The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a free family “Day at Hance Park” celebration on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will be able to take free tours of the park’s cultural facilities including the Japanese Friendship Garden and Irish Cultural Center, learn about coming classes, programs and events and enjoy demonstrations and interactive displays.

Dog owners also can enjoy planned activities at the dog park including giveaways, raffles, demonstrations and informational displays. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1134 N. Central Ave. in downtown Phoenix.

The day’s activities also will include live entertainment, tours of the other cultural and arts organizations that call the park home and fun displays, booths and demonstrations. Partner organizations will be on hand including ceramics demonstrations by the Phoenix Center for the Arts; puppet shows by the Great Arizona Puppet Theater; Tyco drumming displays, a tea display and free face painting by the Japanese Friendship Garden Association; and an Irish singer hosted by the Irish Cultural Center. Other park partner organizations that will be on site include the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Phoenix Public Library and the Arizona Humanities Council. Representatives of the Camp Colley Foundation will create an interactive mock campsite.

The festival will be based in the western part of Hance Park just west of the Central Avenue bridge on the lawn adjacent to the Japanese Friendship Garden and neighborhood playground.The Hance Park Dog Park is located in the western part of the park at 323 W. Culver St..

For more information, call (602)262-4827 or visit

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