The Skerbeck Entertainment Group will be bringing thrill rides to the Madison Family Spring Carnival April 25-28 at Madison High School. Pictured is one such ride from 2017.

The Skerbeck Entertainment Group will be bringing thrill rides to the Madison Family Spring Carnival April 25-28 at Madison High School. Pictured is one such ride from 2017.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Madison District Public Schools prepares for spring carnival

District looking to bring more events to community

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published April 12, 2019

MADISON HEIGHTS — For four days, leading through the last weekend of April, the parking lot of Madison High School will be transformed into a bustling carnival.

The Madison Family Spring Carnival, now in its fourth year, is a collaboration between Madison District Public Schools and the Skerbeck Entertainment Group. The carnival opens at 3 p.m. April 25-26 and at noon April 27-28. The high school is located at 915 E. 11 Mile Road; there will be parking and shuttle services at Madison Elementary, 27107 Hales St. Tickets cost $27 at the door or $20 purchased in advance at skerbeck.com.

Guests can look forward to a variety of thrill rides, games, and delicious food and drinks, all in a fun, festive atmosphere geared toward families.

“Our children look forward to this event each year, and we hope to continue to wow them with the added rides and activities offered by Skerbeck,” said Angel Abdulahad, who was appointed as the permanent superintendent of MDPS at the April 1 Board of Education  meeting. “My family and I go each year, and the kids absolutely have a blast! We hope to continue to bring fun, safe activities where families can take their children to build lasting memories.”

There will be no alcohol tents or sale of alcohol at this year’s event. Strict guidelines will also be enforced to ensure everyone’s safety, with police reserves present all weekend long.

“There will not be any additional fundraising for MDPS for this event,” Abdulahad said. “We will utilize the revenue generated from our portion of this event to help support our little children by adding additional play structures for them. We will report the (district’s portion of the revenue) at the May Board of Education meeting.”

District officials said that other community programs are also in the works.

The parent-teacher organization at Wilkinson Middle School, 26524 John R Road, will host a craft show there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

The same school will host the 10th annual districtwide Science Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, featuring a barbecue dinner, face painting, wax hands, rock climbing, mechanical bulls, science experiments led by experts from the Cranbrook Institute of Science, a petting zoo, zip lines and more, including 50-50 raffles and prizes such as a PlayStation 4, vacation packages and TVs — among them a grand prize 65-inch LED HDTV. All proceeds support the students in their education.

“We are also creating a community group to brainstorm ideas on how to bring the community closer together,” Abdulahad said. “We’re planning bonfires, movie nights, Fourth of July block parties with fireworks, bingo nights for our seniors, and more. We welcome all partners that would like to join us in this endeavor.”

Mark Kimble, president of the MDPS Board of Education, said he expects great things of the district’s carnival and other offerings.

“We’re hoping this will be our best carnival ever, enjoyable for the whole family,” Kimble said. “We hope to see people turn out.”