The young and young at heart can dive into a world of imagination and education at the 16th Annual Children’s Festival. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion entertains thousands with two days of non-stop fun and excitement including music, dance, theater, comedy, arts and crafts, games, hands-on activities, face painting and more! Award-winning children’s performers are a must-see with their unique ability to inspire children with programs that not only amuse, but also communicate positive messages.

The festival takes place Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 13 from noon to 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 includes every show and activity, so parents don’t spend the day dealing with tickets, tokens or endless lines.

Thomas the Tank Engine steams into town just to be part of the fun at Children’s Festival! Kids and families alike depart with this “really useful engine” on a fun-filled adventure, experiencing timeless life lessons including discovery, friendship and cooperation. One of the most popular science fiction franchises of all time is coming to a stage near you! Mad Science Production’s STAR TREK LIVE hits The Pavilion’s stage with an out-of- this-world interactive adventure based on the legendary Star Trek franchise and the thrilling new movie. With the threat of a shocking invasion by Romulan forces form the future, the newly formed Starfleet Academy of audience cadets work together to save planet Earth! With the help of a time traveling Vulcan, the Starfleet Commander and his team of rookie cadets must bravely draw on 21st-century science and technology to try to defeat alien forces. Be a part of STAR TREKLIVE and boldly go where no one has gone before! TM © 2011 Paramount Pictures Corporation. © 2011 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Get ready to rock to Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players as this fun and funky band dishes out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids of all ages. Roberts is considered one of the all-stars in the indie family music scene and has been featured on radio and television shows across the nation including Nick Jr. and NBC’s “Today” show. Stop by and see the goofy garbage man, Richard Renner, as he teaches kids to REduce, REuse and REcycle in an entertaining way. The world of trash and resources comes to life through wacky inventions, circus arts, music and interactive games.

The fun continues off the main stage with interactive activities and games around every corner. The Fun Zone features free balloons, hat-making, a performer meet and greet area, and performers on the Community Stage.  Head up to the top of the hill, the adventure continues where kids can build and fly kites, pan for gold and play in the sand. 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 hat-making, face painting, interactive games and activities. Children can explore the elements of art at Arts Alley by making crafts they can take home. The Activity Tent is a constant exploration of games and amusements organized by local businesses. For fitness and nutrition-related fun, children can visit the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands / IronKids Healthy KidZone to participate in physical activities and meet professional sports teams.

On Nov. 10 and 11, schools are invited to bring their students to Children’s Festival—School Days, a magical field trip that makes learning not only fun for students, but awe-inspiring and eye-opening. Entertainers on two stages supply non-stop amusement with performances that feature art, cultural diversity, dance, environmental studies, history, interaction, math, music, theatre arts and more! Space is limited so teachers should start planning soon!

Tickets for the 16th 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, 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.

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