Grand Kids Festival

The 22nd annual Grand Kids Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Cultural Arts District (Postoffice Street, between 20th and 23rd streets) of historic downtown Galveston. Admission is free.

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Celebrating the 22nd year of showcasing the arts to area families, this year’s Grand Kids Festival, hosted by The Grand 1894 Opera House, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on Postoffice Street between 20th and 23rd streets in Galveston’s historic downtown Cultural Arts District. Admission is free.

In addition to two special performances of the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s performance of “Aladdin,” the Festival will feature the popular Tipi Tellers telling historical and cultural stories from their giant tipi; entertainment by the well-known puppeteer, Dru Woods; the chance to learn the art of spinning a yo-yo, a petting zoo, bubble pond and food booths. Also, family-friendly performances by student choirs, dance groups, bands and musicians, along with professional family entertainment, plus over 50 booths — that showcase hands-on arts — round out the day’s activities providing fun for children of all ages.

Highlights of the 2017 festival include performances by internationally-recognized, award-winning singer and author Johnette Downing. Dubbed the “Pied Piper of Louisiana Music traditions,” Downing entertains with her “gumbo” of Cajun, Creole, zydeco and jazz-influenced songs.

New entertainment will include Tom’s Fun Band, an interactive musical group which consists of acoustic guitar, ukulele, bass and drums and features the original songs of group founder, Tom Wilbeck. Also new will be an amazing drum circle with Dan Egger-Belandria and New World Synergy. This high-energy multicultural presentation infuses “explosive drumming” while demonstrating how Western culture has evolved through drumming and dance traditions. And representatives from Beaumont’s Gator Country will educate attendees about alligators and reptiles in our local area.

The Festival grounds will be free to the public as well as inflatables, petting zoo and giant zip line. A fee will be charged for some activities and booths, such as food and face painting. For more information, visit www.thegrand.com/TheGrandKidsFest or call 409-770-5066 or 800-821-1894.

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