8 Awesome Indoor Play Areas in Ohio

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These indoor play areas around Ohio will give you lots of options for things to do with kids when traveling around the great state of Ohio!

8 Awesome Indoor Play Areas in Ohio

When traveling around Ohio with our kids, we have often found ourselves needing to find indoor play areas for the kids to burn off some energy! Whether we have time to kill in our itinerary or we’ve needed to find a kid-friendly, halfway point to meet a friend, these spots have come in handy over the last few years! Any of these play areas would also make for a fun road trip if you’re looking to do something new around Ohio!

INDOOR PLAY AREAS IN NORTHERN OHIO

1. Jungle Junction, Bellevue, OH

110 Cherry Blvd., Bellevue, OH 44811

jungle junction in Bellevue, Ohio

Jungle Junction is the largest indoor play structure in Ohio! The play area is designed for kids ages 12 and under and includes a separate area on the side just for toddlers.

Inside the Tree Top Play area there are climbing structures, slides and tunnels. There are also air cannons that shoot plastic balls all around the area. Kids must wear socks when playing inside and socks are available for purchase if you forget!

Admission is for the day, so you can come and go with a stamp on your hand. There is no charge for parents/caregivers or children under age 1 (as of May, 2017).

If you’re looking for more things to do while you’re in the area, check out: Exploring Ohio with Kids: Bellevue. There’s a great train museum in town, too!

Jungle Junction in Bellevue Ohio

2. Jump N SHOUT, Smithville, OH

877 W. Main St., Smithville, OH 44677

Jump N Shout in Smithville Ohio

This play area in Wayne County, Ohio offers something for all ages! On the first floor, the space is dedicated to the younger kids and includes a train table, puzzles, blocks, ride on cars balls, bouncy houses and more!

On the second floor, the space is geared toward older kids with larger bouncy houses, basketball arcade, inflatable darts, air hockey, foosball, a LEGO table and more! My kids’ grandparents live in Wayne County so they have been here several times and love this place! But I have to admit I’m also addicted to the basketball arcade here. 😉

A limited selection of snacks and drinks are available for sale, too and there is a small seating area where you can eat them.

Jump N Shout in Smithville, Ohio

3. Kidsplay Indoor Fun, Avon Lake, OH

32864 Pin Oak Pkwy., Avon Lake, OH 44012

Kidsplay in Avon Ohio

This indoor play area is specifically for kids ages 6 and  under and it features  kid-sized roller coasters, a ball pit, rock climbing wall, blocks, a train table and lots of opportunities for imaginative play!

There is also a “coffee area” where adult can sit with a full view of the play area. Snacks are not allowed in the play area but there is a separate room used for parties where you can eat food that you bring in or you can purchase snacks and drinks on site.

Kidsplay in Avon, Ohio


INDOOR PLAY AREAS IN CENTRAL OHIO

4.The Naz Playplace, Grove City, OH

4770 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123

The Naz in Grove City Ohio

This is a large indoor playground in Grove City and the best part is, it’s free! There is a large climbing area and also a small sectioned off area for babies and toddlers! You must remove your shoes to play and wear socks. Socks can be purchased for $1 if you forget.

There is a story time with crafts one morning a week (check the link for details)! You can also register online before your first visit to save time. Outside of the play area, there is a cafe where you can purchase food or eat your own packed lunch. There is lots of seating!

Looking for more indoor play areas in Columbus? Check out: Over 20 Free Indoor Play Areas in Columbus

The Naz in Grove City Ohio

5. Scoops and Chutes Playground, Columbus, OH

2555 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43220

Scoops and Chutes Play Place in Columbus, Ohio

This play area is located inside one of Ohio’s most famous ice cream shops: Graeters! The indoor play area includes a climbing gym, a teeter toter, slides, basketball hoops and balls! You must remove your shoes to play and wear socks. Socks are available for purchase here if you forget.

The store was once a factory location, and although there’s not a whole lot to see here anymore in terms of production, there are a lot of pictures and descriptions on the walls about the history of Graeters. There is also a party room for rent here where kids can have birthday parties.

Need more ideas for Columbus? Check out: 6 Free or Cheap Indoor Places for Kids to Run Wild in Columbus

Scoops and Chutes Play Place in Columbus, Ohio

6. Fun in the Jungle, Sunbury, OH

345 McGill St., Sunbury, OH 43074

Fun in the Jungle in Sunbury Ohio

Inside Fun in the Jungle there is a large indoor play area that includes a soft play zone for toddlers. For older kids, there is  mini bowling, virtual reality games and arcade games. There is also a cafe here where you can get food and drinks. Check the link for toddler time hours and prices if you have younger kids!

Interested in play cafes in Central Ohio? Check out: The Complete List of Columbus Play Cafes

Fun in the Jungle in Sunbury, Ohio


INDOOR PLAY AREAS IN SOUTHERN OHIO

7. Pogo Play, Blue Ash, OH

10870 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash, OH 45242

Pogo Play in Blue Ash, Ohio

This is a huge indoor play area just north of Cincinnati that includes several different play areas! There is a large climbing gym, a space with LEGOS, a space with blocks, a separate area with a play kitchen and a space for life sized building blocks.

Each area is sectioned off by theme by short divider walls and there is a completely separate room just for toddlers!

There is a coffee shop cafe here with a seating area and there is also a really large seating area for parents.

Pogo Play in Blue Ash, Ohio

8. EnterTRAINment Junction, West Chester, OH

7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, OH 45069

EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester, Ohio

Inside EnterTRAINment Junction is Imagination Junction, a play area for kids! There is a large climbing structure, a train to play on, an electric train to ride and two small model train displays. There is also a play structure with a slide and a separate area just for toddlers.

Socks are required to play here and are available for purchase if you forget! This play area is included with admission to EnterTRAINment Junction, which is home to the largest train display in the world! EnterTRAINment Junction is a destination in itself! Read all about it here: Fun for the Whole Family at EnterTRAINment Junction!

Make sure to check out 6 Super Fun Things to do with Kids in Butler County, Ohio while you’re there (including the Butler County Donut Trail)!

EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester, Ohio


Feel free to list any other great indoor play areas that you and your family enjoy around Ohio to share ideas with other readers!

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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

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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

  Galaxy Golf and Games in Columbus, Ohio Galaxy Golf and Games in Columbus, Ohio


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

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NEW! Children’s Play Area at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

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On May 25, 2017, The Mall at Tuttle Crossing launched a soft opening of the new Children’s Play Area, beginning with an 8 AM sneak peek for local bloggers and their kids! Your kids can play here now, too, but the official Grand Opening is this Friday, June 2, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM! To celebrate, there will be a ribbon cutting, face painting, a balloon artist and an opening statement from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

The play area uses the theme STEAM. No, not STEM, STEAM! I’m happy to report they’ve added an “A” for Art, a movement created by the Rhode Island School of Design! Good for them!

There are 5 main activity areas, each representing a letter of the acronym STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

1. Science Scramble:

On one side of the square cards, you can put a science-themed puzzle together. With the other side, you can play tic-tac-toe with periodic elements!

2. Techno Tunes:

Make music with the power of technology! By stepping on the squares in front of the rainbow steps (which lead to a slide!) you can play a tune with the sounds of different instruments! One thing I appreciated here was that music was always playing, but it was NOT loud! 🙂

3. Wonder Wall:

At the Wonder Wall (who’s singing Oasis?) you can use levers, pulleys, wheels and other simple machines to move a ball up through the maze and back down again. This one was a hit with my kids!

4. My Art Gallery:

Tap, slide and pinch with your fingers to choose the scene of your art work, add items to it, enlarge them and then change the style. There are three “easels” to work on around the wall. When you’re done you can email the artwork to Grandma (or whomever you choose)! When you tap “Finish,” the screen says LOOK UP! and your artwork is then displayed on the screen above you! The look on my 2 year old’s face when this happened was priceless!

5. Tile Table:

The Tile Table was, by far, my 5 year old’s favorite station. This was popular with lots of the kids! I apologize to all the kids out there who wanted a literal piece of the action as he stood guarding his castle, making sure it didn’t get knocked down.

In addition to the 5 activity areas, there is an additional toddler zone, STEAM Jr., which is separated from the other areas by a soft, immovable barrier.

My kids, age 2 and 5, were engaged for 3.5 hours at this play area! Honestly, that’s the longest they’ve ever spent at a mall play area before begging me to move on! I had to pry them away because I was hungry!!

Let’s address the number one comment/question I received on social media! There are no more walls! Will this be an issue? For the majority of preschool-aged children? I don’t think so. For your 9 month old crawlers? I don’t think so. For your 18 month old runners? Yes it will be.

After the sneak peek, the mall opened and the play area got busy! There were one or two runners during that time, but most of the kids were engaged in the activities that were presented. There is definitely a shift in focus from large muscle play to fine muscle activities. This isn’t a play area for running around, climbing and sliding, though there is room for a little bit of that.

The truth is that the soft toddler barriers are not large enough to keep bigger kids out and the lack of a barrier around the general play area also allows teenagers in, which I did witness the day I was there.

These are some logistical things that we as parents will encounter, HOWEVER, in my mind, the benefits and engagement level of the activities here outweighs the negatives. I wouldn’t hesitate to bring my kids back here to play. The play area was designed by designers who create a lot of children’s museums, and I think if you shift your focus from what the play area at Tuttle used to be (gross/large muscle), to thinking of this as a small section of a STEAM children’s museum, you’ll be on target with what the play area is designed to be!

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