Check out author talks, storytimes, Festival Latino and more.

Virtual Performances

This year’s Festival Latino will be a weeklong, online celebration of the cultures of Latin America. Join in the fun at festivallatino.net Aug. 3-9. Music, dance, food, fashion, children’s activities and more will be highlighted throughout the week.

Columbus Children’s Theatre has made two of its past touring shows, “Three Little Pigs” and “Little Red Riding Hood,” (both adaptations by founder William Goldsmith) available on YouTube. Find them at columbuschildrenstheatre.org or search CCT Marketing on YouTube.

And if you haven’t checked out ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s Virtual Family Concert, you can catch the spring performance at promusicacolumbus.org. In addition to the music, there’s a storytime, a chance to learn about opposites and a demonstration of how the different instruments sound.

Make Art With an Author

Help your kids stay engaged with their creative sides, courtesy of some kid-favorite author-illustrators. You may already have heard about offerings from Mo Willems and Dav Pilkey. But closer to home, Columbus author-illustrator Jason Tharp (the Peachy and Keen series, “It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn”) is hosting Wonder Friends, a series of daily art and storytelling lessons, live on his Wonderville Studios Facebook page and the Wonderville Studios YouTube channel.

Create with CMA

The Columbus Museum of Art is offering Studio at Home, a series of weekly online sessions where children create a different project each week. CMA artist educators instruct participants via Zoom; families are responsible for providing supplies, most of which are items you’re apt to already have around the house. The cost is $10 per session, $5 for CMA members. Each class ends with time for students to share their creations. The program runs through Aug. 26. Find it at columbusmuseum.org/calendar-and-events/studio-at-home.

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Listen to a Story

Local theater troupe CATCO is Kids offers a free online storytime at 10 a.m. Mondays on its Facebook page, with replays available at catco.org/storytime. Books featured so far have included “Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras” by Chris Leyva and multiple titles by Dr. Seuss and Mo Willems.

Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Online Storytime series continues at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays on the library’s Facebook page (facebook.com/columbuslibrary). Replays of previous storytimes are available on YouTube.

More Art Opportunities

Learn to write a song, make a paper airplane, draw cartoon characters and more, courtesy of the Wexner Center for the Arts. The Wex has partnered with several artists on a series of how-to videos on various topics, all of which are posted on the center’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/wexartsvideo/videos).

Not to be outdone, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department has thrown its hat into the ring with an online series called Art with Kids @ Home. Offerings to date include videos on creating nature journals, weaving, drawing and creating “calm down dough.” Find it, and the Get Active @ Home series, by searching for Columbus Recreation and Parks Department on YouTube.

This story is from the Summer 2020 issue of Columbus Parent.