GALVESTON – Free admission. Free books. Free fun.

And you might learn something you didn’t know about the quality of Galveston education and schools from cradle to lifelong learning.

The city of Galveston’s Ed Fest 2014 will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Menard Park, 27th Street and Seawall Boulevard.

The fifth annual event is a project of the city of Galveston’s Families, Children and Youth Board in partnership with Galveston College and the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Also participating are Galveston ISD along with private schools and academies on the Island.

At the Book Giveaway booth, school-aged attendees can pick a free book of their choice, donated by Half Price Books.

School-sponsored booths and activities with interactive opportunities for children and parents will highlight programs of the public and private educational institutions in Galveston. Family fun activities include robotics, art, microscopes, Sea Scouts demonstrations, Children’s Museum and a driving simulator, to name a few.

Attendees can have their photo made in the Big Red Chair, climb a rock wall or pick up a paintbrush to help create the Community Collaborative Mural, which will be presented to the Island Community Center at 4700 Broadway.

Performances by student music, dance and cheer groups are planned for the central stage along with the presentation of medals to the student, teacher and volunteer Education Achievers who were nominated by teachers throughout the island educational institutions.

With a theme of “Education is a Family Affair,” the event offers a day of fun, food and entertainment with a lot of new knowledge about the educational opportunities available across the island.

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