Houston Family Festivals & LEGO KidsFest - Spring 2013

FESTIVALS with KIDS ACTIVITIES in MARCH, APRIL and MAY

With flowers in full bloom and the air still crisp from the winter months, this is the perfect Houston season for outdoor celebrations. But in late spring, we must head indoors to weather-proof two first-time Houston events: the Houston Mom Expo & Health Fair and LEGO KidsFest.

BAYOU CITY ART FESTIVAL:  MARCH 22, 23 & 24
Memorial Park, 713-521-0133

More than 300 artists from around the United States will showcase their works at the 42nd Annual Bayou City Art Festival. "Bayou City Art Festival isn't just for adults," Executive Director Kelly Kindred tells ParentsPost.com. "Kids can find their inner artists at the Green Mountain Energy Creative Zone, with art projects from our non-profit partners, including making wax hands, creating mini art cars, and more. Families can dance along to amazing music at the Houston Arts Alliance Local Roots Global Culture Stage." Children can also create ornamental rocks, mosaic frames, colorful kites, wire sculptures, and even glow-in-the-dark mobiles. NOTE: ONLY CASH is accepted at the festival. ATMs are available.

 

TOMBALL GERMAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL:  MARCH 22, 23 & 24

Downtown Tomball, 201 S. Elm Street, 281-379-6844

Free admission & Free parking. "We focus on families and younger people because we would like the Texas-German heritage to be passed down," organizer Grady Martin tells ParentsPost.com. "We have plenty of activities and entertainment for children. The school districts from all over the Houston area from Klein to Sugarland, Deer Park to Katy participate in dancing and polka." Kids can enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides and the carnival. Performances include German folk dancers, Accordion and Autoharp players, Bluegrass bands and more. Cultural competitions include the Best Dressed German Contest, Yodeling Contest and Doggie Costume Parade.

         

HOUSTON CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL:  APRIL 6 & 7

Downtown Houston around City Hall, 901 Bagby, 713-515-5703

More than 50,000 people are expected to attend this largest children's festival in the United States. Families can enjoy more than 300 activities in eight adventure areas and performances on five stages. Celebrity appearances include Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice from the hit series "Victorious" and Disney Channel star Laura Marano from the show "Austin and Ally." Younger kids will want to look out for Dora the Explorer and Sid the Science Kid.

 

JAPAN FESTIVAL:  APRIL 13 & 14

Hermann Park, 713-963-0121 

Free admission. This 20th Annual Japan Festival showcases the diverse culture and cuisine of Japan. Families can enjoy taiko drum and classic dance performances as well as a variety of martial arts demonstrations. Guests can catch a Kawaii fashion show or Japanese opera and sample treats and delicacies. The festival is presented by the Japan-America Society of Houston.   


SAN JACINTO DAY FESTIVAL and BATTLE REENACTMENT:  APRIL 20 

San Jacinto Museum of History, 1 Monument Circle, LaPorte, 281-479-2421

Free admission. This festival celebrates the 177th anniversary of Texas independence. Hundreds of reenactors will recreate the events that led up to Texas independence including the Battle of San Jacinto. The popular battle reenactment starts at 3 p.m. complete with booming cannons, cracking musket fire and battle cries. Families can enjoy live musical performances, historical demonstrations, games and food while learning Texas history. Kids' activities include archery lessons, a petting zoo, arts and crafts and encounters with birds of prey.      

HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL:  APRIL 20 & 21, 27 & 28

Downtown Houston, 713-654-8808

The spotlight is on Brazil at the 43rd Annual Houston International Festival. More than 200,000 visitors are expected over two weekends. Families can sample Brazilian food and music while learning about the vibrant South American country through culturally inspired activities and art projects. Headliners include: Brazilian pop legend Sergio Mendes, the Casa Samba Dancers, Los Lobos, Bootsy Collins, Diogo Nogueira, The Wailers and Aaron Neville. The Houston International Festival showcases educational exhibits and programs to "inspire the children of today to become global citizens of tomorrow."    

 

HOUSTON MOM EXPO:  APRIL 26 & 27

Berry Center, 8877 Barker-Cypress Road, 281-894-3900

ParentsPost.com is a media partner for this trade show for Moms. Kids are welcome. Parents can learn about dozens of services and products that can enhance family life in Houston while children enjoy the play zones, craft stations, live entertainment and character appearances. Early Bird Moms can join the Baby Boot Camp Stroller Fitness Classes. Scheduled events include Mommy Group Mixers and Mompreneur Panels.     

 

LEGO KIDSFEST:  MAY 17, 18 & 19

Reliant Center, 832-667-1400

LEGO KidsFest is the ultimate experience for LEGO lovers of all ages. Walk through a gallery of miniature and life-size models built entirely of LEGO bricks. Master Builders will lead live demonstrations. Anyone can jump in the Big Brick Pile and create anything imaginable. The DUPLO Build Area will suit the youngest set, while the LEGO Construction Zone will keep older children and adults occupied for hours. Challenge friends with custom built cars at the Race Ramps or play the unique buildable LEGO games.  **NOTE: Based on sell-out attendance in previous markets, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Five sessions – all identical – are available for the Houston LEGO KidsFest.     CLICK HERE to purchase Houston LEGO KidsFest tickets online.

      
   

 





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