Staff is busy planning PlayDay 2019. Check back soon for more details. Last year's information is listed below!
Free, all-ages community event celebrates activities and recreation for the entire family
In keeping with its designation as a Playful City USA community for the ninth consecutive year, Tempe will host a free day of play for kids of all ages to celebrate play and reap the benefits of being active. PlayDay is scheduled to occur from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Kiwanis Park, at Mill Ave. & All-America Way.
Participants of PlayDay will have the opportunity to join-in on a variety of structured and unstructured games and events, including: youth sports activities, kayaking, dance & movement activities, inflatables and more!
Visitors will once again enjoy the Diablo Dash at PlayDay. Sponsored by the Tempe Diablos, the Diablo Dash is a free, family-friendly obstacle course that will have you running, crawling, climbing, sliding and laughing all the way to the finish line!
Kid Zone Experience
The 2018 Kid Zone Experience provides the opportunity to try your hand at Angry Birds STEM Launch, Origami Fidget Spinner, Ozobots – Coding Robots, Make-Your-Own Salsa and more – all activities representative of the Kid Zone Enrichment program.
Just for Kids Fishing Festival
Anglers of all ages are invited to west side of Kiwanis Lake between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to try their hand at fishing at the 27th annual Just for Kids Fishing Expo. Anglers United and Arizona Game and Fish will provide everything you need (poles, bait and a little guidance) at no cost during the event.
Tempe’s Public Works Department will bring the Touch-a-Truck event to PlayDay again this year. Get up close and personal with several city vehicles, including fire, police, solid waste & recycling, transportation and more. Take pictures with police horses and learn all about the equipment that keeps the city moving.
New for 2018, the Tempe Public Library Youth Librarians will be hosting a StoryWalk®. Participants will follow the Is Everyone Ready for Fun storybook path while reading and engaging in activities from the book, including jumping on a couch. StoryWalk® is a fun and educational way to incorporate literacy and exercise.
KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting play in children’s lives, chose Tempe as a Playful City USA community this past summer. In the tenth year of the program, KaBOOM! named 257 cities and towns across the country - 16 of which are in Arizona - as Playful City USA honorees. Tempe was one of 22 communities given this designation for the ninth consecutive year because of the way it uses play and play spaces to positively impact childhood wellness, public safety and quality of life.
For more information on Tempe PlayDay 2018 contact the Recreation Services Office at 480-350-5200.