Saturday Morning in the Short North

Spread the Love
  • 131
    Shares

We {heart} the Short North!  When we moved to Columbus, it’s where we wanted to be. My husband and I lived here for three and a half years before we had our first child. We took full advantage of walking out our front door and straight to some of the best dining, arts and shopping in the city!

We love having kids in the Short North, the proximity to so many fun places, parks and museums is awesome!  We love being in a walkable neighborhood that’s full of life and energy!  But, let’s be honest, our excursions to High Street have decreased in frequency since the bambinos came along.  Gallery Hop comes to life mostly after bed time and strollers don’t always fit inside tiny, hip restaurants or crowded art galleries.  But over the past few years we’ve noticed more and more strollers popping up on the sidewalks around us and with the creation of the group Short North Parents, there’s been a movement for families with children to stay in the area as their kids grow.

Just this past year we’ve seen the opening of the first retail shop in the Short North that is 100% for kids (correct me if I’m wrong, I can’t think of another!).  That is certainly a sign that the times are changing and that the Short North CAN be kid-friendly!

Even if (and especially if) you don’t live here, you should know that you CAN bring your kids to the Short North and have a really fun time!  Today I’m going to share with you a recent outing I had with my family – all four of us.

First Stop:  Laughlin’s Bakery

This quaint little bakery sits on 2nd Ave. just east of High St.

bakery

The cookies, cakes and pastries are beautiful and it was tough to choose!

laughlins

IMG_3040

My oldest went straight for the pink one (technically the Lemon and Pomegranate Haley Cake) because he’s into icing!  Eric and I shared a Laminated Sugar Brioche which was awesome!

IMG_3047

The selection is amazing and I could try one of each – so could my kids, for sure!  There are 3 or 4 tables for sitting.  The atmosphere is bright and I bet every day feels like Saturday in here! See also: 5 on Friday: Columbus Bakeries!

happyboys

Laughlin’s Bakery
Location: 15 East 2nd Ave, Columbus Ohio, 43201
Phone: 614-914-8858
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Closed Monday

Second Stop: Italian Village Park

If you’re exploring the Short North and your kids need somewhere to get out excess energy or a place to take a break and have a snack, veer east on Buttles Ave., over to Italian Village Park, which is about a block and a half from high street.  This is a pretty large green space for the area and a great meeting place for the neighborhood.  There is a lot of seating here, room to run and a small playground.  We’ve stopped off here a number of times to eat ice cream from UDF or let the kids out of the stroller to run after walking up and down High Street.

park

italianvillagepark

Italian Village Park
Location: 55 E. Hubbard Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

Third Stop: Cub Shrub

Cub Shrub grew from one shelf in Tiger Tree to it’s very own storefront!  Since its opening in November, 2015, this was our first visit to the store!

cubshrub

My kids enjoyed the workbench set up for play and they especially loved pushing the little shopping carts around the store.

cubshrub3

shoppingcarts

shoppingcart

Cub Shrub carries toys and clothing for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  If you’re looking for a unique, one-of-a kind birthday or shower gift, look no further!  The clothing is hip and adorable and the toys are eye catching and high quality.  There is also a fun selection of books, decor and children’s accessories.

cubshrub4

IMG_3166

cubshrub2

Cub Shrub
Location: 749 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-947-1193
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Free and metered street parking can be found on the side streets around the Short North. There are also several parking garages available.  Check out this link for more detailed parking options in the area.  If you’re looking for more in the Short North, check out our trip to North Market and keep an eye on the blog as we will continue to share more Short North fun with kids!

IMG_8735

Make sure to follow What Should We Do Today? on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram!

ICYMI: The Farm at Walnut Creek

Save this post!

short north columbus

SaveSave


Spread the Love
  • 131
    Shares

What Should We Do This Weekend? April 8-10, 2016

Spread the Love
  • 78
    Shares

So there’s a possibility of snow this weekend.  Big Deal.  We’re from Ohio . . . we’ve got this.  (Right?)  Sigh.  Well, here are 8 things you can do indoors this weekend!  I hope you enjoy the weekend!

1. Family Books and Build at Upper Arlington Main Library – Tremont Road

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: 2800 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-486-9621

Story time is followed by hands-on building time with LEGO and Duplo blocks!  Registration is required.  Openings were still available at the time I published this.  See link for more details.

2. Kiddie Konsignment Sale at Grace Polaris Church

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM (closed from 12:00PM – 1:00 PM, half price sale from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd, Westerville, Ohio 43081

Okay, I’ll be honest, I have a vested interest here because I’m selling like a bajillion toddler and baby toys at this sale.  But it’s a good one for baby items and clothes, kids clothes, maternity items, toys, etc.  The half price sale starts at 1:00 PM and there is usually a line, so plan to arrive a little early!

3. Let’s Play Storytime at your local Barnes and Noble Booksellers

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: all local B&N Booksellers

Story time and activities based on the book Let’s Play!

 4. Princess Party at Barnes and Noble Pickerington Location

When: Saturday April 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 1738 North Hill Road, Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-751-0927

Event features games, stories and a royal visitor!

5. Food, Fit and Fun Fest at Scioto Darby Elementary School

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 5380 Scioto Darby Rd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

This event features free health screenings for children and adults, food trucks and fitness information!  A $5 fun band provides access to lots of fun games for kids including a bounce house, relay races and more!  Proceeds support programs at Scioto Darby Elementary School.

6. Nisonger Sensory Friendly Screening: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1550 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

The movie E.T. will be shown in a sensory-friendly manner: lower volume and lights up in order to make the experience more comfortable for those with autism or developmental disabilities.  Tickets are free.

7. Kids Monarch Day at The Crest

When:  Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 2855 Indianola Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Phone: 614-261-7128

Wild Ones Columbus, OH and Simply Living will be teaching kids about Monarch Butterflies at this free event!  (Geared toward ages 12 and under, but all ages are welcome).  Kids also eat free every Sunday!

8. Concerts for Kids: Fairy Tales in Music at Ohio Theatre

When:  Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: 39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Tickets available: here

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents your favorite fairy tales in music form!  Pre-concert activities including crafts from the Columbus Museum of Art, a sing along, conducting lessons and more start at 2:00 PM.

 

IMG_8735

Make sure to follow What Should We Do Today on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram!

ICYMI: 3 Parks Within Walking Distance of a Coffee Shop

 

 


Spread the Love
  • 78
    Shares

Coffee + Park: 3 Parks Within Walking Distance of a Coffee Shop

Spread the Love
  • 93
    Shares

Spring is in the air and park season is upon us.  All of us parents, weary from passing endless hours indoors, break out of our shells, stretch and yawn, opening our eyes to the bright sunshine.  It’s time to head outside.  And I know what you need:  coffee.  If I had a nickel for every parent I see at the park holding a cup of coffee, I would at least be drinking a Venti right now.

What am I giving you in this post?  Three coffee/park combinations.  And my promise to you is that these will be easy to do.  I have chosen three places where you can, with the least amount of effort, pick up your coffee and head to the park.  Sure, you could go through the drive through . . . but I’m all about making this an “outing” that’s fun for the child AND the parent.  Stop by the coffee shop and then head to the park . . . that’s what spring’s all about, isn’t it?

1. Luck Bros’ Coffee House + Pierce Field

IMG_0537

IMG_0539 (1)

IMG_0549 (1)

You can literally see the coffee shop from the park. Easy Peasy.

You can literally see the coffee shop from the park. Easy Peasy.

It doesn’t get much easier than this when it comes to coffee and park proximity!  I stopped in for coffee and got tempted by the yummy chocolate chip cookies.  We stayed here to share a cookie and then headed across the street to the park.  Pierce Field has two play areas, one for older kids and one for younger.  There is also a smaller slide and a lady bug to ride on for the toddler set.  The park is fenced in and restrooms are available.  This park also has free wi-fi!

Coffee:  Luck Bros’ Coffee House, 1101 W 1st Ave, Grandview Heights, OH, 43212

Park:  Pierce Field, 1st Ave, between Oxley and Northwest Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH, 43212

Where to Park: I recommend parking on 1st Ave, which separates the park from the coffee shop.  You can park in the parking lot in front of the shops or on the road along the park.

2. Caffe Apropos + Harrison Park

IMG_1561

IMG_1090

Coffee to park is a mere 4 block walk in this case.  Caffe Apropos serves a large selection of coffee drinks and features a hopping happy hour if you’re arriving after nap time!  My favorites here are the Italian sodas, lattes and cookies from Pattycake Bakery.  Harrison Park (which is a different park from Harrison West Park if you happen to be Googling) is a newer park with a great play area for toddlers (and one for older kids, too!).  The park is along the Olentangy River and the bike path.  There’s a lot of green space here for running around, too.  There are no restrooms available (so you might want to limit your caffeine intake! 😉 ).

Coffee:  Caffe Apropos, 443 W. 3rd Ave., Columbus OH, 43201 (on the corner of 3rd Ave. and Michigan Ave.)

Park:  Harrison Park, on Harrison Park Place between W. 1st and W. 2nd avenues.

Where to Park:  There is only street parking available here but it is free and without a time limit.  I recommend parking on Harrison Park Place, right along the park and then walking to the coffee shop.  If parking is unavailable there, one of the parallel streets will work just fine – Michigan tends to be busy so try Perry, or Oregon between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue.

3. Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees + Schiller Park

IMG_0956

IMG_0946

IMG_1024

IMG_1045

Be forewarned that your kids will want chocolate when you get to Winans to order your coffee.  Who wouldn’t?!  The coffee is good and perusing the beautifully made chocolates is worth the stop on its own!  When we visited, the friendly staff gave my kids a free treat – which was awesome!  The walk to the playground will set you back about a half a mile through the park, but walking through the park is, well, a walk in the park.  Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!  You could add in a detour around the pond to feed the ducks or through Huntington Garden, around the Statue of Schiller, which is beautiful in the springtime!  The playground area is great for all ages.  My kids have loved playing on the train.  The playground is pretty well fenced in and shady!  Restrooms are available.

Coffee: Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees, 897 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43206,  Hours: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Park:  Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St., Columbus, OH 43206

Where to Park:  My first suggestion would be to park on Reinhard, along the park.  Winans is about 2 blocks from the park entrance on Reinhard.  The playground is on the other side of the park, and there is also a parking lot inside the park, closer to the playground area, if you want to start there.  (Enter at the corner of Jaeger and Deshler).

I hope you have as much fun trying out these combinations as we did!

IMG_8735

Make sure to follow What Should We Do Today on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram!

ICYMI: 5 Go-To Places to Take Your Kids in Columbus


Spread the Love
  • 93
    Shares