzz Kids is part of Wine & Design. They offer kids painting classes, art camps, after school art programs, and toddler art.

Summer camp with Art Buzz Kids is week long, half day camp, with June and July options available. Recommended ages vary.

Children's Theatre of Charlotte

704.973.2828 | 300 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC

Offers professional theatre, workshops, and classes for children. The theatre has upcoming theatre productions for all ages, exploring various themes.
The theatre is located at ImaginON.

Summer camps at CT Charlotte are available for ages 3 and older and explore theatre themes like dance, creative play, acting, production, and more.
Full-day camps are available for ages K and up, and Half day camps for ages 3-5 years old.
Class and camp scholarships are available.

16-Bit Bar + Arcade

| 307 W Tremont Avenue, Charlotte, NC

Offers an arcade with over 30 classic video games like Donkey Kong, Joust, Street Fighter, and Star Wars.
Kids Bowl Free on Sundays until 8 pm.
Gameplay is free, except pinball ($1) and foosball ($.50)

Kids are allowed with parental supervision until 9 pm.
21+ after 9 pm (no exceptions)

*note that this venue has more of a bar vibe, but children are welcome before 9 pm.

Masterpiece Escapes

704.628.7469 | 14015 E Independence Blvd, Indian Trail, NC

Masterpiece Escapes offers 5 escape rooms to choose from.
Bookings are private and recommended for ages 12 and older.



| 2879 SC-160 #110, Fort Mill, SC

Offers walk-in and DIY art programs, art birthday parties, workshops, art classes, and summer camps.

Summer camps are half-day or full-day, with STEAM based themes.
Ages 5 – 12 are welcome
June and July Camps available
Fort Mill Summer Camp

Offers a large arcade, VR, full-service restaurant, and bar.
Dave & Busters regularly has weekly deals, with 1/2 price games on Wednesdays
2 locations are available in the Charlotte area

Dave & Busters Concord, NC- 8361 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC
Dave & Busters Pineville, NC- 11049 Carolina Place Pkwy. Suite LS-05, Pineville, NC


Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

| Multiple Locations, Charlotte, NC

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers free services ranging from book rental, audio and visual rental, resources for research and learning, family-friendly programming and events, adult events, and so much more.

Services are available for adults, teen, children, students, outreach services, employment services, book club kits, and nonprofit services.

Events are held at all locations of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, including storytime events, the Makerspace Program, career development, and dozens of specialty events categorized by age and theme.


Allegra Westbrooks Regional: 2412 Beatties Ford Road, CharlotteNC 28216

Cornelius Library: 21105 Catawba Avenue, CorneliusNC 28031

Davidson Library: 119 South Main Street, DavidsonNC 28036

Founders Hall Library: 100 N Tryon Street, Suite 290, CharlotteNC 28202

Hickory Grove Library: 5935 Hickory Grove Road, CharlotteNC 28215

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center: 300 East Seventh Street, CharlotteNC 28202

Independence Regional: 6000 Conference Drive, CharlotteNC 28212

Main Library – CLOSED for Construction: 310 North Tryon Street, CharlotteNC 28202

Matthews Library: 230 Matthews Station St., MathewsNC 28105

Mint Hill Library: 6840 Matthews – Mint Hill Road, Mint HillNC 28227

Mountain Island Library: 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way, CharlotteNC 28214

Myers Park Library: 1361 Queens Road, CharlotteNC 28207

North County Regional: 16500 Holly Crest Lane, HuntersvilleNC 28078

Pineville Library: 505 Main Street, Suite 100, PinevilleNC 28134

Plaza Midwood Library: 1623 Central Avenue, CharlotteNC 28205

Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room: By Appointment Only, CharlotteNC 28213

South Boulevard Library: 4429 South Boulevard, CharlotteNC 28209

South County Regional: 5801 Rea Road, CharlotteNC 28277

SouthPark Regional: 7015 Carnegie Boulevard, CharlotteNC 28211

Steele Creek Library: 13620 Steele Creek Road, CharlotteNC 28273

Sugar Creek Library: 4045 North Tryon Street, Suite A, CharlotteNC 28206

University City Regional: 301 East W.T. Harris Boulevard, CharlotteNC 28262

West Boulevard Library: 2157 West Boulevard, CharlotteNC 28208


Concord Mills is home to The Escape Game. We checked it out and had a blast! Most of these escape room will fit up to 8 people and one of the rooms will even fit up to 12.

The Escape Game in Concord Mills

Schiele Museum of Natural History

704.866.6900 | 1500 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC

This natural history museum offers dinosaurs, minerals, critters, and a planetarium in its indoor museum. You will also find outdoor activities at the museum as well.

The museum offers free entry on the 2nd Tuesday of each month!

Summer camp at Schiele Museum offers week-long or summer-long camps for kids ages 6 to 6th grade. Camps are full day from 9 am – 4 pm.

Learn more about the Schiele Museum of Natural History in our KA review! 

Just Play

704.885.7529 | 9535 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC

Interactive play space open daily for kids ages 0 and up. The play space has large climbing structures, an indoor playground, slides, interactive video games, an obstacles course, and more.

Tickets start at $9 per two hours of play. Reserve online.
Socks are required and you can bring your own or purchase from Just Play.

Birthday Party packages are available with 2 hours in party space.

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

704.416.4600 | 300 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC

Legos at ImaginOn

Part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system, the Joe & Joan Martin Center is a hub for family-friendly programming for children, teens, and families.

The center houses two theatres, an 11 and under dedicated library space, four multi-use classrooms, a teen-only library, a multimedia production studio, and an interactive exhibit space.

Special events can be found throughout the week, including storytimes, theatre productions, and more.

Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday to Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mint Museum

704.337.2000 | Two Locations, Charlotte , NC

The Mint Museum offers a unique gallery of art, craft, sculpture, and creations in various rotating and permanent exhibitions.

The museum has two Charlotte locations with different collection themes.
Mint Museum Uptown: 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC- Contemporary art, American art, craft, and design
Mint Museum Randolph: 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC- European, African, Ancient American, and decorative art.

Free admission on Wednesday Nights from 5 – 9 pm.


Speedway Escapes

704.960.9968 | 4935 NC Hwy 49, South Harrisburg, NC

Speedway Escapes offers 4 escape rooms to choose from.

Exit Strategy

North: 980.859.4482 | South: 980.349.5851 | 2 Locations, Charlotte, NC

Immersive escape room with two locations in Charlotte, NC.
There are 12 games total between the two locations.
Reservations are recommended.

The minimum age for most rooms is 12 +

North Location: 9539 Pinnacle Dr. Ste 300, Charlotte NC
South Location:  4215 Stuart Andrew Blvd, Ste B, Charlotte NC

Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park

Mint Hill: 704.992.7883 | Cornelius: 704.800.4699 | Two Locations, Mint Hill & Cornelius, NC

With two locations in the Charlotte area, Urban Air offers a huge multi-story “adventure hub”, VR, an indoor playground, bumper cars, a wipeout course, a sky rider, ropes courses, a climbing wall, a huge trampoline section, and more.

Urban Air birthday party packages start at $255 for a party of 10, with 3 options to choose from.

Summer camps at Camp Urbie feature STEM activities, guided activities, open play time, and more!

Urban Air Cornelius Location: 17001 Kenton Drive, Cornelius, North Carolina 28031
Urban Air Mint Hill Location: 9108 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill, NC 28227

Frankies of Charlotte

704.875.7888 | 10621 Bryton Corporate Center Drive, Huntersville, NC

The amusement park offers indoor activities including a large arcade, 24 bowling lanes, Hologate VR, and laser tag.

Outdoor activities like go-karting, minigolf, and amusement rides are available.

Piedmont Social House

704.912.5160 | 2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Suite C, Charlotte, NC

Offers a full service restaurant serving Southern cuisine
Daily bowling (21+after 8 pm on Friday/Saturday), billiards, ping pong, shuffleboard, foosball, and a selection of complimentary games to choose from are available.