Musical Performances For The Whole Family!


Music and Children

Do you know that music can make your children smarter?! Well, maybe it’s not that straightforward. But studies have definitely shown that infusing music into a child’s life can benefit them in so many ways! Education, motor skills, IQ, and spatial – temporal skills. There have been many studies on the subject, but this article on The Benefits of Music Education really highlights the main benefits.

In light of this information, what is the best way to introduce music to our young children? Certainly introducing them to music lessons of some sort is a great start. But we can also infuse music into your family life and I have a fantastic list of music events going on in Columbus that are perfect for your whole family!

  • PBJ & Jazz @ Topiary Park
    • Experience storytime prior to the concert, fun music, and an art activity
    • June 25th at 2 p.m. (Special concert part of the Main Library grand re-opening)
    • July 9th at noon
    • August 13th at noon
    • September 10th at noon
    • All free!
  • Popcorn Pops w/ Columbus Symphony Orchestra
    • Experience free popcorn, pre-concert activities such as touching and playing real instruments, face painting, inflatables, and more.
    • 5:30 pm at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavillion in Columbus Commons
    • June 24th (Superhero theme)
    • July 22nd (Jumpin and Jivin)
    • 10$ / ticket
  • Picnic With The Pops
    • Family friendly but also a great idea for a date night or older children as the concerts begin at 8 p.m.
    • Bicentennial Pavillion in the Columbus Commons
    • June 17th / 18th, June 25th, July 2nd, July 9th, July 16th, July 23rd, July 29th / 30th.
    • See site for ticket / pricing details
  • Rhythm on the River
    • Free outdoor performances
    • June 17th, June 24th, July 8th, July 15th
    • Concerts take place at the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion starting around 6:30 pm.
    • Make sure to check out the Fountainside series for the little ones on Wednesdays from 11:30-1:30 pm. Fun crafts and splashing galore!
  • Third Sunday Concert Series in Frank Fetch Park (German Village)
    • The FREE concerts begin at 7 pm.
    • June 19th, July 17th, August 21st, September 19th
  • Actors Theatre
    • Performances begin at 8 pm in Schiller Park. 20$
    • June 23 to July 17: Countess Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    • July 21 to Aug. 7: The Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare
    • Aug. 11 to Sept. 4: An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
  • Summer Entertainment Series (Homestead Park)
    • Always on a Thursday at 7 p.m
    • June 16th, July 7th, July 28th
    • Meets at the amphitheater in the back of the park
    • Lots of free fun activities and entertainment for children
  • Music in the Gardens: Inniswood Gardens
    • 3-5 p.m June 26th, July 17th, and August 21st
    • Free music for all ages in the Education Pavilion

So go on and infuse some music into your families summer activity list! Make sure to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets as all of these activities on the list are outdoors!