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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5 on Friday: Columbus Bakeries

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These bakeries are kid-tested and approved! If you’re looking for a new place to get your sweet fix, give one of these local bakeries a try! You won’t be disappointed!

1. The Original Goodie Shop, Upper Arlington

Cookies, cakes, donuts, you name it! It’s all here! Easy parking, and really close to the Upper Arlington Library if you’re looking for a fun outing! We had cut out cookies and an amazing cinnamon stick (pictured below). I have it on good authority that the chocolate donuts are worthy of a fork and knife. #donutgoals

2116 Tremont Center, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

2. Laughlin’s Bakery, Short North

European Pastries in the cutest little shop in the Short North – one of my favorite shops in the area! There are cookies, breads, scones, and gluten free options, too! Head to Rocket Fizz, Big Fun or Italian Village Park for more fun!

15 E. 2nd Ave, Columbus OH 43201

3. Kittie’s, Bexley

This is the cookie that started my salted-chocolate chip obsession. Get it! You will NOT be disappointed. The boys and I shared this cookie – next time I’m going back for the whole thing! Plus, this location of Kittie’s is attached to Gramercy Books – a newly opened, independent bookstore! What a great combo!

2424 E Main St., Bexley, OH 43209

4. Sassafras Bakery, Worthington

Milk and Cookie Happy Hour (W-F, 3:00-5:00 PM) at Sassafras Bakery means a free glass of milk or cup of coffee with each cookie purchased. They make this sound like it’s for the kids . . . but it’s really just an excuse for the adults to eat more cookies! 😉 Ummm…I also got the salted-chocolate chip cookie here, too. It was the container with the least amount of cookies in it, so that was my first clue it should be my choice! I chose wisely! (Oh yeah, the kids loved it, too!)

657 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

5. Dough Mama, Clintonville

Dough Mama is the home of my 3rd salted-chocolate chip cookie. Once you go salted, you never go back! This bakery has a lot of space for kids and is really close to Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers! A great combo you can read about here!

3335 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43214

The research for this post was painful, as you can imagine. 😉 What bakery should be next on our list?

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


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What Should We Do This Weekend? January 27-29, 2017

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I’ll admit to being really hungry when I made this list! It’s hard to say which came first, my hunger or the unusual amount of food related things to do this weekend! Regardless, I think this weekend is going to include BBQ, ice cream, pastries and waffles! 😉

1. Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big at Nationwide Arena

When: Wednesday – Sunday, January 25-29, 2017
Time: Various Times (see link)
Location: 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.,  Columbus,  OH  43215

Disney on Ice descends upon Columbus this weekend with several shows throughout the weekend!

2. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of the month, COSI stays open late to offer reduced admission! General admission is $11 and includes a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater!

3. Grand Opening Weekend at Gramercy Books

When: Friday – Sunday, January 27-29, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM on Friday – 3:30 PM on Sunday
Location: 2424 E. Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-867-5515

Kid-friendly highlights at the grand opening of this beautiful book store include a reading, meet and greet and book signing with children’s author Will Hillenbrand, live music and a visit from R.L. Stine, the author of the Goosebumps series! Tickets are sold out for the day with R.L. Stine, but check the link for all the other details of the weekend!

4. Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

This special offering includes a waffle bar, complete with all the trimmings for just $5 – juice and drip coffee included! Plus upstairs there is a free kid’s play area!

5. Beauty and the Beast at COSI

When: Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM both days
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Beauty and the Beast is the movie showing at COSI this weekend! Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door. $5 for members, $6 for non-members. (Also this weekend is opening weekend for the exhibit Mindbender Mansion!)

6. Hoot 71 Winter at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

The theme of this month’s HOOT Family Film Series is Winter! There will be child-friendly short films, activities before the show and music by the Shazzbots!

7. Mozart’s 261st Birthday Celebration at Mozart’s

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 4784 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-268-3687

Mozart (the composer) turns 261 and Mozart’s (the restaurant) is celebrating! There will be live music, complimentary pastries, special guests and more!

8. Thai Inspired Rolled Ice Cream at Oats and Barley Market

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 970 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-914-8624

Check out this unique rolled ice cream for a limited time at Oats and Barley Market!

9. Snowmen in the Snow at Grove City Library

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

Kids ages 4-8 can celebrate the best parts of a snowy day: making snow people, doing science activities, and participating in indoor snowballing!

10. Small Steps Giant Leaps Book Release Party at Midwest Photo

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2887 Silver Dr, Columbus, OH 43211

You may have followed @smallstepsaregiantleaps on Instagram, if not, check out the cutest pictures of Astronaut Harrison exploring Columbus and beyond! Their book launch party is this Saturday and there will be snacks, astronaut coloring pages, a rocket balloon launchpad and a Fujifilm Instax photo booth with helmets for the kids to wear! Click here to sign up for free tickets!

11. Kids Eat Free at City Barbeque

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: all day
Location: your local City BBQ

All day on Sunday get one free kid’s meal with each adult purchase of $7 or more – or take $5 off a Family Pack! Mention “Family Time” when ordering!

12. Kids Sewing 101 at Sew to Speak

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 752 High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-547-7380

Kids ages 8 and up can learn to sew a pillowcase. They can learn the basic operation of a sewing machine as well as basic sewing terminology and operation. Class cost is $35. Call to register.

13. Family Friends and Funday at Lifetown Columbus

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 6220 E Dublin-Granville Rd, New Albany, Ohio 43054

The community is invited to this annual Family Friends & Fun Day which includes story time, music and movement, face painting, a movie and popcorn, crafts and more! Tickets are required for some activities and can be purchased at the door. Adults are free to enter.

 

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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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