Child's Play 

"It's for the beautiful children!" exclaims Carmen Reyes of Dia del Nino, the annual Latin festival, which will be held Sunday at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The event pays homage to the large children's festival held each year in Mexico in April.

Memphis' festival drew 15,000 people last year and has grown tremendously since it began 13 years ago, when, according to Reyes, they put out a few piñatas and a little bit of food. This year, they'll have singing and dancing contests, raffles, games, live music, and lots of food, including Mexican popsicles, tacos, and fruit-flavored waters in cucumber, mango, and melon.

Reyes extends an enthusiastic invitation to all nationalities to join in the fun, and, to that end, she's hired Resource Entertainment Group to help with the logistics and get out the word.

"The children are happy. The parents are so happy," Reyes says. "And it's free!"

Dia del Nino, Memphis Botanic Garden, Sunday, April 11th, noon-6 p.m.

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