The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Community Renewal are happy to announce the next evening of “Family Fun and Flix” – the free summer entertainment and film series on Tuesday evenings – on July 23 in Warinanco Park. The evening will feature a discussion and display about turtles, snakes and other reptiles followed by the Academy Award-winning animated fantasy film “Brave,” which will give families a chance to enjoy an outdoor activity and catch a movie under the stars in a Union County park.

“Family Fun and Flix begins at dusk, but come early to the park to enjoy interesting preview activities at 7:30 p.m. that are fun for the whole family,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “Bring a blanket or beach chair to claim your spot on the lawn or save a seat in the bleachers – either way, the early birds are sure to like the preview activity before each movie.”

Come to Warinanco Park, on the border of Elizabeth and Roselle, Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. when naturalists from Trailside Nature & Science Center will be on hand with the Ecovan to talk about the reptiles that live in the Watchung Reservation of Union County. Learn the difference between a land tortoise and a water turtle. Touch a turtle shell, feel a shed snake skin and meet a live snake and turtle from Trailside’s collection. Then, at dusk, sit back and watch the 2012 Academy Award-winning animated fantasy “Brave,” a romantic tale set in the Scottish Highlands, featuring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Kevin McKidd, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane and Billy Connolly.

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The other dates and locations for this summer’s Family Fun and Flix are:


  • Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Meisel Park, Springfield: Be part of National Night Out, starting at 6 p.m., before viewing the animated family comedy, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”
  • Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Conant Park, in Hillside: The Trailside Ecovan will feature a display about reptiles, before the animated comedy, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.”

All movies start at dusk, weather permitting. For more information, call the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal at 908-527-4900 or visit the Union County website: For program and rain information call 908-558-4079 after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the show.