The Woodlands, Texas – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is transforming into a giant playground for the 23rd Annual Children’s Festival presented by ExxonMobil and the whole neighborhood is invited! Tickets are on sale now for this year’s festival which will take place on Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 11 from noon to 5 p.m.

With performers on multiple stages, character meet and greets, a special toddler area just for the youngest festivalgoers, arts and crafts, hands-on activities and friendly neighborhood adventures located all around the venue, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Sesame Street

This year, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby and more of your favorite characters from Sesame Street are heading to The Pavilion Main Stage for what is sure to be the party of the year. Join in the excitement, laughter and music of Sesame Street Live! C is for Celebration at three performances – Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

It’s always the right time to be a hero, when the PJ Masks come to town! Throughout the weekend, kids will have the opportunity to meet everyone’s favorite heroes from the hit Disney Junior show, PJ Masks, and other characters at various times each day in the Meet & Greet Tent in South Plaza.

On Accenture STEAM Street (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), kids can launch into space with Janet’s Planet, create their own snow with Nutty Scientists and enjoy a whole slew of other activities including face painting and an instrument petting zoo. 

Kids are encouraged to unleash their inner artist and create their own masterpieces in The Pavilion Event Center along Anadarko's Arts Alleyway. They will learn about lines, colors, shapes, patterns, unity, balance and more by using these elements to make imaginative creations. Kids can discover the art of drawing with hands-on drawing classes presented by Young Rembrandts all weekend long. On the Arts Alleyway stage, families can sing along with Moana or ignite their creativity with theatre workshops by Drama Rocket.

Coming to the festival with a little one? Then you won’t want to miss The Woodlands Methodist School’s Peekaboo Place, a “festival-within-a-festival” for our youngest festivalgoers, ages 4 and under. This area will feature storytelling, musical performances, interactive theatre workshops, arts and crafts, free exploration and a special toddler inflatable. The Event Center will also be home to the Comfort Lounge, a quiet and comfortable place to relax, feed baby, catch your breath and get organized complete with a baby/toddler diaper change area and a private area for nursing mothers.

Just around the corner from the Main Stage is Pepsi Play Place which will offer activities by Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and The Woodlands Children’s Museum, hat-making, free balloons from Fidelity Investments and a wide variety of performances on the Community Stage.

Take a walk along on the Texas Children’s Hospital Adventure Avenue for exciting outdoor activities including a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, bungee jumpers and inflatables. Be sure to swing by the active demonstration booths where kids can learn about health and physical fitness in a fun, interactive way from a variety of local businesses and organizations.

A fan-favorite, Truck Trail is coming back bigger and better than ever. Learn about the inner-workings of some of the best trucks, tractors and automobiles that The Woodlands area has to offer. Afterwards, they can take it easy on a fun train ride through the neighborhood.

Don’t forget to head to the Newfield Exploration Skyway at the top of The Pavilion hill where kids can build and fly their own kite, go on a digging expedition and participate in parachute races.

Admission is $10 per person and includes all performances and activities. Children age 2 and under are free of charge. All activities and performances are included in the price of admission. Tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., online at, by calling 800-745-3000 or the day of the event.

Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $10 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 Office. Guests also may park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion off of Timberloch Place. The free, color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by corresponding pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.

For more information about The Pavilion, please visit our website at Look for The Pavilion on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram, or download The Pavilion’s iOS or Android app.

PJ Masks © Frog Box / Entertainment One UK Limited / Walt Disney EMEA Productions Limited 2014

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Opened in 1990, 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.