Arts and entertainment for kids

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
A rendering of some of the activities in store for the NHL All Star Game at the end of this month.

You thought the holidays were all over save for the shredding, and you were right! Guitar shredding, that is, courtesy of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. TSO brings The Christmas Attic to Nationwide Arena for two shows Dec. 28. The Beat started taking our daughter to TSO shows when she was about 7. They're big, and loud, but beautiful and so much fun!

Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. (Arena District), Columbus 43215, 800-745-3000,


The best of our favorite sport, hockey, comes to Columbus with the NHL All-Star Game. In conjunction with the game itself is the NHL Fan Fair, a three-day (Jan. 23-25) event featuring family-friendly interactive games and attraction, including NHL memorabilia displays, special appearances by current and former players – and mascots! – and lots and lots of hockey. Don't miss the outdoor ice rink and the 34-foot-tall snow slide!

Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. (Arena District), Columbus 43215, 800-745-3000,


Sure The Beat loves writing about the arts, but, like most of you, we love our sports, too. And before the calendar turns to 2015, the ultimate in performing arts-meets-sports, the iconic Harlem Globetrotters, make a stop at the Schottenstein Center Monday, Dec. 29 at 1 and 6 p.m.

Tickets start at $20 and are available through "Magic Passes" are available for special experiences before each game. Tickets start at $20 and are available through . "Magic Passes" are available for special experiences before each game.

The Beat was fortunate to get to spend a little time with Globetrottrers Buckets Blake and Columbus native and Independence High School alum Zeus McClurkin on the court at the Scott.


Columbus' two fine troupes for family and children's theater are busy in January.

Columbus Children's Theatre presents artistic director William Goldsmith's adaptation of Pinocchio Jan. 8-25 in its Park Street Theatre. CATCO is Kids offers up a delightful adaptation of the beloved P.D. Eastman book Go, Dog. Go! in the Riffe Center's Studio One Theatre Jan. 16-25.

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

Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215 614-469-0939,


Sports meets performing arts (and, in this case, meets, uh, something else) at the World's Toughest Rodeo Jan. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. Competition in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing is featured, along with a special performance by country artist Dustin Lynch.

Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive (OSU Campus), Columbus 43210, 800-ARENA-01,


A classic David-vs.-Goliath tale of the little guy taking on the giant, Newsies, a high-energy stage musical, is adapted from a 1992 film of the same name and based on the real-life 1899 newsboys strike in New York City. The family-friendly show (which won Tony Awards for Musical Score and Choreography) is pure non-stop entertainment.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 866-870-2717,


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