Fam Five: How People Make Things

Jim Fischer
COSI's "How People Make Things"


Whether you're a COSI regular or you haven't taken your crew to this fantastic spot in a while, it's a great way to spend a day as the winter break winds down. Don't be swayed by the construction, just make sure you have a plan. And that plan, once inside, should include checking out How People Make Things, a cool exhibit created by the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and based on the factory tour segments of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Learn how some everyday items are manufactured, and try some fun hands-on activities.

COSI, 333 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-228-COSI, cosi.org


Columbus Children's Theatre artistic director William Goldsmith has adapted the classic Snow White fairy tale, highlighting the idea that "real beauty comes from within." All of your favorite characters are here, from the titular Snow White to the Wicked Queen and, of course, the dwarves. The show will be performed Jan. 12-22 by CCT's Touring Company and features audience participation. The one-act, 60-minute production is recommended for ages 3 and older. Tickets start at $10.

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


CATCO is Kids has a terrific fairy tale adaptation in store to start the year as well, offering up George Stiles and Anthony Drewe's Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The team who brought us Honk! and Mary Poppins has great songs and a couple lessons in store-namely, that neither bears nor little girls are as scary as we thought. This is a regional premiere of this production and will be staged Jan. 13-22. Tickets are $10 for children, $15 for adults.

Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. (Discovery District), Columbus 43215, 614-469-0939, catcoistheatre.org


The rodeo is sport and performance art all rolled into one, cast against a background of dirt and leather. Think you can't get down and dirty with the cowboys from the comfort of your Nationwide Arena seat? Come early to the World's Toughest Rodeo on Jan. 14 and check out the "Fan Fun" event, right on the floor. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the chutes, sit on Midnight the bull, take a pony ride, hop in the clowns' barrel and meet the cowboys. Then stick around for great fun eight seconds at a time, Whiplash the Monkey and a concert by Neal McCoy. Tickets are $23 to $78.

Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. (Arena District), Columbus 43215, nationwidearena.com


The national tour of the stage adaptation of the beloved Disney animated musical The Little Mermaid comes to Columbus at the end of the month. The "magic" that transforms the inside of a concert hall into the undersea world of Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, Triton and more is worth the price of admission in and of itself. The magnificent score and songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, while obviously integral, are icing on the cake. The production is in town Jan. 31 through Feb. 5. Tickets are $29-$89.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, columbus.broadway.com

The Fam Five is arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at Columbus Alive!