Vroom, Vroom! Remote-Control Cars Roar into PlayDay

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There are few things that can make grown men act like little boys again (well, maybe not that few, come to think of it). One of those things is remote-controlled cars.

That was the case on a sunny Friday afternoon behind Sparkhouse Toys in South Orange, when a group of volunteers — who happened to all be men– gathered to test a slew of RC vehicles, which will be just one of dozens of games, sports and activities featured at September 20th’s PlayDay South Orange.

Presented by RiteAid and hosted by the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) with help from the Village of South Orange, PlayDay will invite people to “come play in the street” from 1-6 p.m. With athletic tournaments, fitness activities, table games, street games, inflatable games, art installations, music, food and dance, PlayDay is shaping up to be a monumental community event.

For a complete schedule of events, plus an event map and more information, visit the Playday South Orange website.

Sponsored by Sparkhouse, the remote-controlled car attraction will take place on Sloan Street and is open to anyone six and older with the purchase of a $10 wristband. The wristband grants unlimited access to other premium attractions including inflatables and mini golf; all other PlayDay activities are free.

The racetrack will measure a whopping 20×30 feet, and participants can race, roll and play with the cars.

SOVCA chairman Matt Glass came up with the idea. “I realized the Sloan Street space was a really cool area to do something like this,” said Glass. He floated the idea to Sparkhouse’s owners, Celina Herrero and Michael Casaren, and they jumped in and offered to supply the cars.

“We’ll also be selling the cars in the store,” said Herrero.

It will undoubtedly be one of the most popular events of PlayDay — and certainly not just with the kids. Children five and younger won’t be left out of the fun: they can assemble and race with Automoblox put-together cars also supplied by Sparkhouse, and play with them on a smaller ramp — or even crash them!


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