Beat Cabin Fever with these 5 FREE Kid-Friendly Columbus Outings


Winter is prime time for cabin fever! Here are 5 things you can do indoors with the kids in Columbus!

1. Explore Grove City Welcome Center and Museum

There is a surprising amount of things to see here at this museum of Grove City history! Antique cars, firefighting equipment, record players, early cameras and more! Besides the museum, the welcome center offers brochures and information about everything else there is to do in Grove City!

3378 Park Street, Grove City, OH, 43123
Phone: 614-277-3061
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesdays 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

2. Take a Tour of Amy’s Donuts

Kids can watch donuts be made from start to finish and then decorate their own! Tours are done every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Just give them a call to schedule.

650 Georgesville Rd., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-641-7721
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 5:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Friday – Saturday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM

3. Watch Planes take off at The OSU Airport

If your kids are awake, chances are the Observation Tower at The OSU Airport is open! The tower is open daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM for viewing aircraft as they take off and land! Complete your outing with breakfast or lunch at Barnstormer Diner, attached to the tower!

2160 West Case Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-292-5460
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

4. Shop and Play at United Art in Education

This is a wonderful store for fun and educational kid products! There is a little play area tucked into the front corner of the store with a surprising amount of things to do including blocks, play groceries, magnets, Calico Critters, and more!

3622 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-527-8508
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

5. See the Fish at Aquarium Adventure

This store is filled with all kinds of unique fish! Not only are there rows of aquariums where kids can come face to face with fish, there are several large tanks and ponds with larger-than-average fish and water-dwelling creatures on display! 

3649 Fishinger Blvd, Hilliard, OH 43026 (Used to be located in Dublin)
Phone: 614-792-0884
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

How does your family keep from going stir crazy during the winter? Feel free to share ideas in the comments!