Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Columbus and Central Ohio

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Save a few dollars by choosing one of these Kids Eat Free (or cheap!) options around Columbus and Central Ohio!

When kids can eat free, it sure does help! When you don’t feel like cooking, check this list for kids eat free (or cheap) locations around Columbus and Central Ohio! It’s always a good idea to click the link to verify that the offer still exists or call ahead to double check!

Where Can Kids Eat Free in Columbus and Central Ohio?

Every Day:

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Monday:

Carsonies Upper Arlington – Kids eat free! (2 kids meals per adult entree!)

Chocolate Cafe – Kids eat for $1.99 all day! From 11:30 – 1:00 PM Inflatin’ Clayton makes balloon creations!

bd’s Mongolian Grill – all day kids ages 4-10 eat for $3 including a drink. Kids 3 and under always eat free!

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

Buffalo Wings and Rings – Kids 10 and under eat free with a paying adult ($5 minimum purchase).

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Kids Eat Free Golf Club of Dublin

Golf Club of Dublin – kids eat free all day on Mondays!

Tuesday:

boy at bd's Mongolian Grill

bd’s Mongolian Grill – all day kids ages 4-10 eat for $3 including a drink. Kids 3 and under always eat free!

El Vaquero – all day, buy one regular dinner and get one free kid`s meal. Only for kids under 12 years old.

McAlister’s Deli – after 4:00 PM kids eat for $.99 with the purchase of an adult entree.

Miller’s Ale House – 1 Free Kids Meal with the purchase of 1 regularly priced Adult Entree. Ages 12& under. Dine in only.

Sweet Carrot – Kids 10 and under eat free. One free kids meal for every adult meal purchase.

Bob Evans – from 4:00 PM to close one free kids meal with the purchase of each adult meal!

The Mudflats Bar and Grill – kids 12 and under get a free meal from the kids menu with each adult meal. Dine-in only. All day.

mac and cheese kids eat free at MELT

Kids Meal at MELT Bar and Grilled in the Short North.

MELT Bar and Grilled – Kids eat for $2 every Tuesday (Limit of 3 discounted meals per adult with entree purchase.)

Carfagnas Kitchen – kids eat free!

Sawmill Skyline Chili – one free kid’s meal for each paying adult. Includes a kids craft!

Moe’s – free kids meal with an adult’s purchase.

El Vaquero – one free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Dine-in only.

Max & Erma’s – free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree!

Fazoli’s – Tuesday night is Kids Night and with the purchase of one adult entree you can get up to 3 kids meals at $.99 each.

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Wednesday:

Ten Pin Alley – Receive one free kids meal with the purchase of one adult entree at regular price. Read more about all there is to do at Ten Pin Alley here!

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

Rise Pies – kids get a free cheese pizza with any pizza or large salad purchase. Age 10 and under.

Columbus Clippers – kids 12 and under can customize their own free meal. Limit one per child. To receive a voucher to eat free you must take your ticket to the Advanced Ticket Booth in center field. Child must be accompanied by an adult.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Thursday:

Quaker Steak and Lube – Free Kids’ Lube Cruiser Meal for ages 10 and under with adult entree purchase! All day.

kids meal at Old Bag of Nails

Kids meal at Old Bag of Nails

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Friday:

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Saturday:

The Olive Tree Mediterranean Cafe – free kids meal from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM every Saturday with a $10 purchase.

Steak ‘n Shake – kids eat free all weekend! Get 1 free Kids’ Plate for every $9 you spend. Dine-in only, Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under.

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Sunday:

Steak ‘n Shake – kids eat free all weekend! Get 1 free Kids’ Plate for every $9 you spend. Dine-in only, Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under.

The RAM Restaurant and Brewery – Kids eat for $1 with the purchase of an adult entree.

The Mudflats Bar and Grill – kids 12 and under get a free meal from the kids menu with each adult meal. Dine-in only. All day.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – kids eat free on Sundays!

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Where else do kids eat free in Columbus? Leave a comment below and I will add it to the list!

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6 Free or Cheap Indoor Places for Kids to Run Wild in Columbus

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These 6 indoor play areas offer free or inexpensive options for getting out all that pent up energy when it’s cold or rainy!

6 Free or Cheap Indoor Playgrounds in Columbus

There are lots of places to play inside in Columbus – for that we are extremely thankful come winter! So many of them are free (see a list of over 20 here!) and we also have our fair share of fun play cafes (see a complete list here!) but this list is about places where kids can really run and play – places for LARGE muscle movement and getting out all the pent up energy that threatens to explode after being stuck inside in sub zero temperatures!

As my kids transition from toddler play to big kid play, I’m finding the answer to What Should We Do Today? requires a little closer assessment of their current energy level. There are lots of things we could do indoors, but some days they really need a space where they can run, jump, slide and climb!

These 6 places accomplish just that and, if you play your cards right, they don’t break the bank! 😉 All of these places are FREE or less (some way less) than $8/kid!

Free Indoor Playgrounds in Columbus:

1. Central Park at Westerville Christian Church

Central Park at Westerville Christian Church, Westerville, Ohio

471 E. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081, 614-891-6842

This play area is open mid September through May: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM – 11:25 AM, Saturdays 10:00 AM – 11:30AM. It has an indoor climbing area including slides and a rock climbing area. Shoes must be removed for play!

Price: Free!

Central Park at Westerville Christian Church

Central Park at Westerville Christian Church


2. The Naz Playplace

The Naz Playplace in Grove City, Ohio

4770 Hoover Rd, Grove City, OH 43123, 614-305-2034

This indoor play area has lots of opportunity for climbing, sliding and large muscle movement! Shoes must be removed and socks worn for play. Socks can be purchased for $1. There is a story time with crafts on Tuesday mornings! You can also register online before your first visit to save time! Outside the play area there is a cafe where you can purchase food and lots of seating!

Hours are: Sun: 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Price: Free!

The Naz Play place in Grove City, Ohio

The Naz Playplace in Grove City, Ohio


Cheap Indoor Playgrounds in Columbus:

3. Recreations Outlet

trampoline

484 W. Olentangy/Powell Rd., Powell, Ohio 43065, 614-792-3700

This play equipment showroom features an area for kids to play during select hours. It includes large indoor play area features play equipment like slides, swings, climbing, etc., small soccer field, basketball hoops, play houses, trampolines and more.

Price: Monday-Friday: $6/child ages 1 and up for 2 hours of play, Weekends: $8/child ages 1 and up for 2 hours of play, School Holidays: $8/child ages 1 and up for 2 hours of play. Charitable play happens on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM for a donation of $2/child. Donations are given to local non-profit organizations.

More Details: See $2 Tuesdays: Recreations Outlet, Columbus Zoo and Tacos!

 Recreations Outlet in Powell, Ohio Recreations Outlet in Powell, Ohio


4. Galaxy Games and Golf

Galaxy Golf and Games in Columbus, Ohio

3700 Interchange Rd., Columbus, OH 43204, 614-351-8400

The FunGym at Galaxy Games and Golf includes ball pits, climbing, slides, tunnels and more. There is also a toddler area with a play house, ball pit and ride-on toys. The whole facility also includes mini-golf, an arcade and party rooms.

Price: Ages 1-2: $2.99, Ages 3-10: $4.99

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5. KidsGym Playland at Magic Mountain

Kids Gym at Magic Mountain Polaris, Ohio

Polaris: 8350 Lyra Drive, Columbus, OH 43240, East: 5890 Scarborough Blvd., Columbus, OH 43232, Polaris: 614-840-9600 East: 614-892-3335

Besides all of the outdoor activities and arcade, Magic Mountain offers an indoor KidsGym Playland. (These pictures are from the Polaris location.) The Playland is for kids 58 inches and under and includes a climbing gym with interactive elements and smaller climbing elements for toddlers.

Price: Ages 3 and up: $5 on weekdays and $6.50 on weekends Kids under age 3: $3 Toddler Thursdays: $2.50/child from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Labor Day through Memorial Day you can purchase a season pass for $35/person ($15 for additional siblings). Pass offers admission 7 days a week plus special discounts on additional add ons such as $1 off a kids combo meal.

KidsGym at Magic Mountain Polaris, Ohio

Kids Gym at Magic Mountain, Polaris, Ohio


6. Fun in the Jungle

Fun in the Jungle, Sunbury, Ohio

345 McGill St., Sunbury, OH 43074, 740-913-0692

Inside Fun in the Jungle there is a large indoor play area, toddler soft play zone, mini bowling, virtual reality games, cafe with food and drinks, arcade games and room for parties. There are special needs sensory hours on the first Sunday of each month.

Price: Play place (for ages 0-10): $7/child for all day, Kids 2 and under are $2 during the week and $4 on the weekend, Additional costs for bowling, arcade  and virtual reality. Keep an eye on their social media pages for specials throughout the week!

Fun in the Jungle, Sunbury, Ohio

Fun in the Jungle, Sunbury, Ohio


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