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Worms! Hot dogs! Bonding with your kids over a fishing pole like Grandpa did … well, maybe not, but you can start a new tradition with Go Fish! Twice a year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources & Environment waives all fishing license fees, and West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation is celebrating at its brand-new fishing pier inside Marshbank Park on Cass Lake.
Whether you’re an old hand at angling or you’ve only fished cards, this fun-filled afternoon offers something for everyone. Staff will be available with a limited number of fishing poles for hands-on instruction, and fishing games will help to practice your casting.
Finish with a picnic at the pavilion with hot dogs and light snacks. All fishing is catch-and-release; no charge, but reservations are required. 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 11.
Now that the weather’s finally warming up, give your kids a thrill they’ll remember their whole lives — and it won’t cost a dime (unless you don’t yet own a tent). Break out their sleeping bags, a few favorite books and a flashlight, and spend a night camping under the stars in your own backyard. Take turns telling scary stories, pop into the house to make a batch of popcorn or microwave s’mores (easy directions are on the back of marshmallow bags) and snuggle in for a memorable night. Anytime you want, now through the end of summer.Your backyard!
BIRMINGHAM VILLAGE FAIR
Missing the State Fair that got the ax a couple years back? Then get your fill of carnival rides, elephant ears, games and family-friendly entertainment at the four-day 48th Annual Birmingham Village Fair. A ride voucher is $20 at the fair but only $15 if purchased at the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber or Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union now through June 1. Noon-10 p.m. Thursday, June 2; Noon-11 p.m. Friday, June 3; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, June 4; 12-9 p.m. Sunday, June 5.
Shain Park, Downtown Birmingham. (248) 644-1700, ext. 24; bbcc.com.
HUCK FINN CLASS
Few parents these days name their children Huckleberry, but that hasn’t stopped all the Sophias, Aidans and Logans from daydreaming about building a raft to set off downriver on an adventure of their own.
Gather up your whippersnappers (7 and older), dress them up in straw hats and old (read: waterproof) shoes, and head to Northville’s Mill Race Historical Village. There, Faye Cramton — teacher, storyteller and dynamic role player — will lead the group in miniature raft building before heading down to the river to test them out. Not a bad idea to brush up on the Mark Twain classic before the big day. $15. 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 29.
Cady Inn at Mill Race Village, Downtown Northville. (248) 348-1845; millracenorthville.org.
ALL-STAR MAGIC SHOW
Prepare to be mystified by the All-Star Magic Show at the Meadow Brook Music Festival. Witness Mike Miller’s magical sense of humor, eye-opening illusions and uncanny ability to make live animals disappear (and reappear); the mind-blowing mentalism of Mark
Weidhaas, aka Inspector Magic (and the current president of the National Society of American Magicians); and the classically trained Jania Taylor’s art of prestidigitation, or sleight of hand. $10-$15. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23.
Meadow Brook Music Festival, 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills. (800) 745-3000; palacenet.com.