Race 4 the Children

Sunday, April 23rd • 9:00 am
Warinanco Park, Elizabeth/Roselle

The Friends of the Child Advocacy Center of Union County, New Jersey, is proud to host the 3rd Annual Race 4 the Children on Sunday, April 23, 2017 in Warinanco Park in Roselle, NJ (click here for race course map). All proceeds will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Union County, New Jersey.

All entrants who register early will receive a T-shirt commemorating the race, and male and female first-place, second-place, and third-place finishers of the 5K will receive VISA gift cards valued at $250, $150, and $100, respectively. Sponsorships are also available for purchase, and all sponsors will be recognized on this website, on printed promotional materials, and in various other formats on the day of the race. For additional information or questions, contact Helene at frndsofuccac@yahoo.com.
Touch-A-Truck
Sunday, April 30th • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Watchung Reservation

Youngsters can climb aboard dump trucks, bulldozers, police cars, HAZMAT response units, and “The Bear” used by Union County SWAT team in serious emergencies.  

$4/person & children aged 6 & under are FREE  which includes Wild Earth Fest

Rain date is Sunday, May 7th

Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

Wild Earth Fest
Sunday, April 30th
Trailside Nature and SciencCenter

An entertaining family event to celebrate the Earth. Learn ways to become eco-friendly & increase your awareness of wildlife conservation.

$4/person & children aged 6 & under are free

Includes admission for Touch-A-Truck

Trailside Nature and Science Center

Please contact Trailside Nature & Science Center at 908-789-3670 or the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

Union County Women Mean Business
Wednesday, May 17th • 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Galloping Hill Golf Course, Kenilworth
 
Please visit website for details.
Rhythm & Blues by the Brook
Saturday, June 3rd • 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield

Union County NJ Nile Rogers and Chic R&BBB

Rhythm & Blues by the Brook is a free outdoor music festival that will kick off the Summer season. This popular event features free activities for young children, including inflatable rides, a petting zoo, and pony rides. Returning to Rhythm & Blues by the Brook is the G-Wiz Classic & Exotic Automotive Super Show.

Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield

Rain or Shine

Free event

Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

Archury Range Open House
June 17, 2017 • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Oak Ridge Park • Rain or Shine
 
Archery Range, Union County NU

Free Demonstrations Include:

  • Olympic archery
  • Compound bows with 3D targets
  • Traditional archery
  • Modern equipment
  • Flying discs

Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about all the happenings at the Union County Archery Range. Pre-Registration is required by June 1. Food and refreshments are included with pre-registration! Register here.

Family Pride CommUNITY Picnic – Celebrating Marriage Equality
June 17, 2017 • Noon – 4:00 pm
Rahway River Park

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the first Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic in Union County, celebrating marriage equality in the State of New Jersey, on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. at Rahway River Park.

A family equality rally will kick off at 1:00 p.m. with special guest speakers and performances. Families are invited to bring hand-held signs that celebrate their family.

A 2017 Chairman Initiative event, all families are welcome. “This inclusive family event is an opportunity to bring our families, friends and neighbors together to celebrate the strength of our diversity, and to honor the great strides we’ve made in the movement for equality,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

Learn more

Kid’s Fishing Derby
Three weeks starting April 15, 2017 and ends on May 6, 2017.

NB&FCC annual Kids Fishing Derby is held each year at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, N. J. and is free for children 16 years of age and younger. Adults may enter for a nominal charge. The Derby runs for three weeks starting April 15, 2017 and ends on May 6, 2017. The registration booth is located at the gazebo on the lower lake and registrations will be accepted from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on the first Saturday of the derby only. Children that have registered will receive a gift bag at the derby location up until 2:00 P.M. on first Saturday of the derby. Prizes for the derby will be awarded at the Newark Bait And Fly Casting Club’s meeting on June 6, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. For additional information email: info@nbfcc.org

Visit https://www.nbfcc.org/kids-fishing-derby for more information

Bio-Blitz
Friday, June 16 & Saturday, June 17
5pm-12:30am on Friday and 6am-5pm on Saturday
 
Rub elbows with scientists and naturalists and find out how they identify fungi, plants and animals found in Warinanco Park in Roselle/Elizabeth. Stay up late on Friday to look for owls, moths, bats, stars & planets. Return early on Saturday for a full day of biodiversity fun!
 
FREE Programs include:  Going Batty With Bats!  Star Watch. Moths. Prowling For Owls. Fish Survey. Stream Scramble. Frog Slogging. Investigating Insects.  Live Hawks & Owls
 
Family Fun & Flix
Multiple Dates • Family fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Movie starts at dusk

Free summer entertainment and film series presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. As part of the evening’s events, UC Fit Kids will offer healthy activities for children before the movie, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Movie to begin immediately after at dusk.

July 11 –Finding Dory– Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
July 18 –Storks – Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
July 25 – Sing – Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
August 1 -National Night Out Secret Life of Pets Meisel Park, Springfield
August 8 –Moana Warinanco Park, Elizabeth

Weather Permitting

Summer Arts Festival
Various dates •  Concerts begin at 7:30 pm after UC Get FIT Community Yoga.

Artists for each date below will be added soon.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free concerts in our parks!

Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
July 5 
July 12
July 19
July 26
 
Oak Ridge Park, Clark
June 23 –  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
August 2 
August 9 
August 16
August 22

Weather permitting. Free event

Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 1 •  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm •  Followed by the movie ‘Secret Life of Pets’
Meisel Park, Springfield

Explore emergency vehicles & check out games, activities, demonstrations, and much more! NNO is followed by the movie ‘Secret Life of Pets’

Meisel Park, Springfield

Free event.

Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)