Kid Friendly Live Performances – Spring 2016


kid friendly live performanceIf you’re like me, you are always looking for live entertainment the whole family will enjoy. I always seem to hear about the great shows after they have happened, so to save you that sad feeling, I’ve compiled a round-up of all of the awesome performances happening around CBus this spring. Some of these performances are aimed at the young (toddler) crowd, but many would be enjoyed by a wide range of ages, including the kid in all of us. Hope to see you at one very soon!



March 12 – Rumpelstiltskin presented by Columbus Children’s Theatre with City of Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department.  Free (donations to Patches of Light)  3-4 pm

March 11 – 13 – Mary Poppins presented by The Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

March 11 – 20 – CATCO is Kids presents Hansel and Gretel.  The awesome people at CATCO is Kids have even put together an awesome play guide to enjoy with your kids before and after the show.

March 15 – 20 – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast  – Yay for Broadway in Columbus!

March 17 – 20 –  Eastland Career Tech’s Performing Arts Program presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

March 17 – 20 Aladdin Shrine Circus

March 23 – Toddler Theater at the Abbey Theater of Dublin

March 19 – Chicken Dance at the Abbey Theater of Dublin


April 2PBJ and Jazz Concerts: 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families.  This is my daughter’s all time favorite winter performance!  Music fills the whole room, and the kids dance and sing along while eating PB&J sandwiches and cookies.

April 7 – 24Snoopy at Columbus Children’s Theater on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Check out this awesome theater guide for tips on attending their performances.

April 8 and 9 – Alice in Wonderland presented by Thomas Worthington High School Cardinal Theatre

April 9 – New Albany Middle School presents Hairspray Junior

April 10 – Columbus Symphony Orchestra Family Programs Fairy Tales in Music.  If this is even 1/2 as good as Popcorn Pops, CSO’s Summer kid’s concert series, we are in for a treat!  I’m SO excited to try this!  It’s already on our calendar!

April 14 – 17 – Mary Poppins presented by Worthington Kilbourne High School Theatre Repertory

April 15 – Wild Kratts Live  Martin and Chris are celebrities to my little girl!

April 28 – May 1 – Westerville Central High School Theater presents Shrek, The Musical

Various Sundays through June – Schoolhouse Rock Live at Shadowbox Live


May 5 – 15 –   Columbus Children’s Theater presents Cats on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  CCT has created an awesome theater guide to assist with your planning.

May 5, – 8 – Gahanna Lincoln High School presents Shrek, The Musical

May 6, 7, 8 –   Ballet Met Sleeping Beauty

May 8 – Franklin Park Conservatory hosts Music Men of London, a barbershop quartet

May 6, 7, 12, and 13 – Thomas Worthington High School Cardinal Theatre presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Various Sundays through June – Schoolhouse Rock Live at Shadowbox Live


April 7, 8, 9, 10 – Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance in Cleveland

April 29, 30, 31, and May 1 – Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend in Indianapolis

May 11 through 15 – Disney on Ice: Frozen in Cincinnati.  We just missed their CBus shows but keep your eyes peeled for them to return in the winter.  We have gone the past two years in early January and loved it!

Stay tuned for a similar post as summer nears. There are SO many fun outdoor performances that need to be on your calendar! Please comment below if there are any must-see performances in March, April, or May that I have missed!

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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.