I can’t remember anything like play cafes existing when I was a kid! And mostly I know, deep down inside, these places were invented for the adults more than the kids. 😉 Play cafes offer everything that’s good about an at-home play date minus everything that could go wrong. Nothing can get broken, there’s room to run, you don’t have to prepare a meal and you get to have a half-way decent conversation with your mom-friend while the kids are entertained! Here’s a list of Columbus’ Play Cafes and Indoor Play Areas. After reading this list, don’t forget to check out my list of 20 Free Indoor Play Areas in Columbus (it’s technically 21 because I keep it updated! 🙂 ).
Disclaimer: several of the play cafes listed here hosted my family to aid in the completion of this list. *Please make sure to check individual website links as hours of operation, special features and pricing may change with the seasons!*
Location: 4822 N. High St., Columbus OH, 43214
Features: Indoor play area, coffee and snacks, birthday parties and special guests like Mr. Eric’s Music
Price: Kids age 12-24 months: $5, Kids 24 months and up: $8, Adults and children under 12 months: free
How to Save: Monthly and Quarterly Memberships are available
Location: 2501 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209
Features: Play area plus programs like toddler art classes, little sprouts yoga, culinary institute of piccadilly, and more. Also hosts parent’s play date where you can drop your kids off and have a night out. Cafe on site.
Price: Day Pass: $8 for first child, $5 for each additional sibling. Piccadilly Express Pass (35 min play): $4, Children up to 12 months are FREE, Kids ages 11 years and up are FREE.
How to Save: Happy Hours Special: $5 per child from 2:00-5:00 PM, purchase a membership for unlimited play and discounts on programming.
Location: 4874 Thompson Rd., Columbus, OH 43230
Features: Indoor play area for kids 7 and under, coffee bar, art classes and special events, birthday parties
Price: Walkers through age 7: $10.00 per child, $6.00 for each additional child, Three or more children: $4.00 each additional child, Adults and sibling age 8 and up: Free
How to Save: Happy Hour happens the last hour of each day and cost is just $5 per kid! You can also purchase a 10 visit punch card for $70.
More Details: See 3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Julie Borm
Location: 3708 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard OH 43026
Features: Indoor play area, cafe with full menu, birthday parties, coffee, special events
Price: $6.99 per child
How to Save: On Mondays and Tuesdays $9.99 admission includes a kids meal. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, $10 admission includes an hour of jump time at Get Air (next door) from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
More Details: See 3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Helen Bosacki
Location: 345 McGill St., Sunbury, OH 43074
Features: large indoor play area, toddler soft play zone, mini bowling, virtual reality games, cafe with food and drinks, arcade games, parties, special needs sensory hours on the first Sunday of each month.
Price: Play place: $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.
How to Save: Toddler Hours for ages 4 and under happen on Saturday from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM and are $2/child, Weekday special is $5 for play place and $5 for arcade Tuesday-Thursday.
Location: 484 W. Olentangy/Powell Rd., Powell, Ohio 43065
Features: 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
How to Save: 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!
7. KidsGym Playland at Magic Mountain
Location: Polaris: 8350 Lyra Drive, Columbus, OH 43240, East: 5890 Scarborough Blvd., Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: Polaris: 614-840-9600 East: 614-892-3335
Features: Playland for kids 58 inches and under, includes a climbing gym with interactive elements
Price: Ages 3 and up: $5 on weekdays and $6.50 on weekends Kids under age 3: $3
How to Save: 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.
Location: 591 Hill Rd. N., Pickerington, OH 43147
Features: Mostly available for parties, the center offers 5 inflatable areas, green screen and carnival games for birthday parties and events, however open play hours are available throughout the week. Visit their calendar for details.
Price: $10/child during open play hours
How to Save: Toddler hours for ages 1-4 are Thursdays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM and are $7 for the first child, $5 for each additional child.
More Details: See: 3 Things to Do With Your Kids in Pickerington
Location: 333 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Features: Within COSI, kids 1st grade and under can play in the little kidspace on the second floor. This huge space includes water play, an art studio, imaginative play area including farm stand, house, barn and truck. Other play area features a medical theme with a doctor’s office, ambulance, helicopter and more!
Price: $25 for those age 13 and up, $20 for kids age 2-12, kids under 2 are free. Price includes admission to the entire museum.
How to Save: A membership is a must here to save money. While there are several membership levels, the Basic Family membership is $149/year. If you live in or relatively near Columbus, you could conceivably come here once a week, making your cost per visit less than $3 for the whole family!
Location: 3700 Interchange Rd., Columbus, OH 43204
Features: The whole facility includes mini-golf, an arcade, party rooms and a FunGym. The FunGym includes ball pits, climbing, slides, tunnels and more. There is also a toddler area with a play house, ball pit and ride-on toys.
Price: Ages 1-2: $2.99, Ages 3-10: $4.99
How to Save: Combos are available to include golf (seasonal) and the arcade. A Pizza Fun Deal features a large cheese pizza, pitcher, 15 tokens and a choice of two admissions to FunGym or Golf.
*Please make sure to check individual website links as hours of operation, special features and pricing may change with the seasons!