We found a great resource, Columbus on the Cheap, they recommend everything from indoor play areas to family events around town. Check out their best indoor play area list below! Be sure to look at Groupon and LivingSocial for discounted rates.
Pass: 6–12 mos free, $10 first child, $5 per sibling (day pass entitles you to return visits on same day). Happy Hours Special! $5 per child 2–5 pm
Offer open play times and also structured classes (registration required), Drop-off days, and spring break and summer camps. Wifi, food ,and coffee available. Day
Peapod Play Cafe
Ages walkers through 7 with an adult. Day Pass: $10 per child, $6 an additional child or $4 additional for three or more children. Last hour of the day $5 per child.
Interactive toys and clean play spaces for kids, plus seating area for adults in view of the play area (adults welcome in the play area). Coffee; healthful, kid-friendly goodies; free Wi-Fi. Great place for play dates.
Firefly Play Cafe
Day Pass: 0–12 mo free, $5 for 12–23 months and $8 for 24 months and up.
Indoor play space for kids 6 and under, plus special music, story and art times weekly. Wifi, snacks and coffee available.
TreeHive Cafe + Play
Hourly rate, play pass, or membership for kids up to age 7.
Parents are welcome to join children in play, but there is staff on duty so parents can have a meeting, enjoy the cafe, or take a fitness class while on site. There are also drop-off options for potty-trained children.
ZenKidz Play Cafe
Tuesday–Friday: 9:30am–3pm, and Saturday: 9:30am–2pm. Coffee, food, and wifi available. Free for 6 mo and under, $8 for 7 months–2 year, $9 for 3–7 years for first child; each additional child is $6. Memberships and Play passes are available too. 1/2 off admission the last hour of the day.
Art & music focused play cafe with hands-on play areas, structured art classes, daily art activities, a play cottage, dress-up costumes, a Baby Kidz play area.