Oct. 8, 2002
Contact: Pamela Young

EMU's Family Day, Oct. 12, Offers Free Fun for Children of All Ages

YPSILANTI - Kids of all ages can enjoy more than 50 free activities at Eastern Michigan University's annual Family Day, Sat., Oct. 12, noon-4 p.m., at the University's main campus in Ypsilanti.

Activities range from a Harry Potter look-alike contest and a diving exhibition to a Native American Pow Wow and a chance to make wax hands.

For children, there will be puppet shows, story telling, caricaturists and a birds of prey exhibition, featuring rehabilitated birds from the wild. The Safety Zone provides health and safety tips by area police officers and firefighters. EMU's labs will also be open for making slime and other amazing experiments.

Coca-Cola and WDRQ 93.1 FM will sponsor a Harry Potter and Hermione Granger look-alike contest with prizes for the best dressed characters. Prizes include a set of four VIP passes to the opening of the new Harry Potter movie, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." When the kids just want to sit and relax, they can watch a production of "Little Red and the Three Pigs;" create their own paper bag puppets; handle a flight simulator; or see the Great Bobini, a deaf magician, work his magic.

Teens and adults can design their own web page; learn how digital photography works; attend a creative memories class; and enjoy the sounds of the Ypsilanti High Jazz Band. The St. Francis Heartbeats will also show off their award-winning jump-rope moves.

For more on Family Day activities, visit the Family Day link at