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.

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.

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

When will Smiley open to the public?

UPDATE: Smiley is scheduled to open by April 6th, pending a few things, but it’s looking good!

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.

What is the website or Facebook page for Smiley?

It’s coming soon!

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! in the same center as Monkey Joe’s (closing for good on April 14).

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 socks.

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. Children ages 2-3 years old pay $9.99 admission (plus socks) and parents are free. Socks are $3 per pair.

Do I need reservations?

As soon as the Smiley website is launched, 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!

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