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Top 10 Fun Things to Do

By Mark Fabyanski

Load the gang into the minivan and drive downtown. Better yet, strap on your helmets and take a ride on one of our expansive bike trails. There is so much to do. Here are our Top 10 ideas for a day together:

1. Be Crafty! Right in the heart of downtown Madison are several kid-centered stores ready to release the artists in everyone. Try visiting Doodlebugzs, Madison Mud or Short Stories for family fun you can take home.

2. Strike it Lucky! Plaza Lanes Bowling is perfect for some activity, some pizza, and a lot of fun. Eat at the bowling alley or walk to one of the five eateries right next door.

3. Hit the Trails! The newly completed MRC Trails are the pride of Madison. Nestled behind the Madison Recreation fields are beautiful trails.

4. Have a Ball! Dodge Field and Playground is one of the most popular and family-friendly parks in the area. The ample fields are used for soccer, football and baseball. On the west side of the fields is a large playground and beautifully maintained basketball courts.

5. Time Travel! The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (METC) is housed in the Historic James Library, decorated with intricate stain glass windows, stenciled walls and detailed woodwork. Exhibits at the METC invite curious visitors to play games, use tools and learn about pre-industrialized New Jersey.

6. Roll with It! the Morris County Traction Line runs parallel to the NJ Transit train line extending from Danforth Road, near Fairleigh Dickinson, to Morristown. This abandoned trolley line was converted in the 1990s to a walking, running, rollerblading and biking facility and includes historical interpretative signage along its route.

7. Work Out! The Madison Area YMCA offers programming for all ages. Littlest ones can play at “Kid’s Central” in the indoor playground, while teens socialize at Teen Scene. This newly renovated facility also includes a spacious workout room, gym and indoor pool.

8. Dive In! The Madison Pool boasts a drop slide, loop slide, diving boards, kiddie pool, snack bar, basketball hoops, swim lessons, swim team and lots of shady places to sit and relax. Live bands entertain the crowds on various weekends throughout the season.

9. Be a History Buff! Visit Hartley Dodge Memorial (Borough Hall) for a Historic Audio Tour of this breathtaking building. Also available are historic walking tours of the Downtown Madison Landmarks and of the Historic Bottle Hill District.

10. Catch a Flick! Madison’s newly renovated Cinema is located in the beautiful 1930s Art Deco building right across from the train station on Lincoln Place. Enjoy some fresh popcorn, an icy cold drink and first run feature films. Bring the family for special admission prices on Tuesdays!

Mark Fabyanski is the owner of New View Exteriors, a local, family owned replacement window, door and siding company. He is Vice-Chair of the Madison Downtown Development Commission (DDC) and takes an active –volunteer role with fundraisers, social events, and various projects that beautify and enhance Downtown Madison.

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