What Should We Do This Weekend? March 4-6, 2016

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Spring is in the air – or at least in our hearts, right?  We’re starting to think flowers and Easter and little baby chicks!  I’m feeling warmer already!  I hope you enjoy your weekend with your kids!

1.  Kids Carnival at Whole Foods Market, Dublin

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 3670 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-760-5556

Kids carnival with balloon animals, face painting, games and prizes! Make clown faces out of veggies and enjoy the musical stylings of Robyn Jackson. Cost is $5 to play, all proceeds benefit the Whole Planet Foundation!

2.  The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO

When:  Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: the Bricker Building at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211

A variety of kids and teen sporting events, clinics, demonstrations and vender booths. Admission is included with the Daily EXPO Ticket.

3.  Orchids on Display at the Franklin Park Conservatory

When: through Sunday, March 6, 2016
Time: Daily, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

This is the LAST weekend to view the orchids on display throughout the Franklin Park Conservatory. Saturday includes family friendly activities like making a paper orchid and exploring the enchanted forest!

4.  Make Mine Chocolate! at Eagle Family Candy Company, LLC

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4590 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-262-2255

Free Crimson Cup coffee and juice, chocolate samples, coloring and crafts at this event to support local rescue rabbits and the Columbus House Rabbit Rescue. Solid chocolate bunnies will be for sale to encourage giving chocolate or plush bunnies instead of a live rabbit for easter.

5.  Chat about Chicks

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time:  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:  Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-807-2626

Learn all about chicks from a Bring the Farm to You representative.  The chicks will be hatching at the library and you can check on their progress throughout March and April!

6.  Let’s Have a Blast Magic Show

When:  Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location:  Miller Park Library, 1901 Arlington Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
Phone:  614-488-5710

Join Erica Carlson and Sedgewick the (live) Hedgehog as they explore space!  Expect magic tricks, audience participation and lots of laughs!


Okay, this one’s mostly for adults, but I couldn’t resist:

7.  Downton Abbey Season 6 Finale Party and Fond Farewell

When: Sunday, March 6, 2016
Time:  8:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location:  Upper Arlington Main Library, 2800 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-486-9621

Registration is required for this event.  View the last episode of Downton Abbey on the big screen while enjoying scones, tea and trivia!


*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 to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*




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In Grandview: Chocolate Cafe and Star Beacon

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I don’t consider myself a lazy person, but the longer I’ve spent in the house, the harder I find it to leave.  And it’s certainly not because I’m a homebody or someone who is content just hanging around the house with two small creatures who can exert more energy in a single hour than I exert all month (hmm, maybe I am lazy?).  It’s just that, on a day like today, I look outside at the snow falling, and I weigh the work required to get outside and get somewhere…getting everyone into winter coats, hats, gloves, boots, scraping off my car, getting my children into car seats and myself all wet, cold and yet sweaty at the same time.  I look at the roads, which are covered in my neighborhood, and I wonder if they’re safe, if my sanity is worth venturing out.

Then I look around me, inside the house, and I see how much work it will be to stay home: two boys who haven’t been out of the house in days, either.  They’re loud, and chasing each other, and fighting over who had what and who wants what.  I’ve already tried TV, but after about 35 minutes, they’ve hopped down off the couch and started half-heartedly watching while they simultaneously get into everything within the viewing area of the television.  They’ve been getting up early lately – before 5:30AM the past two mornings – and they’re so tired, they rely on hyper-activity to keep themselves awake.

Today, I decided it was just too much work to stay at home.  Getting into the car is hard work, but I will say this….it might be work wrestling a 19 month who doesn’t want to sit in his car seat, but once he’s in, once my four year old is in, they get quiet.  It’s like this magic spell is cast that automatically calms them and makes them mute.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten into the car having no idea where I am going to go.  I just know that if I do the work to get them in there, everything will be okay.  Today was one of those days. I got them into their car seats and then I got out to scrape the snow off the windows.  When I do that, I always stop after I’ve cleaned their window and peek in at them and wave.  They love it!  They get these sweet little smiles that make all the curse words I was trying not to say earlier melt away.

I got into the driver’s side and looked into the rear view mirror – same sweet smiles and that ever elusive state: silence.  It was then that I decided out loud, “I think we need hot chocolate and cookies!”  Well, now the words were out and we all know there was no turning back.  We headed to Chocolate Cafe. While we stood looking at all of our choices, the man behind the counter asked how he could help. I said, “We need hot chocolate!”  And Jaden tugged at me and said, “Tell him we need cookies, too!”  So we got one hot chocolate to split between the three of us and a cookie for each.  And you know what, we had a good time together!  I guess offering kids sweet treats is kind of cheating if you want them to sit still in their seats and eat, but it was just what I needed this morning.


Choosing is hard…

It turned what was a difficult morning into something sweet (in more ways than one – but doesn’t chocolate always do that?).



Chocolate cafe is a fun place to take kids.  It feels special and exciting to them…being surrounded by so many sweets!  It’s bright and cheery, there’s ample seating (and lots of highchairs), and it’s just really hard not to be happy here.



The large windows let us watch the snow from inside and the Valentine’s decorations sparked the idea to make Valentine’s Cards for our friends and family.  So after our idyllic sweet treats (they do offer lunch and dinner as well, by the way), we headed out to another place I had been meaning to hit for a while: Star Beacon.  This is a little store chock-full of school supplies and art and craft materials.


Teachers and crafters, eat your heart out!

There’s so much stuff here at reasonable prices, I have to exercise great restraint.  I also have to keep Mayson in the stroller!  Way too many small objects at toddler-eye level!!


Mayson also threw a fit at the end when I wouldn’t let him keep the rubber ball he had been holding the whole time we walked around.  And then he threw a fit at our next stop, Target, when I had to take the heart stickers from him to check out.  So yeah, let me not just end with the cute cookie pictures – life continued to go on . . . toddler tantrums continued, tormenting each other continued, but, you know what?  We got out of the house.  We did it and it was worth it!  Parenting is hard, people!  Sometimes you’ve gotta let yourself have your chocolate and eat it, too!


Know before you go:

Chocolate Cafe
1855 Northwest Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212
Monday -Thursday: 8am-10pm
Friday: 8am-11pm
Saturday: 9am-11pm
Sunday: 9am-9pm
Phone: 614-485-2233

Star Beacon Products
1104 West Goodale Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43212
Store Hours
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 12pm
Sunday: CLOSED
Phone: 1-800-860-4583


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