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 an abundance of indoor play areas! 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!

Places to play inside in ColumbusIndoor 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 $4 per child.

Address: 484 W Olentangy/Powell Road, Powell, OH 43065

Website: Recreations Outlet


Features: Two Locations! Indoor playground featuring play area, trampoline, rock wall, activity room, party room, motion sensing interactive play. $15 per child and each additional child is $10. Must wear Momiland socks (new in 2022) and outside snacks without peanut butter are allowed in the snack areas. A third location will be opening in Gahanna soon! Very clean play space!

Polaris Address: 704 Radio Drive Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

Hilliard Address:3681 Park Mill Run Dr Hilliard, OH 43026

Website: Momiland

Graeter’s Lil Pints Play Area 

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: 2136 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220

Website: Lil Pints Play Area

We Rock the Spectrum

Features: A safe, nurturing, 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 Mondays 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This spot has slides and climbing tunnels and is lots of fun!

Address: 471 E. College Ave., Westerville, Ohio, 43081

Website: Central Park Playground 

Naz Playplace

Features: Open play with tunnels and slides. You can register online beforehand to save time! There is a spot to get coffee inside too. 🙂 FREE admission! 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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 on Thursdays 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 

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

Laser Tag

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

Ten Pin Alley

Features: An under the sea theme with coral reefs that glow. (Also bowling, arcade games and a restaurant.)

Website: Ten Pin Alley

Trampoline Parks

Rockin’ Jump (Two Locations: Dublin and Westerville) 

Features: Jump Arena, Slam Dunk Zone, and Dodgeball.

Westerville Address: 1220 County Line Road , Westerville, Ohio 43081

Dublin Address: 5625 Shier Rings Rd, Dublin, Ohio 43016

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 (Two Locations: Hilliard and Pickerington) 

Features: Various open jump times and also toddler times on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays form 10 a.m. – 12 noon. 2nd Location in Pickerington.

Hilliard Address: 3708 Fishinger Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43026

Pickerington Address: 1075 Hill Rd. N Pickerington , Ohio 43147

Website: Get Air

trampoline park

Urban Air (Two locations- Reynoldsburg and Plain City) 

Features: Endless play memberships, warrior course, virtual reality, and much more!

Reynoldsburg Address: 6314 East Livingtston Ave. Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

Plain City Location:7679 Dublin Plain City Rd, Dublin, OH 43016

Website: Urban Air

Bounce Houses & More

Blue Monkey

Features: New Location! Inflatables, sports arena and dual slide, obstacle courses, bounce fun house, as well as carnival games and green screen technology.

Address: 13260 National Rd. SW Etna, Ohio 43068

Website: Blue Monkey

Play Cafes

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

Scene 75

Features: 200 + arcade games, laser tag, go karts, ride a roller coaster, inflatables and more!

Address: 5033 Tuttle Crossing Blvd. Dublin, Ohio 43016

Website: Scene 75

Roller Coaster ride!

Go Cart Racing at Scene 75

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: Lots of classic games with hours during the day that are appropriate for kids. After 8 pm it is 21+.

Downtown Address: 254 South 4th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dublin Address: 6564 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH 43017

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 Macsway, Columbus, OH 43232

Website: Chuck E. Cheese

Escape Rooms


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: 86 Village Pointe, Powell, Ohio

Website: Lockology

The Breakout Room 

Features: Play the top Columbus escape rooms. For 60 minutes, experience 5-star immersive entertainment with friends and family, escape normal life, and be the hero of the story. Explore an island, find the kidnapper, restore ancient relics to their rightful owner. Each Breakout location has unique challenges.

Address: 835 Grandview Ave.

Website: The Breakout Room

Sports & Fitness

Bowling Alleys

Star Lanes Polaris

Features: 20 state-of-the-art lanes and a 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, Easton, 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

Easton Address: 4117 Worth Ave. Columbus Ohio 43219

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 

Bowl-ero (formally 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: Bowlero 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: 7086 Huntley Rd.,  Columbus, Ohio 43299

Website: Movement Lab

Ninja Citi 

Features: 12 ninja courses, 5 warped walls, parkour arena, rock wall, adult & youth ninja training, and much more!

Address: 2620 Sawmill Place Rd. Columbus, Ohio 43235

Website: Ninja Citi

The Jungle Gymnastics

Features: The Jungle Gym Adventure Center in Delaware is Central Ohio‘s most unique gymnastics and parkour facility with rock climbing, ropes, slack line and more. Open playtime every Tuesday and Saturday 10 AM till 12 noon for $5- $10 per child.

Address: 755 Highway 23 N A Delaware, Ohio 43015

Website: The Jungle Gymnastics Adventure Center

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 


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

Lewis Center: 7838 Green Meadows Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

Website: Goldfish Swim School

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

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

Batting Cages


Features: Batting cages, classes, camps, birthday parties

Columbus East: 650 Taylor Station Road- Suite B, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Columbus North: 459 Orange Point Drive-Suite E, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

Website: D-BAT

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 

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

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 

Virtual Reality

Sandbox VR

Features: Groups of up to 6 can select an exclusive world that makes you feel like you are really in that experience.

Address: 6737 Longshore St, Ste. 130 (Bridge Park in Dublin)

Website: Sandbox VR

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



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. Amazing outdoor space too!

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 is just a short drive away!

Address: 55 S. 1st Street, Newark, Ohio 43055

Website: The Works 

Other World

Features: Immersive Art Gallery with mystery and mixed reality playgrounds.

Address: 5819 Chantry Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232

Website: The Other World

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Nature Centers

There are several FREE Nature Centers in Columbus that have indoor play areas and many of them host events! Many metro parks have new playgrounds in 2023 as well!

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 Grove

Location: near downtown

Website: Scioto Grove

Classes & Enrichment

Little Gym

Features: Unique educational classes that focus on 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!


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

Website: Bexley Library

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

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



Locations: Play area only at Sawmill Road

Chuck E. Cheese

Locations: 3 Locations in Columbus


Locations: Several Locations in Columbus: be sure to check their website for open play areas near you!

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 for these indoor play areas.