Day of Play

It’s a day to play your way! Recognizing the importance of fitness, health, and wellness for kids and adults alike, Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play turns Tumbleweed Park into a playground for all. Park-goers can enjoy everything from exhilarating fitness demonstrations to health-minded games to information booths. Discover new ways to come out and play!


Day of Play Logo
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Tumbleweed Park
8 a.m. to Noon
Free Admission

All in a Day's Play

Get up, get out and go play with Chandler Parks & Recreation. Designed to spark family exploration, Day of Play inspires the community to accelerate their journey to leading a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. Children of all ages can revel in free family-fun as they play life-size board games, sporty inflatables, and interactive activities. Lookout for a giant high-flying foam area that bounces, bumps and slides you all over the place.

Stage Schedule

8:40 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.              Classic Image Dance

9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.              Contest: Balloon Sweeper

9:45 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.            Jeanne's School of Dance

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.          Contest: Balloon Waddle Race

10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.         ASU Men's Gymnastics Team

11:00 am - 11:10 am.             Aspire Kids Sports Center

11:10 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.          Contest: Most Creative Balloon Puncher

11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.          Dynamite Express/Dance Connection 2


Contest Information and Rules

Kids…Do you think you’re fast?  Are you athletic?  Do you have that competitive bone in your body?  Well, if you answer yes to any of these questions, we want you to take part in one of our three contests to win some fabulous prizes and have some fun while doing it. 

  • Balloon Sweeper -  Contestants in each age category will line up at the start line and will sweep a balloon (or small plastic ball) from the start to the “touch” line.  From there, the contestants will sweep the ball over the touchline, turn around and sweep the ball back to the start line.  First person to sweep their ball with a pool noodle back to the start line wins.
    • Age Categories: 4-7 years (max 10 contestants) and 8 -12 years (max 10 contestants)
    • Sign Up - Contestants will need to sign up at the Playful Stage
    • Rules:
      • 10 contestants per age category
      • 4-7 years will start first, with 8-12 years category to follow
      • All contestants must sign up at Playful Stage on event day
      • Signed up contestants must return to the Playful Stage 10 minutes prior to contest start time to check in
      • All contestants will be supplied pool noodle to move balloon (or small plastic ball) from the start line to touchline and back to start line
  • Balloon Waddle Race - Contestants in each age category will line up at the start line with a balloon and place it between their legs.  From there, the contestants will race over to the touchline, turn around and head back to the start line.  First person to cross the start line with the balloon between their legs wins.
    • Age Categories: 5-8 years (max 10 contestants) and 9 -12 years (max 10 contestants)
    • Sign Up - Contestants will need to sign up at the Playful Stage
    • Rules:
      • 10 contestants per age category
      • 5-8 years will start first, with 9-12 years category to follow
      • All contestants must sign up at Playful Stage on event day
      • Signed up contestants must return to the Playful Stage 10 minutes prior to contest start time to check in
      • All contestants can only use the supplied balloon
      • Contestants must have balloon between legs at all times while racing
      • If the balloon falls out, it can be picked up and placed back between legs and the race can continue
  • Most Creative Balloon Punch - Who can balloon punch in the most creative way? Can you use your balloon punching to dance, exercise or do other fun and interesting tricks?  If so, this may be your game! 
    • Age Categories: 4-8 years (max 8 contestants) and 9 -12 years (max 8 contestants)
    • Sign Up - Contestants will need to sign up at the Playful Stage
    • Rules:
      • 8 contestants per age category
      • 4-8 years will start first, with 9-12 years category to follow
      • Categories will perform in two shifts of four each
      • All contestants must sign up at Playful Stage on event day
      • Signed up contestants must return to the Playful Stage 10 minutes prior to contest start time to check in
      • Contestants will be able to perform to music the DJ will play for allotted time.
      • The punch balloon must be used in the performance.


Performers Bios

ASU Men's Gymnastics Team 

The Arizona State Men's Gymnastics Team became a club sport in 1993 after the University cut the team due to Title IX budget issues. Since then, the team has continued to compete in a full schedule against other NCAA teams while attempting to place individuals on the US National Team.  The loss of NCAA status has not dampened any spirits, nor ended the success of the team.  Since 1994, the team has won the USA National Collegiate Championship team title 21 times including the 2017-2018 season.  Many fine athletes from around the country continue to arrive each year at ASU, all with as much dedication, commitment, and desire to succeed as in years past.


Jeanne's School of Dance

For 60 years, Jeanne's School of Dance has been a home away from home for thousands of dancers of all ages.  The heart of everything they do is teamwork, because being part of a team that works together, supports and challenges each other is what helps each dancer to become their very best - on and off stage.  This team environment is what helps Jeanne's families maintain a healthy balance between dance, school and home.  By cherishing childhood and encouraging dancers to excel in all areas of life, dancers blossom with confidence and perform with grace.  Jeanne's is an oasis where dancers can indulge their passion in a wholesome family atmosphere that nurtures and celebrates each students’ unique talents and strengths. Come see the difference Jeanne's has made since 1958!


Dynamite Express/Dance Connection 2

Dance Connection 2 has been training dancers in the valley for over 30 years. They proudly present the award-winning Dynamite Express Dance Team under the direction of Sierra Worth and Lindy Andrew. This talented team consists of exciting young jazz dancers, ranging in age from five to seventeen. For over 30 years, they have entertained audiences with their “Dynamite” routines at various sporting events, stage shows and parades. DCTutu’s is their youngest performing group. A fun, beginner class which builds confidence and instills a love for dance! They train in multiple styles such as tap, jazz, ballet, and tumbling. This is a great entry level program to prepare these tiny dancers for our performing team- Dynamite Express!  Learn more about Dance Connection 2.

Interested in participating as a performer during the 2019 Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play? Fill out the Stage Performer Application and mail, fax or email the completed application.

Mail: Attn: Annette Watson, PO Box 4008, MS 500, Chandler, AZ 85244

Fax: 480-782-2713


Foam Fusion

Are you ready to run, walk, climb and crawl your way through our obstacle course filled with foam and challenges for all skill levels! The course is a non-competitive and the most important thing is to have fun while getting some exercise.

Come prepared to experience an obstacle course where you…

  • Scale a giant boot camp inflatable
  • Run through zig-zag noodles
  • Search through the foam to find beach balls 
  • Spring your way through foam on a bouncing ball
  • Military crawl through a tube
  • Finish strong by sprinting to the finish line through a wall of foam!

Cost to participate is $5 per person for 2 runs through the course. Please note, the minimum age to participate in Foam Fusion is 5 years and older. 

Recreation Village

Recreation Village is the hub of fun & free activities for the whole family.  Recreation Village will give you the opportunity to experience some of the innovative and exciting activities Chandler Recreation has to offer in Sports, Camps, Enrichment, Outdoor Discovery & Aquatics.  Come Discover, Imagine and Grow at our Recreation Village!

Activities Include

  • Backyard Archery
  • Butterfly Lifecycle Relay Race
  • Water Gun Target Shoots
  • Life Size Legos/Sensory bins & Community Mural
  • Interactive Sports Inflatables
  • Ping Pong & Pop Shot Table Games


Child Car Seat Clinic

Trained technicians are waiting to inspect and install your child's car seat. The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical team will be waiting for you! To schedule an appointment, call 480-782-2046 - leave your name and phone number. Appointments are NOT REQUIRED. For more information on the program visit

Flu Shots provided by Walgreens

Attendees will be able to get their flu shots during the event. ID and Insurance Information will need to be provided.

Mayor Hartke'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 view the Sponsorship Package, call 480-782-2665, or email

Interested in participating as a vendor for the Chandler Mayor's Day of Play? Potential vendors need to provide a service or activity that involves an area within health, wellness, or fitness. Review the Vendor Information Sheet to learn how you can connect your business with Chandler's active families.

Application Deadlines
Mayor's Day of Play SRP Booth
  • Vendor Priority Application deadline is Friday, June 28. Vendor priority applies to any vendor that has participated in last year's Day of Play.


  • General Vendor Application deadline is Friday, September 6, or when all space has been reserved.


  • New organization applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis once the priority deadline has expired. You are encouraged to submit an application prior to the vendor priority deadline as applications will be held in the order in which they are received.


Be sure to review the Vendor Information Sheet before submitting your application. Applications are accepted via email or online.

Application PDF

Online Application

For information on being a vendor, please contact or 480-782-2669.

Are you interested in volunteering? We have a great opportunity for anyone who needs community service hours or just want to help out a great event. Volunteer opportunities range from setting up, field games, helping guests with event information or clean up.

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Check the Chandler Events Calendar for details on these and other events, or call: 
Special Events Hotline 480-782-2735

ADA Accessibility

The City of Chandler welcomes participation from all of its citizens. To request an accommodation due to a disability please allow at five (5) days prior to the scheduled event. Contact the City's Special Event Coordinator at 480-782-2665 (or 711 via AZ Relay Service) or


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