Indoor Activities for Teens and Tweens in Columbus

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Columbus has a lot of businesses with activities and classes that are geared towards older children but chances are you aren’t familiar with some of them. I’ve compiled a list of fun things for teens and tweens to do in Columbus. Out of the house adventures are good for everyone! *Many of these places require waivers and have special rules that need to be followed for minors. Be sure to visit each site directly for updated information and policies.*

Indoor Ideas for Teens and Tweens

  1. Go rock climbing in a wonderful indoor facility.
  2. Test out some parkour or ninja warrior skills with a class or open gym time.
  3. Run around and play laser tag.
    • Lazer Kraze has two locations: Lewis Center and Gahanna that each offer additional things to do besides laser tag. Check out the specials at Lazer Kraze and our review.
    • Ten Pin Alley (a two-story arena with an underwater theme)
  4. Play glow-in-the-dark miniature golf.
    • Glow Putt in Gahanna is safari-themed.
    • Miner 49er near Grandview resembles an old west mining town.
  5. Hit golf balls at Top Golf. The bays are temperature controlled with an opening so the balls land outside. In cold weather, you will want to wear a jacket. Guests under 16, or under 18 by 9 p.m. must be supervised by an adult.
  6. Go swimming. Many community centers have day passes available to purchase.
    • The Worthington Community Center has a great pool with a lazy river, waterslide (smaller waterslide in the kiddie area) and lap pool. Be sure to check the open swim hours. In addition, there is open gym during certain hours and another room has ping pong tables available to use.
  7. Show off your artistic skills.
  8. Jump around at a trampoline park.
    • Big Bounce in Grove City offers Saturday Night Teen from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    • Get Air has an evening geared towards fun for the older crowd. Club Air is on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    • Rockin’ Jump in Westerville has a dodgeball area, slam dunk zone, ninja course, climbing wall and lots of jumping space.
    • Sky Zone has an overnight event coming up called Lock-In.

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      Rockin’ Jump
  9. Lace up the skates and hit the ice.
    • Ohio Health Chiller has a few locations with public skate- Dublin, Easton, Lewis Center and the Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena.
  10. Go bowling.
    • During the summer months, be sure to sign up for the Kids Bowl Free program. It’s an awesome deal!
    • There are lots of places to bowl around Columbus. Some of them are more old-school like Plain City Lanes (be sure to order the pizza or head next door to Der Dutchman for a pastry) and others are state of the art like Ten Pin Alley or Star Lanes and offer even more than bowling. AMF Sawmill is a nice traditional bowling alley.
  11. Take a spin around the roller rink.
  12. Register for a Game Night at GameU in Dublin which includes 3 hours of play, pizza and soda. (Minecraft Night is for ages 7-14, Overwatch Night and Fortnite Night are for 10+.)  Read more details about Minecraft Night from one of our contributors who took her son. There are also lots of after-school programs and camps at both the Dublin and Hilliard location that teach coding, game design, robotics and more.
  13. Learn AND have fun at either the Hilliard or Powell Code Ninja locations for a drop-in learning session. Drop the kids off at a Parent’s Night Out program (ages 7-14) or camp and enjoy some time to yourself.
  14. Get out of the house and play some board games.
    • Kingmakers in the Short North is one option. Check out their FAQ page so you know what to expect before you go.
    • At TableTop Game Cafe in Clintonville, games are free if you spend $6 or more on menu items. Kids under 13 are included with an adult.
  15. Head to an arcade.
    • Dave & Buster’s offers many weekday specials including half-price gameday on Wednesday.
    • 16-Bit Bar + Arcade is geared towards adults but children are allowed in the establishment until 8 p.m. with adult supervision. The Dublin location offers an indoor walkway between Pins Mechanical and 16-Bit Bar. There are some signs in the bathroom stalls that reference movies so you may want to check those out before your kids read them.
    • Rule 3 has an arcade and several other activities.

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      16 Bit Bar + Arcade in Dublin
  16. Throw axes at targets at Dueling Axes. Read their FAQ for rules, details and pricing for children.
  17. Practice your swing at a batting cage.
  18. Play glow-in-the-dark footgolf at Kickmaster Footgolf in Grove City on Saturday nights from 9 p.m. – midnight.
  19. Attend a hockey game. It’s fun to be a fan in the stands at both the Blue Jackets and Ohio State games.
  20. Visit a museum.
  21. Zip around on a skateboard, bike, scooter or blades at Skate Naked.
  22. See the Ohio Roller Derby team in action at one of their home games.
  23. Make a customized scented candle at The Candle Lab.
  24. Take a class at Igloo Letterpress in Worthington to create a project such as watercolored notecards, mini-stitched books, personalized coasters and more!
  25. Bounce around on inflatables.
    • World of Bounce in Grove City has several different inflatables and offers open bounce during select days and times.
  26. Try and get out in one of these escape rooms.
    • Amaze (best suited for 12+)
    • Breakout Columbus (under 14 must be accompanied by a parent)
    • eXcape Columbus (no age restriction, but it is recommended that those under 12 be in a privately reserved room)
  27. Pop into an Open Play session held at some gymnastics studios, gyms and rec centers. See our Open Gym and Open Play post for more details. 
  28. See a movie.
  29. Learn to cook.
  30. Decorate a custom cupcake or sugar cookie at the cupcake bar at Our CupCakery in Dublin. In addition, they offer classes and special events.
  31. Hang out in the teen lounge at the Dublin Rec Center. This space is for students in grades 6-12 and is free. Hours are Monday-Friday from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 2-8 p.m.
  32. Put the pedal to the metal and race around at an indoor go-kart track.
    • GPK Indoor Entertainment has go-karts for ages 8 and above and a kidzone for ages 4-7. They also have laser tag and escape rooms.
    • Buckeye Raceway has junior racing for kids 8 and older and over 48″ tall. To go on an adult kart you must be over 12 years of age and at least 56″ tall.
  33. Check out a free class offered at one of the branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Use the events tab on their website to filter the age group, location and date(s) of activities to find a class of interest. There are tons of options and they are FREE! Many of the libraries also have teen zones.
  34. Learn to sew at Sew to Speak in Worthington.
  35. Play with fire (safely) and take a class at Glass Axis.
  36. Stretch and let your mind relax with a yoga class.
  37. Free fall while skydiving indoors at Urban Air. (Coming soon-anticipated to open in July 2019)
    • The indoor adventure park at Urban Air looks amazing! There will be lots here to keep the whole family entertained for a long time.

The next time your teen or tween utters, “I’m bored!” or are driving you batty, show them this list of things to do in Columbus. There are always chores and homework, but these options are definitely more fun. If you are looking for indoor playgrounds and other ideas for the younger age group, check out our Guide to Indoor Play Areas in Columbus.