Five Things Your Kids Will Love This Month
THE LION KING
If your kids are young enough to love The Lion King, chances are they weren’t around in 1994 to see it on the big screen. Here’s their chance — and yours. For two weeks only, kicking off on Sept. 16, the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning movie, voiced by Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg and more, hits theaters in 3D, for the first time. Welcome to the Circle of Life!
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Head to Paradise Park for indoor/outdoor fun for everyone while there’s still some warmth in the air. Go-karts for the grown-ups and kiddie go-karts for ages 4-8; a trampoline center (with each trampoline isolated within its own safety nets); a four-sided climbing wall; miniature golf amid waterfalls; soccer cages; laser tag; an arcade; and, new this year, mini-bowling.
Snack on hot dogs and pizza in the food court or in the outdoor veranda, or picnic in the Gazebo Center. Next marking period, bring in that awesome report card for free tokens. Call or log on for hours and pricing.
Paradise Park, 45799 Grand River Ave., Novi. (248) 735-1050; paradiseparknovi.com.
CAMP IN — CAMP OUT
Choose your pleasure at Marshbank Park … Camp In: (just Friday evening from 6-9 p.m.), lounge by a campfire, roast marshmallows, join in a sing-along to live music, a bounce house and crafts and games for kids ($5/car). Camp Out: (sleep overnight with the family) camp under the stars, listen to storyteller Judy Sima weave a tale and wake to breakfast in the a.m. (camping fee: $10/adults; $7/kids 17 and under; includes entrance fee to park for evening activities). Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24. Registration required.
Marshbank Park, 2805 Hiller Road, West Bloomfield. (248) 451-1900; westbloomfieldparks.org.
Every Sunday through Oct. 23, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., visitors to the Birmingham Farmers Market can shop more than 70 booths of farm-fresh organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and garden plants — plus baked goods and hand-crafted items — amid live entertainment and family-friendly activities.
And on Sunday, Sept. 18, live sheep-shearing demonstrations are thrown into the mix. At the Harvest Festival (formerly known as Hay Day), families can learn about the evolution of farming: kids can shell corn with an old-fashioned corn sheller; pet rabbits, a pony and baby animals courtesy of Bowers School Traveling Farm; view antique farm tools and create a craft.
Birmingham Farmers Market-City Parking Lot No. 6 (across from Salvatore Scallopini and Booth Park). (248) 530-1200;
MAX & RUBY
Join brother-sister bunnies Max and Ruby on a musical bus ride to East Bunnyhop General Store, where they’ll try to decide on the perfect gift for the Super Duper Special Birthday Guest in Max & Ruby Bunny Party Live. Based on Nick Jr.’s No. 1-rated show, which in turn is based on Rosemary Wells’ beloved books, Max & Ruby hop on over to the Royal Oak Music Theatre noon and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. $29.50-$39.50.