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Things to Do Indoors With Toddlers Near Cincinnati

by Jane Rodda, studioD

The city of Cincinnati is prone to rainy and even snowy days. Finding indoor activities for toddlers is essential to living in this southwest corner of Ohio. The city itself has a population of close to 300,000, with the metropolitan area exceeding 2 million, which includes cities in Kentucky just over the river from Cincinnati. There are plenty of choices for toddlers to stay active while remaining indoors in this heavily populated area.

Play Places

Jump Zone Party Play Centers (jumpzoneparty.com) has a location in Milford, which is just 15 miles from downtown Cincinnati. It offers giant inflatable slides, obstacle courses, a toddler area and interactive games. Entertrainment Junction (entertrainmentjunction.com) boasts the largest indoor train display in the world. Located 23 miles northeast of the city, this fun center provides a large play area for young kids, a railroad museum and a motorized train that kids can operate around a 300-foot track. The Go Play Cafe at Gym Nation (gym-nation.com/goplaycafe.htm) also provides a large indoor play area with slides, tunnels and a separate toddler area.

Art Classes

My Little Red Haus (mylittleredhaus.com) offers art classes for toddlers. There is a mommy-and-me class for 2- to 5-year-olds aiming to build eye-hand coordination through painting, building and creating artwork in various media. The Contemporary Art Center (contemporaryartscenter.org) provides a weekly class for 3- to 5-year-olds. Featuring storytelling, hands-on artmaking and performances, this program seeks to excite and educate young children in art.

Libraries and Educational Classes

The Cincinnati Public Library (cincinnatilibrary.org) is a great place to bring toddlers. There are weekly toddler story times as well as a movers-and-shakers program, which is a singing and dancing time for 1- to 4-year-olds. With a location in Cincinnati, Gymboree Play and Music (gymboreeclasses.com) offers a wide variety of programs for toddlers. There are play and learn classes for 0- to 3-year-olds, art and music classes for 1- to 3-year olds and family participation classes for all ages.


The Duke Energy Children's Museum (cincymuseum.org/childrensmuseum) provides interactive displays for kids. There is an Energy Zone, a mini town, a wilderness area and a set-aside area just for toddlers. Just across the river in Newport, Kentucky, is the Newport Aquarium (newportaquarium.com). It is home to hundreds of animals for little ones to see up close including alligators, penguins, sharks, sea rays and colorful fish.

About the Author

Jane Rodda has been a writer since 2004, with articles featured in "Gameday Magazine" and "Urban Family Magazine." She is also the social media director and lead copywriter for a piano instruction website. Rodda holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University.

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