KidFest! Ridgeland 2019 Attractions, Shows & Activities

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

Please check our schedule for performance times

Zoppé, an Italian Family Circus  (April 13-14 & April 19-20) – 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).

A Grizzly Experience – an educational grizzly bear show and exhibit. Festival guests will get an in-depth, up-close and personal look into the life of North America’s most prestigious predator, the Alaskan Grizzly Bear. Everyone can watch Yogi, the 7-year-old, 600 pound grizzly bear, and two juvenile bears, Dottie and Lea, delight crowds of all ages with their impressive size and amazing behaviors. Throughout the day, patrons can hangout and watch Yogi and the cubs interact with their handler and talk with him about the amazing bond between grizzly and man. During the daily shows, one of the bears will perform many of their natural behaviors, and their handler will talk about bears of North America, bear safety, how to respond to a bear in the wild and the magic of how bears are trained for the movies.

The Magical Poodles – this show will provide a fun, educational and entertaining experience highlighting the many talents and tricks of the Magical Poodles. Festival guests will learn how to “trick train” a dog, learn about safety around new dogs and how to care for a pet responsibly.

Backyard Circus  (April 13-14 & April 19-20) – 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  – 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 19 & 20 only, please see our schedule for performance times).

Easter Egg Hunt – The City of Ridgeland’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held during KidFest! Ridgeland on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at 9:20 am each day.
Hunt times are as follows:
9:20 am     Ages 2 & Under
9:30 am     Ages 3-4
9:40 am     Ages 5-6
9:50 am   Ages 7-10
One parent per child will be allowed in the hunting area with children 2 & under. No parents will be allowed to hunt with all other age groups. Hunters are for ages 1-10 only.

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):
Small Time Concessions, Tony’s Tips, World’s Greatest Food and Bruster’s Ice Cream.

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