The June Gloom is real, you all. This has been one of the cloudiest summers that I’ve experienced in my 5 years of living in Columbus, and spending days on end at the pool just isn’t as fun when the sun’s not shining.
Fortunately, pool days aren’t the only way to make your family’s summer worthwhile. There are still plenty of activities that will keep you and your kids entertained all summer long, and we’ve gathered them here.
Let loose at Play: CBUS
535 Lakeview Plaza Blvd., 43085
With a 53,000 square foot indoor entertainment facility, filled with ropes courses, ninja courses, obstacle courses, climbing walls, and a full bar and restaurant for the parents, there’s opportunities for endless fun.
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Practice some hand-eye coordination at 16-Bit Bar + Arcade
6564 Riverside Dr., Dublin, OH
This retro bar + arcade offers completely free arcade games, video games, skee ball, and giant Jenga. And, yes, even a cocktail bar for adults.
Discover a new land at Legoland Discovery Center
157 Easton Town Center
It’s the ultimate space for any LEGO lover. There’s a playground with rides, play zones, building zones, a 4D cinema, plus so much more. You can grab lunch or ice cream at Easton when you’re done playing, too.
Get animated at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
1813 N. High St., 43210
This museum houses the world’s largest collection of materials relating to cartoons and comics. You’ll find original art, books, magazines, journals, comic books, and comic strip clippings. Their special exhibit is currently called “Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier,” which features artwork depicting human emotions.
Get wild at Scene 75
5033 Tuttle Crossing Blvd. Dublin, OH
Admission: Free, but games and attractions cost money
Indoor go-karts, 200+ arcade games, laser tag, mini golf, bumper cars, a 4D motion theater, all indoors…need I say more?
Explore uncharted territories in Otherworld
5819 Chantry Dr., 43232
A 32,000 square foot building with 47 different rooms, 54 projectors, and 190,000 LED lights. These rooms are filled with large-scale interactive art and mixed reality playgrounds, with secret passageways just waiting to be discovered.
On a roll at Star Lanes Polaris
8655 Lyra Dr., 43240
Admission: $40-$50/hr for walk-ins
Star Lanes boasts that it’s more than just bowling; it’s a premiere boutique entertainment venue. They offer upscale bowling and dining experiences, complete with billiards, an arcade, ping-pong, and a 4D theater ride. It’s completely kid-friendly!
Want to read more? Check out our print publication, (614) Magazine. Learn where you can find a free copy of our new June issue here!