Best Indoor Play Halls for Zurich Families

Zurich has several indoor play halls, great places for kids to run off some energy on cold rainy days.  They typically have trampolines, climbing equipment, bouncy castles, slides, and ball pits among other amusements. Here are our current favorites, how to get there, and what to expect.

What to expect at indoor play halls

Most indoor play halls are a big warehouse filled with relatively safe play equipment and lots of room to run around. Most equipment is included in the entrance price, but most places have a few pay-to-play attractions like bumper cars, which may require a token or coin. Be prepared for kids to beg to do these extras.

Recommended Age: These places are best for kids aged 5 to 12, but many have play areas suitable for toddlers. I’ve seen kids as old as 16 there, but with so many little kids running around, teens would probably be happier at a place like Winterthur Skills Park.

Food: They all have cafes so you can eat lunch there, with typical “kid-friendly” menu options. Some allow picnics but not all. All host birthday parties, where you can reserve a table with decorations and a cake.

What to wear: It’s best for children to wear socks or gym “slippers”, the kind with non-slip soles (Formel Fun requires this). But you’ll mostly see kids barefoot or with normal socks. Kids should wear comfortable clothing that enables the most movement. I prefer my kids to wear long pants because they skin their knees easily on equipment. Since most play halls are in big warehouses, it can get a little chilly, especially for parents that are not running around like the kids. So the kids wear long sleeves and I usually bring a warm jacket for myself. Most have changing rooms, where you can store jackets and shoes but not all have lockers. Plan to carry valuables on your person.

Supervision: For kids under 6, you’ll probably need/want to follow your child around the facility, helping with anything that needs supervision and being close on hand if they get hurt. These places are enormous, get really crowded and it can be hard to find your child if you lose sight of them. It’s good to set up a meeting place, so they know where to go in an emergency.

Tip for parents: It can be quite boring for parents, so bring a friend or something to distract. I usually listen to podcasts or music so I can keep an eye on the kids (not possible with a book) and the earphones drown out the constant noise.

Opening times: Most play halls are open weekday afternoons and all day on weekends and holidays. Most open all day and weekdays during Zurich school holidays. Check individual websites for details.

Here’s a fun video of Trampolino from Swiss Expat Family. Don’t forget to subscribe to her YouTube channel to see more videos of family activities like this one.

Trampolino

This play hall is the biggest and probably most popular. Best to go right when it opens because parking gets scarce and the entry line can get very long. Bigger kids will love this place the most. But there are a few areas reserved for smaller kids, so a 3 year old can definitely have fun here with some supervision.

Trampolino:   www.trampolino.info 
Address: Lerzenstr. 27 Dietikon
Car: 20 mins northwest from Zurich center
Limited parking on site and across the street
Train: 30 mins from Zürich HB to Dietikon, Lerzen then 3 min walk
Adult half-fare return CHF 6.80
Note: On Sundays and holidays, the bus doesn’t run, so it would require a 25 min walk from the Dietikon train station.
Open: Open Tu-Fr 13:00 to 18:30, Sat-Su and holidays 10:30 to 18:30
Cost (2018): Child over 2 years old CHF 16, Adult CHF 7
More info: www.trampolino.info 

Trampolino has a few attractions that cost extra, including the harnessed trampoline and bumper cars. You can buy tokens at the entrance or cafe.

Starbie – Spielhalle für Kinder

When my kids were under 6, we preferred Starbie to Trampolino because it had more play equipment suitable for small kids. It’s also smaller than Trampolino, making it easier to supervise the kids. However, I don’t like that you cannot bring your own food.

Starbie:   www.starbie.ch
Address: Riedstrasse 3, 8953 Dietikon
Car: 25 mins from Zurich center
Limited parking in adjacent parking garage
Train: 30 mins from Zürich HB to Dietikon, Moosmatt
Adult half-fare return CHF 6.80
Note: On Sundays and holidays, the bus doesn’t run, so it would require a 25 min walk from the Dietikon train station.
Open: Open everyday, Mo-Fr 13:30 to 18:00,
Sa-Su and holidays 10:00 to 18:00
Cost (2018): Child (once they can walk) CHF 15, Adults free, Cash only
Services: Cafe, no picnics allowed


pictures from Starbie website

Springding

One interesting aspect of Springding is that children 8 and older may come here unaccompanied. Kate at Mom In Zurich has a nice review of Springding that you should read.

Springding:   www.springding.ch
Address: Hall 3.5 – Glaenternstrasse, 8864 Reichenburg
Car: 35 mins southeast from Zurich center – directions
There is parking in front and behind the building. On weekends and holidays, you can also park at Glasmanufaktur Buttikon.
Train: 1hr10 mins from Zürich HB to Reichenburg, Altersheim, then 7 min walk
Adult half-fare return CHF 25.40
Open: Open Mo-Fr 8:30 to 18:00,
Sa-Su and Zurich school holidays 10:00 to 18:00
Cost (2018): Child ages 2-14 CHF 15, Adults CHF 5, Cash only
Includes 1 token for battery operated cars
Services: Cafe with typical “kid-friendly” options, including breakfast
Picnics are allowed but you must pay a CHF 5 fee.

pictures from Springding website

Formel Fun

This play hall requires that children wear indoor gym slippers, the kind with non-slip soles. You can bring your own or buy them there. In addition to the typical play hall attractions, they have a laser maze, glow in the dark mini golf, and mini go carts, all for an extra fee. They also have a toddler play area reserved for ages 0-3.

Formel Fun www.formelfun.ch
Address: Schützenmattstrasse 30, 8180 Bülach beim Flughafen
Car: 20 mins north of Zurich center
Train: 30 mins from Zürich HB to Bülach, then 10 min walk
Adult half-fare return CHF 8.80
Open: Open Tues-Thurs 10:00 – 17:00, Wed 12:00 – 17:00, Fri 11:00 – 17:00, Sat/Sun and Holidays 10:00 – 17:30, sometimes open on Monday for public holidays
Cost (2018): Child over 2 years old CHF 16, Adults CHF 6
Includes 1 token for car race
Services: Cafe offering fresh and healthy options, no picnics allowed


pictures from Formel Fun website

Other indoor play halls in Switzerland

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Other indoor play options

For older kids that want more intense trampolining, I’d suggest the Winterthur Skills Park, which has dozens of trampolines and other freestyle park attractions.

For a more educational experience, I can recommend Kindercity in Volketswil, which is a children’s discovery museum with lots of interactive displays for the kids to play with. Still lots of room to run around but more creativity to the play.

For more traditional wall climbing, I suggest an indoor climbing gym, like Milandia near Zurich, which has bouldering, climbing walls, and indoor ropes course. They offer drop-in use, abos and classes. They require participation in a one-time training course before using the facilities on your own. They have an indoor climbing gym in Schlieren (north Zurich) and Greifensee (east of Zurich). More info at www.kletterzentrum.com.

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2 comments

  1. We went to Berolino Lauchringen in Germany. http://www.berolino-lauchringen.de/aktuell/ Great indoor play place and the price was right. We have also done some shopping in Waldshut which is nearby. Might pair the two next time.

    It’s been a while but went to Formel Fun many times when we first arrived…near where we lived. Very swanky for a kids play space and the owners lived in NY for a while so love to chat in English. It’s much smaller than the other places we have been, so a pro for the under 6 crowd.

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