10 Fun Places for Kids in Columbus

10 Must-Know Fun Places for Kids in Columbus


10 Fun Places for Kids in Columbus

This is one of those posts that I’ve been working on for awhiiile and, this summer, I’ve done some major “research” with my babe to give you a valuable guide on where to take those littles ones around the city. I get a lot of questions about fun places for kids in Columbus. Now that my girl is in full toddler-mode, she has as much fun at these spots as much as I do! I hope you enjoy this list and I also hope you’ll leave a comment if you have some more ideas! I’d love to hear them! I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: We mamas have to help each other out! The saying, “It takes a village,” is oh-so-true! 🙂

  • 1. COSI

COSI is PERFECT for rainy and/or cold days! Buying an annual membership is the way to go, as we’ve found we go to their little kidspace (first grade and under) all the time! Of course, they have tons of exhibits and fun and educational offerings for the older ones too!


2. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium / Zoombezi Bay

The Columbus Zoo entertains for hours! Our favorite things to do? Watch the cheetah run and feed the giraffes in the Heart of Africa! A membership is totally worth it if you plan to go a few times per year. Also, Zoombezi Bay, Columbus’s largest water park, is just next door and offers water fun for the entire family!columbus zoo

3. Play Cafes

There are a few great play cafes in Columbus that offer hours of fun for a small price! These ones top the list:

what to do with kids in grandview

4. Parks

We’re all about the toddler-friendly parks right now with Schiller Park in German Village topping our list. Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks are also outstanding. Watch the bison at Batelle Darby Creek or explore the natural play area at Blendon Woods. You can find a full listing of the parks HERE.schiller park

5. Cub Shrub

Okay, so you may not want to take your kids, but you can definitely shop for them here! Cub Shrub is the sweetest, cutest boutique shop for children that has two locations: Short North and Grandview. Both are equally as darling and I doubt you’ll leave empty-handed! I did an entire post about the new location HERE.boutique childrens store columbus ohio

6. Slate Run Historical Farm

Part of the Metro Parks system, this historical farm is absolutely a best-kept secret in Central Ohio! It’s FREE! They have tons of farm animals like horses, cows, and pigs! It’s like walking back in time. Sooo fun! Pack a picnic!slate run farm ohio

7. Libraries

The Columbus Metropolitan Library system is amaaazing, ladies! I could go on and on! Story times, book clubs, play areas, and more! We love the library! Check out all their locations HERE.grove city library

8. Splash Pads

Because you can’t beat water fun in the summer! These parks will guarantee your little ones’ a great nap after your trip:

scioto mile splash pad

9. Farmers Markets

There are markets all days of the week around Central Ohio but these are our go-to spots for farm-to-table fun:

worthington farmers market

10. U-Pick Farms

Farm fun for both the kids and adults! Our faves include:

hann farms columbus ohio

I know the title of this post said “10” places, but I have to include these ideas too:

What did I miss? I’d love to know your favorite spots!


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