Fam Five: Arnold

Jim Fischer

The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens Expo debuted last year as a companion event to the Arnold Sports Festival. The event allows kids ages 6-16 to try 28 different sports and sports-related activities, from soccer, baseball and hockey to archery, karate, fencing, cycling, cheerleading and more. The expo, set March 3-6, will include the Arnold's Quest for Talent finals at 1 p.m. Saturday and the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant at noon Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Children ages 14 and under will be admitted free.

Ohio Expo Center (Bricker Building, Ohio State Fairgrounds), 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 43211; 614-431-2600

Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children's Hospital presents Mary Poppins as its 59th annual production March 11-13 in the Palace Theatre. This magical tale of a mysterious and magical nanny, her friend Bert and the Banks family is beloved both on-screen and onstage.The local cast includes a host of young central Ohio actors. Pleasure Guild raises funds in support of the work of Nationwide Children's Hospital. Tickets are $15-$40.

Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215; 800-745-3000

CATCO is Kids returns with a charming adaptation of Hansel and Gretel by producing director Steven C. Anderson March 11-20. A cast of actors and puppets tells the tale you all know about two hungry children, an edible cottage, an evil witch, resourcefulness and teamwork. This production is presented in association with Columbus Recreation and Parks.

Columbus Performing Arts Center (Van Fleet Theatre), 549 Franklin Ave. (Discovery District), Columbus 43215; 614-469-0939

In our opinion, Beauty and the Beast marked the apex of the Disney animated-musical renaissance of the 1990s, at least musically. The songs and score by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman were rich, melodious and clever - perfect for transition to the stage. B&B on Broadway has also proven to be a smash hit, and the touring production keeps alive this tale as old as time. The current tour finds the original creative team back at the helm, so expect a show that's both fresh and familiar. NETworks presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast visits Columbus for eight shows March 15-20.

Palace Theatre, 34 W Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215; 614-469-0939

Take a sentimental journey back to the classic days of jazz with the fabulous Columbus Jazz Orchestra, with help from former Count Basie singer Carmen Bradford and augmented by a string section. The CJO doesn't do time travel, but this is a great way to let kids see and hear the lush, potent sounds of a full jazz orchestra. The CJO presents "Standards & Strings" March 17-20.

Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215; 614-294-5200

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