The Fam Five from Jim Fischer

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”


You've brought your kids up right, teaching them the ways of The Force and the story of Luke and Leia and Han and how they fought Darth Vader and the Death Star. And you made sure they understood that John Williams' score was as central to the tale as any movie music ever composed. So here's a chance (Oct. 6-7 at the Ohio Theatre) to view the original film, on the big screen, with the score performed live by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start at $40.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,


Do your children have a bit of a snarky streak? Given the opportunity, could your kids totally rock out? They may see a little bit of themselves onstage, then, in the touring Broadway musical “School of Rock,” which comes to Columbus Oct. 10-15. Stage musical legend Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes (the writer TV'sDownton Abbey) have adapted the 2003 Jack Black-led movie to the stage. Tickets start at $37.50.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,


This has been one of our family's favorite fall traditions for years. Celebrate All Hallows Eve at the Ohio Village Oct. 14 and 21. Hear “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by the bonfire, carve a pumpkin, do crafts and games and more. Hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m. (the Ohio History Center will close at 4 p.m.). Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger.

Ohio Village at the Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave.,800-686-1541,


The Dublin Arts Council's second B.R.E.A.D. Festival (Bake, Reconnect, Educate, make Art, celebrate Diversity) explores the concept of family tradition from a global perspective. Bake bread, make art, learn folk dances from cultures around the world and visit a global marketplace. The free event takes place from noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 21.

Historic Dublin, centered around High and Bridge streets,


Singing, dancing and muddy puddles! Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy are all back for more music, adventure and fun in this new show, “Peppa Pig's Surprise!” Life-size puppets and live actors grace the stage as the gang brings fun to their fans Oct. 29. Oink, oink! Tickets start at $38.50.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,

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