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Summer Activities in West Orange


WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Township of West Orange is offering a variety of events throughout July and August for those who are falling into a summer slump and looking for something to do around town.

Downtown Thursdays, hosted by the Downtown West Orange Alliance, are now in full effect. 

On July 21, at 6 p.m., St. Mark's Corner (in front of PNC Bank and Supreme Bakery) is St. Mark's Lego Contest, where everyone is invited to make the best Lego structure. On July 28, residents are invited to join a Zumba party at the Lab, then enjoy skinny margaritas with Don Juan in the Valley. 

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For more information, call the Downtown West Orange Alliance at 973-325- 4109, or email

The West Orange Public Library also hosts weekly programs for children and adults alike. On Mondays from 2-3 p.m. through Aug. 8, children ages 4 and up can practice reading with teen volunteers during "Book Buddies."

Tuesdays through Aug. 9 will feature "Toddler Storytime" for children ages 2 to 3 1/2 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; "Preschool Storytime" for children ages 3 1/2 to 5 from 11:30 a.m. to noon; and "Elementary Storytime" for students in kindergarten through third grade from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In addition to its weekly programs, the library also hosts special events.

On July 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., families are encouraged to "experience the stress-relieving benefits of coloring for adults, teens and children" at "Family Coloring Hour." Then, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., children in grades six through eight can compete in a Super Smash Bros. Gaming Tournament (click here to register).

The library will host a "Harry Potter" Birthday Party on July 27 from 6:30-8:15 p.m., during which participants are encouraged to dress in wizard robes, get sorted into Hogwarts Houses, play themed games and enjoy special treats (click here to register).

Family Game Day will occur on July 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Time Warp Comics & Games; all ages are welcome.

On Thursday, July 21, the library will team up with the Ginny Duenkel Pool to present "Pool Side Stories from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. A pool membership is required for attendance. 

For a full list of West Orange Public Library events, view the calendar here. 

OSPAC is also offering numerous events throughout August.

On Aug. 2, "The Good Dinosaur" will be shown at 8 p.m., and "Big Hero 6" on Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. "The Intern" will be shown on Aug. 16 at 8:30 p.m.

On Aug. 13, OSPAC will host its Househead Summerfeast, headlined by music icons Kenny Bobien and Vicky Martin. Admission is $5. 

For more information on OSPAC events, call 973-669-7385 or email Visit the full calendar of events here

The Lyric Performing Arts Center provides several opportunities for creative expression. For example, "Summer Saturday's Paint N Live Music" will be held on July 23, Aug. 13 and 27 and Sept. 10 and 24 at 5 p.m. LPAC will provide all the necessary materials that participants will use to create a "display-worthy and wonder" in a two-hour session.

The cost per participant is $45. Call 973-518-8513 to register and pay. LPAC also offers "drop-in classes" for $10 per class for all ages.

Every second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m., drop in to a Hip-Hop class; every third Tuesday at 6 p.m., dance along to a Zumba class; finally, every fourth Saturday of the month at 1 p.m., adults only are welcome to attend salsa classes. Check out LPAC's website to explore more programs, workshops and summer camps.


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