Firefly Play Café (www.fireflyplaycafe.com) is a new addition to Columbus, and offers a great alternative for moms (or dads) to another afternoon with the little ones tearing the house apart while you wish you could get out or accomplish something. The space is designed for kids ages 2 to 5 to run, climb, slide, bounce, read, draw or pretend play while parents or caregivers enjoy a coffee bar, tables, sofas and free WiFi.
Located in a storefront in Beechwold, Firefly is open and inviting, offering climbing structures, a slide, dress up clothes, educational toys, a chalkboard playhouse, scooters, books and a bounce house. I stopped in on a whim after an early release from preschool, knowing the alternative was a LONG afternoon cooped up in our house. This was a great option because I was able to pay my bills – which at home the girls would never let me get away with, but at Firefly they were so occupied discovering new things, they totally ignored me – have something to drink, and catch up on email while the girls played themselves silly. While I was there, a playgroup of about six moms showed up with their little ones, and it seems like a perfect place for it, especially when the weather turns cold and rainy.
In addition to free play, Firefly offers classes like mom-and-kid yoga, art, painting and clay.
Here are some photos of my girls having a great time (look at how wide open it is and how fun the toys are!):
Pricing is $5 all day for the first kid and $3 for additional, if they are two or older. Younger kids are $3.
Classes are around $7-12 each.
Healthy snacks, coffee, juice and water is available for $1 each.
Address: Firefly Play Café 4822 N High St (next to the Verizon store) – enter from the parking lot in back
On Facebook: Firefly Play Cafe.
Thanks Terra! Does anyone have other places in the Columbus area that are great to take the kids (of any age) during the quickly approaching colder months? Comment below or send us a post! firstname.lastname@example.org