KidFest! Ridgeland 2016 Attractions, Shows & Activities

All attractions, shows, rides and activities are included in the low admission price

Please check our schedule for performance times

NEW! Mutts Gone Nuts (April 9-10) – Mutts Gone Nuts unleashes havoc and hilarity as the mischievous mutts match wits with their human companions. More than a dozen amazing rescued dogs leave their audience howling for more! (First weekend only – four shows on Saturday and three shows on Sunday).

NEW! – Gator Boys present Scales, Tails and Teeth (April 16-17) – See Jimmy Riffle’s new road show. Along with his crew who are all featured on the hit Animal Planet show, Gator Boys, Jimmy will offer an up close and personal view of some of Florida and Mississippi’s most loved and feared reptiles. Watch as he and his crew handle these wild animals and perform dangerous stunts and capture techniques. (Second weekend only – three shows on Saturday and three shows on Sunday).

NEW! – Wild About Monkeys (April 9-10 & April 16-17) – When a movie producer needs a performing baboon more than likely they will call Kevin and Martina Keith, the hosts of “Wild about Monkeys.” You have probably seen their baboons with Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages, Steve Carell in Evan Almighty and one of the best Super Bowl commercials of all time. Combining their skill as trainers and the instincts of baboons, Kevin, Martina and their baboons delight and amaze audiences with a fun, educational and very entertaining show for the whole family. (Appearing both weekends – four shows on Saturdays and three shows on Sundays).

NEW! – Skin & Bones Comedy Circus (April 9-10 & April 16-17) – A unique presentation of trained dogs and potbellied pigs whose human friends present a very entertaining kid-tested, parent-approved show of comedy and fun. (Appearing both weekends – four shows on Saturdays and three shows on Sundays).

Backyard Circus:
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.

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.

Stay Tooned:
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.

Kid Karaoke:
Kids can perform children’s songs on a kid-sized stage. Ongoing throughout the festival.

Magic Tent:
Robert Day, Mississippi Magician, shows families how to do magic tricks. He will entertain between sessions. Ongoing throughout the festival.

Hat Making:
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.

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