Arts and entertainment picks for March

BIRTHDAY CAT

You've spent so much time with the existential crises that are “Garfield Minus Garfield” (Trust us: Google it.) that you forgot what a mischievous, sarcastic, lasagna-loving scamp the titular feline can be. In “Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude,” Garfield's friends seem to have forgotten his birthday, but hurt feelings give way to a celebration with family, friends and food. CATCO is Kids presents this musical March 2-11. Tickets start at $10.

Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. (Discovery District), 614-469-0939, catcoistheatre.org

CARNIVAL ON STAGE

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents a special weekend of children's concerts March 10-11, centered on Camille Saint-Saens' “Carnival of the Animals.” On Saturday, NASO will offer a sensory-friendly program of orchestral music along with other fun activities. A Sunday afternoon program has music by Saint-Saens, Igor Stravinsky and Louis-Hector Berlioz, as well as winners of the orchestra's annual student concerto competition. Tickets are $8 for Saturday; Sunday tickets start at $10.

Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, 614-469-0939, mccoycenter.org

BLOOMS IS BACK

An annual herald of springtime in Central Ohio, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens' Blooms & Butterflies opens March 10 with a dazzling collection of colorful insects enjoying the flora of the Pacific Island Water Garden. A “butterfly ambassador” releases newly emerged butterflies each day at 3 p.m. The exhibit continues through December, but experience suggests an early visit for the best colors and diversity. General admission is $15, $8 for children ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and younger.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. (East Side), 614-715-8000, fpconservatory.org

TOY SYMPHONY

Welcome Professor Tympanium van Hammer zee Trumpeterclangor (possibly not his real name) to the Ohio Theatre on March 18, when he will be assisted by the audience and the musicians of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as he works on his composition, “The Toy Symphony.” This Concerts for Kids presentation also includes Benjamin Britten's “The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra,” which is as self-explanatory as it gets. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939, columbussymphony.com

MONSTERS BEWARE

Acclaimed writer, illustrator and animation storyboard artist Rafael Rosado will visit the Upper Arlington Public Library on March 18 to meet readers and talk about “Monsters Beware!,”the third and final book of the Claudette graphic novel series.Meet its co-creator and get your own copy of the book from Cover to Cover children's bookstore. Registration is required and space is limited. (Secret tip: Rosado makes his home in Central Ohio, and co-author Jorge Aguirre grew up in Upper Arlington.)

Upper Arlington Public Library – Main Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, 614-486-9621, ualibrary.org

The Fam Five is arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at Columbus Alive.