KidFest! Ridgeland 2018 Attractions, Shows & Activities

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

Please check our schedule for performance times

NEW! Scales, Tails & Teeth Walk-Thru Reptile Zoo (April 14-15 & April 21-22) – Experience a very informative and exciting exhibit featuring some of the world’s most feared and misunderstood reptiles. Meet Jimmy Riffle and Scott Cohen of Animal Planet’s hit TV show “Gator Boys.” Jimmy, Scott and the Gator Boys Road Crew will answer your questions about this unique grouping of turtles, snakes, lizards and other reptiles. Ongoing throughout the festival.

NEW! Disc-Connected K9s (April 14-15) – World Champion Frisbee Dog Team – 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 or humane society 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 (Appearing April 14-15 only, please see schedule for performance times).

Zoppé, an Italian Family Circus  (April 14-15 & April 21-22) – 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 14-15 & April 21-22) – 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 14-15 & April 21-22) – 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).

Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy  (April 21-22) – 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 21-22 only, please see schedule for performance times).

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.

Kids Work Zone:
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.

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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