The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

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It's anchors aweigh for Hilliard's newest play cafe! The nautical-themed Little Skipper's, which opened in December, promises lots of fun for the littlest members of your crew, including musical instruments, bikes, a big climber and a dress-up area (which is a big hit, according to Ruby Skipper, a retired elementary school teacher who opened the cafe with her husband, Kent Skipper, and daughter, Kristin Donnell). And for you, captain, there is plenty of coffee. Find more info at

If visiting the Columbus Museum of Art for one of its Saturday Doodles artmaking sessions (free, 1-3 p.m.), be sure to explore The Wonder Room, where a redesigned woodlands theme debuted in January. The play-friendly space has a variety of hands-on activities that foster imagination, artmaking and storytelling.

Feverhead, the modern movement and dance facility in Victorian Village, has started offering beginner ballet for home-schooled students ages 8 through 16. Taught by local dance sweetheart and OSU dance alum Leigh Lotocki, the class focuses on the basics of ballet (think fundamental positions, balance and alignment). A six-week session costs around $45; email

A 15-year-old, honor roll Fort Hayes High School sophomore was one of only 100 contestants to audition in front of American Idol's big-name judges on national television in January. Sydney Arterbridge's powerful range carried her to Hollywood, but it took a little help from her friends to get her to the initial grueling auditions in Detroit: Students from Arterbridge's elementary alma mater, Berwick Alternative, raised $1,700 to send her to the auditions.