Sometimes you just need a good place to go when your kids are overflowing with energy. Instead of watching as they tear the house apart, find a place where children can channel their energy into safe, fun play. Fortunately, the area in and around West Chester has an abundance of spaces ideal for exactly this situation. Crème de la Crème of West Chester put together this list of nine area places to explore.
Dig ‘N Play
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You don’t have to travel far from home to find the perfect setting for fun. Dig ‘N Play, located in West Chester Township, has everything kids bursting with energy need. This modern indoor play center boasts 10,000 square feet of open play space, so you can relax with some coffee, wine, or craft beer (yup, they have all that for the adults!) while the kids enjoy the facility. A three-story play structure, inflatables, and sand table mean there’s something for every kid here. They cater to kiddos 7 years old and under but welcome older children, too.
West Chester’s own EnterTRAINment Junction offers another amazing opportunity for burning off energy. The interactive play area called Imagination Junction is designed just for kids. The 5,000-square-foot entertainment center features a railroad theme and comes complete with challenging elements that inspire kids to climb, slide, crawl, and more. There’s a whole play area devoted to Thomas the Tank Engine, and the entire space is indoors. In other words, no matter the weather, this popular local spot makes give kids a space to get active a breeze.
Jump & Jack’s
Energetic kids have so much to look forward to when you pencil a visit to Jump & Jack’s into your calendar. This West Chester facility includes Jack’s Playground, the largest indoor playground in the Cincinnati area. But that’s just the start. Kids will also delight in the chance to bounce around in Jump’s Inflatable Yard, so you’ll find plenty of chances for open play right around the corner. A Toddler Zone takes the guesswork out of keeping your youngest entertained and active. Don’t forget to stop by Tony’s Pizzeria, the in-house restaurant, to refuel with tasty and nutritious treats.
King Arthur’s Court
Did you know you can visit King Arthur’s Court right in Cincinnati? That’s right. The stuff of legends exists super close to home. Of course, in this case King Arthur’s Court is an oasis for fun toys, games, and more. The Cincinnati mainstay has served the community for over 40 years, and today includes a play area known as “The Dungeon.” Located in the renovated basement, this is the place to go to experience play and fun for kids of all ages. When it’s time for kids to unwind after burning off energy, you’ll want to enjoy story time on Tuesdays.
The Children’s Museum at Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center makes it easy to entertain your kids while providing enriching, educational fun. The Children’s Museum is a surefire highlight. Various opportunities for hands-on fun let children of all ages burn off some energy while they learn. The museum includes eight educational and themed play areas, including two areas specifically designed for children in preschool and younger. Kids can also visit The Woods for kids wanting a wilderness adventure, while the Energy Zone lets kids become part of a complex machine. There’s so much to explore at The Children’s Museum, consistently ranked in the top 10 U.S. children’s museums.
Graeter’s Lil Pints Indoor Playground
Your kids are in for a real treat when you visit the Graeter’s Lil Pints Indoor Playground located at this iconic ice cream spot’s Cincinnati Cherry Grove location. An active, fun-filled adventure awaits at the indoor playground, which features ice-cream-themed slides, a banana-split-themed teeter-totter, and tons of space for fun and play. Kids can even get a photo opp with an ice cream truck here. The play space is ideal for kids 9 years old and under. Cap off the fun day with some delicious ice cream!
Run Jump-n-Play is yet another great place for energy-burning in Cincinnati. The giant facility stretches more than 30,000 square feet, offering places for jumping, bouncing, and having fun. Kids can’t go wrong with the giant inflatables, and a toddler zone keeps young kids active and safe. As for the indoor playground, that space includes slides, swings, trampolines, and basketball hoops that get kids active. Whenever your kids have excess energy, you’ll want to have Run Jump-n-Play on your list of places to go.
Then there’s Wonderland Playground, another indoor play space in Cincinnati. Designed for kids ages 1 to 10, Wonderland Playground offers active play in several areas. The soft play area caters to younger kids and features isolated play areas, slides, obstacle courses, and activity boards, and the climb and slide three-level play structure keeps older kids active and busy. There’s also a ninja course, complete with three lanes and nine obstacles, for kiddos looking for a challenge. Stop by the cafe for snacks or make use of the free Wi-Fi while your kids burn off energy.
If you have young kids in need of a safe space to get active and play, look no further than Cincinnati’s Lily Pad. There, you’ll find an open play area that includes a small climbing structure, climbing wall, imaginative games, and sensory activities. Kids can even enjoy a dramatic play area and art studio here. There’s even a pre-walkers area to promote age-appropriate activity separate from the rest of the open area.That concludes Crème de la Crème of West Chester’s list of local places perfect for kids to go when they need to burn some energy. The area in and around West Chester features so many fun places tailored to kids. But maybe you have another go-to spot we didn’t include? If we missed your family’s favorite indoor playground, activity center, or other location ideal for energetic kids, let us know. We’d love to add more recommendations for families in our community.