10 Places to Feel Like a Kid Again in Central OH

Adventure, City Guide, Things to Do


Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on February 28, 2024
Photo courtesy of Scene75 Entertainment Center – Columbus on Facebook

Life was easier back when we were kids. No worrying about money, cooking meals, grocery shopping, or paying taxes… those were the days! Life was just more fun when we were young.

Luckily, Columbus is full of spots for us adults to go back and relive our childhood glory, even just for a couple of hours at a time. Whether you’re a racer with a need for speed or a pinball wizard, these spots are sure to make you feel like a kid again.

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Big Air Trampoline Park

1400 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240

When you think playground, what are the first things that come to your mind? Did you say trampolines, zip-lines, and foam pits? Then you’re in luck, because Big Air has all of those and more waiting for your arrival.

More info here.

Photo courtesy of Big Air Columbus on Facebook

Columbus Axe Throwing

560 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215

If you’re anything like me, you love throwing sharp objects at a bullseye. But if darts are too low stakes for you, it’s time to take the next step and try axe throwing. Plus there’s delicious food at the ready, which is the perfect way to rejuvenate after an hour of chopping wood (kinda).

More info here.

Photo courtesy of Columbus Axe Throwing on Facebook

Star Lanes Polaris

8655 Lyra Drive, Columbus, OH 43240

Bowling alleys are infamously the ultimate adult playgrounds… but let’s not sell Star Lanes short. It has way more than just bowling. There is a large arcade, billiards, an extensive food and drink menu, and even virtual reality!

More info here.

Photo courtesy of Star Lanes Polaris on Facebook

Vertical Adventures

6513 Kingsmill Court, Columbus, OH 43229

There are two things that, as a kid, I thought I would do more frequently as an adult: 1. Get trapped in comically deep quicksand and 2. Go rock climbing! I can’t even count how many rock climbing birthday parties I went to as a kid, and yet I haven’t done it in probably a decade. After seeing the expansive walls at Vertical Adventures, I’ve got the itch to go rock climbing again.

More info here.

Photo courtesy of Vertical Adventures on Facebook

Scene 75

5033 Tuttle Crossing Boulevard, Dublin, OH 43016

No matter how many adult playground activities you can name, there’s almost a 100% chance that Scene 75 has it all. Indoor Go Karts? Yep. Mini golf? Uh huh. An arcade? Yes. Bumper cars? Obviously. Running out of options, are you? I think it’s time to go check it out in person.

More info here.

Photo courtesy of Scene75 Entertainment Center – Columbus on Facebook

Tabletop Game Cafe

4316 N High St. Columbus, OH 43214

Are you more of a board game person than an arcade game person? Tabletop Game Cafe is going to be your second home. You’ll have access to over 600 board games along with food and drinks at the ready.

More info here.

Photo courtesy of Tabletop Game Cafe on Facebook

Coliseum X

100 Dillmont Dr, Columbus, OH 43235

Known as “the largest venue for indoor combat entertainment in Ohio,” Coliseum X offers extreme laser tag, axe throwing, nerf wars, gellyball (think less painful paintball), a full arcade, and a full service bar.

More info here.

Photo courtesy of Coliseum X on Facebook

Glow Putt Mini Golf

91 N Stygler Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230

Featuring 18 exciting safari-themed holes, Glow Put Mini Golf isn’t just your run-of-the-mill mini golf course. Everything inside glows in the dark, making you feel like you’re golfing at the Masters but in a different dimension.

More info here.

Photo courtesy of Glow Putt Mini Golf

Old North Arcade

2591 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202

If you’re looking for a spot to drink craft beers and cocktails while playing classic pinball, arcade, and video games, Old North Arcade is the place to be. There’s also Skee-ball, life sized Jenga, and cornhole available. Plus, if you’re drinking, you play for free!

More info here.

Photo courtesy of Old North Arcade Bar on Facebook

Buckeye Raceway

4050 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43228

Been watching too much Formula 1? Want to race your friends to see who really has the lead foot in your group? Buckeye raceway has indoor Karting with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour! Buckeye raceway also offers axe throwing and Footbowl, which is a unique combination of football and bowling.

More info here.

Photo courtesy of Buckeye Raceway on Facebook

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