The cat's out of the bag: Central Park Playland at Westerville Christian Church is an indoor play place that's fun, clean and free.

The cat's out of the bag: Central Park Playland at Westerville Christian Church is an indoor play place that's fun, clean and free.

Central Park is ideal for children who love to climb and explore. Perfect for 2- to 10-year-olds, the space offers a large playset of tunnels and slides. There's also a rock wall area. Parents can walk around and supervise children from the outside of the main play area, but may go in and rescue a child, if needed. There are chairs for parents to sit and watch.

Although located within the church building, visitors aren't approached about becoming church members. Central Park is in its own room and is accessed from the rear church entrance.

Socks are required to play; cubbies are available for storing shoes.

The bathroom at Central Park is spacious. There's enough room for an adult and several children. It was very clean during our most recent visit. In fact, all of Central Park was spotless when we visited for a Saturday birthday party in October.

Parents of children with food allergies also will be relieved to know that food and beverages are not permitted at Central Park during open play hours, and a water fountain is available.

Food is permitted during parties. It costs $72 to have a Friday or Saturday afternoon party for up to 24 children. Parties may be booked up to six months in advance. (Hint: the Saturday time slots go quickly.)

The "Stories in the Park" program offers stories, songs and crafts for children under age 6. It costs $1 per child each week. Check the Central Park website for dates and registration details.

Bottom line, Central Park is a great place to visit any time of the year, but especially during these cold winter months.