GALVESTON — The 19th annual Grand Kids Festival will spring into action April 5 in Galveston’s Historic Downtown Cultural Arts District.

Presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House indoors and out on Postoffice Street between 20th and 23rd streets, this premier family fun event in the spring provides hands-on access to activities for children and their families to raise an appreciation and awareness of the fine arts and to demonstrate the talent and ability of our community’s children.

New at Kids Fest this year is four-time Grammy Nominee Trout Fishing in America.

Created more than three decades ago as a musical partnership by Texans Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet, these two well-known entertainers continue to seamlessly blend their musical talents to appeal to the imagination and hearts of audiences of all ages. Grimwood plays bass and Idlet, guitar and banjo.

Additional new activities and vendors include a 9-hole mini-golf course, Bungee trampolines, the 5-minute portrait done by Cecelia Eidenmiller, Pastel Street Murals by Miller Intermediate from Pasadena and much more.

It wouldn’t be a Grand Kids Festival without the many student groups from all across the Galveston and Houston area who perform on the outdoor stages.

New performers this year include the “All Stars” Banjo Band under the Direction of Buddy Griffin, leading more than 50 student banjo players from ages 7 to 17.

The Texas City Choral Department under the direction of Kathy Skinner will be first-timers as well, and many of Galveston schools’ performing groups will be returning as their amazing talents are showcased.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free admission for children 4 years and younger.

Tickets are available at The Grand’s box office and at www.thegrand.com.

If you purchase your tickets in advance, festival tickets will be available at half-price through The Grand’s box office and website.

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