Getting a case of cabin fever? We know the winter months are hard for parents with little kids who have seemingly endless amounts of energy. In an effort to help you maintain your sanity through the colder months we have created a great list of winter play places in, and around, Columbus to help you get their wiggles out. We have compiled a list of both free and pay-to-play activities to entertain and thoroughly exhaust even the most energetic child, big or small. Enjoy!
World of Bounce
1649 Gateway Circle
Grove City, OH 43123
If your kids are wound up and need to get the wiggles out, this is the place to take them! World of Bounce is giant room filled with inflatable slides, houses, climbing walls and more, is a wonderland for kids of any age. Open play hours change from week to week because they are scheduled around private parties. Visit the website before you make the trip to check the open bounce times for the week.
Wednesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
333 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
The Center of Science and Industry is a sure to entertain both children and adults. Little Kidspace is a perfect play space for the 6 and under crowd. You can play at the indoor water tables or do countless hands on activities throughout the museum. COSI is hours of fun for the whole family.
Westerville Community Center Open GymMondays and Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
Rate: $3 per child (cash) Treehouse: Free
When it’s too cold or rainy to play outside, the Westerville Community Center offers open play to children of preschool age and younger. There are lots of ride-on toys, mats, and a variety of other engaging toys for the three and under crowd. There is also an indoor tree house play gym for ages 9 and under that has slides, things to climb, places for mom to sit and keep an eye on the kids and this part is free admission to the public. There is also an indoor pool that is more like a full blown water park and a rock-climbing wall for the adventurous ones.
Monday-Thursday 10:00am to 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday11:00am to 9:00pm
8350 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240
5890 Scarborough Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43232 (614) 892-3335
Magic Mountain has a variety of indoor and outdoor activities such as; Mini Golf Game, Go-Kart Ride, Laser Tag Session, KidsGym Climbing Playland. It is also a popular birthday celebration place, but few parents know there are plenty of special days and pricing mid-week for families. Each site has its own set of specials and promotions, such as Toddler Thursdays at the Polaris location and Friday Family Nights at the East location.
Columbus Museum of Art JPMorgan Chase Center for CreativityMonday: Closed
Tuesday-Wednesday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Friday-Sunday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
480 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Located downtown, the newly redesigned Wonder Room located on the first floor and is designed for kids 3-14. There are several hands-on at activities including fort building and making sculptures out of magnetic parts. You can climb in the treehouse, build a cardboard tree or imagine and play in costume. The Big Idea Gallery is where you can play like an architect and build buildings with blocks or play like an artist and build a masterpiece sculpture. Kids big and small will love getting to imagine, explore and discover the Center for Creativity.
Graeter's Scoops and Chutes Play AreaMonday through Thursday 10am-10pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-11pm
2555 Bethel Rd
Columbus, OH 43220
It doesn’t get any better than an indoor play place that has ice cream. You can play for hours and get a free factory tour of the Columbus based ice cream company. It also has a private party room for all birthday party activities.
The Mall at Tuttle Crossing Space Themed PlayplaceMonday to Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm
5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd,
Dublin, OH 43016-1537
This space themed play place is fun for kids 42 inches and under. Take a break from shopping and let the kids ride in a spaceship or jump over the moon. There is plenty of comfortable seating for parents to watch from nearby.
Polaris Mall Columbus Zoo Themed PlayplaceMonday through Thursday 10am - 9pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-9:30pm
1500 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, OH 43240
Polaris Mall has a Zoo themed indoor play space for kids 40 inches and under. Kids can play in the tree house, slide down a zebra or jump on a hippo. Great place to spend a few hours when it’s cold and rainy.
All locations. Most libraries have fabulous kids areas where you can play and read to your child. There are also many great different storytime programs for the under 6 crowd. Visit the website to find times and locations
Monday- Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 noon - 6 p.m.
9842 Brewster Lane
Powell, Ohio 43065
Get creative at Marcy’s Clayground. On the second Monday of each month, the pottery studio hosts a Mommy and Me Paint Pottery class, where themed pottery making follows storytime. Cost is $7, plus the cost of your project. Be sure to wear old clothes or bring a change of clothes. The program is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 5, although most 2-year-olds won’t make much more than a mess. A similar program is offered on Saturdays for working parent.
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
Closed all major holidays
Rate: $6-8 (2 hours)
484 W. Olentangy/Powell Road
Powell, Ohio 43065
This is an indoor showroom for playsets that allows you to play on all the products they offer. There are trampolines, playsets, slides, basketball and much more. Play passes for weekends are offered via membership.
Westerville Christian Church Central Park Playland:OPEN PLAY HOURS Open to public | Free admission
471 East College Avenue
Westerville, Ohio 43081 614-891-6842
Inside of the Westerville Christian Church is an indoor play climbing structure that is open to the public. Best for kids 6 and under. There is plenty of seating for parents. Socks are required. There is a café across the lobby where you can grab a snack.
8144 Highfield Drive
Treehive Café & Play PowellMon & Fri 9AM–9PM
Tue - Thur 9AM–6PM
1 Hour: $9, 2 Hours: $15, 3+ Hours: $21
Monthly Rates Available
337 W Olentangy Street
Powell, OH 43065
Grange Insurance Audubon CenterTuesday-Friday,10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
505 W. Whittier St.
The Grange Audubon Center, downtown has a small indoor play room with costumes, a climbing structure and cave. Also has a library of books for various ages, and room is full of windows with viewing of many bird feeders with microphones on bird feeders project into the room so you may hear all the birds.
Monday-Friday 6pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday 9am to 2pm
Sunday 1:30pm to 5:30pm
6000 Cooper Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081
The Vineyard Community Center in Westerville is a Free two story playground with climbing and sliding for ages 4 through 11. There is also a "Noah's Ark" area for ages 3 and under.
Mon, Tues, Wed: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am – 8pm
Friday: 9:30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 12:30pm
2501 E Main St,
Bexley, OH 43209
Piccadilly in Bexley is a modern indoor playspace for children 18mo-5yrs. They have open play and also structured classes (registration required), Explorers club (parents morning out) and parents date night. Wifi and healthy food options are offered on-site, as well as coffee.