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The Wexner Center offers families the opportunity to make memories together while exploring the contemporary arts. Zoom programming is ideal for families with children ages 13 and under, but everyone is always welcome. Many events are free, all are low cost. Look for various "Zoom seal-of-approval" screenings, performances, and workshops throughout the year in our calendars and on our website to find programs that have been curated by the Wexner Center for the Arts' education department with kids and families in mind.
Join us every December for Zoom: Family Film Festival, featuring a weekend of affordable international films created specifically for family audiences and focusing on the experiences or perspectives of children. Come in your pajamas Saturday morning for a bowl of cereal before heading into the movie theater to watch a program of surprising shorts from all over the world. That afternoon, films continue alongside a family studio experience in Mershon Lobby and opportunities to experience our exhibitions. An ice cream social tops off Saturday. Zoom films are offered on select dates, year-round.
At least once a year the Wex presents a performing arts experience with as much international renown and cutting-edge experimentation as our mainstage presentations—but created with a child audience in mind. Free performances of these shows are available to K–12 groups during the school day and include curriculum resources. Public ticketed shows are low cost and offer children an introduction to dance, theater, and music unlike anything else in Columbus.
Offered in conjunction with films, performing arts events, or visual art exhibitions, Zoom Family Studios provide the opportunity to work with many types of art materials and techniques. Experiences in the galleries or in our theaters provide the inspiration for creative inquiry and exploration. Zoom Family Studios are always free!
Wex Wide Open invites audiences of all ages to visit and engage with our dynamic, multidisciplinary arts center. Every Wex Wide Open is a different experience—with new activities including hands-on workshops, art-making studios, gallery tours, and film and performing arts offerings.