Our list of toddler classes, sing-alongs and open play at indoor playgrounds around Columbus is geared specifically for younger kids and their caregivers. These designated "tot times" often exclude older children to give toddlers and preschoolers the space to explore and play safely with kids of a similar age. Your local library is another a wonderful source of drop-in play times, along with non-library story times for literacy-based toddler fun!
Magic Mountain Fun Center East - Toddler Thursdays
Labor Day - Memorial Day
Thursdays, 10 AM - 2 PM
Cost: $2.99 per person
Ages: 5 and under
Katie G.: Kids can run, jump and play at the East location of Magic Mountain Fun Center. The Toddler Thursday promotion offers unlimited playtime in the KidsGym Playland. There are large and small climbing structures, slides, tunnels and a ball pit which little ones love. Grab lunch or a snack from the snack bar afterwards and make a day of it.
Fun in the Jungle - Toddler Hours
Saturdays 8 - 9 AM
Ages: 4 and under
Katie G.: Fun in the Jungle, an indoor play facility, offers special hours just for toddler play in the jungle play place. There are multiple levels to climb, slides to ride down, tunnels to crawl through, bags to punch and lots of room to run around. There's plenty of seating around the play structure for Mom and Dad to watch or take a break from chasing your little one around the gym.
Rockin' Jump - Rockin' Tots
$15 per parent and child pair, $5 per sibling
Ages: 6 and under
Kelly R.: Little kids (and their parents!) can get their wiggles out on Rockin' Jump's trampoline zones, dodgeball arena, stunt bag, and climbing wall, no big kids allowed. All jumpers are required to use Rockin' Jump's official bounce socks.
Grange Insurance Audubon Center - Preschool Story Time
Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 AM
Kelly R.: Families with preschoolers can drop in to the Grange Insurance Audubon Center's library and bird viewing room to enjoy a nature-based storytime, followed by free play with dress-up, puppets, and climbing in the Forest Room. A drop-in program.
Pottery Barn Kids - Story Time
Tuesdays, 11 AM
Katie G.: Every Tuesday Pottery Barn Kids at Polaris Fashion Place hosts story time for kids. Geared towards the preschool age-group, story time includes books, activities and more. If kids become a Book Club Member they will receive a special gift after attending five story time events.
Wendy's Gymnastics & Fitness for Children - Toddler's Play Date
During the school year
Monday 9:30 AM, Tuesday 11:15 AM, Wednesday 6:15 PM, Thursday 11:15 AM , Friday 11:30 AM
Ages: 1 - 3
Katie G.: Wendy's Gymnastics & Fitness for Children, an indoor gymnastics facility, offers a Toddler's Play Date for little ones during the week. Kids can run and jump on the mats, dive into the foam pit and have fun playing with friends.
Bounce Club - Preschool Open Jump
Tues - Thurs, 9:30 AM - 12 PM
First child is $10 per hour & siblings are $8.50 per hour
Ages: 6 and under (siblings up to age 10)
Katie G.: Let the little ones bounce, jump and have fun at the Bounce Club. Call to make a reservation or just drop in.
Get Air - Toddler Time
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 - 11 AM
$9 per child and parent pair
Height: under 46"
Katie G.: Toddlers can enjoy special open jump time with kids their own size at Get Air's Toddler Time. Little ones can bounce, jump and play with balls on one of the several trampolines. Parents are encouraged to bounce too, for a fun morning out together. Jump socks are required for all jumpers and can be purchased for an additional cost.
Deer Haven Park - Story Time in the Park
Mondays, 10 AM
Katie G.: The friendly story tellers from the Delaware County Library will visit Deer Haven Park for story time. Each month will feature a different theme. There will be an activity or craft to go along with the theme and a short nature hike afterwards.
Stratford Ecological Center - Story Time on the Farm
Select Tuesdays, April - October, 10 AM
Katie G.: Stratford Ecological Center hosts Story Time on the Farm for kids of all ages. The fun and educational hour of storytelling will focus on whats currently happening around the farm. Families can pack a lunch to enjoy on the property after story time. A drop-in program.
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium - ZooKids
Select Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 AM - 12 PM
See website for location within the zoo each day
Included with admission, $12 - $22 per person and kids under 3 are free
Ages: 18 months - 3 years
Katie G.: Have an animal loving tot who loves to visit the zoo? You won't want to miss out on the Little Explorers' Base Camp allowing toddlers and preschoolers an opportunity to learn, play and explore different animals. Each session will focus on a different animal in a different part of the zoo. There will be puzzles, books, activities and fun for your little ones to explore.
The Abbey Theater - Toddler Theater
Katie G.: Performer Marlene Hartzler plays children’s music and is joined by a special costumed character. Enjoy a wonderful, interactive performance designed especially for young ones. Tickets can be purchased at the theater before the show.
Dublin Rec Center - Preschool Open Gym
Mondays and Fridays, 9 - 11 AM
$3 per child or $30 for an 11 visit pass
Ages: 6 months - 6 years
Katie G.: Kids under the age of 6 are invited to run, jump and play at the Preschool Open Gym at the Dublin Recreation Center. The gym will be set up with mats, gymnastics equipment, balls, ride-on toys, coloring pages and age-appropriate toys for kids to play with.
Ohio Wildlife Center - Wild Story Time
First Wednesday of the month, 10 - 11 AM
Katie G.: The Ohio Wildlife Center offers a story time where kids will listen to a nature or animal book, do a related craft or activity, visit with an animal ambassador at the center and have the opportunity to walk around the 20-acre property. A drop-in program.
Integrity Athletics - Preschool Open Gym
Fall - Spring
Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30 - 10:30 AM
$5 - $10 per individual or $10 - $15 per family
Age: walking - 5 years
Kelly R.: Integrity Athletics hosts preschool open gym sessions during the school year where young kids are free to try out different stations, socialize, and enjoy the facility in a relaxed atmosphere. Socks must be worn on the trampolines.
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