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“Rizzo’s Reptiles” Are Special Guests at Trailside’s Popular Wednesday Matinee Series, July 25

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The popular Wednesday Matinee Series at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside continues on July 25 with special visitors: “Rizzo’s Reptiles.” Blending nature, environment and conservation, this program features live snakes, turtles and an alligator.

This family-oriented series explores a new subject each Wednesday through Aug. 15, beginning at 1:30 p.m., and runs approximately 45 minutes. All shows are recommended for children ages 4 and older. Admission is $4 per person and tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. The Visitor Center opens at noon. Strollers are not permitted.


“Kids in Motion” takes the stage on August 1. It’s a high energy show that leads you on a non-stop musical journey. Jo Jo Russell, a talented DJ who encourages the audience to participate, will have everyone clapping and stomping from start to finish.

On August 8, the natural excitement continues with “The Science of Magic.” Lisa Lou will reveal the secrets of magnetism, light, air, condensation, optical illusion, and plenty of other magical tricks up her sleeve.

“Hocus Pocus” on August 15 with Joe Fischer, Magician Extraordinaire, will be the final show in the 2012 Wednesday Matinee Series. Joe is sure to astound, baffle and thrill the audience with his blend of magic, comedy and excitement. He has an outstanding rapport with children and his ability to engage audience members of all ages makes this show “pure magic.”

For additional information about the Wednesday Matinee Series or other upcoming programs and special events, please call 908-789-3670 or visit Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal.

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