Snowy and rainy days aren’t a surprise during the winter and spring in Ohio, but for families with kids it never hurts to be prepared with indoor activities. Here are some of our favorites around the city!
COSI is the classic family stop, where kids of all ages discover interactive science exhibits, hands-on activities, big screen movies, and more. It’s easy to spend a full day exploring the science center, especially when you discover the new dinosaurs from the American Museum of Natural History.
Columbus Museum of Art
At the Columbus Museum of Art you’ll discover world-class art exhibitions as well as engaging kid’s activities. Stroll from gallery to gallery, marvel at the giant Chihuly sculpture in the Derby Court, then head to the Center for Creativity, full of hands-on activities.
Ohio History Center
The History Center is open Wednesdays through Sundays. See the wholly mammoth skeleton, learn about the natural world in Ohio, see plenty of historic artifacts, and learn about life in the 1950s by exploring the all-steel Lustron home. If the weather breaks, head outside to stroll the historic Ohio Village!
See a show at Columbus Children’s Theatre or CATCO!
Both Columbus Children’s Theatre and CATCO is Kids produce world-class productions that entertain the entire family, from musicals to comedies to adaptations of favorite books and even original works!
Tabletop Game Cafe
Find hours of fun with the games Tabletop Game Cafe in Clintonville. Choose from hundreds of board games to play, and keep yourself fueled with espresso or hot chocolate, snacks like pizza bagels or hummus, and a selection of empanadas.
Grange Audubon Center
Pay a visit to the Grange Audubon Center, open Tuesdays through Sundays, where you can learn all about the natural world. Cozy up in one of the glass-walled rooms to watch the birds at the feeders outside.
Metro Parks Nature Centers
Even if the weather isn’t co-operating, you can still visit many of central Ohio’s metro parks. Several of the parks, such as Blacklick Woods, Highbanks, or Battelle Darby Creek, feature indoor nature centers where you can learn about plants and animals, discover play rooms, and explore hands-on exhibitions.
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Considered one of the best library systems in the country, the Columbus Metropolitan Library – from the main library downtown to the many satellite locations spread across the city – is the perfect place to curl up with a book. Explore the children’s sections and catch a story time.
Franklin Park Conservatory
The indoor gardens of Franklin Park are beautiful no matter the weather! Explore the stunning plant life from all different parts of the world and see the butterflies in the Pacific Island Water Garden. Stop for lunch in the Garden Cafe (complete with a kid’s menu) before you leave!
Get Air / Sky Zone / Trampoline Xtreme
Work out some excess energy at one of the city’s trampoline parks. Don your special socks, run around, bounce, tackle the obstacle courses, or just jump into the foam pits. Many of the indoor parks feature sections appropriate for different ages.
Skate Zone 71
Get your roller skates on and hit the rink at Skate Zone! When you get tired out, take a break to play some laser tag.
Firefly Play Cafe
For the younger kiddos, the Firefly Play Cafe gives them a chance to run and play while the adults can enjoy coffee and a snack. The center also features arts and crafts, music, and story times.