By Kim Baynes, On the Scene columnist
Last weekend, thousands flocked to downtown Houston for the annual McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival, presented by Baker Hughes.
Launched in 1988 and originally known as the “Children for Children Festival,” the event drew a crowd of less than 5,000 people in its first year, and now in its 26th year, has grown to attract a crowd of more than 50,000.
The festival, now one of the largest children’s festivals in the U.S., this year featured seven stages of entertainment, 11 Big Family Adventure zones and 300 activities for two fun-filled days of family-friendly festivities.
Victoria Baynes Lopez, co-host of What Up World radio talk show took part in the entertainment on the Kid’s Directory Stage.
Lopez performed with the Kid Fresh Crew and Baby Isaac who have been entertaining youth on anti-bullying and performing stay-in-school songs for schools around the country.
The 11-year-old Ruby Clifton Middle School student interviewed Debbie Ryan, star of Disney Channel’s Jessie and Charles Vienn II, the mastermind behind Uplift Comics’ The Baby Isaac Crew.
The crowd went wild when Lopez, along with 8-year old Tre the Kid DJ and the Kid Fresh Crew performed as backup dancers for The Baby Isaac Crew.
The Kid’s Directory Stage was the site of some magical moments as Phil the Magician (Phillip Kampf), one of the festival’s first vendors, treated festival-goers to his popular magic show.
Houston singing sensation, Sharve was on hand along with TSU’s Dr. Howard Harris and the People’s Family Workshop, rounding out highlights of the two-day festival.
Houston’s 97.9 The Box and a wide range of vendors also were on hand at the event.
If you missed the festival this year, make plans to attend next year!