Your toddler will love the play spaces in Columbus.

Best Play Places for Toddlers in Columbus, OH

by Amy Sutton

Toddlers seem to have an endless supply of energy, so if you are the mom of a busy-body toddler, you need ways to help him burn off some of that energy. This is where toddler-appropriate play places can come in handy. Your toddler can run, play, climb and use his imagination for hours of endless fun. The Columbus, Ohio area has a variety of wonderful play places for your energetic little toddler to play.

1 Take your active toddler to the Center of Science and Industry (cosi.org). Not only can you both participate in all of the hands-on learning activities and exhibits, you can also let your little guy run and play in the Little Kidspace, where kids can safely climb, slide, splash, build and play make-believe in an area designed for pint-sized scientists like your toddler. Staffed by early education experts, your child will enjoy learning in a colorful and engaging atmosphere for little hands and growing minds. You and your son can explore together in the tree house, ambulance, helicopter and health clinic, or participate in early childhood workshops in the adjacent classroom area.

2 Check out The Little Gym (thelittlegym.com) in Columbus. This facility offers toddler programs led by trained instructors. Sign your toddler up for one of the Toddler Parent/Child Classes that promotes early development through play. Your toddler can play with other children his age while increasing his physical strength and muscle control, fine and gross motor skills, balance and coordination. This program can help to ready him for preschool too, since he will be introduced to colors, numbers, letters and initial problem solving. Best of all, you will be there right beside him at this play place, watching him learning and meeting new goals.

3 Plan a day playing with your rambunctious toddler at Galaxy Games & Golf (galaxygamesandgolf.com), featuring a huge 3,500-square foot indoor play area for children of all ages. You and your toddler can play on the slides and tubes that are made big enough for you to go right along with him. Make an adventure out of this place and explore the tunnels together. You do have to remove your shoes to participate, so don't forget to bring socks. Your little guy will love spending this time with you and making new friends with all of the other toddlers he meets there.

4 Spend some time together with your toddler at one of the beautiful Columbus city parks, maintained by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (parks.columbus.gov). There are a large number of parks with toddler playspaces to keep your son active and entertained. Schiller Park in the historic German Village area of downtown has a fishing pond with a bridge and ducks that your toddler will love. There is also a playground with toddler play area and landscaped gardens with walking trails. Whetstone Park of Roses is situated on 136 acres and features a huge playground for your little one to enjoy. There is even a sand area complete with a bucket and pulley system. Whichever park you choose, you and your toddler are sure to have a wonderful day together enjoying the outdoors.

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