Find family-friendly performance at a variety of venues.

WHO: Cast members of “Mary Poppins Jr.” took time out for a photo during a rehearsal of the Columbus Children's Theatre production, which runs through Sept. 30. Pictured (clockwise from top) are: Mary Poppins (Sara Tuchy), Jane Banks (Kamryn Dansby), Bert (Orion Carter) and Michael Banks (Emmett van Buskirk).

WHERE: Park Street Theatre

WHEN: Sept. 12, 2018

THE BACKSTORY: The thought of taking children to a live theater production or classical music concert is enough to make some parents nervous. But it needn't be so daunting. Central Ohio is home to numerous performing-arts organizations and venues that offer family-friendly productions—some of which have children as their target audience. While Columbus Children's Theatre and CATCO is Kids cater to young children, more-traditional groups such as BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and others also welcome young audience members.

In the October issues, our special Arts section explores these family-friendly entertainment options, as well as how local organizations are reaching out into the community and schools to teach students.