Next month, we’ll celebrate moms. In June, it’s hats off to dads. But before then, kids will get a day all their own: Día del Niño.

The event going on Sunday at Phoenix Zoo celebrates a holiday practiced throughout Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, Brazil and other Latin and South American nations. It’s a day when families celebrate their children, recognizing and appreciating kids’ innocence, playfulness and imaginations — and the hope and promise children represent for the future.

At the zoo, families will find live entertainment from Ballet Folklorico Amistad, Ballet Espiritu R.M.R. and 13th Tribe Drumming Sounds.

There’s also piñata bashing for people and zoo animals. The Orangutan family and the jaguar will receive their pinatas at 9:30 a.m, followed by the elephants (11:30 a.m.), warty pigs (12:30 p.m.), wild dogs (1:30 p.m.) and tiger (2:30 p.m.). It’s all free with regular park admission.

DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Día del Niño activities are free with regular admission of $18 for adults, $9 for children ages 3-12. (602) 273-1341 or www.thephxzoo.org.

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