Where: Downtown Houston in the area surrounding City Hall, Tranquility Park and Sam Houston Park.
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 & Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM until 6:30 PM
Join the KRBE Squad for the largest children’s festival in the United States! The 31st annual McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival has raised over $5.6 million dollars over the past 31 years for Child Advocates, Inc.
This year’s Festival excitement includes:
- Fourteen Big Family Adventure Zones!
- Five stages of music and entertainment!
- Over three hundred fun activities!
- Featured celebrities including Ronald McDonald and friends, PAW Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Curious George, Princess Presto, and special guest Anthony Gonzalez, the voice of Miguel in the Academy Award winning Disney film COCO!
Online tickets are $10, a $4 discount off of the gate ticket price of $14. The website provides more information on Child Advocates Inc., the beneficiary of the festival, along with details on the entertainment schedule, including games and interactive activities, food and beverage.
About the McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival
The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival and was selected as “one of the world’s 300 unmissable events” by Frommer’s Travel Guides. Celebrating its 31st year in 2019, it is one of Houston’s signature events and has developed into one of the primary fund-raisers for Child Advocates. With a projected annual attendance of over 50,000 people, the festival celebrates over three decades of proven success for sponsors, the community, participants and most importantly, for Child Advocates and the abused and neglected children it serves.
The Houston Children’s Festival was born in 1988 and was originally known as the “Children for Children Festival.” Attracting a crowd of less than 5,000 people the first year, the goal was to create a family festival that would serve as the vehicle to educate the public about child abuse and the mission of Child Advocates. For the first few years, the festival was located across from the George R. Brown Convention Center, where Discovery Green Park is now located. When the festival continued to grow and needed a bigger home, it was moved to the Greenway Plaza area and occupied two large, then-vacant lots next to what is now Lakewood Church. After a two-year stint at Hermann Park, the festival found its current home in downtown Houston in 1999. It was during this time that Mayor Bob Lanier saw the exceptional value in this event and designated it “The Mayor’s Official Family Celebration.”
About Child Advocates, Inc.
On any given day, over 4,000 children in the Houston area—ranging from infants to teens—are in protective care due to life-threatening abuse or neglect.
Child Advocates recruits, trains and supports court appointed advocates—they come alongside the children, their families and their caseworkers. They listen. They build trust. They learn everything they can about the child’s situation. They help celebrate birthdays and attend court appointments. And when it is time to decide what that child’s next steps will be, 75% of the time the judge agrees with the recommendation of the advocate.
That’s the reputation we have built. For over 30 years, Child Advocates has had the child’s best interests at heart. It’s a reputation built on the rigorous training each volunteer receives—to recognize warning signs, understand abuse and family dynamics, navigate legal paperwork and more. It’s a reputation built on knowledge and experience, as well as compassion.
In 2017, over 800 court appointed advocates gave a voice to over 2,200 children—helping more families than we ever have before. This year we hope to break even more records and help even more children. None of this is possible without the support of the community. For 31 years the Houston Children’s Festival has been helping raise awareness and funds for Child Advocates—over $5.6 million dollars to date.For more information on Child Advocates, please visit: www.childadvocates.org