Worth the Drive: Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana

Drive 45 minutes south of Indianapolis, and you’ll find Kidscommons, a great children’s museum that’s the perfect spot to play and explore when you’re in the mood for a little day trip out of town. Children can use their creativity to learn about their community at this children’s museum in downtown Columbus, Indiana.

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Kidscommons Exhibits

At Kidscommons, there are two floors full of exhibits — created specifically for children — to explore. Here are some of the more popular exhibits at the museum:


Probably the most memorable exhibit in the museum, ExploraHouse, is where you will find the museum’s world-famous giant toilet, where kids can actually climb in and discover the “ins and outs” of a toilet. Kids can also learn about how lights work, visit an infrared kitchen, and climb through the chimney to the attic.

Worth the Drive: Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana
Worth the Drive: Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana
Giant toilet at Worth the Drive: Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana

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Camp Kidscommons

The newest exhibit in the museum, Camp Kidscommons, features a giant treehouse that kids can climb in, play on and explore. The outdoor-inspired exhibit will have kids exploring the treetops, crawling through underground tunnels, relaxing on hammocks, and sliding down slides.

Worth the Drive: Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana
Worth the Drive: Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana
Playground at Worth the Drive: Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana
City By Design

Did you know that the city of Columbus is known for its mid-century modern architecture? Kidscommons celebrates its architectural history through City By Design, a hands-on exhibit where kids can design their own cities and discover the innovation of architecture and urban design in Columbus.  

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In this exhibit, kids can stand inside a bubble wand as big as their body and then try various-shaped wands in a big tank of bubble solution. 

Kids at Art

A large part of the museum’s bottom floor is dedicated to an art studio, where bids of all ages can experiment with recycled materials and various art media to create their own masterpieces to take home as a souvenir.

More Info

As of February 2022, Kidscommons requires you to purchase tickets before your visit to control the number of people in the museum. No walk-ins will be accepted. Visitors can purchase advance online tickets here. Check their website for discounts for active military, veterans, seniors, teachers, and large groups. 

Worth the Drive: Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana
Worth the Drive: Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana

Location: Kidscommons is located at 309 Washington Street in Columbus.

Hours: Visitors purchasing online advance tickets can choose from 10 am-1 pm or 2-5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2-5 pm on Sundays.

Website: kidscommons.org

Other things to know: Kidscommons does not allow food or drink inside exhibit spaces, however, you can leave and grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby restaurants (or pack a lunch and enjoy it outside!). 

Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe is the editor of Indy's Child and Southwest Ohio Parent magazines. She has a BA in Journalism from California State University Northridge, and has been involved in the print and digital publishing world for most of her life. Born and raised in Southern California, Nicole traded the city and sun for corn and creeks, and now lives in central Indiana with her husband, two sons and Collie. Her latest book for children, “All About Me! Art Journal” was published in 2022 by Walter Foster Jr. In her spare time, she likes traveling with her family, enjoying good food and drink, volunteering at her children’s schools and around her community, and practicing yoga.

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