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Get Hooked on Fairy Tales
Posted: June 11, 2014

Follow the second star on the right – and take it straight on to Neverland…at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.

For the fourth year, Ford House will be transformed into a magical place where families can enjoy a summer filled with events, programs, a day-long festival and a fantastical exhibit…. all celebrating storytelling and fairy tales. The theme for this year’s festivities is Your Neverland Adventure, with a tribute to everyone’s favorite eternal child: Peter Pan. The adventure begins June 28 with the much anticipated Fairy Tale Festival.

At the centerpiece of the experience is an exhibit featuring the work of one of Walt Disney’s most original, beloved and influential designers and art directors, Mary Blair.  Partnering with the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, Ford House will display nearly 40 images created by Blair for the 1953 classic Disney film Peter Pan. Blair is known for her eye-appealing designs and joyfully exuberant creativity. In addition to her work on Peter Pan, Blair created character designs for the animated films Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, as well as for Disney’s iconic “It’s a Small World” attraction and the 90-foot mosaic mural inside Disney's Contemporary Resort.
Kids of all ages can become part of the story in the exhibit by climbing inside a life-size lantern – just like Tinkerbell – for an illuminating photo opportunity. Other activities, including a costume station and reading station, allow families to play and read together.
Creating Neverland: The Art of Disney’s Mary Blair runs from June 28 through Sept. 1. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admittance is included with regular admission and is free to Ford House Members.
Kicking off the programs and events on Saturday, June 28 is the Fairy Tale Festival, which has become the official welcome to summer for thousands of families. Attendees will walk along the streetlamp lined roads of London and into a fantasy-filled Neverland to enjoy a day filled with performances, crafts, strolling characters, and activities inspired by the story of Peter Pan – all located on the expansive Ford House grounds.
Ford House Education and Learning Specialist Connie Locker said J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan focuses on imagination and adventure; and so does the Fairy Tale Festival. “When you walk through the Ford House Gate, you’ll feel the inspiration of 19th century London. After leaving the city, you’ll be swept into Neverland – complete with swashbuckling pirates, magical pixie dust, and the antics of the Lost Boys,” Locker said.
Among the many activities planned for Festival goers are performances of Peter Pan vignettes by Grosse Pointe Theatre and Motor City Youth Theatre, interactive storytelling, “flying” like Peter Pan, visiting Tinkerbell’s cottage, face painting, games with Radio Disney and more. They will even have a chance to see the invasion of the pirates as their ship docks off of Lake St. Clair and they invade the property.
The Fairy Tale Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 28. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. New this year, Ford House is offering a Family 4-pack for $40, which includes four admission tickets and four hot dogs, courtesy of the Dearborn Sausage Co. The Family 4-pack is available until June 20 and can be purchased at
Neverland Adventure Summer Programs
Pan-inspired programs for families, youth and adults continue throughout the summer months.
Neverland’s Wonderful Weekends
Saturdays and Sundays, June 29-Aug. 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Families can explore Neverland through crafts, activities, and characters from Peter Pan. Included with regular admission.
Captain Hook’s Pirate Quest
Tuesdays Sundays, June 29 – Aug. 31,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 Avast ye mateys! Captain Hook has lost his buried treasure! Do you have what it takes to help him find it? Explorers can pick up a treasure map at the Visitor Center, follow the clues across the Ford House grounds, and solve the riddles along the way! Included with regular admission.
What Makes Reptiles Tick?
July 26, 10 a.m.
$10/$8 Ford House members
Captain Hook was afraid of the ticking crocodile, but he didn’t know the whole story! At this family event, attendees will meet an alligator, turtles, frogs, and snakes from the Little Creatures Company and learn all about the science behind these coldblooded creatures.
Pirates and Fairies Fun Run
Aug 8, 7 p.m. $30
Adults can fly through Neverland toward the finish line in this 5K run. The afterglow tent, complete with craft beers, awaits their plunder. Event will be chip timed; prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group. Costumes encouraged.
Peter Pan’s Flight Academy
Aug. 23, 10 a.m.
 $10/$8 Ford House members
Detroit’s famous Windjammers Kite Team will be on the Ford House grounds for a day of high-flying family fun. Attendees will learn to build and decorate a kite - and with faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust, it will fly in no time!
For additional information or reservations, visit or call 313.884.4222.
Fairy Tales at Ford House is made possible through the support and partnership of Ford Motor Company Fund, Crest ford, Dearborn Sausage Company, Plante Moran, Meijer, Radio Disney, Parade Company, MetroParent Magazine, Grosse Pointe Pubic Schools, Grosse Pointe Public Library, St. Clair Shores Library.


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