Spring in Cincinnati means rain. Lots of rain. We’re talking Seattle-level rainfall. And is there anything worse than cooped-up kids on a rainy day? We don’t think so! So what’s a Cincinnati Parent to do during these soggy days? Head to one of these indoor spots, that’s what!
Check out our Cincinnati Rainy Day Fun Guide:
American Sign Museum
1330 Monmouth Ave, Cincinnati
The American Sign Museum is a piece of living history that’s as accessible to kids as it is to adults. Kids will love the spinning signs, flashing lights and pop culture imagery. Definitely schedule your visit around one of the Museum’s daily tours; you’ll learn so much about the history of this awesome art medium.
1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington
Four floors of interactive exhibits and displays highlight Northern Kentucky’s rich history. Be sure to hit up each of the Museum’s “Top Ten Picks,” which include a drive-in theatre and train display with interactive crawl space.
Blue Marble Books
1356 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas
With a Great Green Room, train table and library-level selection of kids’ books, Blue Marble Books is a magical place to spend an afternoon.
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
2600 DeWeese Pkwy, Dayton
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton is more than a museum of science and natural history, it’s also a zoo, aquarium and planetarium. You’ll find all the answers to your kids’ biggest questions at Boonshoft.
Brazee Street Studios
4426 Brazee Street, Cincinnati
This Oakley art studio offers a range of classes for artists, adults and children of all skill levels, using glass as the main medium. Check out Brazee’s toddler-friendly story times, which are geared especially for kids 3-6.
Carol Ann’s Carousel
100 W Mehring Way, Cincinnati
Go around and around on this unique Cincinnati attraction by Smale Riverfront Park. Glass doors allow for easy access into the carousel building, making this indoor carousel accessible year-round.
980 Loveland Madeira Rd, Loveland
Go retro on the next rainy day by lacing up your roller skates for a family skate date! Castle Skateland boasts the largest skate floor in the Tri-State, and provides a bright, clean, safe and friendly atmosphere for the family.
Duke Energy Children’s Museum
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati
Don’t let the construction at Union Terminal scare you away – the Duke Energy Children’s Museum is open and better than ever! The Woods, Kids’ Town and Energy Zone are guaranteed kid pleasers, while the new Inside the Grin exhibit is sure to get your kids excited about oral hygiene. (P.S. In May, there’s a Star Wars exhibit coming to the Museum Center that’s sure to be out of this world!)
Two locations: Cincinnati (Rookwood Commons Shopping Center) and Crestview Hills (Crestview Hills Shopping Center)
Joseph-Beth is known for its story times – and working parents can celebrate that both Cincinnati and Crestview Hills now offer Saturday story times! The newly revamped Kids’ Area at Crestview Hills is definitely worth a trip.
IKEA West Chester
9500 IKEA Way, West Chester Township
It’s no secret we love IKEA – and this Swedish superstore is absolutely a fun place to browse on a rainy day! The Kids’ Department features activity tables, cars and trucks, play tunnels and play mats, making it basically the coolest playroom ever. (Be sure to go on a Tuesday for story time and IKEA’s Kids Eat Free promo!)
950 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati
It’s always spring in Krohn Conservatory – and right now, the acclaimed Butterfly Show is happening! The star of this year’s show is the majestic and magnificent monarch butterfly.
Two locations: Mason (7082 Columbia Road, Maineville) and Northern Kentucky (1335 Donaldson Rd., Erlanger)
Lazer Kraze combines old-school arcade games with new-school lazer tag, making it a win-win in any parent’s book. Tip: the Indoor Trampoline Park is a sure-fire cure for the rainy day crazies.
7100 Foundry Rd., Liberty Township
This new indoor shopping center in West Chester features an area just for kids. The Discovery Center has games and interactive activities, and definitely encourages creativity and discovery for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Main Event Entertainment
9477 Oxford Way, West Chester
This unique attraction is for children and adults and guarantees hours of fun and excitement. The “main event” at Main Event is bowling: black lights, lasers, music and more will keep your kids entertained frame after frame.
One Aquarium Way, Newport
Newport Aquarium is filled with a wide variety of creatures to watch, learn about and even (in some cases), touch. In May, the Aquarium is opening its newest exhibit, the interactive Stingray Hideaway.
Northland Ice Center
10400 Reading Rd, Cincinnati
Ice skating in the spring? Why not? Northland Ice Center is a year-round indoor rink offering lessons, all-ages hockey and open skating.
Red Balloon Play + Café
6200 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati
A café featuring locally sourced, chef-prepared cuisine (and treats) and a state-of-the-art play place? Sign us up! With Red Balloon’s Eat + Play combo (just $10/kid), you can literally stay all day at this gorgeous Pleasant Ridge gem.
885 Old Ohio 28, Milford
Trampolines, basketball courts, soccer fields, golf greens, foosball tables and rows and rows of giant, indoor playground equipment. Recreations Outlet is an absolute favorite place on a rainy day.
Reds Hall of Fame Museum
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati
It’s baseball season, so what better way to spend a rainy day than at the Reds Hall of Fame Museum? Plenty of interactive areas for kids are available, including a booth where kids can don headsets and practice their Marty and Joe skills!
Run, Jump and Play
8481 Duke Blvd, Mason
Now this is an indoor playground: wall-to-wall swing sets, slides, monkey bars, rock walls and trampolines offer loads of rainy day fun.
Two locations: Cincinnati (876 OH-28, Milford) and Dayton (6196 Poe Avenue Dayton)
Go-karts, virtual reality, mini bowling and lazer tag – Scene 75 is a destination for year-round indoor fun! Located in Dayton and Cincinnati, both locations have been named Top 3 Family Entertainment Centers in North America and Dayton’s holds the title of #1 Family Center in North America.
11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville
The Sharon Center is sure to be a big hit on a rainy day. There are animals, story times, crafts and an entire indoor play place housed at this Great Parks gem – and kids 2-5 will absolutely go crazy for the ball pit. (Please note a 2017 Great Parks Vehicle Permit is required for park entry – at $10/year, it’s a total steal!)
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati
If we had to describe the Taft Museum in one word, it would be delightful. In addition to a series of ever-rotating displays, this art museum boasts lots of kid friendly activities, including Third Sunday Funday, Taft Jr. classes and free admission every Sunday. Definitely stay for lunch in the café – there are several kid-approved options and the staff is super friendly.
4314 Boron Dr., Covington
Totter’s Otterville is set up in sections, each having a theme to encourage creativity and cooperative play. It’s geared toward children through age 10 and has a little something for everyone.
The Silver Diva
7594B Voice of America Center Drive, West Chester
The Silver Diva offers a fun, kid friendly alternative to the typical craft time experience. Kids ages 6 and up can hand stamp their own necklaces, bracelets, rings or keychains.