Editors note: This year’s The Grand Kids Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5 in Galveston
My family moved to Galveston in the spring of 2003. Living in temporary quarters while in the process of moving, we frequently explored our new town on weekends. One of the first weekends we arrived, we saw an advertisement for The Grand Kids Festival and thought it would be fun.
Heading down to Postoffice Street, we entered the festival and, to our surprise, spent the entire day there. We couldn’t believe how many activities and entertainers there were for the kids. There was even a musical play scheduled inside The Grand as well as many performances on the outdoor stages featuring a diverse range of artists.
At the festival, we were able to learn about organizations and resources that are an integral part of Galveston. In fact, having already enrolled our youngest at Trinity Episcopal School, we were able to meet parents at the festival before the school year.
It was at this point that we fell in love with Galveston.
My kids are now grown, and only our youngest participates in the festival. He is one of hundreds of local students who are given the chance to perform at the event. Even though I no longer attend the festival with my entire family, I still support it by being one of the many volunteers working to make it a success.
What a pleasure it is to see multiple generations attending and enjoying the fine arts together with family and friends. After all these years, it is still one of my favorite events here in Galveston and one that I will always support.
Pamela Petty is a member of the The Grand’s board of directors and co-chair of the 2014 Grand Kids Festival committee.