2018 School Days
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 and Accenture, The Pavilion is able to bring new and exciting elements to the festival this year.
Online registration is now available. Please complete the form at the bottom of this page.
Important Notice: Seating capacity for Thursday, November 8 has been reached. Any forms submitted for attendance will be added to a wait-list. As spaces become available, teachers will be notified on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For additional information or questions, please contact Ashley Gravois at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 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.
Strike Main Stage
10:50 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Seating Capacity: 5,000
Suggested Grade Levels: PK-5
Curriculum Connections: Interaction; Language Arts; Math; Music; Physical Education/Movement; Theater Arts; Science
Download Curriculum Guide
Story Pirates is a kid-centric media company and leading arts education advocate founded in 2004. It all started in a school auditorium in Harlem when a ragtag group of improv comedians put on an absurdist sketch comedy show inspired by stories written by kids. Since then, they have launched a hit radio show, a top 10 podcast for kids and a sold-out live tour which performs from coast to coast. The Story Pirates first received national attention in February 2008 when comedian Jon Stewart called the Story Pirates "crazy entertaining" on CNN. The group has received widespread critical acclaim and has been dubbed as one of the best kids shows around. A vocal proponent of arts education, Story Pirates partners with the non-profit Creative Minds Coalition to present life-changing literacy programs in hundreds of schools around the country.
The Music & Comedy of JunNk
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
Truly like nothing you've seen before, JunNk is a highly-talented, award-winning music and comedy group that's proving to be a massive hit all around the world. Using various items commonly found in a junkyard as their foundation, the four hilarious performers energetically combine superb a cappella singing, captivating percussion, innovative musical creations and mesmerising gymnastics to produce a lively, dynamic and seriously fun show that consistently delights audiences of all ages and nationalalities. From using bottles as panpipes and watering cans as trumpets, to playing well-known tunes on drain pipes with flip flops and PVC tube as a didjeridoo, this rubbish-powered variety show really is a unique and sensational whirlwind of pure entertainment that should definitely not be missed.
School Days Information & Registration
Exploration Central (Pavilion Event Center)
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. Be sure to check out these great curriculum guides from HMNS about amazing anthropods: K-2 Guide, 3-5 Guide, Middle School Guide.
Accenture STEAM Zone (South Plaza)
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2018 School Days Registration is now closed.