Downtown community members will be able to participate in activism, events and learning in celebration of El Día de Los Niños this year.
El Día de los Niños, or Children’s Day, is an annual celebration of children held around the world. The yearly holiday is similar to Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. It highlights innocence and infancy. These free events are different ways to celebrate the holiday.
El Día de los Niños festival:
This annual event is held in Margaret T. Hance Park by the city’s Parks and Recreation Latino Institute. The event will be put on with the help of more than 50 organizations, exhibitors and educators. There will be an entertainment stage, interactive booths and giveaways. The entire festival is designed with children in mind.
When: Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/170829470062919/
Heard Museum Día del Niño celebration:
The Heard Museum is holding a community festival for the entire family. Participants will be able to enjoy crafts, arts, storytelling, music, games and activities. The event is open to kids of all ages. People will also be able to try samplings of food and agua fresca. Activities will include interactive Mexican and Aztec storytelling by Michael Heralda, mariachi performances and mask-making. Children 12 and under and up to two adults get free admission to the museum and the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit.
When: Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave.
For more information: http://heard.org/event/fiesta-de-dia-de-los-ninos/
Promise Arizona will run a march and children’s procession through Phoenix to City Hall, the Arizona State Capitol and Tent City. The event will highlight the fact that children have no say in whether their parents are deported. Event organizer David Ayala-Zamora said the march has to do with the current political climate and fear in the immigrant community around deportations. “President Trump is terrorizing our community here. Some parents are afraid to take their kids to school,” Alaya-Zamora said. The march will start at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church going to City Hall and ending at the Capitol. They also plan to go to Tent City to pray and conduct a memorial service for immigrants who were imprisoned there, before returning to the Capitol for an overnight vigil. The next day they will finish up with a citizenship fair at the Capitol. The event will be family friendly, and Promise Arizona is trying to involve as many children as possible to emphasize the impact on children.
When: Sunday 2 p.m.
Where: Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, starts at 909 E. Washington St.
For more information: www.facebook.com/events/1971083449779154/
Contact the reporter at Kara.Carlson@asu.edu.