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9 Best Kids' Play Centers in Ohio

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Get the kids out of the house and into one of these amazing places that celebrate kids being kids! While the little ones are climbing, bouncing and cavorting, sit back and relax. From laser tag and mini golf to basketball courts and foam pits, here are the best kids' play centers in Ohio! 

Acres of Fun, Wooster, OH

This family fun and recreation center has so many activities, you might just hangout here for longer than an afternoon. There’s a play zone, laser tag, game room, batting cage, miniature golf, go carts, bumper boats, bank shot basketball and a roller-skating rink. Birthday party packages available for all ages and with different activities. Lessons available for the novice roller skater.

Cafe O’Play, Stow, OH

This is a favorite spot for kids and parents. Kids can be kids in the safe and comfortable play area, and parents can relax and even enjoy a hot beverage and a snack in the cafe … without interruption! This gigantic indoor playground, for kids under 10, lets children climb, slide and wiggle their way through tubes and shoots. There’s room for indoor activities like soccer, dance parties and arts and crafts. Special guest appearances from animal experts, super heroes and favorite kids’ books characters.

Get Air Cleveland, Middleburg Heights, OH

Bouncing may be what Tiggers do best in Winnie the Pooh, but here, it’s what kids do best. This rec center has 42,000 square-feet of indoor space full of trampolines, basketball courts and foam pits for kids and teens. Youngsters can play trampoline dodgeball or slamball, swing through the Ninja course or hangout in the kiddie court. Parents—check out the massage chairs! Activities and areas for children with special needs onsite, too,

Jungle Junction, Bellevue, OH

An outing in the jungle is always an adventure, especially if it’s the largest indoor play structure in the state. Kids 12 and under can explore six levels of excitement with more than 60 play features. Slides, air cannons, obstacle courses and interactive game panels keep kids active for hours. A toddler zone is a safe spot for little ones. Party packages available, as well as a designated party room for birthdays. Open year-round.

Jump N SHOUT, Smithville, OH

Don’t be confused by what looks to be a place for cows, horses and sheep. This big red barn is an indoor playground for children of all ages. There’s a lot of bouncing taking place, for sure. Kids can also ramble through an inflatable obstacle course, play foosball and soar up-and-down on the teeter totter. A basketball arcade, inflatable dart board and LEGO creation table keeps everyone active. For the youngest, there’s a train table, puzzles, chalk board wall, building blocks and ride-on cars. Birthday parties are a blast.

Graeter's Scoops & Chutes Indoor Playground, Columbus, OH

A kids' play area inside an ice cream shop! What kid wouldn’t want to come here? None. The ice cream-themed indoor play area has a climbing gym, banana shaped teeter totter, slides and basketball hoops, plus the basketballs. Youngsters nine and under enter through a giant cone with a scoop of raspberry ice cream on it. At the end of playtime, wander into the parlor for a scoop of your favorite ice cream. Open seven-days-a-week.

Fun in the Jungle, Sunbury, OH

With a jungle green color, the play structure at this indoor play area evokes a tropical mood where children are encouraged to run and climb and swing … just not from vines. The multi-level structure has room to roam. The on-site arcade has more than 1,000 games. Kids-sized balls make bowling fun and strikes possible. The virtual reality world opens windows to the solar system, a medieval castle, a drone fight and a bow and arrow challenge. Two play areas separate toddlers from older children.

EnterTRAINment Junction, West Chester, OH

All aboard! To the world’s largest indoor train display, 25,000 square-feet of tracks and choo choos. Also here is Imagination Junction, an interactive play area where kids can climb, slide and crawl through tunnels, shovel coal and run trains, and scramble through a Thomas the Train play area. Don’t miss the A-Maze-N Funhouse, a throwback to an old-time circus midway with a Mirror Maze and clown college. A narrow-gauge kids train rounds out this locomotive experience.

Sylvania Playland, Sylvania, OH

Step inside to a world of inflatables—a slide, adventure bounce house, obstacle course and a super hero house. Swings, slides, ladders and tubes … non-inflatable … motivate kids to keep moving. The thematic glow-in-the-dark mini golf course showcases underwater, pirates, dinosaurs, knights and dragons. Spend some time in the arcade and win tickets for prizes. At the end of the stay, treat everyone to a bowl of Toft’s ice cream.

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