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Indoor Fun Around Columbus: 6 Things to Do Before Spring!

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Here are some indoor activities to do around Columbus before it gets warm! Though the winter has been pretty mild, I’m still counting down until park days, evening walks and no more winter coats! If you’re getting stir crazy in the house, pick one of these ideas for a fun outing with the kids!

1. Brick of Dreams

  • UPDATE: Brick of Dreams closed in the Fall of 2017
  • 6190 Shamrock Ct., Suite C, Dublin, OH 43016

Brick of Dreams is a fun way to spend an hour or two free-building with LEGO and DUPLO blocks! You pay per kid, per hour to have full access to the thousands of LEGO bricks available! Around the room are shelves full of containers filled with LEGOs, pick one out, sit at one of the many tables and go to town! There are also DUPLO blocks for the younger crowd and a race track for your creations with wheels! I took my 5 year old for an hour one morning and it flew by! Keep an eye out for the President’s Day special – $5/hour/kid. (Regular cost is $7/hour/kid).

2. Mindbender Mansion and Amazing Mazes at COSI

  • 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

COSI has a new exhibit going on until April 30, 2017. It’s on the second floor and it’s filled with illusions, mazes and mysteries! Kids can create their own mazes, solve mysteries, try to figure out optical illusions and wind their way through mazes themselves! (To be honest, it’s pretty fun for adults, too!) This exhibit is free with admission or membership. We were recently hosted by COSI and invited to try the new Bean Sprouts menu in the Atomic Café. The menu offers healthy options for kids (and adults!) The P-moji Pizza and Chicken Presto Chango sandwich were really good!

3. Milk and Cookie Happy Hour at Sassafras Bakery

I know, I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but cookies are always worth mentioning again, in my book! 😉 I often find the hardest hour of the day to pass is from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. So if you need a little cheer to get you through the last part of the afternoon, head to Sassafras Bakery for Milk and Cookie Happy Hour from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. You get a free glass of milk or cup of coffee with each cookie purchased. (Most cookies are $2).

4. Gramercy Books

  • 2424 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209

Gramercy Books is a new independent bookstore in Bexley. There is a great selection of children’s books! If your kids love books and reading, they will love it here! On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, they will host Sunday Storytime for kids at 12:00 PM. Attached to the bookstore is Kittie’s, a wonderful little coffee shop and bakery! Put the two together and you have a perfect outing!

5. Coffee Connections of Hilliard

  • 4004 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026

Coffee Connections is a coffee shop with a mission to build community. Located in Old Hilliard, the shop has two buildings. The front (on Main St.) is where the coffee is made and served and in the back building, on the second floor, there is a play area for kids! As long as you’ve got coffee in hand, this play area is free! It is geared toward the younger crowd, I’d say 5 and under, but there is a lot of space to sit and catch up with a friend while your kids play!

6. Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art

  • 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

There are just a few more weeks to see Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art.The exhibit is on display until February 26, 2017 and is included in admission or membership. Also, remember that admission is free on Sundays! Along with the large LEGO display, there are bricks for free building, and a LEGO Pokemon scavenger hunt!

If you’re looking for more fun {INDOOR} ideas, check out 20 FREE Indoor Play Areas in Columbus or my post for Columbus Moms Blog: 5 FREE Kid-Friendly Columbus Outings!

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

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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

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