FROM FREE MOVIES TO FAIRY TRAILS, THERE ARE A LOT OF FUN THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH ORANGE DURING THE SUMMER
Most individuals view summer as a special season. It’s the time of year where it’s okay to lounge by the pool, grill some burgers, and just relax. Children love summer as it means that they’re free from the confines of school, being able to stay up all night watching movies or playing video games. Summer is also the default time period for the family vacation as everyone packs themselves into an SUV and travels upon the open road to the mountains, beach, or even Disney World or Universal Studios. However, residents of The Avenue at South Orange don’t have to plan a lengthy and distant vacation as there’s plenty of fun summer activities that are located close by to the luxury apartment complex.
The township of South Orange, New Jersey, is a small and vibrant community. It features an estimated 2015 population of 16,305 individuals. Of that number, a full 15.7 are of the age 17 and under. (1) This means that there’s a lot of children with a bunch of free time on their hands during the summer months. Families who live at The Avenue at South Orange find themselves grateful that there’s a plethora of local activities and events to fill up those long summer days, encompassing everything from free movies to amusement parks.
Every person loves movies, and parents from The Avenue at South Orange can enjoy some savings as Bow Tie Cinemas is offering free movies as part of their Summer Kids Series for 2017. The local South Orange 5 will offer up a free movie every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am through August 16th. (2) The movies that will be shown in July include Storks, Trolls, and Ice Age: Collision Course, and August features Kung Fu Panda 3, Hotel Transylvania 2, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Not only are the movies free, but their early time helps encourage the rug rats not to sleep too late.
An extremely popular summer pastime with residents of The Avenue at South Orange is hitting some of the nearby trails. One of the most magical trails is the South Mountain Fairy Trail that’s located in the South Mountain Reservation. While the South Mountain Reservation encompasses 2,112 acres, the actual length of the South Mountain Fairy Trail is only a mile. (3) What makes this trail a delightful destination during summer is that it’s home to many small, hidden fairy houses that have been tucked away alongside the trail. Both young and old alike can enjoy the whimsical houses, furniture, and other decorations that are all made of natural materials. After viewing the fairy houses, families can go paddle boating on the West Orange Reservoir or visit the Turtle Back Zoo. The zoo features special family nights on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. The hours for the zoo will be extended during these nights, and people can enjoy free movies at dusk on Wednesdays. Another great aspect of the family nights promotion at the Turtle Back Zoo is that there will be Pokémon Go Nights on Thursdays in August. Players of the popular mobile game can check out the 17 PokeStops and 2 Gyms found within the zoo. (4)
The township of South Orange itself is hosting several summer events for everyone to enjoy. Just a short distance from The Avenue at South Orange can be found Cameron Park, and this park is the location of quite a few summer activities. At Flood’s Hill in the park, there are a number of art-themed activities in July, such as squirt painting onto giant sheets, helping to create a balloon monster, and a community fiber art project. At 7:30pm on some nights, there are free concerts hosted by the South Orange Recreation and Cultural Affairs as well as SOPAC. Also in July are Moonlit Movies, which begin at 8:15pm on Flood’s Hill. (5) The movies to be shown are: Sing, Pitch Perfect, Grease, and Beauty and the Beast.
Cynthia Hernandez of The Avenue at South Orange says, “There’s an incredible array of fun summer activities to be found nearby that are great for adults and children. Free movies can be see at the South Orange 5 cinema as well as at the Turtle Back Zoo and Cameron Park. Summer camps abound to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for children, such as the Essex Youth Theater Sumer Day Camp and Harbor Haven, which caters to those children with mild special needs. For some water fun, our residents regularly go to Splashplex in nearby East Hanover. Splashplex has a splash pad, lazy river, pool, water tower, and four water slides. Adjoining Splashplex is Funplex, an indoor theme park that has laser tag, bumper cars, an arcade, electric go-karts, and other carnival-themed rides. Also nearby to the apartment complex is Bowcraft Amusement Park in Scotch Plains. This family-owned park has rides that cater to everyone from small children to thrill rides for the adults. There’s the always popular merry-go-round, barnstormer, tilt-a-whirl, crossbow roller coaster, and galleon pirate ship to enjoy. For a more relaxed experience, one can stroll down the midway and play some iconic games, such as the ring toss and water race game. It’s actually quite astounding to see how many attractions and events can be found within a few miles of The Avenue at South Orange. Personally, I love watching children get a thrill as they discover little fairy homes on the South Mountain Fairy Trail.” (6)
As one can see, there is plenty of summer fun to be found close to the luxurious The Avenue at South Orange apartment complex. Amusement parks, free movies, hiking trails, summer camps, and more can all be found within a short commute and be enjoyed during the lazy days of summer. The hard part is choosing which activity to do for any given day.
6) Quote from Cynthia Hernandez of The Avenue at South Orange