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OK. February is here and cabin fever has likely set in. Don't. Panic.

Two local restaurants recently opened that are great for kids or teens (and for you) getting out of the house. Acre in Clintonville (2700 N. High St.) serves organic grains, free-range meats and local produce when possible at reasonable prices. They've got a kids' menu, too, and an atmosphere that's wild-child friendly. Acre's founder, Todd Mills, is formerly of the Columbus nonprofit Local Matters, which teaches kids about where food comes from. Your teens will love brunch at Ethyl & Tank, a new campus bar (19 E. 13th Ave.) that's classy enough for the 'rents. They'll dig the free old-school arcade games. You'll enjoy the eggs and build-your-own bloody mary bar.

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If you're looking to stay inside but are sick of playing chef, check out Fit Food Columbus. This new meal delivery serviceoffers fresh and healthy family-sized dinners. Plus, for every meal purchased, the startup aims to donate one meal to a Columbus food bank.

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As tensions regarding race relations rise nationwide, take your older ones to the new art exhibit at the King Arts Complex (867 Mount Vernon Ave., Columbus). Forceful Perceptions, which is up through the end of the month and themed around the subject of race in America, will give you a few talking points and an artful perspective on this important subject.

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And speaking of speaking to your kids. Ohio State University's creative writing program director Michelle Herman has a new book out. A Girl's Guide to Life is a charming, illustrated and thoughtful book written for her own 8-year-old daughter. It hit Amazon last month. With lessons encouraging self-expression, gratitude and creativity, it's worth a buy.