woodlands childrens festival

With November in full swing, it only means one thing for Houston area families — The annual Children’s Festival is coming to town at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.

Now in its 24th year, the festival turns the Pavilion into a massive playground full of fun activities for kids. This year’s Children’s Festival features every kid’s favorite train, Thomas the Tank Engine, plus all of his friends!

First, some details on the festival — It runs this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10, at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. Tickets are only $10, so this family-friendly event also comes with a budget-conscious price tag. You can buy tickets for Saturday here, and for Sunday, here.

As mentioned, this year’s headliner is none other than the little blue train, Thomas, along with Percy, James, and even Mrs. Topham Hatt! The first live show — where Thomas and his friends help Mrs. Topham Hatt plant a garden — begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs about 20 minutes. At 11:30 a.m., your little ones can actually meet Thomas, so make sure that smartphone is fully charged and there’s available space on it for lots of photos. And then from 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., there’s a story time activity with Thomas the other trains.

The same live show kicks off again at 1:30 p.m., followed by another meet and greet at 2:30 p.m., more stories at 3:30 p.m and a final meet and greet at 4:30 p.m. The same schedule runs on Sunday.

While Thomas the Tank Engine will provide plenty of memories for your kids, there’s a lot of other fun activities at this year’s Children’s Fest.

In the Gold Lot is the Texas Children’s Hospital Adventure Depot, where your kids can play on Mini Go-Karts, zip lines, bungee jumpers, inflatable bumper cars, rock climbing walls, and an awesome obstacle course. In other words, your kids will be sleeping very well by day’s end.

Throughout the day, head on over to the Occidental Arts District at the Pavilion Event Center to learn some serious art skills. Your kids will learn all of the essentials, but will get a special visit from Frozen’s Anna & Elsa!

For the truck enthusiasts — and this one’s a fan favorite — the festival’s Touch-a-Truck is back and bigger than never. There will be tractors, diggers and all of the big vehicles you can imagine.

For your tiny toddlers, The Woodlands Methodist School Toddler Town will have lots of arts and crafts, storytelling and musical performances.

This festival literally has it all. Check out the full list of activities here.


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