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Trailside’s Summer Wednesday Matinee Series Sizzles With Scientific Fun June 29 to August 10


MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Mark your calendars: the popular Wednesday Matinee Series at Trailside Nature & Science Center begins on June 29 and continues through August 10. This family entertainment series starts 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; $4/senior citizen and tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m.

“The Summer Wednesday Matinee Series at Trailside offers an educational yet entertaining and engaging afternoon for children and adults,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

The season kicks off on June 29th with the GRAND FALLOONS, sponsored by the Union County Clean Communities. Children will enjoy magic, juggling and exciting circus fun as Professor W. takes them on a unique and lively exploration of “Our Earth.” This entertaining multi-media show explores such questions as what is litter, what happens to it after collection, and how, what and why to recycle. Abstract concepts are made accessible and engaging.

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The series continues with WACKY SCIENCE, on July 13th, sponsored by the Trailside Museum Association. Audiences will delight in watching a ‘brave’ volunteer make a giant batch of slime! Participants learn about static electricity with a Van de Graaf generator, while experiencing a “hair raising” moment.  The program also features a dry ice demo.

On July 20, the lively pace continues with FUN WITH ENERGY. Mixing comedy and music, Jeff Boyer juggles, sculpts and builds with bubbles. Audiences will find this an energy filled ride.

PRISMATICA follows on July 27. Audiences will sing, clap and rock the house down, with this new laser show set to today’s positively themed pop/rock music. 

On August 3rd, RIZZO’S REPTILES brings an engaging program blending nature and conservation, which features live lizards, snakes, turtles and an alligator.

The final show of the 2016 season is HOCUS POCUS on August 10th. This program is a perfect blend of magic, audience participation, comedy and excitement.

For additional information about the Wednesday Matinee Series or other upcoming programs and special events, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us at 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 all Union County programs and services visit, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email or use the online Contact Form.

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