There is an affliction that strikes homes across the Southwest Ohio every winter. It is not the flu. Not the common cold. It’s cabin fever – that point when it is too cold to go outside and the thought of playing one more board game or building yet another blanket fort is enough to drive even the most patient person mad. So what is a parent to do when they find their kids bouncing off the walls this winter? Head to an indoor playground, of course! Thankfully, Southwest Ohio has plenty of options.
Check out these Indoor Playgrounds in Dayton:
2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton, OH 45414
The Boonshoft Museum is the premier destination for family learning in the Miami Valley. It is a natural history museum, science center, children’s museum, planetarium, observatory and zoo!
2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. Dayton, OH 45458
The play area has elements like a rocket ship, an airplane and a hot air balloon. The play area’s location is on the lower level between Macy’s and JCPenney. We love that there are seats surrounding the area with boxes below for shoes. We also love that everything in the Flight Zone is made of a soft foam type of material so even if the kiddos are playing a little rougher or take a tumble as many do they are surrounded by softer material. Southwest Ohio Parent Tip– If you have a runner- sit close to the entrance/exit so you can grab them quicker.
7379 Squire Court West Chester, OH 45069
Imagination Junction features an interactive play area designed specifically for kids. A 5,000 square-foot railroad-themed entertainment center includes a colorful, innovative play structure with dozens of challenging elements. Completely indoors, it’s the perfect place to come on a rainy day or any day!
637 E. Whipp Rd. Centerville, OH 45459
Fairhaven’s indoor children’s play area provides a free, safe, clean place for children ages 0-6 to play, while allowing parents and caregivers the opportunity to connect with friends and other families. The soft play area is only for children ages 0-2. The tube play area is recommended for children ages 3-6. All children must be under adult supervision. FREE The Play Area is open to the public Monday-Friday, 12:00-4:00 PM. Southwest Ohio Parent Tip– No food and drink allowed.
1528 West Main St. Troy, OH 45373
Jumpy’s is now Jumpy’s Fun Zone! Jumpy’s Fun Zone located in Troy behind McDonald’s, is Dayton’s premier family entertainment center. Jumpy’s Fun Zone features a 5,300 square foot laser tag arena, the largest laser tag arena per player in Dayton and the Miami Valley and 5 giant bounce house inflatables! Southwest Ohio Parent Tip– They offer free wifi.
2078 E Dorothy Ln, Kettering, OH 45420
Whether you’re looking for additional enrichment programs in Kettering or simply need a night out, we’ve got your back. And like all our classes, these extra programs each feature a smartly crafted curriculum full of creative activities and loads of laughter.
4990 Wilmington Pike Dayton, OH 45440
One of Dayton’s largest and most exciting family fun centers! Their soft play indoor playground is forr ages 11 and younger, we have our massive, indoor jungle gym called Soft Play. Soft Play consists of three levels and is filled with tunnels, slides, and mazes that will spark children’s imagination. Adults can enter the Soft Play zone FREE with a paying child. Southwest Ohio Parent Tip- They also have tons of arcade games (2 floors), batting cages, mini golf and water wars when the weather is warm.
6911 Frederick Pike, Dayton
The Playland (located at the north end of the Frederick Pike campus) is an exclamation point on the premium that Stillwater places on kids! It’s open & FREE to the public Monday through Thursday from 11am – 4pm. Need a party place? The Indoor Cafe & Playland is a great place to celebrate birthday parties & special occasions.
Check out these Indoor Playgrounds in Cincinnati:
11450 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville, OH 45241
Adventure Station is an indoor playground located within Sharon Centre in Sharon Woods. Open to children ages 2-12, the two-story, handicap accessible playground features ladders, tunnels and interactive play areas galore. Admission is just $4.75 per child 2-12 (a Great Parks Vehicle Permit is required – Hamilton County residents can get one for $10/year). Be sure to check the hours before you go – this indoor playground is closed certain days of the week depending on the season.
3040 Madison Road, Oakley, OH 45209
The Dungeon at King Arthur’s Court is a fun and free indoor play area that truly transforms this store into a land of imagination. The Dungeon at King Arthur’s Court is comprised of three areas. There’s a small jungle gym, hanging swings, books, toys and comfy couches in the front space. It’s the perfect place to spend a cold winter’s day.
1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203. 513-287-7000
The Woods is easily the most unique indoor play area in Cincinnati; the three-story area has hollow climbing logs, rope bridges and a horizontal climbing wall, as well as areas for discovering fossils and the animals that live in the nooks and crannies of the woods. The Woods is designed for kiddos 8 and older, but younger kids are encouraged to explore with an adult (and in fact, the bouncy spider web is just for younger explorers!). The Woods is FREE with CMC admission.
9405 Cincinnati Columbus Rd. (Rt.42), West Chester, OH 45069
Located in West Chester, Dig ‘N Play is not your average indoor playground. From its three-story play structure and inflatables to the kid-propelled trains and large dramatic play area, everything about Dig ‘N Play is extra. True to its name, Dig ‘N Play also features a massive, custom-built, sand table. Having a dedicated space for kids to dig — and not make a mess at home — is amazing!
8533 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45255
This indoor playground at Graeter’s Cherry Grove store is only the second of its kind, with the other located in Columbus. The indoor playground features multiple ice-cream-themed slides, a banana-split-inspired teeter-totter, plenty of room to play and a fun, ice-cream-truck photo opp.
7102 Office Park Dr., West Chester, OH 45069
It’s always playtime at Jump & Jack’s. This multi-level indoor playground is filled with tons of climbing, sliding and jumping fun for kids, plus an interactive Toddler Zone just for littles 2 and under. Admission is $4 for toddlers 2 and under every day and $8 for kids 3 and up on weekdays/$10 on weekends.
5765 Constitution Drive, Florence, KY, 41042
Kids will have a blast playing at a Jump Zone Party and Play Center which features massive, themed inflatable slides, obstacle courses, bounce houses kids love, interactive games, toddler activities, and more. All equipment is for kids ages 2-12.
157 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
LEGOland Discover Center is basically one giant playground for LEGO lovers, but there are two areas specifically devoted to indoor play. For younger tots, there is, of course, a Duplo playground with large, soft bricks, blown-up animals for climbing and even a playset and slide. (Have your kids slide into the soft bricks — it’s so fun!) And for the older crowd, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center is the ultimate indoor (LEGO) playground — the three-story LEGO City play space looks like a larger-than-life version of your kids’ LEGO fire station, construction and police station sets. (This Columbus gem is absolutely worth the drive!)
7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, OH 45069. 513-644-0900
The Cincinnati Children’s Discovery Center is an amazing indoor play area where kids can get their energy out while parents watch on. Located in the Foundry, the Discovery Center is designed for kids aged 2 to 12 to run, climb (inside a huge Flying Pig) and slide (down the Pigtail Slide)! Kids will delight in sending foam balls zipping on a journey they create in the gigantic Magnetic Ball Maze. This mall play area is a genius idea and needs to be incorporated by every shopping center! Oh — and it’s FREE.
2008 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
There are lots of great indoor playgrounds in Cincinnati, but only a few are geared towards little kids. LilyPad Play fits this niche: it’s aimed toward kids 6 and under, and the space is truly great for that diverse age range. Toddlers will enjoy the soft gym areas, bug scooters, train table and grocery store area, while preschoolers will love the indoor climbing wall and play set.
1307 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Rainy, snowy days are perfect for board games. And the Play Library in OTR is one of the coolest inventions to come to Cincinnati. It’s designed and operated like a regular library, except their inventory is full of new and vintage games, toys, dress-up clothes and more! The best part? It’s always free to come in and play. They are a non-profit organization, so feel free to drop a donation or become a member!
885 St. Rt 28, Milford, OH 45150
This hidden gem in Milford features trampolines, basketball hoops, scooters and play sets of every size and shape. Want to play foosball, ping pong, or air hockey? They’ve got that too. Recreations outlet even offers an onsite cafe with free wifi and a full menu. Admission is $7 per child for up to two hours on weekdays and $10 per child on weekends and school holidays. Recreations Outlet also offers Charitable Play: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 am, kids can play for just $4 per child and half of all proceeds go to the charity of the month.
8350 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45239
At Rockin’ Jump Cincinnati, your littles can literally, well, bounce off the walls! While many of the offerings at Rockin’ Jump are for older kids, there is an area especially for jumpers 6 and under. This area is open and spacious, and really lets kids be free to bounce, climb, roll and fall. It’s fantastic to have an entire space where kids can bounce to their hearts’ content.
5897 Pfeiffer Rd, Suite B, Cincinnati,OH 45242
Run, Jump & Play in Blue Ash has one of the largest indoor playgrounds in the area, and specializes in parties. For preschoolers and elementary-aged kids, the many play sets, trampolines and inflatables make for a really fun time. Run, Jump & Play also makes it easy for parents: each party has a personal party host, private party room, invitations, paper goods and the option for pizza and drinks, party favors and specialty themes. (Oh, and they clean it all up, too!)
4314 Boron Dr., Covington, KY 41015
Totter’s Otterville is basically a children’s museum, toy store and indoor playground all rolled into one. There are over 30 rooms full of different activities for kids 10 and under. Kids are encouraged to play and imagine at Totter’s Otterville — the play areas include not only physically interactive environments such as a ball pit and slides, but also dozens of other activities from an art studio to water play to all forms of pretend. Admission is $8.95 per child over 1.
Locations vary. 513-632-YMCA
Offering tons of indoor activities to keep your kids, well, active, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is every Cincinnati Parent’s best friend in the winter! Especially if your kids are missing pool time, head to the YMCA for a little splishin’ and splashin’! Specifically, the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA in Springfield Township, which features the best indoor water playground in town. Powel Crosley’s spacious water park includes a leisure pool with a water playground, body flume slide, giant dump buckets (perfect for soaking boisterous kids!), lazy river and lap lanes. The best part? If you’re not a member of the YMCA, you can request a free guest pass to try it out!
10765 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241
At Zip City, kids can bounce, climb and literally zip around! Centrally located in Sharonville, Zip City is three indoor playgrounds in one, with separate trampoline, rock wall and zip line parks. The main attraction, of course, is the zip lining: Zip City boasts three zip lines, each spanning almost 220 feet long and 3 stories high, where riders can be propelled across the park at speeds up to 20 mph! The best part? Parents can supervise from Zip City’s Sky Lounge: a lush, 1,200-square-foot lounge with TV’s and couches that overlooks the trampoline and zip line areas.