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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:30 am | Updated: 10:19 pm, Tue Jun 29, 2010.

The monsoon may have officially arrived Tuesday - the day the National Weather Service designates as the start of the statewide Arizona monsoon - but without any rainfall as of yet, it still feels just plain hot out there.

Chandler's giving families an easy way to banish the heat on Saturday. It's Summer Splash Festival is all about getting wet and staying cool.

"It's a free, community oriented event. We really just want parents to be able to come and relax and play with their kids," says Landon Evans, Summer Splash's organizer.

Set in downtown's Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, the festival will feature six inflatable water slides. Evans says they're bigger than last year's water features, at about 15 feet tall and 30 feet wide.

There are also kiddie pools, free swim lessons from Aqua Tots Swim Schools, water balloons and a fair featuring food and drink booths, gift items and farmers-market style vendors.

New this year is a covered "Chill Zone" misting station.

"It's a comfortable place for parents to chill out in the shade while they watch their kids play. Last year, we didn't have anything like it, and parents had a pretty hard time trying to find shade under just the trees out there," says Evans.

He says more than 2,300 people showed up last year; he expects a similar turn out this time.

The event is free, but food, drink and other vendor items will carry a fee. Among the snacks available will be hot dogs, cupcakes, pazookies and smoothies.

Summer Splash Festival

What: Cool off on six inflatable water slides at Summer Splash Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler

Cost: Free

Information: (480) 480-855-3539 or www.downtownchandler.org

Mighty Mud Mania

What: Kids up to age 17 can get down and dirty at Mighty Mud Mania, where there are five muddy obstacle courses and other mud features. Word to the wise: Bring a change of clean clothes for the car ride home.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale

Cost: Free, but a non-perishable food donation requested, and kids must register and have a signed permission slip. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Shirts and lace-up, closed-toed shoes are required.

Information: (480) 312-2771 or www.scottsdaleaz.gov/mightymudmania

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