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The Best Indoor Activities For Kids In Columbus

When the weather gets gloomy, keeping your kids entertained can become a real nightmare.

Whether it’s freezing temps or pouring rain, inclement weather can be a real bummer for kids. It’s always best for parents to have a few indoor activities up their sleeves.

Columbus institutions like COSI and Franklin Park Conservatory offer educational programs. Places like trampoline parks and rock climbing gyms promise fun through physical activity. We’ve compiled some of the best ways to keep your children happy and busy below.

Vertical Adventures

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Vertical Adventures is family fun for your kids of all ages. For the little ones, the ABC Climbing program offers a unique way to build agility, balance, and coordination. For older kids, consider their competitive climbing team, Team Vertical or their recreational Climber’ Club.
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Since opening to the public in 1964, COSI has become a local institution here in the capital city. Offering activities covering a wide range of science and technology, COSI is the perfect place to spend a snowy day. Kids can learn about topics ranging from Space to electricity, all in a fun and inclusive environment. COSI even offers a space for younger children, which encourages imaginative play and creativity.
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Columbus Museum of Art

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Open the artistic mind of your child by exploring the Columbus Museum of Art. Free every day for children under 5 and for all on Sundays, the Museum offers tons of activities for your family. Explore the Wonder Room or set out on a museum-wide scavenger hunt, all while experiencing one of the most unique places Columbus has to offer.
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Columbus Metropolitan Library

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When the weather turns gloomy, venture into a world of knowledge and imagination at the Columbus Library. Offering a haven for young readers and families, the library is more than just a collection of books. Explore interactive exhibits, participate in storytelling sessions, and engage in educational activities designed to spark curiosity. With a welcoming atmosphere, the Columbus Library provides the perfect escape for your little ones to discover the joy of reading and learning. Find a branch and programming near you at the link below.
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Franklin Park Conservatory

At Franklin Park Conservatory, you’ll find the perfect activity for children aged 3-5. Nature School meets Tuesdays & Wednesdays until November 14, with two sessions per day. It’s a great way for your kids to participate in a green lifestyle all year long. The program allows young minds to be immersed in the nature around them, all while building skill sets across many different subjects.
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Big Bounce

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Giant inflatables allow your kids to jump through all of their excess energy, just in time for nap time! Offering both open-bounce and private parties, Big Bounce has something for everyone, including the adults. My word of advice is, don’t forget to bring socks for your kids and yourself if you plan on bouncing.
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LEGOLAND Discovery Center

From indoor rides to awesome building experiences, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a great way to spend a cold or rainy afternoon. The kids can explore Miniland, an awesome LEGO recreation of Columbus, build their own creations, or hop on a ride. Having been there myself, I can tell you with confidence that LEGOLAND Discovery Center is truly fun for all ages.
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Little Diggers Play Space

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For a playtime haven that sparks creativity and endless fun, look no further than Little Diggers Play Space. Tailored for the youngest adventurers, this vibrant space offers a variety of engaging activities that promote imaginative play and social interaction. From interactive play zones to themed playdates, Little Diggers is a delightful escape for both children and parents. Embrace the joy of unstructured play in a safe and stimulating environment at Little Diggers Play Space.
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