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!

inside play spotsIndoor 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: 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 trampoline socks and outside snacks without peanut butter are allowed in the snack areas.

Address: 704 Radio Drive Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

Website: Momiland


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


Graeter’s Lil Pints Play Area (New Location 2019) 

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


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 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 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 (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

Features: Various open jump times and also deals with Tree of Life Play Cafe that is connected to this trampoline park. 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 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 


Urban Air

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

Address: 6314 East Livingtston Ave. Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

Website: Urban Air


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


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


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 $12.99 with their jump and play combo.

Address: 3708 Fishinger Rd. Hilliard, Ohio 43026

Website: Tree of Life Play + Cafe

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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

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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 Macsway,  Columbus, OH 43232

Website: Chuck E. Cheese


Escape Rooms


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 



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 Breakout Room 

Features: Live puzzle game!  8-13 must have an adult present in the room.

Address: 1495 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229

Website: The Breakout 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


Ninja Citi (New in 2019) 

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


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 


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


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 


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 



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 


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 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!


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
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


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




Locations: Play area at Sawmill Road and Polaris Parkway.

Chuck E. Cheese

Locations: 3 Locations in Columbus


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 for these indoor play areas.