The holidays are over, winter’s here, and children everywhere are feeling cooped-up and stir-crazy. But in Cincinnati, there are lots of indoor solutions for families, each offering something different depending on the day or mood. Whether your kids need to run, jump and play, or simply need a change in venue, our Ultimate Guide to Indoor Playgrounds in Cincinnati has you covered!
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Indoor Playgrounds in Cincinnati:
Adventure Station at Sharon Woods
Adventure Station is an indoor playground located within Sharon Centre in Sharon Woods. Open to children ages 2-12, the two-story, handicap accessible playground features ladders, tunnels and interactive play areas galore. Admission is just $4.75 per child 2-12 (a Great Parks Vehicle Permit is required – Hamilton County residents can get one for $10/year). Be sure to check the hours before you go – this indoor playground is closed certain days of the week depending on the season. 11450 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville, OH 45241. 513-563-4513
The Dungeon at King Arthur’s Court is a fun and free indoor play area that truly transforms this store into a land of imagination. The Dungeon at King Arthur’s Court is comprised of three areas. There’s a small jungle gym, hanging swings, books, toys and comfy couches in the front space. It’s the perfect place to spend a cold winter’s day. 3040 Madison Road, Oakley, OH 45209. 513-531-4600
The Woods is easily the most unique indoor play area in Cincinnati; the three-story area has hollow climbing logs, rope bridges and a horizontal climbing wall, as well as areas for discovering fossils and the animals that live in the nooks and crannies of the woods. The Woods is designed for kiddos 8 and older, but younger kids are encouraged to explore with an adult (and in fact, the bouncy spider web is just for younger explorers!). The Woods is FREE with CMC admission. 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203. 513-287-7000
Located in West Chester, Dig ‘N Play is not your average indoor playground. From its three-story play structure and inflatables to the kid-propelled trains and large dramatic play area, everything about Dig ‘N Play is extra. True to its name, Dig ‘N Play also features a massive, custom-built, sand table. Having a dedicated space for kids to dig — and not make a mess at home — is amazing! 9405 Cincinnati Columbus Rd. (Rt.42), West Chester, OH 45069. 513-847-1055.
As if Entertrainment Junction weren’t fun enough — so.many.trains! — there’s an incredible indoor playground. Imagination Junction is a 5,000 square-foot railroad-themed entertainment center with colorful, innovative play structures with dozens of challenging elements. In addition to the huge play structure where kids can climb, slide and crawl through tunnels, there’s a kid-sized train where kids can shovel coal and several train displays kids can interactive with. Imagination Junction also has an entire play area devoted to Thomas, with video screens and train tables. 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, OH 45069. 513-898-8000
This indoor playground at Graeter’s Cherry Grove store is only the second of its kind, with the other located in Columbus. The indoor playground features multiple ice-cream-themed slides, a banana-split-inspired teeter-totter, plenty of room to play and a fun, ice-cream-truck photo opp. 8533 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45255. 513-474-5636
It’s always playtime at Jump & Jack’s. This multi-level indoor playground is filled with tons of climbing, sliding and jumping fun for kids, plus an interactive Toddler Zone just for littles 2 and under. Admission is $4 for toddlers 2 and under every day and $8 for kids 3 and up on weekdays/$10 on weekends. 7102 Office Park Dr., West Chester, OH 45069. 513-779-5867
Kids will have a blast playing at a Jump Zone Party and Play Center which features massive, themed inflatable slides, obstacle courses, bounce houses kids love, interactive games, toddler activities, and more. All equipment is for kids ages 2-12. 5765 Constitution Drive, Florence, KY, 41042. 859-283-5867
This play cafe opened in late 2018, and is totally state of the art. Learning Through Play Cafe is truly a space for moms and their little ones, and features a clean, open space and play center with clear visibility of my kids, yummy gourmet style coffee and food selections, reasonable play fees, courteous and kind employees and fun events for the kids! 6844 Tylersville Road, West Chester Township, OH 45069. 513-847-8133
LEGOland Discover Center is basically one giant playground for LEGO lovers, but there are two areas specifically devoted to indoor play. For younger tots, there is, of course, a Duplo playground with large, soft bricks, blown-up animals for climbing and even a playset and slide. (Have your kids slide into the soft bricks — it’s so fun!) And for the older crowd, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center is the ultimate indoor (LEGO) playground — the three-story LEGO City play space looks like a larger-than-life version of your kids’ LEGO fire station, construction and police station sets. (This Columbus gem is absolutely worth the drive!) 157 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219. 614-407-7721
The Cincinnati Children’s Discovery Center is an amazing indoor play area where kids can get their energy out while parents watch on. Located in the Foundry, the Discovery Center is designed for kids aged 2 to 12 to run, climb (inside a huge Flying Pig) and slide (down the Pigtail Slide)! Kids will delight in sending foam balls zipping on a journey they create in the gigantic Magnetic Ball Maze. This mall play area is a genius idea and needs to be incorporated by every shopping center! Oh — and it’s FREE. 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, OH 45069. 513-644-0900
There are lots of great indoor playgrounds in Cincinnati, but only a few are geared towards little kids. LilyPad Play fits this niche: it’s aimed toward kids 6 and under, and the space is truly great for that diverse age range. Toddlers will enjoy the soft gym areas, bug scooters, train table and grocery store area, while preschoolers will love the indoor climbing wall and play set. 2008 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209. 513-321-1379
Rainy, snowy days are perfect for board games. And the Play Library in OTR is one of the coolest inventions to come to Cincinnati. It’s designed and operated like a regular library, except their inventory is full of new and vintage games, toys, dress-up clothes and more! The best part? It’s always free to come in and play. They are a non-profit organization, so feel free to drop a donation or become a member! 1307 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 513-407-7045
This indoor play place in Blue Ash has something for everyone: an imaginative play space with dolls, pretend food and dress-up clothes; a dance area with interactive activities; quiet areas for LEGO or wooden block building; a huge, climbable playground; and even a space just for tots under 3. Our tip? Check the schedule and go for Open Bounce – your kids will bounce right over to an early bedtime after some time with Pogo Play’s inflatables! 10870 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash, OH 45242. 513-432-5593
CP Tip: Happy Hour is Monday-Thursday after 2 pm — admission is $3.50 for kids two and under and $7.50 for kids three and up!
This hidden gem in Milford features trampolines, basketball hoops, scooters and play sets of every size and shape. Want to play foosball, ping pong, or air hockey? They’ve got that too. Recreations outlet even offers an onsite cafe with free wifi and a full menu. Admission is $7 per child for up to two hours on weekdays and $10 per child on weekends and school holidays. Recreations Outlet also offers Charitable Play: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 am, kids can play for just $4 per child and half of all proceeds go to the charity of the month. 885 St. Rt 28, Milford, OH 45150. 513-831-7383
At Rockin’ Jump Cincinnati, your littles can literally, well, bounce off the walls! While many of the offerings at Rockin’ Jump are for older kids, there is an area especially for jumpers 6 and under. This area is open and spacious, and really lets kids be free to bounce, climb, roll and fall. It’s fantastic to have an entire space where kids can bounce to their hearts’ content. 8350 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45239. 513-373-4260
Run, Jump & Play in Blue Ash has one of the largest indoor playgrounds in the area, and specializes in parties. For preschoolers and elementary-aged kids, the many play sets, trampolines and inflatables make for a really fun time. Run, Jump & Play also makes it easy for parents: each party has a personal party host, private party room, invitations, paper goods and the option for pizza and drinks, party favors and specialty themes. (Oh, and they clean it all up, too!) 5897 Pfeiffer Rd, Suite B, Cincinnati,OH 45242. 513-701-7529
Totter’s Otterville is basically a children’s museum, toy store and indoor playground all rolled into one. There are over 30 rooms full of different activities for kids 10 and under. Kids are encouraged to play and imagine at Totter’s Otterville — the play areas include not only physically interactive environments such as a ball pit and slides, but also dozens of other activities from an art studio to water play to all forms of pretend. Admission is $8.95 per child over 1. 4314 Boron Dr., Covington, KY 41015. 859-491-1441
Offering tons of indoor activities to keep your kids, well, active, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is every Cincinnati Parent’s best friend in the winter! Especially if your kids are missing pool time, head to the YMCA for a little splishin’ and splashin’! Specifically, the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA in Springfield Township, which features the best indoor water playground in town. Powel Crosley’s spacious water park includes a leisure pool with a water playground, body flume slide, giant dump buckets (perfect for soaking boisterous kids!), lazy river and lap lanes. The best part? If you’re not a member of the YMCA, you can request a free guest pass to try it out! Locations vary. 513-632-YMCA
At Zip City, kids can bounce, climb and literally zip around! Centrally located in Sharonville, Zip City is three indoor playgrounds in one, with separate trampoline, rock wall and zip line parks. The main attraction, of course, is the zip lining: Zip City boasts three zip lines, each spanning almost 220 feet long and 3 stories high, where riders can be propelled across the park at speeds up to 20 mph! The best part? Parents can supervise from Zip City’s Sky Lounge: a lush, 1,200-square-foot lounge with TV’s and couches that overlooks the trampoline and zip line areas. 10765 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241. 513-769-1010