KidFest! Ridgeland 2015 Attractions, Shows & Activities
All attractions, shows, rides and activities are included in the low admission price
Please check our schedule for performance times
NEW! Aussie Kingdom- Appearing Friday, April 3 – Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, April 11 – Sunday, April 12 – This wonderful exhibit and show will entertain festival guests as well as educate them. Aussie Kingdom provides many interesting facts about the different species of kangaroos and wallabies, along with native Australian birds such as the kookaburra and rainbow lorikeet. Currently, they have 8 different species of these wonderful marsupials, (pouched animals). They also present information about their native land and the people of Australia. This is a high impact “WOW” factor program which includes all the animals on display throughout the day for everyone to enjoy the wonderful antics of the animals at play. Aussie Kingdom will appear both weekends of KidFest! Ridgeland April 3-4 & 11-12, 2015. They will perform three shows each day. Visit their website.
Ridgeland Easter Egg Hunt – Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4:
Peter Cottontail will make a visit to Freedom Ridge Park on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. The city’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held during KidFest! Ridgeland. Check the schedule for age groups and times.
Paddington Bear – Appearing Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 – You can meet Paddington Bear from the hit family movie “Paddington” at Freedom Ridge Park during KidFest! Ridgeland. Appearing Friday, April 3 and Saturday, 4. Be sure to have your picture made with him.
Those Funny Little People – Appearing Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 – 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. Visit their website.
Sea Lion Splash – Appearing Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 – Sea Lion Splash returns to KidFest! Ridgeland with their unique show that gets everyone cheering and laughing. The sea lions amaze festival
guests as they balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, perform handstands, and show their pretty smiles. The show is educational and funny. The sea lions will appear in four shows on April 3 & 4, 2015. The sea lions are on display between shows. Visit their website.
NEW! Kazoobie Kazoo Show- Appearing Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 – Rick Hubbard celebrates more than a decade of providing positive family entertainment throughout the United States, and every moment has been KAZOOBIE! Rick invented the word “kazoobie” to describe his performance. It means “exceptional, fun, involving everyone.” Rick’s “Kazoo Band” shows get EVERY AUDIENCE MEMBER involved. Each person receives a free kazoo and performs with Rick in the grand finale. Leading up to this kazoobie event, Rick performs his popular original songs and features “Kids Appearing On Stage” or “KAOS” as Rick calls it. While Rick performs on guitar, banjo, steel drum and other exotic instruments, kids participate on stage – dancing, singing, shaking maracas or playing inflatable guitars. Every song is an opportunity for kids to participate. It’s KAZOOBIE! Kazoobie Kazoo Show will appear at KidFest! Ridgeland April 11-12, 2015. There will be four shows on Saturday and three shows on Sunday! Visit the website!
NEW! Disc-Connected K9s – World Champion Frisbee Dog Team - Appearing Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 – Featuring 5 different world champions, including the 2008, 2010 & 2014 Open World Champions and the 2012 & 2013 Pairs World Champions, this internationally acclaimed professional Frisbee dog touring show is comprised of the largest collection of the best Frisbee Dogs on the planet. All of their shows carry a message of fun, athleticism, canine bonding, and promote dog rescuing. Their routines are choreographed to music, defy the normal relationship between man and canine; and leave even the oldest of children with a smile on their face and in their heart. To make it even more interesting, all of the dogs are “rescue” dogs, meaning they have come from either abandoned, homeless, sheltered, humane society, etc. backgrounds. Their individual stories are almost as interesting as their performances. We promise you will be laughing and clapping in awe at the tricks these dogs perform. Four shows on Saturday, April 11 and three shows on Sunday, April 12. Visit the website!
FESTIVAL FAVORITE! – The Fearless Flores Family - Appearing Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 – Finalists on 2011 America’s Got Talent – Watch 11-year old Volorian and 15-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. www.ffthrill.com
An old-fashioned backyard circus where as many as 30 children from the audience have the opportunity to dress up and be the circus performers. The show includes a lion tamer, strongman, butterfly ballerinas and tightrope walker. During the grand finale one lucky kid is shot out of a cannon, not a real cannon, but it is a great ending to the “World’s Greatest Backyard Circus.” Multiple shows all four days of the festival. www.midwaycaravan.com
The Nylon Zoo:
The Nylon Zoo is a choreographed participatory event where festival guests are the dancers and performers. They can fly like a bird, hop like a frog or rabbit, twirl in a rainbow cape, swim like a fish or bobble like a hoopla mushroom. The costumes fit all ages from 2 to 102 and are designed to make people MOVE! Ongoing throughout the festival.
Rides! Rides! Rides!
Carnival Rides and an exciting carousel that parents and kids can ride together! Activity is ongoing throughout festival.
Ponies! Pony Rides:
Kids can ride the ponies as many times as they want. Children can also dress up like a cowboy/cowgirl and have their picture taken at the adjacent booth for $10 and have the option to purchase a frame. Cash only. Ongoing throughout the festival.
TRAINS! Train Rides:
Parents and kids can ride the train around the festival grounds over and over again. ALL ABOARD! Ongoing throughout the festival.
Learn how to draw your favorite cartoon character. Ongoing throughout the festival.
Provided by the City of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department, children will have the opportunity to safely be “up close and personal” with big trucks and heavy equipment. Ongoing throughout the festival.
FESTIVAL FAVORITE! Temporary Tattoos:
Always a festival favorite, children can have various festival designs airbrushed on their face. Ongoing throughout the festival.
Kids can perform children’s songs on a kid-sized stage. Ongoing throughout the festival.
Robert Day, Mississippi Magician, shows families how to do magic tricks. He will entertain between sessions. Ongoing throughout the festival.
Children can use their imaginations to create wild clown hats, ringmaster hats and outrageous crowns! Ongoing throughout the festival.
World’s Smallest Horse:
You won’t believe your eyes! It’s really a horse! Ongoing throughout the festival.
Fair Food (available for additional charge):
Mr. Turkey Leg, Tony’s Tips, World’s Greatest Food, Bruster’s Ice Cream and Walker Concessions.