Indoor

  • COSI
  • Mall Play Areas (Tuttle, Polaris, Worthington)
  • Explore, play or attend a FREE daily activity event the newly reopened Disney Store at Polaris Mall.  Here’s a link to my blog post with more details.
  • Recreations Outlet
  • Graeter’s Ice cream Play area (or factory tour)- Bethel Road
  • Tinker (Hilliard)- A really cool space for kids to build and explore with lots of possibilites.  Tinker Tots has classes on Tues/Thurs morning and afternoons.  You can reserve a spot or walk-in if there is space.  For older kids there is Open Tinker Time, Camps and Workshops.
  • Three D Centers (Hilliard)- tons of drop-in classes that you pay for per class (no deposits)- classes range from $3-$15 per class.
  • Open Gym (Dublin Rec Center)- check schedule
  • Toddler Theater (Abbey Theater at the Dublin Rec Center)- select Wednesdays
  • Magic Mountain (Toddler Thursdays $2.50 10am-2pm for unlimited play in KidsGym)- Labor Day- Memorial Day
  • Home Depot Kid Workshops (FREE)- select Saturdays from 9am-12pm
  • Aquarium Adventure (Dublin)- visit this store to look at fish, stingray, touch pool, turtles, etc.
  • Indoor Play Places
    • Lattes & Lollipops (Powell)- indoor play area where you can go in with your kids or sit and enjoy coffee or other treats and have the workers supervise your kiddos. You can easily see your children but it is sometimes nice to have work time, meet a friend or catch up on your favorite blog!
    • Little Skipper’s Play Cafe (Hilliard)
    • Little Green House Play Cafe (Grandview) Mon-Fri 9-4
    • Eat Play Love Play Cafe (Lewis Center)
    • Firefly Play Cafe
    •  Zen Kidz (Westerville)
    • Peapod Play Cafe (Gahanna)
    • Piccadilly (Bexley)- indoor playspace and classes
  • Indoor Mini-Golf (Glow in the dark)
  • The Jungle Gymnastics Adventure Center (Delaware) – open play on Tues & Sat from 10am -12pm
  • Library Story Times (Check out the Story Garden at the Northwest branch!)
  • Ice Skating (Chiller)
  • Roller Skating
  • Community Pool (Dublin, Worthington, Westerville)
  • Pottery studios (Color Me Mine in Dublin)
  • Galaxy Games and Golf (3 level fun gym where parents can join, arcade games, mini golf)
  • Arcade Game Places
    • Chuck E Cheese
    • Dave and Busters (Hilliard and Polaris)
    • KDB (Easton)
    • Galaxy Games and Golf
    • Magic Mountain
  • Franklin Park Conservatory
  • Central Park Playland (in a Church in Westerville)
  • Playplace in Church of Nazarene (Grove City)- climbing wall, two-story tunnels, air hockey.  There is a cafe for snacks and lunch but you may not bring food inside.  Peanut free zone! Opens most days at 10am but check their calendar for specific times.
  • Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center (Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-4pm) $6 adults, $5 seniors $4 children- free parking in driveway
  • Gymboree class (Gahanna)
  • Young Chefs Academy (Gahanna)
  • Watch planes from the OSU Airport Observation Tower (open to the public 7am-11pm)
  • See a show at Columbus Children’s Theatre
  • Lakeshore Learning Center (often has free crafts on Saturday afternoons)
  • Fort Rapids
  • Sky Zone Trampoline Park
  • Inflatables
    • SuperGames (Worthington)
    • World of Bounce (Gahanna)
  • Brickz Art and Science Studio (Marysville) classes are offered for different age levels.  Check their schedule here.

Columbus Surroundings

  • The Works (Newark)- discount for COSI Members
  • Dayton Area- read my blog post HERE about the 3 places below
    • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery- discount for COSI Members
    • National Museum of the United States Airforce (FREE)
    • Scene 75
  • Mansfield Area
    • Little Buckeye Children’s Museum- read all about it by clicking on my blog post HERE