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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What Should We Do This Weekend? February 3-5, 2017

1. Kids Get in Free at Newport Aquarium

When: through February 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM most days, 7:00 PM on weekends
Location: One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071
Phone: 1-800-406-3474

If you’re in the mood for a road trip, the Newport Aquarium is about 2 minutes from downtown Cincinnati and throughout the month of February, you can get one free kids ticket for each adult ticket purchased!

2. Kid’s Meal Special at Nutcracker Family Restaurant

When: Through February, 2017
Location: 63 E. Broad St., Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-964-0056

Kids 10 and under can get a free Tin Lunch Box with the purchase of a special $5.99 Kid’s Meal!

3. First Friday at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum

When: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 44 W. 4th St., Mansfield, OH 44902
Phone: 419-522-2332

If you’re interested in checking out Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, the museum is open late for Mansfield’s Shop Hop Night and admission is half price ($4/person)!

4. First Friday at Firefly Cafe

When: Friday, February 3, 3017
Time: until 8:00 PM
Location: 4822 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-230-2375

On the first Friday of each month, Firefly Cafe stays open for play until 8:00 PM! For dinner, Donatos in Clintonville will deliver to the cafe!

5. Blue Jackets Winter Park in the Arena District

When: Friday, February 3 – Sunday February 26, 2017
Time: hours to be announced
Location: Across from Nationwide Arena

Blue Jackets’ Winter Park begins on February 3! Open skate times will be announced but the Mad River Mountain Kids’ Slide hours are as follows: Monday – Friday: 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

6. Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at Cookie Dough Creamery

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 7227 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-547-0660

Cookie Dough Creamery is celebrating National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day by opening at 7:00 AM and adding waffle bites and maple syrup to the self-serve sundae bar! Wear your pajamas! There will be gift cards for winners in the categories of funniest, wildest and sweetest pajamas! Afterwards, you can shop at the Worthington Farmer’s Market, starting at 9:00 AM at the Shops at Worthington Place!

7. Valentine’s Photo Box at Home Depot

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (until supplies last)
Location: your local Home Depot

In this free workshop for kids, your child can build and decorate a Valentine’s photo box! Participants receive a certificate, an apron and a commemorative pin!

8. Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Location: All Columbus Jeni’s Ice Cream Locations

To celebrate National Ice Cream for Breakfast day, all Jeni’s scoop shops will open at 9:00 AM and 100% of sales from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM will benefit the Columbus Foundation’s Gift of Kindness fund!

9. Young Child Open House at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-4848

During this special open house you can learn about what CMA has to offer the 5 and under crowd! There will be kid-friendly activities, even for those under 2! Drop in anytime between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, no reservations required. Free with admission or membership.

10. Mini-Me Weekends at Level 1 Arcade

When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 130 Hutchinson Ave. Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-681-0518

All ages are welcome to play arcade games and skeeball for free with the purchase of a beverage (kids’ beverages available)! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

11. Playdate in the Park (Indoors!) at Powell Library

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: 460 South Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-9160

City of Powell Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the Delaware County District Library for this free indoor play time! There will be stories, parachutes, bubbles, a giant soccer ball and more!

12. Pre-Valentine’s Day Fun at The Honey House

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3937 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 740-542-1889

Daniel Cooper, Proprietor of Pure Imagination Chocolatier in Grandview, Ohio, will be in the store to demonstrate things you can make for Valentine’s Day at home with chocolate!

13. Super Bowl Sunday Skating at United Skates of America

When: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 3362 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-239-7202

There will be two skating sessions: 1-3:30 pm & 4-7 pm. If you wear your favorite team jersey, admission is only $2!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? January 6-8, 2017

Life is back to normal, so it seems! Back to work, back to school, snow in the forecast. We’re headed into the long stretch of winter that I tend to dread! Sigh. But hey, this week is also the last giveaway for a play pass to Recreations Outlet! Now there’s something fun to do inside on a cold day! You can enter by telling me 3 places you love to take your kids in Columbus! Click here to enter! Thank you to all those who have! I will be using those suggestions in future posts! 🙂 Have a happy weekend!

1. Grand Opening at Duck Donuts

When: Thursday – Sunday, January 5-8, 2017
Time: 6:00 AM Thursday – 9:00 PM Sunday
Location: 825 Polaris Parkway, Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614-896-6450

Duck Donuts at Polaris celebrates its grand opening this weekend with a coupon for a free donut for the first 100 customers on Thursday and Friday beginning at 6:00 AM and free coffee all weekend (through Sunday)! There will be activities for kids and giveaways all weekend!

2. Toddler/Preschool Enrichment at Studio J: Sing Paint Play

When: Friday, January 6, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Location: 27 S. Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-563-4807

This class is appropriate for ages 1-5 and will feature a story, fingerplay, songs, an art project and more!

3. Winter Sale and Gallery Hop in the Short North Arts District

When: Friday, January 6-29, 2017
Location: Various stores throughout the Short North

Many stores throughout the Short North are offering sale prices on their items! Combine this shopping opportunity with Gallery Hop on Saturday from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM for extra fun!

4. Fitness Resolution Solution at Glenwood Recreation Center

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1888 Fairmont Ave., Columbus, OH 43223

The whole family is invited to learn about the ways Columbus Recreation and Parks can help them stay healthy this year! There will be activities and prizes! (Also, registration opened earlier this week for the next session at Columbus Rec and Parks, search for available classes here.)

5. Opening Day of Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

This weekend marks the opening of the Orchids exhibit at Franklin Park Conservatory as well as the exhibition Nightime Tropicals. On Saturday, families are invited to make paper flower collages from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. This craft is free with membership or admission.

6. Story Time with Belle at Barnes and Noble Pickerington

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 1738 North Hill Rd., Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-751-0927

Come meet Princess Belle at this free event!

7. Indoor Binocular Hunt at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

Do an indoor hunt for animals inside the Nature Center! Free! All ages welcome!

8. Tinker Lab at Grove City Library

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-875-6716

Kids in grades 4-7 are welcome to come to the library to create, use team work and learn about how things work!

9. Dream Catcher Class at Sew to Speak

When: Sunday, January 8, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 752 High St. Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-547-7380

Kids 8 and up, accompanied by a parent are welcome to this beginner level class where they can learn to make a traditional dream catcher with a modern twist! Cost is $40.

10. Family Treasure Hunt at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, January 8, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Meet at the Nature Center to take part in a treasure hunt!

11. January Family Paint Class at Art With Anna

When: Sunday, January 8, 2017
Time: 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: 420 N Cassady Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

Each member of your family can paint a small canvas that can be hung together to create a larger mural! This event is appropriate for ages 6 and up and costs $15 per artist!


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