Sprout Soup was invited to participate in the first every Kids Day at Pearl Market in downtown Columbus. The market takes place twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 10:30am to 2pm. It’s a wonderful thing to check out if you live or work downtown!
Located on the alleys between Broad, High, Gay and 3rd streets, the market is definitely a vibrant part of downtown! The alleys of Pearl and Lynn Street are blocked off for booths and walking traffic only. Parking does not have to be problematic, there are lots of meters on Gay Street, and the underground garage at the Statehouse is across Broad Street.
It was certainly a different environment for a kids event. Perhaps Kids Day at Pearl Market was a trend-setting event that will encourage more like it! The Market organizers did a great job, though! A few daycare classes came through the market and were rewarded by the entertaining live music. Sprout Soup brought our sandbox, which is always a hit, filled with Mini Bilibo and the Green Toys Sand Play Set. Kids could also make crafts, have their face painted by Amy of Little Alouette, or sample some fresh fruits and vegetables provided by the market’s vendors.
Kids were also encouraged to make picnic games out of recycled pizza boxes and paper plates. Roll the dice and add picnic foods to your plate, if you roll the ants, they carry away one of your foods! Fill your plate and you win!
It was fun to be in the downtown environment with our kids. They really enjoyed playing and dancing in the ally, and I think one of the highlights was the mounted police and their horses! Hopefully we’ll be involved with next year’s Kids Day at the Pearl Market, it was such a fun experience. And our customers in the store might notice something new, given to us by the Pearl Market organizers! They’re pictured here to the left– pens with flowers on the top! Perfect for our checkout counter! The pens were made by a regular vendor of the Pearl Market, although I didn’t catch her name. If you know who it is, please let us know. We’ve had many compliments on the pens, and some customers even asking if they can purchase them! We’re not willing to give them up, though!
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