Children occupied by constructive afterschool activities are less likely to buy BB guns or hang out with dogs that buy children BB guns. Keep tots gainfully entertained with today’s GrouponLive deal to see Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Union County Performing Arts Center at Rahway on Sunday, December 11, at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $11, you get two tickets for seats in the rear loge or mezzanine section (a $22 value).
- For $16, you get two tickets for seats in the rear orchestra or loge section (a $32 value).<p>
Based on a Caldecott–winning children’s book, the musical Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale turns the story of one family’s dramatic trip to the laundromat into a hilarious, heartfelt portrait of the dynamic between parents and toddlers. After Trixie loses her beloved stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, in a labyrinth of washers and dryers, she tries to get her father to understand by throwing a tantrum that consists of going “boneless,” singing an aria in gibberish, and threatening to get a tattoo of the Snuggle Bear. When a frenzied search turns up the bunny, Trixie utters her first words in a moment more tender than Cupid’s arrow holster. Both the play and its source material are written by Mo Willems, who has won six Emmy awards for his work on Sesame Street, an experience that helped him craft a play that engages parents and children alike.
Built in 1928 as a vaudeville and silent-movie palace, the recently restored Union County Performing Arts Center boasts a 500-pipe Wurlitzer organ, 1,300 seats, and rich red drapes, which can be captured and taken home to use as carpets.
Union County Performing Arts Center
As a living landmark to the performing arts and cornerstone of the Rahway Arts District, the Union County Performing Arts Center has endured history and earned its way onto the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Recently restored to its 1928 luster, the former Rahway Theatre retains the charm and grandeur of its vaudeville theater origins while encouraging new forms of entertainment. From its 1,300 seats––where crowds once gathered to watch RKO movies and WWII newsreels––audiences can marvel at the theater’s opulent, gold-crested ceilings and ponder how many dresses can be made from its rich red drapes. One of the theater’s proudest treasures is its original Wurlitzer organ, which is small in stature, but emits massive sound out of its 500 pipes.