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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Together Wee Grow

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Each month I will be featuring a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus!

This month Maureen and Megan, sisters who are also partners in the business Together Wee Grow, are partnering up to share 3 of their favorites with us this month!

3 Places We Love to Take Our Kids in Columbus: Maureen and Megan:

1. We Rock the Spectrum (Maureen)

This play cafe is conveniently located on Polaris Parkway. Our kids are always asking to go here and refer to it as the “Zip Line Place”. Everytime we are there, we are impressed with how friendly and inclusive the staff is and how clean the environment is. They have a variety of swings, a trampoline, a dramatic play area, special events with arts and crafts and of course a zip line.

We also had my daughter’s birthday party here, and they went above and beyond to make all the guests comfortable. They have a room which you can store your things and many tables and chairs for a place to sit down to have a snack or lunch. Be sure to check their Facebook page for special events like meeting princesses, zumbini classes or parents night out! 


2. Graeter’s Little Pints Indoor Playground (Megan)

Have you been to the new Graeter’s on Bethel Road? The shop got an awesome upgrade and so did the play area! It is FREE indoor playground designed for children nine and under and is equipped with a separate smaller area for toddlers, a large ice cream slide, as well as a small merry go round.

Towards the back is an interactive area with scarves and tubes, as well as the original banana teeter totter! My kids can’t resist a kid’s sundae before we head out the door! Be sure to bring socks to play. They also have a private room for birthday parties as well, just like the old location. It’s a great spot for a rainy day or a day in the summer where the heat is too much!


3. Jungle Jack’s Landing at The Columbus Zoo (Maureen)

Did you know that in between the Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay is an area full of rides for kids? My kids are 6 and 4 and this is the perfect spot to take them for rides that doesn’t involve a road trip. You can purchase a Zoo- It- All wristband for $14.99 (sometimes on sale for $9.99). The wristband includes the camel and pony ride, the dinosaur ride, the 4-D movie, the train ride, carousel, and ALL of the Jungle Jack Landing rides.

There are several rides for those 36 inches and under, and a roller coaster, water ride, and two new rides in 2019 for taller kiddos. The swings are our favorite and the girls always pick this as a special birthday experience. A tip is to just buy yourself a few tickets, instead of the wristband if your kids are able to go on the rides themselves. It makes for a really fun day at the zoo!


Maureen and Megan are sisters who own Together Wee Grow, a company they began that focuses on helping mothers during the postpartum stage. They offer night nursing and postpartum doula services to families around Columbus. They have a passion for babies and helping new families, as they adjust to parenthood. They love to explore the great city of Columbus through their daughters eyes and find a new adventure each day! 

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Over 20 Free Indoor Play Areas in Columbus

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20+ Free Indoor Play Areas in Columbus, Ohio to help you and your kids avoid cabin fever when it’s cold or rainy!

I hate to say it, but those days are coming . . . you know what I’m talking about: cold . . . winter . . . snow. 🙁 Luckily for us, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to play in Columbus, Ohio, and when it comes to playing inside, there are a lot of FREE options! This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure here.

Make Note of these 20 + Free Indoor Play Areas in Columbus for cold and rainy days!

If you need to pass a morning inside but you also need to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE, keep this list of indoor playgrounds handy! You may also want to check out The Complete List of Columbus Play Cafes  or 6 Free or Cheap Indoor Places for Kids to Run Wild in Columbus for more indoor ideas!

1. Blendon Woods Metro Park

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metro park nature center in Columbus, Ohio

4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road Westerville, OH 43081, 614-895-6221

Hours:
April to September: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
October to March: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tips: Inside the Nature Center there are puzzles, activities and books for kids. See more about what to do at the Nature Center in Exploring Blendon Woods Metro Park!

2. Westerville Community Center

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free indoor play area at westerville rec center

350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43082, 614-901-6500

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 5:45 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tips: The Westerville Community Center offers an indoor playground for kids as well as indoor programing during the fall and winter months for young children. See more details here.

3. Grange Insurance Audubon Center

free indoor play area at scioto audubon

505 W. Whittier St., Columbus OH 43215, 614-545-5475

Hours:
(These are Summer hours, check the website or call to double check!)
Closed Monday
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Tips: The indoor play area here also includes a “cave” to play in and there are also weekly story times for the preschool age! See more to do at the Audubon Center in 9 Things to do with Your Kids at Scioto Audubon. Also see: 2 MORE Great Metro Park Natures Centers for Columbus Kids!

4. Scoops and Chutes Playground at Graeter’s Ice Cream

indoor play area at graeter's ice cream bethel rd.

2136 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43220 614-442-7622

Hours:
(These hours may be seasonal, double check the website or call before visiting!)
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Tips: Socks are required to play on the indoor playground and can be bought for $1 if you forget! I included this play area in one of my Cheap Family Outings in Columbus for Every Day of the Week!

Polaris Fashion Place:

1500 Polaris Parkway , Columbus, OH 43240, 614-846-1500

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

This mall is home to a few different options for indoor play listed here:

5. Zoo Play Area at Polaris Fashion Place

free indoor play area at Polaris Fashion Place, Columbus, Ohio

Tips: Shoes must be removed to play. The area has recently been redone and only has one exit/entrance which is great for keeping an eye on wandering toddlers!

6. Food Court Play Area at Polaris Fashion Place

boy at polaris fashion place play area columbus ohio

Tips: In the Food Court, there are several vehicles kids can play on or ride for $.75. The area is mostly fenced in and has a large seating area around it so you can eat or have a seat while the kids play.

7. Pottery Barn Kids at Polaris Fashion Place

boys at free indoor play area at pottery barn kids

Tips: PBK usually has toys out for play on both sides of the store (boys and girls) and my kids love them all! There is a story time on Tuesdays at 11:00 AM!

8. Battelle Darby Nature Center

free indoor play area at battelle darby creek metro park area

1775 Darby Creek Dr Galloway, OH 43119, 614-878-7106

Hours:
April to May: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
June to August: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
September to October: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
November to March: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Tips: The nature center has a living stream as well as a small kids’ area to play in.  There are preschool programs inside the center on Tuesdays! See 2 Great Metro Park Nature Centers for Columbus Kids.

9. Columbus Metropolitan Libraries

free indoor play area at columbus metropolitan library

Main Library: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

Hours vary by library and can be found here.

Tips: So many of the branches of Columbus Metropolitan Library have great areas for indoor play! I shared my favorites here and here! Of course, many other area libraries have areas for play too! Check out the locations for Worthington, Westerville, Delaware County, Grove City, and Upper Arlington! You may also want to check out: 2 Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids and 2 MORE Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids!

10. Grandview Heights Public Library

free indoor play at grandview public library

1685 W. 1st Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tips: I included Grandview’s library separately because they have a really good area for toddlers and preschoolers to play that includes a train table and Duplos! They also have a lot of story times! See the schedule here.

11. Whole Foods, Dublin

free indoor play area at Whole Foods

3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., ColumbusOH 43235, 614-760-5556
 
Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
 
Tips: This indoor play area is close to the restrooms and surrounded by tables that are convenient for watching your kids play!

12. Whole Foods, Upper Arlington

free indoor play area at whole foods upper arlington

1555 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Tips: This small play area is near the front and has books, play food, cars and more! Lots of seating nearby. EDITED July 11, 2018: A lot of the toys  have been removed from this area recently. There is still a kid-sized table but I don’t know if the toys will be returning! 🙁

13. United Art and Education

free indoor play area at united arts and education

3622 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard, OH 43026, 614-527-8508

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tips: First of all, this is a GREAT store for fun and educational kid products! There is a little play area tucked into the front corner of the store with a surprising amount of things to do! Blocks, play groceries, magnets, Calico Critters, and more!

14. Barnes and Noble

free indoor play area at Barnes and Noble

See the Columbus locations here!

Tips: Barnes and Noble is a hit for kids who love train tables and there are always lots of books to read! There are also story times on Saturdays!

15. The Naz Playplace

free indoor play area at The Naz, Grove City Columbus

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

Hours:
Sun: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PMam – 2pm
Monday – Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tips: Shoes must be removed and socks worn inside this large indoor playground in Grove City! Socks can be purchased for $1 if you forget. 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 (coffee is only $1!) and lots of seating!

16. Central Park at Westerville Christian Church

free indoor play area, Westerville Ohio

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

Hours:

Open Play Hours September 18, 2018 – May 2019:
1st & 3rd Tuesday of the Month: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Every Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:30AM
1st, 2nd & 3rd Saturday of the Month: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Tips: Shoes must be removed for play in the play area. There is also a rock climbing area here! This cute indoor playground follows all Westerville City Schools closing and delays.

17. The Shops at Worthington Place

free indoor play area at the shops at worthington place

7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tips: Shoes must be removed for play in the fenced in playground area. If it’s warm enough, there is also an outdoor play area just outside the exit close to the indoor play area!

18. The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

free indoor play area at tuttle mall

5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd, Dublin, OH 43016, 614-717-9300

Hours:
Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tips: This indoor play area in Dublin has a STEAM theme: Science, Technology, Arts and Music. Lots of hands-on, fine motor activity here! My kids particularly loved the Magna-Tiles! (There is also an area with coin-operated vehicles in the food court area!) You can read more about this indoor play area here: NEW! Children’s Play Area at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

19. Wonder Room at Columbus Museum of Art

Wonder Room at columbus museum of art

480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215, 614-221-6801

Hours:
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tips: This is a area for art and exploration just for kids on the bottom floor of the Art Museum. The Columbus Museum of Art (and this kids’ area) is free on Sundays only!

20. LEGO Store at Easton Town Center

free indoor play at the LEGO store, Columbus, Ohio

4004 Gramercy St., Columbus OH 43219, 614-342-2710

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tips: Most of the time there is a table set up for building with LEGOs and/or Duplos inside the store!

21. Coffee Connections of Hilliard

free indoor play area at Coffee Connections, hilliard Ohio

4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026, 614-664-3993

Hours:
Monday: 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday – Friday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tips: Coffee Connections is a coffee shop in Hilliard with a community space and an indoor play area in the back building. This play area is fun for preschoolers and younger and is totally free! (Though, you should probably buy a cup of coffee. 😉 ) See more pictures here.

22. Play Cafe at New Life Church, Gahanna Campus

indoor play area at New Life Gahanna Church

3690 N. Styler Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230, 614-475-8500

Hours:
Every Wednesday, Friday and First Saturday of the month: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tips: This is a fun little indoor play area for kids ages 6 and under with toys to play with and coffee for the adults!

23. Two Dollar Radio Headquarters

free indoor play area for kids at two dollar radio

1124 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tips: This is a coffee shop/book store with a small area with a kids focus! If you’re looking to have a coffee date while your kids play, this is a great spot! This is a vegan cafe serving, coffee, meals, drinks and special offerings throughout the week.

24. Naturally Curious Kids

free indoor play are at naturally curious kids, westerville, Ohio

13 E. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081, 614-568-8590 

Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Tips: This is a sweet little toy store with two floors of fun! So many unique toys are available along with many of your favorites! There is a house to play in, a train table and other toys on rotation. 

I hope this list of indoor play areas in Columbus gets you through the winter! I know we will be making use of many of these free indoor play places as the weather gets cold and I get cabin fever! 🙂

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