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“Family Fun & Flix” at Warinanco Park, July 23, includes an Exhibit about Local Reptiles plus the Academy Award-Winning Movie, “Brave”

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.

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.