Plan a Tropical Getaway with Your Kids at Castaway Bay in Sandusky Ohio

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No matter what the weather outside, it’s 82 degrees and tropical at Castaway Bay, a super fun indoor water park in Sandusky, Ohio!

Thanks to Castaway Bay for sponsoring this post!

Ohio Winters seem to drag on even when the calendar says it’s officially “Spring”. The end of March is when this dragging on gets particularly hard! Luckily we had scheduled an overnight trip to Castaway Bay in Sandusky to help cure us of our winter blues!

Castaway Bay view from room

I have two cautious kids who are not exactly the water slide type. I was hoping there would be something at Castaway Bay that they would enjoy and we as parents could enjoy as well! They might not have attempted the Tropical Twister, but, as you can see, they did at least warm up to the slide in the Toddler Tide Pool! 🙂 

kids on waterslide at Castaway Bay

As it turned out, when our trip rolled around, my husband was too sick to go so my mom accompanied us on this trip. This turned out to be a total bonus because my kids are way better behaved for Grandma than they are for me! 

Wave Pool at Castaway Bay

5 Things to Enjoy at Castaway Bay:

1. The Hotel

inside hotel at Castaway Bay

The real draw for this whole water park experience is that it’s all inclusive! With the hotel, restaurants and other activities provided, you never need to leave the property!

lobby of hotel at Castaway Bay

The hotel is decorated in a fun way with a tropical theme. Everything was clean and our hotel room was clean and comfortable! It was nice to be able to come back and shower and change in the privacy of our own room. (Though showers and changing rooms are provided within the water park.)

beds in hotel room at Castaway Bay

The rooms also include a microwave and refrigerator, adding the convenience of coming back to the room for snacks or to eat leftovers! Most of the rooms also offer a balcony or private deck.

I was a little bit nervous that the hotel would be loud at night but I ended up getting a surprisingly good night’s sleep!

2. Water Park

My mom and I basically let the kids dictate our time in the water park and they spent most of it running from the wave pool to the toddler pool! When the waves took a break we would head for the toddler pool, and when Jaden heard the buzzer announcing the waves were about to start back up, we would head back over to the wave pool!

I was happy to see my kids get more comfortable in the water! Castaway Bay offers life jackets for whoever wants to use them and my kids wore them the whole time. 

Within the Caribbean themed water park are several different areas for kids, teens and adults to play in! Check this list of attractions for the various height, weight and life jacket requirements. Towels are provided for you within the park.

Castaway Bay Wave Pool

Wave Pool at Castaway Bay

Kids under 48 inches and under must wear a life vest in the Castaway Bay Wave Pool and kids 42 inches and under must be accompanied by a “supervising companion” – which means someone who is 14 years old or over.

Toddler’s Tide Pool

Toddler Tide Pool at Castaway Bay

This area is 18 inches deep and perfect for the little ones! There are two slide areas, fountains and a gradual entry. Kids must be under 52 inches to play here.

Toddler Tide Pool at Castaway Bay

Cargo Crossings

Cargo Crossings at Castaway Bay

Take the challenge at Cargo Crossings – can you get across the water without falling?

Tropical Tube Slides

These are enclosed body tube slides! Kids must be 46 inches tall to ride the Tropical Tube Slides.

Rendezvous Run

Castaway Bay

Rendezvous Run is a water coaster featuring a boat that two people can ride in. You must be able to walk up the steps of the tower to ride.

Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse

Lookout Lagoon at Castaway Bay

The Lookout Lagoon is a play area for all ages. Water is no deeper than six inches and the play structure includes sprayers, net crawls, rope bridges and more! There is a huge pail that spills when it gets full for a humongous splash! The area also has 4 body slides with height requirements ranging from 36 inches to 40 inches.

The Grotto

MY favorite area was The Grotto – the hot tub area that opens up to the outside! The weather outside was in the 40’s so the breeze from outside was the perfect accompaniment to the hot water! The water is 3 feet deep so my kids were also able to be in the area comfortably.

3. Restaurants 

One great thing about staying at Castaway Bay is that there are several restaurant options to choose from so that you never have to leave the hotel!

Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube at Castaway Bay

We had dinner at Quaker Steak & Lube the evening we arrived. The menu is huge so there is definitely something for everyone and there is a decent kids’ menu as well. It was our first visit to a Quaker Steak & Lube and My kids were big fans of the car and vehicle oriented decor!

Mango Mikes

For breakfast, Mango Mikes offers an all you can eat buffet. The price was $12.95 for adults and $6.95 for kids. It’s a great option for families but since my kids eat like birds, we opted to save a little money and get a smaller breakfast at Ebb & Eddy’s Sweets & Eats. You can purchase packages that include the breakfast buffet – definitely something to look into!

Ebb & Eddy’s Sweets & Eats 

Ebb & Eddy's at Castaway Bay

Ebb & Eddy’s serves smaller options for breakfast like yogurt, bagels, fresh fruit, donuts, baked goods and Starbucks coffee drinks. Toft’s Ice Cream is also served here as well! Ebb & Eddy’s is also open into the evening for your snacking convenience! 

Big Daddy’s Snack Shack

Big Daddy's Snack Shack at Castaway Bay

Big Daddy’s Snack Shack is accessible from INSIDE the water park serving pizza, ice cream, adult beverages and other snacks. You are allowed to have food purchased inside Castaway Bay in the water park area!

4. Crabbie’s Quarter Deck Arcade

arcade at Castaway Bay

The Crabbie’s Quarter Deck Arcade is a fairly large arcade! Play cards are available at the machine just inside the door and can be reloaded at a discount. There are also packages available. 

Arcade at Castaway Bay

5. Family Activities

Snoopy at Castaway Bay

In the evenings, kids can gather at Club Castaway on the third floor for a 30 minute Peanuts movie, a story time and visits from Peanut’s characters. During select hours, Club Castaway also offers crafts and activities that kids can do if you need a break from the water park! There are some crafts that are an additional cost and some free coloring activities. There are also toys available to play with!

Know Before You Go:

Visit the Website

Address: 2001 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky, OH 44870
Reservations: 419-627-2106
Information: 419-627-2500

  • Make sure to check out the Special Offers page for package deals that include meals and other entertainment!
  • Day passes are also available for $29/ticket. Check the website for group ticket rats and discounts for Cedar Fair Platinum Passholders.

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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!


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


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


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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What Should We Do this Weekend? August 24-26, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening this weekend in Columbus, Ohio!


9:00 AM – Gala U-Pick, Feel the Love! at Lynd Fruit Farm – kick off the fall harvest season with Gala apples at Lynd Fruit Farm! U-Pick is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend!

10:00 AM – Summer Book Sale at Upper Arlington Public Library – shop thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and more for $.25 to $2 each! The sale goes on through August 26th!

11:00 AM – Apple Picking – Gala Apples at Cherry Hawk Farm – Gala apples are ready for picking at Cherry Hawk Farm! August 24, 25 and 26!

11:00 AM – Food Truck Fridays Extended Edition at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio – check out the food trucks in front of the main entrance at Ronald McDonald House. 10% of all sales are donated to RMHC. This week’s trucks include The Angry Wiener, Mixing Bowl Asian Grill & Kona Ice Little Buckeye!

5:00 PM – $5 Friday Pony Rides & Free Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – ride a horse for $5 and enjoy a free petting zoo!

5:00 PM – Grand Reopening at City Folks Farm Shop – meet the new owners of City Folk’s Farm Shop, sample local foods, play City Farm Bingo for prizes, meet community partners and more!

6:00 PM – St. Joan of Arc Festival – this three day festival begins on Thursday night and runs through Saturday night. There will be rides, games, food music and more! There is no admission fee to the festival.

6:00 PM – Creekside Live: Soul Kitch’n w/ The Andy Shaw Band – Creekside Live is a free, outdoor concert! This week will feature Soul Kitch’n with The Andy Shaw Band.

6:00 PM – 4th Friday in Uptown Westerville – Westerville’s 4th Friday is all about Dogs this month! There will be pet-focused vendors, a Fox Hunt scavenger hunt, pet photos, treats, and more fun activities!

Related: Playdate in Uptown Westerville

6:00 PM – 4th Fridays on the Lawn at Westerville Public Library – enjoy a family-friendly event on the front lawn of the library during 4th Friday in Uptown Westerville! This month’s activity is a Dog Wash! Bring your dog for a bath!


9:00 AM – The Dublin Market at Bridge Park- shop local farmers, artisans, vendors and more while enjoying live entertainment! Read 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Dublin Market with Your Kids.

10:00 AM – Hulk Size School Supply Drive at Charity Newsies – Feld Entertainment is giving away one ticket voucher  to Marvel Universe Live! to the first 100 people who donate four of the requested school supply items! (See link for list.) Families can receive up to two vouchers in exchange for at least 8 items donated.

10:00 AM – Gala U-Pick at The Orchard and Company – pick apples at the farm from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday! Read about our visit to The Orchard and Co. in Plain City Apple Picking Adventures!

10:00 AM – Fire Safety Storytime at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – an Upper Arlington fire fighter and paramedic will read and talk about fire safety! Kids can also get up close to a fire engine and medic truck!

10:00 AM – HOOT 90: Aliens at Gateway Film Center – watch family-friendly short films, enjoy activities in the lobby and music by the Shazzbots! This month’s theme is Aliens!

10:00 AM – Mud & Madness at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – navigate a muddy obstacle course for the whole family! The course is 1.5 miles long and you’ll want to bring your own towels!

Related: Read about the kid-friendly Nature Center at Blacklick Woods Metro Park!

10:00 AM – Little Adventurers: Flying Science at Gallant Woods Park – kids can explore nature with hands on activities and arts and crafts! This is a free program for ages 0-5 accompanied by an adult!

10:30 AM – Our Village Special Event: Mini Striders Class with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – bring your own push toy to this “Mini Strides” workout! This is a free event with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington.

11:00 AM – Back 2 School Bash! at Briggs Road Baptist Church – enjoy back to school fun including free school supplies, corn hole, kick ball, food, snow cones, first responders, music and more! Supplies will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

12:00 PM – Metro Parks Climbing Festival at Scioto Audubon Metro Park – the two-day Climbing Festival includes climbing clinics, competitions, vendors, food vendors and more! The day ends with a showing of the movie The Goonies and there is the option to camp overnight!

12:00 PM – Urban Scrawl 12 at 400 West Rich – attend this festival to watch murals being created in the Franklinton Arts District! There will be food trucks and beverages, DJ’s and local artists!

12:00 PM – Story time with Cinderella! at Barnes and Noble Pickerington Ohio – enjoy a magical story time with Cinderella at Barnes and Noble in Pickerington.

12:00 PM – Summer Fest at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets – celebrate summer at all Fresh Thyme Markets locations. There will be an outdoor market, live entertainment, food and sampling!

2:00 PM – Project SKD – The Amazing Learning Race at Columbus State Delaware Campus – this event is a scavenger hunt for the whole family that involves completing a service project together! The event is free but registration is required.

3:00 PM – Back to School Bash at Dublin Village Center – support Dublin Bridges with a Back to School Bash! There will be food, music, giveaways and more!

5:00 PM – Grandview Hop – enjoy live music, food trucks, local shopping, art, fun activities in more on Grandview Avenue!

6:00 PM – Blank & Brush Block Party III at Blank Slate Coffee – enjoy food trucks, live music, art vendors and more at the final Block Party of the summer!

7:00 PM – Summer’s End Campfire Adventure at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – make s’mores around the fire and play in the Natural Play Area. Meet at the Nature Center.

7:15 PM – Summer Movie Series at The Topiary Park – the final movie of the summer in Topiary Park is Arrival. The movie begins at dusk and the food truck Tortilla will be on site.

9:00 PM – Movie Series – The Goonies at Scioto Audubon Metro Park – watch the movie The Goonies as part of the Metro Parks Climbing Festival! Meet at the climbing wall.


10:00 AM – National Dog Day at Rocky Fork Metro Park – take your dog for a 1.5 mile walk to celebrate National Dog Day! There will be training opportunities as well!

11:00 AM – German Village Makers Mart – this is a family-friendly and pet friendly event! Enjoy an outdoor artisan market featuring local artists, designers and growers!

2:00 PM – Monarch Butterfly Release Party at Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor – join Preservation Parks at Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor as live Monarch Butterflies are released into the wild! Learn about the lifecycle of monarchs! This is a free event!

2:00 PM – 2018 Bexley Local Author Festival! at Bexley Public Library – meet local authors, discover new books and get your books signed by the author!

Related: Two Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids featuring Bexley Public Library

4:00 PM – Birdshack – Live Jazz in the Park at Havenwood Park – enjoy a free jazz concert in the park including a food truck!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

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