“Family Fun & Flix” Series Begins Tuesday With “The Lorax”

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UNION COUNTY — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Community Renewal have announced the schedule of “Family Fun and Flix” – the free summer entertainment and film series on Tuesday evenings that gives 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 9 at 7:30 p.m. when naturalists from Trailside Nature & Science Center will be on hand with the Ecovan to explain what makes a mammal a mammal. Get a close-up look at skulls, pelts and animal tracks to identify some local species. Then sit back at dusk and enjoy the story of a boy who tries to win the heart of his dream girl while learning about trees from a charming grump known as the Lorax in the 2012 animated musical comedy, “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, and Danny DeVito.

The other dates and locations for this summer’s Family Fun and Flix are:

  • Tuesday, July 16 at Warinanco Park: The Trailside Ecovan will feature a display about local birds before the showing of the animated monster comedy, “Hotel Transylvania.”
  • Tuesday, July 23 at Warinanco Park: The Trailside Ecovan will feature a display about turtles, snakes and other local reptiles before the animated fantasy comedy, “Brave.”
  • 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: www.ucnj.org. For program and rain information call 908-558-4079 after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the show.


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