Deptford springs into festive season

Deptford events to put a spring in your step

Spring events are rolling along in Deptford Township, so it’s time to get out and enjoy the weather. ELDON GRAHAM/The Sun

Spring has officially sprung, and its feels like the weather has gotten with the program, giving us warm, sunny days. Deptford Township has many events to keep you and the family entertained this spring.

2019 Deptford Midget Football Carnival

Come for a night of fun and excitement at the 2019 Deptford Midget Football Carnival at the Deptford Shopping Center parking lot. The festivities are from Wednesday, April 17 through Saturday April 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. The carnival will feature exciting rides for all ages by Lynam’s Amusements, festival food and treats, carnival games and prizes. Wristbands for the event will be $25 on Wednesday and Thursday. There are $30 wristbands on Friday and Saturday for unlimited rides from 6 p.m. to closing. 

Easter Bash

Deptford Skating Center is rolling out the spring events with its Easter Bash on April 19. It’s going to be a fun event for everyone to enjoy. Staff member Riley Yates is enthusiastic about the upcoming event.

“With the Easter party, we’re also going to hide eggs around the building with prizes inside. You’re going to make prizes, and we’re going to dress up and see who can win the most prizes,” Yates said.

The main event is in the fun zone from 6 to 9 p.m., and the cost is $5. The late skate is from 9 to 10:30 p.m. and costs $3. Skating rentals will be $5 for the entire night.

Easter Bunny Hop

Hop on over to Boscov’s at the Deptford Mall for the Easter Bunny Hop on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can follow along the Boscov’s Bunny Trail and win delicious treats and prizes. Complete the trail and receive an Easter prize.

Activities for children include guess the number of jelly beans, spinning a wheel to win prizes, temporary tattoos, Easter crafts and games, and candy. Register at the event and each child receives a free plush bunny while supplies last. There will be a little Miss Bunny available for parents to take photos of their children with as well.

March of Dimes will also be joining in on the action, and family teams will be fundraising at the store. The event will take place in the children’s department on the lower level of the store. It will all take place in the children’s department.

Earth Day

Now that spring is here, we can all enjoy the warmer weather and what Mother Earth has to offer, but sometimes Mother Earth needs some assistance. Deptford Township’s Earth Day Cleanup is here to help.

On Saturday, April 27, you can help make a difference by cleaning up your community.

Robert Ritterson, recreation director of Deptford Township, believes it very beneficial for the community and the people who live in it to come out to support each other.

“It cleans up Deptford Township. All the people that do volunteer obviously live in town, and they clean up various locations throughout. Some of the people that do come out, most neighborhoods have a park there, and we send them to those parks. It’s a great way to uplift and unify the community,” said Ritterson.

In previous years, they always have had people who are dedicated to helping out.

“We usually have a strong reception,” said Ritterson. “It unifies everyone, and everyone comes together.”

If you want to make a difference, you can go to the Deptford Municipal Building at 1011 Cooper St. Sign up starts at 8 a.m., and from there choose a cleanup location or a location will be assigned to you. A free T-shirt, refreshments and snacks will be provided. Gloves, safety vests and bags will also be provided.

For more information. call (856) 845-0804 or email deptfordparksandrec@deptford-nj.org.

Ice Cream Social

On Saturday, April 27 from 11 to 2 p.m., you can scream for ice cream at the Deptford Skating Center during the Ice Cream Social.

There will be plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy – inflatables, playgrounds, face painting, skating, volleyball, an obstacle course and one free, small soft serve per child.

Skating admission is free, but space is limited. Skate rentals are $5 if needed.

In the event of inclement weather, all activities will be moved inside.

Deptford Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Spring is a great time of the year to be out and about with your pet. It’s also a great time to get your cat or dog a free rabies vaccination at the Public Works Garage at 1702 Hurffville Road in Deptford. Deptford Township, in partnership with Gloucester County, is hosting a free rabies vaccination clinic from 9 to 10:30 a.m on Saturday April 27. To participate, dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers.

Touch a Truck

Come touch all the trucks and cars at the Deptford Skating Center parking lot on May 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.

“It’s going to be a free community event, we’re going to be touching trucks right in the parking lot, and it’s free admission with the skating included,” said Yates. There will be different kinds of trucks for people to enjoy, such as a fire truck, tow truck, limo, ambulance, police car and more.

Neighborhood Block Party

From noon to 3 p.m enjoy a festive afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park for the Neighborhood Block Party on Sunday, May 26. The parade will commence at noon from the Oak Valley Fire house and the barbecue will last from 1 to 3 p.m.

Jericho Memorial Day Celebration

The Memorial Day celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Allen Park on Monday, May 27.

Family Movie and Camp Out Night

This year, the Family Movie and Camp Out Night will be on Friday, June 7 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Fasola Park. This year’s movie is “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The movie is provided by Gloucester County Free Movies in the Park program. Free popcorn and water will also be provided during the movie. You must register if you intend to camp out for the night. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register by May 31 by calling (856) 848-0804 or email deptfordparksandrec@deptford-nj.org.