Summer Fun Without the Sun

We asked for it, and now it’s here: The heat and humidity have descended upon Cincinnati, and were in full summer mode.  By now, you’ve probably taken the kids to all the splashpads, parks and playgrounds, 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! 

Here’s our ultimate guide to Summer Fun without the Sun – 15 indoor activities to escape the heat!


Pogo Play   (pictured)

10870 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash | 

In addition to its massive 7,600square-foot play structure, Pogo Play boasts a sports court, LEGO area, interactive floor, toddler area, dramatic play space and inflatables. 

Great Wolf Lodge   

2501 Great Wolf Dr., Mason | 

Who can resist attractions with names like the Hydro Plunge, Triple Twist and Raccoon Lagoon? Great Wolf Lodge is the ultimate close-to-home staycation.  

Lazer Kraze 

7082 Columbia Rd., Mason | 

Laser tag, a trampoline park and arcade games provide hours of family fun. North Kentucky parents: Lazer Kraze has a location in Erlanger, too!      


Behringer-Crawford Museum 

1600 Montague Rd., Covington, KY | 

Four floors of interactive exhibits highlight Northern Kentucky’s history at this hidden gem. Be sure to visit each of the museum’s “Top Ten Picks,” which include a drive-in theatre and train display with interactive crawl space. 

Newport Aquarium (pictured)

One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY | 

It’s #SharkSummer at Newport Aquarium! In addition to a brand-new baby epaulette shark, extended summer hours and lots of interactive activities make Newport Aquarium the perfect place to cool off.  

Totter’s  Otterville   

4314 Boron Dr., Covington, KY | 

A variety of interactive spaces and pretend-play stations encourage hours of creativity at this N. KY gem 


Mosiac Climbing 

9501 Union Cemetery Rd., Loveland | 

This brand-new indoor climbing center is the real deal. Memberships, classes, camps Cincinnati climbers of all ages will love Mosaic Climbing! 

Recreations Outlet (pictured)

885 St. Route 28, Milford | 

Trampolines, a basketball court and rows of giant, indoor playground equipment — Recreations Outlet is an absolute favorite place on a hot summer day!   


876 OH-28, Milford | 

Go-karts, virtual reality, mini bowling and laser tag: Scene 75 is a one-stop-shop for year-round indoor fun!   


Discovery Center at Liberty Center (pictured)

7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township | 

This unique indoor playground has a “flying pig” theme, which can be found in everything from the walls to the pig-shaped play structure. It’s free to visit, and across from the play area, the MidPoint Library has a full-service branch, making Liberty Center a satisfying afternoon for kids and parents. 

Entertrainment Junction   

7379 Squire Ct., West Chester | 

Entertrainment Junction is 25,000 square feet of model trains, with an indoor play area, railroad museum and tons of train tables. Stop by this month for “Christmas in July” and enjoy some holiday cheer with a visit from Santa! 

Scallywag Tag 

5055 Glencrossing Way, Cincinnati | 

Kids of all ages will love the pirate-themed, blacklight mini golf, laser tag and arcade favorites at this West Side gem 


Cincinnati Museum Center (pictured)

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati | 

Between the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Public Landing, OMNIMAX and Cave; the all-new Dinosaur Gallery, Science Interactives Gallery and Neil Armstrong Exploration Gallery; and the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts to ever show in the U.S., there are so many reasons to visit Cincinnati Museum Center this summer.  

The Dungeon at King Arthur’s Court 

3040 Madison Rd., Oakley | 

The Dungeon is a fun and free indoor play area that truly transforms King Arthur’s Court into a land of imagination.  

LilyPad Play 

2008 Madison Rd., Cincinnati | 

For the 6-and-under crowd, this new indoor space in O’Bryonville is a must! Kids will love the indoor rock wall, natural wood play structure, whimsical wheely bugs and daily classes. 

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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