The Fam Five: Monster Jam and More

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent


Columbus Children's Theatre presents this Y York stage adaptation of Jerry Spinelli's terrific young readers book,Crash, April 6-23. Football star Crash Coogan tackles bullying, friendship, stereotypes and sacrifice in this tale about growing up. Follow Crash, who's not only popular but also self-centered, as he encounters some situations and relationships that begin to change his perspective. Tickets start at $18.

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


Six String Concerts is a fantastic music series that presents professional performing songwriters from around the world. Big Little Lions is a contemporary folk-pop duo featuring Helen Austin from Vancouver and Paul Otten from Cincinnati. You've probably heard their songs, even if you didn't know it, on TV shows or commercials. After their April 7 show with Six String Concerts, they'll hang around for a Saturday morning show designed specifically for families. Both shows will be held at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the Saturday show are $5.

Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. (Discovery District), Columbus 43215, 866-890-5451,


Free concert! Now that we have your attention … here are details about the April 9 event in Clintonville, courtesy of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra String Quartet. The all-ages concert is part of the orchestra's family series at Central Ohio libraries, linking classical music and children's literature. Each concert has a particular theme and is designed for maximum interactivity.

Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St., Columbus 43214, 614-464-0066,


Outsized sights, outsized sounds, outsized everything! That's the name of the game at Monster Jam, the four-wheel-drive truck show/competition that returns to the Schottenstein Center April 22-23. While to us half the fun is just seeing the floor of the arena covered in dirt, the other half isn't so bad, either, what with Grave Digger, Wild Thang and others racing, jumping and crashing their way through a few hours' worth of entertainment. Tickets start at $15.

Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive (OSU campus), Columbus 43210, 614-292-3231,


Sarah Oppenheimer's “S-337473,” the installation piece she created for the Wexner Center for the Arts as part of a two-year residency, isn't, specifically, for kids. The two massive glass-and-steel shafts that dominate the gallery space ask patrons to consider a range of questions from the practical to the conceptual. But this piece moves, and it's the patrons who set it in motion. So that opens a whole other set of questions—about touching or not touching art, how it moves and more. Combined with the size and starkness it creates interesting visuals a viewer of any age can appreciate. The exhibit runs through April 16.

Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. (OSU campus), Columbus 43210, 614-292-3535,

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