The Orlando Fringe Festival (a two-week celebration of performance and visual art) is back until May 30th! While most of this yearly event is focused toward a more adult crowd, Kids’ Fringe provides free, creative activities for children and their families. Running each weekend day of the festival from 10am-2pm, Kids’ Fringe includes crafts, live entertainment, and special programs for children of all ages.
Genevieve Bernard, Education Manager and Kids Fringe Producer, said “I’m thrilled about this year’s line-up of Fringe-y fun designed just for kids. Fringe touring artists are joining us from as far away as Japan and Sweden sharing music, puppetry, and magic and our outdoor activities are back including site-specific theater, performance art, freestyle painting and parades. It’s going to be a great Kids Fringe.”
In the Kids’ Fringe Craft area, children will find a variety of artsy activities. While the available assortment of crafts might vary based on materials and other factors, my kids got to add their contributions to a painting wall and create their very own colorful noise makers.
Between crafts, families can enjoy a variety of live entertainment from local, national, and international artists. The exact offerings will change daily, but the itinerary might include entertainment such as puppet shows, magic demonstrations, traditional stage performances and outdoor adventures. My kids and I decided to watch A Witch in Stardust Kingdom by Phoenix Tears Productions.
Much like the Phoenix Tears’ adult Fringe show (The Witches), the kids’ production uses live actors, real world environments, and prerecorded soundscapes to tell an immersive fairytale. My daughter LOVED watching the characters and participating in the interactive movement. It’s a great show for energetic kids!
Each day, Kids’ Fringe features a different assortment of special programs. For example on Saturday, May 28th at 11:30am, kids and parents can take a special backstage tour of some of the Fringe venues. What a unique opportunity!
Programs might also include organized pillow fights or celebratory parades around the event grounds. Check out the virtual program to see each day’s planned itinerary.
Visit Kids’ Fringe May 28-29!
There’s still one more weekend to enjoy Kids’ Fringe at this year’s festival! Head over to the Orlando Garden Club for free crafts, entertainment, and enrichment for children and their families.