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Guide to Indoor Play Areas in Columbus

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

Indoor Playgrounds

Recreations Outlet

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

Graeters 

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 

Naz Playplace

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 

Indoor play-area at the Naz Grove City

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

Lazer Tag

Lazer Kraze

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 

Coliseum X

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 

Trampoline Parks

Rockin’ Jump

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 

indoor play areaGet Air

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

trampoline parkSky Zone

Features: Foam Pit, Trampoline Park with freestyle bouncing and dodgeball. 

Address: 459 Orange Point Dr. E, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 

Website: Sky Zone summer camp

Trampoline Xtreme

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

Blue Monkey

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

SuperGames

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 

Website: SuperGames 

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 

Play Cafes

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 indoor play area

Piccadilly

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 

Website: Piccadilly

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 

indoor playground

Coffee Connections

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

Arcade Games

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

Escape Rooms 

Trapped 

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 

Website: Trapped 

Lockology

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 

Website: Lockology

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

Bowling Alleys

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 

Rule 3

Features: 14 bowling lanes, mini-bowling, arcade and restaurant. In the summer months, there is live music on the outdoor stage on Friday and Saturday nights.

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 

Gahanna 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 

Indoor Golf

Glow Putt

Features: Premier glow putt mini golf course on your own safari.

Address: 161 Granville Street, Gahanna, Ohio 

Website: Glow Putt 

Miner 49er

Features: Black Light Miniature Golf 

Address: 1558 W 3rd Ave. B, Columbus Ohio 43212 

Website: Miner 49er

Climbing, Gymnastics and Fitness

Movement Lab

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

Kinetic Fitness

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 

Wendy’s Gymnastics

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 

roller skating rinkThe Chiller

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 

Website: Chiller 

Skate America

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 

Swimming

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

Go Carts

Buckeye Raceway

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

Batting Cages

Mannino’s Grand Slam

Features: Lessons, Leagues, Camps and open Batting Cages 

Address: 6635 Dublin Center Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017 

Website: Mannino’s 

Strike Zone

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 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 

indoor play areaThe 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


Museums

COSI

Features: Dynamic Hands-on Science Center with a variety of exploration rooms for all ages. 

Address: 333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215 

Website: COSI 

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

Website: Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center

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 


Nature Centers

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

Blacklick Woods

Location: Reynoldsburg

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

Scioto Audubon

Location: near downtown

Website: Scioto Audubon


Classes & Enrichment

Little Gym

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


Open Gyms 

Integrity Athletics

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 

Gym Skills

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!


Libraries

Northwest Library

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 

 
 
Old Worthington Library 
Features: Bookingham forest features characters from classic tales and has a variety of play items such as Magnatiles, blocks, a dollhouse, and puzzles. 
 
Address: 820 High Street, Worthington, Ohio, 43085 
 

 

Bexley Library

Features: Large play area in the lower level with a variety of interactive toys and puzzles. 
 
Address: 2411 East Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209 
 
 

Grandview Heights Library

Features: Train table, doll houses, building toys, fish tanks, and a variety of hands-on toys. 
 
Address: 1685 West First Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212 
 
 

Upper Arlington Library (Main) 

Features: A specific area for kids to explore in through puzzles, magnetic toys, kitchen and felt boards. 
 
Address: 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio, 43221 
 
 
 
Hilliard Library
 
Features: Train Table, Puppet Theater, Puzzles and Magnet Board. 
 
Address: 4772 Cemetery Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026 
 
Website: Hilliard Library 
 
 
Columbus Main Library
 
Features: An impressive area for kids with a school bus, large open space for playing, and a variety of story times. 
 
Address: 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43215 
 

Retail Businesses

Ikea

Features: Kids can romp in their small play area while you shop.

Address: 1900 Ikea Way, Columbus, Ohio, 43240 

Website: Ikea

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


Restaurants

Chick-fil-A

Locations: Play area at Sawmill Road and Polaris Parkway. 

Chuck E. Cheese

Locations: 3 Locations in Columbus 

McDonald’s

Locations: Several Locations in Columbus 

Burger King 

Locations: Play area at Sawmill Road Location and Perimeter Loop. 

Whole Foods

Locations: Dublin and Upper Arlington have small play areas with books, play food, and cars with seating nearby. 


Further Distances

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. 

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