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Summer in the Parks Offers Family Fun Activities

The heart of Detroit is really becoming a place where people of all ages gather.

In just the past few years, the downtown area has transformed into a safe and versatile environment that provides everything from concrete sports zones to grassy, outdoor theater stages.

Not only do these activities encourage outdoor play, they promote physical and mental stimulation for kids and adults alike.

You haven’t even heard the best part: all of these events are free!

This summer, Campus Martius Park and the Summer in the Parks program will offer several events that are fun for the family.

We have all the information you need to plan your next family outing in the city.

Quicken Loans Sports Zone

Visitors enjoy the basketball court in the Quicken Loans Sports Zone at Cadillac Square Park. The court features designs by local artist Jesse Kassel.

Swish! Nothing but net!

The Quicken Loans Sports Zone, located on Cadillac Square, features four, outdoor basketball half-courts that are sure to get your family moving.

From a friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. to team competitions, the basketball courts promise a fun and exciting afternoon.

Be sure to check out the artwork, painted by local artist Jesse Kassel, displayed on the concrete floors of the court.

If volleyball’s your sport, head on over to sand volleyball, located next to the basketball courts.

This unique court gives a summer-vibe to the industrial city, making your day in the D feel like a break at the beach.

The QL Sports Zone is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

To make the most of this free opportunity, check out the Fundamental Camps, held on Saturdays and hosted by the Sport Zone. Kids between the ages of 8 – 13 can register for an instructor-led class focusing on basic skills and drills for either basketball or volleyball. Check out the website for more information.

Outdoor Games

Lunchtime around Cadillac Square, 2014.

Checkmate! Everyday at noon, Cadillac square transforms into a land of strategy and wit, as Summer in the Parks provides several games to get your mind moving.

Chess, backgammon, and checkers will challenge your brain and get the wheels turning in your head.

Table tennis, bocce ball, and a mini putting green will put your reflexes and hand-eye coordination to the ultimate test.

Beanbag and washer toss will test your aim and show-off your skills.

Whatever games appeal to you, they’re all fun and free, every weekday from noon – 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from noon – 4:00 p.m.

Kidz Show

The first Kidz Show of the summer took place at Campus Martius Park. The event featured free children's theater and a hands-on art project.

Take a break and sit down for a show!

Located in Campus Martius Park, kids of all ages are invited to enjoy interactive stage performances and hands-on, take-home crafts.

Presented by Matrix Theatre Company, the first performance is held on July 23 at 1:00 p.m. and features a show called “Dot & Ziggy.”

Written by Linda Hartzell and Mark Perry, this show teaches kids that even though we are all different, we can always find friendship and common ground.

Following the show, the kids are invited to a Make & Take craft session with multimedia artist, Dionis Curtis leading a class on hand puppets.

Mammoth Follies, presented by Hudson Vagabond Puppets, is a show that explores the wonders of evolution with some Dino-mite performances from some prehistoric puppets.

On August 27, starting at 1:00 p.m., this program is a “musical trip through pre-history” that includes fun songs, witty jokes, and hilarious dances.

The Make & Take session will begin after the show at 2:00 p.m. and feature model magic dino sculptures.

For more information on the free theatre performances, check out the website.

Faygo Movies in the D

The film 'The Theory of Everything' was played on a  Saturday night in Campus Martius Park. The film  was showed on a big outdoor screen for 'Faygo Movie Night in the D' - part of the Summer in the Park series.

Move over movie theaters: presented by Faygo, Campus Martius Park will host outdoor movies on their very-own big screen.

Grab a blanket, chair, and a seat on the grassy lawn and enjoy award-winning films.

In the spirit of family-fun, we’ve included two films that will entertain your child or preteen.

August 13 welcomes Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out” to the park. If you haven’t seen the film, read the quick description, provided on the Campus Martius website. This film is rated G and perfect for an audience of all ages.

August 27 concludes the Faygo Movies in the D with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” This movie is a perfect chance for you to connect with your young teenager as the Star Wars series stands the test of time. Be advised that this movie is rated PG-13 and recommended only for children 13 and up. For a description of the film, be sure to check out the Campus Martius website.

Both films start at 8:00 p.m.; Faygo beverages and Good People popcorn will be available for purchase.

Family Fun

With so many opportunities available, bring the entire family downtown to Campus Martius’ Summer in the Parks.

For more information on the program, including a complete list of events, locations and times, check out the full 2016 calendar on the website or “like” Campus Martius Park on Facebook for updates on events.

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