Residents of The Avenue at South Orange Beat Rainy Days with Indoor Fun

Many indoor activities lie in close proximity to the luxury apartment complex

There are some definite pros and cons pertaining to spring as the season rolls into April. On the plus side, one does not have to dress like they’re going on an arctic expedition every time they wish to go outside. The scope of outdoor activities opens up as the temperature continues to rise and foliage once again becomes green and vibrant. However, the old saying of “April showers bring May flowers” is often true as rain storms can roll in unexpectedly. Having a deluge of rain will bring a swift end to any outdoor fun, but luckily for those residing at The Avenue at South Orange, New Jersey, there are many fun indoor activities that can be found in close proximity.

The township of South Orange, New Jersey, boasts a population of 17,021 individuals as well as a unique character. (1) The abundance of pre-WWII architecture and 1,438 gas streetlights give the township a quaint and historic character. (2) Locals enjoy the high number of outdoor activities that can be found in and around South Orange, such as the South Mountain Reservation and Greenwood Gardens, but spring means storm clouds can sweep in at any time and wreak havoc on any previously-made plans. However, locals have a lot of indoor options that promise fun no matter the weather.

A perennial choice for enjoyment for those living at The Avenue at South Orange is the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC). This venue offers a wide range of concerts, films, plays, workshops, and fine art. Some of the upcoming concerts at SOPAC include Coco Montoya and Tinsley Ellis on April 5th, Max Weinberg on April 6th, the Seton Hall University Faculty Jazz Ensemble on April 9th, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds on April 11th, and Adrian Belew of King Crimson on April 12th. There are several plays taking place at SOPAC during April, such as The Jungle Book and The Spitfire Grill. Patrons can enjoy a live painting demonstration as The Visual Passion Duo work their artistic magic to the accompaniment of live music on April 12th. (3)

Residents of The Avenue that enjoy fine art make it a point to regularly visit the Pierro Gallery of South Orange (PGOSO). The gallery hosts up to seven exhibitions yearly that feature upcoming and established artists with a particular focus on regional artists. Another great venue where one can beat inclement weather while being culturally enriched is the Paper Mill Playhouse. Benny & Joon, a musical, is playing from April 4th through May 5th. (4) Parents will love the various productions geared toward children. The next such show is The Velveteen Rabbit on April 27th.

Another popular choice to stay dry when the weather turns bad is the South Orange Public Library. Not only can one select a book and enjoy some quiet reading as rain falls from the heavens, but there are a good number of programs offered by the library. Computer classes, Minecraft-playing sessions, story times for babies, and fun with Legos are regularly offered. A Ping Pong tournament is being held on April 29th. (5) Several writing classes are being held throughout April, not to mention the screening of several movies, such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book.

Cynthia Hernandez of The Avenue at South Orange says, “Spring is one of my favorite seasons, but it is true that bad weather can put a crimp in the plan for the day. The good news is that while some of your favorite outdoor activities, such as hiking or horseback riding, can be curtailed by rain, there are lots of other options for fun close by The Avenue. Parents can find the most creative toys and books for their children at Sparkhouse Kids. Another venue for toys and games is Mission Escape Games. If your children can regularly exercise their imagination, then being stuck indoors does not mean their adventures have to end. One thing that our area is passionate about is the arts. Fortunately, we have a good number of incredible venues for viewing fine art, listening to concerts, watching classic or foreign films, and catching a theatrical performance. The South Orange Performing Arts Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Pierro Gallery of South Orange are just the tip of the artistic iceberg. Overall, you can always find something fun to do, no matter if the sun is shining or if the rain is coming down in buckets.” (6)







6) Quote from Cynthia Hernandez of The Avenue at South Orange