A young child’s mind is dynamic and absorbent. It’s virtually impossible to have all the right toys and playsets inside the home that meet all of their developmental, educational, and social needs. Finding spaces for your little tots that are designed with their needs in mind can be difficult, so we did the work for you! Here are five places where they can safely explore their curiosity.
Whether you’re looking for a day out, or a monthly membership, LilyPad has you covered. Designed with children in mind, LilyPad is a clean and safe environment that even offers a separate area for babes who are not quite walking or are still in the wobbly stage. That way, everyone can explore and have fun safely. Their play area includes an art studio, sensory activities, imaginatory games, a small climbing wall, and more.
2008 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 321-1379, lilypadplay.com
Dig ‘N Play
This West Chester space offers 10,000 square feet of fun, including a massive sand table, inflatables, and a three-level playset. Toddler Thursdays give kids ages 0–2 a chance to have a blast for only $3. Sensory nights, designed with kids with sensory disorders in mind, features all the fun of the space minus the music and bright lights.
9405 Cincinnati Columbus Rd. (Rt. 42), West Chester, (513) 847-1055, dignplay.com
Cincinnati Children’s Discovery Center at Liberty Center
Has your child ever dreamed of climbing into a giant pig and sliding down its curly tail? This wacky attraction is the highlight of this far-from-typical mall play area located at Liberty Center. Going shopping with children can be a daunting task, but with the ability to take a break and have a little fun, it can be so much easier for everyone. Kids have a chance to play in the giant pig, build using foam blocks, explore crafting mazes, and many more stimulating activities.
7650 Hamilton Middletown Rd., Liberty Township, (513) 644-0900, liberty-center.com
Boasting the largest play structure in the area, measuring an astounding 7,600 square feet, you can rest assured that your children will find plenty of fun in their indoor play space. Equipped with an interactive floor, inflatables, a dramatic play area, and Lego and block-building rooms, children are encouraged to let their imagination run wild. It’s the perfect place for birthdays and other special events, plus there’s open jump on the inflatables every Friday evening.
10870 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash, (513) 432-5593, gopogoplay.com
Learning Through Play Café
Being parents themselves, the owners are dedicated to providing a space where moms can meet friends, coworkers, or clients for coffee while their little ones have fun in a safe and interactive playground setting. They have a wide selection of coffees, teas, and smoothies as well as quick bites such as sandwiches, wraps, and flatbread pizzas. Playroom admission is $5, or become a member (they have a variety of plans to choose from) and get a free drink for mom on every visit.
6844 Tylersville Rd., West Chester, (513) 847-8133, ltpcafe.com