Columbus Businesses Offering Meals and Take-Home Activities for Kids During the COVID-19 School Closures

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Columbus business and restaurants are offering free meals and take home activities to help families during the COVID-19 school closures.

We are seeing an unprecedented number of closings and kids will be out of school for at least 3 weeks in Ohio. Many Columbus business and organizations are offering free meals for kids and several are offering activities for kids that we can pick up and bring home to keep them busy during this time. 

Local Businesses Offering Things to do at Home:

Clay Street Ceramics

Clay Street Ceramics is offering “Pottery to Go” kits to paint at home. Stop by to pick one up or contact them and they will have the kit ready to go when you arrive.

AR Workshop Worthington

AR Workshop in Worthington is offering DIY to Go kits for adults and youth! Pick up is this Friday and Saturday.


Art With Anna

Art with Anna is creating take-home art kits with a free instructional video with purchase! Or if you already have the supplies, you can purchase just the video! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more info! 

Paulette’s Princess Parties

Paulette’s Princesses will be going live with singing , answering questions, reading a book and having so much fun! They will also be soon announcing virtual playdates, phone calls,fairytale experiences and character day at the parks, plus live kid exercise and dance classes by the characters! 

Bakes by Lo

Bakes by Lo is offering DIY Decorated Cookie Kits! Keep an eye on her social media for the next availability!


InHome Creations

In Home Creations is putting together home craft kits that will be based on your kids’ favorite movies! They will be available for pick up soon! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates!

Canvas Creations for You

Canvas Creations for You is offering take home canvas painting kits and a live paint along. They will be posting the hours to pick up supplies – the first opportunity is Sunday, March 15.


Young Chef’s Academy of Gahanna

Young Chef’s Academy is offering virtual cooking classes for kids!


Sweetpeas Cakery

Sweetpeas Cakery is offering cookie decorating kits for #10. Email to order!


FIT4MOM Columbus North

FIT4MOM Columbus North is going virtual with virtual workouts, virtual playdates and “coffee chats”! 


Dublin Toy Emporium

The Dublin Toy Emporium is offering curbside pick up for anything you order from their store.


Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co.

Mrs. Goodman’s has cookie decorating kits available for you to take home. Please pre-order at least one day in advance!


Capital City Cakes

Capital City Cakes is offering cupcake and cookie decorating kits. Call to order.


Kreation’s Play Kafé

Kreation’s Play Kafé will be offering Kraft Bag Curbside pick up and drop offs (with a delivery fee). There will be crafting videos available online. Follow them on Facebook for more details. 


Food Resources for Families with Children:

*Please note, all sit down restaurants and bars will be closed beginning 9:00 PM, Sunday, March 15th. Carry Out is available so please double check with the restaurants listed here before visiting them!

Emergency Food Supplies

Check out Cap4Kids website featuring Walk-In Food Pantries for emergency food assistance.

Columbus City Schools

Breakfast and Lunch are available for ALL children and students under age 18. Children who are not Columbus City School students are welcome. These meals will be grab and go bags and at breakfast you can pick up a lunch or at lunch you can pick up breakfast for tomorrow. NOTE: East High School has been added as a location but is not on this map.


Piada Italian Street Food

Piada is offering a free kids pasta with sauce, cheese and a fountain drink on Monday-Friday (March 16-April 3) from 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM. This will continue – carry out only.

Greek Express

Greek Express is giving free lunch to school age kids Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM until April 3rd at any of their 5 locations. Planning to continue with carry out.



FUSIAN is offering $1 Peanut Butter and Jelly Rolls through their app and in-store! 


The Lox Bagel Shop

Lox Bagel Shop will offer free bagels to kids affected by school closures.


Smoked on High BBQ

Smoked On High is offering kids an order of Drummies or Pulled Chicken for free for the next 3 weeks while supplies last. Now carryout only.


El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant 

– El Rodeo will be handing out free meals to go for kids K-12 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM on weekdays. No purchase necessary.


Third Way Cafe

Beginning March 17, 2020, Third Way Cafe is offering a free hot chocolate to ALL kids under 12 until April 4th!! Limit 1 per kid. Carry out only.


Legacy Smokehouse (Hilliard)

Free lunch for kids from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Includes a pulled pork slider or turkey hotdog, applesauce and drink. No purchase necessary. 


Tim Hortons

All of our Tim Hortons locations will be offering meals to kids 12 & under. Stop by between 11:00am and 1:00pm on Mondays through Friday until April 2nd. Available at participating Columbus, OH locations. No substitutions. One per child. 















Moody Trudy Food Truck

Moody Trudy Food Truck is offering free meals for kids plus other specials for service industry employees and nurses and hospital staff.


The Lunch Box

The Lunch Box Ohio will be packing and delivering bags of food for kids who cannot access their school’s food program. You can donate food or help pack bags. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for how to access this resource if you are in need.


Updates on Popular Local Organizations and Museums:


All local libraries are closed but Upper Arlington Library has put together a calendar of live streaming events on their website!

Columbus Metropolitan Libraries – Currently closed. Many resources are available online including ebooks, audio books, movies, magazines and educational resources. How to Access Books, Magazines, Movies and More for Free Online with Your Central Ohio Library Card

Columbus Museum of Art and Pizzuti Collection – Closed for 3 weeks beginning March 15, 2020.

COSI – Closed for beginning March 13, 2020. COSI will be extending memberships by the amount of time they are closed. COSI is offering their Digital Doorway for fun, at-home science learning online!

Ohio History Center – Closed indefinitely beginning March 14, 2020. Educational resources are available online and will continue to be updated.

Franklin Park Conservatory – Closed beginning March 13, 2020.

Columbus Recreation and Parks – All community centers, golf courses, athletic complexes closed through April 3, 2020. All programing is cancelled.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Closed indefinitely beginning March 16, 2020.

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks – Nature Centers are closed, parks remain open.


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Fight Human Trafficking in Columbus One Delicious Brownie at a Time

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Fourteen Twenty Nine is a Central Ohio bakery with a vision for social enterprise and a heart for survivors of human trafficking! 

Thanks to Fourteen Twenty Nine for sponsoring this post!

Amanda Caldwell grew up baking with her grandma every Friday night. Her grandma made all the birthday cakes for her family and the whole family got together to bake on “Cookie Day” each Christmas season.

Baking is the one thing that comes naturally to Amanda and when she came to a crossroads in her professional life, she stepped out in a new direction, believing that her calling was to start a bakery. And not just any bakery, a bakery that will support, train and hire women who are survivors of human trafficking and who don’t have easy  access to traditional avenues of employment.

Amanda baking brownies

Amanda and her husband Aaron have been married for five years and started their business, Fourteen Twenty Nine, this past December. The name Fourteen Twenty Nine comes from the Bible verse Deuteronomy 14:29, “so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.”

Fourteen Twenty Nine Baking Brownies

Little boy licking spatula

Amanda and Aaron partner together, shifting their work schedules to juggle caring for their 22 month old, Judah, while Amanda bakes brownies from her home kitchen and ships them out or delivers them in person within 48 hours!

Bowl of Brownies

Amanda keeps things simple with a focus on brownies: Cake Batter Brownies, Snickerdoodle Brownies, Buckeye Brownies, Cookies and Cream Brownies, Nutella Brownies – and my personal favorite, a Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie, to name a few!

Cookies and Cream Brownie


In the coming months, Amanda will begin working with a local agency to teach at-risk women things like baking skills, how to build a pantry and how to make healthy meals with their kids. In her spare time, she collects toiletries and gently used purses to put together packs of supplies to hand out to women she meets on the streets of Columbus while volunteering with Reaching for the Shining Stars.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie

These are just a few of the ways she has set to work building relationships with community organizations, looking for ways to partner together to battle human trafficking and help survivors find dignity and meaning.

Brownies on table

How can you help? The number one, super tasty way? Buy some brownies!

Order here! All proceeds from the sale of brownies will go towards procuring a commercial kitchen space where Amanda can bake her brownies and begin to accept women who want to volunteer to learn baking skills. As the business grows, Fourteen Twenty Nine will be able to hire women to work in the kitchen space!

brownie on a plate

Amanda also accepts women’s toiletries including toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. as well as gently used purses to hand out to women through her work with Reach for the Shining Stars.

You may also be able to help by connecting Amanda with other community resources in Central Ohio, passing on ideas for an affordable kitchen space, and any other resources that will help her dream become a reality! Connect with her through her Instagram and Facebook Pages or send her a message through her website!

mom and son baking

Brownies can be ordered anytime of course, but if you’d like to try a Sample Box, a limited time offering just for Valentine’s Day, you need to order by February 12, 2018! If you need your brownies mailed, make sure to order this week! Order here!

Plate of wrapped brownies


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Countdown to Spring: 20 Days to Celebrate in Columbus

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Countdown to Spring in Columbus with 20 special days!

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We’re in the final stretch until Spring! Winter is the hardest season for me to get through. I thought if we could try to find something to celebrate every day until Spring, it might make this last month go a little bit faster! If you need an excuse for a treat or to try something different, there’s a “National Day” for that! Check them out:

March 1National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day – have a gourmet PB&J or PB&J Milk Shake at Krema Nut Company. Or celebrate with our favorite local peanut butter, Crazy Richards!

March 2Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday! – attend the Read it, Make it, Eat it – The Cat in the Hat class at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday! My kids’ favorite Dr. Seuss book is The Foot Book! We’ll have to get it out for a special read!

March 3

March 4 – this is the beginning of Return Borrowed Books Week (March 4-10). Time to head to the library and return those overdue books. (Or is that just me?) Here are some great libraries to try out:




March 5National Cheese Doodle Day – the inventor of the cheese doodle eventually sold his company to Borden who later relocated to Columbus (and has since closed). In his honor, eat a bag of cheese doodles!

March 6National Frozen Food Day – take it easy tonight and make a frozen pizza for dinner! Try Outsiders Pizza, a new frozen pizza brand that launched here in Columbus in December!

March 7National Pancake Day – On Tuesday, March 7th from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM (some locations offering extended hours until 10:00 PM) you can celebrate National Pancake Day® at IHOP® and get a FREE short stack of Original Buttermilk Pancakes!

March 8National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day – get some inspiration and encouragement from local blogger, Sally at Real Mom Nutrition!

International Women’s Day

March 9National Meatball Day – add a meatball to your pasta for $2 on Warehouse Wednesday at Spaghetti Warehouse!

National Day of Unplugging – take a break from technology and play at one of these free indoor play areas!

March 10National Pack Your Lunch Day – order your kids’  lunches from Eat Pakd, available for delivery here in Columbus, and you’ll never have to chop, slice or portion out again!

National Procrastination Week – March 4-10, 2018 (First full week of March)

March 11National Johnny Appleseed Day – read the book A is for Appleseed, published by the Johnny Appleseed Museum, which is in Urbana, OH. Plan a visit when the museum is open on Tuesdays and Fridays! (Johnny Appleseed Day is also celebrated on Sept. 26, so take your pick! 😉 )

March 12National Girl Scout Day – celebrate by buying a box of Girl Scout Cookies – which are only available through March 26th! According to the Girl Scout website, it looks like you can buy them today at the Brewery District Kroger!

March 13National Napping Day – it’s the day after daylight savings, this one needs no explanation!

March 14National Learn about Butterflies Day – visit the Blooms and Butterflies Exhibit at Franklin Park Conservatory!

National Wildlife Week – March 14-18, 2018

March 15National Kick Butts Day – this day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Here is a list of activities you can do to raise awareness about the effects of tobacco with your kids.

March 16National Artichoke Hearts Day – in my “research” for this post, I ran across this article about how to prepare artichokes 3 ways from Columbus Food Adventures!  And I didn’t think I was going to find anything related to Columbus for this one! 😉

March 17National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day – take a trip to German Village for a huge sandwich at Katzinger’s Delicatessen or check out their new(ish) location in North Market!

March 18National Sloppy Joe Day – make these Loaded Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes from Columbus blogger, Courtney at NeighborFood!

March 19National Chocolate Caramel Day – try the salted caramels at Winan’s Fine Chocolates!

March 20Spring Begins! Plus it’s International Day of Happiness – how can you argue with that?!


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