August 12, 2013

Ypsilanti's Heritage Festival Provides Great Family Fun

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival
August 17-19, 2012
This weekend, Depot Town, Frog Island Park and Riverside Park will be filled with crafts, side-walk sales, historic reenactments, car shows, live entertainment, and a children's village in Riverside Park with plenty of family fun, as the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival comes to town!

My family especially enjoys the festival and will wander for hours finding many great free activities for the kids.

Of course the entire family will enjoy the day that includes a midway, casino, games/contests, good food and entertainment, however the kids will especially love the reenactment camp of  Native American culture, art, music and dance, and games for kids of all ages. There is also a free children's activity tent , a petting zoo, and demonstrations by the robotics team (my son loves their demonstrations!). On Sunday your child can even be a star during the kids talent show! With so many things to do with the kids, it's no wonder many families spend the entire weekend in Depot Town!

Take a look at some of my highlights from attending past Heritage Festival events:

With so much to do however, I thought it was a great idea to point out some of the happenings that families can find this year. The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival has many great experiences worth checking out, so be sure to stop by for the day, or the entire weekend!

Friday, August 17:
  • Native American Storytelling 2:30 p.m.
  • Trent the Juggling Guy - 4:00 p.m.
  • Colors the Clown - 5:00 p.m. 
  • Free Activity/Craft tent (Sponsored by the Girl Scouts) - 4:00-7:00 p.m.
  • The Robotics Team Exhibit/Demonstrations - all weekend long
Saturday, August 18:
  • Parade - 10:00 a.m.
  • Pioneer Village Open - 11:00 a.m.
  •  Free Activity/Craft tent (Sponsored by the Fly Children's Art Studio) - Noon-2:00 p.m.
  •  Gemini- 12:30 p.m. 
  • Boyer, The Magic Guy - 2:00 p.m.
  • Cueter Car Coloring Contest/Car Parts Petting Zoo - 2:00 p.m.
  • Kid's Concert by Kerfuffles- 3:00 p.m.
  • Ypsilanti Youth Symphony - 4:00 p.m.
  • Dance Party! with Ayinde Audio - 5:00 p.m.
  •  Free admission to the Ypsilanti Firehouse Museum (after parade) - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
  • The Robotics Team Exhibit/Demonstrations - all weekend long
Sunday, August 19:
  • Berlioz the Bear - Noon
  • Free Activity/Craft tent (Sponsored by the YDL) - Noon
  • Kids Talent Shows - 1:00 p.m. (age 2-5), 2:30 p.m. (age 6-11) and 4:00 p.m. (age 12-18)
  • The Robotics Team Exhibit/Demonstrations - all weekend long 
For more information, you can follow the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival on Facebook or Twitter too!

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