The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that free outdoor events and activities continue this week with a full slate of National Night Out activities with Cars 3 at Meisel Park in Springfield on Tuesday, and the Summer Arts Festival at Oak Ridge Park featuring the band American Rapture and a free yoga session on Wednesday.

“When the sun starts going down and the temperature begins to cool, it’s a perfect time to get some fresh air and enjoy healthy outdoor fun with family and friends,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados.

In view of this week’s hot weather, attendees are advised to bring plenty of water along with picnic blankets and lawn chairs.

Sign Up for E-News

Children should be encouraged to take frequent breaks to cool off and drink water. Pets should also be provided with water and watched for signs of overexertion.

This week’s activities are:

Tuesday, August 7: National Night Out at Meisel Park on Mountain Avenue in Springfield, featuring police and emergency vehicles on display, live demonstrations by the Union County Police, S.W.A.T., Bomb Squad, Sheriff’s K-9, inflatable rides, free hotdogs and more from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The movie, Cars 3, begins at dusk with free popcorn.

Wednesday, August 8: The free UC Get Fit yoga session with Satsang Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, then American Rapture takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Union County residents and visitors can also cool off at the Walter E. Ulrich Memorial Pool in Rahway, open seven days a week.

Playgrounds with sprinkler features are available at several County parks including Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, Mattano Park in Elizabeth, Warinanco Park in Roselle, Rizzuto Park in Union, Ponderosa Farm Park in Scotch Plains, and Snyder Avenue Park in Berkeley Heights. The Loop Playground in the Watchung Reservation includes a cooling mist feature.

Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center provides a cooled indoor environment for afternoon activities with a weekly matinee on Wednesdays in August. Admission is free daily and a modest fee applies to special events and activities.

For hours, locations, and more details about Union County parks and outdoor activities visit ucnj.org/parks-activities/ or call 908-527-4900.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

Connect with Union County on social media.