The weather outside is frightful and cold, and many schools are cancelled. If you have to go out, bundle up and be careful! If you or the kids are suffering from cabin fever, check out this Big list of snow day activities for kids in Columbus.
If any level of snow emergency is in effect, please check with the businesses to ensure they are opening before getting on the road.
Fun Snow Day Activities in Columbus
Star Lanes Polaris Snow Day Relief: Star Lanes Polaris usually offers a great Snow Day Relief deal. Bring the kids in on Snow Days from 11 am – 3 pm and they’ll get a free game card with the purchase of lunch, and an XD Dark Ride Ticket for just $5. Each table gets a plate of The Point Bar & Grill’s warm, fresh-baked cookies. Note: they close during Level 3 Snow Emergencies. Check the Facebook page for details!
1/2 Price Admission at Columbus Zoo & Aquarium: The Zoo is probably open (unless the weather is really bad), so bundle up and go see the animals! Some animals are more active in the winter, and there are plenty of indoor exhibits and areas to warm up as you walk through. Even better, the Zoo offers 1/2 price admission through March 11!
85+ Indoor Play Places and Activities in Columbus: We’ve gathered over 85 places with indoor play or fun activities in Columbus, including plenty of free and cheap options, including swimming, bowling, play areas, crafts, kids’ museums, and so much more. Note: always call or check links to verify they are open during snow emergencies!
Grab your sled: Sledding hills in Columbus. If there’s enough snow and you want to brave the cold, head to one of these hills.
Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating in Columbus. Head to a skating pond, or pick a temperature-controlled indoor skating rink and get some exercise while having fun!
Fun Snow Day Activities at Home
Snow Activities with Kids: Check out these fun ideas from Living on the Cheap, including Snow Painting, Snow Ice Cream, Ice Bubbles, and more. We may have to try Tire sur la Neige.
40 things to do with your kids to avoid cabin fever, by Laura Grace Weldon on GeekMom. She includes helpful links in case you don’t know how to play the spoons or make a catapult out of craft sticks.
Living on the Cheap’s 10 DIY kids’ activities. It includes some pretty cool craft ideas that you might not have tried before and that are easy to do.
No sled? No problem. 17 DIY ideas. While we aren’t in the South, if you find yourself without a sled, here are some options. That said, make sure you buy a sled before the first big snow – they ALWAYS sell out temporarily.
If we get enough snow, here’s a guide from Popular Mechanics on building the Ultimate Snow Fort.
Do you have other Snow Day activities for at home or around Columbus? We’d love to hear them! Tell us in the comments!