Smiley Indoor Playground & Arcade | An Epic Day of Indoor Fun

Smiley Indoor Playground & Arcade | An Epic Day of Indoor Fun

There’s an entirely unique indoor playground in Castleton with the largest ball pit EVER, ball cannons, trampolines, interactive wall screen games, a sand pit, virtual reality, an arcade, and several birthday party rooms. It’s hard to describe Smiley Indoor Playground & Arcade because there isn’t anything like it. But we’re pretty certain that you’re going to skip those free indoor playgrounds for a season and check out the latest 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 & Arcade

You won’t find bounce houses at Smiley Indoor Playground & Arcade, the newest indoor playland to hit Indianapolis, 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. Strap in for an epic day of indoor fun!

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. Kids can operate ball cannons, play trampoline basketball, slide down the super slide, and ride on automated rides. There’s also a mini rock wall climbing area with a foam pit below.

Little boy jumping on giant trampoline in a ball pit in an indoor play place in Indianapolis, Indiana called Smiley.

If your little ones are a bit hesitant to wade or swim through the massive ball pit, there’s a cordoned off area with an obstacle course climber playground and merry-go-round in the same room. There is a little submarine with tiny movements that can fit several children at once. You can also find a rice pit playground with dump trucks, pails, and sand toys that can occupy a child for hours! Smiley is quickly becoming a really popular fun place for kids to play on a rainy day.

The best part about Smiley is that you can bring the whole family. I know children of all ages will have a blast from babies to teenagers. The older kids can often be found on the virtual side. This area has interactive projection screens on the floor and up on the wall which you can play by either stepping on the virtual bugs or throwing balls at targets on the screens. My older son could spend his entire time on this side. There are also legos, virtual reality games, and an entire giant arcade in the back room.

Take a little break in the restaurant/snack stand area, you deserve it! They’re serving up pizza, wings, cajun seafood, mac and cheese, soft pretzels, fried rice, chicken tenders, 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.

There is plenty of seating in the cafe area (which still has a view of the entire main play area), in booths, on stools overlooking the ballpit, and on comfortable couches and massage chairs on the virtual side. 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 – Thursday:
$15 / one hour
$20 / 1.5 hours
$25 / 2 hours
$29 / All Day Pass
$8 / 1 Adult to Assist 3 Year Old
Weekends & Holidays:
$17 / one hour
$23 / 1.5 hours
$28 / 2 hours
$33 / All Day Pass
$9 / 1 Adult to Assist 3 Year Old

Age 2 & Under
Monday – Thursday:
$12 / one hour
$16 / 1.5 hours
$20 / 2 hours
$24 / All Day Pass
FREE / 1 Adult to Assist
Weekends & Holidays:
$14 / one hour
$19/ 1.5 hours
$24 / 2 hours
$29 / All Day Pass
FREE / 1 Adult to Assist

*Smiley grip socks (required) $3.50
*One adult accompanying a child aged 2 and under is free but they must purchase and wear Smiley socks. Adults accompanying a child aged 3 years old are $8 ($9 on weekends) and must purchase and wear Smiley socks.
*Locker Rental (with a $10 deposit or ID) $3.50
*Pricing subject to change, please visit the Smiley website to confirm current prices

Included in your admission is the massive ball pit, climber and ball launcher area, little kids area, trampoline basketball, slides, jungle gym, and several other rooms of fun! The interactive side is also included with the virtual floor and wall screens where kids can play games that are projected, some of them 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 rice room. That’s right, one of the interactive games takes place on the floor of an area that’s covered with millions of grains of rice. This room has formerly been the snow room and the sand room, so they may rotate the exact sensory experience but whichever one it is when you go, be prepared for your child to want to stay for a really long time!

Next up is the lego and construction room. Kids can visit various play stations to create and build using GIANT LEGO bricks, Duplo blocks, lego bricks, magnetic tiles, wooden blocks. 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 intro 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 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.

Host a Birthday Party at Smiley Indoor Playground

The most fun will be had at a Smiley birthday party! Choose from Mermaid/Ocean Quest, Dino Land, Outer Space, or The Future theme rooms. Each party comes with party supplies, table settings, pizza, pitchers of drinks, and special gifts for the birthday boy or girl. Admission for all children in the package for two hours is included. Customize your party with balloons, themed party supplies, and more on Smiley’s website. You can also host a party at a table in the cafe, which is priced per person.

Smiley Indoor Playground Hours

Monday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

*Hours subject to change, please visit the Smiley website to confirm current hours of business

Smiley Indoor Playground Q & A

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

Smiley Indoor Playground 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 age limit for the playground with the ball pit 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 year old without purchasing a ticket. There is no age limit for the other areas including virtual reality and the arcade.

Where is the Smiley Indoor Playground?

Smiley is located at 5729 East 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana next door to Outback Steakhouse and behind the Castleton Square Mall.

What are the hours for the Smiley Indoor Play Place?

Smiley is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 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 four bathrooms (two in the front and two in the back) and there are changing tables in both the women’s AND men’s bathrooms! Also, there are small washing stations for your little ones too! Since kids will be wearing only socks, a rack of slippers are outside of each bathroom to wear into the restroom. I mean, Smiley has thought of everything!

Does Smiley host parties?

Yes! There are four different private party rooms that host up to 50 people and they are exquisite! You can also host a party at a table in the cafe, rent out the whole center, or bring a field trip group.

Do I need special socks for Smiley?

Yes, like many of the local play places, you’ll need to purchase socks with a rubber grips at Smiley for $3.50 each. And no, you cannot use your Kids Planet or DefyIndy or Urban Air socks.

How much is admission to Smiley?

You can purchase admission by time: a one-hour session, a one and a half hour session, a two-hour session, and a full day pass. Admission for one hour on a weekday for children ages 3 and up is $15 and the other passes are comparable to admission at other family amusement centers. I’ve found great deals on Groupon to help save on the cost of admission!

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.

Find even more indoor play places on Indy with Kids. Or play at a free indoor playground. Stuck at home? Take your pick from these 100+ indoor fun ideas to do with kids. Looking for a place to hold a children’s birthday party in Indianapolis? Check out our Indy Birthday Party Guide.

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  • 99 thoughts on “Smiley Indoor Playground & Arcade | An Epic Day of Indoor Fun”

    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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