KidFest! Ridgeland 2014 Attractions, Shows & Activities
All attractions, shows, rides and activities are included in the low admission price
Please check our schedule for performance times
NEW! Bengal Tiger Encounter - Appearing Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 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. Visit their website.
A Grizzly Experience – Appearing Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 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. Throughout the day, patrons will witness Tonk and Yogi interacting with handlers and showing the amazing bond between Grizzly and man. During the daily shows, Tonk will perform many of his natural behaviors and a brief lecture will be given on the anatomy of a bear, what to do if you encounter a bear in the wild, and the magic of how bears are trained for the movies. www.grizzlyexperience.com
FESTIVAL FAVORITE! – The Fearless Flores Family – Appearing Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 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. www.ffthrill.com
Circus! Skin & Bones Comedy Circus – Appearing Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 – Husband and wife, Mariah Skinner and Bob Bone, team up as clowns. Both have been presenting a unique show of animals, skill and comedy since 1981. Bob was trained at the Barnum & Bailey Clown College and has appeared with many circuses over the years. Each show includes various combinations of trained dogs, potbellied pigs, low wire walking, juggling, magic and plenty of laughs! Visit their Facebook page!
NEW! Stingray Encounter - Appearing Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 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. All the rays in the exhibit have had their defensive barb removed so they are safe to touch. Their barbs grow back in time, so when they are returned to the wild they can defend themselves again. Removing the bard does not hurt the animal and makes them as safe to touch as a house cat! www.sealifeencounters.com
NEW! Those Funny Little People – Appearing Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 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. Visit their website.
Gator Boys Alligator Wrestling – Appearing Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 – Jimmy Riffle of the hit show Gator Boys as seen on Animal Planet. Watch him subdue fully grown alligators while risking life and limb. Meet and talk with him after each show. Please refer to schedule for performance times.
Ridgeland Easter Egg Hunt - Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 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.
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.
Jackson Showboats and Jackson Showboat Girls:
Meet the players and dancers from Mississippi’s new professional basketball team, the Jackson Showboats, and participate in some fun activities with them.
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.
RAINS! 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.