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Don’t rain on our parade, 7 ways to play inside around Columbus

Don’t rain on our parade, 7 ways to play inside around Columbus

Regina Fox

Rain, rain go away… or not? Dreary weather has a tendency to put a damper on your mood, but we’re here to challenge that. There are plenty of ways to get your kicks around town when the great outdoors isn’t being so great.

No need to be scared of the precipitation, Columbus, because we’re playing inside today. Here are seven of our favorite things to do on rainy days:

Kingmakers | 17 Buttles Ave, Columbus

The Short North is known for the hustle and bustle of its galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars, but did you know there is a little oasis right in the heart of the neighborhood dealing low-key sleepover vibes? Kingmakers brings people together with their curated library of over 400 board games. Just don’t spill your adult beverage when you shout, “UNO!”

16-Bit Bar+Arcade | Downtown and Dublin locations

Do you prefer to have your gaming take place on a screen? Uber to one of 16-Bit’s locations for a solid dose of Donkey Kong, Frogger, or Street Fighter nostalgia. Have your pick of over 40 classic arcade games to play free of charge, as long as you’re indulging in one of the bar’s signature cocktails or countless craft beers.

Get hooked on knitting!

Rainy days are the perfect excuse to stay inside and finally spend some time on that hobby you’ve been meaning to master. And with cold weather approaching, we think knitting would serve you well. To learn more about where to find materials and resources, click here.


Visit Carfagna’s Market | 1405 E. Dublin Granville Rd.

You’re probably hungry after all that knitting. The only proper way to fuel up and warm up on a cool rainy day is with a home cooked Italian meal. Grab your groceries from famed local market Carfagna’s for all the most authentic ingredients. Not so smooth in the kitchen? Leave it to the experts at Carfagna’s nearby Ristorante.

P3 Magic Theater | 2575 N. High St.

Sit back, relax, and prepare to be amazed at this intimate magic theater, tucked along High Street. P3 Magic Theater is the local authority on all things mystical. From comedian magicians, to experts in mind control, to Guinness World Record holders, each Tuesday Night Magic show is always one-of-a-kind and FREE.

Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe | 3041 Indianola Ave, Columbus

Do you have a Scrooge-y landlord who won’t let you own a furry friend? Get your feline fix without the commitment at Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe. Guests socialize with adorable cats while sipping coffee in the comfortable cafe environment. And if you do happen to fall in love, the cats are adoptable!

Warm up at a coffee shop

Wrapping your paws around a steaming cup o’ joe could quite possibly be the coziest way to spend a drizzly day in Columbus. With shops on virtually every corner, picking the right one could present a problem that you don’t want to deal with. We’ve made it easy for you by narrowing down our top five favorites.

Did we miss your favorite rainy day activity? Let us know in the comments below!


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