5 on Friday: Unique Ice Cream Spots

July is National Ice Cream month! I love ice cream!! 🙂 Columbus has so many amazing ice cream spots and Ohio is home to many nationally renowned brands as well! Don’t worry, Jeni’s and Graeters are still some of my favorites, but in this post I thought I’d focus on some unique ice cream spots around Columbus to encourage you to get out and try something new!

1. Diamonds Ice Cream

5461 Bethel Sawmill Ctr., Columbus, Ohio, OH 43235, 614-718-2980

Diamonds is a Mexican ice cream shop I’d been eyeing for a year or two before finally trying! There is a large selection of paletas (mexican popsicles), lots of hand dipped ice cream flavors, milk shakes, natural juice, aguas frescas, candy and more! I had the cookie dough paleta which was awesome and the boys had blue, bubble gum ice cream. Because blue, I guess. 😉 My friend, Melissa, shared about a regular trip she makes with her daughter out of Diamonds Ice Cream and a trip to Hayden Falls: Read it here. (There is also a Hilliard location!)

2. Mardi Gras

1947 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH, 614-766-2020

Mardi Gras is a must try for unique and international flavors of ice cream! You can sample anything you want before you choose! I tried an International Sampler and picked Green Tea, Sweet Rose and Pista Kulfi, all of which I enjoyed but I think I liked the Pista Kulfi (a pistachio flavor) the best! I asked to sample the Fire and Ice and couldn’t even finish the small sample because it was truly like fire on my tongue! There are plenty of other “regular” flavors to try as well, but I included the menu of their International Flavors so you can see what unique choices there are!

3. Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory

4201 West Broad St., Columbus, OH, 43228, 614-429-3289

Sometimes you don’t know what to expect when you see something nestled into a strip mall and then you walk in the door and say, “Whoa!” That’s what happened to us at Dulce Vida West! This relatively new, brightly colored Mexican Ice Cream shop is full of options! We all tried a paleta, but we’ll be back to explore other options, I’m sure! Other menu items include hand dipped ice cream, aguas frescas, banana split, chicharrones, nachos and lots more! They also JUST opened a location off of Cleveland Ave. just south of 270 in June!

4. Cookie Dough Creamery

7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH, 614-547-0660

You know when you see a picture of some kind of food on social media and it sticks with you, haunting you until you try it? (Oh wait, is that just me? Don’t lie. I know I’m not the only one! 😉 ) Well, that was me with the ice cream cookie dough bars that Cookie Dough Creamery posted on their Facebook page! When we finally made it to the shop, I was momentarily tempted by the idea that I should first try out the main thing: the sundae bar. But then I would continue to be haunted by that chocolate covered ice cream bar, so I went with my gut and I was NOT disappointed!

So here’s what you do: you pick one of three sizes of bowls (they also have cones) and fill it with as much cookie dough as you want. Options included chocolate chip, sugar cookie and cookies and cream, to name a few. Then you can choose from several flavors of soft serve ice cream and dole whip, and then choose toppings and syrup. There were candy and cereal toppings to choose from. Here’s the best part (well, close to the best – the best was probably the cookie dough!) 🙂 price is per cup, not by weight! So you can cram as much as you can in the size bowl you choose! I helped the boys and didn’t fill them anywhere near as full as I could of (I did want them to take naps afterward! 😉 ) You can see it got two thumbs up!

5. Hilltop Dairy Twist

2860 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43204, 614-279-8466

For a long time after moving to Columbus I was in search of a good, old fashioned ice cream stand like the kind I grew up with! Usually a combination of food like creamed chicken sandwiches, burgers, flurries and soft serve, you know the type. I couldn’t find anything like it in Columbus! A few years after moving here, I was meeting with a client on the west side of town and I would drive by the Hilltop Dairy Twist whose sign boasted 40 flavors of soft serve. It looked exactly like the kind of ice cream stand I had been searching for! You can get almost any flavor you can imagine swirled into soft serve ice cream, plus a plethora of other dairy stand food and treats! Plus, Hilltop Dairy Twist has the unique position of being next to Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery so you can experience some Civil War history as part of your trip! Cash only!

What’s your favorite ice cream spot in Columbus?


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Two MORE Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids

As I promised a few weeks ago, when I shared Two Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids, I’m sharing two MORE fun local libraries with you this week! If you’re tired of the same old, same old, these are some great options for a new outing with the kids!

1. Westerville Public Library

126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, 614-882-7277

I love the trees in the Children’s Place!

The little kid’s area has a school bus . . .

a kitchen, puzzles . . .

a police car . . .

and a great view of the new Northstar! A visit to the library and a double chocolate cookie from Northstar sounds like a fun outing we need to put on the calendar! 😉

The Westerville Library has Drop-In Preschool Storytime, Rhyme Time, Yoga Tales and more! See the whole list of events for kids and families here!

2. Worthington Libraries, Northwest Library

2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235, 614-807-2626

Northwest Library offers a unique area for kids called Story Garden! Around the children’s area, well known children’s stories are depicted in 3D!

It’s worth a trip to this library just to view this amazing artwork! Their website lists all of the stories depicted, including the author and a brief description of each story! Looking at the website, I see so many I missed on our visit!

Inside an area called Three Bears Cottage, there is a space for play for young children with lots of toys and seating!

Northwest Library currently has some kind of programming for children every weekday and at least one night a week! See the full calendar here.

What’s your favorite local library?


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What Should We Do This Weekend? January 13-16, 2017 MLK Jr. Day Edition

We’re heading into a 3-day weekend for many people and there are several ways to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the weekend! Here are 16 things you can do with your kids in and around Columbus! Enjoy!

1. Snow White at Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: Thursday – Sunday, January 12-15, 2017
Time: Thursday and Friday: 7:30 PM, Saturday: 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Location: Park Street Theatre, 512 Park Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-6672

This 1-act adaptation of Snow White includes audience participation and is recommended for ages 3 and up!

2. PBJ & Jazz at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, January 14, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 769 E Long St’, Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-294-5400

The Sean Carney Band is featured at your choice of two jazz concerts (10:00 AM and 11:30 AM) and each child receives a PBJ sandwich, juice and a cookie! Cost is $5 per person with a family max of $20.

3. Winter Movie Series: Frozen at COSI

When: Saturday & Sunday, January 14 & 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM both days
Location: 333 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Watch the movie Frozen on the big screen at COSI!

4. First Responders Night with Ohio State Hockey

When: Saturday, January 14, 2017
Time: OSU game starts at 2:00 PM, First Responders at 4:30 PM
Location: Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr, Columbus, OH 43210

This annual hockey face-off between the Columbus Police Department and the Columbus Fire Department raises money to support first responders in Columbus and throughout Ohio! Your ticket includes 2 hockey games (including OSU), a performance by the Columbus Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, an interactive emergency vehicle display, the opportunity to see K9 and horse mounted patrol and more! Tickets available online!

5. Happy Birthday Martin! at Martin Luther King Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Saturday January 14, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Location: 1600 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-645-2275

Kids age 3-11 are invited to this event to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. There will be stories, a craft and more!

6. LEGO Club at Grove City Library

When: Saturday, January 14, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-875-6716

There is a LEGO challenge and theme that will be revealed at the program! Kids can join together in teams or complete the building challenge individually!

7. Peter and the Wolf at Columbus Symphony

When: Sunday, January 15, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Davidson Theatre in the Vern Riffe Center, 55 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-9600

This concert is geared toward children and the story of Peter and the Wolf is told through different instruments! Arrive early (2:00 PM) for crafts, instruments to see and play, musical tattoos and more! Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite animal!

8. MLK Skate Weekend at Skate Zone 71

When: Monday, January 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

All ages are welcome at this family day skate! If you arrive before 11:30 AM your admission is only $.99!

9. Open Play at SuperGames

When: Monday, January 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 535 Lakeview Plaza Blvd Ste A, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-846-8946 ext. 306

Check out the special hours of open play at SuperGames! Availability is limited to the first 150 children so arrive early!

10. Free Admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Monday, January 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is offering free admission on MLK Jr. Day! Parking is $10 per car.

11. $5/Child Play Day at Brick of Dreams

When: Monday, January 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 6190 Shamrock Ct, Ste C., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 614-766-0000

A special price of $5/hour per kid is being offered Monday only at Brick of Dreams!

12. Power of Words in Stories at Martin Luther King Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Monday January 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: 1600 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-645-2275

This special Ready for Kindergarten Storytime celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special story and activities! Appropriate for ages 3-6 years.

13. Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Worthington United Methodist Church

When: Monday, January 16, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 600 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Worthington’s community celebration will include speaker Reginald Dwayne Betts and performances by Capriccio adult and youth choirs!

14. The Bubble Lady at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Monday January 16, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

See The Bubble Lady blow amazing bubble creations!

15. MLK Day Open House at The King Arts Complex

When: Monday, January 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-645-5464

This free community event is open to adults and children to experience musical and live theater performances, learn about the civil rights movement, see an art exhibition and do art activities!

16. No School Craft Day at Canvas Creations for You

When: Monday, January 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 325 S. Sandusky St #206, Delaware, OH
Phone: 614-450-2239

Come in for canvas painting and special prices on string art and stencil art! (Bring a hammer for string art!)

17. MLK Celebration and March at East High School

When: Monday, January 16, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: 1500 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205

The Annual City of Columbus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march takes place on Monday at 4:00 PM and  will feature a program with Keynote Speaker Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie. RSVP online!

18. Happy Birthday Martin! at Shepard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Monday January 16, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 850 N. Nelson Rd., Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-645-2275

Families are invited to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. with a read aloud, craft and literacy activity! There will be refreshments served.


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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!*