nNOVI, MICH. (WXYZ) - Summer is made for clowning around, and on Thursday, Aug. 7 clowns from none other than "The Greatest Show on Earth" will be at Twelve Oaks Mall to show how it's done.
The performance kicks off the mall's Summer Fun Thursdays, a weekly family-friendly entertainment series taking place every Thursday in August at 1 p.m. in Center Court.
From circus clowns and music to hands-on science and amazing bubbles, the series offers interactive fun for children and their parents and caregivers. All performances and activities are free.
On-site registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Performances begin at 1 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The first 100 children to register each week will receive a free food item from one of Twelve Oaks Mall's many eateries, and all children who register will receive a gift, while supplies last.
The Summer Fun Thursdays lineup:
Aug. 7: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ambassadors of Laughter
Join Slappy and Monday, Ambassadors of Laughter - aka clowns - in this interactive performance. Step right up, test your circus skills and laugh at the hilarious antics of the clowns in advance of Built to Amaze!SM, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show coming to The Palace of Auburn Hills Nov. 12-16. Children will also enjoy having a balloon artist twist and tie balloons into fun objects and animal figures.
Aug. 14: Copper Tom Children's Music
Children's songwriter and performer Copper Tom hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He tours nationally and has recorded two CDs - one of which won Album of the Year from the Kids Music Awards in 2010! Get ready for some infectious rhythms and good-time fun when Copper Tom hits the stage.
Aug. 21: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
It's science on wheels! The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum brings the museum to Twelve Oaks, introducing fun, dynamic, hands-on and educational science activities that are fun for all ages.
Aug. 28: Bubble Man Ron Loyd Presents Bubbleology
Bubble Man Ron creates an immediate rapport with his young audience based upon a shared, enthusiastic love of bubbles. You'll be enthralled as this bubbleologist creates cube bubbles, double merry-go-round bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles and more!
Twelve Oaks Mall is located in Novi, Mich. at I-96 and Novi Road. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.