Downtown Worthington has plenty of family-friendly places to shop and dine.

Kids may not appreciate that the owners of the Shops at Worthington Place recently spent $10 million on renovations, but they will be pleased to learn that the shopping center has two play spaces.

The shopping center has an indoor and outdoor play area for children, said Anne Browne, public information officer for the city of Worthington.

"They have a Johnny Appleseed theme," she said. "They're well done."

The play spots have clever tree-inspired climbing structures, signage offering interesting facts about apples and turf floor covering. The indoor space includes a small sitting area with a fireplace and television.

When it's time to shop, there are places that appeal to parents and kids.

Members of the Worthington Craft Guild sell their wares at Pizazz. The gift shop, operated by guild members, has a fabulous array of handcrafted gifts including pottery, jewelry, photo frames, honey and much more.

Learning Express Toys has fun items at a variety of price points. Kids can browse or scoot around the store on Plasma Car.

Foodies will want to peruse the selection at Sugarbush Gourmet Gift Baskets. The baskets filled with cheese, wine and fruit make great gifts. They even have baskets themed for new parents.

If shopping for food piques your appetite, be sure to visit the Worthington Farmers Market. It's one of the best ways to wile away a sunny Saturday. Featuring more than 80 vendors, it's one of the largest markets in Central Ohio. Shoppers will find everything from seasonal fruits and vegetables to fresh eggs and homemade soap. The outdoor market, located on High Street between Dublin-Granville Road and New England Avenue, runs through the end of October.

Downtown Worthington has plenty of family-friendly places to shop and dine.

"It's a neat little business district in the middle of a residential neighborhood," said Katie Wood, manager of Toyville, a toy shop where kids are encouraged to play with the displays.

Fritzy Jacobs has an eclectic mix of children's toys and clothing and unique home décor. La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro, The Old Bag of Nails Pub and Graeter's welcome families for meals and snacks.

For family fun, check out The Party Studio, an art studio which hosts parties and camps; the Old Worthington Library and its enchanting storybook-themed children's area; and the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center, which holds plays, movies, art exhibits, concerts and much more.

Or spend an afternoon at the Doll Museum, where you'll find a variety of dolls from around the world, dating back to the 1800s. Stroll through on your own or take a group tour.

The city also has inviting outdoor spaces, Brown said. Indianola Park received a complete makeover in 2012, she said. The park has a new playground. It's also located along railroad tracks and kids often get to see a train go by.

All Children's Playground, which is in the midst of a renovation, is accessible for children with disabilities. The playground is adjacent to the Worthington Community Center, which includes a fitness center, pool and hosts special events.