CHARLES DICKENS IN THE PARK
If your kids are ready for a more grown-up theatrical experience or you’re looking to let them dip their toes in new waters, the Actors’ Theater of Columbus has a summer series in Schiller Park that might be just what you’re looking for. . Guests can picnic or buy food from a neighborhood restaurant, and if the kids get nervous, there’s plenty of green space and a playground. But maybe that’s not necessary, because the Actors’ Theater does a top-notch job.
The current production is a stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities,” which runs until July 17. It’s a great introduction to live theater. The cost is “pay what you want”.
Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St. (German Village), Columbus, theactorstheatre.org
STAR WARS ON THE BIG SCREEN
Really, what else is there to say? You probably grew up on Star Wars and are raising your kids there. But have they seen it on the big screen? And when was the last time you did it? Regardless of the size of your TV at home, it’s not the same experience watching the opening scroll and the Imperial Light Cruiser.
CAPA’s Summer Film Series will screen “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (The One That Started It All) July 8-9 at the Ohio Theater. True fans might want to note that this is the special edition of the 1997 film. Tickets are $6.
Ohio Theater, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus, 614-469-0939, capa.com
JAZZ IN THE PARK
As peanut butter and jelly are a staple of a young person’s diet, jazz music should be part of their regular cultural consumption. The Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s summer concert series continues this month as the Largemouth Brass Band performs PBJ & Jazz at Topiary Park on July 9th.
The free one-hour concerts are interactive and designed to introduce young audiences to jazz and live music. And they are just plain fun.
The band takes the stage at noon.
Topiary Park, 480 E. Town St. (downtown), Columbus, 614-294-5200, jazzartsgroup.org
LAST CHANCE TO CATCH POPCORN POPS
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s outdoor concert season is back, and whether you choose a program designed for young audiences or a regular Picnic with the Pops concert, it’s a jam-packed evening.
The orchestra, under the direction of Stuart Chafetz, will close its Popcorn Pops season with “Around the World” on July 22. The hour-long performance will also include pre-concert activities. Tickets are $10 to $12.
The end of the picnic season is the traditional joint concert with the CSO and the Ohio State University Marching Band on July 29-30. Lawn tickets are $36.75 for adults and $10 for children.
John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus, 614-469-0939, columbussymphony.com
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, but if your kids are Kidz Bop fans, take note. The Kidz Bop Live Tour is coming to the Ohio State Fair this year with a show on July 27. Spend the day outdoors at the fair, then watch a top-notch production featuring young singers performing cleaner tunes. Pre-purchased tickets ($20) include fair admission.
Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. (north side), Columbus, 614-644-3247, kidzbop.com