Graeter's Scoops & Shoots

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

You know from the moment you spot the towering black-raspberry ice cream cone that this indoor playground is anything but vanilla. The monster milk shake and the giant banana teeter-totter tip you off as well.

In business for 140 years, Graeter's knows ice cream hands down, and apparently also has a leg up when it comes to burning a few of those calories - at least if you're under the age of 10 and don't mind running around in stocking feet.

Scoops & Shoots is located inside Graeter's Bethel Road location. In addition to the aforementioned treats, there's an ice-cream-cone-adorned crow's nest with giant slides, plus a three-net free-throw area. But there are no rebound boards behind the basketball hoops - just a triple-scoop cone of "mint chocolate chunk" and a cherry on top.

Parents should appreciate some of the amenities kids might not notice, like the thickly-padded carpet, the ability to bring in your own food for lunches, and the fact that the entire playground is vacuumed and sanitized daily. The carpet is also steam-cleaned monthly.

Speaking of cleanliness - you may want to hold off on the ice cream until after playtime so you can avoid any "spilled milk," if you know what I mean. Plus, the promise of a single scoop was the single reason I was able to get my 2-year-old back out the door from the play area.

The Scoop

  • Scoops & Shoots is designed for kids 9 and younger.
  • The play area is wheelchair accessible.
  • Saturdays and Sundays are busiest.
  • You can watch workers whipping up ice cream in the store's kitchen Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Guided ice cream tours are available for groups of 10 or more.
  • Self-guided tours are fine with smaller groups.
  • If you want to rent a party room, it's best to call at least a month in advance.
  • Don't forget socks!

2555 Bethel Rd.,

Northwest Columbus

614-442-7622

graeters.com

Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12-11 p.m. Sunday