ExxonMo­bile Presents 20th An­nual Chil­drens Fes­ti­val

The Cyn­thia Woods Mitchell Pav­il­ion to Trans­form Into One of the World’s Largest Play­grounds for Fes­ti­val

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The Wood­lands, Texas – Fam­i­lies are in­vited to come out and play as The Cyn­thia Woods Mitchell Pav­il­ion is trans­formed into a gi­ant play­ground. The 20th An­nual Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val pre­sented by ExxonMo­bil takes place Nov. 14 - 15, 2015, and is ex­pected to at­tract thou­sands of peo­ple from the Greater Hous­ton area.

The Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val will show­case dozens of chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment from to­day’s top per­form­ers in­clud­ing mu­si­cal artist Riff Rockit and an­i­mated char­ac­ter Bob the Builder.

The Fes­ti­val also in­cludes school days prior to the week­end fes­tiv­i­ties ded­i­cated to field trips and fea­ture per­form­ers who en­ter­tain and in­cor­po­rate im­por­tant ed­u­ca­tional lessons into their shows. The Hous­ton Chil­dren’s Mu­seum, Hous­ton Zoo, Hous­ton Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral Science and ExxonMo­bil Science Am­bas­sadors will pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents at the Fes­ti­val.

Over the week­end on Nov. 14 and 15, the Fes­ti­val will fea­ture per­form­ers on mul­ti­ple stages, meet and greets with pop­u­lar char­ac­ters and in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties.

Per­form­ing on the Pepsi Main Stage is Riff Rockit, a live-ac­tion chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer who per­forms mu­sic the en­tire fam­ily can enjoy. Best de­scribed as part of the grow­ing mu­si­cal genre known as “kindie rock,” Riff Rockit’s songs are both in­spi­ra­tional and ed­u­ca­tional, set to rockin’ mu­sic. Also on the Pepsi Main Stage, grab your hard­hat and tool belt! It’s time to go to the con­struc­tion site with Bob the Builder. Both Riff Rockit and Bob the Builder per­form on Satur­day and Sun­day with meet and greets avail­able af­ter their per­for­mances.

One of only six cer­ti­fied LEGO® Mas­ter Builders in the world, Bran­don Grif­fith will be in the CB&I SEAD Zone on Satur­day and Sun­day with some of his elab­o­rate creations. Grif­fith will be build­ing two com­mis­sioned pieces while on site, in­clud­ing a replica of The Pav­il­ion. He will also have an in­ter­ac­tive area where kids can play with LEGO® bricks and learn how to be­come a mas­ter builder.

In the meet and greet area, kids have the op­por­tu­nity to meet the Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles and Bar­bie mul­ti­ple times per day. For meet and greet times, visit our web­site at www.wood­land­s­cen­ter.org.

Kids are en­cour­aged to un­leash their in­ner artist and cre­ate their own mas­ter­pieces in The Vil­lager’s Arts Al­ley. They will learn about lines, colors, shapes, pat­terns, unity, bal­ance and more by us­ing th­ese el­e­ments to make imag­i­na­tive creations.

Just around the cor­ner from the Pepsi Main Stage, enjoy hands-on arts and crafts, games, cos­tumed char­ac­ters and more in the amus­ing cre­ative zones all around The Pav­il­ion. Ex­per­i­ment with science-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in the FMC Tech­nolo­gies STEAM Zone fea­tur­ing the Hous­ton Chil­dren’s Mu­seum and Fidelity In­vest­ments, with free bal­loons, hat making, per­for­mances on the Com­mu­nity Stage and more.

Take a walk through the Anadarko Ad­ven­ture Zone for wild out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a pet­ting zoo and fun in­flat­a­bles. In­ter­act with pro­fes­sional sports teams like the Hous­ton Tex­ans, Hous­ton Astros and Hous­ton Dy­namo and test your speed in­side a hu­man ham­ster ball with Bub­ble Run­ners. Stop by the Ara­mark Healthy KidZone, where kids can learn about health and phys­i­cal fit­ness in a fun, in­ter­ac­tive way from a va­ri­ety of lo­cal busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions. Ex­plore an am­bu­lance and enjoy games and ac­tiv­i­ties like mar­tial arts, gym­nas­tics and more.

The Ac­tiv­ity Tent is the place to be for train rides, more hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties and games or­ga­nized by lo­cal busi­nesses in­clud­ing brain teasers, a col­or­ing con­test, in­stru­ment pet­ting zoo and more. At the top of The Pav­il­ion hill, the iFly Zone is filled with ex­cite­ment. Build and fly your own kite, dig for gold and par­tic­i­pate in parachute races.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val, please visit www.wood­land­s­cen­ter.org or call 281-364-3010. Ad­mis­sion is $8 per per­son in ad­vance or $10 per per­son at the door. Chil­dren age 2 and un­der are free of charge. All ac­tiv­i­ties and per­for­mances are in­cluded in the price of ad­mis­sion. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at The Pav­il­ion Box Of­fice Mon­day through Fri­day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., all Tick­et­mas­ter lo­ca­tions, on­line at www.tick­et­mas­ter.com, by call­ing 800-745-3000, or the day of the event. Chil­dren age 2 and un­der are free. Pic­nics are wel­come, but bev­er­ages can­not be brought into the venue. Con­ces­sions will be open.

Pre­ferred park­ing is avail­able in the on­site Town Cen­ter Garage, lo­cated along Six Pines Drive. Park­ing is $10 per ve­hi­cle and tick­ets for on-site park­ing can be pur­chased in ad­vance at all Tick­et­mas­ter lo­ca­tions and The Pav­il­ion Box Of­fice. Guests also may park in any of the free park­ing lots south­west of The Pav­il­ion.

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