It’s a memorable tradition that draws families from all over the area to The Woodlands. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion will be transformed into a giant playground for The Woodlands Children’s Festival presented by Texas Children's Hospital-The Woodlands.

From live character shows to games, craft classes, science demonstrations, and more, the weekend-long festival will be packed with fun and a lot of moments you won’t want to miss.

Plan out your visit ahead of time for the best experience, check the festival hours below.

  • Saturday, November 12 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 13 | Noon to 5 p.m.

PJ Masks Meet and Greet at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion during The Children's Festival


This year, Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from The Octonauts are heading to The Pavilion Main Stage. Sound the Octo-alert, kids will have the opportunity to meet and greet the underwater duo and take photos with them. Everyone’s favorite heroes from the hit Disney Junior show, PJ Masks, and other characters at various times each day in the Meet & Greet Tent in South Plaza.

Mother and child at a petting zoo during The Children's Festival at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Kids playing on inflatable slide at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion during The Children's Festival


Take a walk along the Adventure Abyss area for exciting outdoor activities including a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, bungee jumpers, inflatables, and more! The kids are sure to love every second.

Girl running across lawn at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion during The Children's Festival

Boy playing in the sand during The Children's Festival at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


Kids can build and fly their own kite at Hill Harbor located at the top of The Pavilion's hill. There will also be parachute races and giant bubble runners! Dig on the beach for a buried treasure. 


Head over to Accenture STEAM Surf (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) where kids can launch into space with Janet’s Planet, and enjoy a whole slew of other activities including face painting and an instrument petting zoo.


The Creative Coral area allows children to explore their artistic side through arts and crafts and art lessons. Performers will spark their imagination with awe and joy!


Get up close and personal with the Touch-a-Truck area! One of the most popular attractions at the Children’s Festival gives families a chance to see the inner workings of trucks, tractors, and automobiles. Children can touch, climb into and explore the vehicles. All aboard, hop on the train to explore more of this area.

Ballerinas dancing at the Pepsi Main Marina during The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Children's Festival

Volunteer at The Children's Festival at The Pavilion


The Main Marina is the gateway to the Children's Festival and home to the Community Stage! Here you'll see student performers showing off their hard-earned skills in a variety of shows and programs. The Woodlands Children's Museum will be set up nearby, be sure to stop by for hands-on fun.

Toddler listening to woman play guitar during The Children's Festival at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


Even the youngest festival goers will feel special at The Children of The Woodlands Toddler Tide, an area for the youngest sea explorers ages four and under. This “festival-within-a-festival” will feature storytelling, musical performances, interactive theatre workshops, arts and crafts, and special toddler toys to climb.

Insider Tip: Moms, take a break. This Comfort Lounge area is a quiet and comfortable place where you can feed your baby and relax. There are several private areas for nursing mothers.

The Octonauts


Admission to The Children’s Festival is $10 per person and includes all performances and activities, purchase tickets here. Children two and under are free of charge.

You can pay for preferred parking at the Town Center Garage for $10 per vehicle. Guests can also park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion off of Timberloch Place. The color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.

The Pavilion's Bag Policy will be enforced during this event. Please note that diaper bags will be permitted but will be checked prior to entry.