The best example of Cincinnati’s newfound Cool Kid status, however, can be found in Milford. Pete DeLois’ Recreations Outlet is one of the most awesome places I’ve visited with my kids — and a total hidden gem. It’s located in an old hardware store, one I used to visit as a kid with my parents — and where the funnest attraction was the penny candy my mom used to buy for my brothers and I if we were good.
Now, there are trampolines, basketball courts, soccer fields, golf greens and rows and rows of giant, indoor playground equipment. Recreations Outlet is going to be you and your kids’ absolute favorite place this winter!
There are classes offered for kids of all ages on site through Big Shots Sports. My younger two (ages 4 and 2.5) got to take a Big Shots Basketball class taught by Alyson, one of the coaches. She was upbeat and enthusiastic, and did a fantastic job keeping a class full of preschoolers engaged and excited.
My kids got to run drills, practice passing and shooting and even work on their dribbling skills. Mary absolutely loved it, and really came out of her shell during practice. Alyson was great at giving each of the kids one-on-one attention and encouragement — even my two-year-old, who preferred chasing his basketball around the court!
Big Shots Sports is located in the back of Recreations Outlet. So as we walked through the facility, my kids saw all of the cool playground equipment — and were very eager to try it out! Think of the coolest playground you’ve ever been to — then add trampolines, scooters, several rock walls and every type of slide imaginable. Oh — and put it inside, where you can play all year long. That’s Recreations Outlet.
Despite being exhausted from 45 minutes of basketball practice, my kids found their second wind. Mary loved the trampolines and scooters, while little Harvey climbed every ladder he saw. The room is a big, open showroom, so it’s easy to keep track of your kids. (And the squishy gym turf is totally toddler-mom approved!)
With holiday break approaching, you’ll definitely want to spend an afternoon or two letting your kids run off all that Christmas candy at Recreations Outlet. Big Shots is also offering several Holiday Break Clinics and Camps to note: a Multi-Sport Clinic on Dec. 23 and several Sport-Specific camps Dec. 27-29. These activities are all very reasonably priced, and perfect for kids in grades K-8!
Recreations Outlet is located at 885 OH-28 in Milford. Open play rates vary by day — but if you go on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 9-11 a.m., you’ll pay just $2/child as part of the facility’s Charitable Play program.