It’s certainly nice and – somewhat- cool in Saigon at the moment. But man that rain! So where to take your kids when it’s raining all day? We had the same question, so we made a list of more than 10 fun indoor kids activities for you in Ho Chi Minh City!
Indoor activities for kids in Saigon
The benefit of ever changing Saigon is that new activities keep popping up. So aside from the known Saigon kids activities, you can add these indoor play areas to your kids activity routine:
Yay a kids cafe
Bama kids cafe has a pleasant set up for parents and children. You can chill on the lounge seats while having your kids in sight. We would say children up to 5-6 years can play here, but from then, other playgrounds like Joy Max or Just Kidding are better options!
Kids Cafe Lilliput is a great and convenient place to take smaller kids to on free parts of the day.
Active indoor kids activities
Kids of various ages will enjoy the small playground in the Estella Place, complete with slide and a water play area. You’ll need to spend at least 100,000 VND per child to get entry, but that won’t be too hard with the shops nearby and the huge Annam Supermarket downstairs.
If your offspring is at least 4 years old, they might like the climbing wall next to the Estella playground. It’s great fun and only 80,000 VND for 10 climbs. Older kids will like Timezone, also on level 4.
Talking about climbing: Saigon Outcast has a new and improved climbing area and it looks fantastic. Not unimportant, you can enjoy a cold drink at the seating area while the kids try out their skills. Not completely indoors but covered enough for that rainy day.
Indoor fun activities for bigger kids
Here’s one you wouldn’t think of doing in a tropical city like Saigon: take your kids ice skating! On the 5th floor of the Vincom mega mall in District 2 is the amazing Vincom Ice Rink. It’s a cool haven, so you’ll need a sweatshirt and long pants. Try going during the week, because attempting to make a 3 turn on the ice is more fun when you don’t bump into hundreds of other people trying to figure out how to skate. Need a change of scenery? Check out the ice rink at Land Mark 81.
Get active and go bowling
It’s not how you roll, it’s how you bowl! Who doesn’t love an indoor active afternoon of bowling, accompanied by friends? And you know you have to giggle every time you put on those goofy shoes. It just doesn’t get old! Superbowl Vietnam in District 1 makes all of the above happen- enjoy!
Jumping on a trampoline is a winner for both you and your kiddo: it’s a great work-out for you and for your mini-me it’s some seriously good fun! The Jump Arena located in District 2 and District 7 has 650 square meters of interconnected trampolines. If you’ve had enough but your child hasn’t? No worries, go upstairs and chill while letting the young ones jump up and down for a little bit longer.
Indoor Kids Activities For Creative kiddies
VinSpace Art Studio has top-notch art workshops for both adults and children and is located in District 2. If you think your mini-me doesn’t have the same finesse as van Gogh, you’ll be surprised what they are capable of with the right material and guidance! Our kids have been here numerous times and loved it- be sure to try it out.
Or take the kids on a 3D adventure! At the Artinus 3D museum in District 7, three-dimensional fun is guaranteed with more than a 1000 original 3D paintings. For those who like original profile pics on their Facebook page or what’s app account- there are many, many options here. Visiting from 5 years and up is recommended.
Recovering activities for the parents 😉
After all these playgrounds, ice skating, bowling, pony rides and go-karting, we recommend three things. One, book a 90-minute massage at Villa Aesthetica. Two, book at dinner for you and your hubby at Sorae or Anan and third, top it off with G&Ts at The Social Club!
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Kids Cafe Lilliput on the groundfloor of The Vista An Phu is a Korean franchise with its first opening in Saigon. This place is just great. Easy on the eyes with soft colours, soft music, nice snacks & drinks and a fun playing area for kids. You don’t have to worry having to eagle-eye your kids all the time, because they are within sight, what a relief. For lucky little girls, there’s even a small spa on the playground where they can have their nails polished.
Age: From 3 years
Saddle up! The Saigon Pony Club is a horse riding school in Ho Chi Minh City, located in District 2. They offer horse riding lessons and clinics for children and adults of all ages. The French owners are trained instructors and take the well-being of their 4-legged beauties at heart. There are daily pony rides excepts for Wednesdays. Could be the perfect way for your mini-me to explore if there’s a gaucho hidden inside him or her!
Click on the address to see it in Google maps.
4th floor, 41 Duong 41, D2
Age: 6 months – 5 years
When you have young kids, it can be hard to find the right place to connect with other parents. At the BaMa Café this issue is solved! You can meet other parents, have a coffee and relax, all while your child is having fun playing with other little ones. The best part is that your precious yet untamed toddler is always in sight so you get to enjoy some real down time by chilling on one of the lounge cushions. A win-win if we do say so!
15 Tong Huu Dinh, D2
Age: 1 – 6 years
Jaspas in District 2 – is it an outdoor play area for kids or is it a really nice place to hang out and enjoy good food? Yay, it’s both! Jaspas has put some serious thought in the details. The outdoor area is covered so no worries about rain or sun, your little ones are always in sight and the food is yummy. Also, for people who come without kids, the indoor space has a super nice interior. And they do birthday parties too. Good job Jaspas!
32 Tran Ngoc Dien, D2
Age: 1 – 8 years
A favorite amongst our kids who like climbing the wooden playhouse and playing in the sandpit! For us parents, it’s nice that we can keep an eye on them while having a drink and choosing from a menu that’s interesting for adults as well. There’s also an area for anyone who didn’t bring any mini-me’s and doesn’t want to be bothered with anyone else’s. Now that we come to think of it, the only real downside at Snap is the toy store at the entrance…
Age: 6 months – 6 years
Tini World is a huge indoor playground with different types of play areas. It has various locations throughout the city. We recommend going with little ones from 6 months onwards to about 6 years. It’s worth knowing that it can get very busy on weekends. Kids tend to love it, parents tend to get a bit overstimulated… Good option to spend some time on a rainy afternoon.
39 Xuan Thuy, D2
Age: 6 months – 6 years
Just Kidding is a bit of a mix between a playground and a fair, which is great fun. It has an indoor playground with slides and climbing areas and upstairs a baby play section for the little ones. Outside you’ll find a karting track, train rides and a big swing like you would see on a fair. We’ve taken our kids a few times now and they just love it. Choo choo!
218 Nguyen Van Huong, D2
Age: 2 – 8 years
Need your mini-me’s to wear off a bit of that energy? Joy Max is a compact indoor playground where kids can blow off some steam. It’s also a café where parents can catch up on work or enjoy a juice or two. The French fries are always a hit and not only with the youngsters.
63 Ha Noi highway, D2
Age: 6+ years
Foam Pit, Super Slam, Leap of Fate; yep, you are in Jump Arena! This 650 square meters of interconnected trampolines welcomes all adults and children from 6 years old (or younger if an adult is jumping with them). Such a hit in District 2 that they just opened another venue in District 7. Great to take your kids to on a hot afternoon or when they need to let off some steam. Don’t forget to put on your Jump socks, unfortunately regular socks won’t do, but you can buy them there.
99 Nguyen van Huong, D2 | email@example.com | 0916917496
Age: 5+ years or 120cm and up
There’s enough choice here in Saigon for entertaining the little ones. Let’s Move is certainly a popular addition. You can easily have a few fun filled hours here. And this is coming from a mom who would do anything to delegate the indoor playground shift. But the go-karting is awesome and so are the bikes and indoor playground. Also good for birthday parties. Note: the Facebook page seems to be offline at the moment, but the venue is still open.
4th floor, Diamond Plaza, 34 Le Duan, D1
Age: 8+ years
Superbowling indeed! What to expect? 24 lanes, modern equipment, fried chicken wings & lots of fun. Footwear and socks can be rented so don’t worry about bowling a strike wearing Havaianas. Great to go with a bunch of families or on a rainy Sunday.