12/13/21 Update: The Columbus Parks Department and the City of Columbus, along with our community, are anticipating the opening of our James A. Henderson Playground at The Commons. The project is experiencing several delays due to the national material shortages and supply chain problems that many companies are currently facing. We know this has been a long process but we are heading for the finish line. We will share the expected opening date as soon as we can and look forward to welcoming our guests back to the playground. In the meantime, we invite you to visit our outdoor playgrounds when weather permits as we await the opening of The James A. Henderson Playground at The Commons. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


Welcome to the James A. Henderson playground at The Commons. Dedicated in 2013, the indoor playground features infant/toddler areas, slide, tunnels and a two story Luckey Climber.  The playground is free and open to the public during normal business hours.

Playground Hours

7:00 am – 9:00 pm

Friday & Saturday
7:00 am – 10:00 pm

10:00 am – 8:00 pm


• Toddler Area (ages 6 months -2 years)

• Preschool Area (ages 2 – 5 years)

• School Age Area (ages 5 – 12 years)


  • Adult supervision is required at all times
  • NO food or drink
  • NO rough play or running
  • NO high heels on play surface

The playgound is under video surveillance

The playground is unsupervised – parents and caregivers are responsible for their children.

Birthday Party Rules:

  • No helium balloons
  • No open flame. This includes birthday candles.
  • Signs, Banners, Posters, Pinatas, or any other decorative signage may not be hung from the walls, windows, columns, tables or playground surface.
  • Tables in the food court area must remain in their set location and are not to be moved.
  • No more than 2 tables and eight chairs are to be used per party.
  • Crock pots and other food warmers are not permitted in the building.
  • The Commons does not reserve tables and chairs for parties that are not a scheduled rental.
  • Tables and chairs in the mezzanine level on the second floor are not available if an Upper Level reservation is scheduled.

Field Trips

For groups visiting The Commons on a field trip, we ask that you please contact The Commons office at (812) 376-2681 at least one week prior to the scheduled field trip day to advise us of the date, estimated arrival time and group size. Access and use of the playground is complimentary.