2017 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
9:15 am2:15 pm

This is a recurring event beginning on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

345 Washington St
Saint Paul, MN 55102

School Days are Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 2, 2017

Family Weekend is Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, June 4, 2017

Plan a day of excitement, featuring the best international performing artists from around the globe!

Target grade level: options for PreK–8th grade

Cost per child/student: $3.50 per performance or workshop during School Days, $8 during Family Weekend
Cost per adult/educator: $3.50 per performance or workshop during School Days, $8 during Family Weekend
During Family Weekend, “Pay What You Can” tickets for indoor shows will be available the day of the performance on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. 

Reservations: Tickets go on sale at 7am on Fri, Sep 9, 2016. Call 651-282-3115 to make your reservation.
Please include all children and adults in your ticket order.
Many performances and workshops sell out, so please check online for ticket availability at ordway.org/festival/school-days/

GuGu Drum Group

Recommended for PreK–8th grades
Drummers, storytellers, and athletes — the members of Gugu Drum group direct from Shanghai, China will engage audiences with their high-energy theatrical drum drama. The show features drum vignettes accompanied by projections based on timeless Chinese proverbs, fables, and fairy tales. Director Yang Xiaodong utilizes authentic ancient drum movements as well as the ancient drums to depict historical and culturally significant drum compositions that present profound insight into unity, human evolution, awareness, wisdom, social commitment, and communication through percussive movements.

Music Theater
Tue, May 30 at 10:30AM
Tue, May 30 at 12:30PM
Wed, May 31 at 10:30AM
Wed, May 31 at 12:30pM
Thur, June 1 at 10:30AM
Thur, June 1 at 12:30PM
Fri, June 2 at 10:30AM
Fri, June 2 at 12:30AM

Native Pride Dancers presents: Ketti Nimiko!

Recommended for PreK-8th grades
Ketti Nimiko! When translated from the Meskwaki language means to "Dance Hard!" Watch as members of Native Pride Dancers and special guests take the stage and present the Eagle dance, Traditional Men’s Dance, Jingle Dress Dance, Grass Dance, Meskwaki Applique, Fancy Shawl Dance, and Fancy Dance. They will educate, inspire, motivate, and empower our diverse audience to bridge cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions: music, dance, and stories!

Concert Hall
Tue, May 30 at 10:00AM
Tue, May 30 at 12:00PM
Wed, May 31 at 11:00AM
Thur, June 1 at 10:00AM
Thur, June 1 at 12:00PM
Fri, June 2 at 10:00AM
Fri, June 2 at 12:00AM

The Way Back Home

Recommended for PreK–3rd grades
When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: he flies into outer space! Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake. The fuel tank is empty and the boy must execute a daring landing on the moon. But as it turns out, he is not alone up there … The Way Back Home uses puppets to tell a simple yet profound tale about friendship and conquering the fear of the unknown. The Way Back Home is based on the popular children’s book of the same name by Oliver Jeffers, published by Harper Collins Publishers. The The Way Back Home is presented by Teater Refleksion (DK) and Branar Téatar (IE), produced in association with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.

The Lab (Park Square)
Tue, May 30 at 12:00PM
Wed, May 31 at 9:15AM Sensory Friendly Performance
Wed, May 31 at 11:15AM
Thur, June 1 at 9:15AM
Thur, June 1 at 11:15AM
Fri, June 2 at 11:15AM

Flying Foot Forum's “The Mystery of the Pig's Eye”

Recommended for 2nd–8th grades
Back by popular demand, Flying Foot Forum will premiere their new work The Mystery of the Pig's Eye. Audience members embark on a percussive dance, music, and theater adventure as they follow three sleuths through the corridors, hallways, staircases, and rooms of the lower level of the Landmark Center to help solve the mystery. Along the way they will collect clues as they encounter performance pieces, a vampire, other characters and clues used to tell a story and solve a mystery. Audience members will be invited to participate in a way that is fun and non-threatening.

Landmark Center Weyerhaeuser Auditorium
Tue, May 30 at 10:30AM
Wed, May 31 at 9:15AM
Wed, May 31 at 12:30PM
Thur, June 1 at 9:15AM
Thur, June 1 at 12:30PM
Fri, June 2 at 10:30AM

In the Park

Make a day of it! Combine your attendance to a performance with trip into the Festival grounds in Rice Park and Landmark Plaza to eat lunch and experience FREE live performances and cultural arts activities. The Festival grounds feature performances by Minnesota based artists representing global traditions, make-and-take art activities tents, the ARTwalk, and more. The parks and public spaces around the Ordway are transformed into a cultural wonderland filled with FREE live performances, make-and-take art activities, storytellers, face painters, and much more!

FREE Outdoor Spectacle

The Whale's Tale

A free interactive outdoor performance spectacle by multi-award-winning Australian company Born in a Taxi!

Immerse yourself in The Whale's Tale as you watch from the shore, or submerge yourself in this underwater playground full of surprises. Ever wonder what it’s like to be swallowed whole? It’s time to put on your shrimp helmet, take a deep breath, and dive inside the massive jaws of Manilayo, the humpback whale. Become a hero and live to tell the tale!

A Whale is washed up on a beach and discovered by a child. Is it alive or dead? How did it get there? The spirit of the Whale embodied as the Navigator, embarks on a journey to find out what is wrong with the dubious help of Dr Walrus. Highly interactive, full of riotous slapstick and extremely playful.

An environmental tale to warm the heart, with reflections about the consequences of our actions. It has been forecast that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish, if we do not change our collective behaviour. The Whale's Tale is a rollicking journey that will leave your children wanting to make a difference.

FREE Park Activities

This year's festival will feature live performances from artists and musicians from around the world on two outdoor stages. You can also visit the storytellers, face painters, balloon artists, and make & take art stations scattered around the park.

Celebrate the diversity of global cultures and traditions through a variety of exciting free performances by regional music and dance artists.

Enjoy free interactive art activities hosted by over 25 Festival partners for artists of all ages. Inside tents in the park and inside the Ordway, you'll be greeted by inventive storytellers, make & take art stations, face painting and more!

Free indoor activities include an instrument petting zoo, Touch of Sound, Story Time Corner, DJ Dance party and kids yoga.

Clear Channel Outdoor ARTwalk Exhibition

Highlights the visual arts achievements of young people in a professionally curated art exhibit displayed across the businesses and storefront windows of Downtown Saint Paul.


For more information, call 651-282-3115 or email educationsales(at)ordway.org


Information subject to change. Please check with Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for the most current information.