Campus Martius Park Introduces Fun-Filled Kidz Show Summer Performances

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Downtown Detroit just got a little more family-friendly. Kidz Show, the newest component of Summer in the Park presented by Quicken Loans, features children’s theatre and dance shows on the Main Stage in Campus Martius Park. Hands-on art projects and games will follow for children between the ages of 5 and 12 and their families.

“Kidz Show puts a young, interactive spin on shows and performances at Campus Martius Park,” said Bob Gregory, Senior Vice President of the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP). “There are a lot of great events and activities planned for each Saturday in June, July and August. Between puppet shows, treasure hunts, and live animals, your family is sure to catch an entertaining performance.”

The first show in the Kidz Show series, “Beauty and the Beast”, debuts on Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. During this show, Project Daydream will perform musical selections from their summer musical. Immediately after the performance, children will be invited to create masks of Beauty and the Beast with artist Sumarah Karen Smith.

In addition to the June 22 performance of “Beauty and the Beast”, Kidz Show will feature performances of “Cinderella, It’s OK to be Different,” Ballet Folklorico Moyocayani-Izel, Magic Carpet Theatre, Heritage Works, Reg Pettibone’s Authentic Native American Program, Ballet Renaissance and PuppetArt Theatre.

Campus Martius Park is grateful for Quicken Loans presentation of Summer in the Park 2013 and the wonderful support from all of our Official Sponsors including Compuware Corporation, McDonald's, IKEA, Greektown Casino, Huntington Bank, WXYZ Channel 7, Meridian Health Plan, GalaxE Solutions, Ernst & Young, Honigman, Marketing Associates, Absopure Water, T-Mobile, Faygo, Frankenmuth Brewery, Hudsonville Ice Cream, The Detroit People Mover, Detroit Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Rip It, Everfresh Juice, Clark Hill, Hines, Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, People's Transit, good people popcorn, 89X, 93.9 The River, Real Detroit Weekly, Associated Newspapers of Michigan, WRCJ 90.9FM, D-Hive, The Somerset Collection, Greko Printing, Blumz, Great Lakes Trophies, The Carr Center, Hard Rock Café, and Sterling Group, among others.

About Campus Martius Park

Campus Martius Park, Detroit’s Gathering Place and the centerpiece of revitalization in downtown, is a legacy gift to the city of Detroit from the Detroit 300 Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that has raised over $20 million to design, construct, and operate the Park through businesses, foundations, and individual donations. The nationally recognized Campus Martius Park is the recent recipient of The 2010 Urban Land Institute’s Amanda Burden Open Space Award. Program Planning for the Park was by Project For Public Spaces and the Park’s designer was Rundell Ernstberger Associates, LLC. For more information, contact the Detroit 300 Conservancy at 313-962-0101 or visit

KIDZ SHOW June 22-29, July 13-27, August 3-17 Saturdays / 2p-4p        
Children's theatre and dance performed on the McDonald’s stage followed by hands-on arts projects and games.

Saturday, June 22 / 2:00p-2:45p        
"Beauty and the Beast" Project Daydream performs selections from their summer musical.
Create masks of both the Beauty and the Beast with artist Sumarah Karen Smith.

Saturday, June 29 / 2:00p-2:45p        
"Cinderella, It's OK to be Different" A new twist on the classic story presented by the Wayne State University Department of Theatre.            
Enjoy a themed make & take activity led by Arts & Scraps Mobile.

Saturday, July 13 / 2:00p-2:45p        
Ballet Folklorico Moyocayani-Izel - An amazing ensemble from Southwest Detroit performing traditional dance from the eight regions of Mexico.
Live animal interactive with Wild Life Safari with animals of the Southwest.

Saturday, July 20 / 2:00p-2:45p
Magic Carpet Theatre - Imagination is the key to this creative storytelling trio. Featured stories include: "Where the Wild Things Are," "The Fisherman and His Wife," "Pierre" and "Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain."
Join arts educator Adrienne Edmonson on an exciting Treasure Hunt filled with fun & discovery.

Saturday, July 27 / 2:00p-2:45p        
Heritage Works - African drum and dance performances with audience engagement, traditional rhythms and fun.
Enjoy a themed make & take activity led by Arts & Scraps Mobile.

Saturday, August 3 / 2:00p-2:45p        
Reg Pettibone's Authentic Native American Program
Dance, Song, Narration and a display of artifacts sharing cultural traditions and a strong emphasis on the environment.
The Greening of Detroit provides a hands-on, make & take environmental activity.

Saturday, August 10 / 2:00p-2:45p        
Ballet Renaissance - From their home in the Detroit Opera House, this company of youthful dancers delight and surprise.                    
Create a magical locket amulet with artist Sumarah Karen Smith.

Saturday, August 17 / 2:00p-3:00p        
PuppetArt Theatre, Detroit's premier puppet masters present "Kolobok", a Russian folktale about the adventures of a little Butterball named Kolobok who was baked by an elderly childless couple. This story is well known in America as The Gingerbread Man.
Ice Cream Social! Gingerbread cookies and make-your-own ice cream sundaes for the children!

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