Worth the Drive: Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana

Drive an hour and a half west of Cincinnati and you’ll find Kidscommons, a great children’s museum that’s the perfect spot to play and explore when you’re in the mood for a little day trip out of town. This community children’s museum, located in downtown Columbus, Indiana, is a fun and inviting place where kids can use their creativity to learn about their community and world.

Related Article: The Ultimate Guide to Children’s Museums

Kidscommons Exhibits

At Kidscommons, there are two floors full of exhibits — created specifically for children — to explore. Here are some of the more popular exhibits at the museum:

ExploraHouse

Probably the most memorable exhibit in the museum, ExploraHouse is where you will find the museum’s world-famous giant toilet, where kids can actually climb in and discover the “ins and outs” of a toilet. Kids can also learn about how lights work, visit an infrared kitchen, and climb through the chimney to the attic.

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Camp Kidscommons

The newest exhibit in the museum, Camp Kidscommons features a giant treehouse that kids can climb in, play on and explore. This outdoor-inspired exhibit will have kids searching the treetops for Indiana creatures, crawling through underground tunnels, relaxing on hammocks, and sliding down slides.

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Location: Kidscommons is located at 309 Washington Street in Columbus.

Hours: Visitors purchasing online advance tickets can choose from two times, 10 am-1 pm or 2-5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 2-5 pm on Sunday.

Website: kidscommons.org

Other things to know: Food and drink are not allowed in the exhibit spaces at Kidscommons, but your admission allows you to leave and grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants (or pack a lunch and enjoy your meal outdoors!).

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