Patriot Week 2019 in Oakland County

The 10th Anniversary of Patriot Week

During Patriot Week, the imagination and support of citizens across the nation is captured and celebrated. The 10th anniversary of Patriot Week will be celebrated by honoring America’s First Principles, Founding Fathers and other Patriots, vital documents and speeches, and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history. Patriot Week begins on September 11th, honoring the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives in 2001, and ends on September 17th, Constitution Day.

Co-created by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren and his then 10-year-old daughter in 2009, Patriot Week is a time to reflect upon the idealsdocuments, and historical figures that represent the best of the United States. Special events ranging from solemn remembrances and discussions to lively celebrations, lectures, and presentations have been scheduled throughout Patriot Week and beyond.

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Peppa Pig’s World of Play at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

Children playing at Peppa Pig's World of Play at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills.

Children in Oakland County will be snorting with excitement as they jump into the world of hit British animation series, Peppa Pig. Laugh, learn, and play at their brand-new ADA accessible indoor play center Peppa Pig’s World of Play at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills. 

Spark the imagination of your favorite little piggies as they explore the sensory garden with Suzy Sheep or ride on Grandpa Pig’s train. The 14,000-square-foot indoor play center features 14 interactive, activity-based play areas designed to fuel the imaginations of pre-school children while bringing the world of Peppa Pig to life.

This is only the second Peppa Pig’s World of Play located in the United States. The other U.S. location is in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. There is also a location in Shanghai, China.

Peppa Pig World of Play is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The last admission for entry is 90 minutes before closing.

Your ticket will allow for 2 hours of play time and it is recommend that you arrive 15 minutes before the time printed on your tickets. Adult-and-child combo tickets start at $22.50 with additional adults (ages 9 and older) tickets for $5 and additional children (6 months to 8) for $15. Photo packages and activity packages are also available to purchase. Tickets and extras can be purchased in advance on their website.

For hygiene and safety reasons, please pack children’s non-slip socks as they’ll need to remove their shoes in some of the play areas.

Great Lakes Crossing is located at 4632 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. You can find Peppa Pig World of Play between Districts 6 and 7.

Check out the Peppa Pig World of Play Michigan website, and connect with them on Facebook and Instagram, for more information on the new indoor play center.


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Our Dancing Lights Glows with Holiday Tradition in Oakland County!

Our Dancing Lights in Auburn Hills is a holiday sound and light spectacular. Located at 3111 Paramount Lane, this exciting display uses traditional Christmas lights that are programmed to dance along with music that you can listen to by tuning into 91.3 FM.

Get a sneak peek in our video before you go, and read on to hear the story of Our Dancing Lights, including how the holiday display started and expanded over the years, from its creator, Brent Waldrep. Check it out in person: Sunday–Thursday, 5:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday–Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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Oakland County Indoor Activities

Great Lakes Crossing sign in Auburn Hills.

There are so many opportunities for indoor fun in Oakland County! Take a trip to a mall, jump around at a trampoline center, or attempt an exciting escape room puzzler. With more than 200 locations for indoor fun in the county, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect activity for you.

Click the button below to check out our full list of indoor fun, or scroll down to use our interactive map.

Indoor Fun in Oakland County

Head over to Palazzo di Bocce in Lake Orion or Whirlyball in Novi for unique sporting experiences, catch a show at Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, or play arcade games and laser tag at Safari Playground in Walled Lake.

For an entire day of fun, visit Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills and check out their new Michigan themed play area, catch a movie at AMC Star Great Lakes, visit Sea Life Aquarium and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, or go bowling and play arcade games, karaoke, billiards, ping-pong, and darts at Round 1 Bowling & Amusement.

Use our interactive map to find locations near you. The legend lists a wide range of activities, like archery, arts and crafts, gymnastics, ice and roller skating, museums, rock climbing, theaters, and many more.

Map listing various indoor locations in Oakland County, such as bowling alleys, escape rooms, and movie theatres.

Do you know about another indoor activity in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, by contacting us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leaving a comment below.


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