Art Activity Zone




2016 Art Activity Zone

Spend time at the Fair creating your own works of art in the Art Activity Zone.
Located on Ingalls Mall, between Washington Street and 
North University Avenue. This area is open Thurs-Sat, 11am-6pm and Sun noon-6pm.

The following kid-friendly art projects are open to all ages and free to the public.


Puppetry: Make your very own Butterfly Marionette

Detroit Institute of the Arts 

Every culture world-wide has a rich history of puppetry reflecting rituals, stories, and even politics. Come and learn about puppet history with the DIA and walk away a Puppeteer! 


Motown Music Paper-dolls & Record Cover Design

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

We encourage you to sing the songs of Motown while creating your own paper-doll cut-outs . We’ll even provide the template for a vinyl record so you can design your own album cover with your creation!


Creative Candle Making

The Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

Make a beeswax candle with the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor! Beeswax candles are easy to make and fun to roll and decorate. You’ll even learn how to apply beeswax appliqués.




Dinosaurs Live!

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History


Dinosaurs come to life and travel with you throughout the Fair! Make lively, colorful dino’s with balloons and learn interesting facts from the museum of Natural History.


Psychadelic Projection

Cranbrook Art Museum

Create unique transparent projections in celebration of Cranbrook’s current exhibition, "Hippie Modernism". Then, project your creation on-site and take photos with your groovy new backdrop! Hang your artwork on a window at home and let the light filter through!


Clay Building, Wheel-Throwing, & More

Clay Works Studio

Get your hands covered in clay when you build an animal sculpture or try your hand at the potters wheel. You never knew you could come to an art fair and leave a ceramic artist, did you? All ages welcome!