KidFest! Ridgeland 2017 Attractions, Shows & Activities

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

Please check our schedule for performance times

NEW! Zoppé, an Italian Family Circus  (April 8-9 & April 14-15) – Starring Nino the clown, the Zoppé circus is propelled by a central story that features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.  Giovanni Zoppé, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino, says the show aims higher than most circuses these days.  “We try to touch every emotion during the show,” he says.  “They’ll laugh, they’ll cry and they’ll feel for our characters.  It’s more of an event than a show.”  Don’t miss America’s favorite family circus. (Appearing both weekends, please see schedule for performance times).

Skin & Bones Comedy Circus (April 8-9 & April 14-15) – 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 – please see schedule for performance times).

Backyard Circus  (April 8-9 & April 14-15) – 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 Wanda, the 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.”  (Appearing both weekends, please see schedule for performance times).

KIDFEST! RIDGELAND FAVORITE – The Fearless Flores Family (April 8-9) – The Fearless Flores Family, will return Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 with their daredevil motorcycle stunts in the Globe of Death that impressed the judges and America on NBC TV’s hit show, America’s Got Talent (see schedule for performance times).

NEW! – Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy  (April 14-15) – Best described as a show without boundaries, Hilby is living proof that being German doesn’t mean you can’t be funny.  He really gets his audience involved and creates magical and hilarious moments through their participation.  Watch out for catapults, marshmallows, lots of Velcro and the bowling-ball of terror. (Appearing April 14-15 only, please see schedule for performance times).

Ridgeland Easter Egg Hunt (April 14-15) – The City of Ridgeland’s annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 at 9:30am. More than 10,000 eggs will be gathered by children of all ages.

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.

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.

Hat Making:
Children can use their imaginations to create wild clown hats, ringmaster hats and outrageous crowns! Ongoing throughout the festival.

Johnny Lowe – Ventriloquist:
Johnny Lowe, will introduce families to his cast of characters – Hunter, the Super-Amazing Purple Cat, Katie the hen, and his sheepdog, Homer C.C. Cookie.

Fair Food (available for additional charge):
Mr. Turkey Leg, Tony’s Tips, World’s Greatest Food and Bruster’s Ice Cream.

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