SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The South Plainfield Department of Recreation, in conjunction with the South Plainfield Board of Education hosted a free, outdoor movie night featuring the movie “Trolls” on the evening of August 15. Families brought blankets, chairs and popcorn and made their way onto Jost Field, where two enormous movie screens towered before the home stands. Preregistration was required and was good for a family/group of up to 6 people with admission limited to the first 50 registrants.
“We appreciate the partnership with the Board of Education to provide a night out for the community during these unprecedented times,” said Elizabeth Yarus, Director of Recreation. “Getting to see the children in their pajamas laughing and having fun was so uplifting.”
“This is a great thing for South Plainfield to do,” said South Plainfield Jennifer Copeland.
Normally, the stadium is alive in preparation for Fall sports, but delays in start dates due to COVID-19 precautions, have left the field quiet. Families say they welcomed the opportunity to enjoy a night out. The Camino family brought their 6-year-old daughter, Natalia, who is a fan of the popular movie.
“We’re excited to be here,” Maria Camino said. “It’s definitely a good thing through this pandemic to do something with the family. And that it’s outside is great. My daughter is a big fan of ‘Trolls.’ She was so excited when she heard about this event.”
In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, 6-foot square boxes were spray painted in pink on the field in rows for families to set up blanket. They were happily surprised to find a treat bag with water and snacks, provided by the Department of Recreation, at each spot.
“I’m excited that they were able to set this up so that we were all able to social distance appropriately,” said Chin. “And I like the little bag of goodies they gave. I think it’s great!”
Melissa and Carlos Gonzalez brought their daughter, Sabrina. After a day poolside at the South Plainfield Community Pool, they decided to top off their family day with a movie.
“We were at the pool all day and now we’re enjoying a movie and it’s beautiful,” Gonzalez said. “We’re excited. We made ourselves popcorn. It’s so nice that our town did this for us. There are little gifts bags everywhere. It’s great!”
Jen and Mike Kuzio brought her two young daughters, Madison and Lucy, to see the show.
“This is a great idea. It’s good to have the kids get together and get out of the house,” said Jen Kuzio. “It’s been tough during the pandemic trying to find things to keep the kids occupied with different things to do, but we made it through so far and now we’re watching a movie!”
Jessica and Dan Chin brought their daughters, Alexis who just turned 4-years-old, and Emily, who is about to turn 3-years-old.
“This was a nice end to our night,” said Jessica Chin. “We’re trying to do fun things that we can do right now in the times we’re in. This is our first movie like this. The kids cannot believe that we’re outside watching a movie. They’ve never seen anything like this. I hope they have more movie nights. This is wonderful for the kids and a great way to spend time with the family!”
Information about upcoming events can be found on the Department of Recreation Facebook page.