Arts and entertainment for kids
The Weinland Park neighborhood of Columbus, near the Ohio State University campus, has been celebrated in a brand-new story book, completed in partnership with the Wexner Center for the Arts. The Wex will mark the release of Weinland Park Story Book, which features drawings from more than 40 area artists - young and old, amateur and professional - with a family-friendly event June 29 (yeah, this is the July edition, but this late-June event is just too cool to not include). See the original artwork on display at the Godman Guild building, enjoy a free scoop of Jeni's ice cream and celebrate part of what makes central Ohio a great place to live.
Godman Guild Association, 303 E. Sixth Ave., Columbus 43201, 614-292-3535, wexarts.org
NOTE: A digital version of the book can be found online at wexarts.org/weinlandparkstorybook
Disney's My Son Pinocchio Jr. tells the classic tale from a new perspective - that of Geppetto, the toymaker/father. A musical designed to be performed by young actors, it features new songs by Oscar- and Grammy-award winner Stephen Schwartz. The New Albany Arts Council presents My Son Pinocchio Jr., its 15th annual summer production for kids age 9-15, July 11-13 at the McCoy Community Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10.
McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany 43054, 614-469-0939, mccoycenter.org
Hey parents - remember those "now how much would you pay" infomercials? Here's the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus' take on that concept. You're looking for something to do with the kids, you can sneakily learn stuff in the process (like how cool jazz music is, what live music looks, sounds and feels like, for example), and it's all in a great setting at the downtown Topiary Park. Yep, it's PBJ & Jazz summer concerts for kids and families, and the July 12 edition features the Caribbean Jazz Quintet. Retired music educator Rebecca Ogden hosts these interactive concerts. So, how much would you pay? They're free.
Topiary Park, 480 E. Town St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-294-5200 ext. 107, jazzartsgroup.org
Columbus Symphony Pops conductor Albert-George Schram has always been one of The Beat's heroes, but in this program he leads the orchestra in a celebration of heroes from screen and stage. Music from Star Wars, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter and more will be featured on this Popcorn Pops concert for families. Kids are welcome to come dressed as their favorite hero! These concerts always have loads of other fun stuff, from crafts and games to face painting to musical demonstrations and even the chance to make some music of your own. Columbus Commons gates open at 5:30 p.m. July 18; concert starts at 7 p.m. and runs for about one hour.
BONUS: The CSO's Picnic with the Pops series features the always-exciting combination of the orchestra and the Ohio State University Marching Band July 25-26.
Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-228-8600, columbussymphony.com
Newark's Midland Theatre hosts the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Rapunzel July 26. If you haven't been out to this beautifully restored theater, this is a good excuse to do so. This adaptation brims with silliness, as the yarn is woven with characters from other fairy tales as well on its way to a triumphant climb-ax. Tickets are $8-$13.
Midland Theatre, 36 N. Park Place, Newark 43055, 740-345-LIVE, midlandtheatre.org