Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Splendid Spring Stroll at Hartshorne Woods Park

Friday, April 20, 2018

3:30-5 p.m.

Say “farewell” to the frigid weather as you join a Park Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk through Hartshorne Woods Park. Meet at the Rocky Point parking lot in Highlands. FREE!
Great Spring Perennial Plant Swap at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, April 21, 2018

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
732-671-6050

Bring plants in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers to Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, and take home the same size and number of plants. Please label all plants. Plant intake from 8:30-10 a.m. Plant selection from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Spring Craft Show

Saturday, April 21, 2018

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Find a unique, hand-crafted gift for yourself or a special person in your life during this show at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls.
Earth Day Activities 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

We're celebrating Earth Day with eco-friendly activities planned through the county. FREE!
A New Broom Sweeps Clean at Historic Walnford

Saturday, April 21, 2018

1-4 p.m.

Spring cleaning begins at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, with demonstrations of broom making, weaving carpet beaters and carving clothes pins. We will have opportunities for you to engage in hands-on historical cleaning, or use this opportunity to appreciate your modern time and energy saving devices. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, April 21, 2018

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit the out kitchen and see what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, April 21, 2018

1-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion. FREE!
Climb Time at Big Brook Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018

1-5 p.m.

Head over to Big Brook Park, Marlboro, and try our 25’ portable climbing wall. Climbers must be 42” or taller and age 8 or older (under 18 with adult). FREE!
Turtle Meet & Greet at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Sunday, April 22, 2018

11 a.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and meet one of our resident turtles and learn about these creatures. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, April 22, 2018

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Sunday, April 22, 2018

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Open Shoot Archery

Sunday, April 22, 2018

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us for this open shoot at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. All equipment is provided. No outside equipment permitted. This is not an instructional clinic and NOT designed for beginners. Open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, April 23, 2018

11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Thursday, April 26, 2018

11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Splendid Spring Stroll at Perrineville Lake Park

Friday, April 27, 2018

3:30-5 p.m.

Say “farewell” to the frigid weather as you join a Park Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk through Perrineville Lake Park, Millstone. Meet at the Agress Road parking lot. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Friday, April 27, 2018

9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Sheep Shearing/Wool Days at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29, 2018

12-3 p.m.
732-946-3758

This annual demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, allows visitors to appreciate the work of an old-fashioned sheep shearer. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Saturday, April 29, 2018

10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, April 29, 2018

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, April 30, 2018

11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Summer Parks & Programs Guide Released

Friday, May 4, 2018


See what we have planned for June, July and August in our latest Parks & Programs Guide. To receive a copy, sign up online or call 732-842-4000 ext. 4313. Information can also be viewed online. Program registration starts Wednesday, May 9.
Splendid Spring Stroll at Freneau Woods Park

Friday, May 4, 2018

3:30-5 p.m.

Say “farewell” to the frigid weather as you join a Park Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk through Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen. Meet at the Monastary Lane parking lot. FREE!
Roving Park System Naturalist at Tatum Park

Saturday, May 5, 2018

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk in Tatum Park, Middletown. Meet in the Holland Activity Center parking lot. We'll discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is a 1.5-2 hour program, but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain is not a deterrent. FREE!
A Weekend in Old Monmouth

Saturday, May 5, 2018

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel; Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold; and the Seabrook-Wilson House at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, during this annual two-day event that celebrates the county's historic sites. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 5, 2018

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit the out kitchen and see what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Embroidery Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 5, 2018

1-3 p.m.

See this delicate craft demonstrated at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 5, 2018

1-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and see how 19th century woodworking tools were used to create various items. FREE!
Creative Arts & Music Festival

Saturday, May 5, 2018

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Come to Thompson Park, Lincroft, for this art and music festival. See the works of fine artists from all mediums including pottery, jewelry, photography and painting.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6, 2018

2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.
732-751-9453

These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child, age 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.
A Weekend in Old Monmouth

Sunday, May 6, 2018

12-5 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel; Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold; and the Seabrook-Wilson House at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, during this annual two-day event that celebrates the county's historic sites. FREE!
Open Ceramics

Sunday, May 6, 2018

12:30-4:30 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4343

Come to the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft, and choose from a large selection of bisque fired pottery pieces to glaze and make your own. Children age 12 and under are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per hour plus price of bisque ware; cash or check only. Pieces will be fired in about a week.
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, May 6, 2018

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Climb Time at Freneau Woods Park

Sunday, May 6, 2018

1-5 p.m.

Head over to Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen, and try our 25’ portable climbing wall. Climbers must be 42” or taller and age 8 or older (under 18 with adult). FREE!
Summer Program Registration Begins

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Registration for summer programs begins at 8 a.m. online, in-person at Thompson Park Headquarters, Lincroft, or by calling 732-842-4000 ext 1.
Deep Cut Gardens Open House & National Public Gardens Day

Friday-Sunday, May 11-13, 2018

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Celebrate Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, as part of National Public Garden Day. The event begins with National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11 and continues through the weekend with tours, a gardeners’ helpline conducted by the Master Gardeners, demonstrations by local plant societies, drop in activities for children and more. FREE!
Clayton Park Open House

Saturday, May 12, 2018

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Discover the splendor of spring with your family at the Clayton Park Activity Center, Upper Freehold, in beautiful western Monmouth County. Enjoy the Park System's portable climbing wall and create some spring treasures. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13, 2018

2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.
732-751-9453

These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child, age 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, May 13, 2018

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Blacksmith Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, May 13, 2018

1-3 p.m.

Come see what the Blacksmith is making in his workshop at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Find Your Path in Volunteering

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Come to the Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft, and learn about the many unique opportunities the Volunteer In Parks Program has to offer. Open to ages 14 & up.
The Casual Birder at the Manasquan Reservoir

Thursday, May 17, 2018

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Meet by the Visitor Center. We’ll meander for about an hour and see what birds we can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy this walk. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!
Nature Lecture Series: Horseshoe Crabs Trying to Survive in the Modern World

Thursday, May 17, 2018

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, and join us as we discuss why the population of horseshoe crabs is declining and how lots of people are currently working to protect the crab through research and what you can do to help. FREE!
Splendid Spring Stroll at Huber Woods Park

Friday, May 18, 2018

3:30-5 p.m.

Say “farewell” to the frigid weather as you join a Park Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk through Huber Woods Park, Middletown. Meet at the Environmental Center parking lot. FREE!
Dedication & Opening of the Historic World War II Navesink Military Reservation Battery Lewis

Saturday, May 19, 2018

10 a.m.

Come to the dedication and opening of the Historic World War II Navesink Military Reservation Battery Lewis in Hartshorne Woods Park, Rocky Point section, Highlands. Open House until 4 p.m.
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 19, 2018

1-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 19, 2018

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit the out kitchen and see what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Vintage Base Ball

Saturday, May 19, 2018

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Come to Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and see the game played with the styles and rules of the 19th century. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2018

2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.
732-751-9453

These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child, age 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.
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