The Fam Five: Kid-friendly Arts and Entertainment Picks

Jim Fischer
The Ohio State University Marching Band performs Script Ohio.


Summer may be nearing its close (say it isn’t so!), but there are still vestiges of the season to enjoy, not the least of which is an Actors’ Theatre of Columbus production in Schiller Park. For parents looking to give their kids a genuine arts experience while retaining the flexibility offered by a relaxed, outdoor setting, look no further. The company focuses on Shakespeare and other classic theater, and its free production of the Bard’s classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs through Sept. 2. Bring a picnic from home or food from your favorite German Village eatery.

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


Early September turns to base ball season at the Ohio Village, whose Ohio Muffins host the Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival (yes, it used to be two words). The Muffins are among the earliest practitioners of this more courteous form of America’s pastime. See the game as it was played in its formative years—equipment, garb and rules—in the two-day event, Sept. 1-2. The entire village is open for exploration, with special activities and entertainment. Admission is $12 adults, $6 children ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and younger.

Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave. (North Side), 800-686-6124,


September brings another kid-friendly cultural festival to Central Ohio, as Schmidt’s Sausage Haus helps present the 53rd annual Columbus Oktoberfest. Lest you think that German culture is all about beer, Oktoberfest also features great music and dance, crafts, food and a Kinderplatz with children’s activities. The event takes place Sept. 7-9. Admission is free. Parking is $10.

Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. (North Side),


Everyone’s favorite British nanny comes to the Columbus Children’s Theatre stage Sept. 13-30, as the company kicks off its 2018-19 season with “Mary Poppins Jr.” This adaptation, for young performers and audiences, is based on the Disney movie as well as the stories of P.L. Travers. This magical production features favorite songs and new ones written specifically for this adaptation. Tickets start at $14.

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


Marching bands inside Ohio Stadium. A special performance by the Ohio State University Marching Band. Sound interesting? The Buckeye Invitational is an annual high school marching band competition (held this year on Sept. 29) hosted by the Ohio Music Education Association. Typically, 30-40 bands perform throughout the day, with TBDBITL offering a special show. Tickets are $15. Even if you’re not big into bands, it’s a chance to get inside the Horseshoe without game tickets.

Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Drive (OSU Campus),

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