Zoom Festival

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The Wexner Center’s popular Zoom: Family Film Festival, featuring four days of entertaining and acclaimed family-friendly films from around the globe, starts today and runs through Sunday.

This year’s festival, the seventh annual. features the return of Jim Henson’s Muppets™ in new, behind-the-scenes moments from Sesame Street; short films from around the world, many animated shorts; and a Charlie Chaplin classic for the whole family. The festival also includes a free screening of the Midwest premiere of “The Crocodiles,” an action-filled comedy from Germany about a boy in a wheelchair who tries to fit into the coolest gang of neighborhood kids in a crime-busting adventure.

The festival is not just about watching films: On Saturday morning, families can enjoy the free Breakfast Pajama Party before attending Kid Flix Mix, which includes the best animated films of the New York International Children’s Film Festival 2010. On Saturday afternoon, everyone can enjoy the free Ice Cream Social with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Super Sunday this year is all about Sesame Street, with three films that celebrate 40 years of the famous children’s public television show. To celebrate the Sesame Street films, families can try out Muppet-style puppeteering for (closed-circuit) TV.

Other Zoom weekend activities include Art Projects and Tours on Saturday and Sunday afternoons: Children and their families can color pictures, leave a comment on our “comment wall,” play video games designed by kids in summer workshops at the Wex, and take a family-friendly tour of our galleries.

Ticket prices, unless otherwise noted in the schedule, are $3 per film (or $15 for any six tickets) for the general public, or $2 per film (and $10 for any six) for Wexner Center members. Available at the door or in advance at 614 292-3535

The Wexner Center is located at 1871 N. High St. at 15th Ave. at The Ohio State University (wexarts.org). Parking is available in the Ohio Union Garage, with entrances from North High Street and College Road. The Wexner Center is also on several COTA bus lines (2, 18, 31, 84).

For more information, go to: wexarts.org.