The under-12 set just can’t get enough of Kids Fest, and it’s easy to see why! With great movies, popcorn, and plenty of activities at our FREE lawn party, there is simply no better place to spend a summer day.
After the $1 family movies at Lars Hockstad Wednesday-Saturday, join us from 11 am to 2 pm on the beautiful lawn outside for games, arts and crafts, performances, bubbles, sports, food, giveaways, and much more. Bring some sunscreen and kids who are ready to have fun. The fun is on us!
Read about the 2015 lineup below and stay tuned for the announcement of 2016’s activities and films.
WEDNESDAY 9:30 am @ LARS HOCKSTAD
Shorts For Kids 1
Program length: 74 min.
These delightful films for our youngest audiences include a giraffe whose head is in the clouds, a dog who squares off against a robot vacuum cleaner, and one of the cleverest monkeys you’ll ever see. In English
Recommended ages: 3 – 6
THURSDAY 9:30 am @ LARS HOCKSTAD
2014 | Germany | NR | 82 min.
The town of Bollersdorf is known as the belly button of the world: right in the center, and completely ordinary. It’s so average, in fact, that it’s taken over by a market research company determined to foist Green Cornflakes on its residents and turn parents into consumer-driven puppets. Luckily, a ragtag group of kindergarteners known as the Coati Gang aren’t falling for it. With the help of their grandparents, they set out to make their town extraordinary using creativity, pluck, and ingenuity. A hilarious and heartwarming classic live-action adventure for ages four to 104, it’s nothing short of a new birth of the Little Rascals. A worldwide, surefit hit with all ages! In German with live English translation
Recommended ages: 4 – 7
|FRIDAY 9:30 am @ LARS HOCKSTAD
Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants
2013 | France, Belgium | NR | 89 min.
The ants come marching in this delightful animated French film that plunges us into the teeny tiny world of insects. In a peaceful and sunny clearing, a couple leaves the remains of their picnic behind after a hasty departure. Our plucky heroes, a gang of black ants, soon move in to claim the coveted treasure: a tin box full of sugar cubes. But their sugar high is thwarted when an army of evil red ants launches an epic attack on their colony. Smack in the middle of the colossal firefight, a lone ladybug, abandoned by his family and adopted by the black ants, helps save the anthill from the assailants. While their world my be microscopic, the stake have never been higher for insects in this fun family flick. Winner of the French César for Best Animated Film. In English
Recommended ages: 3 – 6
|SATURDAY 9:30 am @ LARS HOCKSTAD
Shorts for Kids 2
Program length: 79 min.
We saw so many great kids shorts this year that we couldn’t fit them all in one program! Our second collection of shorts includes a robot’s search for self-discovery, a boy’s relationship with his llama piñata, and a lazy astronaut deliveryman. In English
Recommended ages 4 – 7
Kids Fest takes over the lawn outside Lars Hockstad Auditorium Wednesday, July 30 – Saturday, August 2 from 11 am to 2 pm.
|CRAFT SERVICES||Create props and learn the secrets of set design in the arts and crafts tent!|
|BACKLOT||Each day we’ll offer a special activity good for all ages in our backlot tent.|
|ON LOCATION||So much to do on the lawn: crawl through the House of Magic – Yoga – Bubbles – Face Painting – Balloons – Caricatures – Tiny Tot Play Area – Healthy Food in the Commissary – Giant Chess – Misting Tent – Dress up|
|STAR TRAILER||Be the star of your own FlipBook|
|SOUND STAGE||Music, drama, storytelling, magic, science, and more—we’ve got constant just great entertainment on the big stage!|
We’ve got Kids Fest for the young ones, and over 200 films for adults. This year we sought out the best new movies for the generation currently coming of age. Films in this section my be suitable for PG audiences.