I was looking for something new to do with L on Friday. Something that would let her run and explore without tearing apart a store. I tried an indoor play cafe this past winter, but wasn't a huge fan of the crowd and the idea of her being bulldozed by big kids. This is the ONE time when our odd nap schedule worked to our advantage. We will probably miss every story time and music class out there (I've checked), but the play cafes empty out at noon for us oddballs:)
Anyway, here are the details of my new favorite hang-out:
- It is located in Powell, on West Olentangy Street (Powell road) right before the railroad tracks. If you are coming from Sawmill road, it is on the right side of the road shortly after you turn from Sawmill.
- It is open from 9 AM- 3 PM Monday-Friday and 9-1 on Saturday.
- Admission is $10 for 2 hours (siblings are $5)
- You'll need to pack socks for the kids and for yourself if you plan to go into the play area.
|She's trying to one-up me by pushing 2 at a time, I know it. She is, in fact, wearing bottoms.|
So, there are bouncy houses and pretend vacuums for toddlers, but what is there for moms, you ask? Observe:
|Summer salad with walnuts, mandarin oranges, dried cherries and feta. And the world's best vinaigrette|
Yes, magazines galore. Not the doctor's office crappy variety of Readers Digest and Cat Fancy. Current issues of things I care about. You know, Jessica Simpson and her new baby. And delicious food! I am still thinking about that Summer Salad (4.95)! Their extensive menu has seasonal salads and sandwiches, as well as sweets and a full coffee bar. I haven't been sleeping well lately due to a neighborly-cops-involved-dog issue, so I skipped the coffee drinks. But hello, Buckeye Mocha? I will be drinking you next time. I opted for the Peach Arnold Palmer and it was just what I needed.
Because of naptime creeping closer, we did not stay the entire 2 hours. Had I brought a friend to chat with (who's coming with me?) or a better book (I wish I could send 50 Shades of Grey back through the Kindle), we would have stayed the whole time.
I can finally see my friends and I catching up over lunch rather than chasing kids and taking away butter knives. In my eyes, $10 well-spent. Well done, Lattes & Lollipops. Just one question: when are you opening one in Arlington??
|See, she has bloomers on. And this is her papparazzi avoidance pose.|