It's icy. It's windy. And it's definitely c-o-l-d in Central Ohio. My daughters, ages 5 and 4, are going crazy being inside the house all day, every day. So when we heard about the indoor play area inside the Grove City Church of the Nazarene, we were all more than happy to get out of the house and see what it's all about.
Editor's note: Since this story originally was published, the facility has changed its hours and prices. As of April 2016, room rental rates are $35 for guests who order a party package from the cafe, $75 for all others. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. It's icy. It's windy. And it's definitely c-o-l-d in Central Ohio.My daughters, ages 5 and 4, are going crazy being inside the house all day, every day. So when we heard about the indoor play area inside the Grove City Church of the Nazarene, we were all more than happy to get out of the house and see what it's all about. The indoor play structure is two and a half stories high, with tunnels and tubes and twisty slides galore. My girls are immediately in heaven and run off to explore. The play area is targeted towards children 10 and under, with a separate gated-off area for the under-2 crowd. It was very clean and staffed by an attendant. The space had enough room for my girls to roam and have fun, but it was also small enough that I could keep an eye on them easily. Two restrooms conveniently located inside the play area are nice for easy diaper changes or quick potty breaks. Doing a lap around the facility while my kids are yelling two stories above me to watch them race down the "biggest slide in the WORLD," I found two air hockey tables and a little taxi car that reminded me of the rides at Chuck E. Cheese. At the back, there's a Ms. Pac Man arcade game for the mommies and daddies. And the best part? Each game costs only a nickel. The play area also has two rooms available to rent. "We didn't want to gouge people. We wanted to create a place that was affordable for families," said Susan Seifert, Childcare Director and director of the play area. On our way out, we grabbed a quick lunch at the Josiah's Café located inside the church. The Café offers kid's meals for $3.95 each: These include entrees like chicken fingers, hot dogs or PB&J sandwiches, plus a healthy side, drink and ice-cream cup. There are also plenty of options for adult-sized appetites. Photos by Alysia Burton