Have you and your kids checked out your local floral shop?

The staff at Connells Maple Lee Flowers and Gifts would like you to.

The florist offers a Kids Club that hosts about four events a year for children, ages 5 to 12.

"We wanted to provide something that wasn't a cost for the parents and that the kids would have some fun with," said Steve Lambert, vice-president of the company, which has stores in Bexley, Powell and Grove City.

The events are usually themed around the holidays and involve working with plants and flowers.

"We want kids to get their hands involved a bit in our business and explore their creative side," Lambert said.

To learn more about the Kids Club, visit http://www.cmlflowers.com/usrf.cfm?kidsclub=home or stop into one of the stores.

-- Melissa Kossler Dutton, contributing writer at Columbus Parent