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Pet stores turned into a petting zoo for the win...

So you know how your kids are begging to get out the house, and you really want to save money because...who doesn't like to save. So what does mommy do...I come up with the bright idea of visiting a local pet store (pats self on back). This is not any ordinary pet store, Petland-Ohio prides itself on allowing customers to have a very interactive, friendly, safe experience with pets. Located in almost every district in Columbus...including Pickerington, Hilliard, Gahanna, Powell, Dublin, and Grove City. Store hours weekdays are 11a-9p, and weekends from 10a-9p. And did I mention it's totally free!! We decided to go to the Pickerington Location on a Friday evening. It was a little crowded but didn't take away for the experience. We were able to sit in a petting space, specifically for holding puppies. We literally could hold and play with any puppy we choose. Staff provided us little toys and treats to keep both the puppy and girls busy. We then ventured to the rabbits and birds, and got to hold a snake. Karter enjoyed the fish tanks filled with exotic fish that reminded me of an aquarium of some sort. We ended with having a great dinner at Roosters for the win. Super simple, and super fun. Who knew a zoo was in our own back yard. Being a parent requires being creative, and having the ability to think on your head sometimes. We were able to leave without buying anything, and our pet desires were fulfilled. This gem is getting a 10 out of 10, for it's convenience, and super adorable animals!

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Modern Play and Creative Cafe

I have finally found a play space centered between downtown Columbus and my home in Pickerington. This play cafe is tucked away in Bexley, Ohio, right next door to Bexley Public Library. This play space offers both free play, and a delicious cafe that offers an assortment of healthy yummy treats! For $10 you purchase an all day pass, and the best thing about this day pass is you have the convenience of leaving and coming back for free! Only able to do a quick 30 minutes? Get an express pass for $4. Kids 12+ and 6 months and younger are free! This creative cafe is directed towards crawlers to early imaginations. With a cool play gym, with plenty of puzzles, train tracks, play mats, and more, your child won't be disappointed. If you get hungry you can order from a menu of items low cost. I was able to pig out on a half avocado/grilled cheese sandwich with an half harvest salad for under 7 bucks!! This gem also offers scheduled play activities, host birthday parties, camps, and weekly child friendly events. Hours run daily until 530p, and extended hours offered on Thursday's. I give this a child friendly review of 10 out of 10! It's a perfect spot for parents to sit back, grab a cold beverage all while the little ones let go of some energy. I was able to connect with a few Bexley moms and chat! Karter and her cousin went straight for nap afterwards.

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