When you’re stuck for things to do with kids on a rainy, freezing, or sweltering day, this list of indoor play activities will save you. With fun and exciting options in Knoxville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Townsend, Maryville and Alcoa, we are sure you’ll be able to find the perfect activity for indoor family-friendly fun, in and around the Smoky Mountains. Happy exploring!
Indoor Things to do with Kids
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This FREE indoor foam play area is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, especially when the weather leads to cabin fever!
In addition to offering daily play opportunities for all, this arcade with indoor play area is a favorite for kids’ birthday parties!
This multi-functional entertainment facility offers indoor golf, outdoor golf, laser tag, gem mining, bumper cars, a motion ride, an arcade, and escape rooms. Group rates are also available.
The children’s museum features a variety of educational classes and hands-on exhibits. Exhibits include a rain forest room, model trains, waterworks, a bird room, doll house, historical toys, nature room, Native American history and much more! The museum also has a birthday party room that can be rented for private events.
In addition to daily educational fun and birthday parties, the museum offers STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) based spring and summer day camps. The camps allow kids to experience hands-on learning in a variety of themes.
This facility, located inside Foothills Mall, offers a state-of-the-art laser tag experience. General admission tickets, group rates and birthday parties are available.
This gymnastics studio has a lot to offer. In addition to a providing year round preschool for kids 1 through 5, Pertetual Motion provides leveled gymnastics classes, open gym times, birthday parties and summer camp.
This amazing LEGO facility allows kids to build and play hands-on with LEGO. Kidz (parents) Night Out, open play times, and field trips are available all throughout the year. The facility also hosts amazing themed birthday parties.
In addition to year round fun, Bricks 4 Kidz offers camp options whenever Knox County Public Schools are closed. These camps include week-long summer camp options. Themes include dragons, minions, pirates, space, transportation and much more!
This indoor bounce house playground features birthday parties, group events, and open jump times for public enjoyment.
This full indoor rock climbing gym offers a variety of experiences, including bouldering and top rope climbing. There are rock walls for all ages and abilities. Private parties are available for birthdays, team building and much more!
In this Breakout Escape Room experience, your family will be locked in a room and will have to uncover hidden clues to find your way out. You can choose from different themed rooms that are changed periodically. Team building experiences are also available.
For kids, Knox County Parks and Rec offers a variety of hands-on educational classes for both kids and adults. The department also offers a variety of sports leagues including, football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. Parks and Rec also offers summer camps and maintains local playgrounds, which offer pavilion rentals for birthday parties.
Claiming to be the region’s largest indoor aquatic attraction, this water park resort boasts family-friendly accommodations as well as an expansive indoor water park. You do not have to be staying at the resort to enjoy the park. Day and week passes can be purchased separately.
This full rock climbing gym offers a variety of climbing experiences to meet the needs of all age and ability levels. The facility is also handicap accessible. Birthday parties, team building experiences, troop climbs (for scouts), and lock-in experiences are available. Child care available on certain days.
This facility also offers a variety of summer day camps to keep your kids moving during the school break! Each camp last for one week and each week offers a unique theme.
This indoor park features classic water attractions named after iconic Smoky Mountain attractions, like Clingman’s Dome and Cades cove. Although the park is located inside the family-friendly Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort, you do not have to be staying at the resort to enjoy the water park. Day and week passes can be purchased separately.