Once the snow hits the ground, everyone is on the hunt for indoor activities for the kids. We've already compiled a list of the Top 10 Indoor Play Areas in Rochester, but we understand the costs can add up! Here are some free alternatives.
1 Miracle Mile Dr, Rochester, NY 14623
The Marketplace Mall has an open area for kids to play all week long. There is often playmates to run around with here and is a perfect stop if you are daring enough to bring the kids along for some Christmas Shopping. The closest entrance to the play area is the East Mall Entrance.
Greece Ridge Mall
271 Greece Ridge Center Dr, Rochester, NY 14626
The children's play area at the Greece Ridge Mall is open 7 days a week. There are multiple tunnels, slides and climbing structures for kids to burn energy. Use entrance 9 or 10 by Michael's to enter near the play area. This mall also has $1 Carousel rides within the food court (entrance 8).
2140 W Ridge Rd, Greece, NY 14626
After running around Greece Ridge Mall, stop across the street at Chick-fil-a for lunch and additional play! Open Monday-Saturday, this restaurant has a small play area for kids to enjoy. Plus, each kid's meal comes with a book!
3280 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
Come visit the only remaining McDonald's Play area in Rochester. For the cost of a Happy Meal (ranging from $2.49-$3.99) kids can eat lunch and burn some energy. Socks required! Play hours are 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM daily.
Pure Imagination Cafe
2997 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY 14624
There are always friends to play with at Pure Imagination Cafe. Unlike child-centered Play Cafes, this one is free to enter. Grab some coffee then sit back and relax while the kids play.
While some recreation centers charge a small price per child, many others are free.
You can't go wrong visiting your local library. Each Monroe County Library has a spot for kids to play and explore, some more vast than others. The Toy Library (pictured) has enough to entertain the kids all day long! The Webster, Gates and Brighton Library also have large rooms dedicated to play. We've outlined the children's sections at each Monroe County Library HERE.
You don't need to do much to have fun inside your own home! Call it a pajama day, create some sensory bins, build a fort, or make some crafts. You can also snag this free download. This fun Thanksgiving themed word search is a great way to get into the spirit, no matter where you travel for the holiday! Be sure to check out more reading activities at Education.com!