The Streets Come Alive at Berkeley Heights Summer Block Party

Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights will come alive on Sunday, June 9 when the Berkeley Heights Business and Civic Association and the Berkeley Heights Recreation Department sponsor the inaugural town-wide Summer Block Party.

The event, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on Springfield Avenue from Plainfield Avenue to Lone Pine Drive, is presented by Primrose School of Berkeley Heights and sponsored by more than two dozen local businesses. 

Local businesses, local restaurants, non-profit organizations, clubs, churches and scout groups will all be providing activities and an afternoon of fun for families. 

Here is a brief list of some of the activities to be set up along Springfield Avenue:  

  • Ninja Warrior Challenge Course - Come and meet local American Ninja Warrior Anthony DeFranco and try out an eight-station Ninja Warrior type obstacle course. The Berkeley Heights “Challenge” Course features a Rock Wall, Teeter plank, Over/Under Obstacle, Floating Steps, Agility Poles, Noodle Tower, Tire Run and Cargo Net crawl. This ride is sponsored by Smith Chiropractic, The Liberty Group, Pearly Whites and DeFabio Spine and Sport.
  • Axe Throwing - Ever want to try axe throwing, but thought it was too dangerous?  This famous western themed attraction is a safe and fun inflatable game for players of all ages. The soft, Velcro axes are safe and realistic. You and another player throw them at your respective Velcro targets to score the most points. Compete against each other or play just for fun. Sponsored by Delicious Heights and Anything Floral.
  • Rock Wall - Things are looking up in Berkeley Heights – 24-feet up to be exact. That’s the height of the Extreme Rock Wall that will be on Springfield Avenue, providing a unique climbing challenge for all ages and abilities. When the climber reaches the top of the wall, he is gently lowered to the ground, with a feeling of repelling down a mountainside. Sponsored by Marcello’s Restaurant, Special Tees of Berkeley Heights and Trap Rock Restaurant.  
  • Game Trucks –  GameTruck will be at the Block Party delivering excitement with two GameTrucks!  Come check out the GameTrucks that will feature 15 Large TV screens and 20 small screens, with 144+ appropriate games for all ages and stages. Video game selections include sports, Mario, SuperSmash Brothers to Jeopardy.  Come join us on our leather couch for some great fun with games for XBoxONE, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, XBox360 and Nintendo WiiU!  Also bring your dance on... for some Just Dance competitions on the outside TVs with prizes! GameTruck is sponsored by Lantern Hill, Runnells Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, Pure Movement Dance Center and Berkeley Development Co.
  • Giant Slide – Nothing better to cool you off on a hot day than our inflatable 24-foot tall water slide. It’s fast, fun and completely safe and secure. Sponsored by Autumn Lake, Peak Medical and Allstate Insurance-Lori Cicali.
  • Inflatable Bounce – Who doesn’t like to bounce? And what’s a party without an inflatable bounce. Sponsored by Taylor Rental and Robinwood Kitchens, this bounce will be the center of attention for children young and old. 
  • Electric Scooters – The alternative transportation company Boxcar will be on site to demonstrate the latest in E-Scooter transportation. 
  • Dunktank – nothing says block party more than a wet and wild dunktank. And which local celebrity or politician will get the opportunity to face his/her adoring public? Come by Peak Medical Parking Lot and see for yourself.
  • Caricature Booth  - sponsored by Berkeley Heights Physical Therapy, stop by and get your professional caricature done. A keepsake that will last for years!
  • Pure Movement Dance Exhibit – Pure Movement Dance Center in Berkeley Heights is proud to provide a quality dance education for students in Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Warren, Watchung, Basking Ridge, Summit, Long Hill, Stirling and surrounding areas. The school will be performing on Springfield Avenue, from 2 to 2:30 p.m.;
  • Han Academy - Located conveniently at the center of the Berkeley Heights downtown area, Han Academy provides after school programs, summer camp, and private lessons throughout the year with a focus on Chinese culture and language learning. The school will be showcasing traditional Chinese dancing and martial arts from 1 to 1:30 p.m.;
  • BH YMCA – Instructors from the Berkeley Heights YMCA, which is constructing a new, modern 32,000-square foot facility on Locust Avenue, will be showcasing three of its more popular programs, with half-hour sessions in front of the main stage featuring Body Combat (1:30 to 2 p.m.); Zumba (2:30 to 3 p.m.) and Standing Yoga (3:30 to 4 p.m.). 
  • Giant Jenga Game/Giant Chess Game – Free larger than life activities along Springfield Avenue to test your skills. Local businesses will also be providing wheels of chance, face painting, photo booths and other fun and free activities for both children and adults
  • Princess Ariel from Little Mermaid will be making an appearance at Peppertown Park thanks to Berkeley Hardware and Paint.
  • Union County SWAT, Berkeley Heights Fire Department, Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad, Berkeley Heights Community Police unit will all be on hand with demonstrations and a chance to talk with the many First Responders/volunteers who make this community special.
  • Miniature Golf – Sponsored by Smith Chiropractic, see if you are ready for the professional golfer’s tour;
  • Giant Water Balloon Toss – Who will be crowned the Water Balloon champion of Berkeley Heights? Grab a partner and stop by the Peak Medical Parking lot at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. But be prepared to get a little wet!
  • Free Wine Tasting – Stop by Vine Republic and taste some of their special stock. Vine Republic  gives you the low prices, wide variety and attentive customer service you deserve. You’ll love their large online wine inventory.
  • Union County Freeholders Van – Ever wonder where your County tax dollars go? Stop by the Union County Freeholder’s van and research all the programs available to county residents. 

According to co-chairman Dr. Patrick Smith of Smith Chiropractic, the event is still looking for local organizations and clubs to sponsor an activity. Scout Troops, local businesses, clubs and organizations are all urged to contact Dr. Smith for an application. All groups are asked to provide a free activity that the public – and kids – can enjoy while still be able to show off or market their organization. 

Applications are available by contacting BHbusinessandcivic@gmail.com  or contact the BH Recreation department. 

Local restaurants including Delicious Heights, DiMaio’s Cucino,  Grain & Cane and Giovanni’s will have a presence on the street, with a special BBQ grill manned by committee members raising money for the rebirth of Peppertown Park.  Food trucks featuring Playa-Bowls and a Donut truck will also be present.

Local businesses have stepped forward to sponsor the free event. Primrose School of Berkley Heights is the naming sponsor; Gold Sponsorships have been provided by The Liberty Group, Pure Movement, Taylor Rental Center, Delicious Heights, Anything Floral, Smith Chiropractic  and Clear Point Design. Silver sponsors include Embassy Suites Hotel and Grain and Cane restaurant, Pearly Whites, Derco Printing, Robinwood Kitchens, Pearly Whites, Berkeley Development, Giovanni’s, Dean’s Greens and BH Physical Therapy. The media sponsor for this year’s event is TAPInto Berkeley Heights. 

 According to the organizers, the event is not set up as a fundraiser. Any monies raised and not used for activities will be donated to the Berkeley Heights Recreation program and the Berkeley Heights Fire Department and Rescue Squad. 

Sun, June 09
1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Add to My Calendar 06/09/2019 1:00pm 06/09/2019 4:00pm America/New_York The Streets Come Alive at Berkeley Heights Summer Block Party

Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights will come alive on Sunday, June 9 when the Berkeley Heights Business and Civic Association and the Berkeley Heights Recreation Department sponsor the inaugural town-wide Summer Block Party.

The event, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on Springfield Avenue from Plainfield Avenue to Lone Pine Drive, is presented by Primrose School of Berkeley Heights and ...

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