The Fam Five from Jim Fischer

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
“Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue” hits town for six shows in three days, Dec. 28-30.


Before the calendar turns to 2018, “Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue” hits town for six shows in three days, Dec. 28-30. All your favorite characters from the screen come to the stage for a fun, high-energy musical show as the crew searches for the missing Mayor Goodway. The fascinating “body puppets” make for a great first introduction to the suspended disbelief of live theater. Tickets are $22-$138.

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


Start your new year with a trip to the Columbus Museum of Art. There's a host of fantastic work in all the museum's spaces, but we're betting your kids will love the annual “Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of Lego” exhibition. The Ohio Lego User's Group outdoes itself every year, offering plenty of ideas for young (and old) enthusiasts who might have received a set of the building blocks as a holiday gift.

Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. (Downtown), 614-221-6801,


You thought Red Riding Hood just met up with a wolf on her journey to grandmother's house? In this adaptation of the Grimm Brothers fairy tale, written by Columbus Children's Theatre Artistic Director William Goldsmith, she also runs into Three Little Pigs, Snow White, Rapunzel and more. This effervescent and action-packed production is a one-act show, recommended for ages 6 and older. “Little Red Riding Hood” runs Jan. 11-28. Tickets are $13.

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


Yes, of course, the latest Disney on Ice extravaganza features characters and music from “Frozen,” plus a cavalcade of other animated favorites. There is a storyline to “Reach for the Stars,” but most families come for the aforementioned characters and songs (from a host of Disney films and other ventures) and the athletic artistry of the skaters. Eight shows are scheduled in five days, Jan. 24-28. Tickets are $15-$120.

Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. (Arena District), 800-745-3000,


Here's one of those glorious events that you can take your kids to, say it's for them, get parent points for doing so, and yet, secretly, you're kind of just dragging them along to something you want to see. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will perform John Williams' score to “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” the franchise's second film, live onstage as the movie is shown on the screen at the Ohio Theatre. Performances include matinees Jan. 27-28, plus a Jan. 27 evening show. Tickets are $47.50-$87.50.

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

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