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Third Annual PlayDay Returns to South Orange

PlayDay Rock Wall

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - For the third year in a row, PlayDay returns to South Orange on Sun., Sept. 18, providing a chance to "play in the street" on South Orange Ave.

According to an email from the South Orange Village Center Alliance, "this year's extravaganza is sure to be the best one yet, with some new premium attractions." As in previous years, this year's PlayDay event will feature inflatables for kids of all ages, sporting and fitness activities, table games, street games, art projects, music, food and dance, and a Sloppy Joe eating contest sponsored by the Town Hall Deli.

PlayDay is part of South Orange's 3rd annual Stay and Play weekend, which begins with an overnight camp out at Waterlands park on Fri., Sept. 16 (details and registration information here), and continues on Sat., Sept. 17, with the Newstead 5K, a historic baseball game at Cameron Field, a special 150th anniversary celebration for the South Orange Public Library, a performance of Eaglemania at SOPAC, and Newcomer's Day.

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PlayDay is free to attend, but there are several special attractions that require a $10 fee per wristband in order to participate, including the rock wall, all six inflatables, the radio controlled race cars, the Euro Bungee, and the zip line. Those using the rock wall, zip line and skate park will be required to signing a waiver of liability.

Free activities at PlayDay include miniature golf, the skate park, boards games, street games, the sport court and the art experience, and everyone has access to ongoing musical and dance performances at the main stage.

A number of local merchants will have stands participating as vendors, and local restaurants will be serving food all afternoon. A variety of community groups will be located under the train trestle, providing information about their organizations.

PlayDay is produced by the South Orange Village Alliance. For more about PlayDay and a full list of sponsors, click here.

TAP into SOMA is the PlayDay media sponsor.

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