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A new yoga studio in Hilliard called Mat Happy makes getting zen a family affair. First, it's co-owned by a pair of sisters, Rhiannon Skipper and Kelly Mehring. Second, one of the classes the space offers is called Namaste & Play, designed to introduce children to the benefits of yoga, relieve stress for parents and create a quality-time experience. You and your little one can learn how to stretch, balance and relax through guided movement and meditations - er, well, as meditative as you can be with a toddler. Mat Happy, located at 4477 Cemetery Road, recommends the class for 2- to 5-year-olds.

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For some decidedly less healthy quality time with the kids - but still incredibly fun - visit the new candy store at 944 N. High St. in the Short North. Rocket Fizz sells all the throwback staples like bubblegum balls, bottle cap candies and retro gag gifts with which you can back-in-my-day your kids (they love that!). The shop also carries hard-to-find international sweets like Pocky sticks and green tea Kit Kats, as well as goodies you didn't know you needed, like a dancing bacon alarm clock.

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Busy? Ha. Yeah, you are. Try a new personal shopping smartphone app called Whence. The Columbus service lets users order groceries, diapers, food, clothes and more from local boutiques and chains. If the order is placed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, you'll get the delivery within 90 minutes. Users pay an extra delivery fee and you can opt for a small monthly subscription fee that provides you with discounts, but the time you save for snuggles with baby will be worth it. The Evening at Home section is particularly fun: Order a movie, board game and popcorn for a fun night in without having to ever leave the house.

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Tina Jenkins knows a thing or two about the struggle of single parents. She was, after all, raised by a single mother. So when looking to start her own child-care center (having had more than 20 years' experience running one out of her home), Jenkins looked for an area that could best serve strapped families. Enter: ABC's Educare, which Jenkins and her husband, Jeff, opened at 1184 Lockhurst Road in South Columbus late last year. "I've had a love for children since I was 9 years old and my brother was born," Jenkins said. "That's why I want to be here. All children deserve quality care." The center (On Facebook: ABC's Educare) provides individual care for infants and toddlers, doesn't charge for diapers, accepts Title 20 payment, is open Monday through Saturday and focuses on education - an apropos emphasis considering Jenkins home-schooled her children, who are now students at Ohio State. Call 614-444-2227 to schedule an appointment to see the space.