The Fam Five: Arts and Entertainment Picks for January

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
“Disney on Ice: Dream Big” stops at Nationwide Arena for eight shows Jan. 29 through Feb. 2.


Not “Cats,” though maybe you took your kids to the film version of the quirky Andrew Lloyd Webber musical over the holidays. Yes, there are more cats in store this winter, courtesy of the city’s resident children’s theater troupes.

Columbus Children’s Theatre presents the oh-so-cool “Pete The Cat” Jan. 17 through Feb. 1. Tickets for the hourlong musical, recommended for children pre-K and older, start at $18. Tickets start at $14.

“Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat,” CATCO is Kids’ offering, presents the offbeat adventure onstage Jan. 10-26. Tickets start at $12.

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

Columbus Performing Arts Center, Shedd Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave. (Downtown), 614-461-1382,


Looking for an arts experience designed for kids that isn’t watered down? The Jazz Arts Group’s PBJ & Jazz series is totally jazz but also totally accessible for young audience members.

And if you think local outfit New Basics Brass Band might not bring the proverbial house down because it’s a kids show, think again. Combining New Orleans street jazz with the blues, funk and a bit of rock ‘n’ roll, NBBB is a tour de force. Check it out Jan. 11 in the Lincoln Theatre. Tickets are $5, which includes a snack for kids, with a family maximum of $20.

Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. (King-Lincoln District), Columbus, 614-294-5200,


It’s hard to make the Harry Potter movies much more enjoyable, but how about a live orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s amazing score to “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” as the film is screened inside the Ohio Theatre? The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will provide the music. This is the first time this film and score have toured. There will be three shows Jan. 18-19. Tickets start at $50.

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

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Spend the day set aside to observe not just the birth but also the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the King Arts Complex, the namesake arts institution in Columbus. All manner of activities, from performances to hands-on activities, are part of the day. This annual community event is an opportunity for children, families and others to experience what the complex and our city have to offer. The Jan. 20 event is free and open to the public.

King Arts Complex, 867 Mount Vernon Ave. (King-Lincoln District), Columbus, 614-645-5464,


Our daughter grew up on the animated movie “Anastasia,” a Don Bluth-helmed musical based loosely on the real-life legend of the “lost” Russian Romanov princess. Of course, we loved it, too, and were excited, almost 20 years later, to see it brought to the stage. That production, with original and new songs by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is now on tour. The Broadway in Columbus show takes place at the Ohio Theatre from Jan. 28 through Feb. 2. Tickets start at $35.

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


Only the magic of Disney could create a spectacle that involves a story from the South Pacific happening on ice. You can be there to witness it with your kids, who probably don’t care about the cognitive disconnect. Moana joins other big Disney dreamers, including Belle, Elsa, Miguel and more, in “Disney on Ice: Dream Big,” which stops at Nationwide Arena for eight shows Jan. 29 through Feb. 2. Tickets start at $15.

Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. (Arena District), Columbus, 614-246-2000,