Smiley Indoor Ocean Playground and Virtual Reality

Something big has been brewing in the Indianapolis Indoor Playground scene and it’s about to open up to the public. SMILEY has been a dream of the Zheng’s, a local Fishers family and now it’s come to life in the Castleton area. We have answers to all of your questions below. We’re pretty certain that you’re going to skip those free indoor playgrounds for a season and check out the newest addition to our Indy Indoor Places to Play Guide. You might even think about hosting your next children’s birthday party here.

Smiley Indoor Playground in Indianapolis

You won’t find bounce houses at Smiley, the newest indoor play land to hit Indianapolis like a ton of fun in a plastic ball pit, but you will find EVERYTHING else. I’m not even exaggerating when I tell you that Smiley is filled wall to wall with fun and games for the whole family.

Picture a giant ball pit with more square footage than the average family home and in that ball pit there are slides, teeter totters, spinny-go-round things, a scoop that kids can fill with balls and operate with a button so that it dumps down on top of them and so many other things that don’t even have names. There’s also a mini rock wall climbing area with a foam pit below.

If your little ones are a bit hesitant to wade or swim through the massive ball pit, there’s an obstacle course climber playground in the same room. Kids can operate ball cannons, slide down the super slide and ride on automated rides. Smiley is quickly becoming a really fun place for kids to play on a rainy day.

Take a little break in the restaurant/snack stand area, you deserve it! They’re serving up pizza, wings and more, plus our favorite, Thai rolled ice cream! If you don’t know what this is, you HAVE to make sure you order some while you’re here, and watch it being made, it’s an art. With free wifi, this is also a great place for parents to work while kids play.

Smiley Indoor Playground Pricing

Age 3 – 10 Years Old
Monday – Friday:
$12.99/one hour
$15.99/1.5 hours
$18.99/2 hours
$28.99/All Day Pass
Weekends & Holidays:
$14.99/one hour
$20.99/1.5 hours
$28.99/2 hours

Age 2 & Under
Monday – Friday:
$8.99/one hour
$11.99/1.5 hours
$14.99/2 hours
$23.99/All Day Pass

Weekends & Holidays:
$10.99/one hour
$15.99/1.5 hours
$21.99/2 hours

Adults accompanying a child age 2 and under are free, but must purchase Smiley socks. Adults accompanying a child age 3-4 years old are $5.99 ($6.99 on weekends) and must purchase Smiley socks.
Smiley grip socks (required) $3.00
Locker Rental ($10 deposit or ID) $3.00. (Package includes Room1, Room2, Ocean Edge, Wall & Floor Games, Hot Blocks, and Bear VR for $0.25 )

Included in your admission are playground one (the ball pit) and playground two (the climber area) and several other rooms of fun! There’s an interactive wall and floor room where kids can play games that are projected onto the floors and the walls, some of them are even situated above a ball pit where kids can throw the balls at the wall to wipe out birds or stack stars. It’s a lot of fun and much easier for little ones than the typical video arcade game.

Another added element is in the interactive SNOW room. That’s right, one of the interactive games takes place on the floor of an area that’s covered with artificial snow. The snow feels cold and squishy beneath your bare feet and it’s awesome! Kiddos will scoop up ocean virtual animals with little buckets and place them in the correct spaces in the game.

Next up is the LEGO and construction room. Kids can visit various play stations and create and build things using GIANT LEGO bricks, Duplo blocks, LEGO bricks and other fun constructing pieces. This low key, low tech room is great for taking a breather after running wild in the indoor park areas.

There’s also a small area with some virtual reality games just for little kids. Think of it as an into to VR.

Virtual Reality you ask? Well, the other side of Smiley is a virtual reality gamer’s dream! Several VR experiences are a part of the Parallel World part of the Smiley business and it’s a must do for teens and adults. Groups of gamers can rent out VR pods and play their favorite games in this fun environment (think karaoke rooms but for virtual reality gaming). There are even large private rooms for rental for a premium virtual reality gaming experience.

Smiley Indoor Playground Hours

Monday 10AM–10PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10AM–10PM
Thursday 10AM–10PM
Friday 10AM–11PM
Saturday 9AM–11PM
Sunday 11AM–9PM

How will they clean all of those balls in the ball pit?!

Smiley Indoor Play Place has three ball washing machines in house that clean 4000 balls at a time. In addition, their staff has been and will continue to be trained to properly clean and sanitize all areas.

What is the age limit for the Smiley indoor playland?

The playground age limit is ages 2-10 years old. There is a small area just for 2-3 year olds and one of the parents can play with 2-3 without purchasing a ticket.

Where is the Smiley Indoor Playground?

Smiley is located at 5729 East 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana in the same shopping center as Monkey Joe’s and right next door to Outback Steakhouse.

What are the hours for the Smiley Indoor Play Place?

Smiley isn’t open yet, but when they do open around April 6th, their hours will be Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. & Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Can adults just come play at Smiley Indoor Playground?

This is an all ages facility and there are so many things to do at Smiley. The Parallel Worlds Virtual Reality center is made specifically for teens and adults. Adults can play with their kids too.

What’s the bathroom like at Smiley?

There are changing tables in both the women’s AND men’s bathrooms! Also, there are small washing stations for your little ones too! I mean, the Zheng family has thought of everything!

Does Smiley host birthday parties?

Yes! In fact, they have a dozen Indianapolis birthday parties already booked and they aren’t even open yet! There are three private part rooms that host up to 50 people and they are exquisite!

Do I need special socks for Smiley?

Yes, like many of the local play places, you’ll need to purchase socks with a rubber grip at Smiley for $3 each. And no, you cannot use your SkyZone or Kids Planet or DefyIndy or Urban Air

How much is admission to Smiley?

You can purchase admission in three packages, a one hour session, a two hour session and a full day pass. Admission for one hour is $15 and the other passes are comparable to admission at other family amusement centers.

Do I need reservations?

It is recommended that you reserve your time online before showing up. Walk-ins are welcome as long as capacity hasn’t been reached.

When do we get a Smiley on the south side?

Don’t worry, the south side hasn’t been forgotten! As soon as Smiley is up and running on the north side of Indianapolis, there are plans to open another location on the south side. Things are already underway!

Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll make sure I answer everything!

5729 East 86th Street

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  • 99 thoughts on “Smiley Indoor Ocean Playground and Virtual Reality”

    1. How will they sanitize and keep it clean? Looks fun but looks like a breading ground for a lot of illnesses.

    2. We would be interested in booking a party but how do we contact them if they don’t have a website or Facebook page?

    3. Would you consider having a couple of hours/week for the special needs community that would consider the “child’s” cognitive age?

    4. Hi. My sons are 17 and severly autistic and is mentally at a preschool level. Will you have any special needs days that would allow them and others with special needs to enjoy the ball pit regardless of age?

    5. Will there be an option to rent out the place for a birthday party just for your party, with no other guests.

    6. How accommodating are you to special needs children ASD and wheelchair access abilities sensory disorders??

    7. I’m hoping to bring my daughter and a few friends there on Sunday the 14th to celebrate her bday (no need for a bday room) when will I be able to reserve for us all to come?

    8. Hi, I do respite care and although the girl I care for is 19, she functions at a 2-3 year old level. Will there be opportunities for those with disabilities to enjoy this amazing experience?

    9. Ball pits to me SCREAM germs so I was curious if there is/will be an adequate way of sanitizing everything in the play area?

    10. Alaejcia mcintyre

      Do Smiley have a number ? Or can you send me the link to book a Birthday party for April 14th? I can’t be reached at 317-4782687 or my email

    11. Hello, thank you so much for the article. I was wondering if you knew how people are booking parties when they don’t have a website or Facebook page set up yet. Thank you for your time.

      1. Hi Katrina, They welcome you to stop by and pop in to make a reservation. Phone lines/website/etc will be available once they have the all clear to open up!

    12. Will they have a day for special needs kids? Could an older special needs kid play in the ball room for younger kids?

        1. Is it open to the public without reservation? I want to bring my kids tomorrow for mother’s day and can’t get ahold of anyone

    13. It mentions people have already made reservations for Smiley Indoor Ocean Playground. How do I make reservations?

    14. Was wanting to know if how I sign up to have my daughters 1st birthday here? I would love to be able to have her first party here with all her cousins and her birthday is May 3rd but would like to have it May 4th if possible. Thank you.

    15. How much are 2 hour sessions and all day sessions? Will there be a frequency card where you can pay up front for a reduced per visit fee? Will there be a loyalty program?

      1. I cant see teens paying $15 for only virtual reality? They need a shorter time than by the hour and thus price say 30 mins for $7.50

    16. Will you be opening this week? We are coming from out of town and would like to inquire about tickets. Thank you

      1. The owner said people could stop by and he would be there. Once they are open, you’ll be able to call or reserve online. I have heard they are fully booked for the next few months.

    17. This is ridiculous.there isn’t even a phone number to call for people like us that live over an hour away.We want to try to see about bringing the grandkids on Sunday for my grand daughters bday but we will just go elsewhere since I can’t call to ask questions .

    18. Just a btw – they are open to the public but only on week days . They have been booked on weekends and will not let additional children in .

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