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Family-Friendly Indoor Winter Activities

Skip the sled today and head to one of our favorite places to play and learn in Columbus

Cabin fever in Ohio is inevitable during the winter. You’ve exhausted about every coloring book and board game you have in the house, and your kids are literally bouncing off the walls. You’re looking for indoor activities for kids in Columbus, but you just haven’t found the right one yet. Have no fear — Columbus is home to a wide variety of indoor activities to keep your family occupied all winter long. Here are some of the best spots to explore during the winter months:

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Babies + Preschoolers

Piccadilly Modern Play & Creative Cafe (Bexley): With a wide range of play spaces for both fine-motor and gross-motor skill development, the site also offers art classes.
Cost: $10 for the first child, $5 per sibling

Columbus Metropolitan Libraries: Locations are all across the Columbus area and offer story times, activities and classes throughout the week for all ages. Check your local branch for a calendar of events.
Cost: Free

Gymboree Play & Music (Gahanna): Offering classes for children up to 5 years old as well as open play options, its structured classes encourage development of social, cognitive and physical skills in proprietary-designed play areas.
Cost: Varies, see website

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All Ages

Pete DeLois’ Recreations Outlet (Powell): Head to this showroom and indoor playground for an ideal spot for kids of all ages to burn some energy. Inside you’ll find trampolines, a large variety of playgrounds and also basketball hoops.
Cost: Only $2 per family (up to three kids), and half of that goes to charity

Westerville Community Center (Westerville): This community center has a large indoor playground with slides and ladders and The Water Hole, a large indoor water play park with a lazy river, waterslides and more.
Cost: Free play area, The Water Hole $7.50 and under

COSI (Downtown): This hands-on science museum located in the heart of downtown has various exhibits, a planetarium, movies and play areas for kids of all ages (and kids at heart!).
Cost: Kids (2 to 12) $15, adults $20

Franklin Park Conservatory (Downtown): In the middle of winter, here’s the best place to get close to nature indoors — enjoy lush greenery, flowers and plants — plus art exhibits. Check the website for activities and classes for kids of all ages.
Cost: Adults $14, kids (3 to 17) $7, kids under 2 free

Statehouse Tour (Downtown): Head to Capitol Square for a guided tour. Learn about the history of the state of Ohio, its landmarks and its government.
Cost: FREE

Do you want more fun, family focused activities and tips? Check out all of our best advice for families in Ohio!