Spring 2017 Kid Friendly Live Performance

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Spring is a great time to take the kids to live performances.  The high schools are gearing up for their spring musicals, and our local theaters and concert venues are planning lots of kid-friendly performances as school winds down for the year. 

If you are unsure about bringing the littles to live theater, check out our tips here.  I have found that the sounds and sights of live performance (both concerts and plays) are captivating for the young ones, which cuts down on behavior issues.  And, our awesome city has so many great venues and events that are specifically for the younger crowd.  

April

Lots of spring musicals this month!  I love taking my kids to local high school theater!  It’s good for my kids to practice being in a theater, and good for the teens to have an audience made up of more than just family members.  Added bonus – it helps to build community around the school!  

April 6 – 23:  Columbus Children’s Theater – Crash

April 21, 22, 23: Hilliard Bradley – Beauty and the Beast

April 21, 22, 23: Olentangy – Shrek: The Musical

April 27, 28, 29, 30: Olentangy Liberty – Rock of Ages

April 27, 28, 29: Westerville North – The Wonderful Wizard of Neverland 

April 28, 29, 30: Dublin Scioto – Rock of Ages

April 28, 29, 30:  Westerville South – Grease

April 28, 29, 30: Westerville Central – Guys and Dolls

April 29: Gateway Film Center- Hoot Family Film Series: Starting at 10:00 a.m. on the last Saturday of every month is the Hoot Family Film Series.  There are opportunities to make crafts, sing, listen to live music performed by the Shazzbots and see short films from around the world. FREE with a suggested donation of canned food to benefit The Open Shelter. 

May

May 4, 5, 6: Dublin Coffman – Medea

May 4 – 14: Columbus Children’s Theater – James and The Giant Peach

May 5 – 14 Catco is Kids – Anne of Green Gables

May 5, 6:  New Albany Middle School – Grease

May 6, 7: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – The 21st Annual Central Ohio Folk Festival (All events are free, except the Saturday night concert & workshops)

May 11 – Gahanna Lincoln High School – Annie Get Your Gun

May 12-14: Broadway in Columbus – Riverdance

May 17-21: Cirque Du Soleil – OVO – Watching these talented performers will be in awe.

May 20 – New Albany Ballet – The Little Mermaid

May 21: Erth – Dinosaur Zoo Live

June

June 10: PBJ & Jazz

June 15: Abbey Theater of Dublin – School of Rock

June 22: Abbey Theater of Dublin – Toddler Theater

June 30: Popcorn Pops  When I think of summer nights, I think of these concerts.  Columbus Commons is a great venue, and Columbus Symphony Orchestra does an awesome job with kid-friendly themes and fantastic music.  Throw in a little Jeni’s Ice Cream and you’ve got a great local night out for the whole family!

June 29:  Abbey Theater of Dublin – Magic Man Carroll Baker

June 29 – July 2:  Columbus Children’s Theater – The Lion King KIDS

July 

July 8:  PBJ & Jazz  Love Love Love these concerts!  Kid friendly, and best of all FREE!

July 10 – 14: Abbey Theater, Dublin – Little Mermaid

July 21: Popcorn Pops  When I think of summer nights, I think of these concerts.  Columbus Commons is a great venue, and Columbus Symphony Orchestra does an awesome job with kid-friendly themes and fantastic music.  Throw in a little Jeni’s Ice Cream and you’ve got a great local night out for the whole family!

July 27 – Kidz Bop at the Ohio State Fair.  This will likely be my daughter’s very first concert ๐Ÿ™‚

To help with planning, I included some events for June and July.  Be sure to look for the Summer Edition of the Kid Friendly Live Performances! 

 

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When Jen is not trading sarcastic jabs with her husband or hanging out with her kids, she can be found bargain shopping, digital scrapbooking, or *gasp* sleeping. She lives by the Golden Rule and tries to teach her kids to do the same. Jen is a school counselor and loves being an advocate for kids. She is mom to two awesome girls: a rule following, empathetic-beyond-her-years 5 year old and a spunky and sweet 1 year old. She has been married for ten years and has lived in Ohio forever. She was born and raised in the Cleveland area and established roots in Columbus 15 years ago. Her basement is full of "stuff" Including deals too good to leave at the store and childhood memories. She is a recovering people pleaser and a current Pepsi addict. She loves people watching but hates cleaning the bathroom. Jen is hopeful that Columbus Mom's Blog can help families in central Ohio connect while also creating that lost feeling of community that she craves.