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The Day of Play is a state wide celebration recognizing the importance of fitness, health and wellness for kids of all ages.  Families are provided an opportunity to learn about a healthy lifestyle. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tumbleweed Park
Free Admission!

Come spend the morning at Tumbleweed Park as we promote health, wellness, and fitness for kids of all ages. Free activities will get the kids playing and their minds active, while parents can explore the various booths on health, wellness, and fitness.

Day of Play will feature a variety of fun activities organized by many of the non-profit organizations, businesses and municipal divisions serving the community.

Volunteer Information
Are you interested in volunteering?  Volunteers make our events possible. We have a great opportunity for anyone who needs community service hours or just wants to help at a great event.  Volunteer opportunities range from setting up, water stations, field games or helping guests with event information.

Sign up today by clicking on the icon below. The form takes just a few minutes to complete! 
Sign Up Now!

Stage Schedule
Playful City Stage
9am-9:20am              The Bracken School of Irish Dance partnered with City of Chandler 
                                      Parks and Recreation Irish Dance
9:30am                        Mayor Jay Tibshraeny's Welcome
9:45am-10:05am      Yo Yo Factory
10:15am-10:35am    Desert Star Dance
10:45am-11:05am    Costume Contest – Ages 5 and Below
11:15am-11:35am    Costume Contest – Ages 6 to 10
11:45am-12:05pm    Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios
12:15pm-12:45pm    Aspire Kids Sports Center

Shape Up US Stage
9am-9:30am              Saladmaster
9:30am-10:30am      Baker’s School of Music
10:30am-11:15am   The Dance Loft
11:15am-12pm         Style Image Studio Baby Calendar – Sponsored by Old Navy
12pm-12:30pm         Eric James
12:30pm-1pm           Kajukenbo AZ

Featured Activities
Win Raffle Prizes!
Guest has an opportunity to win raffle prizes at this year's event.  Just print and bring the "bookmark" with you to the Day of Play and turn it in to the Shape Up US booth for your chance to win.  Make sure to write your name, phone number and email address on it so if you're a winner, you can be contacted. Good Luck and we will see you out at the Day of Play!

Youth Costume Contest
Be the first to win the Day of Play Costume Contest! Come dressed as your favorite sports player, fruit, healthy snack, sports equipment or put your creativity to the test! With the theme “Health, Wellness and Fitness” the ideas are endless. There are two age groups 0-5 years old and 6-10 years old that will be judged. Registration will begin at 9:00am with only 60 spots available in both age groups. The winner of each age division will receive a prize!

General Information:
     • It’s FREE to participate
     • Register on event day at the Information Booth from 9:00am to 10:30am
     • Participants need to be accompanied by parent/guardian
     • Participants will receive more information on where and when to report once
       registered for the contest
     • Participants will be photographed and pictures can be used for publication
     • Registration:
          - Forms will be available at the Information Booth the day of the event
          - Print the registration form here and bring the form with you to the Information Booth
            at the event

Costume Judging Times:
     • Ages 0-5 - 10:45 am-11:05 am
     • Ages 6-10 - 11:15 am -11:35 am

Judging Criteria and Rules:
     • There will be 3 judges present.
     • Participants will be judged on creativity, originality and theme appropriateness.
     • Each category will be judged on a scale of 1-5 and the average score between the
        judges will determine the score for each contestant.
     • Each age division will go onto the stage in 3 groups of 20 to allow visibility of each 
     • The winner of each age group will be announced immediately following their age
        group contest.
     • Contestant must be present in order to claim their prize otherwise the prize will be 
        given to the runner-up.

Foam Run
Run, Walk, Crawl, or laugh your way through our 5k course filled with colorful foam awesomeness! The most important thing is to have fun while getting some exercise. Trust us, this is the only time that a 30ft slip n slide, 5 foam stations, and fun obstacles are considered exercise. The 5k course is a non-competitive event.

Sign up now for a chance to take part in an unforgettable 5k party that helps out a great cause! Proceeds benefitting

Start Time: 9am
     - $25 when you use the CODE: SHAPEUPUS
     - 7 and under run free with a paying adult!
General Race Information:
     - 7 and under run free with a paying adult
     - Must sign waiver previous to entry of the race
     - All tickets purchased are nonrefundable
     - Tickets are transferrable up to a week before the event date
     - Additional information provided during registration

Bike Land
Bring your kid’s bikes along to join the Fit Kids Fun Ride and enjoy everything cycling and safety at the Brett Saks Foundation’s Bike Land. Banner Children's will be providing the first 500 kids with FREE helmets. Visit for more information on how to set up your own Fundraising Page for the bike ride to help raise funds for local schools. Some of the funds raised will also go toward bringing bike safety education to the schools and community as well. Here’s how you can participate in raising funds…Read Me!

Rules & Regulations
     • Although it is a kid’s bike ride, parents and family members who would like to ride
       alongside their younger children may do so. Please, no road bikes (professional
       cycling bikes) because of the type of course we have. Safety First!
     • Participants of the Fit Kid Fun Ride and Bike Safety Rodeo are encouraged to bring
       their own bikes. However, a small amount of ‘loaner bikes’ will be available for kids to
       borrow as they participate.
     • There will be an area for people to park and lock their own bikes, at their own risk.
     • Helmets will be given to the first 500 kids who attend and who (hopefully) participate
       in the passport system (see below).
     • A ‘passport’ system will be in place so that attendees can maximize learning.
       Attendees will be encouraged to attend set stations where they will have their
       passports checked off. Once completed and their information is entered onto the
       passport, Banner Children’s will collect the passport and issue a helmet. However, a
       passport is not required to receive a helmet, just strongly encouraged.

Bike Safety Rodeo
Bike Land will also feature a Bike Safety Rodeo, where kids can enjoy a skilled-based obstacle course focused on different bike safety tips and practice safe riding in a fun environment. The Bike Safety Rodeo will be hosted by WE-CYCLE-USA

Activity List
There will be several stations in Bike Land that will teach different aspects of safety, including an outdoor bike education classroom taught by REI and a self-defense station taught by Kajukenbo Arizona. Other activities include hula hooping, a bike giveaway, coloring stations, and much more!

Teen Fitness Challenge
Join us at the Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play presented by Banner’s Children for the inaugural Teen Fitness Challenge. The Teen Fitness Challenge is a 5 part obstacle course that will be timed for speed! Challenges have been created by the Chandler Fire Department, Chandler YMCA, the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, and more! Prizes will be given out to the top finishers in each of the age category! Good Luck!

Competition Time
9am to 12pm

Competition Age Categories
12 to 14 year olds – Male and Female
15 to 17 year olds – Male and Female

Award Presentation

Competition Registration
     • Potential competitors will need to register to take the fitness challenge. 
     • Cost: $15 Chandler Residents; $21 Non-residents
     • Registration by clicking the icon 
              Make sure to use the code for 510YT.173
     • Potential competitors can also register in person at
       the event

Prizes so far include passes to Stratum Laser Tag and Xtreme Air Jump & Skate with more to come!

Stage Performance Group Descriptions
YoYo Factory – Tyler Severance
"Everyone is familiar with YoYos, and their basic tricks. Walking the Dog, Rock the Baby; but few have seen YoYos used at the highest skill level. Tyler explains and shows the audience different YoYo Styles, as well as pulling some guests up to show off their skills".

Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios
Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios, LLC – ZUSDS – is a part of a family of martial arts companies formed with one goal in mind – to provide “Z-Ultimate” martial arts experience for students and their families by providing life changing and character building experiences through world-class personalized martial arts instruction. It is the largest martial arts company of its kind, with locations in the Midwest and on the West Coast. Our program is designed around professional & personalized private training; and our Ultimate Goal is personal growth and self-development for you, your child, or your family. The core of Z-Ultimate’s philosophy is professional private instruction in the are of individual Self Defense. Z-Ultimate in Chandler has been a proud member of the Chandler AZ community for over 10 years, and continues to expand and refine its teaching doctrine for students of all ages!

Desert Star Dance
Desert Star Dance is located on the border of Chandler and Gilbert on the NE corner of McQueen and Ray. Desert Star Dance offers classes in all dance styles for children ages 2 and 1/2 and up.

Aspire Kids Sports Center
Aspire Kids Sports Center is a 32,000 ft. gymnastics and swimming facility in Chandler. We offer classes for all ages in gymnastics, swimming, dance, martial arts, acro sport, tumbling, and trampoline. Aspire is home to an 80 ft. trampoline--the largest Tumble Trak in the state of Arizona! We offer year-round swim lessons in our indoor, heated swimming pool. Aspire is conveniently located one block west of the Chandler Fashion Center and one block south of Chandler Blvd.

The Bracken School of Irish Dance
partnered with City of Chandler Parks and Recreation Irish Dance

Bracken School of Irish Dance located at Jeannes Dance Studio on Alma School and Galveston and The City of Chandler Parks and Recreation Irish Dance Classes located at the Downtown Community Center at 125 E Commonwealth Ave offer traditional Irish Dance classes ranging in ages from 3yrs to adult. For more information please contact or

Sponsorship Opportunities
Mayor Tibshraeney's Day of Play is continually seeking interested individuals, organizations and companies who want to sponsor our great festival with either in-kind services or monetary donations. The benefits of being a sponsor range from on-stage logo recognition and announcements during the festival to name and/or logo recognition on flyers, posters, postcards, websites, press releases, festival program, and much more. Benefits vary based on sponsorship levels. For more information on becoming a sponsor, please call 480-782-2665, email, or review our sponsorship package.

Awards & Recognitions
Chandler has been selected for the following awards and recognition:

     Kaboom! Playful City USA
Winning Years - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

     100 Best Communities for Young People
Winning Years - 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011

Vendor Information
Interested in participating as a vendor for the Chandler Day of Play? Potential vendors will need to provide a service or be a involved in health, wellness, or fitness category.

Submitting Application
Applications are currently not being accepted for this event.   


Thank you SPONSORS for your support!!



Challenge yourself ...
your friends ... your family ... fitness is fun!

For more information on the Day of Play, please call 480-782-2665.

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