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Trailside’s Annual Summer Wednesday Matinee Series

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to announce an exciting lineup of entertaining and educational Wednesday Matinees this summer at the Trailside Nature and Science Center.
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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the return of the popular Wednesday Matinee series at Trailside Nature & Science Center beginning on July 11 and through August 15. 

This engaging family entertainment series begins at 1:30 p.m. each week and runs approximately 45 minutes. All shows are recommended for children ages 4 and up. Admission is $5.00 per person and tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m.

“The Summer Wednesday Matinee series at Trailside offers an educational and entertaining way to make science fun,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados.

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The season kicks off on July 11 with FIRE & ICE, a program which uses simple and exciting experiments to uncover the process of science. 

The series continues with TOUCH OF NATURE on July 18, where the wonders of nature are just a touch away, and audience members can meet a variety of live animals, including lizards, snakes and alligators.

On July 25, SCIENCE OF MAGIC delights its audience, using mirrors, magnets and optical illusions; educating and entertaining while demonstrating principles of light and reflection. 

The fun continues on August 1 with OUTRAGEHISS PETS, a unique and educational live animal show which offers the opportunity to meet amazing creatures from all over the world.  The program is certain to spark the curiosity of the audience as it offers surprising facts about each animal. 

On August 8 PURELY FUN WITH MR. FISH uses magnetism, light, air, optical illusions, condensation and mental confusion to teach audiences to do magic.   The final show of the season, on August 15, is SPIN POP BOOM.  Audiences can defy gravity in this energetic and spectacular show. Didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions introduce children to the exciting world of chemistry.

For more information about the Wednesday Matinee series or other upcoming programs and special events, call 908-789-3670 or visit ucnj.org/trailside.

Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.

For more environmental programs and activities in Union County visit The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.

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.

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