With temperatures soaring in the Tri-State, summer is here in full force. By now, many families are looking for some fun of the air-conditioned variety. Next time you need a break from the heat, check out this list of our favorite indoor family entertainment destinations.
Explore the massive 7,600 square foot play structure at Pogo Play where kids can take advantage of inflatables, bounce houses, a sports court, Lego mania building area, interactive floor, Imagination Playground, a toddler area and dramatic play space. When everyone’s hungry, visit the café where a variety of healthy meals and beverages are available.
This spot is packed full of fun with playsets, inflatables (special times only), a basketball court and café. Parents of little ones will appreciate the designated toddler area. Stop by for Friday Night Family Nights for a great kick-off to the weekend.
This castle themed roller-skating rink is the largest in the Cincinnati area. Check the website for special themes on various days. Summer afternoon skating on Wednesdays and Thursdays is just $5 for admission.
Entertrainment Junction holds the title of world’s largest indoor model train display. Stop by for “Christmas in July” and enjoy a bit of holiday cheer with a visit from Santa.
Who can resist attractions with names like the Hydro Plunge, Triple Twist and Raccoon Lagoon? There is plenty to do on dry land, too.
This is a popular spot for families of school-age kids with laser tag, a trampoline park and arcade providing hours of family fun. Lazer Kraze has a location in Erlanger, too!
Cool off at Newport Aquarium – a refreshing destination to beat the heat. This summer check out “Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus,” an exhibit with unique light and sound effects mimicking the environment these and other animals live in.
Totter’s Otterville is a hidden gem for families with small children. A variety of pretend-play stations encourage hours of creativity. Parents can enjoy relaxing in comfortable seating while watching kids enjoy themselves for hours.
Ever been to a foam dart arena? Bring your favorite foam blaster from home or rent one from Dart Rush and let the games begin. Foam darts and balls are provided.
Recreations Outlet offers trampolines, playsets, basketball hoops and more – with locations in Milford and Liberty Township.
Scene75 is the ultimate indoor play destination. Activities include indoor go-karts, black light mini golf and inflatables.
Cheers to Art is the perfect spot for creative kiddos. Their special “Canvas & Kids” sessions fill up quickly so be sure to register in advance. Locations in Madeira and downtown Cincy.
Stop by the Discovery Center and let your little ones burn off some energy at this free playland. Check out the toddler area with foam blocks and a flying pig-themed play structure for preschoolers and school-age kids.
A west side favorite, kids of all ages will love the pirate-themed black light mini golf. Be sure to enjoy a game of laser tag during your visit too.
The Silver Diva is an open hand stamping jewelry and personalized accessories studio and online store where kids and adults alike can create, design, hand stamp and personalize jewelry or shop a collection of handcrafted pieces.
Do your kids have a need for speed? Children (ages 8 and up) can race around the track during designated kid-friendly racing heats.
Toddlers through adults will have a blast jumping sky high at Skyzone. This enormous indoor trampoline park includes a special toddler time and areas for younger jumpers.
There’s something for everyone at the Web Extreme Entertainment. Mini golf, mini bowling, go karts and lazer tag will provide hours of fun for your kids.
Your family can relax, play and enjoy a meal (made from scratch) at The Red Balloon. Kids ages 1-6 will love the water play area, imaginative play toys and the slide.
The Children’s Museum is a Cincinnati favorite for family outings. Be sure to visit the indoor play area (modeled after a forest), expansive water play tables, pretend town (perfect for hours of imaginary play) and toddler zone complete with sand tables. And don’t miss the Cincinnati Museum Center’s new Mission Aerospace exhibit – it’s out of this world!
This museum provides a unique fire-safety education experience and a chance for kids to see fire trucks and equipment up close.
Located in the Sharon Wood’s Sharon Centre, the Adventure Station is an exciting place for children ages 2–12 to play. This two-story indoor playground is connected with a large sycamore tree ladder, three slides and various climbing features.