Family fun

Recreations Outlet

Playtime

I've been dying to take the kids to this indoor play gym. Mostly because I continue to see groupon coupons that make the price for indoor fun appetizing. We have been in the house for a few days due to rain storms, so I knew the kids had some pent up energy they needed to release, so it was a great excuse to try it out! Located close to the Zoo in Powell, Ohio. It took about 30 minutes from downtown Columbus. I purchased a groupon for 3, 2-hour play passes for $10!!! Regular prices are $6 for 2 hours of play for children older than 1, and if you can make it before 11am on Tu-Th then you can get a discounted rate of $2. 

 

So this gym is unique in which it is a business that sells outdoor play gyms, trampolines, basketball courts, soccer equipment, etc. They allow patrons to come in to play on the equipment to promote the sell of the items. And yes it does make you want to drop a quick $2500 for a play set, but the kids are equally excited to have the ability to just come play. They also host birthday parties, local events, and sponsorship's. Kennedy had a blast jumping on the trampoline sets, while Karter conquered all the climbing walls, swings and slides.

There is no snacks or drinks located in the building. I am a packer, so I made sure to carry small snacks and water because my kids when playing always need to refuel. The girls were exhausted after a few hours of play, so I defiantly would say it was worth it. I give this a child friendly review of 10 out of 10!

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For more information please visit www.http://recreationsoutlet.com

 

Dave and Busters (Polaris)

Game Time

Looking for a game room to show off your competitive nature, or just to have some solid  family fun. Look no further, Dave and Busters has 2 locations in Columbus, Ohio. Both having very similar layouts, and offering the same games in both Hillard (West) and Polaris (North). Both locations about 20 minutes away from downtown Columbus. These game rooms not only have a variety of diverse range of games, they offer a restaurant with some yummy options after playing some high energy games. The menu has a variety of quick bites, burgers, and even big entrees. The awesome bonus about the restaurant is that you can select a meal option that includes a play card for an discounted price. For my caregivers, they offer a full bar, which can be used for a fun date night, or just to tolerate sensory overload, lol. For my oldest (9) had a blast, she was able to play all the games and enjoyed competing with her father who is a sore loser. For Karter (2), mommy was left chasing her, in fear that she would get lost. It can be very crowded on weekends and evenings. Very high volume, and although she enjoyed pushing buttons, there were no games quite for her age. So I allowed her to pretend she was doing whatever she chooses. Great thing about the game center is the rewards. Kennedy racked up over 1000 tickets and was able to get both herself and Karter a little gift. The kids left with little energy and slept on the way home! (Mommy Win!) I give this game center a child friendly review of 8 out of 10. Great for older children, but can be a little overwhelming. Price depends on how many games you like to play and can get pricey if you child runs through the game card quickly.

For more information visit www.daveandbusters.com

 

COSI Center of Science and Industry

COSI Columbus Dynamic Hands-On Science Center

Oh how I love an adventure. COSI Science center is definitely a place to experience. Located in downtown Columbus, it offers a family fun culture of discovery and imagination. This gem is great for kids of all ages, and even adults. With each showcase/room offering a different education experience you won't forget. We traveled to space, learned more about the ocean, traveled back in time, engaged in sensory play, and used a heck of alot of pretend play and brain power!! This place is ahhh-mazing. They host workshops, adult nights, movies, birthday parties, and a cafeteria with tons of food options. I can't get enough of COSI especially because my oldest daughter is a science nerd. They offer affordable program packages for low income families as well as discounts and coupons offered online. Otherwise it can be pricey per visit, especially those with multiples. I wouldn't let the cost deter you from coming. If once a year can satisfy your soul, I think you and your child will be happy. I give this a child-friendly review of 9 out of 10. Only because cost makes it challenging to visit more often.

For more information on planning your visit please visit cosi.org.