KidFest! Ridgeland was recently named a “Top Twenty Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Don’t forget!  Some of our headlining acts change from weekend to weekend!  Be sure to check the schedule so that you don’t miss out on the chance to see them all!

Jimmy Riffle and Gator Boys Road Crew (April 18-19) – Jimmy Riffle of the hit show Gator Boys as seen on Animal Planet. Meet Jimmy Riffle and some of your other favorite Gator Boys Road Crew including Tre, Andy and Sara. Visit their website.

Ridgeland Easter Egg Hunt (April 18-19) – Peter Cottontail will make a visit to Freedom Ridge Park on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19. The city’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held during KidFest! Ridgeland. Check the schedule for age groups and times.

NEW! Those Funny Little People (April 18-19) – Those Funny Little People is a one-of-a-kind entertainment company with life-sized puppets who dance, sing and make people laugh. The Little People have been in several theater productions such as The Wizard of Oz. Making their television debut in 2011, Those Funny Little People appeared on the TV show America’s Got Talent as four elves, an agent and a showgirl. The group resonated with audiences everywhere and placed within the top 36 acts.

NEW! Stingray Encounter (April 18-19) – Live wild stringrays that you can touch! The only traveling attraction of its kind in America! Southern rays (Dasyatis Americana) are very friendly and can grow up to six feet across. Cow Nose rays (Rhinoptera Bonasus) are hearty eaters and have good eyesight. As a species, stingrays are very smart. They are captured at approximately 3 to 4 years of age, on display for about a year then returned to the wild.  www.sealifeencounters.com

NEW!  Bengal Tiger Encounter (April 12-13) – This exotic animal production brings you an inspirational and educational program featuring the Incredible Bengal Tiger. These tigers are helping to educate the public on the loss of habitat and the killing of tigers for profit in India and Asia. These tigers are loved and protected as well as cared for by loving trainers. They consume 12-14 lbs. of beef or chicken daily and undergo regular medical checkups by a certified Vet.

FESTIVAL FAVORITE! – The Fearless Flores Family (April 12-13) – Finalists on 2011 America’s Got Talent – Watch 10-year old Volorian and 14-year old Cyndel ride their motorcycles together in the Globe of Death along with their mom and dad.  See how they impressed the judges and America on NBC TV’s hit show, America’s Got Talent.

A Grizzly Experience (April 12-13) – A Grizzly Experience brings to you an in-depth, up-close and personal look into the life of North America’s most prestigious predator, the Alaskan Grizzly Bear. Tonk, our 7 foot tall, 600 pound Grizzly Bear; Yogi, our 3 year old, 250 Grizzly; and Maggie, our 7 month old, 60 pound Brown Bear cub, delight crowds of all ages with their impressive sizes and amazing behaviors.  www.grizzlyexperience.com

All of this and a lot more at the 12th Annual KidFest! Ridgeland on Saturday, April 12 – Sunday, April 13 and Friday, April 18 – Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Freedom Ridge Park. To provide a memorable experience for both parents and children, KidFest! Ridgeland will provide:

  • Interactive activities and attractions,
  • A variety of shows,
  • Amusement rides, Pony & Train rides and
  • It’s all included in the admission price!

Ridgeland also offers the family numerous venues for dining, lodging and fun. Explore www.visitridgeland.com for more details about our city.

KidFest! Ridgeland is a program of the city of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department. Call 601.853.2011 for more information.

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