Downtown El Paso is going to the kids.
The tenth version of KidsPalooza is March 25, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The all-day family event features children’s concerts, games, painting, “Make & Take” craft workshops, tours plus free transportation to a variety of educational stops throughout the downtown area. Most activities will take place at the Arts Festival Plaza and Cleveland Square Park. Admission to the event is free for everyone, with some activities costing a small fee, however most will be free.
Special activities include a Star Wars concert at 12 and 2 p.m. at the Plaza Theater where kids are asked to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character — and then jam out. The event is sponsored and coordinated by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. El Paso museums will also join in on the fun.
For a list of their activities, see below.
Arts Festival Plaza
Arts Festival Plaza will be turning into the Circus Plaza! ODD-LAB ENTERTAINMENT brings their Circus-themed Stilt Walkers, Circus Variety Show, Balloon Artist, Face Painting and Flow Jam Dance Party for all-day fun! Play with JUNGLE JAKS: Glitter Tattoos, Face Painting.
TFCU ACTIVITY ZONE: Bring your kids by our TFCU Activity Zone located at the Arts Festival Plaza in front of the El Paso Museum of Arts. Fun activities include having your kids make their very own slime! Kids can also try their hand at our bean bag toss and receive a fun prize. There will also be an area to have some hula hoop fun! Don’t miss the fun!
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra, led by Conductor James Welsch, will present two performances of A STAR WARS CONCERT. 12pm and 2pm. Cost is $5.00 general admission. Call (915) 532-3776 for tickets and information. Tickets also will be available at the door. Characters welcome! Come dressed as your favorite character.
El Paso Museum of Art
Join the El Paso Museum of Art in C2 Gallery to create your own masterpiece. Families are invited to come and explore collage techniques often used by artists featured in The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper. Then, we invite you to pick up an activity guide or scavenger hunt to lead you through an adventure through the El Paso Museum of Art galleries. These activities are free and open to the public.
Main Street: Replenish you thirst and energy at the Food Court on Main St. – Franklin Street: next to Cleveland Square Park Have fun with Kiddie Rides
Fun under at the Court with The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital.
Cleveland Square Park
Join the fun at the Park! Entertainment all day includes jumping balloons, face painting and entertainment by Kids-N-Co., Ballet Folklorico Orgullo de Mi Tierra, Dreams Come True Princess, Carambola Community Music and more! Visit the “Instrument Petting Zoo” sponsored by the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra! – POISON JUNGLE SAFARI at the Park from 10:30am to 3pm. Learn all about poison and safety and receive some cool giveaways at the West Texas Regional Poison Center’s 22nd Annual Poison Jungle Safari. First 500 kids to complete the safari receive a free t-shirt! The Safari starts at Cleveland Square Park and continues into the library.
El Paso Library
Star Wars Storytime! Main Library Children’s Department from 11am to 12pm. – “To the Library must go. Crafts to make.” Make a Star Wars craft! Main Library Children’s Department from 1pm to 4pm. – Become a Jedi Master with 3D prints, droids, and more. May the Force be with you! Makerspace room from 2pm to 5pm. – Tierra Flamenca! Traditional flamenco performance by Linda Gallegos and Baile Flamenco. 3pm in the Main Library Auditorium. – The Jungle Safari continues in Library Atrium from 10am to 3pm! Fun insect display and information on poison control by the West Texas Regional Poison Center.
El Paso Museum of History
Experience the United States’ 1st Digital Wall, DIGIE (Digital Information Gateway In El Paso), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Family crafts: Using recycled materials, build your own out of this world project. – The exhibit; El Paso A to Z shows over 400 objects ranging from Mrs. Rosa Guerrero dance costume, a reproduction of Pancho Villa’s death mask to a never before seen movie poster, Mexican Revolution that is newly remounted and framed.
Creative Kids/Olo Gallery
“Make and Take” project: Create an original piece of artwork using various art materials. – $5 fee for materials. – View artwork by the youth in Creative Kids. – An easy walk through the Pedestrian Pathway!
Railroad and Transportation Museum
All Aboard: Adventures with Bells & Whistles and Railroad Songs. Art teachers will be on hand to help you draw your favorite railroad train. Check out the historic Locomotive No. 1.
Scottish Rite Temple
Visit the theatre where the El Paso Symphony had their first concert, hosted by The Order of the Eastern Star. – Catch a performance by The Academy of Dance Designs at 1pm; Calyx Harmoniae Medieval Choir at 3pm, and a Renaissance Recorder Group at 11am. – In the afternoon, the Society for Creative Anachronism will dazzle you with their Medieval sword fighting on the front steps, – Take a tour of the museum and learn about Masonry, and its impact on El Paso history. – Blowing free bubbles and playing with Legos with the Rainbow Girls!
Downtown Art and Farmers Market
The Downtown Arts & Farmers Market will have extended hours for KidsPalooza. Stop by from 9am to 5pm and enjoy original arts and crafts, food vending, regionally grown agricultural products, artisans, regional farmers and live entertainment from local artists.
This is a great way to spend a family day downtown and expose young participants to the many activities available in the El Paso area.
When: Saturday, March 25, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Downtown El Paso
Admission: Free, some activities $5
411: 532-3776; epso.org
Why: Because your kids are awesome and they deserve it.