By Skyler Watrous, Spirit of Texas Festival Publicity Committee
The 2nd Annual Spirit of Texas Festival, sponsored by H-E-B Creamy Creations, will offer a free, family-friendly event featuring a unique learning opportunity for the children of the Brazos Valley and surrounding regions – the Idea Village.
Schools are invited to bring their students to experience exciting, hands-on learning experiences on Friday, March 23. Families also will be able to discover new ideas together at the Idea Village on Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25. The festival is being held at College Station’s Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.
The Idea Village will captivate curious minds of students in elementary, middle and high school and their families through educational pods that offer a variety of learning activities. “The mission of the Idea Village is to excite the imagination of all ages,” said Allen Academy Director of Advancement Patrick Baker, who is chairing the Idea Village. “The Spirit of Texas Festival gives families the opportunity to explore and learn about a variety of subjects – from chemistry experiments to milking cows. We know festivalgoers will walk away with new knowledge and a curiosity to learn more.”
Organizations that will be presenting the Idea Village’s educational pods include Blinn College Dental Hygiene Program, Cook N Grow, Bricks 4 Kidz, Urban Interface, The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley, Texas A&M Entomology, and Southwest Dairy Farmers Association, and Kids, Cows & Classrooms. There will also be special presentations by K9s4Cops and the Texas A&M Chemistry Road Show.
“The Spirit of Texas Festival provides the perfect venue for the Idea Village because of our focus on celebrating the next generation. School districts, charter schools, private schools and home schools are invited to bring children to the festival on Friday so they can engage in unique, exciting, hands-on educational opportunities. Over the weekend, the Idea Village will provide an appealing opportunity for families to learn together,” said Cynthia Caronna, the festival’s executive director. “Texas has so much to offer, so we are excited that the festival will engage the next generation in these learning opportunities.”
The Spirit of Texas Festival is supporting nonprofits whose work affects the lives of youth: the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley; Von’s Vision (founded by Texas A&M football legend Von Miller); K9s4Kids; and Mobility Worldwide.