The Grand Kids Festival
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023 10AM TO 5PM
BENEFITING CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS AT THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE
The Reenie DiMare
Memorial Banner Contest
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Monday, January 9, 2023
Friday, February 24, 2023
Contest open to students in grades K-8
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
FESTIVAL FOUNDING SPONSORS
Founding sponsors of the Festival include Mary Ainslie, The Gladys B. Foundation in honor of
Robert Richard Thornton, The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, Bank of America and
The Park Board of Trustees of the City of Galveston.
Kathrine G. McGovern, Yaga’s Children’s Fund, Ippolito Charitable Foundation, DiMare Family,
The Galveston Rotary Foundation, Inc., Alice Taylor Gray Foundation, UTMB Health, CenterPoint Energy, Kroger, Whataburger, Rudy and Paco’s Restaurant, Shawn Guttersen / Galv Parking,
Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Park Board of Trustees of the City of Galveston,
as well as many friends of the Festival and in-kind donors.
Located in Downtown Cultural Arts District
Postoffice Street, between 21st & 23rd Streets, Galveston, Texas 77550
A CELEBRATION OF FOLK ARTS & FAMILIES
Filled with Free Fun!
The primary goal of The Grand Kids Festival is to provide participatory access to the fine arts for all children through an extension of The Grand's educational outreach and children's programming, to raise an appreciation and awareness of the fine arts for children, to demonstrate the talent and ability of children in the greater Galveston/Houston area, and to create a visible, broad-based event which adheres to The Grand's mission.
The Grand Kids Festival is designed to create an arena for participation by those attending. Virtually all booth and stage activities will be dedicated to “hands-on” projects, such as making musical instruments; creating visual art in a variety of media; learning and acting out folk dances or puppetry. Food and beverage booths, located in a Food Fair area, will be geared toward “fun” but good food for families.
Entertainment areas will include children performing as well as professional artists who specialize in performing for children and families. Performances will include vocal, instrumental and dance groups representing both a diversity of ages and cultures.
A recurring festival favorite is the culmination of a week-long residency of The Missoula Children’s Theatre at The Grand, who will work with local children this year to produce a musical adaptation of The Frog Prince. The children will perform two shows on Saturday, during the festival on The Grand’s stage one at 11am and another at 1pm.
There are three outdoor stage areas, inflatables, a petting zoo, pony rides and forty plus activity booths spanning over three blocks along Postoffice Street in downtown Galveston, it is no wonder that over 6,500 people attend this fun-filled festival each year.
Join us for affordable, family fun!