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Burger King - South Ithaca Burger King has an indoor climbing structure.
Cass Park Skating Rink - Roller Skating in the summer, Ice Skating in the winter.
Cayuga Nature Center - Part indoors, part outdoors, the Cayuga Nature Center has lots of nature themed activities, some fun animals, a butterfly house, and Treetops, a 6 story tree house.
Circus Culture - Circus Classes, camps, performances, parties, free play and more for kids. Aerial fabric, trapeze, juggling, tight wire, acrobatics, hooping, props, and more!
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Not so much a "play space," but the Lab of Ornithology has a visitor's center with large windows for bird watching, interactive exhibits with video and sounds, and an outdoor walking trail around Sapsucker Woods.
Eastlake Recreation - An three story climbing structure with a ball pit and slide open Fridays from 10am to noon and other times during school vacations. They are also available for birthday parties. For specifics on hours, call 607-277-2151.
Head over Heels Gymnastics- Fun gymnastics classes for 1 and up, as well as camps during times school is out and Unstructured Playtime fall through spring. Unstructured Playtime is an open gym time for parents and kids to play together and get out some energy during those cold months. (6 months - 1 Year Old - $3 for members & non-members; 1 Year Old - 5 Years Old - $5 for members & $7 for non-members), and regular "parent's night out" events. Check the Head Over Heels website and Ithaca Family Fun calendar for current schedules.
Jillian's Drawers - Jillian's Drawers is a natural parenting store with a community room, small bounce house and ball pit for kids under 8 that's only $1 an hour, and other play areas! When there are no classes going on, the community room is open for gentle free play, with some toys and a slide. There are also classes and meetings there. The link will bring you to their Google Calendar.
Mama Goose - This store not only has some great deals on gently used kids stuff, it's also a nice place to hang out and play on a cold or rainy day.
Museum of the Earth -This museum has exhibits on rocks, fossils, dinosaurs and much more. There's a great mastodon skeleton.
Niki's Party Place -Otherwise known as "the Bounce Place in the mall," Niki's has 4 large bouncy structures, including 1 that is tame enough for babies who can crawl well. They do not allow children over 10 to bounce, and are very good about watching out for small children and overcrowding. Parents can go into the bounce structures with their children as long as they don't bounce. Especially on weekends, call in advance to make sure they are not closed for a private birthday party. Phone: (607) 330-7979; Monday through Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm; Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sciencenter -possibly the Ithaca Area's finest indoor activity, the Sciencenter is full of hands on fun for children of all ages. There's a triceretops skull, toy ducks in moving water, toy trains, a touch tank, and tons of other exhibits.
Shipwreck Mini Golf - In Cortland, this is the nation's largest indoor mini golf course, illuminated with black lights. They also have a large outdoor mini golf course, and bounce houses.
Tompkins County Public Library - 607-272-4557 ext 273 Located in downtown Ithaca, the Library has a large children's area, regular story times and many programs. The library's regular free storytimes in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room may be changing for 2012. The times below are for Oct/Nov 2011 Storytimes are for children and their caregivers.
Family Storytime - Saturdays 11, for children of all ages
Babies, Books & Bounce Storytime - Fridays 11 for newborns -16 months
Toddler Storytime: Tuesdays- 11, for approx 18months to 36months
Toy Stores - Alphabet Soup on the commons and Cat's Pajamas in the Dewitt Mall both have train tables to play with, as well as toys & books to look at.
Tot Spot- 607-273-8364 The Tot Spot is a fun indoor play area with two slide/climbing structures, many push and ride toys, books and other fun things. Located inside the Ithaca Youth Bureau at 1 James L. Gibbs Drive in Ithaca, The Tot Spot is generally open from the end of October to Mid-April. Days and times are as follows: Mon/Tues./Thurs./Sat. 9:30 - 11:30. The Tot Spot is for children ages 5 months -5 years. 5-12 months $2, 13month- 5 yrs. $4 per child. Passes 6 visits for $20. Scholarships available.
Wkids at Wegmans - *W kids is a safe play area for 3+ up potty trained kids. Plus they have a free service where you can drive up and have your groceries loaded into your car for you. Parents must stay in the store, but sometimes mommies plan a Wkids playdate while the grownups eat or drink coffee in the cafe
YMCA - The YMCA has daycare rooms, pools, a playground, equipment and a gym. Aside from membership options (which provide tons of great classes, discounted lessons, etc), day passes are available and fun activities are often open to non-members as well. Also, Family Swim in the small pool is inexpensive available much of the week.