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Clawson to host mother-son jungle party

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published March 12, 2019

CLAWSON — On Saturday, March 23, the Hunter Community Center will transform into an exotic oasis and invite mothers and sons to answer the call of the wild.

The jungle party, a new spin on an annual tradition, will begin at 3 p.m. and will include light refreshments, a photo memento, and a fun and educational presentation by Mark Rosenthal’s Animal Magic.

The cost is $20 for a couple, and $5 for each additional son. The event is open to residents of Clawson, as well as all surrounding communities.

“This is the first time we’re trying a jungle party,” said Kathy Leenhouts, Clawson director of recreation and senior services. “We always do a daddy-daughter dance, but for mothers and sons, we’ve done a couple different things.”

She said the city decided this year to move the mother-son event — which has in the past included bowling, inflatables and magic events — from fall to March and try a new theme.

“Mark Rosenthal is out of Belleville, and he has a lot of interesting animals, a lot of unusual ones that he brings,” Leenhouts said. “He does a lot with education, preserving animals, and he teaches why it’s important to take care of wildlife.”

She said the city has received a good response so far, with almost 50 tickets sold, but that there is still plenty of room left.

“It doesn’t take up the whole day. We figured moms and sons could have a snack, and we anticipate it wrapping up by 4:30 p.m., so if they want to, they can take their sons to dinner afterward,” she said.

Leenhouts added that city staff would decorate the building to make it resemble a jungle, and it would provide an array of jungle-themed treats.

Gina Boyd, who helped coordinate the event, said she is excited for the new jungle theme.

“I think it will be neat. It’s always fun to mix it up, and I think it kind of reaches a broader audience,” Boyd said. “My brother and his family are moving back (to the area) after two years overseas, and my nephew will be here just in time for the event.”

Boyd said tickets must be purchased in advance at the Hunter Community Center.

The Hunter Community Center is located at 509 Fisher Court, off Main Street, north of West 14 Mile Road.

For more information, call (248) 589-0334 or visit

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.