Kids Day

All-day fun for tots and tykes

Welcome to Kids Day at the Fringe!

Saturday, September 23 • Little Fringe. BIG fun.

An ENTIRE day devoted to the youngest fringers in downtown Rochester. Ready for a full day of kid-friendly events, shows, and activities the whole family can enjoy?

The 2016 sellout fun hit returns. Back by pop and mom demand, it’s a big party for pint-size partiers at Disco Kids at Club Spiegeltent. Lights, music, and glow sticks! Welcome to Fringe’s not-so-silent disco.

Note: Disco Kids is not silent disco for kids. No headphones required. Only DJs. And loads and loads of fun.

Date: Saturday, Sept 23
Time: 11am - 12 noon
Duration: 60 minutes
Ages 1 and under: Free
Venue: Spiegeltent

The fun continues after the wee boogie with the forever-popular Kids Chalk Art. Transform the Spiegelgarden into one giant, colorful canvas. We bring the chalk, you bring the creativity!

Time: 12 noon - 3pm
Cost: FREE
Ages: All busy little fingers with huge imaginations
Venue: Spiegelgarden

Pumpkins go to great lengths to become wildly imaginative creations at our super-creative, first-ever Pumpkin Painting jamboree. Turn our Spiegelgarden into a giant pumpkin patch, kids!

Time: 12 noon - 3pm
Cost: $5 per pumpkin (AND you get to take it home!)
Ages: All great pumpkins
Venue: Spiegelgarden

Run away and join the circus! A brand new Cirque du Fringe is in town with a family-friendly act under the big top. Three KIDS weekend matinees available. Appropriate for ages 5+.

Saturday, Sept 16 at 2:30pm
Sunday, Sept 17 at 1:00pm
Saturday, Sept 23 at 1:00pm
Doors: 30 minutes before showtime
Ages: 5+
Venue: Spiegetlent

It’s BACK. The excitement, the energy, the adrenalin-pumping action that is Fringe Street Beat returns. The best teams bring the moves. The DJ brings the beats.

Trials: 12pm - 2:00pm
Finals: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cost: FREE
Ages: All dance lovers
Venue: Gibbs Street

Bring your little ones for a reading adventure from local environmentalist Laurie Broccolo’s newly released children’s book Close Encounters with Creepy Crawly and Wiggly Things. Discover how fascinating – and sometimes scary-looking – creatures help our planet.

Time: 3pm
Cost: FREE
Ages: 5+
Venue: Spiegelgarden

More to see and do at Fringe on September 23

  • September 23 is the final day of Fringe, and our venues feature an amazing selection of shows for every interest.
  • Just in case you haven’t fringed enough, there’s FREE LIVE Music on Gibbs Street for ALL dancing feet.
  • And this Fringe fun means food truck breaks in the Spiegelgarden and on Gibbs Street. Discover the delicious side of Fringe.

Need some help planning your Fringe?

  • Did you know the KIDS FRINGE genre on our website and mobile app have events both weekends?
  • You can also search for shows throughout the Fringe lineup by filtering for age-appropriate events (i.e.: ALL, 5+, 13+, etc.).

You have many options to entertain the whole family. We’re thrilled Kids Fringe is one. Now, GO. Be a kid again.

Kids Day at Fringe. Nonstop fun for little ones (and parents) at new events and family favorites.

Shows at Kids Day

The Bicycle Men

This sublimely bawdy, award-winning musical comedy tells the story of Steve, a hapless American cyclist whose bike breaks down in a small French village. There he encounters a bizarre assortment of twisted locals as he waits for his bike to be fixed. The Tour de France is child’s play compared to the tempest of lunacy that unfolds. Part Monty Python, part Second City, THE BICYCLE MEN will take you on a ride you won’t forget.

  • Length: 75 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Comedy

Cirque du Fringe: Eclectic Attraction

CIRQUE DU FRINGE: ECLECTIC ATTRACTION transforms the Spiegeltent into a strange, sexy, and hilarious journey exploring the depths of a lifelong romance – from a very unexpected point of view. Vaudevillian ringmasters Matt Morgan and Heidi Brucker Morgan are back with a fresh cast of performers, including foot jugglers, Chinese pole acrobats, a head-to-head balancing act, and original rock-classical fusion music. ECLECTIC ATTRACTION delivers thrills, laughs, and mind-bending physical feats. Prepare to be entertained.

  • Length: 90 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Disco Kids

The 2016 sell-out hit returns! Big party for pint-size partiers takes over Club Spiegeltent –Kiddie Style. The next generation of club kids is here. From popping to pouting, Disco Kids is a fun-filled dance extravaganza that is the talk of kid town. Lights, music, and glow sticks! Welcome to Fringe's not-so-silent disco. Note: Disco Kids is not silent disco for kids. There are no headphones involved. Only DJs. And loads and loads of fun.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Kids Fringe

Fringe Afternoon Tea

Indulge in an afternoon of elegance in a truly spectacular setting. A fine British tradition in the middle of Fringe, featuring dainty finger sandwiches (crusts off), proper scones, lashings of strawberry jam, clotted cream, and traditional pastries and cakes. A touch of local pride comes from the award-winning jams and sweetbreads from Hurd Orchards. Additional catering provided by downtown favorite Orange Glory. One lump or two? Join us for a cuppa. Napkins on your lap and mind your manners.

  • Length: 90 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Silent Disco

TOTAL SELL OUT every single year since 2013! The spectacular Spiegeltent is THE place for our signature giant dance party with a twist: you won’t hear a sound until you slip on a set of headphones. Wait, is that YMCA on one channel, Calvin Harris on the second and David Guetta on the third? A three-channel system and live DJs let you switch up your music at the touch of a button. You have to see – and not hear – to be a believer.

  • Length: 120 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Dance

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