With the colder weather in The Valley, our kids are spending less time outdoors and more time inside. Let’s be honest here—we’re all tired of being cooped up in the house. You may be more over it than the kids! Trying to be their number one source of entertainment day after day gets old; we can only make so many crafts and bake so much before we are all over it. So we’ve compiled a list of cool places to keep warm (and entertain the kiddos). You may have forgotten these places exist!
Chattahoochee Valley Libraries: Our local libraries are a great place to keep the kids busy for free! Each library has a book full of engaging STEAM kit rentals, plus events, activities and movies! Check their website for a full listing of happenings.
Chick-fil-A: All local Chick-fil-As are equipped with a play place for little kids to climb, free!
Burger King: Bradley Park Drive & Manchester Expressway locations have large indoor play places for your child to climb, crawl and slide the day away, free!
Columbus Museum: This free museum has an interactive space for children and educational exhibits for all ages.
National Infantry Museum: Voted the best free museum in the country, the NIM offers immersive exhibits, a giant theater showing documentaries and often holiday kids camps.
Launch Trampoline Park: Launch recently added a Ninja course and battle pit. They also offer an arcade, play place and of course a massive trampoline playground. Check out their Facebook for events with discounted jump passes!
Treadstone Climbing: Go on a climbing adventure at Columbus’s only indoor climbing gym.
Chuck-e-Cheese: Tons of games for toddlers to big kids! Though you may think an hour at Chuck-e-Cheese will empty your wallet, there are tons of coupons on their website to save on playtime and meals.
Coca-Cola Space & Science Center: Equipped with interactive exhibits and an Omnisphere theater, CCSSC is an educational and fun experience for all ages.
Columbus Aquatic Center: Indoor swimming in January! Need we say more?!
Bare Ware Pottery: This pottery studio has no studio fees! Paint a small piece for as low as $10!
Columbus Ice Rink: While not exactly the best place to “keep warm,” the ice rink offers numerous public skating events. Ice skating is a strenuous activity to burn energy!
Hollywood Connection: Stop by this indoor activity center for roller skating, laser tag, an arcade and mini golf.
AMC Movie Theatres: Save at the show! Our local theatres offer $5 tickets on Tuesdays, plus afternoon movies are at a discounted rate.
Stars & Strikes Bowling Alley: A large bowling alley, laser tag, arcade and more! Visit their website for a full list of specials, including .99 Wednesdays and Sunday mornings.