Fam Five: Game Masters at COSI
August includes two of central Ohio's biggest and best-loved cultural festivals, each paying tribute to a particular heritage. The Dublin Irish Festival runs Aug. 5-7, and Festival Latino is set for the following weekend, Aug. 13-14. Both are chock full of great music, dance, food and cultural activities for the whole family, with a special emphasis on family and children's activities as well. Nothing like family fun that also exposes your kids to cultural heritage in the process.
Dublin Irish Festival, Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin 43017, dublinirishfestival.org
Festival Latino, Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive (Downtown), Columbus 43215, festivallatino.net
Sure, your summer plans probably included a trip to COSI anyway, but if you haven't had a chance to check out Game Masters: The Exhibition yet, make sure you do it this month (it closes Sept. 5). Curated by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the exhibit features art, video and, of course, playable games celebrating the history of video gaming. Show your kids what gaming looked like when you were young, and track the history of games and design over five decades. While you're there, check out the One World, One Sky or Jr. Star Safari shows in the planetarium.
COSI, 333 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-228-COSI, cosi.org
CATCO presents the regional premiere of James and the Giant Peach Jr., a new adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl story about a boy who takes an unexpected and marvelous journey on a giant peach with a quirky and fun cast of characters. Tunes and all manner of stage magic make this show a fresh, juicy, delicious, oversized treat! From Aug. 26 through Sept. 4.
Columbus Performing Arts Center Shedd Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave. (Discovery District), Columbus 43215, 614-469-0939, catcoistheatre.org
What to do with a host of no-longer-viable ostrich eggs? Have a bunch of terrific Ohio artists turn them into works of art, of course, which is just what a Columbus attorney and art patron did. The resultant works, 48 eggs in all, are on exhibit in Art 360° at the Columbus Museum of Art this summer, through Aug. 14.
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-221-6801, columbusmuseum.org
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra will play three summer concerts outdoors at the Topiary Park, right outside the newly reopened Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch on Aug. 11, 13 and 14. The performances are free, and you can bring the family and a picnic dinner. These concerts are terrific introductions to orchestral music for youngsters, as music director David Danzmayr programs an inventive selection, different each night. The relaxed outdoor setting allows kids to play, eat and listen as they are comfortable and as parents allow. Preconcert activities for kids begin at 7 p.m., an hour before the music starts.
Topiary Park, 480 E. Town St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-464-0066, promusicacolumbus.org
The Fam Five is arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at Columbus Alive!