Where can you find the holy trinity of safety, sustenance and fun for your child? Indoor play areas, of course! Sarita Rao on this answer to a parent’s prayers in Luxembourg’s wet weather.
Most indoor play areas are open rain or shine, some even seven days a week and well after daylight has faded. In Luxembourg the majority of indoor play centres charge a flat fee per hour per child, with some providing discounts for younger children and toddlers. Adults are usually free and must accompany a child. Some centres provide ‘creche’ sessions if you want to leave your child to go shopping and most provide party packages for fun-packed birthdays.
All ‘pay for’ play centres offer snacks and refreshments, with some serving three course meals. However, the free soft play centres are often attached to shops or shopping centres and have limited facilities.
Either way, indoor play parks are a lifeline for many parents. Our list is not exhaustive, so please feel free to comment or contact us about any hidden indoor play gems you’ve discovered.
Or rather Goldrush by Fun City, is set out in the theme of the wild west gold rush. This indoor play area is great for all ages with a special area for the under-3s and enough to keep older children interested with go karts, plenty of climbing space, a steep slide to rival YoYo’s waterfall slide and other fun slides where you sit on a sledge. They also have a bowling alley, 1 snooker table and 12 billiard tables and a great restaurant & pizzeria serving top quality food. I recommend the burgers. They are enormous! You can order a “take away” from the restaurant and have it at the tables by the soft play area if you don’t want to have a proper sit down meal. This indoor play area is nicely contained so easy to sit, relax and still be able to keep an eye on the whole play area. Parties can also be arranged at Fun City for both the soft play area and the bowling alley. The thing I also like about Fun City is that the entry price is unlimited per person – no charging by the hour.
33 rue Robert Krieps
Tel : 26 55 13 33
‘Indy’ here stands for Indiana Jones, or in this case his mouse equivalent which is the soft play mascot for this centre. It’s big with plenty to do for older children, including tube slides, wavy slides, trampolines and inflatables. On quieter days they also allow children to race around the perimeter in pedal-carts, and there is a smaller ball bit area for younger children. Indyland operates on a swipe watch system for drinks and snacks, many of which are refreshingly cheap: a cone of frites just Euro 2.50, or a large glass of apple juice Euro 1.50. Entrance is a flat fixed fee for a two hour play at Euro 8.50 for children aged 4-14 and Euro 5.00 for 4 years and under. Babies under 12 months are free. If you want to stay longer, each child pays Euro 1 per additional half hour. Another bonus – Indyland is right next to Cora Foetz shopping centre if you need to grab some extra groceries and RyanHair around the corner does kids haircuts for the price of their age! Parties can be arranged at Indyland for groups of 10 children or more.
11 Rue de Brill
Tel : 52 00 42
On the City Concorde strip in Bertrange; ZigZag is definitely the yummy mummies soft play hang out. It offers a selection of real coffee and some quite fancy three course meals. These come with a fairly hefty price tag, but they do offer meal deals involving free entry to soft play. The centre itself is quite small (my six year old was bored after an hour) and is possibly more suitable to younger children, but does offer a long wavy slide and a bouncy castle. There is a nice little play area upstairs for the teeny ones (under three years old) and you can see the downstairs larger play area from upstairs which is handy if you have kids of different ages. Charges per child are: for under-3s, Euro 5 (unlimited); ages 3-10, Euro 6 for an hour, Euro 9 for 90 minutes, and Euro 11 for unlimited play. ZigZag also provides party packages plus themed events around Halloween and Christmas. Parking right outside ZigZag is restricted to about 10 places but there is a large carpark at the end of the road.
7 Rue Pletzer
Tel 26 45 87 87
Not technically a soft play, but an indoor centre next to Zig Zag offering dance and multi-gym sessions for children. Great for enhancing their motor skills and for giving them a chance to burn off some energy. It’s professionally run and multi-lingual but I found it rather on the expensive side. Free trial classes are available if you want a test drive.
5 Rue Pletzer
Tel 26 45 99 13
At some point you’ll need to visit IKEA for flat pack furniture, toys or food containers. You can make this whole experience a family outing since IKEA ARLON has a kids centre where you can check in your children (you need an IKEA family card) while you go shopping. The centre has a small soft play/ball pit and some other toys and games to play with, and it also runs some specific craft and play sessions on weekday afternoons. The IKEA restaurant offers discounts to family card members and the ubiquitous cheap and tasty Swedish meatballs, pasta and all day breakfasts if you need to refuel hungry children.
100 Rue de Grass
Another furniture shop, this one in Leudelange/Gasperich has a small free soft play. Probably not worth the journey alone, but if you are looking to buy carpets, sofas, beds or baby items (it has a good stock of prams, car seats, cots etc), then you can also sit for a short break while your toddler runs off steam. I wouldn’t recommend if for bigger children, but it amused my four year old while we waited for her sister to finish a ‘cooking’ party in the Am Bann restaurant located in the same complex.
Zone Industrial Am Bann
I haven’t visited the following indoor play centres but have heard good things about them:
Many of my Merl-based mummy friends highly recommend this soft play centre in nearby Howald. A rainforest, pirate themed play park with rope bridges, climbing tree, slides, 4 trampolines, as well as the usual soft play obstacles. YoYo is more suited to older children as the slides (especially the waterfall one) are quite scary, and the play area for under-3s is very small. YoYo also boasts a pizzeria, equipped for pizza parties, as well as a standard restaurant for two and three course meals. Again, on the pricey side in my books, but worth it for a family treat. There is also a hair salon for women, men and children. As with many of the play areas YoYo also hosts children parties and has a number of private rooms that can be used. Charges per child are: free for under 1s; ages 1-3 years, Euro 5 for two hours; and children over 4 years, Euro 9 for two hours. You can pay Euro 2 per child for an extra hour.
105, rue des Bruyères
Tel 26 29 66 33
If you need to do a peaceful supermarket shop, this childcare centre in City Concorde, Bertrange, is ideal. It offers supervised care, including painting and crafts, a climbing frame and play area. Parents using this service for the first time are advised to bring identification for themselves and their children. Prices are per hour with the option to include a meal for your child.
80 Route de Longwy
Kidsville is one of the smaller soft play areas and only open to the public on the weekend (it is a creche during the week) but it is a great little play area if you live nearby and just need to get the kids out of the house. The fact that it is small means that you can see the whole play area easily whilst you relax and enjoy a coffee. They also organise birthday parties and have a private room for enjoying some snacks and birthday cake.
75 rue de Beggen
Past the Duchy: Sarita’s suggestions
If you are close to the Belgium, French or German border, you might want to try:
Atomic Kids in Arlon, Belgium
Badaboom in Thionville, France
Trampolini in Merzig, Germany
Trampoline Trier in Trier, Germany
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