Bp Mom Jasmina Jocic contributed to this article
So it’s still winter, you have been to Normafa for sledging loads of times now, went to all the parties hosted by your friends during the holidays, taken your kids to the puppet theatre and dance shows at MUPA, visited the museums but unfortunately the winter colds are going around and everyone is ill so you can’t just drop in at your friend’s house for a playdate.. think we have all been there … what to do with your toddler on a rainy and grey day??
One of the advantages living in a big city that you can find lots of playhouses for the youngest ones and thankfully there are more and more popping up in town to help us out when we need to wear them out a little
There are two-types of playhouses in town: there are the smaller ones aimed at the 0-4 crowd with lots of toys, maybe a few indoor playground equipment and the bigger ones with the bouncy castles where there is endless opportunity to jump and bounce about till they are ready to drop. All these places normally offer to host your kids ‘ birthday parties too.
As always I have divided the list by Buda and Pest and included an info section if I or Jasmina had personal experiences with the place.
Cím: 1016 Budapest, Meszaros u 18. (Entrance from Roka utca)
Phone: 06 20 555 55 60
To get there: Bus 105 to Krisztina ter and walk.
Address: 1026 Bimbó u. 148.
Phone: 06 (30) 897-3757
Info: Daycare and Playhouse
Address: 1024 Budapest Lövőház utca 1-5.
Phone: 06 1/345-8512 Mobil: 06-70/391-1482Kolyokpark in Mammut
Info: Spacious playhouse that caters for up to 12 yrs. Smaller area for toddlers too. Good option in Buda while out shopping. Weekday afternoons are pretty busy in there.
Address: 1025 Budapest, Törökvész út 46/D
Info: MikkaMakka is more of a childcare place, but it can also be used as a play house for kids. Situated in district 2 it is offering lots of joy for youngest, as well as the educational programmes.
Address: 2. district, in MILLENARIS Park, Kis Rokus utca behind Mammut mall
Phone: +36 20 504 5511
Info: Latest addition to the the Buda playhouses in the 2000 m2 Fogado building in Millenaris Park. Also hosts the Buda branches of the Sugar Shop (designer cake shop) and Gipszkorszak (Plaster Age) activity centre
Address: 1036 Bécsi út 38-44.
Phone: 06 (1) 437-8279, 06 (30) 415-6067
To get there: Szepvolgyi ut HEV stop
Address: 1037 Bécsi út 262.
Phone: (1) 240-2056
To get there: Bus 260 or 218 from Arpad-hid
Address: Hengermalom út 19, 1117 Budapest
Telephone: 06 1 203-3022
Info: Elevenpark is a huge place in district 11 suitable for kids of all ages, and you should plan the visit for longer than an hour or so. Kids will have lots of fun there. Some of the things we liked here: climbing tower, bungee trampoline rebounder, electric mini cars, rope park, bubble hill, crocodile, huge slide, air hockey, climbing pyramid, trampoline and soft shooter.Elevenpark
Address: 1117 Kopaszi gát 9.
Phone: (20) 436-4124, (20) 436-4528
- Regiojatek playhouse in ALLEE mall, 2nd floor
Address: Október Huszonharmadika utca 8-10.
Info: It’s very cheeky but this playhouse is within a fairly big toyshop and kids up to 12 yrs will find things to do. It’s a good option while you are out shopping. Take a look at their site for your specific needs, I suggest you read this guide to make your decision.
To get there: last stop of tram 4
Address: Mom Park Shopping Centre, Alkotas ut 53, 1st floor
Info: Mom Park Mall badly needed a playhouse for a while now to cater for those trendy Buda families, this playhouse is very pleasant, not too crowded and probably best suited for the pre-schooler age, separate room for birthday parties and gated off area for the small ones.Mom Park Playhouse
Address: BUDAPEST 1126 , Agárdi u. 14/a.
Phone: 06 30/9487-271
- Campona Kalandpark Játszóház
Address: 1222 Nagytétényi út 37. (In the CAMPONA mall)
Phone: (1) 424-3201
- Mazsola Játszóház – CLOSED DOWN
Address: Budapest, VI kerület, Nyugati tér (formal Skala Metro department store, 2nd floor opposite Nyugati train station.
Info: The best place in the city for proper role play, where kids can try out different professions, they can be hairdressers, Tv presenters etc etc. Aimed for 5+. It’s a little pricey for 2500 per kid plus a 1000 for adult so it’s worth counting with a day out.
To get there: M3 metro and 4/6 tram to Nyugati station
- Playhouse in Westend Mall
Address: Vaci ut/ Nyugati ter
Info: Westend Mall put up a small playhouse over the Christmas period last year which was originally on the 2nd floor, this has now moved to the lower ground floor and is located next to the SPAR supermarket.
Address: “F” courtyard of Gozsdu passage (1075 Budapest, Király utca 13 – Dob utca 16). 2 mins walk from Deak ter metro
Info: The playhouse stocks several hundred types of plaster pieces of different shapes, sizes and themes that are ready to be painted by children, of ages 3-14. They also do birthday parties
Address: Brody Sandor utca 2, 1088 Budapest
Phone: 06 1 266 0616
Info: Kacifant is another popular playhouse in downtown Pest aimed at the 0-4 crowd. It is equipped with great toys, and is true recommendation of Budapest moms, as it hosted the ‘Budapest Moms’ baby group for a year. It is now a full-time daycare till 4pm so the Playhouse can only be used in the afternoon where there is also a great selection of group activities.
To get there: M2 metro to Astoria or M3 to Kalvin ter. If you are on the 4/6 tram route, you can get off at the Rakoczi ter stop and walk in on Brody Sandor utca, it’s a 6 mins walk from there.
Address: 1094 Budapest,Thaly Kálmán utca 16-18. Entrance from Gát sétány
Info: This new playhouse in district 9 is the latest playhouses close to downtown catering for the 0-4. Really nice playroom with a good selection of toys from babies to the older ones, a wooden castle structure with stairs up and slide down, underneath with massive children kitchen. Big bonus is the adults corner with comfortable sofa. No stairs to building itself which is a great bonus for the buggies. 5 mins walk from 4/6 tram Mester utca stop. Also organises several classes from ballet to singing.
1097 Budapest, Könyves Kálmán u. 12-14. 1. emelet, 159
To get there: Tram 1 to Mester utca, Tram 21 from Mester utca/ Korut to Lurdy Mall
Info: Spacious playhouse with bouncy castles, a huge slide and separate area for the smaller ones. Small cafe to get sandwiches and drinks.
Address: 1137 Budapest Pozsonyi út 36.
Phone: 061- 780-2128
Info: A well known small playhouse in Ujlipotvaros (walking distance from Jaszai Mari ter 4/6 tram stop for the 0-4 yrs kids. I always found it very small and the toys to be a little worn out so only been twice, but it organises many classes for children as well as a mini-daycare during the week.
- Szöcskevár Játszóház
Address: 1134 Lehel utca 6.
Phone: (1) 436-0030, (20) 344-7668
- Grübedli Játszóház
Address: 1135 Fáy u. 91/c
Phone:(1) 783-9355, (70) 314-0368
Info: Grubedli is a playplace in the XIII district with a very nice offer of toys and enjoyment for the kids. It offers specific programmes. We recommend you to call them before you go there.
Address: 1146 Állatkerti krt. 6-12.
Phone: (1) 460-9510, (30) 639-3009
Info: This is a great playhouse with separate areas for toddler and older kids. It has a discount if you buy a combined ticket with the Zoo. Small cafe inside.
To get there: M1 metro to Szechenyi bath
Address: Récsei Center, 1146 Budapest, Istvánmezei út 6.
Info: A nice new playhouse close to downtown near Keleti train station. Aimed from toddlers to older kids, there is a good enough cafe right next to the play-area so you can sip your latte while you watch the kids. They also do nice pizzas.
- Sugár Játszóház (in Sugar mall next to IKEA)
Address: 1148 Örs vezér tere 24.
Phone: (21) 252-5349
- Aprónép Játszoda
Address: 1161 Batthyány u. 49.
Phone: 06 1 405-3958, 06 20 513-2557
Address: 1173 Budapest, Kaszáló u. 47
Info: Kaland park is a more than a suitable place for kids of all ages, not only the little ones! It is placed in the XVII district It can be a fun place for the whole family. Lots of interactive games, slides, climbing places, places with balls. Kids will have tons of fun there, and our suggestion is to plan to spend more than an hour there. Great weekend fun!
- Mókasziget Játszóház
Address: 1173 Pesti út 237. (Home Center)
Phone: 06 (70) 408-6467,06 (70) 398-0986
- Kisvakond Játszóház
Address: 1186 Gilice tér 44.
Phone: 06 (1) 290-7041
- Gyermekvilág Játszókuckó
Address: 1182 Hargita tér 4.
Phone: 06 (20) 434-4873
- Tengerkincs Játszóház
Address: 1182 Hargita tér 14.
Phone: 06 (1) 631-1919, 06 (30) 984-7676
- Kackac Playhouse (in Koki Terminal Shopping Mall, end of M3 metro line)
Address: KÖKI mall, 2nd floor, 1191 (XIX. kerület), Vak Bottyán út 75/C.
Info: Opened in 2009 when this new mall opened, Kackac claims to be one of the biggest playhouses catering for the 0-12 crowd, with the biggest climbing wall for kids, different rides, bouncy castles and even a special indoor sandpit area for kids. Also its cafe has hot food too and has separate rooms for birthday parties.
Outside of Budapest
Address: 2010 Pallag utca 28.
Phone: 06 (20) 404-9159
Info: I have been to Fellegvaros to attend a family birthday party for a 10 yr old and the place is massive, it’s in a warehouse and it literally has everything from bouncy castles to climbing frames to everything. Though it is mainly targeted at older kids, they thought about a smaller gated area with a small version of everything for the toddlers.
Address: 2120 Dunakeszi, Nádas út 6
Telephone: 06 20 472 3921
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday from 9.00-20.30, Sunday from 9.00-19.3
Peter Pan is a playhouse inspired by the fairytale of Peter Pan and his friends. It
is designed to resemble Peter Pan’s island, so that you can experience adventures
of this child hero. It is worth the travel, the whole family including older kids can enjoy it.
Pomaz (before Szentendre)
Address: Bihari Janos u. 1, Pomaz, 2013
Phone:(30) 577 2872
Info: Brand new playhouse with lots of activities till the age of 12. Also caters for birthday parties, there are 2 or 3 separate birthday party rooms that are decorated nicely. The place has activities for the tiny ones all the way to the big ones (they have a separate area that has a billiard table, ping pong table and even Xbox.) And what’s really great is they have healthy food at the snack bar/restaurant, not just the usual junk food!