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“Family Fun & Flix” at Conant Park, Aug. 13, includes an Exhibit about Local Reptiles, plus the Animated Movie “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”

HILLSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal announce the concluding evening of “Family Fun and Flix” – the free summer entertainment and film series on Tuesday evenings – on August 13 at Conant Park in Hillside. The evening will feature a discussion and display about turtles, snakes and other reptiles followed by the animated comedy “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” 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 an interesting preview activity at 7:30 p.m. that is 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 the movie.”

Come to Conant Park, along Conant Street in Hillside, Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. when naturalists from Trailside Nature & Science Center will be on hand with the Eco Van to talk about the turtles, snakes and other reptiles that live in 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 animated adventure comedy “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” as Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe travel through Europe with a circus as they try to get home to the Big Apple; featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, and Frances McDormand.

The Aug. 13 movie starts 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 p.m. on the day of the show.