Arts & Culture South Orange

PlayDay South Orange Returns With ‘Greatest Day of Play’ Sunday, September 17

From the South Orange Village Center Alliance:

Courtesy of SOVCA


Back for its fourth play-filled year, PlayDay South Orange is the Village’s largest public event and features more than 10 Play Areas, many sponsored by generous local organizations and companies. From board games to basketball, radio controlled cars to rope jumping, it’s the most fun you’ve ever had between two curbs! Take a look at our amazingEvent Map and start thinking about how you’ll Play in the Street on September 17, 2017 (rain date September 24)!

PlayDay South Orange is made up of dynamic Play Areas which feature tons of ways to play in the street (and off the street, too!)

PlayDay South Orange is free and open to the public. Please note that some activities such as inflatables, zip line, euro bungee and radio controlled cars require a wristband which can be purchased at the event for $10.00. Some rides, require a waiver, please click here to print waiver.

Zip Line 
Our dual zip line will fly high over West South Orange Avenue and give you a bird’s eye view of PlayDay and a thrill you won’t son forget. *This Play Area requires the purchase of a $5 ticket and has age and height restrictions.

The Zip Line is sponsored by Stop & Shop.

Euro Bungee 
Get ready to soar to new heights. This multi-person super trampoline will allow the acrobat in you to bounce, flip and jump over two stories high. *This Play Area requires the purchase of a $5 ticket and has age and height restrictions.restrictions.

Skate Park 
We’re bringing a portable skate park onto West South Orange Avenue for all your fakies, ollies and goofy-footed grinds. Bring your board, bring your helmet (required!) and show your stuff! *Waiver and minimum age of 13 required for this Play Area.
Click here to print the waiver and bring it with you to save time.

Street Games
Hopscotch, bean bag toss, four square, hula hoop — we’ll have it all on South Orange Avenue for you to shake, shimmy and maybe even compete with your neighbors!

Art Experience

Spiotta Park comes alive with a plethora of interactive arts projects brought to you by the SO Department of Rec and Cultural Affairs: Drawing Face to Face with Neighbors, Drawing South Orange, Chalk Art, Printmaking and more. The SO Public Library offers interactive fun and local artist Russell Christian will be back to work with the community on another amazing large-scale sculpture, Big Head.

Art Experience is sponsored by The South Orange Country Day School.

Inflatable Zone
We know you love ’em so we’ll have lots of them…big, fun inflatables for kids of all ages. Whether it’s the giant pirate ship obstacle course, the dual oversized slide or the old standby bounce house, you’ll have more inflatable fun than you’ve ever had. And nearby will be a challenging miniature golf course to test your skills in the center of South Orange Avenue. Note that Inflatables and Mini Golf require a purchased wristband)

Main Stage
This year’s MainStage is where you’ll find the best in live music, dance and of course the Town Hall Deli Sloppy Joe Eating Contest!

Sport Court
The PlayDay Sport Court is the place to go for on-the-street basketball, tennis and soccer. Vose Avenue will have real mini-tennis provided by US Sports Institute as well as a regulation soccer goal for you to take your best shot. The South Mountain YMCA will be running basketball drills and pick up games right on South Orange Avenue.

Table Games
From checkers to Sorry!, Chutes and Ladders to Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots, we’ve got all of your favorites under the NJTransit viaduct. We’ll also have oversized versions of challenges like Jenga, chess and Connect 4 on Sloan Street.

Community Area
In South Orange we not only know how to play, we also know how to get involved to make our community better. Meet representatives from more than 20 community groups under the NJTransit viaduct. They’re ready to meet you, keep you up to date on what they’re doing and let you know how you can get involved.

Event Transportation and Parking

PlayDay South Orange does not use any of the parking lots in the Village, so you’ll be able to park using off-street lots. As this event is on a Sunday, the metered parking areas are free.

For your information, all of our public parking lots (except the one on West South Orange Avenue across from Reservoir) will be open on PlayDay, but obviously South Orange Avenue will be closed and there will be detours around town. Jitney Service will be running every 30 minutes along regular commuter routes if you want to avoid any traffic or parking challenges. For all the information about parking and getting around town that day, please visit this page.

Of course, as the event takes place right outside the NJTransit South Orange station and bus stops are close by too.

We are looking for Volunteers to help us with the Greatest Day of Play. If you wish to volunteer, please send a quick email to [email protected]. Write “PlayDay” in the subject box.

Visit the official PlayDay website for event schedule and the latest updates.

PlayDay South Orange is produced by the South Orange Village Center Alliance in conjunction with the Village of South Orange, and is being sponsored by Stop & Shop, Natalie Farrell of Weichert Realtors, The South Orange Country Day School, BCB Bank South Orange, Sparkhouse, Town Hall Deli, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Eventage, Farmer’s Insurance, Mark Murphy’s Music, Spa Lady, the South Mountain Y, Studio 509, Blink Fitness, South Orange Chiropractic Center, MobileNOW!, The Local Yarn Store, Goldfish Swim School, and Gateway Apartments.

And special thanks to our partners throughout our community: The Village of South Orange and the South Orange Board of Trustees, SO Dept of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, SO Police Dept., SO Fire Dept., SO Dept. of Public Works, SO Health Dept., SO Parking Authority, SO Public Library, SO Community Relations Committee and Seton Hall University.

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