The Largest Children's Festival in the United States!

April 23 & 24, 2016
10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Downtown Houston

Directions * Parking * Hotel * Rules * More

On-site Money Answers
Food, beverage & game coupons: 9 coupons for $10.00 and are sold in conveniently located Coupon Booths located through-out the festival.  (Sorry, but these coupons cannot be purchased in advance.) A variety of family-friendly food and beverages are available and range in price from 2 - 14 coupons. Many festival activities are free; however, some activities and rides cost between 2 - 6 coupons.

ALL DAY FUN PASS wristbands give unlimited visits to rides and inflatables - only $30.00 (does not include festival admission, petting zoo visits, pony rides or Laser Tag). Purchase at any Coupon Booth at the festival.  Cannot be purchased prior to the festival. NOTE:  Some games and rides have height and weight restrictions.

These games & rides may also be purchased individually.

There are a number of Market Vendors throughout the festival selling fun, quality merchandise. Festival coupons are NOT accepted for market purchases. Each market vendor determines what form of payment they will accept.    Want to be a Market Vendor? Click here.

ATMs are available at all Coupon and Admission Booths.

Tickets and coupons are sold without obligation to refund monies or exchange tickets if programming is interrupted due to circumstances beyond the control of festival management.

The MCDONALD'S HOUSTON CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL, presented by Baker Hughes and benefiting Child Advocates, Inc., is located in the heart of downtown Houston in the area surrounding City Hall, Houston Public Library Plaza, Sam Houston Park and Tranquility Park, so getting to the fun is a piece of cake. So is the parking. C'mon & join the FUN!

For Mapquest or GPS – Destination address: 901 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002
For Mapquest driving directions –
click here

Driving Directions
Exit Dallas, turn left on W. Dallas, which curves to the north and becomes Bagby Street. Turn Right onto Dallas. Turn left onto Louisiana, then turn left onto Capitol. Turn left onto Bagby, then left onto Rusk. Enter Theatre District parking off of Rusk.

Exit at Houston/Memorial Avenue (Exit 47-B). Right on Memorial/Rusk to Theatre District Parking.

Exit Downtown Destinations/Smith Street (769 A). Right on Capitol, left on Bagby, left on Rusk to Theatre District Parking.

Exit San Jacinto, which turns into Fannin. Turn right onto Capitol, left onto Bagby, left onto Rusk to Theatre District Parking

RAMP CLOSURE: The McKinney Street southbound exit ramp off I-45 will be closed 7:00 pm, Friday, March 27 and will be re-opened 5:00 am on Monday, March 30.

Wanna take the METRO bus or METRO rail?
Take the bus and leave the driving to METRO. For information on routes and schedules, please contact METRO at 713.635.5000 or click here for info 

Festival Parking
There is plenty of easy parking near the festival. And you have the choice of street level, surface lots, parking garages or underground parking. Below are several of the parking options near the festival:  Please note that The Festival has no control over parking fees in either public or private parking lots.

Theatre District Parking Garages - $7.00
Garage #2 - located off Rusk between Bagby and Smith Street

Two Shell Plaza Garage
777 Walker
(corner of Walker @ Louisiana; entrance on Louisiana)

1100 Smith Garage

Corner of Smith & Lamar

Heritage Clay Parking Garage
1200 Bagby @ Clay

The Festival's Official Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown

Make it a Getaway Week-end!
Enjoy one of Houston's finest hotels (& their famous complimentary cookies!) and WALK to The Festival


Festival Rules
To ensure a safe, enjoyable event, the following items should be left at home:

Beverages, food, alcoholic beverages, ice chests/coolers, bikes, in-line skates, grills, weapons, fireworks, umbrellas and laser pointers. Sorry, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events regulations prohibits pets (including dogs, amphibians, reptiles and snakes) from attending. Seeing eye and assistance dogs are allowed.  Food for infants and special dietary concerns are allowed.

Thank you for making the festival safe and enjoyable for everyone!

Food Vendor Menus
The Festival offers a variety of delicious, family friendly food for sale.  To check out the menus & prices of the yummy food our vendors will be offering, please visit us again near the festival.

Rides & Games
There are variety of fun rides and activities for your family to enjoy.  To view what's in store for you & the prices, please visit us again near the festival for a list of rides and activities and their prices.


$12.00 per person
3 years and under free

Special McDonald's Discount!
Present ONE McDonald's receipt
PER admission ticket &
receive a $2.00 discount
at the gate. 

Can be any 2016 McDonald's receipt.

All stage entertainment & most
activities inside festival gates are free. 
However, there's a charge for some
rides & games,
as well as for food & beverages.
Please check back for a
list of games & rides & the cost

Save time, hassle & some cash.

$10.00 per person
(plus service fee; 3 years & under free)

Your tickets are a click away!

You can print out your paper ticket & bring it to the gate OR
we can scan it from your mobile device at the gate.

$6.00 each
Minimum of 25 or more tickets

Must be ordered in ADVANCE!
Group discount pricing is not available at the gate.

To order on-line BEFORE April 15

To order AFTER April 15
to contact Sandra Besier

2 Free Tickets

Sign up for Sparkletts water for one year at any festival entrance
gate and receive 2 free festival admission tickets.

$10.00 per person

Must present military credentials at the gate to receive discount.
Discount available to military member only.