Children are invited to come out and play as The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is transformed into a giant playground and educational wonderland at the 15th Annual Children’s Festival, where learning is not only fun, but also exhilarating, awe-inspiring and eye-opening. The focus of Children’s Festival is on the performing and visual arts for children, which includes live performances by award-winning entertainers and local children’s groups, hands-on activities, arts, crafts, and much, much more.
This spectacular festival takes place Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 14, from noon – 5 p.m. Admission to the festival 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.
Put on your dancing shoes and join Angelina Ballerina™ as she dances her way through The Woodlands! Don’t miss the opportunity to see the imaginative little mouseling in a special “Dance-Along Story Time” event including a mini-dance performance. It’s an exciting, interactive journey through the fascinating world of crime scene investigations with CSI: LIVE! presented by Mad Science®. When a crime is committed at the premiere of a Las Vegas Magic Show, Sydney Mathis and David Hart play the roles of CSI investigators and spring into action. With the help of supervisor Gil Grissom and a room full of audience recruits, they will use their superior logic and forensic know-how to investigate the evidence and test their theories. Join Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience for live music from Louisiana with a focus on the indigenous zydeco music. Audience members can join him on stage for frottoir (rubboard) jams. Of course, no Louisiana experience is complete without those sparkling strands of Mardi Gras beads thrown to audience participants! Watch a favorite childhood story come to life with Hudson Vagabond Puppets’ "Ferdinand the Bull," based on the classic tale by Munro Leaf and illustrations by Robert Lawson. It's the story of the bull who wouldn't fight told in a narrated ballet with a larger-than-life bull, masked dancers and specialized mechanical figures. Each scene brings to life one of the pages of the book, and the puppets and scenery are based as closely as possible on the illustrations in the book.
In addition to performances by professional entertainers, festival activities include hands-on arts and crafts, games, costumed characters and more in our amusing creative zones.
The Wells Fargo Fun Zone features free balloons, hat-making, a performer meet and great area, and performances on the Community Stage. Head up the hillside lawn to pan for gold, play in the sand, even make and fly a kite. Each day of the festival ends with the Festival Finale Kazoo-Dah Parade that begins and ends in the Fun Zone.
The Adventure Zone features The Woodlands Children’s Museum, Mad Science of Houston’s Slippery Slime, the Radio Disney Road Crew, Pepsi interactive video games, face painting, and more!
The Healthy KidZone features demonstrations by martial artists and other fitness and nutrition-related activities, such as i9 Sports, ATA Martial Arts, The Little Gym, FINS (Fun in Swimming), Kuk Sool Won Family Martial Arts and more. Some of Houston’s professional sports teams also are on hand with interactive games and prizes.
The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau Activity Tent features fun, hands-on activities organized by area businesses including “Be a DJ” with K-STAR Country 99.7 FM, photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy from Houston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” mini-manicures with Sweet and Sassy, and green screen photo fun with Market Street- The Woodlands, just to name a few.
Houston Community Newspapers’ Arts Alley is a place where children learn about the elements of art through creative, interactive activities. They learn about lines, colors, shapes, patterns, unity, balance and more by using these elements to make imaginative creations they get to take home with them.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion applauds the following major contributors for making the 15th Annual Children’s Festival possible: Administaff, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Audi of America, Comcast, Continental Airlines, Devon Energy, Houston Community Newspapers, Houston Family Magazine, Linn Energy, The Pavilion Partners, PepsiCo, Radio Disney KMIC 1590 AM, Sunny 99.1 FM, Wells Fargo and The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center and The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.
For more information and details about Children’s Festival activities and performers, please visit www.woodlandscenter.org.
Tickets for the 15th 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 www.ticketmaster.com, 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.
If you would like more information about The Pavilion, visit www.woodlandscenter.org or look for The Pavilion on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
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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.