Best Indoor Play Spots for Big Kids {Ages 9-12} | Fargo-Moorhead

Looking for play spots for your big kids ages 9-12? Here are some things to do to get out of the house and meet up with friends, no matter what the weather brings!

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Check out our listing of 10 local spots that include active play, escape rooms, arcades, bowling, and more!

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Favorite Play Spots in Fargo for Kids Age 9-12

1. Clues & Keys Family Escape Rooms

Clues & Keys Family Escape Rooms offer escape rooms that are great for kids ages 9-12 to play with friends and family. Their rooms give players a chance to work on communication, problem-solving, and collaboration, all while playing and having fun. They design the rooms so that it takes different logic sets to solve the rooms. This gives everyone a chance to shine!


You can get $4 off each ticket with a group of 4 or more Friday to Sunday at Clues and Keys or any time at Puzzled Escape Rooms with the promotion code TWEENS. Use THIS LINK to book at Clues and Keys or THIS LINK to book at Puzzled Escape Rooms and enter the code upon checkout!


Clues & Keys is offering the rate of $20 per person when booking 4 or more players on a Monday to Thursday, no promotion code necessary.

2. Courts Plus

Their playground area is huge! With seven levels, there’s ample opportunity for big kids to climb and explore. Check out the Courts Plus website for more on pricing and hours. Plus, they have lots of youth programs for both members and non-members, as well as open gym hours.

3. Ninja Gyms

Conquer Ninja

This gym specializes in ninja training and obstacle adventure course race training. Their open gym is a great opportunity for kids to check it out and get into the physical, exciting, and fast-paced action on the ninja obstacle course!

Four Star Ninja Academy

A ninja warrior-style training facility with obstacle training, Four Star Ninja encourages running, jumping, and climbing. It gives kids a chance to burn energy and build strength.

4. Fargo Climbing

Check out the newest climbing spot in town! They have 4,000+ square feet of climbing surface, 200+ linear feet of wall, 120+ routes, and 18” of heavy duty foam landing surface.

5. Skate City

Skate City provides open skating for all ages. It features the largest skating floor in North Dakota along with an arcade and snack bar! Check their website for current hours and information on upcoming events.

6. Sky Zone

This large indoor trampoline park has lots of options for fun! Activities include freestyle jump, ultimate dodgeball, a drop zone, and basketball hoops.

7. Tactical Action Gaming

This is the spot for adventure and a little friendly competition. There is both an indoor Nerf sports arena and a tactical laser tag arena. And they now offer GellyBall, it plays like paintball but without the ouch (for ages five and up). Book your reservation on their website.

8. Bowling

You can find a list of bowling alleys in our Indoor Play Guide! With five bowling alley options in the Fargo-Moorhead area, there are plenty of locations for big kids to take on their friends, and try to get that elusive strike.

9. Replay Games

Located in Downtown Fargo, this video game store and arcade provides kids with a chance to buy, sell, trade, rent, or play new and retro video games. And they also have over 600 board games, 10 gaming PCs, and two virtual reality systems!

10. Clay Your Way

An opportunity to get artistic! Clay Your Way is a paint your own pottery studio offering pottery projects, glass fusing, canvas painting, and splatter painting. Staff provide ideas and demonstrations to get the creative juices flowing.

11. Havoc House

This new spot in town offers splatter painting and a gel blaster arena big kids will love to play in. Just be ready for them to get messy! Find out more on their website.

12. Rustad Rec Center Open Gym & Turf

The Rustad offers open gym and turf times throughout the week! They update their calendar weekly on their website, so make sure to bookmark that page and check back regularly to find an open gym time.

Check out our Monthly Events Guide or Indoor Play Guide for more things to do with kids in Fargo & Moorhead!

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Leah is a true Midwesterner: born in Minnesota, educated at the University of North Dakota, and living in Fargo since 2009. She has a degree in English and spent years working as a paralegal. Leah is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Andrew and Sammy. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and getting a good workout in. She loves learning, music, art, coffee, the oxford comma, and is continually pursuing the elusive goal of having an organized home.


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