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Highland Games at Historic Greenmead Park in Livonia

Gather your family and friends for this 164th annual event on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 to enjoy Scottish food, fun and friendly competition (for kids, too)

Got little lasses and lairds? Your kids won't want to miss out on the unique activities in store at Wee Bairns! The fun returns for the 164th annual Highland Games in Livonia, which will be held on Aug. 3, 2013 at Greenmead Historical Park. This year's festival runs 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

So, what's with Wee Bairns? Well, it features plenty activities just for tykes! Kids can color a shield for protection on their Saturday journey, take a mini tour of Scotland, meet the country's animals, toss a small-scale caber (that's a large wooden pole, for the uninitiated) and fish in the "Loch Ness." The Wee Bairns area is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event host, St. Andrew's Society of Detroit, "recognizes that children are our future," its website says – and, to help bring their heritage to that crowd, Wee Bairns was designed especially for them.

There are plenty of grownup feats to witness, too. See the "Heavy Athletics" competition as professional and amateur athletes compete in a stone put, 56-pound weight for height, full-size caber toss and much more. These traditional games have roots back to the Highland warriors, who kept in shape between battles by using everyday items.

The Highland Games also features entertainers Cu Dubh, The Kreelers, Mudmen and many more at the large entertainment tent. At the smaller tent, Stone Clover will perform throughout the day.

Piping and drum, tug-of-war and the Highland dance are all competitions featured at the 2013 Highland Games, too. A variety of Scottish food and drinks will be available for sale during the games.

Advance admission to the Highland Games is $12 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $17. Children under 12 are admitted free.

For more on the 2013 Highland Games at Historic Greenmead in Livonia, visit the Metro Parent calendar listing.

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