Now that October is upon us and football season is well under way, it is time for Chandler Recreation school intersession camps to begin next week followed by a variety of all-ages community special events later in the month. From the annual Day of Play event to Rhythm Fest to Halloween festivities, October offers a lot of outdoor fun opportunities and the promise of cooler temperatures to help us forget about the long summer.
The fall Break Time magazine outlining recreation classes and events is available at City facilities, libraries and recreation centers and online at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime. Registration is still open for fall classes through November and youth intersession camps that will run Oct. 3-14 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center and the Environmental Education Center. You can register at www.chandleraz.gov/registration or at any Chandler Recreation facility. For more information, call 480-782-2727.
The winter Break Time will be available beginning Friday, Oct. 21 and outlines programs in December, January and February. Registration for winter classes starts Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. (Monday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. for non-residents due to the Veterans Day holiday on Friday, Nov. 11).
October Newsletter Available
For a full overview of all the October activities, you can read the latest edition of the newsletter posted at www.facebook.com/ChandlerRecreation. If you are not already receiving this monthly newsletter, you can sign up here: www.chandleraz.gov/listserv.html.
Chandler Tennis Center Fall Hours
The Chandler Tennis Center at Tumbleweed Park begins its fall seasonal hours on Saturday, Oct. 1 as follows: Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 3-10 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday: 12-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/tennis or call 480-782-2650.
Parent & Toddler Activities
When the temperatures start to drop in a couple of months, parents and toddlers can enjoy playful fall
mornings with “Bounce, Bike & Boogie” at Tumbleweed Recreation Center’s outdoor courtyard on
Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Nov. 30 from 9-11 a.m. This play area is intended for children five and
younger to play under parental or guardian supervision with a bounce house, tricycles, other toys and
music. The TRC also hosts “Bubble Blast” on Wednesday, Oct. 12, Nov. 16 and Dec. 14 from 9-11 a.m.
There is a $2 fee per child for both activities ($3 for non-residents). The TRC is located at 745 E.
Germann road. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleeweed or call 480-782-2900).
Sonoran Sunset Series Continues Thursday, Oct. 13 On Thursday, Oct. 13, the Environmental Education Center’s “Sonoran Sunset Series” outdoor fall entertainment program continues at Veterans Oasis Park (northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads) with a performance by the Encore Quartet with Halloween-themed music at 6 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring blankets, chairs or food Other Sonoran Sunsets Series dates will be Nov. 10 (Simply Three Trio will perform) and Dec. 8 (Basha High School Holiday Choir). For more information, call 480-782-2890 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
5th Annual Chandler Day of Play is Saturday, Oct. 22
Saturday, October 22 promises to be a fun morning for everyone at Tumbleweed Park as the City of Chandler Community Services Department presents the fifth annual Shape Up Arizona at Chandler’s Day of Play from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This free community event for all ages will feature more than 100 vendors and activity stations that promote health and wellness while also commemorating Chandler’s recent selection as a “Playful City USA” winner for the fifth consecutive year. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events or call the hotline at 480-782-2735.
Fall Rhythm Fest is Saturday, Oct. 22
Following the Day of Play, Tumbleweed Park will also host the Fall Rhythm Fest next Saturday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of free music by K.C. Blues Band and The Big Zephyr, followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Just bring a chair or blanket; there will be food, beverages, merchandise and games available. For more details, visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Halloween Spooktacular is Friday, Oct. 28
The Chandler Recreation Halloween Spooktacular will be held Friday October 28, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the downtown Chandler Library courtyard. Admission is free and everyone from toddlers to teens will enjoy carnival games, arts activities and a haunted house. Games will include pumpkin bowling, scary piñatas and cupcake walks, and every participant will receive candy at each station, so bring those trick-or-treat bags. For the younger crowd, there will be pumpkin painting and face painting. The costume contest is always popular for all ages, and a winner will be selected for each age group in the following categories: best family or group; scariest; best superhero; best cartoon character and best princess. For more information, call 480-782-2727.
EEC Hosts Pumpkin Party Saturday, Oct. 29
The Environmental Education Center welcomes all ages to attend a “Pumpkin Party: Seed-to-Stem” on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m.-noon. This Halloween-themed event will demonstrate how to utilize pumpkins after the holiday is over, and attendees will learn resourceful ways to use every part of the pumpkin without wasting a single seed. The EEC is located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights road. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis or call 480-782-2990.
Mesquite Groves Aquatics Center Hosts “Haunted Swamp”
In keeping with the Halloween spirit, Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center presents its second annual “Haunted Swamp” event on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1-3 p.m. Chandler Aquatics staff will have a variety of Halloween-themed activities and games for people in costumer and swimmers in the pool. Admission is $1 for children, $2.25 for adults and $1.25 for seniors. The pool is located at 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr. next to Basha High School. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics or call 480-782-2635.
Mayor’s Golf Challenge is Friday, Nov. 4 at Bear Creek
Chandler Mayor Boyd W. Dunn’s Committee for People with Disabilities presents the 15th annual Chandler Golf Challenge at Bear Creek Golf Complex at 500 E. Riggs Rd. on Friday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. Foursome teams, individual players and sponsorship opportunities are available until Oct. 26. The event’s proceeds benefit Special Olympics Chandler programs and participants with physical and developmental disabilities. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/therapeutic or call 480-782-2709.
Fall Family Nights
Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center every Wednesday throughout the fall from 5:30-7 p.m. There is a different activity each week. The fee is $2 ($3 for non-resident ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non-residents ages 13-17). Call 480-782-2900 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed for more information.
Stay Connected With Social Media
For the latest news, you can follow @ChandlerRec on Twitter and Chandler Recreation on Facebook. Chandler Recreation produces a bi-monthly television show called “Come Out & Play Chandler!” on Channel 11 and YouTube that highlights programs and special events. To watch the current episode and other event and park tour videos, visit www.youtube.com/chandlerrecreation
Liam O’Mahony is an Information Specialist with the City of Chandler Community Services Department. He can be reached at liam.o’firstname.lastname@example.org