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5 Tasty Kid-Friendly Restaurants at Easton Town Center

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If you’re spending a day shopping at Easton Town Center take the kids to refuel at one of these 5 family-friendly restaurant options!

A BIG thank you to Easton Town Center for sponsoring this post!

We love spending time at Easton! With the addition of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus, we’re finding ourselves there more and more often! There are plenty of summer events happening at Easton and it is a destination for back to school shopping! With movies, shopping and plenty of activities available, it’s easy to spend an entire day there! When you’re with the kids and need to find a bite to eat, try out one of these 5 kid-friendly restaurants at Easton Town Center!

kids eating at Cafe Zupa at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio

5 Family-Friendly Restaurants at Easton Town Center:

1. MELT Bar and Grilled

  • Located in Easton Gateway – 4206 Worth Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43219
  • Casual, sit down restaurant, patio seating available 

grilled cheese meal at Melt Bar and Grilled at Easton Town Center

MELT is a super fun restaurant to eat at while shopping at Easton! The decor itself is enough to keep kids occupied at least until the drinks arrive! Decorated with light up Halloween and Christmas decor, plus murals all over the walls and neon lights, the restaurant is colorful and entertaining! Not to mention the restaurant is filled with TVs – often playing classics. When we were there, they were showing the movie Jurassic Park, which entertained my 4 year old dinosaur lover!

kid at Melt Bar and Grilled at Easton Town Center

The menu at MELT is huge! The star here is CHEESE! Choose one of their grilled cheese sandwiches (and calling it a “grilled cheese” is certainly an understatement!) or one of the macaroni and cheese dishes to let it shine! MELT is also known for their large selection of craft beers.kid-friendly meal at Melt Bar and Grilled at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio
What’s great here is that the kid’s menu is so affordable! The kids’ meals are $4 and include drink! And they are not skimpy portions! The options included grilled cheese (of course!), baked mac and cheese, a burger, PB&J, chicken fingers and french bread pizza. Kids get their choice of a side (fries, chips, salad or banana) and a small drink.

While $4 with a drink is pretty much a bargain in the kid’s meal department these days, if you’re lucky enough to be eating on a Tuesday, kids’ meals are $2! My kid said the chicken fingers were “delicious” and they were big fans of the fries! The back of the kid’s menu doubles as a coloring page which kept us busy until the food arrived.

indoor decor at MELT Bar and Grilled At Easton Town Center

In the warm months, MELT Bar and Grilled also offers a great patio! 

Kid Friendly Points: Fun decor, TV’s, affordable kid’s menu, easy parking, great patio.

2. Koko Tea Salon & Bakery

  • Located next to the model train – 3951 Easton Square Place East, Columbus, OH 43219
  • Bakery for to-go sweets, coffee and teas

cake pops at Koko Tea Salon and Bakery

If you’re in need of a sweet pick me up or a tea or coffee, stop in at Koko Tea Salon and Bakery! We visited on my youngest son’s birthday and he appropriately picked out the Birthday Cake cupcake! The bakery case tempted us with truffles and other flavors of cupcakes, sugar cookies, brownies and cake pops! KoKo Tea Salon’s macarons have been voted best in Columbus for 5 years in a row!

koko tea salon at easton town center

What’s really impressive about KoKo Tea Salon is the long list of drink options! The kona coffee is grown by a relative of the owner of the bakery and delivered straight from Hawaii! All of the coffee drinks are 100% Kona Hawaii Coffee! Beyond just a cup of coffee, Lattes, Mochas and Frappés are available.

bubble tea at koko tea salon and bakery at easton town center

If you’re a tea drinker, you can choose from Bubble Tea, Iced Tea, Tea Frappés, Tea Lattes and loose leaf teas in a variety of fun flavors like cotton candy, Lavender, Taro, Coconut and more! Add in some popping pearls to your bubble tea for extra fun!

KoKo Tea Salon & Bakery is right next to the model train and the fountains! It’s the perfect spot to pick up a treat and then play! (There is no indoor seating so look for the seating around the train and fountain area!)

Kid Friendly Points: Sugar. Seriously, though, if your kid has a sweet tooth, this place will be a dream.

3. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

  • Located in Easton Gateway – 4020 Stelzer Rd., Columbus, OH 43219
  • Casual, sit-down restaurant 

Let’s just start by saying the menu at BJ’s is huge! There is truly something for everyone on this menu! This is a great spot for a sit down, yet casual meal. The restaurant is large with just enough noise to drown out the sound of kids being kids. The kids menu has a lot of options featuring pasta, pizza, grilled chicken, tacos, burgers, broiled shrimp and more. On the back of the menu are quite a few fun activities and games to keep the kids occupied while they wait.

father and son at BJ's Restaurant at Easton Town Center

Our waiter brought the kids out some fresh rolls and a fruit bowl with our appetizer. That was a thoughtful touch and my kids loved the rolls!

Boy eating at BJ's Restaurant at Easton Town Center

BJ’s is a safe bet if you’re looking for a menu that offers something for everyone! And don’t miss their famous Pizookies – a freshly baked cookie in a pizza tin served with a scoop of ice cream on top! Yum!

Kid Friendly Points: TVs for entertainment, a great kids menu with activities on the back and Pizookies!

4. Northstar Cafe

  • 4015 Townsfair Way,
Columbus, OH 43219, next to Barnes and Noble
  • Order at the counter and seat yourself, patio seating available

The Short North location of Northstar Cafe is where my husband and I filled our the application for our first apartment when we moved to Columbus! We have always loved Northstar and we continued the tradition of eating there each time we found out we were pregnant!

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The Easton location is one of my favorites because it is so bright and happy and it has a great patio! We have taken our kids there numerous times over the years and know that it is a favorite of many Columbus families!

kid looking at magazine at Northstar Cafe, Easton Town Center

When you enter the restaurant you will pick up a menu and then wait in line to order at the counter before seating yourself. There is a kids menu but you will have to ask for it. (Or check out the kids menu online before you go.)

I think about Northstar Cafe in two capacities: Brunch and Everything Else. Brunch is served until 11:00 AM on weekdays and 3:00 PM on the weekends and is my favorite menu.  The ricotta pancakes are to die for and they are my kids’ favorite. If it’s brunch, they’re gonna order the pancakes.

kid eating pizza at Northstar Cafe Easton Town Center

Now let’s talk about Everything Else. The sweet basil burrito is one of my favorites (friend brought it to me in the hospital after Jaden was born) and that’s what I usually get if it’s not Brunch. On our last trip, my kids ordered the grilled cheese and a pepperoni pizza. If your kids can easily agree on pizza, one pizza is plenty enough to feed 2 young kids. We aren’t that lucky so we took home a lot of pizza!

Kid Friendly Points: great patio, magazines are available for passing time while waiting for your food and the cookies are super yummy!

5. Café Zupas

  • Located near LL Bean – 4226 Easton Loop W, Columbus, OH 43219
  • Fast casual, order at the counter, patio seating available

salad at Cafe Zupas at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

I may have a new favorite fast-casual restaurant at Easton! On our first trip to Café Zupas I was really impressed! There were a lot of simple and healthy choices and the kids meals were just as enticing! You can expect a wide variety of soups, quinoa bowls, salads and sandwiches with a Try 2 Combo option!

drink infusions at Cafe Zupas at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

One of the highlights was a drink bar with 4 kinds of house-made “Drink Infusions” – uniquely flavored juices, teas and lemonade. The drinks are made with raw, unfiltered clover honey and are not super sweet. If they’re not sweet enough, they offer simple, flavored syrups to sweeten your drink. (Regular soft drinks are also available!)

chocolate covered strawberry at Cafe Zupas, Easton Town Center

My boys chose chicken strips and a side of fruit. The kids meals are around $5 and include a drink! Each meal (kids included) came with a chocolate covered strawberry! That was a nice surprise!

boy eating at Cafe Zupas, Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Choose Café Zupas if you’re looking for a reasonably priced and quick dining experience. The atmosphere is bright and upbeat and all of the menu items are made fresh daily in the restaurant.

Kid Friendly Points: the kids meals are $4.99 and include a drink and a chocolate covered strawberry, laid back environment and healthier drink options.

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Related: Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Columbus and Central Ohio

 


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8 Ways to Enjoy Easton with your Family this Summer

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Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio is a one-stop destination for family-friendly fun! With unique shopping and dining options, weekly events and live entertainment, there is something for everyone in the family!

Thank you to Easton Town Center for sponsoring this post.

I love Easton! I love the way they’ve managed to make it feel like vacation whenever I’m there! Believe it or not, this year Easton is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

Train at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

I have always loved shopping at Easton and after I had kids, I would often bring them to Easton when they were babies just to push them around in the stroller and sip on an iced coffee from Starbucks. As they grew, they loved looking at the model train, running around the fountain and eventually graduated to coveting everything in The LEGO Store!  When it was built last year, we moved on to spending hours at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus!

fountain at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Easton has become a destination with live entertainment, the addition of LEGOLAND and a whole slew of summer activities you can enjoy your with your family! Read on and mark your calendar for the fun!

8 Ways to Enjoy Easton with your Family this Summer:

1. Movies by Moonlight

This year, in honor of their 20th anniversary, Movies by Moonlight is going to include movies released in 1999! Movies by Moonlight happen on Tuesday nights at dusk at the Town Square. (Actual start times will vary throughout the summer).

The 2019 Movies by Moonlight line up this year includes:

June 4 – The Wizard of Oz
June 11 – Stuart Little
June 18 – Tarzan
June 25 – Ralph Breaks the Internet
July 2 – Field of Dreams
July 9 – Pokémon: The First Movie
July 16 – Inspector Gadget
July 23 – The LEGO Movie 2
July 30 – Muppets from Space
August 6 – The Iron Giant
This year marks Easton Town Center’s 20th anniversary!
August 13 – Mary Poppins Returns
August 20 – Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
August 27 – Runaway Bride

2. Sounds on the Town

Sounds on the Town begins June 5th and runs through August 28th, featuring live music from local  and regional bands. Concerts begin at 6:00 PM at the Town Square.

2019 Sounds on the Town Concert line up includes:

June 5 – Teeny Tucker Band
June 12 – Divas of the 90’s
June 19 – Topher James & Biscuit Brigade opening for New Basics Brass Band
June 26 – Fool House
July 3 – Songs at the Center LIVE!
July 10 – Ark Band
July 17 – The Fabulous Johnson Brothers
July 24 – Tony Monaco Trio with Byron Stripling Quartet
July 31 – SWAGG
August 7 – Urban Jazz Coalition
August 14 – The Menus
August 21 – Yumbambe
August 28 – Funk Worthy opening for Who’s Bad

3. 20th Annual Easton Art Affair

sign for Easton Art Affair, Columbus, Ohio

The Easton Art Affair is a juried fine art show that features artists who work in all kinds of mediums and will take place June 21st -23rd, 2019. Admission is free to this fun event that is a combination of street fair and art gallery. You can enjoy seeing and shopping for paintings, photography, jewelry and more! There will also be art for kids!

4. Superhero Day

Superhero Day at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Mark your calendar for Superhero Day!  On Saturday, August 10, 2019, Superheroes will roam the streets of Easton with fun activities for the kids, games, live music, face painting, photo ops and a Superhero parade! 

Superhero Day at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

5. Fenlon Square Activities 

boy at the Frog Fountain, Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Hang out at the Frog Fountain outside American Girl on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer for kid-friendly happenings like caricature artists, face painting, balloon artists and more! Activities take place from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM beginning June 1, 2019.

6. Pop-up Fountains at Easton Town Square

splash pad at Easton Town Center, Columbus, ohio

The Pop-up Fountains at the Town Square offer a great way for the kids to cool off after a day of shopping! Complimentary towel service is available on the weekends and don’t miss the model train display just on the edge of the fountain area! Benches are available around the fountains or I recommend bringing your own blanket to sit on!

7. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

boy at LEGOLAND Columbus, Easton Town Center

LEGOLAND has been a huge draw to Easton for my family! My boys are LEGO fanatics so it’s hard to go to Easton without going to LEGOLAND or at the very least stopping in at the attached LEGO Store! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus offers 2 rides, 4D movies, 10 play areas, a MINILAND, cafe (they serve Starbucks!) and building workshops! To save time you can purchase a ticket time online.

Boy at LEGOLAND Columbus, Easton Town Center

8. Safelite AutoGlass Rally for The Ranch Car Show

Kids who love vehicles will love this free car show featuring 100 exotic, historical and racing cars! Wander the streets of Easton from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM to see the sights! The weekend of events (which also includes a banquet for car owners and a live auction) benefits The Buckeye Ranch, an organization that provides emotional, behavioral and mental health services for children and families in Central and Southwestern Ohio. 

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The Ultimate Guide to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

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Wondering what to expect at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus? Our sneak peek will tell you all you need to know about the new LEGOLAND at Easton Town Center!

This post was written in partnership with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus opened to annual pass holders and media on September 21, 2018! My family got a sneak peak at all there is to do at this incredible indoor LEGO® heaven! The Grand Opening Ceremony and first day open to the public is September 28, 2018.

LEGOLAND Columbus Front Entrance

If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram Stories for any amount of time, you already know that my boys LOVE LEGOS! I mean LOVE them. Like, eat, breathe and sleep with LEGOS. 😉 I was so excited to be able to take them to this special opening day that I picked my son up early from school to surprise him! And after spending several hours there, neither of my kids wanted to leave!

What is there to do at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus?

This space is guaranteed to provide hours of fun for the LEGO lovers in the family! It doesn’t matter how old you are – even my husband didn’t want to leave! 😉 (Seriously, once a month they are even having an Adult Night – no kids allowed!)

LEGOLAND Columbus entrance

Here are 15 things you can do at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus!

1. LEGO® Factory Tour

LEGOLAND Columbus Factory Tour

When you first enter, you’re taken behind the scenes into the LEGO Factory! There’s a little bit of info about how LEGO bricks are made and then the doors open into The Ultimate Indoor LEGO Playground!

2. Kingdom Quest

LEGOLAND Columbus Kingdom Quest Ride

The first attraction you come to is the Kingdom Quest ride. Take a ride in a chariot to help rescue the princess by zapping spiders, trolls and other obstacles in your way. You must be able to sit upright to ride this ride. Kids under 4’3” must be accompanied by someone over that height. Disclaimer, you’re not allowed to take pictures while on the ride but I didn’t see that sign until my second time riding it, so I got a picture of the “bad guy”! 😉

3. MINILAND®

LEGOLAND Columbus MINLAND

One of the highlights of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is MINILAND! It’s a LEGO-sized replica of many of your favorite Columbus spots including COSI, North Market, the State House, and more! Plus there are smaller areas featuring Cincinnati and Cleveland. The lights fade on and off so you can see the cities in the night and daytime. There are many moveable features that are fun to watch!

4. Creative Workshop

LEGOLAND Columbus Creative Workshop

Throughout the day special workshops are scheduled where kids can learn how to build anything! Check the sign for the times for each day.

5. LEGO® Friends

LEGOLAND Columbus Friend area

It was really hard to get my boys to leave the LEGO Friends area. If your kids are in MINILAND and wish they could play in the city, this is their chance! A lot of the buildings and fixtures are glued together here, but there are also bricks for building and mini figures for playing in the houses and buildings. My kids loved playing in the town – even though they really wanted to take the buildings apart! 😉

6. DUPLO® Farm and DUPLO® Village

LEGOLAND Columbus Duplo area

The DUPLO area is very bright and fun for the younger kids! There’s a farm, slide, large animals, plus extra big, soft DUPLO Blocks and regular size DUPLO Blocks for building.

7. LEGO® Racers: Build & Test

LEGOLAND Columbus Build and Test area

In this area, kids can build cars and race them down various roads and hills. Lots of fun for vehicle lovers in this area!

8. Earthquake Tables

LEGOLAND Columbus earthquake table
The Earthquake Table is right next to the LEGO Racers area. Kids can build a building as tall as they can and then see if it will withstand various degrees of earthquake tremors! The plates on the table literally shake as you turn up the intensity!

9. LEGO® 4D Cinema

LEGOLAND Columbus Discovery Center 4D Cinema

Three different LEGO Movies are being shown throughout the day in 4D – this means not only is the movie 3D but your seats will move and you may get wet!

10. LEGO® City Play Area

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus Indoor Play area

This area includes a climbing area, slides, a construction site and fire and police themed areas. It’s for running, climbing and jumping! Socks are required to play here.

My kids’ favorite LEGO sets are the LEGO City sets – especially fire and police! I thought they would eat this area up, but they didn’t stay long because they really wanted to play with actual LEGOS!

11. Merlin’s Apprentice Ride

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus Merlin Ride

This ride is something you would find at an amusement park! I couldn’t get my kids to ride it but I will be back! 😉 You must be 3 feet tall to ride this ride and if you are under 4 feet tall, you must be accompanied by someone over 4 feet tall.

12. Eat at the Coffee Shop

LEGOLAND Columbus Cafe

The cafe in LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus offers coffee (Starbucks!), snacks and meals. The Kids Meal Deal is $8 and includes a sandwich, a snack, a drink and for $4 more you can add a LEGO Lunchbox. Adult Meals are $11 and include a sandwich or salad, snack and drink. Of course you can buy items individually as well. There is a decent sized seating area inside the restaurant.

13. Have a Birthday Party

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

Kids can have a birthday party at LEGOLAND! There are 3 levels of birthday parties available and parties can be booked online!

14. Shop at the Store

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

The store attached to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is larger than the regular LEGO Store at Easton! I mean it is HUGE! Almost any current set you can imagine is there along with lots of other special things you don’t usually see at the LEGO Store like costumes, unique extra pieces and lots of fun gifts. I will never be able to walk my kids through Easton Station without stopping here!

15. Complete an Adventure Pack

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

Last but not least, you should know that at the Entrance you will be offered the chance to buy an Activity Pack. This is a packet of several pages about each section of LEGOLAND Columbus. Using a stamp machine located in each area, you can mark in your Activity Pack when you have completed each area. There are also stickers and activities inside. I don’t think this is something you need to buy more than once but it’s kind of fun for the first time. Activity Packs are $5 each.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

That’s the round up! These are the main activity areas but there is so much more than what is pictured here! I hope you get a chance to take your kids – we’re so lucky to have this in Columbus! What do you think your kids will enjoy the most?

What To Expect at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus:

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is located in Easton Town Center at 165 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

  • Tickets range in price from $20 – $34 per person depending on your level of flexibility and whether or not you buy online or in person.
  • An annual pass can be purchased for $65 for an individual or $60/person for families of 3 or more and include express entry and discounts in the coffee shop and LEGO store.
  • Children 2 and under are free.
  • Adults MUST be accompanied by a child to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus.
  • LEGOLAND is open 365 days a year beginning at 10:00 AM and closing at 7:00 PM except on Saturday when it is open until 8:00 PM.
  • The last admission is two hours before closing.
  • There is a limited number of guests allowed inside at a time so there will be a “Timed Tickets” line you will enter. If you purchase on line, you may be able to choose your ideal time to enter.
  • There is no limit to how long you can stay.

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