A stilt walker entertains the crowd during a past “Goodison Good Tyme” event in Oakland Township.

A stilt walker entertains the crowd during a past “Goodison Good Tyme” event in Oakland Township.

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Goodison Good Tyme returns Sept. 18

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published September 8, 2021


OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Families are invited to Bear Creek Nature Park for a “good tyme” Sept. 18.

Since 2003, the Goodison Good Tyme event has celebrated Oakland Township’s parks, natural beauty and agricultural history each September.

The Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission has announced the event will return this year after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 Goodison Good Tyme family-friendly festival will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 18 at Bear Creek Nature Park.

“The event is very popular,” said Becky McLogan, the township’s recreation manager. “We’ve had hundreds of youth families coming, so it’s very fun.”

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Director Mindy Milos-Dale said Goodison Good Tyme is a great way to spend a fall day.

“We have a variety of activities, so no matter what your family is interested in, you’ll probably find something that they will enjoy doing,” she said.

This year’s event features free music, crafts, a stilt walker, balloon artists, target archery, an inflatable maze, a zip line, food trucks and more.

Families can enjoy craft sessions with Dinosaur Hill naturalists, who will guide children in painting or stenciling T-shirts.

“We have nature stencils — so we have frogs, butterflies, salamanders, turtles and flowers, anything nature related. It’s a lot of fun. Kids love it,” McLogan said.

Another big draw is a large zip line for kids.

New to the event this year are a couple of inflatable mazes from Oakland County.

“Kids compete against one another in these mazes,” McLogan explained.

Family members can also try their hand at target archery, taught by certified archery instructors.

McLogan said the township has an archery range at Marsh View Park that has been open for about 10 years now.

“As a way to promote the archery range, we will set up the archery booth. Kids will be able to shoot arrows under the instruction of these USA (Archery) certified instructors. That’s always very popular,” she said.

Families can take a break from the physical action to learn about the history of Oakland Township via Oakland Township Historical Society displays, enjoy macaroni and cheese available for purchase from a food truck, or listen to family-friendly music provided by the band Gemini.

Bear Creek Nature Park, located at 740 W. Snell Road, consists of 107 scenic acres between Snell and Gunn roads. The park includes Americans with Disabilities Act accessible limestone trails, boardwalks and observation decks; a playground; and a picnic pavilion and grill.

For more information, call (248) 651-7810.