Wexner Center for the Arts on the campus of The Ohio State University has fun events and activities for all ages throughout the year. They’ve been hosting a Zoom Family Film Festival in early December for nearly 15 years, and are now expanding their offerings to include family-friendly entertainment throughout the year.
Look for various “ZOOM seal-of-approval” events, activities, book readings and signings, performances and shows through-out the year in our calendars and on our website. Look for the ZOOM logo to find stuff that is great for kids and families and has been curated by the Wexner Center for the Arts Education Department with kids and families in mind. You can also go to the Zoom series page at wexarts.org to see the upcoming family-friendly events, though we’d encourage you to check out the other programming they offer too!
Head to the Wexner Center every December for the ZOOM Family Film Festival, featuring films created specifically for international family audiences and focusing on a child’s experience or perspective. 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 ZOOM Saturday.
This years Zoom Family Film Festival is on December 6-8, 2019 and features lots of fun events!
Friday, December 6
Wild and Wooly Silent Shorts with live music by Classical Baby
Ages 8 and up. $4 per film, $20 any six tickets. Free for Wexner Center members with tickets. Gallery admission is free with a ticket to any same-day Wexner Center event.
Saturday, December 5
Leave your PJ’s on (if you wish) and arrive at 9 am for the free Zoom Cereal and Pajama Party before checking out rest of the programming throughout the day, including films, crafts, and an ice cream social.
- 9 am – Zoom Cereal and Pajama Party
- 10 am – Film: Kids Flicks for ages 4 and up. Lively animated shorts from the New York International Children’s Film Festival
- 11 am – Zoom Hands-on Crafts and Activities. Drop in for crafty fun at this free open studio featuring coloring pages and projects you can take home.
- Noon – Film Gordon & Paddy (Linda Hambäck, 2017, Sweden) Ages 5–8
This charming animated film from Sweden takes place in an enchanted forest where the police chief, a toad named Gordon (voiced by Stellan Skarsgård), needs to find a new assistant before he retires.
- 1:45 pm – Film Supa Modo (Likarion Wainaina, 2018, Kenya) Ages 8 and up. Kenya’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, Supa Modo is a superhero film like no other! A nine-year-old girl named Jo, obsessed with Jackie Chan and action movies, finds solace from a terminal illness diagnosis by believing that she has super powers like her heroes.
- 2 pm – Zoom Ice Cream Social. Join us between films and crafts for a free ice cream social featuring Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
- 3:30 pm – Film: Chuskit (Priya Ramasubban, 2018, India) Ages 7 and up. Based on an inspiring true story from the mountainous Ladakh region of India, Chuskit follows a feisty paraplegic girl who chases her dream of going to school—despite the objections of her family members and village traditions.
- 7 pm – Film: Breath (Nafas, Narges Abyar, 2016, Iran)
Iran’s first-ever Oscar submission to be directed by a woman, Breath is set during the tumultuous time in the late 1970s and early 1980s spanning the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. The film follows Bahar (Sareh Nour Mousavi, in a riveting performance), a young girl who retreats into imagination, fantasy, and folklore in the face of the conflict around her.
Sunday, December 6
1 pm – Viva Kids Mix!
This delightful program from the New York International Children’s Film Festival celebrates Spanish-language and Latino-themed stories from around the globe. You’ll enjoy a wide range of shorts including the documentary Spelliasmous, about Harry Potter–obsessed kids in Cuba, and a cartoon about a girl who loves to dance—even if she’s stuck wearing a chicken suit. (65 mins., DCP) Recommended for ages 8 and up.
2:45 pm – A Little Princess (Alfonso Cuarón, 1995, United States) Ages 7 and up
Before Alfonso Cuarón directed Roma, Gravity, and Children of Men, he made this beautiful adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic story—one of the finest children’s films of the 1990s. Plucky young Sara (Liesel Matthews) arrives at a New York boarding school when her father is sent off to war. Her engaging spirit and imagination win her many friends and one enemy: the headmistress Miss Minchin (Eleanor Bron).
ZOOM TICKET PRICES
$3 per film; $15 any six tickets
$4 per film; $20 any six tickets
other activities are free
Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210