Dance, bop, hop, jam and hustle your way to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 17th Annual Children’s Festival. Festival hours are Sat., Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 11 from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 per person in advance or $10 per person at the door. Children under 2 are admitted free of charge. The daily admission fee includes every show and activity, so parents don’t spend the day dealing with tickets, tokens or endless lines.

The Festival features music kids love with performers on multiple stages and fun characters strolling around the venue. Entertainment spans from local community performances to awarding-winning children’s performers, meaning you are sure to enjoy the show! Lots of activities are located in the different zones, so every child has something to enjoy.

Put on your dancing shoes and join BarneyTM, KIDZ BOP Kids, Roger Day & the Mosquito Burrito Brothers, Manding Jata (Sat. only) and Trout Fishing in America as they jam their way to The Woodlands for Children’s Festival! These performers take the Pepsi Main Stage for a weekend full of music, dance and entertainment.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur! Get ready for a super-dee-duper time with Barney™ as he brings a celebration as big as your imagination.  The loveable, huggable T-rex invites children to explore exciting places as he encourages sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning along the way! Barney © 2011 Lyons Partnership, L.P.

The KIDZ BOP Kids, the face and voice behind KIDZ BOP, the No. 1 brand for kids ages 5-12 in the U.S., are five talented young performers from across the country who sing, dance, and perform to a medley of today’s most popular hits. For the past two years, the KIDZ BOP Kids were named the No. 1 Billboard Kids’ Artists of the year. The LIVE 40 minute performance is a high energy, fully choreographed, interactive show that will have both kids and parents on their feet dancing to hits like “Moves Like Jagger” and “Call Me Maybe.” Since its launch in 2001, the popular music series has sold more than 12 million albums and has been connect­ing with millions of kids through music, live appearances, and its leading safe social networking site, “KIDZ BOP” and “Kidz Bop Kids” are registered trademarks of Kidz Bop, LLC. All rights reserved.

Roger Day & the Mosquito Burrito Brothers perform act-packed, original children’s music while urging kids to reach their potential by using boy and brain, mind and muscle. Roger’s award-winning songs, such as “A Mosquito Burrito,” “It’s a No-No to Kiss a Rhino” and “Marvin the Marvelous Moose,” guarantee maximum audience participation.

Manding Jata: The Manding Empire Revealed is a fast-paced, scintillating presentation combining powerhouse drumming with a dazzling display of strength, grace, acrobatics and dexterity that defy the laws of gravity. Complete with vibrant costumes and ceremonial masks, Manding Jata’s hypnotic movement and pulsating rhythms create a complex cultural circus. 

An electric folk/rock band best known for family music and children’s songs, Trout Fishing in America, brings music center stage. Songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” “18 Wheels on a Big Rig” and “When I Was a Dinosaur” have earned them a place in the hearts of kids and families everywhere. Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet met in Houston more than three decades ago and have been playing together ever since.

Just around the corner from the Pepsi Main stage, enjoy hands-on arts and crafts, games, costumed characters and more in our amusing creative zones all around The Pavilion.

The Wells Fargo Fun Zone features balloons, hat-making, a meet and greet area, arts and crafts with The Woodlands Children’s Museum, performances on the Community Stage. Head to top of the hill where the adventure continues and kids can build and fly kites, run parachute races, pan for gold and play in the sand. Each day wraps up with the Kazoo-Dah Parade that begins and ends in the Wells Fargo Fun Zone.

In the Anadarko Adventure Zone, kids can let their inner scientist come out making slime and silly putty with Mad Science of Houston, or live on the wild side with face painting and interactive games, creating their own work of art in the sidewalk chalk area and rocking out with the Radio Disney Road Crew, and much, much more. The Villager’s Arts Alley allows kids to unleash their creative side participating in arts and crafts and learning about the principles and elements of art by creating their own masterpieces. They will learn about lines, colors, shapes, patterns, unity, balance and more by using these elements to make imaginative creations.

The Activity Tent is the place to be for a train ride and hands-on activities and games organized by local businesses including “Be a DJ” with K-STAR Country 99.7 FM, a fashion show, brain teasers, a coloring contest, instrument petting zoo, making Play-Doh, photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy, a coloring contest and lots of other great activities.

The Children’s Memorial Hermann The Woodlands / Ironman Healthy KidZone promotes health and physical fitness for kids with sports games and activities like Bubble Runners, Bumper Boats, meeting professional sports teams, exploring an ambulance, learning the techniques of martial arts and soccer, performing gymnastics moves, health and wellness checks and more, plus performances on the Healthy KidZone Stage.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion applauds the following major contributors for making the 17th Annual Children’s Festival possible: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, AT&T, Audi of America, Devon Energy, FMC Technologies, Houston Community Newspapers, Ironman Foundation, the Lindahl Family Foundation, Linn Energy, Children’s Memorial Herman The Woodlands, The Pavilion Partners, PepsiCo, United Airlines, Wells Fargo and The Woodlands Township.

For more information and details about Children’s Festival activities and performers, please visit or call 281-364-3010.

Tickets for the 17th Annual Children’s Festival are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.  This admission fee includes every show and activity for the day. Tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., all Ticketmaster locations, online at, by calling 800-745-3000, or the day of the event. Children age 2 and under are free.  Picnics are welcome, but beverages can not be brought into the venue.   

Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive.  Parking is $5 per vehicle for this and most performing arts events. Tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Box. Guests also may park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion. The free, color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by corresponding pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.

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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is part of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides diverse, high-quality performing arts events for the entertainment and enrichment of a broad regional audience. Through numerous educational and community outreach programs, The Center is a catalyst for attracting new audiences to the performing arts and building strong ties between the arts and educational institutions.


Performing Arts Season Generously Sponsored By

Sponsors | Live Nation Sponsors / Huntsman Sponsors | The Howard Hughes Company Sponsors | Pepsi Sponsors | Texas Children's Hospital Sponsors | The Wortham Foundation Sponsors | Woodlands Township Sponsors | Pavilion Partners Sponsors | Woodforest Naitonal Bank Sponsors | Aramark Sponsors | Xfinity Sponsors | Sewell

Live Nation Venue Sponsors

Sponsors | Live Nation Sponsors / Huntsman Sponsors | Pepsi Sponsors | Woodforest Naitonal Bank Sponsors | Xfinity Sponsors | Citi Sponsors | Bud Light Sponsors | Saint Arnold Brewing Company Sponsors | Nissan