When you are planning your activities with your kids, the weather seems to play a big role! If you’re looking for a place for your child(ren) to have fun and burn off some energy, this resource is packed with indoor play area ideas. Whether it be a chilly day, a rainy day, or a too hot to play outside day- Columbus has an abundance of options!
From indoor playgrounds, to museums, play cafes, trampoline parks, we certainly have it all! A number of these options are free as well. Be sure to bookmark this guide as it will quickly become your go-to list to keep your kids engaged and entertained all year long and especially during those long winter months!
Indoor Play Areas
Features: A spacious play area with playground equipment, trampolines, basketball and more. They offer pay-to-play times and charitable play on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am – 11 am for $2 per child.
Address: 484 W Olentangy/Powell Road, Powell, OH 43065
Website: Recreations Outlet
Galaxy Games & Golf
Features: a three-story, 3500 square foot indoor playground (socks are required) and exciting arcade games.
Address: 3700 Interchange Rd, Columbus, OH 43204
Website: Galaxy Games & Golf
KidsGym Playland at Magic Mountain (Polaris)
Features: A play area where kids can climb that has interactive elements for children under 58 inches (socks required), arcade games. Check out the $5 Fun Day Special that runs through March and other promotions here: Special Deals.
Address: 8350 Lyra Drive, Columbus, OH 43240
Website: Magic Mountain
Features: The play area is perfect for children 9 and younger; featuring multiple slides and plenty of room to play and (of course) yummy ice cream. Bring socks or they have them for sale. FREE!
Address: 2555 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
Website: Grater’s Scoops and Chutes
Fun in the Jungle
Features: Play Jungle, Arcade, Mini Bowling and a Virtual Reality Center. The Play Place consists of two areas, one for toddlers and one for older children. The toddler area includes a soft play zone and a small climbing structure with a tunnel and a slide.
Address: 345 McGill Street, Sunbury, Ohio 43074
Website: Fun in the Jungle
We Rock the Spectrum
Features: A safe, nuturing, and sensory friendly environment for infants through 13 years of age. Gym equipment, arts and crafts area with beading and painting as well. The gym includes swings, crash mats, zip lines, trampolines, indoor play structure, and sensory-based toys.
Address: 1250 E Powell Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Website: We Rock the Spectrum
Central Park Playground
Features: FREE open play on Thursdays and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. with slides and climbing tunnels.
Address: 471 E. College Ave., Westerville, Ohio, 43081
Website: Central Park Playground
Features: Open play with tunnels and slides. Sock must be worn and there is story hour on Tuesday. You can register online beforehand to save time! There is a spot to get coffee inside too 🙂 FREE!
Address: 4770 Hoover Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Website: Naz Playplace
Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Features: Weekly story times with play cave, room with turtles, frogs and other water creatures, puppets and a climbing structure. FREE!
Address: 505 W. Whittier St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
Website: Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Vineyard Community Center
Features: Open for play from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ages 4-11) FREE!
Address: 6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Website: Vineyard Community Center
Westerville Community Center
Features: A free indoor playground that includes a slide. The large climbing wall is opened limited hours and has a fee. Check out the details here: Zenith Climbing Wall. The indoor pool is open for residents and non-residents and has a lazy river, slides, fountains, shallow play area and more. Find out more about hours and pricing here: Watering Hole.
Address: 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43082
Website: Westerville Community Center
Features: Laser tag, zero gravity inflatables, and a huge arcade. The Gahanna location also offers a trampoline park. Read more about all the fun here: Lazer Kraze
Lewis Center Address: 459 Orange Point Dr., Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Gahanna Address: 5524 N Hamilton Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Website: Lazer Kraze
Features: Extreme laser tag that is designed for ages 8 and up and has different urban themed arenas and over 50 missions.
Address: 100 Dillmont Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Website: Coliseum X
Features: Jump Arena, Slam Dunk Zone, and Dodgeball.
Address: 1220 County Line Road , Westerville, Ohio 43081
Website: Rockin’ Jump
The Bounce Club
Features: Open jump, fit jump workout classes, and jump and tumble classes. Bounce socks are required and cost $3. You can bring them back each time you come!
Address: 3967 Presidential Parkway, Powell, Ohio 43065
Website: The Bounce Club
Features: Various open jump times and also deals with Tree of Life Play Cafe that is connected to this trampoline park.
Address: 3708 Fishinger Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43026
Website: Get Air
Features: Foam Pit, Trampoline Park with freestyle bouncing and dodgeball.
Address: 459 Orange Point Dr. E, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Website: Sky Zone
Features: You can purchase 30 minutes at a time to jump at this trampoline park. They also have Homeschool Hop, Sensory Nights, and Special Needs Jump.
Address: 5746 Chantry Drive, Columbus, Ohio, 43232
Website: Trampoline Xtreme
Bounce Houses & More
Features: 5 inflatables, sports arena and dual slide, obstacle courses, bounce fun house, as well as carnival games and green screen technology.
Address: 591 Hill Road N., Pickerington, Ohio 43147
Website: Blue Monkey
Features: Open play times during the holidays and school observance days. This spot has an array of bounces houses and inflatable slides, obstacle courses, interactive activities and air hockey.
Address: 535 Lakeview Plaza Blvd. B, Columbus Ohio 43085
World of Bounce
Features: Gigantic inflatables to entertain you! $5 Mondays and also Family Night on Wednesday that includes pizza for everyone for $35.
Address: 5354 N. Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43230
Website: World of Bounce
Peapod Play Cafe
Features: Life-sized play sets that include an ice cream truck, tea house, and kitchen for children who are walking- age 7. Locally roasted coffee for parents too!
Address: 4874 Thompson Road, New Albany, Ohio 43230
Website: Peapod Play Cafe
Features: Educational play and dramatic play areas designed to entertain a variety of age groups. They also offer a soft spot for crawlers, a variety of classes, and drop off options as well.
Address: 2501 E Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209
Firefly Play Cafe
Features: Their space if geared towards kids aged 6 years and younger. Play scooters, bounce house, magnets, train table just to name a few!
Address: 4822 N High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Website: Firefly Play Cafe
Tree of Life Play + Cafe
Features: Multi level tunnels, a ball pit, slide and interactive floor games. You can also jump at Get Air for toddler hour on Tuesday and Thursday and have admission to the play cafe for $10.
Address: 3708 Fishinger Rd. Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Website: Tree of Life Play + Cafe
Features: Located on Hilliard’s Main Street in an old white farmhouse lives a cute little coffee shop with a free play area in the back building for family and friends to enjoy a great cup of coffee while the little ones play.
Location: 4004 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026
Website: Coffee Connections
Dave & Buster’s
Features: Load up a power card and play your favorite games! Plenty to do for adults too and a restaurant to eat at.
Polaris Address: 1554 Polaris Parkway Unit 206, Columbus Ohio, 43240
Hilliard Address: 3665 Park Mill Run Dr, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Website: Dave and Buster’s
Level One Arcade
Features: Travel back to the 80’s with their legendary game choices! Check the hours that children are allowed.
Address: 130 Hutchinson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Website: Level One Arcade
16 Bit + Bar
Features: 40 classic games with hours during the day that are appropriate for kids.
Address: 254 South 4th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Website: 16 Bit + Bar
Chuck E. Cheese’s
Features: Lots of arcade games for all ages.
Address (3 locations): 2711 Martin Rd, Dublin, OH 43016 | 3631 Soldano Blvd.Columbus, OH 43228 | 4284 MacswayColumbus, OH 43232
Features: Central Ohio’s only interactive theater specializing in escape games – and the only location to feature three truly immersive escapes (15 and older).
Address: 4310 North High Street Columbus, Ohio
Features: Depending on the room you pick you get to be either a Crime Scene investigator, Ghost Hunter, or and Archaeologist exploring a newly discovered Mayan Temple! 12 and older.
Address: 1625 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
The Chamber Escape Room
Features: Live puzzle game! 8-13 must have an adult present in the room.
Address: 1495 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Website: The Chamber Escape Room
Sports & Fitness
Star Lanes Polaris
Features: 20 state of the art lanes and game room to keep the kiddos entertained!
Address: 8655 Lyra Drive, Columbus Ohio 43240
Website: Star Lanes Polaris
Tin Pin Alley in Hilliard
Features: The newly renovated space is amazing! Bowling, Bocce, arcade games, delicious food and Laser Tag fun for the family! Check out the daily specials: Ten Pin Alley Specials
Address: 5499 Ten Pin Alley, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Website: Ten Pin Alley
Pins Mechanical (Dublin and Downtown)
Features: Foosball, Pinball, Duckpin, Ping-Pong, and Shuffleboard. Lots of fun for all!
Columbus Address: 141 North 4th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Dublin Address: 6558 Riverside Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Website: Pins Mechanical
Address: 650 Windmiller Dr., Pickerington, OH 43147
Website: Rule 3
Plain City Lanes
Features: 10 Lane Bowling Center with great pizza packages!
Address: 325 S Jefferson Ave. Plain City, Ohio 43064
Website: Plain City Lanes
AMF Sawmill Lanes
Features: Video walls inside of 52 lanes, free wifi, and arcade so that good times can be had by all!
Address: 4825 Sawmill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Website: AMF Sawmill Lanes
Features: Bowling, mini golf, and a variety of gaming options.
Address: 215 W Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43230
Website: Gahanna Lanes
Be sure to check out our list of Free Bowling too! Summer Fun: Free Bowling
Features: Premier glow putt mini golf course on your own safari.
Address: 161 Granville Street, Gahanna, Ohio
Website: Glow Putt
Features: Black Light Miniature Golf
Address: 1558 W 3rd Ave. B, Columbus Ohio 43212
Website: Miner 49er
Climbing, Gymnastics and Fitness
Features: Elite obstacle courses, ninja warrior training, and kids camps and open gym (ages 5-12)
Address: 400 Lazelle Rd. #4, Columbus, Ohio 43240
Website: Movement Lab
Features: For rock wall climbers of all levels with bouldering walls, tug-o-war, and kids fitness programs.
Address: 717 Hadley Drive, Columbus, Ohio
Website: Kinetic Fitness
Features: Gymnastic classes for ages 1-12, along with open gym, kids day out programs, and toddler playdates.
Address: 2460 Wood Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43221
Website: Wendy’s Gymnastics
Ice & Roller Rinks
Skate Zone 71
Features: Roller and Inline Skating, Lasertag, special guest character appearances and many family events!
Address: 4900 Evanswood Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Website: Skate Zone 71
Features: Hockey, Public Skating, Figure Skating, and Friday Night Meltdown for teens!
Dublin Address: 7001 Dublin Park Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43016
Easton Address: 3600 Chiller Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Chiller North Address: 8144 Highfield Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Features: Premier Skating and entertainment center.
Address: 4357 Broadway Ave., Grove City, Ohio 43123
Website: Skate America
United Skates of America
Features: Family skates, arcade, and live DJ.
Address: 3362 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43232
Website: United Skates of America
Goldfish Swim School
Features: Small class sizes, focus on swim safety, lessons, family swims that are open to the public, and clinics.
Westerville Address: 765 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Dublin Address: 6175 Shamrock Court, Dublin, Ohio 43016
Website: Goldfish Swim School
Westerville Community Center
Features: see the details above in the indoor playground area section
Worthington Community Center
Features: The zero entry leisure pool area is great for children and includes a kiddie slide and play toys. There’s also a lazy river, 110-foot slide and large hot tube. Check out the day rates and schedule: Worthington Indoor Pool
Address: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Website: Worthington Community Center
Features: Electric carts on challenging courses- must be 12 years or older.
Address: 4050 W Broad Street, Columbus Ohio 43228
Website: Buckeye Raceway
Grand Prix Karting
Features: Racing, Tactical Laser Tag, Escape rooms (ages 8-adults)
Address: 1300 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Website: Grand Prix Karting
Mannino’s Grand Slam
Features: Lessons, Leagues, Camps and open Batting Cages
Address: 6635 Dublin Center Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Features: 6 indoor batting cages with top of the line machines.
Address: 6796 Thrush Drive, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
Website: Strike Zone
Crafts & Artistic Activities
Color Me Mine
Features: Drop in art studio. Pick your ceramic piece, paint it, they fire it and pick up in a week!
Address: 6375 Perimeter Drive, Dublin, Ohio
Website: Color Me Mine
Art with Anna
Features: Grown-up Art and Me Classes, Kids camps and classes
Address: 420 N Cassady Ave, Bexley, Ohio, 43209
Website: Art with Anna
PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday
Features: Open playgroups on Tuesday and Thursday, art classes, craft nights, creation stations and splatter room!
Address: 7227 N High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Website: Party Like It’s Your Birthday
Canvas Creations for You
Features: Painting Studio for kids too! Rent the studio or they come to you!
Address: 325 South Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
Website: Canvas Creations for You
Elements Art Studio (Aprons and Easels)
Features: Painting Classes and Private events for adults and kids!
Address: 5512 Hilliard Rome Office, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Website: Elements Art Studio
Lakeshore Learning (free crafts on Saturdays)
Features: Free crafts every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Address: 2148 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43240
Website: Lakeshore Learning
Home Depot Kids Workshops (1st Saturday of the month)
Features: Kids and DIY Workshops 1st Saturday of the Month
Address: Numerous Locations in Columbus
Website: Home Depot
Mall Play Areas
Polaris Fashion Place
Features: Zoo themed play area that is enclosed for kids.
Address: 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43240
Website: Polaris Mall
The Mall at Tuttle Crossing
Features: STEAM based play area with science scramble, techno tunes, wonder wall, computer based art gallery, and tile table.
Address: 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd. Columbus, Ohio
Website: Tuttle Mall
The Shops at Worthington Place
Features: Smaller play area with tree based slide and climbing. Soft grass for crawling toddlers.
Address: 7227 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43085
Website: Worthington Mall
Easton Town Center: The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit (Now through March 25, 2018)
THE WIZARD OF OZ Educational Exhibit is a journey of self-discovery for the whole family! Guests travel from the Gale Farm to the colorful Land of Oz, where they explore Munchkinland, The Crossroads, The Witch’s Castle and The Emerald City before heading back over the rainbow to Columbus, because, of course, “There’s no place like home.”
Address: Located on the second floor of Easton Station Building
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Friday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Admission to this Educational Exhibit is FREE to the public.
Website: Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit
Features: Dynamic Hands-on Science Center with a variety of exploration rooms for all ages.
Address: 333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
Ohio History Connection
Features: Dig into Ohio’s past with hands-on experiences.
Address: 800 East 17th Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43211
Website: Ohio History Connection
Franklin Park Conservatory
Features: A botanical landmark with plant collections and gardens and seasonal art and nature-based exhibitions.
Address: 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio43202
Website: Franklin Park Conservatory
Columbus Museum of Art
Features: Beautiful works of art and hands-on playing in The Wonder Room for kids. Free on Sundays!
Address: 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Website: Columbus Museum of Art
Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center
Features: Stroll through a restored 1908 fire station. There’s a play area for kids.
Address: 260 N. Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215-2511
The Works (Newark)
Features: Ohio Center for history, art, and technology just a short drive away!
Address: 55 S. 1st Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
Website: The Works
There are several FREE Nature Centers in Columbus that have indoor play areas and many of them host story times. Each of them are a bit different but check back soon because we have an upcoming post that highlights a few of them.
Battelle Darby Creek
Location: Battelle Darby Creek
Website: Blacklick Woods
See pictures and read more about the play area here: Blacklick Woods
Highbanks Metro Park
Location: Lewis Center
Website: Highbanks Metro Park
Location: near downtown
Website: Scioto Audubon
Classes & Enrichment
Features: Unique educational classes that focus around movement and active play!
Address: 8645 Sancus Blvd. , Columbus, Ohio 43240
Website: The Little Gym
Gymboree Play & Music
Features: Activities to develop cognitive, physical, and social skills for children as they play. They have play and learn classes, art classes and music classes.
Address: 1364 Cherry Bottom Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43230
Website: Gymboree Play & Music
Features: Open gym times for toddlers and school-age children. They also offer a variety of gymnastics and tumbling classes.
Address: 8181 Business Way, Plain City, Ohio, 43064
Website: Integrity Athletics
Features: Open Gym, stay and play classes, monthly clinics, and camps at this interactive gym!
Address: 710 Cross Point Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43230
Website: Gym Skills
Be sure to check out our guide to Rec Center Roundup: Toddler Edition for a list of local open gyms!
Features: The Story Garden features characters from classic children’s literature, such as Cinderella, Corduroy and Humpty Dumpty. It also has the Three Bears Cottage, where children and parents can find a chair that’s just right for reading. There’s a case full of blocks, trucks and other little toys to play with.
Address: 2280 Hard Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Grandview Heights Library
Upper Arlington Library (Main)
Features: Kids can romp in their small play area while you shop.
Address: 1900 Ikea Way, Columbus, Ohio, 43240
Pottery Barn Kids
Features: Toys out for play on both sides of the store along with story hour on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Address: 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43420
Website: Pottery Barn Kids
Barnes and Noble
Features: Storytimes on Saturdays, train tables and lots of books to explore.
Address: Many Columbus Locations
Website: Barnes and Noble
United Art & Education
Features: Small play area in the front of the store with blocks, magnets, and toys along with things to play with throughout the store.
Address: 3622 Fishinger Road, Columbus, Ohio 43026
Website: United Art & Education
City Salt Spa
Features: Kids play in the giant “sand” box for 45 minutes while they experience a salt treatment.
Address: 218 W Main St Plain City, Oh 43064
Website: City Salt Spa
Locations: Play area at Sawmill Road and Polaris Parkway.
Locations: 3 Locations in Columbus
Locations: Several Locations in Columbus
Locations: Play area at Sawmill Road Location and Perimeter Loop.
Locations: Dublin and Upper Arlington have small play areas with books, play food, and cars with seating nearby.
Take a little drive and check out these indoor play areas:
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (Dayton)
Little Buckeye Children’s Museum (Mansfield)
Mighty Children’s Museum (Chillicothe)
AHA! Children’s Museum (Lancaster)
When you feel like heading outdoors, be sure to check out the spectacular playgrounds that Columbus has to offer- Parks that Spark Imagination, 10 Parks to check out this Spring, or Get outside in Delaware County! Wherever the weather takes you and your family, we hope it’s full of fun and smiles!
Be sure to confirm the information with the business website as specials, hours and pricing can change.