Top Ten Places for Indoor Fun in Louisville with Kids
Is it cold, rainy, or snowing? Indoor fun is here. There are nice family fun options in the great indoors.
You need indoor fun! Check out one of these great family-friendly activities the next time there’s a chill in the air.
Lots of families turn to our website looking for indoor fun for kids when the weather just isn’t ideal. There are many options beyond this list, but we have tried to compile some really good ones for you to choose from. Be sure to scroll all the way down because our most favorites are at the end.
All times/prices subject to change as businesses make adjustments. We updated this post periodically.
10. Glow Worm Cafe opened in late 2021 and it’s perfect for meeting up with other parents and letting the preschoolers climb, explore, play and have a treat. There’s a spot to pick up a latte and baked goodies. Read all about it on our recent post. Click HERE. Book in advance, the spots fill up. They have now have a location in Beechmont that opened in late 2023.
9. Champ’s Rollerdrome – Roller skating is a great way to burn some extra calories with your kids. Skate rentals are $4. Check their website for special times when they have open skating or events. See their website for details. Champ’s is located at 9851 La Grange Road in Louisville. See our review.
8. Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center – Sometimes you just need to go swimming, and the Metro Parks system has this great indoor pool for just such an occasion. Admission is $3 for kids 12 and under and $8.00 for 13 and over. Recreational swim hours are Monday-Friday noon-3pm, Friday 7-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday noon-3pm. It is located at 201 Reservoir Avenue. Click here for more info. Also, click here to get a list of other places you can go for indoor swimming.
7. Jump start your day at at trampoline park. There used to be multiple options for trampoline parks but after the pandemic, few are still open. Check out Defy. They have special toddler times that parents love and/or special discount nights that recur weekly. And, they like to use their Facebook pages to pump out deals so be sure to follow all of them on Facebook.
6. Speed Art Museum- General Admission is FREE on Sundays. They have special programs for families with young children, be sure to check their events calendar. With admission free on Sundays now until March 2024, you can’t beat a day inside of the Speed Art Museum. The building itself is marvelous. Start your visit with a tour of one level, then take the kids to basement floor where there are many kid-friendly hands-on activities. I like to do that in the middle of taking them to the “no touch” floors. There’s also a lovely café for snacks. See their website for more info.
5. Story Time at the Louisville Free Public Library – Story times vary by day, location, and age group. Click here for a current calendar. There is a kid-friendly event going on every day at the Louisville Free Public Library! Keep tabs on their social media for changes to in-person programming due to the pandemic.
4. Malibu Jack’s – Kids love Malibu Jack’s because it’s like an amusement park all under one roof. Always keep tabs on their social media or website for specials because an outing their can start to tap into your wallet pretty deep and quickly. However, for a special indoor fun outing every now and then, it has something for everyone from mini-golf to rides to games and laser tag.
3. All About Kids Funzone and Open Gym – This is a really neat facility that has everything from inflatables to gymnastics to a pool (also in Oldham County!). And, at the Oldham County location, they have a basketball court. See their website for more details as schedules/prices subject may change.
2. Bowling! There are so many fun options for bowling around town. Here are a few:
• Ten Pin Lanes 200 Ten Pin Lane
• King Pin 9525 Taylorsville Rd
• Executive Strike and Spare 911 Phillips Lane
• Fern Valley Strike and Spare 6220 Shepherdsville Rd
• Clarksville Strike and Spare 511 Little League Blvd Ste 100, New Albany, IN
• Ken Bowl/Dixie Bowl 10526 Dixie Highway & 7021 Southside Drive
Most of these businesses are open from 10 am until 10 pm or later daily. Bowling costs anywhere from $2-5 per player per game and shoe rentals are usually $2-5 per bowler. See websites for specific info. Each alley has league nights, so it is best to call ahead for lane availability. All of these alleys offer bumper bowling and many have discount days set on their schedules.
1. The Kentucky Science Center! – This is one of my kids’ favorite ways to kill an afternoon when the weather is frightful. The Science In Play exhibit is always the kids’ favorite and it doesn’t get old, even as the kids get older. And, the Who Forted? exhibit is back which is so much fun. They have a 4-Story theatre! We recommend a membership combined with a Louisville Zoo membership so you can visit often without the pressure of staying the entire day. You may be eligible for a free membership, click here to read more about that.
Enjoy our calendar and all of the indoor events we have posted!
St. Matthews Indoor Playground– check out our review here.
Purrfect Day Cat Café – Cuddles are fun!
Northeast Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library – With all the cozy places to read your favorite book this is a must check out place. It has a small slide from one level to the next and a reading area with cushions that can be placed on the floor or on the steps. With the floor to ceiling window, even on a cold day you can see the beauty of nature and feel like you are surrounded by it.
Be sure to check out our calendar and sort by indoor options!
Need more ideas? Click here to see Kentucky Family Fun’s Top 10 for indoor fun in Louisville!