Top Five Family-Friendly Indoor Adventure Spaces

Ditch the TV and video games and get moving with your family at these local spots—even if the weather isn’t on your side.

Photograph courtesy of Mosaic Climbing

When outdoor activities are out of the question, it’s easy to default to couch mode. Don’t give in! Load up the family and take advantage of these indoor spots where everyone can have fun.

Mosaic Climbing
For climbing lovers or those who want to get into the activity but don’t know how, Mosaic is the place to be. There’s a wide variety of indoor climbing routes ranging from easy to difficult, plus bouldering for the more seasoned climber. Indivdual instruction is also available, plus there are recreational climbing teams for kids.
9501 Union Cemetery Rd., Loveland, (513) 781-4083,

Swing on a trapeze and fall into a pit of foam blocks or run through an obstacle course inspired by the show American Ninja Warrior. At Defy, which opened in November 2019, boredom is out of the question with enough activities and courses to keep busy for days. Defy also offers group rates and birthday parties so long as there are 10+ guests.
4999 Houston Rd., Florence, (859) 212-9413,

Great Wolf Lodge
Although Kings Island is closed for the season, there’s an equally fun alternative right next door: Great Wolf Lodge. Splash it up at this indoor water park—hop on a tandem inner tube and zip down Alberta Falls, one of the lodge’s many thrilling water slides. Rather stay dry? Go bowling, take advantage of the spa, or set off on a MagiQuest, an interactive adventure set throughout the lodge.
2501 Great Wolf Dr., Mason, (800) 913-9653,

Castle Skateland
Coming down with a hot case of disco fever? Castle Skateland has got the cure. Skate back into the past at one of the largest roller rink floors in the tri-state area. Friday night is family skate night, and $30 gets you four admission tickets, four skate rentals, a pizza, and four large soft drinks. Castle Skateland also offers deals on large groups, fund-raising opportunities, and birthday parties.
980 Loveland Madeira Rd., Loveland, (513) 683-6666,

Swift Movement
This unique athletic space offers guests the opportunity to move in any way they desire, whether that be parkour, “acro yoga,” or aerial art. Swift Movement is a gym made up of obstacles created to be jumped on, run through, or crawled in, creating the ideal spaces for events such as the Nerf War that’s held on the third Saturday of every month.
4460 W. Mitchell Ave., Unit 6, Spring Grove Village, (513) 549-4460,

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