Parks and Recreation Connecting Tempe
October 2019
This Fall look no further than the City of Tempe for a wide array of fun and free autumn events! From movies and festivals to fall break finds, Tempe has you covered with plenty to do for the whole family!


Spend your evenings catching a flick in the park! The City of Tempe will once again give families a good reason to skip the theaters as the Movies in the Park free family movie series returns to Kiwanis Park Friday evenings this October.
Fall 2019 Movie Lineup:
Oct. 4        Aladdin - Disney's animated classic  (G)
Oct. 11      Tangled  (PG)
Oct. 18       How to Train Your Dragon 3  (PG)
Bring blankets and a picnic dinner to watch family-friendly films on one of the largest inflatable screens in Arizona. Each movie begins at dusk (approximately 6 p.m.) on the north soccer field at Kiwanis Park, Baseline Rd. and Ash Ave. (just west of Mill Ave.).
Movies in the Park is made possible through a grant from the Tempe Diablos.
The Play Mobile is rolling into Tempe parks this fall. The crew brings a van full of sports equipment, games, snacks, music and more to get kids movin' and groovin' after school. It’s totally free and fun for all.

For Fall Break fun find us out and about from 1 - 4 p.m. each day.

Fall Break Hours / 1 - 4 p.m.
10/7     Jaycee Park 
10/8     Kiwanis Park 
10/9     Jaycee Park 
10/10   Kiwanis Park 



Regular Park Hours / 3 - 6 p.m.
10/14    Hollis Park 
10/15    Scudder Park 
10/16    Jaycee Park

10/17    Selleh Park

10/21     Hollis Park
10/22    Kiwanis Park 
10/23    Jaycee Park
10/24    Rotary Park 

10/28    Hollis Park 
10/29    Scudder Park
10/30    Jaycee Park 
10/31     No Play Mobile / Halloween

Join us for a spooky good time at Tempe's 42nd Annual Family Halloween Carnival from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Kiwanis Park south soccer fields (northeast corner of Guadalupe Rd. & All-America Way).

Enjoy carnival-style games, inflatable bounce houses and slides, train rides, Tot Town, food booths and more. Admission to the event is free. Tickets for attractions, games and food booths can be purchased for 25 cents apiece. Most activities will require 3-4 tickets. Booths are operated by local non-profits and civic groups as a fundraiser.

Bring the whole family and don't forget to dress up and participate in the costume contest for a chance to win fun prizes. 

Halloween Carnival is made possible through a grant from the Tempe Diablos and Kiwanis Club of Tempe.

Gear up for the fall season with the Pumpkin Painting and Carving Extravaganzas at the Escalante Multi-Generational Center. Children ages 6 to 8 years-old can participate in creative pumpkin painting and decorating from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Youth ages 9 to 12 years-old can stop by for pumpkin carving from 4-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17. The fee is $2. Call 480.350.5800 to register by Oct. 11.
The family fun continues at the Escalante - Thew Elementary Fall Festival from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. Come experience a night of fun, fright and frolic that includes music, crafts, a spooky garden and games. Admission wristbands can be purchased at the event for $5 each or in advance for $3 each.
Tempe’s Adaptive Recreation program offers social activities the first and second Friday evenings of the month. Individuals with developmental disabilities ages 13 years and older are invited to join in the fun!
Mark your calendar and join us for Bingo and fun from 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center. Dress up for the Halloween Themed Fabulous Friday Night Dance from 6:30–9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Edna Vihel Art Center.


Looking for something to do over fall break? Kids can swim for free at Kiwanis Pool this fall. Enjoy heated, calm waters at our Midday Swim from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or an Evening Swim from 5-8 p.m. The pool features lanes for lap swimming, zero-depth entry, and a 127’ long double spiral water slide.

Up to 2 children ages 10 and under free with each paid $4 adult admission. Children 7 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Offer is available Monday-Thursday until Dec. 12.
Whether you're looking to enhance your batting skills or seeking a fun day out with the family, Kiwanis Recreation Center's Batting Range offers the perfect destination to have a swinging good time. 

The range features 10 cages with varying speeds of softball and baseball pitching, from slow-pitch to 70 mph baseball. Tokens are $1.25 each for one game of 14 pitches.

The batting range is open daily from 5 – 9 p.m.


Enjoy a unique Friday evening out with your family. Join us for the wildest and brightest paddles on Tempe Town Lake from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 and 25. Glow Paddles are open to ages 10+ (youth ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult).

All kayaking equipment is provided, as well as glow-in-the-dark accessories. Space is limited. Visit for more information.



Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Pyle Arts and Crafts Annual Boutique. Event hours are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center.
Shoppers can peruse through hundreds of handcrafted items and holiday gifts offered from over 50 vendors. Meet local artists, crafters, and creators to find the perfect gift or household décor. Admission to the boutique is free.


This year's Tardeada marks the City of Tempe's 21st Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival. A Tardeada is a social dance that is traditionally held on Sunday afternoons; this year’s Tardeada is open from noon-8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6.

The event features many free activities such as live entertainment, dancing, arts and crafts, face painting, inflatables, The Game Truck, and the Tempe History Museum's Family Albums exhibit. In addition, food vendors sell delicious foods at family-friendly prices within the Tempe Community Center Complex, located on the southwest corner of Rural Rd. and Southern Ave.

The event is the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrates the historical significance of Hispanics within our community.


This summer, the City of Tempe had more than 180 volunteers contributed 8,500 hours through the Summer Youth Volunteer Program. Students in middle school, high school, and college volunteered their time at a wide variety of facilities and programs throughout Tempe, including the Tempe Public Library, Tempe History Museum, city swimming pools, summer camps, recreational classes, and more.

Interested in volunteering your time? Visit for more info!
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