2020 PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINMENT
SPEED PAINTER JESSICA HAAS
Stage D – 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Speed painter Jessica Haas will be painting two pieces at the Festival, one of which you could win! Visit The Grand’s concession booth #107 to purchase your raffle tickets for this one-of-a-kind painting! Jessica Kristianna Haas is the first female speed painter in America and the fastest speed painter in the entertainment industry. Since her recent win of ABC's Gong Show, Jessica currently holds the following records: performing the fastest painting on national television; the first female performance painter to paint on national television; and the first + fastest award winning female speed painter to win on a national television network. New York Magazine has named her "The Mother of the Speed painting Movement."
AND THE COUNTRY BEAST
Stage C – 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
Calling all Kids! Join us for our open audition on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 4:30 pm at The Grand.
A highlight of the entertainment offered each year is a musical adaptation presented by MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE as part of a theatre residency. Presenting Beauty Lou and the Country Beast this year, Missoula Children’s Theatre works with a cast of 50+ area students for a week prior to the Festival and then presents two performances on The Grand’s historic stage at 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. as part of the festival entertainment.
Stage A – 11:30 a.m., and
Stage B – 2:00 p.m.
Lizza’s dynamic new program, Hoopla! Healthy Songs, Happy Kids is comprised of energetic, original songs and fun movement routines that empower kids to make healthy choices. Her multi-genre musical sensibilities and catchy, up-tempo song lyrics cover topics like nutrition, physical activity, hygiene, self-esteem, smoking and respecting others. This Parent’s Choice award-winning artist will leave kids energized and equipped to make healthier choices in their classrooms and communities. Lizza is on the Texas Commission on the Arts Texas Touring Roster. www.lizzaconnor.com/blog
Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre
Stage C (inside The Grand) – 3:00 p.m.
The Grand will be filled with shrieks of delight as these nine-foot-tall, giant puppets work alongside live actor Holli Ruben to present this fun musical adaption of
This performance is also presented on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at The Grand for school groups as part of The Grand’s 2019-2020 Serious Fun Children’s Series. www.puppetworld.com
“MR. WILL” DUPUY AND
Stage B – 12:30 p.m. and
Stage A – 2:30 p.m.
Austin musician “Mr. Will” Dupuy, and his live band “the Excavators,” will delight audiences with a mix of interactive songs that incorporate animals, modes of transportation, movement and fun with names! His third Children’s CD, “Frank the Frog,” continues to energize preschoolers and their parents!
A Texas Commission on the
SKY KINGS FALCONRY
BIRDS OF PREY
Stage D – 11:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m
Flying into the Festival will be hawks, owls, falcons, vultures, parrots and other feathery friends with Sky Kings Falconry. Sky Kings Falconry is dedicated to the Education and Preservation of our planet’s wildlife. They employ the natural abilities of raptors and other animals to correct environmental issues. The team at Sky Kings Falconry has been working with raptors and other animals for more than 16 years, and adapted their skills to fit many situations and venues, including Galveston’s FeatherFest, the Texas Renaissance Festival and multiple school programs.
POLE AND AERIAL HOOP ARTIST
Stage D – 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
and 4:30 p.m.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Sarah Sparkles has been performing professionally since 2009, specializing in acrobatic pole and aerial hoop (lyra). Trained at the New England Center for Circus Arts as well as with top pole performers in the world, including Felix Cane, Jenyne Butterfly, Pantera Blacksmith, and Natasha Wang, Sarah will delight and awe audiences with her performance. On Facebook: @SarahSparkless
UNITED FREESTYLE STUNT TEAM
Stage D – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
and 4:00 p.m.
If you are looking for huge back-flips, tail-whips, 360s, mega spins and other jaw dropping, heart stopping stunts, look no further than the United Freestyle Stunt Team performing at The Grand Kids Festival! They offer some of the best riders in BMX freestyle and flatland as well as skateboarding. www.Unitedfreestyle.com
MAD ABOUT HOOPS
Stage D – 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.,
and 3:30 p.m.
Hooper Amy Neel will get things shaking with awesome hula hoop choreography. How many hoops can she twirl? Come watch this amazing, swirling, twirling fun!
STUDENT PERFORMERS ON STAGE!
Ambassadors Preparatory Academy Cheer Eagles/Eaglettes, Ball High School Dance Crew, Carolyn Ehman’s Dance Academy, Collegiate Academy Fledgling Eagle Symphonic Band, Collegiate Academy Soaring Eagle Band, Diva Stars Dance Co., DLS Dance Studio, Dunbar Middle School Choir – Dickinson, Fanfare Lutheran Music Academy, Galveston Ballet, Galveston Community Band, Guajardo Elementary-Texas City, Martial Arts America, Morris Middle School Choir - Pasadena, Oppe Elementary School Choir, Oppe Tor Hispanic Dancers, Parker Elites – Parker Elementary School, Premier Dance Academy, Purple Box Theatre – Broadway Kids and School of Rock Clearlake – Bad Astronauts.
See stage schedule for student performer times and stage locations.
IN THE STORYTELLING TENT
12:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
With a lively style that is warm and humorous, storyteller Sue Kuentz excites and connects to family audiences by taking them on journeys through her multicultural folktales, fairy tales, urban legends and personal stories from around the world. Using words, music, puppetry, and even string figures, she engages active participation among the listeners, mesmerizing even the most reluctant of kids. Sue’s storytelling passion and energy originated from her 32 years as an elementary teacher and librarian in San Antonio. A Texas Commission on the Arts artist.
11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Professional storyteller Toni Simmons brings stories to life with the use of rhythms, songs, and audience participation, which places you in the story. Her work appeals to audiences of all ages, and includes a wide variety of literature from different cultures. A Texas Commission on the Arts artist.
NATIVE AMERICAN STORYTELLER
1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
A gifted storyteller, educator. artist and dancer, Amy Bluemel’s appreciation for cultural awareness came early in life. Raised in a military family; she lived in Germany, Okinawa, Turkey and Scotland before returning to her Chickasaw roots in America. As the great-granddaughter of Eastman Kaney (an original Dawes Commission enrollee), Amy’s a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation. She shares Chickasaw customs (and those of other southeastern tribes) with audiences of all ages.
“CRITTERMAN” DAVE KLEEVAN
2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Explore your wild side with “Critterman” and his animal guests! Seen on various segments of The Most Extreme series which airs on Discovery Network’s Animal Planet, Dave Kleevan “Critterman,” and several Animal Ambassadors have made numerous appearances at events on Discovery Network’s behalf. He has had the good fortune to work with Jack Hanna of Animal Adventures, Jeff Corwin of The Corwin Experience, Steve Irwin of The Crocodile Hunter, Jim Fowler & Peter Gros of Wild Kingdom, Chris & Martin Kratt of Kratt’s Creatures, Zoboomofoo, & Be The Creature.
SMART FAMILY LITERACY
11:00 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
Catherine Stroud of Smart Family Literacy will sing and play children's songs, play ukuleles, and read books to our young audiences. She will present songs from their Sing-a-Book program, suitable for babies, toddlers, preschoolers through 2nd grade and for everyone who likes to join in and sing along. This is an active audience participation program.
THE TIPI TELLERS
This storytelling attraction is located in the authentic Tipi on 21st Street (see map) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tipi Tellers tell Earth stories to teach listeners of all ages how to appreciate the earth, and how to help preserve its natural resources. Enter the giant, iconic tipi in the center of 21st Street. The Tipi Tellers eagerly await the curious, the tired and the lost, entertaining and filling all with stories and tipi history. Many cannot resist the pull of the tipi, returning again and again to hear just one more story or to digest one more tidbit of information. https://www.naturerocksnorthtexas.org/partner/tipi-tellers
IN THE ARTISAN'S TENT
MEMORY TURNER MIKE STALL
Memory Turner Mike Stall has been turning wood, teaching kids about trees, and demonstrating the art of wood turning at The Grand Kids Festival for many years. Come visit the Memory Turner in the Artisan’s Tent and learn about tree rings, types of wood and what can be made from wood. You can also play games for free, and win prizes made from trees!
ISLAND QUILTERS GUILD
Galveston Island has been the home to the Island Quilters Guild since 1991.The quilt guild's focus is to provide opportunities for its members to learn and appreciate the art of quilting; as well as, to encourage members to improve their quilting skills and exchange ideas. www.galvestonquilters.org
DANNY RUSSO SCREEN PRINTING
Welcome to the wonderful and exciting world of screen printing. Danny Russo introduces students to a versatile printing process utilized by visual artists worldwide. The printing technique allows students to quickly and easily make multiple images of original art. Countless ink and paper color choices are possible; students will be amazed by how quickly and easily they learn to make stunning prints. www.artreachtexas.org/pages/danny_russo_1698.asp
BALL HIGH SCHOOL CERAMICS
Try your hand at clay-making fun at The Grand Kids Festival! Kids teach kids in the Artisan’s Tent as Galveston Ball High School Ceramics students demonstrate how to shape and mold air-drying clay. Kids can “make and take” their one-of-a-kind creations!
ART STYLE EXPLORATION X 4
Learn how to create a masterpiece in the style of each of these four historic artists. Volunteers will lead guests in creating works in Cubism (Robert Delaunay), Abstract Painting (Jackson Pollack), Modern Art (Piet Mondrian) and Pop Art (Andy Warhol). Explore each style to start your journey as the next art master!
MORE FESTIVAL FUN!
See map for individual attraction locations
Start your engines! Stop by the Rorring Entertainment Inflatable Tent and try your hand racing these radio-controlled cars! Look for the car celebrating The Grand Kids Festival’s 25th Anniversary, and the special car from sponsor Classic Auto-Galveston.
On Facebook: @RORRing
MOBILE DAIRY CLASSROOM
Learn about our bovine (cow) friends! The Mobile Dairy will be at the festival for the first time this year! Brought to you by the Southwest and Southland Dairy Farmers, teaching kids about the dairy industry is one of their priorities. The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a traveling milking parlor, featuring a live cow and an oral presentation. Trained instructors will demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer, and then answer questions from the audience. A moo-ving (and fun!) experience! www.southwestdairyfarmers.com
SEA STAR BASE GALVESTON
Would you like to see what it’s like to sail on a boat? Come learn first-hand aboard Sea Star Base Galveston’s sailboat simulator. The Youth Sailing Program at Sea Star Base Galveston is unlike any other youth program in the country.
TEXAS CITY BALLOON TWISTERZ
Balloon fun returns to The Grand Kids Festival with the unique and memorable balloon twisting talents of Texas City Balloon Twisterz! Balloon creations are a free activity at the Festival. www.TexasCityBalloonTwisterz.com
Find (and adopt) your fur-ever friend from the Galveston Island Humane Society. Additional information on pet care and adoptions available. https://www.galvestonhumane.org/
MARSHA'S PETTING ZOO
AND PONY RIDES
Walk and talk with the animals as you visit Marsha’s Petting Zoo. Entrance to the petting zoo is free, a nominal fee charged for feed cups if you wish to feed the animals. www.marshaszoo.com
THE TEXAS FLYER MINI-TRAIN
All aboard! Take a ride on The Texas Flyer mini-train as it circles the Festival through the beautiful Cultural Arts District in downtown Galveston. www.marshaszoo.com/trackless-trains/
THE TOT SPOT
For the youngest of our guests – play on the “instruments” of the Kids Kitchen Band, blow bubbles on the wind or make your own sandcastle in our tot spot sandbox – it’s playtime at its finest!
FACE PAINTING BY THE GRAND
Booth Number 49
From young to old, everyone is invited to get their face painted in a variety of ways. From a small image to a full face image, The Grand staff and volunteers can transform you into your favorite animal, fairy, superhero and more! Please note: A fee is charged based on size of design selected.
You ought to be in pictures! And, now you can! Stop by any of our three selfie stations (Near Rudy & Paco’s Restaurant on 21st Street, near 23rd and Postoffice Street, and the intersection of 22nd Street and Postoffice Street.) Don’t miss getting a photo with our super-sized “25” in honor of the Festival’s 25th Anniversary!
WATCH FOR THESE STROLLING
RAZZ MA TAZZ
Galveston resident Ryan Anderson, Founder of Ryan’s RazzMaTazz, is a familiar face around Galveston Island. Ryan can be found sharing smiles at community and private events, story hours, school events, birthday parties and hospital events.
Karen Anderson, Ryan’s Event Coordinator, is a retired Early Intervention Specialist and Family Life Educator sharing Ryan’s passion for positive family enrichment. www.ryansrazzmatazz.com
MORE STROLLING FRIENDS
CAPTAIN YELLOWBEAK and THE CHICK-FIL-A COW
THE ELKS LODGE DRUG DOG
CHA-CHA THE FROG from THE RAINFOREST CAFÉ
DR. DOLPHIN – UTMB HEALTH