Local Focus: The Fam Five from Jim Fischer

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent


Ever wonder if museum exhibits really do come to life when the patrons leave? The Ohio History Connection offers a chance to find out Feb. 25 with Night at the Museum, an after-hours event from 7-9:30 p.m. that promises to be fun for the whole family. Cost is $12 for adults, $9 for youth (ages 6-12) and free for children 5 and younger. Reservations are required.

Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave. (North Side), Columbus 43211, 614-297-2300, ohiohistory.org


The Columbus Children's Choir will host its annual Children's Choral Festival Feb. 24-25. The event includes a two-day workshop for teachers and a one-day workshop for young singers in middle and elementary school. It's too late to register for the workshops, but the festival closes with a public performance by the combined participants at 4 p.m. Feb. 25. Composer/conductor/educator Rollo Dilworth leads the concert and some of the workshops. Nothing like kids seeing other kids do art. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

Whitehall Yearling High School, 675 S. Yearling Road, Whitehall 43213, 614-220-5555, columbuschildrenschoir.org


BalletMet Columbus will present the company premiere of Michael Pink'sPeter Pan Feb. 10-12 in the Ohio Theatre. Dance is combined with acrobatics and some nifty special effects in this choreographic interpretation of the beloved story of Wendy, Peter, Tink and more. The movement is set to an original score by Philip Feeney. Tickets start at $29.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-229-4848, balletmet.org


Friendship and learning that things aren't always what they appear to be are some of the lessons from the classic E.B. White storyCharlotte's Web. Columbus Children's Theatre offers this adaptation for the stage by Joseph Robinette, courtesy of CCT's Winter Youth Performance Academy, a group of young people ages 8-12 who mount a show at the conclusion of an intensive six-week program. Tickets are $12-$30.

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


About 3,000 people descend on the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium each winter for the aptly named Chilly Open. The 21st annual fundraiser, organized by the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club, will be held noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 4. Since 1997, it has raised more than $2.5 million for children's charities. There's a Children's Open for ages 5-12 as well as a silent auction, food and live music. Tickets are $45 for ages 12 and older. Younger guests are admitted free.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Road, Powell 43065, 614-823-8000, chillyopen.org

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