Miracle Flights hosts free Family Drone Festival in May

Families and thrill seekers of all ages are invited to enjoy an exciting aerial acrobatics afternoon performed by professional drone experts, plus classic carnival games, interactive STEM activities, food, live entertainment — and a chance to win a year’s Chick-fil-A supply — at Miracle Flights’ inaugural community drone festival, Carnival in the Clouds on Saturday, May 18, from 12-4 p.m. at Craig Ranch Park, North Las Vegas, 628 W. Craig Road.

Carnival admission is free, with proceeds from $1 carnival games, raffle tickets and select food and beverage sales supporting Miracle Flights. The local national charity provides free commercial flights to critically ill children in and around Las Vegas, who need access to specialized medical care far from home.

The scheduled demonstrations include the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, local drone companies AviSight and AlphaDrone, and California-based company IXI Technology, which will showcase DRONEKILLER, the latest technology in counter-drone.

Event attendees can try their own hand-flying drones in the designated STEM Zone of the carnival, featuring a variety of interactive experiences including robotics, flight simulators, 3-D printing stations and a drone basic crash course “Drone University.”

“Carnival in the Clouds pays tribute to the great air shows our community-hosted Miracle Flights founder over 30 years ago, while celebrating a new era in aviation and Las Vegas ‘ drone industry leadership,” says Mark E. Brown, CEO of Miracle Flights. “We’re excited about this opportunity to bring together families and drone enthusiasts from across the Valley for a fun afternoon that also supports Miracle Flights ‘ mission of helping sick children reach the life-changing medical care they need.”

More event highlights include the Chick-fil-A Kids Zone with bounce houses and inflatables, the $1 games and treats “carnival row,” live entertainment. Attendees can also enter raffles to win a year’s Chick-fil-A, Mavic Pro drone and drone pilot courses, among other prizes.

Cloud Carnival is an official FOX5 Take 5 To Care event sponsored in part by Las Vegas Subaru, Desert Springs Hospital, and Henderson Hospital.

For more information, visit miracleflights.org