Arts and entertainment for kids

JIM FISCHER, ThisWeek Community News

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra goes wild with its presentation of Camille Saint-Saëns' delightful Carnival of the Animals in a Concerts for Kids program April 6 in the Riffe Center Capitol Theatre. The French composer allows your imagination to take over and hear animals as "voiced" by the instruments of the orchestra. Kids are welcome to come in animal costume. Pre-concert activities, beginning at 2 p.m., include a musical craft, instruments to see and play, conducting lessons, musical tattoos and more. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children.

Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-228-8600,

If you need a reminder that your family is actually pretty normal, check out the national tour of the new musical The Addams Family, a family-friendly show that finds a family learning what it means to be friendly. This is a fun show with great songs – and just a little creepy. The show runs April 8-13 (eight shows) at the Palace Theatre. Tickets start at $28.

Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-469-0939,

Bring your brains, heart and courage and travel with Dorothy and her companions as they follow the Yellow Brick Road, courtesy of Columbus Children's Theatre's production of The Wizard of Oz. This adaptation, based on the original motion picture screenplay, runs Thursdays through Sundays, April 10-20, in the Lincoln Theatre. Tickets start at $11.

Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. (King-Lincoln District), Columbus 43203, 614-224-6672,

The Carpe Diem String Quartet offers a free family concert at 2 p.m. April 13 at the Harrison Park Community Center. This acclaimed quartet with local roots is known for its varied musical repertoire - Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music alongside traditional string quartet pieces - and engaging programming. These concerts feature fun musical selections and hands-on activities.

Harrison Park Community Center, 575 W. 1st Ave. (Harrison West), Columbus 43215,

Team up with your family members and explore art and creativity during the Columbus Museum of Art's Family Adventures programs April 13 and 27 at 2 p.m. CMA docents will send your family team on a scavenger hunt, or share the stories behind pieces of art or just spur your imagination as you share ideas, laugh and play games. This program is free; no pre-registration required.

Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-221-6801,

-The Fam Five and The Beat are arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at ThisWeek Community News. Check out weekly coverage at