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A Much-Needed Indoor Play Place Opens in Redmond

Kids Magic Lab fills the gap for parents who want places to play indoors

Kate Missine

Published on: June 12, 2024

An indoor playground at Kids Magic Lab in Redmond offers Seattle families opportunities for playing inside
Kids Magic Lab has endless opportunities for indoor play. Photo: Kate Missine

Parents of littles know all too well how essential indoor play spaces are to maintaining sanity in our neck of the woods. Indoor play places allow kids to get the wiggles out safely during those endless stretches of rain (or cold, or heat waves or wildfire smoke — you know the drill). Eastside families in particular have felt a loss of these local spots over the last few years, as several facilities shuttered their doors.

I still very clearly remember those long hours and days of toddler and preschooler parenting — so I was thrilled to hear about the brand-new play space popping up in Redmond Town Center, one of my favorite local shopping and dining haunts.

Indoor playground in Redmond that just opened for Seattle families looking for indoor playgrounds and play spaces
Head to the second floor of Redmond Town Center for indoor play. Photo: Kate Missine

The newest play place in the neighborhood

Having just opened its doors on the first weekend of June, Kids Magic Lab is located on the second floor of the open-air complex in Redmond. It welcomes kiddos ages 9 months–8 years old (babes younger than 9 months are welcome for free with a sibling). A noticeable lack of indoor play options for her own kids (ages 4 and 8) convinced owner Yalin Zhu-Hu to open the space.

“There wasn’t much for this age group, and it inspired me to fill that gap, both for my own family and also for the community,” Zhu-Hu says, “to create a safe, engaging and educational indoor space.”

Kids Magic Lab owner Yalin Zhu-Hu standing in front of her new indoor playground near Seattle.
Kids Magic Lab owner Yalin Zhu-Hu wanted a space for her kids to play and learn indoors. Photo: Kate Missine

Slide, climb and tumble at Kids Magic Lab

My first impression of Kids Magic Lab when I walked in was how bright and soothing it was, with light streaming in from full-length windows and outfitted in neutral woods and soft colors. The floor space is organized into several zones to accommodate a range of play types and varied activity levels.

Indoor playground at Kids Magic Lab in Redmond where Seattle families can slide, climb and discover STEM activities
There are fun play areas and STEM activities for kids to discover at this indoor playground. Photo: Kate Missine

Front and center, a cool wooden play structure immediately invites kiddos to climb up funky rope ladders and barrel down a bright yellow tunnel slide. Behind it, more rough-and-tumble action beckons in the “balance and agility zone”: a jungle gym-like spot, complete with a climbing wall, monkey bars, gymnastics rings and crash mats.

This indoor playground near Seattle has steps, monkey bars, climbing wall and gym mats for indoor play
Climb up the steps, ladder or wall and swing across the monkey bars at Kids Magic Lab. Photo: Kate Missine

Play pretend with imaginative options

Off to the side, littles can engage in some calmer activities with a sweet zone for pretend play. A row of several pastel-colored playhouses line the wall, each set up as a different venue including a supermarket, hospital, and my personal favorite, a farm complete with an adorable chicken coop and duckling family. Funky floor pillows, a dress-up area, train table and play fire truck round up the imaginative play options.

"Creative play in the chicken and duck area at Kids Magic Lab"
The chicken coop and duckling family offer opportunities for pretend play at Kids Magic Lab. Photo: Kate Missine

STEM activities for all ages

On the other side of the room, a colorful soft-play block area is set to delight the youngest visitors; while budding engineers can get creative concocting elaborate structures with a pile of oversized blue foam building pieces.

Oversized blue building blocks and funky pillows give kids unlimited indoor play option at Kids Magic Lab
Kids can build, tumble and play with oversized building blocks and pillows. Photo: Kate Missine

There is also a STEM wall featuring a pegboard with various buildable parts, and a Lego wall lining the corner. The emphasis, Zhu-Hu says, is on sensory play, which is recognized for its benefits for both neurotypical and neurodivergent kids.

STEM wall at Kids Magic Lab with Lego blocks and other sensory activities
Get creative at the indoor play space’s STEM wall with Legos and other buildable parts. Photo: Kate Missine

Plan your next indoor birthday party or attend a class

In addition to drop-in open play sessions, Kids Magic Lab hosts birthday parties and a variety of classes for babies, tots and older kids, with a sensory classroom set up to offer hands-on art and STEM activities. An open play pass covers a visit for one child and one adult for up to two hours; and several membership packages are available for purchase. The space is open seven days a week — a lifesaver for rainy weekends. Check the website for a detailed schedule.

Indoor play space with classroom, complete with table and chairs for kids activities
There is plenty of space to learn, play and celebrate at Kids Magic Lab. Photo: Kate Missine

Make a day of it with more Redmond fun

Redmond Town Center is an Eastside mecca for kid fun. Visit the mall’s sensory playground, splash pad or Downtown Park a few steps away. If it’s raining outside, you may want to extend the indoor time by leafing through some new reads at Brick and Mortar, one of our favorite independent bookstores, or by catching a show at SecondStory Repertory theater (right next door!). There’s great food options for the whole fam, too. Grab a bite at one of the abundant family friendly dining options around, from a Brazilian pastry at Kitanda to a steaming bowl of ramen at Kizuki, with a warm cookie from Midnight Cookie Co. for dessert.

If you go to Kids Magic Lab ...

Location: Kids Magic Lab is on the second floor of Redmond Town Center, located at 7325 166th Ave. N.E., Suite F235 in Redmond.

Hours: The venue is open seven days a week, including most holidays. Current hours are Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Cost: The open play walk-in rate is $30 for one child and one adult for up to two hours. It’s an additional $18 for each sibling, and $8 for each additional adult. You can buy 10-visit packs for a discounted rate of $23.90 per visit, or purchase a membership with four or eight play passes per month, with add-on visitor options available for both. Specific classes are also available and range in price.

Parking: Redmond Town Center has three parking areas. Kids Magic Lab recommends using the top level of the Central Parking Garage for easy stroller access.

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