Live, personal arts and entertainment events are starting to mark the calendar again, a sign of the good things to come.

Many organizations are still deciding which of the family’s most popular summer concerts and festivals will return. So stay tuned columbusparent.com For the latest updates – and get a copy of our Summer Edition, which has a lot more seasonal fun, the latest news about Ohio attractions, a guide to squirt pads and spray areas, and much more.

Here are our top deals on family-friendly arts and entertainment this summer.

THEATER IN THE PARK

When your kids are ready for an advanced art experience, the Actors’ Theater of Columbus has planned a welcome return to its summer series in Schiller Park in the heart of German Village. Guests can picnic or buy groceries at a local restaurant. If the kids get nervous there is plenty of green space and a playground.

However, we suspect this won’t be necessary as the Actors’ Theater does a top notch job and this season’s schedule, while challenging, varies in style and tone. It’s a great introduction to live theater. The cost is “pay what you want”.

Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St. (German Village), Columbus; theactorstheatre.org

STORYBOOK BEGINNING

Ohio Village, an overview of the state’s past, returns this summer, as does the popular Storybook Village experience, which takes place August 14-15. In addition to the historical actors / interpreters of the venue, the event features favorite characters from children’s literature (such as Rapunzel, Pete the Cat, Elephant and Piggie). Admission for events sold on timed entry is $ 15 for adults, $ 9 for children 7-12 years old, free for children 6 and under, and $ 13 for children 60 and older.

Ohio Village was scheduled to reopen to the public on July 7th. The opening times are Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ohio Village at 800 E. 17th Ave. (North side), Columbus; ohiohistory.org

Jurassic Quest is coming to the Ohio Expo Center in June.

DINO DRIVE-THRU

As much as you like this isn’t a new themed restaurant. But it’s a novel look at dinosaurs happening June 4th through June 13th at the Ohio Expo Center. Jurassic Quest Drive Thru is an interactive experience with more than 70 lifelike, animatronic dinosaurs, meet and greet with “baby dinosaurs” and trainers, a dedicated audio adventure tour and much more. Tickets are $ 49 per vehicle (up to eight people). Add-ons are available.

Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. (North side), Columbus; jurassicquest.com

Another dinosaur experience, Dino Safari, is now running through May 31st. The drive-thru experience includes 40+ animatronic dinosaurs. Visitors receive a free survival kit that includes a scavenger hunt, coloring, and more. Tickets cost between $ 49.95 and $ 59.95 per vehicle. (We recorded it here even though it’s too late for our summer edition.)

Ohio History Connection, 800 E. 17th Ave. (North side), Columbus; dinosafari.com

NATURAL CONCERTS

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra brings the orchestral experience outdoors with 12 events in Rose Run Park. NASO is planning three different listening experiences: In the Library Garden concerts (June 13, July 11, August 8, 8 p.m.), chamber music will be performed under the starry sky on Sunday evenings. Tickets are $ 15. Scenic Overlook Concerts on the third Thursday (6:30 p.m., June 17, July 15, August 19) are free performances. The Nature Trail concerts offer music for the morning playtime in the Nature Trail Play Area, which is free on selected Fridays (4th and 25th June, 2nd and 23rd July, 6th and 27th August).

Rose Run Park, 200 Market Street, New Albany; newalbanysymphony.com

CALL HOME

Prior to being a video calling platform, Zoom was the nickname for a film festival run by the Wexner Center for the Arts. The Wex is bringing the Zoom: Family Film Festival back with a screening of the classic “ET the Extra Terrestrial” on June 6th at 8pm at the South Drive-In Theater. The movie starts at sunset, but there will be an activity sheet to keep the kids busy before the movie starts, as well as other fun things. Admission is free.

South Drive-In Theater, 3050 S. High Street (south side), Columbus; wexarts.org