‘Come Out and Play’ coming to Madison Heights

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published June 24, 2019

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MADISON HEIGHTS — For the last five years, Oakland County Parks has held a popular outdoor event called Come Out and Play at Catalpa Oaks County Park in Southfield. But this year it will be closer to home in Madison Heights.

The event is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Red Oaks Soccer Complex, located at 29601 John R Road in Madison Heights. The free event is open to the public and will feature a variety of attractions. 

One of the highlights is a zip line that runs 180 feet and reaches 30 feet off the ground at its highest point. Adults can ride the zip line if they weigh less than 250 pounds, while children must weigh at least 45 pounds and stand at least 42 inches tall. Everyone has to sign a waiver, and minors ages 17 and younger are required to have a legal guardian sign. 

There will be inflatable bounce houses (children are required to wear socks) and water-based inflatables as well, including a Slip N Slide and a large waterslide — a swimsuit or change of clothing is recommended. The county will also bring its “mini-festival package” that includes a dinosaur-themed slide, a small bouncer and a tropical-themed maze. 

In addition, there will be retro games including inflatable Tic Tac Toe and Connect Four, as well as an obstacle course, jump-ropes and scooters. A “nature touch table” will allow guests to go hands-on with at least one live animal, and other items such as stuffed and mounted animals. 

Guy Louis — the star of a one-man band called the Chautauqua Express — will perform his family-friendly songs where everyone can sing along, inviting participants onstage to dance with him. The concert will start at 1 p.m. 

“The guy is high energy and interactive,” said Brandy Boyd, chief of recreation programs and services for Oakland County Parks. “He will have the kids singing and dancing with him onstage in no time!” 

Guests can also look forward to face painting, as well as a treat and souvenir for each child. 

Other Come Out and Play events have taken place in the cities of Hazel Park and Clawson, along with another county park, Independence Oaks in Clarkston. 

“The idea behind the event is to offer a free day … for families and camp groups to come out and have fun,” said John Haney, recreation program supervisor for Oakland County Parks. 

“The Come Out and Play series has been a big hit — we normally have about 750 to 1,000 people participate,” he said. “The mobile zip line makes it special. It’s all free to participate, and it’s a fun-filled day for the participants.” 

Added Boyd: “Come Out and Play is always a fan favorite. We have several families that try to make it to all of them through the summer, and many local municipalities send their camp groups to this event. It provides them a free adventurous day to add to their camp lineup. 

“And it’s a great day for families to come out and enjoy zipping through the air, cooling off on a hot day with the water inflatables and dancing the day away with Guy Louis,” Boyd said. “He always has the kids onstage, dancing and singing with him. Who could ask for more fun than that?”

To learn more, call Haney at (248) 858-1486 or email haneyj@oakgov.com. For more information on other county events, visit oaklandcountyparks.com