Take a magical field trip to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion where learning is not only fun, but awe inspiring and eye-opening. 

This year’s Children’s Festival features award winning children’s performers on the Pepsi Main Stage and in two educational zones: the CB&I STEAM Zone & the SEAD Zone in The Pavilion Event Center. Each of the educational zones include presentations and guided exhibits with plenty of interactive and hands-on elements for students. STEAM education has become a top priority for schools not only around the country, but in local school districts as well. Research shows the arts support the development of crucial skills in creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The Pavilion is committed to providing opportunities for early childhood STEAM learning through the arts. Partnering with ExxonMobil, The Pavilion is able bring back exciting elements to the Festival this year. 

Below you will find full information for the festival as well as the registration form for this year. In 2016, registration will only be taken online. If you wish to download a copy of the Teacher's Guide please click here.

2016 SCHOOL DAY PERFORMERS


Pirate School with Professor Billy Bones

Pepsi Main Stage
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Seating Capacity: 5,000
Suggested Grade Levels: PK-5
Curriculum Connections:
Interaction; Physical Education/Movement; Sciences; Social Studies, Theater Arts
Website: http://www.mypirateschool.com/
Download Curriculum Guide


Pirate School! is a riotous, interactive pirate escapade that satisfies children’s universal curiosity for the briny buccaneers of yore, while promoting everyday polite behavior and social-courage. Pirate School! Has delighted thousands of children with a mischievous blend of improvisational clown theater and its signature brand of boisterous full-audience participation. Teachers will marvel as their kids become “good pirates,” swaggering out of the performance transformed by this heartwarming show. The audience partakes in joyful competitions that rattle the rafters and zany lessons on how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like jaunty Buccaneers. Featuring an original cartoon-like sound effect and musical score, eye-popping puppetry, eccentric props, adept magic, slapstick swordplay antics, a misbehaving cannon, a talking skull and the world’s only wearable pirate ship, Pirate School! is truly a treasure to discover!



MatheMagic!® Starring Bradley Fields

Pepsi Main Stage
11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Seating Capacity: 5,000
Suggested Grade Levels: PK-5
Curriculum Connections:
Interaction; Language Arts/Communications; Math; Music; Physical Education/Movement; Theater Arts
Website: http://www.mathemagic.com
Download Curriculum Guide


Internationally renowned magician, Bradley Fields, captivates the audience with his famous magic illusions, and then teaches the secrets behind some startling math tricks. Recognized as one of the preeminent shows for young people, MatheMagic! features world-class magic, comedy and theatre. Amidst oohs, aahs, and laughter, Bradley Fields challenges, provokes, and elicits critical thinking. Kids (unknowingly!) practice classroom skills and problem- solving. MatheMagic! explores ancient civilizations. We meet Zeno, Imhotep, Pythagoras, and the first magicians (whose secret was really math!) Bradley Fields connects with young people of different ages, abilities and learning styles. Kids leave the show with a new fascination for the history, the power and the beauty of the language of math.



Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band

Pepsi Main Stage
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Seating Capacity: 5,000
Suggested Grade Levels: PK-3
Curriculum Connections:
Interaction; Language Arts/Communications; Music; Physical Education/Movement; Theater Arts
Website: http://www.alexandthekaleidoscope.com/
Download Curriculum Guide


Described as “Paul Simon meets The Beatles on the playground,” Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band are known for their dynamic, jamming, world-music infused shows overflowing with high-energy dance moves, kid-friendly interactivity and a boatload of hand-clapping, footstomping just plain fun. The band’s chemistry has been called “explosive,” and their performances are an electrifying combination of color, sound, and movement, imbued with contagious rhythms and lyrics that grab the heart and soul and don’t let go. It’s music from the heart, for the heart. Students leave Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band shows feeling uplifted, energized and inspired.





STEAM Zone

Inside The Pavilion Event Center
Seating Capacity: 200
Suggested Grade Levels: PK-5
Curriculum Connections:
Interaction; Language Arts/Communications; Math; Sciences

The CB&I STEAM Zone showcases a 20-minute presentation from the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Zoo. The presentations are all based on science and STEAM teaching. After the presentations your students can enjoy hands-on, interactive activities with the organizations.







SEAD Zone

Inside The Pavilion Event Center
Seating Capacity: 200
Suggested Grade Levels: PK-5
Curriculum Connections:
Interaction; Language Arts/Communications; Physical Education/Movement; Sciences

Visit Janet’s Planet to create your own lunar lander and learn about the solar system. Students also have the opportunity to visit ExxonMobil Science Ambassadors to explore hands-on kits to learn about rocks, minerals, petroleum, oil, petrochemicals and more.






SCHOOL DAY FAQ's

Who: Students Pre-K through 5th grade
When: November 10 & 11, 2016 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Cost: $2 per student, per Main Stage performance for up to three shows (three shows = $6 per student). The activities in The Pavilion Event Center are FREE of charge.

How do the performances relate to my classroom?
Curriculum guides provided by the artists are available to help integrate performance content with your classroom curricula. Please download the provided curriculum guides for each performer above.

Are there options for subsidized tickets and buses?
Subsidized tickets and busing are available for Title 1 schools only. Please indicate on your reservation and email a letter stating your school’s Title 1 status to cklepac@woodlandscenter.org.

Will parent chaperones be allowed onsite?
Only parent chaperones included on the registration form, along with teachers, can attend the event with school. The total of both TEACHERS and CHAPERONES must be included in the count on the reservation form. Wristbands for the adults will be mailed to your school in advance. Only adults with provided wristbands will be allowed into the venue. This is for the safety of your students.

Can a chaperone’s other children attend?
No. Parents/guardians are not permitted to bring non-school age or stay-at-home children while acting as a chaperone for Children’s Festival.

Can my friends or family purchase tickets to attend school days?
No, school-day performances are not open to the public. Tickets are not available for the public for purchase.

What if it rains on our field trip day? 
The event is rain or shine. All seating and activities are covered.

Can my students eat lunch at The Pavilion?
Yes! Students are welcome to bring their lunch and will have the opportunity to eat lunch at the location of their third performance before the performance starts. If you are not staying for the third performance, but want to eat lunch before returning to school, students can sit on the ground in The Pavilion’s North or South Plazas. Lunch is NOT provided by The Pavilion. Concession stands will be closed. No food or beverages will be sold at The Pavilion during school days. Schools wishing to eat lunch off-site must depart in their school buses. Buses cannot be left at The Pavilion if you go off property.

Can you accommodate students with disabilities?
Yes, please let us know of any students with special seating needs for hearing, visual or mobility impairments at the time you make your reservation so we can be sure to make arrangements to accommodate them.

How do we register?
New for 2016, all registration will be online! Please designate one teacher per grade to fill out the reservation form below. You will have the option to select show preferences and other details related to your trip. School days fill up quickly and space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do I know my reservation was received?
Once The Pavilion receives your reservation, an email confirmation and invoice (if applicable) will be sent to the designated teacher indicated on the reservation. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 2 business days, please contact Cameron Klepac at cklepac@woodlandscenter.org. The Pavilion will accept a credit card or check for the payment of your invoice.

What if the performances I selected on our reservation are already at capacity?
If the performances you have selected are already at capacity, The Pavilion will assign you another available performance most closely associated with your first choice. Please remember, school days fill up quickly and space is reserved on a first come, first served basis.

How do we get to The Pavilion? Where do we go?
The Pavilion will send a teacher’s packet that includes bus signs, parking and seating information, a site map and your performance schedule the week before the event. After November 1, you will not be able to make any changes to your reservation including the number attending or bus count. We pre-arrange seating for the event and cannot accommodate last minute changes.

SCHOOL DAY REGISTRATION

If you would like to register for the 21st Annual Children's Festival School Days please fill out the form below in its entirety. Please designate one teacher per grade to fill out the reservation form below. You will have the option to select show preferences and other details related to your trip. School days fill up quickly and space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. All groups attending must attend a performance in the first time slot. Late arrival is not permitted,

Title 1 documents may also be faxed, emailed or mailed seperately to the following:

EMAIL:
Cameron Klepac at cklepac@woodlandscenter.org

FAX:
(281) 210-1113 ATTN: Cameron Klepac

MAIL:
2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380

You may choose one performance per session time for a total of three performances throughout the day. If the performances you have selected are already at capacity, The Pavilion will assign you another available performance most closely associated with your first choice. Please remember, school days fill up quickly and space is reserved on a first-come, first served basis.

2016 Performing Arts Season Generously Sponsored By

Sponsors | Live Nation Sponsors | Huntsman Sponsors | Woodlands Development Company  Sponsors | Texas Children's HospitalSponsors | Mercedes Benz Sponsors | United Airlines
Sponsors | The Wortham Foundation Sponsors | Woodlands Township Sponsors | Pavilion Partners
  

2016 Live Nation Venue Sponsors

Sponsors | Live Nation Sponsors | Pepsi Sponsors | Woodforest Naitonal Bank Sponsors | Xfinity Sponsors | Jack Daniels Sponsors | CitiSponsors | Mercedes Benz