The Fam Five from Jim Fischer: Storybook Village, Popcorn Pops and more

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
Popcorn Pops


Take the vivid, instinctive and unfettered imagination of a child and pair it with the skills and creativity of a glass artist. That's the idea for “Fantastical Creatures,” the current exhibition at Glass Axis, the studio, gallery and teaching space in Franklinton. Students from four Central Ohio elementary schools drew pictures of imaginary creatures, and their teachers submitted a cross-section of them to Glass Axis, where 11 designs were turned into 3-D art. The exhibition continues through June 24.

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


You may have seen that Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is constructing a 2-acre children's garden, to open in spring 2018. This is way cool, but don't wait until next year to take your family to the conservatory. In addition to the great summer exhibitions (the ever-popular “Blooms & Butterflies” runs through September), the folks at Franklin Park have you covered with programming, too, including an animal-themed sing-along with local fave Joanie Calem on June 10 (two shows, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.).

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. (East Side), 614-715-8000,


Families can meet Curious George, the Cat in the Hat and the Berenstain Bears, as well as charming contemporary favorites and PBS Kids show stars, at Storybook Village, scheduled June 17 at the Ohio Village. The event, designed to promote children's literacy, also will feature a reading resource fair, a petting zoo and a rockin' concert with the Shazzbots. The event is free with Ohio History Center admission; $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and younger.

Ohio Village, 800 E. 17th Ave. (North Side), 614-297-2300,


Before becoming Saturday morning staples, classic cartoons from Warner Bros. and Universal were made to run before feature films in theaters. Combine these two blasts from the past by taking your kids to Cartoon Capers, part of the CAPA Summer Movie Series at the Ohio Theatre. These Saturday morning shows (the first is June 24) feature favorite characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tom and Jerry. Another treat of the summer movie series is the preshow performance on the Mighty Morton theater organ. Day-of-show tickets are $5.

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


The Columbus Symphony Orchestra's summer concert series for families, Popcorn Pops, returns to Columbus Commons this summer. While we can't imagine anyone's happy about Albert-George Schram leaving the CSO last year, Fam Five can vouch for the skill, passion and sense of humor of Peter Stafford Wilson, who will conduct Patriotic Popcorn on June 30. Preconcert fun starts at 5:30 p.m., with the hourlong concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, free for children younger than 2.

Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,

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