Catch Blooms & Butterflies, 'Jurassic Park,' a prehistoric look at the ocean and theatrical productions for kids.
GROWING UP, OR NOT
Columbus Children’s Theatre continues to wrestle with the great existential questions of our time. Maybe that’s not the company’s intent (or perhaps it is), as it presents the regional premiere of “Tuck Everlasting,” a story about 11-year-old Winnie Foster, who encounters a family with the secret of eternal life. “Tuck” addresses the issue head-on—and is therefore recommended for children in fourth grade and older. Tickets for “Tuck Everlasting,” staged in CCT’s Park Street Theatre through March 24, start at $14.
Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Columbus (Arena District), columbuschildrens.theatre.org
WHILE WE’RE AT IT…
We at The Fam Five have always held that Columbus is blessed to enjoy two quality permanent children’s theater companies. CATCO for Kids offers up the joyously entertaining musical “Seussical Kids” March 23-24 in the Shedd Theatre at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10.
Columbus Performing Arts Center, Shedd Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus (Discovery District), catcoistheatre.org
It’s the 25th anniversary of “Jurassic Park,” which means your kids have likely only ever seen this dino-riffic flick in the comfort of your own home. On March 23, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra offers a double treat for fans: a chance to see the original film in high definition on the big screen at the Ohio Theatre and the opportunity to hear the iconic John Williams score performed live by the orchestra. Tickets start at $26.
Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus (Downtown), columbussymphony.com
Technology meets puppetry meets paleontology in “Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure,” which brings to the stage the story of a real adventure taking place at the bottom of the ocean. The show uses actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to connect audiences to the field of paleontology. Immersive techniques aim to make audiences feel as though they are sometimes swimming with the creatures. There is also a fun, interactive aspect to this show that your favorite dino fan shouldn’t miss. Tickets for the March 31 production start at $38.50.
Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., Columbus (Downtown), capa.com
25 YEARS OF BLOOMS
An annual herald of springtime in Central Ohio, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Blooms & Butterflies is now open, featuring a dazzling collection of colorful insects enjoying the flora of the Pacific Island Water Garden. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this popular exhibition, and all manner of special programming will be offered throughout the season. The exhibit continues through December, but personal experience suggests an early visit for the best colors and diversity. Blooms & Butterflies is included with general admission, which is $19, $12 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
The Fam Five is arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at Columbus Alive.