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Dickens on The Squares

Kid’s Activities at Dickens on The Strand

“THERE IS NOTHING IN THE WORLD SO IRRESISTIBLY CONTAGIOUS AS LAUGHTER AND GOOD HUMOR.” – CHARLES DICKENS

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the world’s most beloved stories for a reason. Its message of forgiveness, humanity, and acceptance has connected with adults and children alike for over 176 years. Dickens on The Strand, now in its 48th year, recreates the settings of Dickens’ work for guests to enjoy while walking through The Strand National Historic Landmark Districts Victorian-era architecture. It’s a one-of-a-kind location to enjoy a one-of-a-kind weekend on historic Galveston Island. Although there’s fun for all ages, Dickens has numerous events and attractions for visiting youth to enjoy.  Here are our top 5 kid’s activities at Dickens on The Strand. Be sure to tag us at #galvestonhistory with your favorite moments and highlights at the 48th Annual Dickens on The Strand!

Kids Activities at Dickens1. SUBMIT A SHORT STORY AND WIN A RIDE IN THE PARADE!

Could you be the next Dickens? This year’s festival will give you the chance to ride in a carriage with Oliver Dickens if your story is the winning selection! Ollie will personally select two stories, one from a 7-9 age range and one from a 10-12 range, for the winner to accompany them as their special guest during a Dickens parade.

Stories are limited to 100 words and can be on one of three topics.

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    Write your stories below. Limted to 100 words!

    2. MONSTER MURAL

    Setup in Tiny Tim’s Playland, kids are welcome to grab some colors and leave their mark on our 12′ x 6′ Dickens-inspired oversized mural. The mural will be available on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Sorry parents, this is only for the kids.

    This giveaway is possible due to the contribution of the Alice Taylor Gray Foundation.

    Kids Activities at Dickens3. 1/2 OFF ADMISSION FOR THOSE IN COSTUME

    There’s no better way to enjoy all kid’s activities at Dickens on The Strand that we have to offer than attending in costume. We even sweeten the deal by offering 1/2 price admission to those in their Dickens best. Everything from pageboys and chimney sweeps to Victorian finery and finesse are welcomed. Not sure what to wear? Head to our specially curated Pinterest board to get some ideas.

    4. AN AUDIENCE WITH THE QUEEN AND CHARLES DICKENS

    This year’s kid’s activities at Dickens on The Strand features a full weekend of great, family-friendly programming on our multiple stages and throughout The Strand. Be sure to check out our Tiny Tim’s Playland with a petting zoo, kids activities, and more.

    New this year is an exclusive audience with Queen Victorian and Charles Dickens themselves! Join Her Royal Highness Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Charles Dickens will be immediately after to share stories of his life and writing Saturday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

    Dickens Snow Yard5. SNOW!

    Who says it doesn’t snow on Galveston Island? We can guarantee snow conditions (until it’s gone!) at this year’s Dickens on The Strand with the return of our festival snow yard. Bundle up the kids for a slide, snowballs, slipping, sliding, and more.

    The location for this and all of our festival attractions are posted on our “Maps & General Info” page.

    PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable. The festival is open rain or shine. GHF is not responsible for independent transactions between visitors and vendors. We are committed to making Dickens on The Strand special needs accessible. If we can assist with arrangements, please contact us at 409-765-7834 in advance of your visit.

    Pets and ice chests are not allowed. Scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, Segways, and other recreational “wheels” are forbidden. Guests bringing in costume weapons and props must have them secured will be asked to go through additional screening.

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