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The largest children's festival in the United States!
The Houston Children’s Festival, presented by Baker Hughes, is the Largest Children's Festival in the United States and has been selected as “one of the world’s 300 unmissable events” by Frommer’s Travel Guides. Celebrating its 25th year in 2013, The Festival offers 4 Stages, 6 Big Family Adventure Zones and over 300 activities. It all benefits Child Advocates and the abused and neglected children they serve.
Highlights this year include the appearance of Victoria Justice, star of Nickelodeon's "Victorious" will be there on Sunday and Laura Marano, star of Diney Channel's "Austin and Ally" will appear on Saturday. Plus, Dora the Explorer and Sid the Science Kid will be on-hand for the little ones both days.
The Festival has consistently provided high-quality educational and fun entertainment in a family friendly atmosphere. With programming carefully aimed at specific age groups and interests, there is adventure and fun for everyone. The Houston Children’s Festival reins supreme as “Number One for Family Fun!”
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.”
In Harris County alone, 5,000 children languish in foster care because of life-threatening abuse and neglect. Child Advocates recruits, trains and supports volunteers assigned by a family court judge to the cases of these children. Child Advocates’ volunteers contact caseworkers, interview parents, ensure necessary medical care, look out for educational interests and make recommendations in court regarding the permanent placement of the child. Most importantly, they serve as a "constant" person for that child to count on during a very tumultuous time. The Houston Children’s Festival has become a cornerstone event for Child Advocates and to date has raised over $4.5 dollars to assist Child Advocates in this critical mission.
Over $5.2 million raised for Child Advocates
Supported by fundraisers like the McDonald's Houston Children’s Festival, Child Advocates is striving to break the vicious cycle of child abuse by providing a trained court appointed volunteer for every child who needs one, and guiding them to safe environments where they can thrive.
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