Review of KidsCommons in Columbus, IN

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My niece recently moved to Columbus, IN, so when we went to visit her, we decided to check out KidsCommons. For 2 kids and 1 adult the price was only $21.00. My boys rushed through the first floor, eager to see everything as fast as they could, but finally stuck with the ExploraHouse for the longest period of time. The ExploraHouse was full of secret passages, stairs, and of course, the toilet slide, which they loved while learning about the ‘ins and outs’ of a house. Upstairs they shot basketballs and played for a few minutes in the toddler grocery. We went back to the second floor and discovered 2 big tables filled with building manipulatives (blocks, rings, stuff to make cars, etc.) and concentrated on who could build the coolest contraption.

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Our next stop was the City by Design area. At first the boys told me it was boring, but when I started playing they quickly joined me. This area included a computer to build a city, a large chalkboard to draw your imaginary city, and other blocks and designs to use to create a community. They then went back for another trip to the ExploraHouse where I sat next to a lovely lady who was visiting with a home school group from Southern Indiana. We finished our day in Bubble-ology where they stood inside the body bubble and tried various shaped wands in the big tank (I may have joined in on this one). KidsCommons also included a toddler pond play area for kids 3 and under, and a climbing wall that cost an additional $3 for 4 climbs.

If you have the time (and the energy), go across the street and check out the Commons Playground. It is a free indoor playground that has slides, a huge climbing structure, and tunnels to explore. The climbing structure is high so make sure your kids don’t go too far or they will cry and you will have to go save them (like I did). I also would highly recommend going to Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor for something sweet before heading home!

– KidsCommons is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm.

– General Admission: $7.00 (ages 18 months-99)

– With Annual Membership: Free

– With Grandparent Membership: Free

– Ten Visit Pass: $50.00 (No Expiration Date)

– Climbing Wall: $3.00 plus museum admission*

* Climbers must be at least 5 years old and 44” tall with a signed release form.

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