Exploring Clintonville with Your Kids: Cover to Cover + Dough Mama

Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers is a surprisingly large kid’s bookstore in Clintonville! On Tuesdays and Saturdays, they have a story time for the picture book crowd. I had two items on the agenda for the day: story time and cookies. I have a new fascination with salted chocolate chip cookies, but I’m getting ahead of myself . . .

The story time is held on Tuesdays at 10:30 and Saturdays at 11:00. Aren’t those just the perfect times? I know some people who can get out of their house with the kids before 9 AM, but despite my best efforts, we can barely make it to preschool on time at 9:00. And despite the fact that my kids wake up at 6:30 AM, we seem to get out even later on Saturdays! I have 7 months to get it into gear before Kindergarten starts and there are legal ramifications for my tardiness….

It is obvious from pictures on the website and the signed wall in the story time area that many authors have visited Cover to Cover throughout the years. The store has been open since 1980 and it seems to be a hubbub of activity and knowledge surrounding children’s books. The story time seemed to have a loyal following as well!

Story time consisted of 5-6 picture books with a brief pause to pass out animal crackers about half way through! Smart move! My two year old was was a captive audience for at least one extra story than normal (that was until his cookies ran out and he threw his cup across the group circle in anger. Whoops.).

After story time, we drove down the street to Dough Mama Cafe & Bakery. It’s less than a half a mile, so in the summer, you could totally walk it!

Now back to those salted chocolate chip cookies. This was my 3rd such extravagance in the past two months or so. (I’m saving all those yummy details for a future post). Now I have to say my oldest wasn’t a fan of the salt. He picked it off, but my 2 year old didn’t seem to notice. Personally, I don’t think I’m going to be able to eat a non-salted chocolate chip cookie ever again. 😉

Is that too many pictures of chocolate chip cookies?

Besides the cookies, the cafe also serves a decent sized menu of breakfast and lunch items so you could easily have breakfast (if you’re one of the “out of the house before 9” types) or lunch here before or after the story time. The cafe is famous for their pie and it looks like a Mac and Cheese pie will be on the menu for at least the next few weeks!

There’s a lot of space to sit in the bakery, so it didn’t feel too small or cramped to bring kids.

All in all, a fun morning out! Do you have a favorite place to take your kids in Clintonville?

Know Before You Go:

Cover to Cover:

3560 North High St., Columbus, OH 43214
614-263-1624
Monday: hours vary by season, check their Facebook Page for updates
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Dough Mama Cafe & Bakery

3335 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
614-268-3662
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

IMG_8735

Make sure to follow What Should We Do Today? on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram and never miss a post!

ICYMI: Celebrating 1 Year: See Our Favorite Memories and Read Our Top 10!

What Should We Do This Weekend? January 27-29, 2017

I’ll admit to being really hungry when I made this list! It’s hard to say which came first, my hunger or the unusual amount of food related things to do this weekend! Regardless, I think this weekend is going to include BBQ, ice cream, pastries and waffles! 😉

1. Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big at Nationwide Arena

When: Wednesday – Sunday, January 25-29, 2017
Time: Various Times (see link)
Location: 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.,  Columbus,  OH  43215

Disney on Ice descends upon Columbus this weekend with several shows throughout the weekend!

2. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of the month, COSI stays open late to offer reduced admission! General admission is $11 and includes a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater!

3. Grand Opening Weekend at Gramercy Books

When: Friday – Sunday, January 27-29, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM on Friday – 3:30 PM on Sunday
Location: 2424 E. Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-867-5515

Kid-friendly highlights at the grand opening of this beautiful book store include a reading, meet and greet and book signing with children’s author Will Hillenbrand, live music and a visit from R.L. Stine, the author of the Goosebumps series! Tickets are sold out for the day with R.L. Stine, but check the link for all the other details of the weekend!

4. Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

This special offering includes a waffle bar, complete with all the trimmings for just $5 – juice and drip coffee included! Plus upstairs there is a free kid’s play area!

5. Beauty and the Beast at COSI

When: Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM both days
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Beauty and the Beast is the movie showing at COSI this weekend! Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door. $5 for members, $6 for non-members. (Also this weekend is opening weekend for the exhibit Mindbender Mansion!)

6. Hoot 71 Winter at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

The theme of this month’s HOOT Family Film Series is Winter! There will be child-friendly short films, activities before the show and music by the Shazzbots!

7. Mozart’s 261st Birthday Celebration at Mozart’s

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 4784 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-268-3687

Mozart (the composer) turns 261 and Mozart’s (the restaurant) is celebrating! There will be live music, complimentary pastries, special guests and more!

8. Thai Inspired Rolled Ice Cream at Oats and Barley Market

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 970 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-914-8624

Check out this unique rolled ice cream for a limited time at Oats and Barley Market!

9. Snowmen in the Snow at Grove City Library

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

Kids ages 4-8 can celebrate the best parts of a snowy day: making snow people, doing science activities, and participating in indoor snowballing!

10. Small Steps Giant Leaps Book Release Party at Midwest Photo

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2887 Silver Dr, Columbus, OH 43211

You may have followed @smallstepsaregiantleaps on Instagram, if not, check out the cutest pictures of Astronaut Harrison exploring Columbus and beyond! Their book launch party is this Saturday and there will be snacks, astronaut coloring pages, a rocket balloon launchpad and a Fujifilm Instax photo booth with helmets for the kids to wear! Click here to sign up for free tickets!

11. Kids Eat Free at City Barbeque

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: all day
Location: your local City BBQ

All day on Sunday get one free kid’s meal with each adult purchase of $7 or more – or take $5 off a Family Pack! Mention “Family Time” when ordering!

12. Kids Sewing 101 at Sew to Speak

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 752 High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-547-7380

Kids ages 8 and up can learn to sew a pillowcase. They can learn the basic operation of a sewing machine as well as basic sewing terminology and operation. Class cost is $35. Call to register.

13. Family Friends and Funday at Lifetown Columbus

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 6220 E Dublin-Granville Rd, New Albany, Ohio 43054

The community is invited to this annual Family Friends & Fun Day which includes story time, music and movement, face painting, a movie and popcorn, crafts and more! Tickets are required for some activities and can be purchased at the door. Adults are free to enter.

 

IMG_8735

Make sure to follow What Should We Do Today? on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram and never miss a post!

ICYMI: Celebrating 1 Year: See Our Favorite Memories and Read Our Top 10!

*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

Celebrating 1 Year: See Our Favorite Memories and Read Our Top 10!

This week, I’m celebrating the 1 year anniversary of What Should We Do Today? January 28, 2016 is when I first “went public” with my blog on Facebook, basically begging my local friends to invite their local friends to like my Facebook page. 😬 A friend recently asked if I could go back and tell myself something when I was just starting out, what would it be? My answer was “to keep going because it’s worth it!”

It’s been a great year! We got to do some really fun things, meet some talented and creative people and keep exploring Columbus together as a family!

Because I’m reminiscing today, I’m going to share with you my top 3 personal favorite experiences from the year and then my top 10 most viewed blog posts from the year!

1. Hands down, my number one experience this year was taking a hard hat tour of the new Main Library. For me this was such an honor. I had only been blogging for 3 months and it meant SO much to me to be invited – plus, my family loved that library and couldn’t wait for it to reopen, so to get a sneak peak was really exciting AND I got to do it on my birthday! Pretty hard to beat that!

This is my “I can’t believe it!” face.

2. Another top favorite experience was being invited to Abigail Wexner’s horse barn to learn about the activities and mission of the New Albany Classic. Being invited to anyone Wexner’s personal anything was pretty crazy! 😉 I honestly had no idea what the New Albany Classic was (well, the ideas I did have were wrong) and it was very touching to hear Abigail Wexner talk about her heart for the Center for Family Safety and Healing. To be able to catch the vision first hand for what the day is all about was a special and memorable experience.

Wexner Horse Barn

3. Writing for Columbus Moms Blog has been a big part of this past year! While my own blog is primarily about things to do with your kids in Columbus, I’ve been able to do some other kinds of writing for CMB. For me those articles are almost more personal than what I post here and some of have been shared on other City Moms Blog networks across the nation! I really want to encourage moms with what I post there (as well as share fun things to do in Columbus) and I’ve been so thankful for that opportunity! Not only has the writing been great, but I’ve met some really funny, supportive and amazing co-writers that I am happy to call my friends!

One of my first CMB posts. Click on the picture to read.

And now here is the countdown of the top 10 most viewed posts this year!

10. Indoor Programs for Toddlers and Preschoolers in Columbus: Winter 2017

9. 26 Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend in Columbus

8. What Should We Do This Weekend? October 27-31, 2016 Halloween Edition

7. 12 Columbus Parks to Try This Summer

6. Cheap Family Outings in Columbus for Every Day of the Week

5. Columbus Christmas Staycation 2016

4. 6 Columbus Area Parks for Toddlers

3. 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions

2. 10 Things to be Excited About at New Main Library!

And surpassing #2 by more than 1000 views (!) . . .

1. 20 Free Indoor Play Areas in Columbus

If you’ve read this far, what I most want to say is THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING! Your reading, sharing and commenting has kept me going! You guys rock! I also have to say a big thank you to my husband, Eric, because without his encouragement (and his web design skills) I would have given up a bajillion times by now! 😉

Keep exploring Columbus with your kids! Our city is awesome!

IMG_8735

Make sure to follow What Should We Do Today? on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram and never miss a post!