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Ford Arts, Beats & Eats has long been recognized for the quality and quantity of its family-friendly entertainment. Continuing the tradition is the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Kids Zone, guaranteed to attract youngsters with fun, interactive programming throughout the four days of the festival.  More details will be announced in the coming monthes, but you can look forward to all the activities below during Labor Day Weekend!


Petting Farm presented by Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Anticipated animals include a mini-horse, calf, goats, sheep, ducklings, chickens, chicks and rabbits. From noon-6 p.m. each day of the festival, children will have the opportunity to get up close and safely touch and feed the assortment of cuddly and cute, furry animals.  


Great Expressions Arts n’ Crafts Area

Also located inside the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Kids Zone, the creativity will flow at the Arts and Crafts area, sponsored by Great Expressions Dental Centers and organized by volunteers from Genesis Church. Fun for children of all ages.  

Detroit Red Wings Hockey Skills Challenges

An interactive hockey zone with Electronic Top Shot Net, Hockey tables, video games and the opportunity to win player autographed merchandise and tickets to the upcoming Red Wings hockey season.

Moonwalks by Inflatable Playspaces

Sure to draw “oohs and aahs” and lots of giggles will be the Moonwalk presented by Inflatable Playspaces, a Royal Oak company.

Kiddie Carnival

Mid America Shows will be providing a kiddie carnival, and will have ten rides geared toward families (kids ages 3-13 and adults)located in two sections, one in the Sherman Lot in the north end of the festival, and two, in the Royal Oak city lot bordered by 6th and Main Street.  Ride prices will be between 4 and 6 tickets event tickets or $2.50 to $3.75 per ride. The times for the carnival are between 11am and 11pm on Friday through Sunday and from 11am to 9pm on Monday. Ticket booths close 1/2 hour before rides close.