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 Strike Main Stage and in two educational zones - Exploration Central and Accenture STEAM Zone. Each of the educational zones includes 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 to bring new and exciting elements to the festival this year. If you wish to download a copy of the Teacher's Guide please click here.
Online registration is now closed. For additional information or questions, please contact Ashley Gravois at email@example.com.
2017 School Day Performers
Kick-Off Pep Rally with DJ & Spirit Crew
Strike Main Stage | 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Help us kick-off Children's Festival with music, dancing and plenty of fun! All schools are invited to participate in the kick-off party before breaking out to their scheduled performances.
Diggery Digger's Dino Show
Strike Main Stage
10:50 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Seating Capacity: 5,000
Suggested Grade Levels: PK-3
Curriculum Connections: Interaction; Language Arts; Math; Music; Physical Education/Movement; Theater Arts; Science
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While Paleontologist Diggery Diggers is showing his dinosaur fossils to a live audience, he discovers a “top secret” box the museum accidentally packed. Curious, Diggery opens the box and unleashes the DinoSauroScope 3000 or DINA taking the audience back into time to interact with dinosaurs. All is well until they use DINA on a large dinosaur egg. The egg hatches and a terrible thing happens. The dinosaurs in museums around the world start to come alive! The only way to stop this dinosaur regeneration is to return the baby dinosaur back to it’s mother. Come along for a rocking dino adventure with Diggery and save the human race.The show has incredible props including large interactive animated characters, dinosaur bones, a giant dinosaur egg and beautiful puppets. Combined with intriguing magic and rocking music, this is the Story Ship’s most memorable adventure. Audience members constantly interact with the animated dinosaurs, scan with the DINA, help solve puzzles and dance. Only you can help stop the dinosaur invasion and save the world!
The STEAM Trunk Circus
Strike Main Stage
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Seating Capacity: 5,000
Suggested Grade Levels: K-5
Curriculum Connections: Interaction; Language Arts; Music; Physical Education/Movement; Theater Arts; Science
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Kenny and Page discover a trunk owned by Baldy the Magnificent Humble Clown Extraordinaire-a 1920’s circus performer who was so inspired by creative, innovative thinkers(Edison, Tesla, Da Vinci, Curie,and more) that he built his show around some of their most notable inventions and ideas. Until…the day he vanished in 1927 never to be seen again. The trunk is filled with juggling props, strange inventions, a mysterious book, and…Harry Houdini’s hat. With help from the audience Kenny and Page must decipher clues, conduct experiments, and solve the mystery of The STEAM Trunk Circus. A grand spectacle as well as a captivating story, The STEAMTrunk Circus is full of magic, juggling, unicycling and tons of physical comedy. This unique storytheater show features action-packed slapstick and mesmerizing mystery while exciting kids about STEAM. That’s why it’s a PERFECT topic for us to tackle. The greatest scientific minds of all – Da Vinci, Einstein, Edison, Curie - weren’t just scientists. They were artists, innovators. and above all, creative thinkers. With innovative, multi-media productions, they stretch the bounds of the storytelling experience and bring new meaning to the word participation!
School Days Information & Registration
Exploration Central (Pavilion Event Center)
Capacity: 200 | Suggested Grade Levels: PK-5
Exploration Central showcases hands-on interactive activities from the Houston Museum of Natural Science, TGR Exotics and ExxonMobil Ambassadors. Get up close and personal with some of the planets most exotic, fascinating, and endangered animals at the TGR Exotics booth. It is more than just fun, it is a chance to see, touch and learn about some incredible animals!
Students will also have the opportunity to visit ExxonMobil Science Ambassadors to explore hands-on kits to learn about rocks, minerals, petroleum, oil, petrochemicals and more. Houston Museum of Natural Science is bringing an exciting field trip experience right to The Pavilion Event Center. With presentations great for all grades and audience sizes, HMNS will offer a unique opportunity to learn firsthand from Museum experts, featuring encounters with real specimens and artifacts from our collections.
Accenture STEAM Zone (South Plaza)
Capacity: 120 | Suggested Grade Levels: PK-5
Visit Janet’s Planet to create your own lunar lander and learn about the solar system. Have you ever looked up on a starry night and wondered what is going on up there? Sparkling, twinkling lights, moons, planets, comets, meteor showers…there is an amazing, ever-expanding universe up and out there. There is so much to learn, but we are going to discover and explore things one space fact at a time.
Hop in your rocket and enjoy a wild ride, travel at the speed of thought, and learn some fascinating things about our universe! Students are the shining stars of the future of space exploration, science and astounding discoveries. Get excited and curious about the stars and planets and what’s really up and out there, because our amazing cosmos is truly amazing.
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. Follow the links below to download the study guides.
Are there options for subsidized tickets and buses?
Subsidized tickets and busing is available for Title 1 Schools only. Please indicate on your reservation and email a letter stating your school’s Title 1 status to Ashley Gravois at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will parent chaperones be allowed onsite?
Along with teachers, parent chaperones can attend the event with your 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. Please note that 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?
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 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.
Can my students have lunch at The Pavilion?
Yes! Students are welcome to bring their lunch and will have the opportunity to eat lunch in the seats during the performances. Please note, 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.
How do I know my reservation was received?
Once The Pavilion receives your reservation, an email confirmation 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 Ashley Gravois at email@example.com.
What if the performances I selected 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.