You don’t have to be under the age of 12 to enjoy Silver Dollar City’s KidsFest, according to event organizer Tim Stowe.
“It’s for children of all ages,” he said.
Stowe has been organizing the event for eight of his 26 years at the park, and he said it hasn’t gotten old yet.
The three big events this year include two new shows, and one back by popular demand.
“The Fabulous Wallendas! Famous Family Circus” is back featuring Guiness World Record high-wire walker Nik Wallenda.
Last year, Wallenda broke a world record by hanging from a helicopter about 250 feet above the ground by his jaw at Silver Dollar City.
“It reminds you of why the big top was the greatest show on earth,” Stowe said.
The Wallenda family has been in the industry for about 75 years.
Nik Wallenda will be away for a few days performing another high-wire act — he’s scheduled to walk across Niagra Falls on a two-inch wire June 15.
“He’s the first in more than 100 years to walk across,” Stowe said. “And even then, they didn’t actually walk across, they walked downstream.”
While Wallenda prefers to work without a safety harness, he might have to when he attempts the walk across Niagra Falls — it’s a stipulation mandated by ABC, since they are expected to air the stunt on network television.
He’s been in discussions to clear the act with both Ontario, Canada, and New York, according to a release from Silver Dollar City.
But there is more to see than Wallendas at this year’s KidsFest.
Gazillion Bubbles is a new interactive show featuring lasers, lighting effects and, of course, giant bubbles.
“It almost defies description,” Stowe said. “People are really going to walk away from this show talking.”
He said the show has been performed “off-Broadway” and in the special arena built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Another event was designed specifically for Silver Dollar City.
Luma is a three-dimensional black light show featuring a story of Marvel Cave.
The story is about two children who get lost in the cave and are helped by the cave’s magical creatures.
“There are glowing, magical costumes and some other really neat stuff,” Stowe said.
In addition to the big shows, there are still many activities for children on the square, in addition to the usual attractions and rides.
Rides include PowderKeg, Lost River of the Ozarks and The American Plunge.
“It’s the No. 1 spot for kids,” Stowe said. “Really, children of all ages.”
KidsFest begins June 9 and runs until July 22.
Call 800-831-4386 or visit silverdollarcity.com.