- Date/time: March 30th, 10:30am to March 31st, 6:30pm
- Venue: Downtown Houston
- Address: Houston, Texas
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What: The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is the largest children’s festival in the United States and will be celebrating its 31st year in 2019. The Festival has raised over $5.6 million during the past 30 years for Child Advocates, (www.childadvocates.org) and has entertained over one million attendees over that time.
Where: Downtown Houston in the area surrounding City Hall, Tranquility Park and upper Sam Houston Park.
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM until 6:30 PM
Activities: The Festival excitement features 14 Big Family Adventure Zones, five stages of music and entertainment, over three hundred fun activities plus featured celebrities and characters.
About the McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival
The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival, 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 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
Over 4,000 children languish in foster care because of life-threatening abuse and neglect. In 2015, in the Houston area, there were 34,691 investigations of child abuse and 6,090 confirmed cases of child abuse.
Child Advocates recruits, trains and supports volunteers assigned by a judge to the cases of these children. Child Advocates court appointed advocates 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. Child Advocates, Inc. has served over 22,000 children since it began in 1984. In 2016, Child Advocates provided advocacy for 2,193 abused and neglected children and trained 267 new court appointed advocates. And in 2016, 751 court appointed advocates collectively gave over 54,000 hours of their time working on 1,287 cases. The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival has become a cornerstone event for Child Advocates, Inc. and to date has raised over $5.5 million dollars to assist Child Advocates, Inc. in this critical mission.