Summer Fun Without the Sun

We asked for it and it’s here. The heat and humidity have returned to the tristate and we are in full summer mode. By now, you’ve probably taken the kids to the pool, a local park and maybe even the zoo or Kings Island. But chances are, everyone is ready for a break from the heat.  Thankfully, no matter where you live in Cincinnati, there are plenty of indoor options to entertain your family – air conditioning included.





Run, Jump n’ Play

Here’s a great destination to enjoy the fun of a playground and trampolines, but without the summer temps! Check out the special area for babies and toddlers, too.


Castle Skateland

Who wouldn’t want to roller skate inside a castle? Kids of all ages will enjoy the fun of skating on the largest roller rink in Cincinnati.


Entertrainment Junction

Check out the world’s largest indoor model train display, which also has a great play area for kids. The theme this month is “Christmas in July” with Santa visiting from the North Pole.





Newport Aquarium

What better way to beat the heat than to head under water? Your family will love the special Seahorse Exhibit currently on display at the Newport Aquarium.


Totter’s Otterville

For those with young children, Totter’s Otterville is a hidden gem in Northern Kentucky. The variety of pretend play encourages kids’ creativity and parents will enjoy the comfortable indoor set up to relax and watch the kids have fun.


Lazer Kraze

Fun for the whole family, this spot provides laser tag, a trampoline park and an arcade to keep busy.





Recreations Outlet

Let your children run around and jump to their heart’s content. Here you’ll find several play sets and trampolines ready for fun.



Newer to Cincinnati, Scene75 is the ultimate indoor play destination. Activities include indoor go-karts, black light mini golf and bouncing inflatables.


Cheers to Art

Feeling artistic? Check out a “Kids and Canvas” session at Cheers to Art. Multiple sessions occur each month so check their calendar and register early!





Scallywag Tag

A west side favorite, kids love the pirate-themed black light mini golf. Play a game of laser tag while you’re there too.


Full Throttle Indoor Karting

Have the need for speed? Children 8 years and older can zip around the track during heats provided especially for junior drivers.



Sneak in a little exercise along with some fun. Toddlers through adults can enjoy this vast trampoline park, which includes a special toddler time and spaces for younger jumpers.





The Red Balloon Café + Play

Your family can cool off, play and enjoy a delicious meal at The Red Balloon. Favorites include the water play area, plenty of pretend play toys and the slide.


Duke Energy Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum provides endless activities and learning opportunities. Remaining open during the museum’s renovations, this will surely be a highlight of the summer.


Fire Museum of Cincinnati

An affordable way to spend a hot afternoon, the Fire Museum is full of history and provides a great opportunity to teach your family about fire safety.




When a summer day is just too hot to spend outdoors, there’s plenty of Cincinnati fun in the A/C. Be sure to add these indoor destinations to your bucket list this July!

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