Arts and entertainment for kids

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Decisions, decisions. Would you kiss a frog that was mean, selfish and arrogant? Even if that frog might really be a prince? Would you kiss a frog at all? Wet and slimy isn't very princely. Columbus Children's Theatre's Professional Touring Company, with lots of audience participation help, will examine these and other conundrums during its run of The Frog Prince June 4-15. Recommended for audiences ages 3 and older. A special "Sensory Friendly Performance," designed for audience members on the autism spectrum, will be held Sunday, June 8. Tickets are $13-$16.

Columbus Children's Theatre, 512 Park St. (Arena District), Columbus, 43215, 614-224-6672,

Summer in central Ohio means festivals, and there are few better than Gahanna's Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival. The festival goes all-out for kids, with rides and crafts and our favorite, the Musical Discovery Zone, where you can experience making music and learn about musical instruments. In our experience, young attendees will love the live music - top-notch local and national blues and jazz artists - as much as the grown-ups. Festival tickets are $5 general admission, free for children age 12 and under.

Creekside Park & Plaza, 123 Mill St., Gahanna, 43230, 614-418-9114,

Show your kids what it was like in the early days of moving pictures by taking them to the CAPA Summer Movie Series at the Ohio Theatre. Our longtime favorite has been the twice-a-summer Saturday morning Cartoon Capers, which features classic animated cartoons including characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. The first Cartoon Capers of 2014 is June 21. And on June 25, CAPA marks the series premiere of The Little Princess featuring Shirley Temple. Another treat of the summer movie series is the pre-show performance on the Mighty Morton theater organ. Day-of-show tickets are $4.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus (Downtown), 43215, 614-469-0939,

The Ohio History Center will host a weekend of family fun inspired by birthday parties of the 1950s (no, kids, your parents hadn't been born yet, so don't even ask…) in conjunction with the ongoing 1950s: Building the American Dream exhibit. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 28 and 12 noon-4 p.m. June 29. Free with admission to the center: $10/adult; $9/senior (60+); $5/youth (6–12); free/child (age 5 and younger). And did you know the Ohio Historical Society has changed its name to the Ohio History Connection? It's a reflection of the organization's goal to connect Ohio residents to the state's history.

Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 43211,

Gateway Film Center and the Columbus Metropolitan Library are again teaming up to offer a thoroughly fantastic film series for kids this summer - and if you have a library card in any system, admission is free (otherwise admission is $5)! Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m., Monday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. from now through July 30, the From Book to Film series features a kid-friendly film adapted from a literary classic. This month, the films include Fantastic Mr. Fox, How to Train Your Dragon, Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Shrek. Read the book first, then see the movie! What a fabulous (and sneaky) way to get kids reading!

Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St. (OSU Campus), Columbus 43201, 614-247-4433,