Indoor Fun with the Kiddos in San Luis Obispo County

Although jumping in puddles may be fun for the kiddos, spending every day out in a storm is just not realistic — neither is spending all day inside at home! Here are some ideas to help burn some energy on a rainy day in SLO County.

San Luis Obispo County Libraries

Heading to the library is always a wonderful experience! Endless rows of books, cozy chairs, your own library card, and even some headphones with music and videos are available. Additionally, the San Luis Obispo County libraries have loads of fun, educational classes and activities, special events, and wonderful story time programs.

​Click here for a link to the special events including Craft Club, Lego Club, Wireless Weekends, Family Movie day, and more at the Cambria, Los Osos, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande, Cayucos, and San Luis Obispo Libraries. Additionally, the Paso Robles Library has tons of puzzles, blocks, and games available to play with while you visit, AND a beautiful fish tank that’s always popular with the kiddos.

North County

HOP’S Bounce House, Atascadero

Atascadero’s only indoor bounce play center, HOP’S Bounce House, opened on April 6, 2018. It has bounce bounces, toddler play areas, arcade games and more. For more information, call 805-441-1940 or CLICK HERE.

Indoor Play Structure, Templeton

The indoor play area at Life Community Church in Templeton provides hours of entertainment and has something for all ages. Head over on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy the:

  • Indoor Play Structure: The structure is great for climbing, has lots of tunnels, a large slide, and more. See this blog post for some photos.
  • Bounce Houses: There is a large bounce house for older children and a smaller one for toddlers.
  • Play Room: The large play room for preschool-aged children is fully equipped with learning games, easels, toys, kiddie chairs and tables, and more! Imagine a preschool open for play!
  • Indoor Games: There is a basketball court, foosball table, and more for older children.
  • Caretakers: Yes, even caretakers have plenty of space to move around, or even sit and watch the kiddos play, as the space has plenty of adult-sized seating.

Cost is $5 per child or $10 maximum per family.

Paso Robles Children’s Museum

Toddler playing with a shopping cart in the Paso Robles Children's Museum

​The Paso Robles Children’s Museum engages children in a joyful learn-through-play environment to inspire educational curiosity while honoring the heritage of volunteer firefighters. The facility is located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles and is home to more than 10 interactive exhibits, including the Grape Stomp ball pit, the Firehouse Pizza Kitchen, and a Theater Area, fully equipped with dress-up items, a stage, lights, and theater chairs for the audience! There are also several craft tables available with different crafty, hands-on activities each day.

Additional monthly activities include Coffee & Cocoa, Lindamood-Bell Story Time, ART Empowers, and Lego Club.

Hours, pricing, and more detailed information can be found on the museum’s website.

Thrive Training Center, Atascadero & Paso

Thrive Training Center in Atascadero, 8981 La Linia Ave, Suite A; and Paso Robles, 1131 Creston Road, Unit 98, offers drop-in Parent & Me classes, and Preschool, Tumbling & Trampoline, Girls Gymnastics, and Boys Urban Acro classes.

​The Parent & Me classes (currently only at Atascadero center) are perfect for visiting and local families with children ages 10 months to 6 years old. The program has no registration fee, no monthly enrollment, and you can attend as often as you’d like. Classes are $7 each. Click here for the class schedule and visit the website for more information on hours, pricing, and location.

North Coast

Natural History Museum

A truly hidden gem in San Luis Obispo County is the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History, 20 State Park Road, Morro Bay. It’s FREE for children 16 and younger and $2 for adults. Morro Bay campground campers receive free admission with proof that they are camping there. The Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History sits on a hill overlooking the Morro Bay Estuary. In addition to panoramic views of the coastline, it includes the Morro Rock. 

The museum and gift shop are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission to the gift shop is free. 

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum

The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum was created to provide a fun place for children and families to explore, discover and learn through hands-on exhibits and programs. Three floors and an outside play area are full of exhibits for children ages 1-10. Take a virtual tour of the facility here. Unique, educational programs and activities are also scheduled throughout each week.

They offer free moonlight hours on the third Thursday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. Hours, pricing, and more detailed information can be found on its website.

San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum

Photo of a train

All aboard! The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum was founded to preserve and present the railroad history of California’s Central Coast. The museum has many train displays and artifacts on display. They are continually working on the Central Coast Model Railroad which will depict portions of the Southern Pacific and the entire Pacific Coast Railway as they operated along the California Coast from Gaviota to Paso Robles.

The railroad museum is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours, pricing, special events, and more detailed information can be found on its website.

Central Coast Gymnastics

Little girl in a ball pit

Central Coast Gymnastics is a state of the art children’s sport center in San Luis Obispo. They offer a wide variety of programs for children of all ages and ability levels. Click here for a link to its recreational and preschool class schedules. Freddy Flips is Central Coast Gymnastics’ Fabulous Friend. The kiddos love to give him hugs and high fives when they see him hanging out at CCG or around town.

The Climbing Pad–SLO & Santa Maria

The Climbing Pad

Get the kids out of the house and moving up, up and beyond at The Climbing Pad, with locations in San Luis Obispo, 888 Ricardo Court; and Santa Maria, 2399 A St. All ages can go climbing, starting with  toddlers.

Hours at both locations are Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Day passes are $12, two-week passes are $35, monthly passes are $55 and annual passes are $450.

Legacy Acro Gymnastics

Legacy Athletics

Legacy Training Center, 855 Aerovista Place, Suite 180 in San Luis Obispo., offers drop in ninja training for children 6 to 16 years old on Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person.

There are also regular classes for children starting in preschool through adults. A parent participation class is available for children 2 and younger and their caretakers.

Performance Athletics in San Luis Obispo

Performance Athletics offers classes from crawlers to adult. The center also offers drop-in family fun play classes throughout the week and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Call to reserve a space. 

For more information on classes, special events and drop-in classes, go it its website.

South County

Exploration Station in Arroyo Grande

Exploration Station in Arroyo Grande

Exploration Station is an interactive science center, where families can enjoy science-based exhibits including displays about the human body, weather, electricity and more. Additionally there are rotating exhibits that change throughout the year. All of our exhibits are designed to spark the imagination and creativity of the youth. 

Exploration Station is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per children 3 years and older and seniors and military (with ID) and $4 per adult. Find more information about special events and more on its website.

Central Coast Aquarium, Avila Beach

The Central Coast Aquarium is a small public visitor center in Avila, just steps away from the beach and boardwalk. Expect a fun, hands-on experience that allows your children to explore the world of the ocean, beneath the surface. You and the kiddos can explore the touch tanks, which are home to dozens of species of marine animals from the commonly known sea stars and rock crabs to the unique gumboot chiton and purple sea urchin.

The aquarium also hosts special events including Mommies & Guppies, Coastal Clean-up Days, an Earth Day celebration, and more.

The aquarium is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $8, children under 3 are free. Hours, pricing, and more detailed information can be found on its website.

Santa Maria

Rockin’ Jump Santa Maria

Ball fun at Rockin' Jump Santa Maria

Rockin’ Jump Santa Maria is an indoor trampoline park at 142 Town Center East, Suite G-58. The park is open for birthday parties, family gatherings and more. All ages are welcome and there is free wifi and hot coffee.

Junior Jumpers is parent and me jump time and is $7 per jumper per hour. Standard open jump time is $13 for 60 minutes, $16 for 90 minutes and $20 for 120 minutes. Neon Jump Night and Rockin’ Saturdays is $18 per person.

The park is open for Junior Jumpers Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for everyone Monday through Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 am. to 7 p.m. Neon Jump Night is Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. and Rockin’ Saturdays is from 8 to 10 p.m.

Here’s a great, comprehensive page that lists Storytime information throughout SLO County!

Here are a few more fun ideas: go bowling, catch a movie at a historic or new theater, enjoy a matinee at the Melodrama, and/or shoot some pool at Hot Shots billiards. These are all fun family favorites on the Central Coast.

There is not a lack of fun things to do with the kiddos in SLO County, even on rainy or chilly days. What are your favorite things to do indoors with the kiddos? Let us know in the comments below.

Have fun and Go-Go!