MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Trailside Nature & Science Center's popular Wednesday summer matinée series gets underway July 11 and continues through August 15. The engaging family entertainment events begin 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 per person and tickets go on sale at 1 p.m.

Designed to offer an educational and entertaining way to make science fun, 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.

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On July 25, 'Science of Magic' will delight 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' will use 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', where 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.