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.
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 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 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 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 🙂