Indoor activities for kids in Columbus, Ohio

Indoor activities for kids in Columbus, Ohio

If bad weather forces children to stay indoors to play, it doesn’t take long for them to get bored and restless. Luckily, if you’re living or vacationing in or around Columbus, Ohio, there is still a lot for kids to do.


333 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH

The Center of Science and Industry is a hands-on museum with three floors of interactive exhibits for all ages. A special closed-in play area for children aged 6 and under is located inside COSI. Visitors can spend all day at COSI visiting the permanent and traveling exhibits, watching demonstrations, viewing movies on the 7-story Extreme Screen, and playing while they learn about the world around them.

Galaxy Games and Golf

3700 Interchange Rd, Columbus, OH‎

Galaxy’s FunGym is a three-story 3,500 square foot indoor playground with ball pits, slides, tubes, rope bridges, and tunnels. (Socks are required!) The FunGym also has a dedicated area for toddlers to play safely. Galaxy’s indoor arcade lets kids earn tickets to redeem for prizes, and also serves pizza and other kids’ favorites. If weather permits, there are 18 holes of miniature golf outside.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH‎

The children’s section of the Columbus Metropolitan Library has a large indoor play area with a “hidey hole” tree and regularly rotated play stations. Every week there are also several storytime hours in the built-in children’s amphitheater for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and families. The library houses over 3 million items and has won numerous national awards including “#1 library” from Hennen Rankings.

Zoo Themed Play Place at Polaris Towne Center

1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH

The Columbus Zoo soft play area is one of the largest of its kind in the region. Dozens of lifelike zoo animals, rocks, and flowers constructed from durable cushioned plastic are available for kids to climb on, centered around a giant tree slide in the middle of the play place. The play place also has a single entrance, making it easier to keep tabs on children who are prone to slipping away unnoticed.

Space Themed Play Area at Tuttle Crossing Mall

5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd, Dublin, OH

The entire solar system is represented in this space-themed soft play place, plus a meteor slide and rocket with a real steering wheel. Kids can have fun at this play place, but realize that there are three separate exits for sneaky children to slip through when parents aren’t watching. Please be aware that the play place closes daily from 2 – 2:30 for cleaning and shuts down during the holiday season.

Just because it’s rainy, too cold, or too hot to play outside doesn’t mean that kids have to stay in the house all day. Columbus has a wide variety of indoor places for kids to explore, play, learn, and be active.