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Sept. 30, 2016

Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play turns Tumbleweed Park into a giant playground for all 
Come out and play with more than 65 gigantic park games, exhibits and interactive activities

It’s the day to play your way! On Saturday, Oct. 22, Tumbleweed Park welcomes music, art, dance and health and wellness activities to its grounds as part of Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play for children and adults alike.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., get in touch with your inner child as community groups take over the park with health-minded games, exhibits and interactive activities. Look forward to Dignity Health’s Hello Humankindness FUNZone featuring exhilarating obstacles, temporary tattoos and cool giveaways. The Youth & Teen Fitness Challenge also returns this year challenging kids ages 10-17 to race through giant inflatable courses that bounce, bump and slide you all over the place. We challenge you to stay on your feet! Prizes will be awarded to top finishers across various age categories.

Park-goers also can enjoy everything from high-flying acrobatic demonstrations to sporty inflatables to dance lessons. Discover new ways to come out and play while enjoying musical entertainment and delicious snacks. The full list of the day’s events is available at chandleraz.gov/dayofplay.

New this year, Chandler Fire, Health and Medical and Child Car Seat safety experts will be on-site to check your child in a car seat, booster seat or seat belt and answer any questions you may have from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 480-782-2046 or online at chandleraz.gov/fire. Drive-ups and new and expecting parents welcome.  

All activities are free and encourage folks to interact with fellow community members.   

“Day of Play is a celebration of Chandler’s diversity and encourages neighbors, communities and families to have fun, build relationships and be active together,” said Hermelinda Llamas, special events coordinator for the City of Chandler. “It gives everyone the opportunity to rediscover each other and the City they call home through joyful, interactive play.”

Now in its 10th year, Day of Play serves as a celebration of the City’s designation as a Playful City USA organization by KABOOM! – a national nonprofit, parks and recreation advocacy organization. This is the 10th consecutive year Chandler has received this honor, an accomplishment shared by only 12 other founding cities since KaBOOM! initiated the program in 2007.  

“Play is one of the primary ways kids come to understand the world around them. It allows them to release energy, push boundaries and connect with others,” said Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “Our City continues to invest in our wonderful public parks, playgrounds and affordable recreational facilities as they bring communities together and enrich lives. Not only has this commitment helped us retain the prominent Playful City USA designation, but most importantly, it helps Chandler remain a family-friendly community that offers our residents numerous opportunities to play, live, learn and thrive.”

Chandler’s unwavering focus on the importance of play in the development of healthy families and the provision of its vast network of recreational amenities throughout the community has helped Chandler become a recognized leader in playability.

Designed to spark family exploration, the free festival is hosted by the City of Chandler brings together an array of notable partners, like FastMed Urgent Care, Spooner Physical Therapy, Chandler Unified School District, SRP and Arizona Republic.

Tumbleweed Park is located at 2250 S. McQueen Road, on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. Vehicles can enter the park from Germann Road at Hamilton Street or from McQueen Road at Celebration Way.

For more information on the event, visit chandleraz.gov/dayofplay.  

Volunteer opportunities – Volunteers are needed to assist with event setup, field games and post-even