Kids Activities in Gahanna

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

Bar Louie

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

Up to 44% Off at Grand Prix Karting

Grand Prix Karting

Columbus

$47 $29

Zoom up to 30 mph on one of two tracks inside a 120,000-sq.-ft. center

Up to 65% Off at Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark

Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark

Eastland

$79.90 $35

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A 40-ft. tower with four dizzying slides, a 40-foot play structure with a water cannon, and an adult-only hot tub inside an 84-degree park.

Up to 58% Off Bowling Bundles

HPL Bowling Center

North Linden

$39.25 $17

Folks bowl two games while enjoying pizza and soda

Up to 67% Off Bowling for Two or Six

Game of Western Columbus

Hilltop

$36.70 $12

Families and friends can hurl hefty spheroids down shellacked alleys

Up to 55% Off Bowling at Rule 3

Rule 3

Pickerington

$66 $30

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Fourteen bowling lanes sit at the center of an entertainment complex with arcade games, a full kitchen, and outdoor activities

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum – Up to 50% Off Visit

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

South Columbus

$20 $10

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Memorabilia and ephemera from the history of motorcycling, plus themed exhibits and programs

Up to 50% Off Kids' Play Passes

Recreations Outlet

Multiple Locations

$48 $24

Playground equipment showroom allows children to unleash their energies on slides and swings and in playhouses

Up to 48% Off Mini Golf and Batting Cage Play

Putt N Play Family Fun Center

Grove City

$14.50 $8

The 18-hole miniature-golf course challenges players to navigate shrunken boulders and take aim at the bottom of the cup.

Up to 66% Off Roller Skating or Birthday

SKATE AMERICA

Grove City

$129.99 $64

Sodas and game tokens accompany public skating sessions; birthday party includes reserved table, party host, and an extra-large pizza

Up to 51% Off Bowling at Delaware Lanes

Delaware Lanes

Chillicothe

$36 $18

Automated scoring tracks players' performance as they topple pins

Up to 50% Off Tree Top Zipline Tour at Valley Zipline Tours

Valley Zipline Tours

Berne

$160 $85

A course speeds danglers through the air for more than 1 mi. along a series of ziplines, three of which stretch nearly 1,000 ft.

Ohio Dreams – 40% Off Action Sports Summer Camp

Ohio Dreams

Butler

$950 $569

Kids 7–17 learn tricks and techniques from expert instructors during one-week, overnight scooter, skateboard, or BMX camps

Up to 56% Off Music Lessons or Guitar Restringing

Sound City Music

Troy

$176 $79

Students improve their musical skills under the tutelage of experienced instructors; guitar restringing gets instruments back in top shape

Up to 54% Off Flute or Piano Lessons at Price Music Studio

Price Music Studio

Vandalia

$70 $35

Students learn to play the flute or piano during private lessons

Up to 55% Off Mini Golf and Ice Cream

Indian Trails Miniature Golf

Kettering

$22 $10

Peaceful mini-golf facility with two 18-hole courses snaking past creeks, waterfalls, and natural foliage

82% Off One Year of Online Guitar Lessons

Center Stage Guitar Academy

Online Deal

$108 $19

Bryan Billhimer leads lessons organized by skill level, covering technique and song learning in high-quality videos shot from many angles

75% Off Guitar Lessons from JamPlay, LLC

JamPlay, LLC

Online Deal

$19.95 $5

Burgeoning rock stars learn to play guitar in the comfort of their own home by using JamPlay, LLC's library of online videos

43% Off Batting Practice

Batter's Advantage

Lebanon

$7 $4

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Half Off Cavaliers Kids' Basketball Camp

The National Basketball Academy

Multiple Locations

$245 $125

Kids develop their skills through fun drills, contests, and games; includes a T-shirt, basketball, and ticket to a Cavaliers home game

50% Off Fun-Center Visit

Amazone Family Entertainment Center

Medina

$15 $7.50

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Trees, leaves, and slides fill jungle-themed playground, and black lights illuminate players within laser-tag arena

Canton Classic Car Museum – Up to 50% Off Visit

Canton Classic Car Museum

Canton

$15 $7.50

Inside decade-themed rooms, vintage treasures from Canton’s yesteryear complement old-school BMWs, Studebakers, and Cadillacs

Up to 78% Off Two Hours of Bowling

The Fast Lane Bowling and Party Center

Magic City Plaza

$57 $15

Groups of up to 10 can play as many games as they desire with two hours of bowling with included shoe rental

50% Off Playtime at Pump It Up of Hartville

Pump It Up of Hartville

Hartville

$24 $12

Kids careen down a giant 20-foot slide, soar inside bounce houses, and tumble around obstacle courses during open-play sessions

Military Aviation Preservation Society Air Museum – 50% Off

Military Aviation Preservation Society Air Museum

Green

$16 $8

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Nonprofit museum educates visitors with aviation artifacts, World War II memorabilia, and collection of military aircraft

Up to 49% Off Go-Karts, Arcade, and Bowling

Adventure Bay

Put In Bay

$54 $30

Head to the arcade to play video and computer games, test your hand at skee ball, and enjoy competitive fun at the go-kart track

61% Off One-Night Cabin Stay

Camp Sandusky

Sandusky

$75 $29

Campers savor the great outdoors and an included pancake breakfast from an Amish-built cabin for four

Up to 64% Off Safari-Park Visit for One or Four

African Safari Wildlife Park

Danbury

$21.95 $8

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Visitors in cars can offer food to freely roaming African species such as bison, elk, zebra, giraffes, and camels

Up to 63% Off at Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark

Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark

Perkins

$39.95 $19

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Indoor, tropical-island themed waterpark with lazy rivers, vortex pools, a lagoon, a treehouse, and signature slides

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Westerville Golf Center's lush driving range coddles golfers with first-rate facilities that landed it on Golf Range Magazine's 2011 Top 100 Ranges list. With the Birdie Frequent Hitter card in tow, golfers can whack, juggle, and comically trip over $36 worth of driving range balls while traversing 80 verdant grass slug-stations. A fleet of 40 covered tees, heated in winter, shelter stick swingers from summer sun and unseasonable chills, and loaner clubs are on hand for those still slicing the air with old mannequin legs. Ideal for sharing with a close friend or one of the staff's PGA instructors, orbs come in small ($5/40 balls), large ($7.50/75 balls), and jumbo ($13/175 balls) buckets.

450 W Schrock Rd
Westerville,
OH
US

Sunbury’s gleaming floors have been buzzing with the hollow thrum of spinning wooden wheels since it opened in 1965, with only occasional breaks to use the concession stand and play a few arcade games. Whether you subscribe to roller/in-line separatist ideals or embrace the skate solidarity movement, Sunbury Skate Club accepts all denominations under its mirror ball and offers $2.50 skate rentals for those who don't bring their own wheels. For even more rides to share among all the disco divas in your life, buy extras as gifts. Free skate is every Tuesday (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.), Friday (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), Saturday (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), and Sunday (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.).

345 McGill St
Sunbury,
OH
US

Pins have been toppling at Sequoia Pro Bowl since 1963, but in 2014, the Columbus hot spot has added a new dimension to the bowling game. Its cutting-edge BES X scoring system transforms simple matches into highly interactive experiences filled with fun cartoons and arcade games. Linked to a 42-inch, flat-screen television installed at each lane, the system is capable of tracking statistics such as ball speed and converted splits for more serious competitors. However, casual visitors can use the system's photo capabilities to snap selfie shots that come to life as on-screen animations as they bowl. The BES X technology also has the capability to transform a match into a five-frame, arcade-style experience by loading one of the available games, including Monster Factory, Battle on the Lanes, and Bowling Hood. With its social media connections, the system even allows visitors to check in on Facebook and send text messages directly to the screens of friends at nearby lanes.

Refueling between frames is possible thanks to Sequoia's hearty menu of filling pub-style fare. Guests can also visit the 7-10 Club Sports Bar, packed with ping-pong, cornhole,and karaoke singers reciting the Bowling National Anthem. Or patrons can try their hand at ticketed arcade games that can be turned in for prizes. During the summer months, an outdoor sports bar and 5 sand volleyball courts provide a new arena for friendly competition.

5501 Sandalwood Blvd
Columbus,
OH
US

The headquarters of the nonprofit Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Historical Center abounds with exhibits and activities that showcase the state's diverse social, natural, and archeological history. Built in 1970, the museum's towering Brutalist edifice is a piece of history itself, lauded as "bold" and "imaginative” by the American Institute of Architects. Inside, a 15,000-square-foot gallery explores pivotal moments in the Buckeye State’s past, examining everything from Ohio’s role in the Civil War to Boomer Esiason’s stint as Secretary of State. A natural-history exhibit regales guests with interactive displays of animals, plants, and geography. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the center hosts an ever-changing selection of featured exhibits and special events.

Outside the museum sits Ohio Village, a re-creation of a Civil War–era town. Costumed villagers bustle about the square, performing chores and activities of the era, such as churning butter and checking wooden PalmPilots. The town's 15 buildings showcase the height of 19th-century architecture and include a Gothic-revival church, a large town hall, and an open market. The village is also the home of the renowned Ohio Village Muffins, who regularly compete in games of baseball played by 19th-century rules.

800 E 17th Ave
Columbus,
OH
US

  • For $19, you get four admissions (up to a $32 value) and four skate rentals (a $14 value; up to a $46 total value).
  • For $37, you get a party package for up to eight kids, including skate rental, a large one-topping pizza, two pitchers of soda, and four game tokens per child (a $75 value).

3362 Refugee Rd.
Columbus,
OH
US

The telltale sounds of fun fill the air at either Magic Mountain Fun Center location, as friends and families careen around tracks in go-karts, compete on mind-bending mini-golf courses, or do battle in bumper cars. Piping-hot pizzas fuel days of rides and arcade games, and the park's varied birthday packages catapult parties into a fun-filled gamut of feasting, bumper boats, and laser tag. Open late, the parks afford guests the opportunity to while the night away or lure their night terrors in front of a speeding bumper car.

5890 Scarborough Blvd
Columbus,
OH
US