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Brighton Balloon Sculptor Tim Thurmond

Brighton Balloon Sculptor Tim Thurmond

This artist from Livingston County sets records and makes kids smile with his incredible inventions – from recreations of life-sized superheroes to famous paintings.

August 2013
The Singing Princess Character Entertainer Ayla Eichenhofer

The Singing Princess Character Entertainer Ayla Eichenhofer

This real-life Belle (and other Disney favorites) dishes on the delights and job perils of entertaining southeast Michigan girls at birthday parties and festivals.

July 2013
Baffling Bill the Magician, Entertainer Bill Schulert

Baffling Bill the Magician, Entertainer Bill Schulert

For decades, he's had many tricks up his sleeves – and has loved making kids in southeast Michigan and beyond laugh at parties and special events.

July 2013
Northville Children's Librarian Dorie Freebury

Northville Children's Librarian Dorie Freebury

During her many years at this Wayne County city's district library, 'Miss Dorie' has made bonds with kids – and turned many onto books and reading.

July 2013
Clawson Public School Bus Driver Larry Jose

Clawson Public School Bus Driver Larry Jose

Delivering children to school in a safe and timely is this guy's gig. Learn what it's like and how he's able to make all kids smile and enjoy the ride.

July 2013
Goldfish Swim School Birmingham Instructor Nikki Gyenese

Goldfish Swim School Birmingham Instructor Nikki Gyenese

Whether kids are terrified of or love the water, this Oakland County teacher creates fun and wonderful ways to get children splashing and swimming.

July 2013
The Robot Garage Founders, Sarah and Jonathan Jacobs, a Mom-Dad Team

The Robot Garage Founders, Sarah and Jonathan Jacobs, a Mom-Dad Team

LEGOs and robots bring this family together – including their three STEM-minded daughters – at their Oakland County hub for science fun and education.

June 2013
Detroit Artist and Dad SLAW Mixes Up Retro Art and Fatherhood

Detroit Artist and Dad SLAW Mixes Up Retro Art and Fatherhood

With swank mid-century flair, this southeast Michigan guy has a cool-cat, down-to-earth style – and two pretty creative young adult kids, too.

May 2013
Mary Ellen the Clown Delights at Metro Detroit Kids Parties

Mary Ellen the Clown Delights at Metro Detroit Kids Parties

Looking for some fun party entertainment? This veteran southeast Michigan performer offers a sweet, not-overwhelming approach for little ones.

April 2013
Chickens and Autism: How 'Goldie' Helps a Michigan Teen

Chickens and Autism: How 'Goldie' Helps a Michigan Teen

With the help of a feathered friend, Alair Bergman of Ortonville, Mich. has overcome autism symptoms, written a book and plans for a bright future.

April 2013
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