Children in central Ohio don't have to wait until a summer festival or a backyard birthday party to enjoy playing in a giant, inflatable structure.
No matter the season, kids can climb, slide and jump on an assortment of bouncy apparatuses at SuperGames in Worthington. During designated "open-play" times, the 20,000-square-foot facility opens its doors to the public for several hours on select days, allowing youngsters free range of a half dozen inflatables and interactive games such as air hockey and laser tag.
"It's the largest indoor play space in Columbus," said Kyle Paugh, indoor program coordinator at SuperGames. "It helps kids to reorganize their brains to playing with groups of kids instead of interacting on social media or an electronic device. It's amazing to see kids connect here."
The family-owned business, founded in 1994, supplies bounce houses and like structures for parties and festivals, including the Dublin Irish Festival. SuperGames maintains 70 inflatables that are rotated in the Worthington play space.
Additional open-play times will be offered throughout December, perfect for getting the kids out of the house during winter break. Weekends, though, are typically reserved for private events.
"We'll also bring out a new apparatus called 'Spider Zone' that'll test kids' agility and climbing ability," Paugh said.
I visited with my children during a recent open-play time. My children shed their layered clothes as they worked up a sweat speeding through obstacle courses and sliding down slippery slides.
Parents are expected to supervise their children during play, which will certainly keep you on your toes.
SuperGames is located at 535 Lakeview Plaza Blvd., Worthington, Ohio 43085.
Cost is $9 for the first child and $6 for each additional child. Guardians must sign waivers for children. You can speed up the process by completing the form in advance.
Check the website for open play times.