2018 Flint Hills Family Festival – Family Weekend

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The Flint Hills International Children’s Festival had a name change in 2018. It is now the Flint Hills Family Festival. It is still a celebration for kids (and their families) about different cultures/countries. On one hand, you have the traditional face painting and balloon artists. Then, you turn around and your eyes see a Tibetan dancer or a Ugandan flute. Flint Hills tells us we can expect “outdoor dance parties; giant, inflatable light-up sculptures; and interactive art-making for the whole family!”

Flint Hills International Children's Festival

Taking a Moment to Create Some Street Art

Flint Hills Family Festival Family Weekend is full of FREE Outdoor Fun And Low Cost Indoor Performances. 

It’s the perfect outing for a large family. This year, Family Weekend is June 1-2, 2018, and the Free Outdoor Art Spectacle runs through the whole festival (May 29 through June 2).

Each year at the Flint Hills Family Festival, families are offered the free outdoor festival and indoor performances for a small fee. In 2018, The Ordway indoor shows will again be $8 each, but some afternoon performances will offer rush tickets on the day of the program at a “pay what you can” rate. These tickets are first come, first served and expected to sell out. Advance tickets can be purchased online through the Ordway website, by phone at 651-224-4222, or at the Ordway ticket office. This year’s indoor artists will be: 

  • Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey: Featuring music, movement and larger-than-life characters that light up the stage, Marvin the mouse takes a cosmic adventure that celebrates differences.
  • Tetris: A physical and interactive dance quartet becomes a real-life Tetris game on stage. 
  • Moona Luna: A four-member band creates magical moments with danceable tunes in Spanish and English. 
  • Panda’s Home: An adorable panda bear embarks on an imaginary journey through dance and sound. 

We’ve been fans of Flint Hills since our kids were small and have gathered tips over the years. If this is your first visit, read on. Note: We have a few Amazon links where we thought an example may be helpful. Should you purchase from one of our links, we receive a small commission:

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What to Expect at the Flint Hills Family Festival:

Flint Hills International Children's Festival

Gianna’s Final Thoughts about the Flint Hills Family Festival

Every staff member and every volunteer and every tent knew kids and made this a perfect kid experience.  While the shows and exhibits were awesome for the adults, the kids were the target audience.  This is the perfect kid experience.

  1. Everything was at kid level.
  2. There was stroller parking that was guarded so you could leave your stuff and feel like it was safe (safer than in your car).  I would suggest utilizing the stroller parking and just walking with your kids.  There are a lot of people and the stroller was hard to manuever.
  3. Free!!!! (minus the food tents and the performance inside the Ordway and Landmark Center).
  4. There was a lot of shade to get out of the sun.
  5. Constant activity with quieter spots to regroup.
  6. Staff everywhere was helpful.  They were all eager to make sure you were involved and having fun.
  7. I would suggest this to anyone. Go early in the morning to avoid the massive crowds, but expect to be there for a while!

The weekend is a blast. I highly recommend going. Just put on your busy hat, know it’s going to be a little crazy, pack a lunch, and plan for an entire day of fun!


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