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Science, Space, Magic and Live Animals Featured at Trailside’s Matinee Series, July 10 through August 14

Union County, NJ– The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the popular Wednesday Matinee series at Trailside Nature & Science Center will begin on July 10 and continue through August 14. 

This engaging 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 up.  Admission is $5.00 per person and tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. 

“Trailside’s Summer Wednesday Matinee Series is designed to entertain audiences of all ages while sparking interest in with a wide variety of science and nature topics,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

The season kicks off on July 10 with the Science Tellers, an action-packed exploration of the out-of-this world science behind reactions, polymers, pressure, and more, including special effects like launching a potato into the air using Boyle’s law.

As a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission, on July 17 Reach for the Moon will propel the audience to the outer reaches of our solar system, travelling 239,800 miles above earth to learn about the science of outer space travel.

The series continues on July 24, when Abracadabra… It’s Joe Fischer offers a blend of magic, audience participation, comedy, and excitement.

On July 31 Rizzo’s Reptiles features live lizards, snakes and an alligator for a fun lesson on conservation and the natural environment. 

Trailside welcomes Outrage-Hiss Pets on August 7 for a unique and educational live animal show with an opportunity to meet amazing creatures from all over the world.

The series concludes with Eyes of the Wild, an engaging presentation of live animals and fun facts on August 14.

For additional information about the Wednesday Matinee series or other upcoming programs and special events, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us 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.

For quick links to all environmental programs and activities in Union County, visit The Green Connection,


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