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? February 24-26, 2017

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1. Alice in Wonderland at Marcus Theatres

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 24-26, 2017
Time: Showtimes vary by location
Location: Ohio Locations of Marcus Theatres

As part of the Disney Enchanted Tales series at Marcus Theatres, you can watch Alice in Wonderland for just $5/ticket.

2. Imagination Station at Bexley Library

When: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time:  3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Youth Services Dept., 2411 E. Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

There will be open ended creativity at the art supply and LEGO stations every Friday afternoon at Bexley Public Library!

3. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

General admission is reduced to $11 after 5:00 PM on Family Friday Night and that includes a movie on the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater!

4. A Breakfast with Characters at Dublin Recreation Center

When: Saturday, February 24, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 5600 Post Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

Your kids can have breakfast with superheroes, princesses, fairytale favorites, Brutus Buckeye and more! The ticket cost includes meet and greet and activities. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Columbus Adopt-a-Backpack for Children (ABC) project. Must register in advance!

5. HOOT Family Film Series at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, February 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:1550 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

Watch family-friendly short films (this month’s theme is “Love”), hear music from the Shazzbots and enjoy dancing and other activities! (Helen shared about this activity in her guest post here.)

6. Central Ohio STEM Expo at COSI

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

The 4th annual Central Ohio STEM Expo serves to provide students in grades K-8 with fun activities to encourage engagement in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! Tickets include reduced-price admission to COSI and there will be goody bags while supplies last!

7. Family Fun with American Girl at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

American Girl Easton will be visiting Franklin Park Conservatory! Bring your doll for crafts and giveaways! Free with admission.

8. Magic Key Story Hour at Westland Area Library

When: When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301

The Westland High School Key Club hosts this imaginative story time for ages 7 and under!

9. Play it Forward at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

Have family fun at this open board game time at Coffee Connections!

10. Night at the Museum at Ohio History Center

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM (6:00-7:00 PM is for members only)
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 1-800-686-1541

The museum comes to life after dark at this special event! Special guests from the past will be in attendance and kids can collect their autographs throughout the evening! Advance tickets are required.

11. KidX: Mardis Gras Celebration at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Mardi Gras celebration at KidX will include a parade with the SupaFun Band, an appearance from the Frog Princess and the opportunity to create your own Mardi Gras mask!

12. Camp & Activities Expo at The Shops at Worthington Place

When: When: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

There will be nearly 30 exhibitors offering information about summer camps and other summer activity options for your kids at this expo! There will also be a bounce house, games, balloon artist, live entertainment and more!

13. Urban Strings Concert at Main Library

When: Sunday February 26, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

Urban Strings Columbus will be featuring the music of African-American composers at this concert in the atrium! The youth ensemble will play selections from Pharrell Williams, Earth Wind & Fire, Prince and more! The concert is free!

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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? February 17-20, 2017 President’s Day Edition

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1. Open Play at Thompson Recreation Center

When: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1189 Dennison Ave, Columbus, OH 43201

The gym is open for this free play time for kids 6 and under! There are balls, basketball hoops, scooters, toys, jump ropes and more!

2. Story time at Tree of Life Play Cafe

When: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 10:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Location: 3708 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-363-4041

Local author Christy Sturtz will share her book Just Try It, Georgie! about a giraffe who tries new food. There will also be a craft time! There are two story times available.

3. Superhero Breakfast at  COSI

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

The Superhero Breakfast includes a breakfast buffet, meet and greet with Black Widow, Iron Man and Spiderman, a take home activity, entertainment and a photo! See the link for info on tickets.

4. STEMfest at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

When: Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 55 S 1st St., Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-349-9277

Admission is FREE to The Works this weekend during the 2-day STEMfest! Watch students compete in STEM-based challenges designed by local industries and businesses!

5. Chase from Paw Patrol Meet and Greet at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229

Chase from Paw Patrol will be visiting Skate Zone 71! There will be a special Paw Patrol Meal Deal: $3.50 for 1 Slice of Cheese Pizza & Drink! See link for all details on pricing.

6. Maple Syrup Tours at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Hour-long tours are available to discover how maple syrup is collected and processed while enjoying the beautiful forest at Stratford Ecological Center! You must register in advance.

7. Mighty Mighty Construction Site Story Time at Barnes and Noble

When: Saturday February 18, 2017
Time:  11:00 AM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

Sherri Duskey Rinker, the author of Good Night, Good Night Construction Site has a new book with a focus on working together! Hear the book read and take part in coloring and other activities!

8. Black History Storytime at Bexley Public Library

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2411 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2878

Each Saturday in February, the library is offering a Black History Storytime featuring the opportunity to celebrate and learn about famous black Americans!

9. Lego Club at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301

Kids can work in teams or on their own to complete a LEGO challenge!

10. Sunday Story Time at Gramercy Books

When: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 2424 East Main St., Bexley , OH 43209
Phone: 614-867-5515

This story time for kids happens on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at this new local bookstore.

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11. President’s Day Art Morning at Picassos

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1974 North Mallway Dr., Upper Arlington, OH, 43221
Phone: 614-354-1930

Kids 6 and up can take part in a patriotic art project! Supplies and snack are included! Registration is available online.

12. President’s Day Free Day at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Admission is free all day at the Columbus Zoo! Parking is $10/car.

13. Special Hours at COSI

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

COSI (normally closed on Mondays) will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM! Their new exhibit Mindbender Mansion and Amazing Mazes will be on display!

14. Jazz Adventures at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Jazz Arts Group will be onsite to explore the history of jazz. There will be live music and audience participation!

15. President’s Day at Ohio History Center

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Ohio History Center will be open on Monday with special presidential crafts, activities and speakers!

16. $5/Hour Child Play Day at Brick of Dreams

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 6190 Shamrock Ct, Ste C., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 614-766-0000

Brick of Dreams will offer open play for $5/hour/kid! Regular price is $7/hour/kid.

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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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