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Boats made a big splash at the Cranbrook Art Museum on Sunday.

The Bloomfield Hills museum's famed Triton pools doubled as the site of a regatta for wooden boats built by children attending the nautical-themed day with their parents.

"We had 95 kids make boats," said Kelly Lyons, the museum's curator of education. "Our turnout was spectacular.

Lyons said the regatta was held to give children a creative outlet.

Zack Azzam, took his family to the event and helped his 5-year-old son, Jacob, make a boat and sail it in the race.

"It was a lot of fun," the 39-year-old from Bloomfield Hills said. "We had great weather and there was a lot of creative stuff for the kids to do.

"It was a great way to spend time with the family."

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Other activities Sunday included an exhibit on classic boats, a lecture on Michigan's links to the fiberglass boat-building industry, making screen-printed T-shirts and tours of the museum.

Established in 1930, the Cranbrook Art Museum is on the campus of Cranbrook Educational Community and is part of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of artists-in-residence and graduate-level students of art, design, and architecture.

The museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures.

Its Triton pools are reflective pools that feature multiple bronze sculptures of mythological Greek god and messenger of the sea Triton.

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