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Trailside’s Popular Wednesday Matinee Series Is a Magical Brew of Programs for the Family, Starting July 16

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Mark your calendars for the summer Wednesday Matinee Series at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. This family entertainment series begins at 1:30 p.m. each week and runs approximately 45 minutes. All shows are recommended for children ages 4 and older. Admission is $5 per person, or $4 per senior citizen (62 & older with ID). Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. on the day of the program. No strollers, please.

“The Wednesday Matinee Series at Trailside is a fun way for families to share a summer afternoon together,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “These air-conditioned programs will teach, engage and delight both children and adults.”

On Wednesday, July 16, magician Joe Fischer will astound, baffle, delight, thrill and entertain the audience with his “Fantasy, Illusion and Magic” performance. Mr. Fischer has an outstanding rapport with children. His ability to communicate on their level makes this a show of real magic!

On July 23rd, you won’t want to miss “Rizzo’s Reptiles.” Blending nature, environment and conservation, this program features live snakes, turtles and an alligator as you learn about the wonders of reptiles.


“Kids Going Green,” the July 30 program, will teach the audience how small things that we do can add up to big change! Delight in a fast-paced puppet show where Goldilocks is searching for a planet to live on that is Just Right!

On August 6th, a Mad Science Show called “Up, Up and Away” will amaze you while it teaches about earth’s atmospheric pressure. Watch a hovercraft in action and observe a vortex generator create giant smoke rings. This show is visually exciting with lots of audience participation.

On August 13th, “The Science of Magic” with Lisa Lou will reveal the secrets of magic, using magnetism, light, air, condensation, optical illusion and more.

The last matinee of the summer, on August 20, will be “Mammal Mania.” Back by popular demand, Travis Gale of Wallaby Tales will present an interactive show that allows families to get an up-close and personal look at live animals from around the world. This last matinee is sponsored by The Trailside Museum Association, an organization dedicated to assisting Trailside staff in their ongoing efforts to educate people in all aspects of nature, science and conservation by assisting with funding, volunteering and advocacy.

For more information about the Wednesday Matinee Series or other upcoming programs and special events, please call 908-789-3670 or visit the Trailside website at 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 Recreation.


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