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El Paso families can celebrate their children with Día del Niño events this weekend in El Paso.
In Mexico, the day is a national holiday and is celebrated each April 30.
The popular children’s festival, Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros, returns in person for 2022.
The event, which provides thousands of free books, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park.
In addition to free books, children will be able to participate in a variety of activities including a storytelling tent, jumping balloons, a football camp, live entertainment on stage, and activities from more than 40 booths sponsored by various organizations.
The festival includes free swimming from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Memorial Park Aquatics Facility, 3251 Copper Ave. There will also be food trucks on-site selling a variety of food and beverages.
The event is organized by the El Paso Public Library, in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department. Information: www.elpasolibrary.org
Día del Niño at the Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse is teaming up with the Mexican Consulate to celebrate Día del Niño with screenings of short films, arts and crafts and raffle prizes Saturday.
Five family-friendly films will be shown, starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema East El Paso, 12351 Pellicano Dr.
The films in Spanish with English subtitles are:
‘Carrizos’ takes place in the Mixtec countryside of Oaxaca, Mexico, where Carmen lives with her grandparents. A drought threatens the family’s cornfield, and Carmen looks for a way to make it rain.
‘Olas Del Cielo’ tells the story of Pedro, a bird who cannot fly in sync with his flock, who decides to branch out on his own. After plummeting to a beach, Francisca, the friendly sea turtle, will teach him to connect with rhythm and harmony.
‘El Trompetista’ is about a trumpeter, who is trapped in the rigidness of a marching band, discovering his creative power and finding his freedom through the expression of his individuality.
‘Las Tardes de Tintinco’ takes place under a beautiful Quebrada cliff in Acapulco where a group of mosquitoes addicted to tropical music desperately try to bring happiness back into a rumba director’s life.
‘Defectuosos’ tells the story of an old puppet master who spends his days gathering abandoned defective dolls from garbage dumps. He transforms them into marionettes with dedication, which, when presented in his street shows, become the beloved toys that every child praises again.
Guests can reserve their seats by buying a $5 food and beverage voucher at drafthouse.com/el-paso/show/mexican-consulate-presents-dia-del-nino. These vouchers can be redeemed for anything on the Alamo Drafthouse’s menu during the screening. Free tickets can also be picked up at the box office at any time in advance of the show.
The event will begin with arts and crafts and activities for the kids. Mexican Consulate representatives will then welcome guests, discuss upcoming events and community projects and raffle prizes before the screening.
Chihuahuas ba Chico’s Kids Club Day
The El Paso Chihuahuas will have its Chico’s Kids Club Day Sunday, May 1 at Southwest University Park. Sign up for Chico’s Kids Club (for ages 12 and under) at the Promotions Booth and receive $5 off each membership.
Kids can run bases after the game. Gates open at 11 a.m. First pitch at 12:05 p.m. Tickets: https://bit.ly/3K9kNep
María Cortés González may be reached at 915-546-6150; [email protected]; @EPTMaria on Twitter.
This article originally appeared on El Paso Times: Celebrate Día del Niño in El Paso at Alamo Drafthouse, Chihuahuas