Indoor play areas are the key to surviving the next six months of dreary weather. Let’s face it- none of us moved here for the climate but it doesn’t mean we have to be cabin fever victims. Unfortunately many kids don’t believe in hibernation and their little bodies often require jumping, running and sliding (sometimes simultaneously which makes for great photos). We’ve polled our readers and the list is here!
Weather and time of day make little difference at these indoor play areas as they are open year round no matter what kind of nastiness the forecast predicts. There are loads of options depending on age and whether you need to accompany them but some offer restaurants featuring rather awesome food because…well, Luxembourg.
Jump Box Trampoline Park
The challenge is firstly finding this place due to lack of signage but the owner says she is working with the city on making the location less of a scavenger hunt hidden within an industrial complex. Our hint is to turn right as soon as you see the UPS building and follow the parking lot as it winds round to the left. This place is awesome. If your heaven was full of a million trampolines and you flew through the air, this is what it would look like. My kid leaves with sopping wet hair and falls asleep the second his head hits the pillow after a session. They have some rad activities.
Open Jump is a session open to everyone but especially frequented by teens and adults who play dodgeball or volleyball together. Can you imagine? Teens and their parents jumping and laughing?! If you pee your pants due to having children, you can also just come for a coffee and watch. Naturally, you can book birthday parties because kids love this place and their parties are really well organised and supervised. (Bonus for the bladder control challenged parent) They also offer a session for parents/grandparents and children from the age of 3 (as long as they don’t wear a diaper/nappy anymore). This is the only session when you can be below 4. One jumping paying adult can supervise up to 3 children.
Booking a session online is strongly suggested so your little people won’t be disappointed.
Fun City (Goldrush by Fun City)
The fun begins when you step inside this place and enter the Wild West of Luxembourg. Less typhoid and cholera and way more fun. If you have small kids AND big kids, you can see the entire playground so it is really easy to keep an eye on all your offspring at the same time.
Our readers especially like Fun City because it is clean and good if you didn’t feel like having three in diapers at the same time and thus, gave yourself a time to take a deep breath, hence an age gap. The bigger kids can go mental on go karts or choose from the 10 billiards tables or go crazy on the slides. There is even snooker- (which is a game I find ridiculous but I wasn’t born in England). There are loads of slides- including a monster slide that takes years off your life if you attempt it as an adult. The true gem about this place is that there is a bowling alley so you can truly make a successful family day out that ticks all the boxes and pleases even the most ungrateful tween. While you don’t have to eat a proper meal, (on-the-go takeaway is offered), the food at the restaurant is actually quite fantastic. Birthday parties can be held either in the soft play area or the bowling alley.
33 rue Robert Krieps
Tel : 26 55 13 33
All-In Family Fun Center in Heidersheid
Ok- we’ve not actually been here but one of our favourite, most informed finger-on-the-Luxembourg-pulse-we-love-you-Candace- readers, told us about this place. She said it’s a little far from the city centre but worth it and good gracious- one look at the website has put this place next up on our list of places to take our feral children when it’s freezing and raining sideways. (Repeat mantra: We didn’t move here for the weather. We didn’t move here for the weather). It’s a massive soft play/ climbing frame as well as a hugely inflatable climbing bouncy castle AS WELL AS a bowling alley and restaurant/diner.
Bowlingcenter Fuussekaul Sarl
22, am Clemensbongert
Tel: +352 26-88-93-28
Price varies, check website for details.
Just outside of Luxembourg in nearby Trier, this place is so much more than trampolines and rather nuts. It has dodgems, an indoor roller coaster, and fair ground rides that you CONTROL YOURSELF. It is not for the anxious parent but fear not, there is also an area for the tinier munchkins and even a sweet train that goes in a circle. If no one is waiting, you can go again and again much to the delight of your toddler while your older child is attempting to race up the rather odd balloon-like mountain or controlling his own upside down spinning ride.
At around 5000sqm it claims to be the largest indoor leisure park in all of Rhineland Palatinate, Saarland and Luxembourg and if you’ve attempted to herd a gaggle of children towards the door, you will believe them. Food is available for sale, albeit rather grim BUT you are allowed to bring all of your own food and drinks! (As long as it isn’t fast food which makes me love this place even more). It is quite popular amongst the Germans for birthday parties and they get there early to reserve their tables.
Tel: +49 (0) 651 20 19 70 74
Prices vary so check the website for details but it’s rather cheap…and as mentioned, you save on food because you can bring your own…..unless you are lazy…no judgement….the writer of this list most definitely falls into this category and has consumed a significant amount of sub par pizza at Trampoline Trier.
This place is located in Foetz. (Dare you to say it correctly). Lots of our friends who live down south love this place. Again, in a country where space doesn’t seem to be an issue- this is another kid-centred place that is enormous and has tons for both older kids- (big tube slides, inflatable bouncy things and trampolines) as well as small pedal cars for the younger kids. Indyland features a rather high tech swipe watch system for drinks and snacks, and you aren’t going to break the bank buying said food items. Like almost every other place, Birthday parties are available.
11 Rue de Brill
Tel : 52 00 42
In Bertrange, this place is perfect for the younger kids to blow off some steam. The caring staff, (I’m slightly in love with the manager because he is so helpful), and bright environment of ZigZag means you are actually able to see your children and panic doesn’t ensue when they do duck out of sight because it isn’t enormous. It has a special area upstairs for the tinier ones (under threes) and the staff delivers whatever you’d like to drink or eat so it means you don’t have to leave your offspring to fulfill your desperate need for a latte or our personal family favorite- a chicken pizza. There is a great slide that even the smaller ones won’t tempt death going down and the ride-on cars are always a hit, (just don’t tell my kids they work because I’m too cheap to give them the euro and thus say they are always broken). However, ZigZag is a huge birthday party destination for the under 6’s and you will find yourself returning again and again.
7 Rue Pletzer
Tel 26 45 87 87
Your kids either love or hate Little Gym classes. I loved them because I could watch from the window and they offered free tea or coffee, (it doesn’t take much to please this mother). I also loved it because someone who could speak French, English, German and Luxembourgish and didn’t have a pre-exhisting back condition was doing something constructive with my kid and helping them move their bodies and improve their fine motor skills. Unfortunately both of mine hated it but they love going to birthday parties held there. You have to sign up for classes, (for no small fee), so it isn’t technically a soft play facility but lots of their friends take gymnastics there and enjoy the classes.
5 Rue Pleater
Tel 26 45 99 13
The first time we went to Yoyo was with our 3 year old having just moved from London. If anyone has been to a soft play area in London, you will know they are hit or miss. You might have experienced a fairly disgusting afternoon when your child came out of the ballpit and handed you a chicken bone or even came off a slide with another child’s poo on them. No lie. This happened. The first thing we saw when we walked into Yoyo was the ball cleaning machine. They send each ball through a vacuum and it cleans each ball individually. This. Blew. Our. Minds. At the time we didn’t realize or care but our three year old was probably too young to be shooting down the waterfall slide (on his dad’s lap- we aren’t maniacs!) Long story short, it has become our second home so I won’t hear a bad word said about it….even though my husband has nearly died on this enormous slide. The food is decent, the wine even better and I have no idea of the cost because I am generally just grateful that my kid is running around and not begging for screen time.
105, rue des Bruyères
Tel 26 29 66 33
We first went there for a birthday party and were confused as to what this place was, but once the wristbands were placed on our littles and we were told to enjoy our shopping, we were sold. If you like to shop without having the back of your ankles rammed by a sweet little shopping cart, then this is the one for you. They make crafts, paint and can play on the climbing frame. It’s a win/win. Kids work off steam, you accomplish your tasks. Done and done.
80 Route de Longwy
Kidsville is only open on the weekends for the public and is a creche during the week. It’s great for smaller kids as it isn’t very big and is not the dark Bermuda triangle known as Yoyo. As we said- it is small so it means that you can see the whole play area if you are there for a party. We’ve not been there alone- only for birthday parties but it is quite calm and sweet with a separate room for cake and drinks.
57 rue de Beggen
Further afield- places to keep in mind.
Atomic Kids in Arlon, Belgium
Badaboom in Thionville, France
If you have other suggestions- please let us know!!!! We will add them to the list! Help us to get the kids of Luxembourg away from the screens!