If you are looking for an inexpensive, but fun place for a playdate try Ai-Port in Aoyama. Ai-Port is run by Minato-ku as a multi-purpose community facility. There is a good indoor/outdoor play area, childcare facility and child-raising advice center.
The indoor play facility is one large room divided into three play areas with toys for babies to six years.My two-year-old had a great time in the playhouse area. There is also an enclosed playground with jungle gym equipment and tricycles at Ai-Port.
If you want to bring lunch, the facility has a nice area where parents can sitwith their kids and eat an obento. Ai-Port also offers various child and parent classes during the week such as ballet and yoga. There are also a few mom only classes for cooking. Class materials are available at the front desk in Japanese, but the staff can explain to you in basic English. Ai-Port also offers temporary and emergency nursery services, but you must speak to the Ai-Port Center for details.
Next rainy day, make a playdate and have fun at Ai Port in Aoyama.
Address: 2-25-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Open Monday – Saturday from 10:00am to 4:30pm (closed Sundays)
Cost: 500 yen annual fee for Minato-ku residents, 1,000 yen annual fee for non-Minato-ku residents
Access: 5 min walk from Gaien-Mae Station or 8 min walk from Aoyama Station
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Ai-Port Play Center
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