The Grand Kids Festival
The Grand Kids Festival
A Celebration of Folk Arts and Families

OVERVIEW

Held in the heart of the Galveston Downtown Cultural Arts District, the festival stretches for three blocks along Postoffice Street in downtown Galveston Island, Texas. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, The Grand Kids Festival offers three outdoor stages, an indoor stage (at The Grand), a storytelling tent, over a dozen activity areas, over forty activity booths as well as food and beverage booths.

Designed to develop an arena for participation, the festival offers something for children of all ages and cultures. During this one-day event, approximately 5,000 festival attendees enjoy and participate in interactive arts and crafts in a variety of media, live entertainment by professional artists specializing in family-friendly productions as well as local children’s performing groups, interaction with live animals at the petting zoo and pony ride areas, and much more. One of the festival highlights will be the Missoula Children’s Theatre performances of The Wizard of Oz. This production is the result of an annual week-long theatre residency, in which approximately fifty area children participate in a week of rehearsals and then perform at The Grand for two performances as part of The Grand Kids Festival.

HISTORY

As an enhancement to the “Serious Fun” children’s series at The Grand 1894 Opera House, The Grand Kids Festival was initiated in April 1996 to further family involvement throughout the community and to excite our area youth’s senses and creativity through hands-on arts activities. The purpose of the festival is to provide participatory hands-on access to the fine arts for children and their families; to raise an appreciation and awareness of the fine arts; to demonstrate the talent and ability of our community’s children; and to create a visible, broad-based event adhering to The Grand’s mission.