There's a great big world beyond "How to Train Your Dragon." Next weekend, the Wexner Center's Zoom Family Film Festival opens a window to it for parents and kids young and old.

There's a great big world beyond "How to Train Your Dragon." Next weekend, the Wexner Center's Zoom Family Film Festival opens a window to it for parents and kids young and old.

Now in its seventh year, the fest tends to feature a theme that crops up in the selections, explained Chris Stults, Zoom co-organizer and the Wex's associate film curator.

"This year we kept coming across these great shorts programs," he said. "They're great for kids and their attention spans."

"Kid Flix Mix," screening Saturday, Dec. 4, presents the music video for They Might Be Giants' "Electric Car" and other all-ages shorts from a handful of Western nations.

Also that day, "Party Mix" offers international shorts for a slightly older crowd (8 and up) including the enthralling Oscar nominee "Oktapodi," and girl-centric short-film collection "Girls POV" shows universal issues facing pre-teen girls through a cross-section of global cultures.

The shorts continue Saturday night with a selection from Aardman Animation, and appearances by Wallace and Gromit and the zoo animals of "Creature Comforts."

Sunday, Dec. 5, is devoted to shorts programs sure to draw as many nostalgic adults as children, all featuring the work of Jim Henson: a highlight reel of "Sesame Street" musical guests, a chronicle of the show's milestone moments, and Henson vault rarities including Muppet spots on "Hollywood Squares" and "The Flip Wilson Show."

Three features round out the fest. The opening night selection on Thursday, Dec. 2, "In the Attic," is a bizarre, beautiful stop-motion piece from the Czech Republic (not recommended for the very young because of suggestions of toy cannibalism). Friday the third brings the Chaplin classic "The Circus." And on Saturday, Germany's "The Crocodiles" follows the new boy in town, who's in a wheelchair, as he tries to fit in with the cool kids.

Along with screenings, the Zoom fest offers several social activities for families. A schedule is available on the Wex's website.