What Should We Do This Weekend? March 17-19, 2017

1. Month of Madness at Entertrainment Junction

When: March 1 – March 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday-Saturday; 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sunday
Location: 7379 Squire Ct, West Chester, OH 45069
Phone: 877-898-4656

If you’re up for a road trip this weekend, at this family entertainment center and train museum, for the month of March you can visit the A-Maze-N Funhouse for only $1.25 with the purchase of a Train Journey Ticket! Also hot dogs are only $.25!

2. Spring Fling at Oakland Nursery

When: Saturday, March 11 – Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1156 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: 614-268-3511

This week long Spring Fling includes workshops, sales and family-friendly events! There will be a Kid’s Carnival on March 18th from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM!

3. Free Green Smoothie at Smoothie King Polaris

When: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: 1924 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-505-7072

Get a free 12 oz green smoothie in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!

4. Chatterboxes at Treehive Cafe + Play

When: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 337 W. Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-681-1456

Drop in to chat with a Speech Language Pathologist about “typical” speech and language development in children! No registration required!

5. St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: Parade begins at 11:00 AM
Location: Metro Center through Historic Dublin

This day of celebration includes a pancake breakfast at 7:00 AM, an Inflation Celebration at 9:00 AM and the parade at 11:00 AM! There will be more than 100 units in the parade!

6. Donuts with Dad at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

Have a donut and playdate with Dad at Coffee Connections!

7. Spring Craft and Gift Bazaar at Grove City High School

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4665 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123
When: March 18, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Children under 12 are free to enter this Spring Bazaar that benefits Grove City High School Band! There will be over 175 vendors including food and drink!

8. Paw Patrol Meet and Greet at Skate Zone 71

When: When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Visit with Chase and Marshall at this family skate!

9. Ribbon Wands at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone:  614-715-8000

Fairy lovers can color their own satin ribbon wand!

10. Meet and Greet with Belle at Ohio Glass Museum

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 124 W. Main St., Lancaster, OH 43130
Phone: 740-334-0520

If you’re planning a trip to Disney World you can meet Travels by Stacy to learn how she can help, plus A Dream Come True Parties will be presenting Belle from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM! There will be a meet and greet, story time and pictures!

11. Pixar in Concert at Columbus Symphony

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-469-0939

Watch clips of your favorite Pixar movies accompanied by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra!

12. Columbus Toy and Collectible Show at Ohio Expo Center

When: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Lausche Building, 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211

You can buy, sell or trade retro and collectible toys at this Toy and Collectible Show! Kids under 12 get in free!

13. Back to the Future Part 4th St. on South 4th St.

When: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 260 S 4th St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Join the restaurants of S. 4th St. to go Back to the Future! Bring $5 or a pack of diapers to donate to the Columbus Diaper Bank and you can get a picture in front of the Delorean and a 5X7 print out!

14. Turtle Rescue at Watermelon Cay Book Reading at Grove City Library

When: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614- 875-6716

The Friends of Southwest Public Libraries are hosting this special event where local author Janet Shailer will read her book, “Turtle Rescue at Watermelon Cay” while the artist who illustrated the book will lead an art project! There will also be a marine biologist on site to talk about her work with baby sea turtles! Every child who attends will receive a free copy of the book! No reservations necessary!


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5 on Friday: Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops

As a freelance and contract worker, my husband spends most of his days in some kind of coffee shop setting. When I told him I was putting together a list of kid-friendly coffee shops, he said, “There is such a thing?” The fact that my own husband said such a thing is proof enough this post is needed. 😉 Coffee is a big part of my life, so the kids are gonna have to come along. Here are 5 best-bets for the times when you need to bring the kids:

1. Coffee Connections of Hilliard, Hilliard

This spot has to win the most kid-friendly coffee shop, hands down! Coffee Connections of Hilliard has two buildings. In the front (on Main St.) there is a full-sized coffee shop with two floors of seating areas and in a separate building in the back there is a community room with a play area just for kids upstairs! My kids were so entertained here recently that my husband and I had a nearly uninterrupted coffee date with friends! There is a changing table and even an area for babies to play!

4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

2, Grandview Grind, Grandview Heights

Grandview Grind has a large seating area and, in the back, there is a couch with a book shelf full of books, games and crayons! I was there recently with my two year old and he even found an Elmo book! There is a large drink menu and treats for sale as well.

1423 A Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

3. Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op, Franklinton

Bottoms Up is a new coffee shop/co-working space in Franklinton. I have been known to stop by this coffee shop with two kids when we’re on our way to somewhere else just to get the Canary Island (an espresso drink made with condensed milk!). You don’t just “stop by” coffee shops with kids, getting them in and out of car seats just for fun, unless the reward is worth it! Also, they have a cute little table where kids can color and great food options!

1069 W.Broad St., Columbus, OH 43222

4. The Bexley Coffee Shop, Bexley

Bexley Coffee Shop is another safe bet for taking the kids! The coffee shop is a pretty good size and there are yummy treats like the chocolate chip coffee cake (pictured above). My 2 year old said, “this is the best chocolate chip cake in the whole galaxy!” so that must be saying something! I like their fun selection of local handmade items and during the summer they have a story time for kids hosted by Bexley Public Library!

492 N. Cassady Ave., Columbus, OH 43209

5. Espresso 22, Powell

If you’re wandering around downtown Powell and you need a pick-me-up, stop in at Espresso 22! They serve One Line Coffee and every day they have a fresh selection of Der Dutchman donuts!  There is a good amount of seating here and it’s very open. These are two things I associate with being kid-friendly! Last time I was there they had a Nutella Latte on the menu. Just sayin’

22 Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065

What coffee shops have you braved with the kids in tow?


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Exploring Dayton with Kids: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the Oregon District


Hi Everyone! I feel like I should make a major disclaimer before you read this post! There aren’t going to be a lot of technical details provided about what you see here, no (or few) historical facts offered to describe the pictures. Not only am I NOT an airplane expert, I also visited this museum with a 2 year old and a 5 year old (along with my husband!). There was not a lot of stopping to read signage or taking of notes. Nope, there was just a lot of running from one thing to see to another! And boy, oh boy, was there a lot to see! I think if you’ve had small children, you know exactly what I’m talking about! So with that in mind, I’m going to give you an overview of what there is to see and how to manage your time with kids at the Air Force Museum!

The first thing you should know about the museum is that it’s free! FREE! 🙂 Okay, now on to the rest!


There are 4 large buildings that make up the museum. It was my instinct to go in chronological order, starting with the earliest planes and ending with the newest. But as we headed in that direction, a staff member advised us to actually start at the back with the last building, take a snack break at the Refueling Cafe, and continue through towards the front of the museum and end with lunch at the restaurant. His advice was wise, and I pass it on to you!



Space Shuttle replica

As I mentioned, we started in the 4th building, where there is a Space Gallery. There is a large Space Shuttle replica. There were several simulators where you could attempt to fly the Space Shuttle! It didn’t seem easy, as you can imagine. 😉




Also in the 4th building is the the Presidential Gallery, where there were several former Air Force One planes. Those were really interesting, as you could walk through a good number of them and many artifacts were left intact!





The walk-through areas of the planes are completely covered with plexiglass.  A warning: many of the spaces are very narrow to get through! The one shown below was actually one of the wider walkways.



Between the 4th and 3rd buildings is a Missile Gallery and above it is the Refueling Cafe. By the time we had arrived at the museum, around 11:00 AM, and walked to the back, we were ready for lunch after touring the 4th building – and thankful for the advice we had received from the staff person! The Refueling Cafe offers wraps, salads, pizza, hot dogs and snacks like yogurt, cookies, chips, drinks, and granola bars. We ended up eating lunch here. (It’s worth noting here that no food or drink is allowed to be brought into the museum!) There’s nothing gourmet about the food at the Refueling Cafe, but it is what you would probably consider “kid friendly” and the prices are reasonable. We didn’t check out the Valkyrie Cafe, but it seems pretty kid-friendly, as well, according to the menu.


Let me stop here to say that we didn’t bring in our stroller. What were we thinking? Well, we were thinking that our newly 2 year old doesn’t want to ride in a stroller anymore, so why bring it? Well, by the end of the first building, we had acquired strollers for both kids! The museum offers them for free and since there is so much ground to cover, the strollers saved us from carrying tired kids!


The 3rd Building covers the Cold War, the 2nd Building covers the Korean War and Southeast Asia War and the 1st building covers World War II and the Early Years. Here is my non-technical list of just a few of things you can see and do: life-sized depictions of historical moments, airplanes you can sit in, photo galleries, videos to watch, and miniature airplane exhibits. A few examples of these things . . .











Some of the things we didn’t do include a theater, which shows 3D movies (you can see a list of shows that are being shown at the theater here), and the flight simulators. The flight simulators are $10 a person. There is also a museum store for souvenirs and official Air Force gear!

All in all, I would estimate we spent about 4 hours at the museum. There is so much to see, you have to manage your expectations with young kids. With older kids who are really interested in planes, you could easily spend the whole day!

So, we had a two year old who hadn’t napped yet on our hands, but I had read this article from Columbus Underground a few YEARS ago and I had been wanting to check out the Oregon District ever since. We needed coffee anyway, so we decided to take a chance on a tired kids and check it out!



This section of town is home to a funky selection of restaurants, galleries, shops, [adult entertainment stores!] and a coffee shop. It’s a fun area for lunch or dinner and to spend an hour or so browsing through shops.




Our main stop was at Press Coffee Bar for a pick me up for the drive home! Mayson fell asleep in the stroller and slept through his donut opportunity! (Don’t tell!)




If you stop in the Oregon District, make sure to get your picture here!


Overall, a really fun day! The trip to the museum was just about an hour for us and the fact that it’s free makes it a great day trip! You could pack a lunch to eat outside the museum, but the food there is also pretty affordable. I would just keep in mind that it’s a lot of walking for little kids, and manage your expectations accordingly! 😉

Know Before You Go:

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

1100 Spaatz Street, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 937-253-4629
Monday – Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Press Coffee Bar

257 Wayne Ave., Dayton, OH 45402
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Friday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


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