FARMINGTON, Mich., Sept. 23, 2013 – Mad Science of Detroit will be just one act in a day filled with family fun. On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Riley Park Ice Rink committee will be hosting a Family Day Benefit to raise both funds and awareness for Farmington’s upcoming ice rink. The day will include a show by Mad Science of Detroit, ice fishing, a snowball toss and much more.

The Mad Science of Detroit show, Up, Up and Away, will be presented by Mad Scientist Thermo Thad. This magic-like science show introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Hot air balloons, vortex generators and even a hovercraft will help children understand the power of air. The show includes audience participation –  audience volunteers might help perform a "magic" trick where ropes are placed into a bag and magically become tied or help shoot toilet paper across the crowd with the help of air pressure. The show will be at the Civic Theater at 1 p.m

Tickets are $7 a person and are on sale now at the Farmington DDA office, 33316 Grand River Avenue, and at the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market. Tickets are general admission, so get your seats early even if you have a ticket. Five dollars from every ticket will go towards benefiting the ice rink.

Prior to the show that morning, all kinds of ice-related fun is planned for Riley Park. From 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., kids can enjoy ice fishing, a hockey shot competition and even a snow ball toss with ice shavings donated for our local indoor ice rinks, all for only 2 dollars. There will be an ice skate related craft and a ring toss called Ring Frosty. Snow cones will be on hand.

“The Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market will be going on at the same time just a few yards away from the Family Day Benefit so there is something of everyone of all ages,” said Annette Knowles, executive director of the Farmington Downtown Development Authority. “Even the Mad Science show is fun for all ages.”

The Ice Rink committee is looking for some volunteers to help with this event. If you are interested, please contact the DDA office at 248-473-7276 or send an e-mail to

The next fund raising event planned for the ice rink  is a black tie optional Snow Ball, set for Thursday, November 7 at the Huron River Hunting and Fishing Club.

“It’ll be a really cool day,” concluded Knowles.

For more information, visit: or call 248-473-7276.