The Fam Five from Jim Fischer

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
The Art Shark greets children at the Columbus Arts Festival.


It wouldn't be summer without Gahanna's Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival. The event goes all-out for kids, with rides, crafts and The Fam Five's favorite, the Musical Discovery Zone, where you can make music and learn about instruments. The casual, come-as-you-are and go-as-you-please atmosphere makes it a great place to check out blues, jazz, bluegrass and roots artists with your kids. This year's event runs June 15-17. Tickets start at $7 for general admission, with some activities requiring an extra fee.

Creekside Park & Plaza, 117 Mill St., Gahanna, 614-418-9114,


Take the vivid, instinctive and unfettered imagination of a child and pair it with the skills, vision and creativity of a glass artist and you get the idea for “Fantastical Creatures,” the current exhibition at Glass Axis, the art studio, gallery and teaching space in Franklinton. Students from three Central Ohio elementary schools were asked to draw pictures of imaginary creatures, and their teachers submitted their favorites to the studio, where 11 designs were turned into 3D art. The free exhibition runs Tuesdays through Saturdays through June 30.

Glass Axis, 610 W. Town St. (Franklinton), Columbus, 614-291-4250,


The start of the summer festival season in Columbus is ushered in every year by the Art Shark, mascot of the Columbus Arts Festival. (He probably could be the spokesperson, too, except he doesn't speak.) The Downtown Columbus riverfront will be awash in visual, performing, cultural and interactive art of all kinds. Make sure your trip includes the Big Local Art Tent, where local creatives are highlighted, and the Children's Gallery, where your kids can play collector. Check it out June 8-10. Admission is free.

Scioto Mile (Downtown), 614-224-2606,


There's a new Popcorn Pops leader on the podium for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra this season, and his name is Stuart Chafetz. As principal pops conductor, he guides the symphony's summer outdoor concerts for kids. The season opens June 29 with “Super Heroes Soundtrack,” featuring theme songs of favorite heroes including Wonder Woman, Superman and more. Costumes are encouraged. Pre-concert activities start at 5:30 p.m. and include face painting, art projects and playtime with musical instruments. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and runs for about an hour. Tickets are $10.

John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus,


Eating a bowl of cereal in your pajamas, fighting with your brothers and sisters and watching cartoons on TV. That was the beauty of the Saturday mornings at my house growing up. Every year, CAPA offers a walk down memory lane with Cartoon Capers, part of its Summer Movie Series. Plus you get to watch the toons on the big screen at the Ohio Theatre, which is how they were made to be seen (back when all feature films had cartoons instead of trailers). The first Saturday morning screening of this season is June 23. Day-of-show tickets are $5.

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

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