Here's the place for parents to share tips and reviews for the best indoor playgrounds around Columbus! These are parent-recommended places with an indoor play area for when the weather is rough or you want to switch it up from your go-to outdoor playgrounds.
Check the map to find an indoor playground near you, and come back to leave a review and share what you and your kids thought about it!
Magic Mountain Fun Centers
Kelly R.: Magic Mountain's Polaris and East locations each boast a large indoor playground complete with enclosed climbing structures and a variety of interactive elements to keep kids busy for hours. One flat fee covers all-day admission to the playground, or you can invest in a pass that also gives access to mini golf, go karts, and more.
COSI - Little Kidspace
Katie G.: The Little Kidspace area inside COSI is a perfect place for little ones to play and explore. There's a tree house with slides, health clinic, barn area, house to construct, rock climbing wall, shadow play area, large foam blocks and water tables.
Polaris Fashion Place - Children's Play Area
Katie G.: Let the kids enjoy a jungle safari at the Columbus Zoo themed play area at Polaris Fashion Place. The giant, two-story tree house has slides and tunnels. There's plenty of room to run around and large animals to climb on. Two interactive video screens have games for kids to play.
We Rock the Spectrum
Katie G.: We Rock the Spectrum is an indoor gym and play center for all kids. Although the gym offers specialized equipment meant for kids with sensory disorders, it is open to everyone. Kids can race down the zipline, bounce on a trampoline, hang out on the suspended play structures or test their fine-motor skills at the arts and crafts area.
The Shops at Worthington Place Play Land
Katie G.: Walking through The Shops at Worthington Place mall, it's hard to miss the play area. The tree themed climbing structure offers lots of room for kids to run around. The floor is soft with a grass-like covering making it perfect for crawlers or new walkers. There's a large TV and seating area at one end for parents to sit while their kids play. When the weather is nice, kids can explore the gated Johnny Appleseed themed outdoor play area.
Graeter's Lil' Pints Indoor Playground
Free play place
Age 9 & under
Katie G.: Located inside Graeter's ice cream, this sweet indoor playground has ice cream-themed slides, a banana split teeter totter and plenty of room for little ones to run around. Socks are required to play.
Fun Town Play & Learn Cafe
$7 - $15 per child, free for babies under 1 and adults
Katie G.: Fun Town Play Cafe is an indoor play space offering fun for both kids and adults. Parents can relax or play while kids are playing and learning in a clean, safe and friendly environment. The 1,400 square foot place center is perfect for kids of all ages. Kids will enjoy playing in the grocery store, library, school, pet store, post office, restaurant and more fun little shops you'd see in town. Parents can enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or pre-made snack while the kids play.
Kelly R.: Recreations Outlet invites kids to play at its indoor showroom, where they offer a large variety of swing sets, slides, trampolines, basketball hoops, and more for active play. Stop in any time during normal business hours for Pay to Play pricing, or visit during popular weekly Charitable Play hours for discounted rates, with part of the proceeds going to charity. Annual passes and punch cards are also available.
The Mall at Tuttle Crossing Play Area
Katie G.: The Mall at Tuttle Crossing features a STEM-themed play area where kids can have fun while learning. The main activity areas represent science, technology, engineering, art and math. The open play area includes puzzles, music, mazes, interactive art easels, magna tiles and more to engage young imaginations. There is a smaller area dedicated to toddlers with soft, movable blocks and activities perfect for this age group.
Coffee Connections - HIlliard
Free admission (or the cost of your coffee!)
Katie G.: Coffee Connections, located in the heart of downtown Hilliard, offers fresh roasted coffee in a casual, homey environment. Located in a renovated, old house, the upstairs area is a dedicated free play space for kids to explore while Mom and Dad enjoy their brew.
Primary photo: COSI
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