Do you live on the south end of Columbus or in Pickaway County and the surrounding areas? You’re gonna want to check out Pickaway Place: a one-stop shop for events, community gatherings and enrichment opportunities!
What is Pickaway Place?
Part community center, part party center, Pickaway Place in South Bloomfield is positioned to be “THE” place to be in Pickaway County! Owner Kim Miller has taken on the huge task of bringing a tremendous amount of classes, programming and enrichment options to Pickaway County! Where once families might have to drive up to an hour to attend a theatre performance or a STEM Class, thanks to Pickaway Place, they can now find these options close to home!
An impressive list of community partners have signed on to bring these opportunities to Pickaway Place including CATCO is Kids, Columbus Children’s Theater, Ruling Our Experiences (ROX), OASIS, Youth Yoga Project and so much more!
There’s a lot going on at Pickaway Place and you can see it in their mission statement:
“Our mission is to provide the community with a wellspring of classes, programs and activities to support personal growth and well-being; while also providing our community a destination for birthday parties, graduation parties and a place for life’s other celebrations.”
While certainly convenience is going to be a major factor for families and adults living on the south side of Route 70, all are welcome at Pickaway Place! There are no membership fees, but families can create an account for easy registration and enrollment in programs and activities!
I took a trip to Pickaway County to visit Pickaway Place and I came away really excited for all that this space is becoming! Read on for all that Pickaway Place has to offer!
What does Pickaway Place have to offer?
1. Community Spot
There is something for everyone at Pickaway Place! In addition to classes provided by outside partners, Pickaway Place offers some of their own programming as well! Toddler Explorer Club, Toddler Open Play and Family Adventure Club are some of the regularly scheduled activities.
Pickaway isn’t just for the toddler set either! There is adult yoga, programs for senior citizens, classes for becoming a better babysitter, Zumba, a space for batting practice and more!
2. Classes and Events with Community Partners
An extensive list of community partners are bringing their opportunities and expertise to Pickaway Place! Performances by Columbus Children’s Theatre, STEM classes with OASIS, building robots with Robot Academy, learning code with Code Monster, sports and fitness classes with JumpBunch, handwriting coaching with The Penmanship Lab, are just a few of the options available!
Now families in Grove City, Circleville, Chillicothe and other “south of Columbus” locales have a more convenient way to access these kind of options that may have previously involved driving for 30 minutes to an hour to experience!
Some of the classes happen on a weekly basis, some are a one time event. Make sure to check the calendar to see what kind of activities and classes are coming soon!
3. Birthday Parties
I know that families are ALWAYS looking for spaces to have birthday parties for their kids! Pickaway Place offers two options when it comes to birthday parties: 1. Rent the space and host your own or 2. Hire them to throw the whole party!
There are currently no less that 12 Birthday Party themes including Laser Tag, LEGO Party, Slime Making, Batting Cage, Toddler Toys, Movie Party and more! Current price is $215 for a two hour theme party for up to 20 kids. Additional add ons like Dodge Ball, all of the plates and utensils provided, etc. are available.
4. Event Space Rental
Looking for a space for a birthday party, baby shower, wedding reception, graduation party or corporate meeting? A large room at Pickaway Place is available for rent that seats 100 people at tables. The space can be broken up with moveable walls as needed.
There is a kitchen space available along with the tables and chairs that you might need. Smaller spaces are also available for meetings and WiFi is included. Prices are very affordable!
5. Summer Camps
Summer is just around the bend and this is the time when families start to scramble for summer camp options for their school-aged kids! There are camp options for kids as young as 4 and as old as 18!
Whole day and half day camps are available as well as after-hours care! Here is an example (but not an exhaustive list) of a few of the summer camps available throughout this summer (2019): (Click here for the full list of summer camp options.)
- Rock and Roll (Ages 4-7) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- World of Wizards (Rising 3rd – 6th graders) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Little Veterinarian School: Healthy Pets are Happy Pets (Ages 5-12) 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Me & My Doll (Rising K – 4th graders) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
- Electronic Lab (Ages 7-12) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
- Can You Dig It? Fossil Hunt (Ages 6-11) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
- Dragons to Unicorns: Fairytale Creatures (Rising K – 3rd Graders) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Learn to Code iPad/iPhone (Ages 8-12) 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Want to sign your child up for a camp? See all the details including dates and cost and register here.
I think it’s pretty clear: You belong at Pickaway Place! I look forward to watching this space flourish!
Know before you go:
5075 South Union Street
South Bloomfield, OH 43103
Hours vary depending on events and activities for the day.