The Fam Five from Jim Fischer

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
Jack Hanna at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


The best of summer combined with the finest in the arts: That's the experience at an Actors' Theatre of Columbus outdoor production. The company focuses on Shakespeare and other classics, and its staging of the magical dramatic comedy “The Tempest” wraps up Sept. 3. Bring a picnic from home or snag some food from your favorite German Village eatery and find a comfortable spot on the Schiller Park lawn, where your family can enjoy this masterwork of the stage in a relaxed, informal setting. Tickets are “pay what you will,” or reserve a spot in advance for $20.

Schiller Park amphitheater, 1000 City Park Ave. (German Village),


Summer is baseball season, but early September is base ball season at the Ohio Village, which hosts the annual Ohio Cup, a vintage base ball (yes, it used to be two words) tournament/festival. Most of the 20-plus teams from around the country that compete in this annual event trace their origins to the Ohio Village Muffins. Come see these teams play the game as it was played in its formative years—equipment, garb and rules—in the two-day event, Sept. 2-3, on the Ohio Village grounds. The entire village is open for exploration, and special activities and entertainment are held throughout the Cup. The event is included with general admission.

Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave. (North Side),


Preservation Parks of Delaware County has one of the coolest—maybe even coldest—things you can do this summer. At Deer Haven Park and Shale Hollow Park in southern Delaware County, visitors can step back in time with “Into the Ice Age.” Exhibits and activities about wooly mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed cats and more are both fun and educational. Find out what Ohio was like 11,000 years ago in this program that continues through October.

Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware, andShale Hollow Park, 6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center, 740-524-8600,


A few generations of kids have grown up with Barbara Park's “Junie B. Jones” books, and this stage adaptation brings them to life in a whole new way. Familiar stories get the stage musical treatment with delightful, hummable songs and all of the charming characters you remember. Columbus Children's Theatre presents “Junie B. Jones The Musical” starting Sept 21 through Oct. 15. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Tickets start at $13.

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


There's truly no one else like him. Our own Jack Hanna—the face of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and, sometimes, of the city itself—hosts Jack Hanna's Fall Fest at the zoo Sept. 23-24. All manner of demonstrations, educational programs, fall-themed fun and kid-friendly activities are augmented by an onstage appearance by Jungle Jack himself.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell, 614-645-3550,

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