Little Buckeye Playground

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With soft surface college-themed and Buckeye-themed shapes to climb, crawl on and through, and lots of imagination fuel, your kids will love Eastland Mall’s play space! There’s always a group of kids to play with, too, just like an outdoor playground. The flooring is soft and low-impact, the OSU shapes are soft and safe for little ones. Parents do have to supervise children, but the area is surrounded by cushioned benches for parent comfort.

A free place to take the kids on a rainy summer afternoon, Eastland Mall, South and East of Columbus, is easily accessible from anywhere on 270. We know, a mall isn’t usually thought of as free, but the indoor play space is perfect for little ones, and there’s no cost to use it!

Come and get familiar with a traditional Central Ohio shopping mall! Adults will enjoy the people watching and there is a nice mix of national chain stores and local start-ups, and the kids will love this soft play area that has a cool OSU theme.

If you’ve been putting off some shopping because you dread dragging the kids with you, this play area makes a great reward for good shopping behavior!

Eastland Mall
2740 Eastland
Columbus, OH 43232

Visits with Santa around Columbus! 2019

Where to visit with Santa - Santa and girlIs your little one eager to visit Santa and whisper holiday wishes into his ear? Are you hoping to get a great Christmas photo with the jolly old elf himself? Here’s a list of places around town where Santa is making himself available for boys and girls of all ages to have a quick chat and a photo!

Columbus Symphony Pops Series: Holiday Pops

Friday, December 6, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 3 p.m.

* Kids can take their picture with Santa after the 3 p.m. concerts

39 E. State St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Columbus Zoo, Wildlights

November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Sunday – Thursdays (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Fridays and Saturdays (5:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

* Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

* Santa’s Holiday Home in North America section at Battelle Ice Bear Outpost. Professional photographs available for an additional fee. The Claus’ not available after December 23.

Franklin Park Conservatory

Candlelight dinner, family crafting fun, decorating cookies, and visits with Santa!  There are several holiday events throughout the month of December.  Check their event page for more.  Breakfast with Santa is sold out.

1777 E. Broad St
Columbus, OH 43203

Eastland Mall

Breakfast with Santa – Sat, December 21, 10:00am – 11:30am
Santa Photos – Sun, December 22, 12:00pm – 02:30pm

Easton Town Center

Daily – November 22 – December 24, 2019
Monday – Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Breaks: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. / 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sundays (11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Break: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
December 24 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

* “Reserve your spot in line on site, at home, or on your phone! Both reservations and walk-up appointments will be available, however, reservations are strongly encouraged.”

Hilliard Ohio Historical Society

Sunday, December 8 (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

* Weaver Park

Polaris Fashion Place 

Santa’s Schedule
Thursday, December 5 (10:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Friday, December 6 (10:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Saturday, December 7 (10:15 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Sunday, December 8 (11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Monday, December 9 (10:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Tuesday, December 10 (10:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Wednesday, December 11 (10:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

Please check out their website to see all the fantastic Holiday events they have planned in addition to the events listed below.

Santa’s Stories with Mrs. Claus – Wednesday, December 11th at 4:30 – 6:00 pm  FREE at Santaville in Center Court.

Cookies & Claus – Friday, December 20th at 4:30 – 6:00 pm  FREE at Santaville in Center Court. Decorate your own Cheryl’s cookie with frosting and holiday sprinkles, complimentary of Polaris Fashion Place.