It may not feel like it right now, but winter will be here before you know it. Those long, dreary, cold, wet days where kids are bouncing off the walls, and parents are out of ideas. Cincinnati is home to several top-notch indoor playgrounds, each bringing something different to the table. Dig ‘N Play is the newest kid on the indoor playground block, and it’s going to be a major Cincy kid favorite.
Dig ‘N Play just opened in Cincinnati and it’s everything.
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. When I visit an indoor playground, I want my kids to have options — and Dig ‘N Play has options.
True to its name, Dig ‘N Play also features a massive, custom-built, sand table. I don’t know what it is about sand, and digging… but my kids could dig all day. We have kinetic sand at home, but I kind of hate getting it out… because no matter what, there’s always a mess. Dig ‘N Play’s sand table is reminiscent of the water play area at the Duke Energy Children’s Museum: there are lots of places for kids to stand and play, step stools for to provide little kids an extra boost, and plenty of toys to go around. Having a dedicated space for kids to dig — and not make a mess at home — is amazing!
While indoor playgrounds are always fun for kids, they’re not generally not any parent’s favorite place to go. Dig ‘N Play is the exception; this indoor playground was truly designed with parents in mind. From the private nursing room to the freshly brewed coffee (you’ll find coffee from local roaster Seven Hills on tap!), to its aesthetically pleasing color and design, Dig ‘N Play is a place parents will actually want to hang out.
I’d say the target age range at Dig ‘N Play is 8 and under — my 18 month old and 5 year old loved everything, eagerly running from station to station. But that being said, I know my nearly 9 year old would still get a kick out of the sand play area. And what kid doesn’t love inflatables?
Dig ‘N Play is open six days a week (closed Wednesdays), and is very reasonably priced. Admission for kids under 2 is $4, and $8 for 2 and up. You’ll want to take note of several family-friendly specials:
- Thursdays are Toddler Thursdays, where tots 2 and under can play for just $3.
- Friday nights are families, with open inflatables and special meal deals from 6-8 pm.
- The first Thursday of the month is Sensory Night. They’ll turn the music off, turn the lights down and bring out extra sensory tables! There will also be two Special Education instructors onsite to assist families as needed. You’ll want to RSVP, as spots are limited to keep the environment more sensory friendly.
Dig ‘N Play is a welcome addition to the indoor playground scene in Cincinnati. In addition to being a wonderful and imaginative space for kids to run free, Dig ‘N Play is an inviting place for parents to relax and reconnect.