5 on Friday: Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops

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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 4-6, 2016

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1. Kids Club at Whole Foods Easton

When: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4100 Easton Gateway Dr., Columbus, OH 43219

This free event includes snacks and a fall craft! All ages are welcome!

2. Pre-K Storytime at Scioto Audubon

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-508-8111

This story time for ages 3-5 features stories about nature!

3. Hot Chocolate Mug Craft at Michael’s Stores

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Michael’s Store

Kids ages 3 and up can drop in to do a hot cocoa mug craft. Cost is $2 per project.

4. Bugman at Grandview Heights Public Library

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-481-3778

All ages are welcome to visit with the Bugman and some creepy crawly friends!

5. Grand Reopening at Cruz Candy

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 27 S. Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-481-3778

Cruz Candy closed briefly and is now reopening on Saturday! Spin the prize wheel, cram candy in a tin for $2, and make crafts for $1! Throughout the day there will be a magic show, face painting, a sing-a-long, a visit from a princess, and more! See pictures and read about our visit here!

6. National Bison Day at Battelle Darby Metro Park

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

A movie and activities will celebrate the national mammal of the United States!

7. Gallery Hop

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: High St. in the Short North

This is the first weekend of the month and that means Gallery Hop! Some kid-friendly things that actually happen during the afternoon include Family Days at Pizzuti Gallery (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM), where the will be Cuban-inspired coloring sheets to celebrate their newest exhibit, Cuban Forever Revisited, and Thai Rolled Ice Cream at Oats and Barley Market (from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM)!

8. Chess in the Neighborhood at Martin Luther King Branch, CML

When: Saturday November 5, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1600 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-645-2275

Kids age 8-17 are welcome to come to play or learn to play chess!

9. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Northland Performing Arts Center

When: Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2016
Time: Saturday: 7:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: 4411 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229

The Artisan Ballet Company presents an original production of a beloved classic!

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*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!*


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

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Spooky is the name of the game this weekend! I’ve expanded this weekend’s post to include 5 days leading up to and including Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Fall-O-Ween Party at Marion Franklin Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Costume Carnival at Martin Luther King Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

6:00 PM – Trunk or Treat at Grace Polaris Church

Friday, October 28, 2016

9:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Preschoolers: Halloween Open House at Sharon Woods Metro Park

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Pumpkin Painting for Kids at Westerville Public Library

10:30 AM – Halloween Party, Crafts and Movie Night at piccadilly modern play cafe

4:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Halloween Party at Subway and Trick or Treating in the Kroger Marketplace Plaza in Lewis Center

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Trick or Treat at the Shops at Worthington Place

6:00 PM – Night at the Library at Westerville Public Library

6:00 PM – Uptown Madness in Uptown Westerville

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM – BOO! for Books Photo Session at Wes Kroninger Photography

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Halloween Skate Party at Skate Zone 71

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Haunted Farmer’s Market in Old Worthington

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Trick or Tweet at Grange Insurance Audubon Center

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Hoot Family Film Series: Halloween at Gateway Film Center

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Fall Harvest Days at Hoover YMCA Park

10:00 AM – 9:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

10:30 AM – The Enchanted Tea Party with Princess Beauty!

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Halloween Family Storytime at Main Library

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Halloween Storytime Bash at Gahanna Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Halloween Bash at New Albany Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Trick or Treat at Franklin Park Conservatory

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Halloween Comic Fest at Packrat Comics

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Pumpkin Palooza at Shepard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

4:00 PM – Preschoolers: Costume Party at Blacklick Woods

4:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Halloween Lantern Hike at Battelle Darby Creek

7:00 PM – Halloween Lantern Hike at Blacklick Woods

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Ruloween at Rule 3

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

10:00 AM – Family Storytime: Pumpkins at Slate Run Farm

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Halloween Family Funday at North Market

10:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – The Great Pumpkin Drop at Marysville Fire Station 271

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Halloween Party at Inniswood Gardens

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Painting in the Park in Goodale Park

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Hilliard Trunk or Treat at Ray Patch Family YMCA

Monday, October 31, 2016

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Boo on Broadway at Grove City  Town Center

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Grandview Heights Howlin’ Halloween

More Halloween Fun

Here is a link to all of the Local Trick or Treat Times across Ohio!

Don’t forget to check this list of Columbus Recreation and Parks Halloween and Fall Harvest Party Times which are happening all weekend!

It’s not too late for 3 Can’t Miss Pumpkin Patches Near Columbus or 9 Things to Do With Your Kids this Fall in Columbus!

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On a personal note . . .

My kids are REALLY into spooky things this year! I mentioned my #momfail concerning Halloween last year in my post last week, but this year I don’t think there’s any way I’m going to get away with waiting until my kids forget about it! Jaden is already asking me how many days until Halloween every day, so he’s going to expect SOMETHING to happen when it rolls around! Now I am NOT a Pinterest mom, and I basically have this blog chronicling the things we go out and do because I am the worst at doing crafty things at home with my kids!

BUT, since the pressure is on, here are a few ideas I am considering for the “big day”:

If you have any easy Halloween games or treats for little kids, send them my way! (And I mean EASY!)

Happy Halloween!

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*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!*


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