Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Friday, January 20, 2017

8 a.m.-5 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.
Seashore Open House at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Sunday, January 22, 2017

1-4 p.m.

Stop by the Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center, Long Branch, for seashore fun and light refreshments. Engaging hands-on activities will entertain and educate you and your family about the shore and the sea. Speak with a Park System Naturalist about your own shell collection or the aquatic animals on display. You can even create a beach keepsake to take with you. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please call 732-872-2670, ext. 225.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, January 23, 2017

11 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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

8 a.m.-2:30 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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

12:30-5 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, January 26, 2017

11:30 a.m.-3:30 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

Friday, January 27, 2017

8 a.m.-5 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.
WinterFest

Saturday, January 28, 2017

12-4 p.m.
732-842-4000

Looking for a cool event for the whole family? Head over to Thompson Park, Lincroft, for this festival that celebrates the fun that winter can bring with wagon rides, cross-country skiing and so much more. Admission and parking are free!
Roving Park System Naturalist at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Sunday, January 29, 2017

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch. Meet in the pavilion. We'll discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is 1.5-2 hour program, but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain and snow are not deterrents. FREE!
Beach Craft Surprise at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Sunday, January 29, 2017

1-2 p.m.

Stop by the Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center, Long Branch, to make a beach-themed craft. While there, ask a Park System Naturalist your beach-y questions and watch as we feed our aquatic critters. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, January 30, 2017

11 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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

8 a.m.-3:30 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.
The Casual Birder at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Thursday, February 2, 2017

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk. Meet at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center in Howell. 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. Open to ages 8 and up. FREE!
Spring Parks & Programs Guide Released

Friday, February 3, 2017


See what we have planned for March, April & May 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 at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8.
Surprise Story Time at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, February 4, 2017

11-11:45 a.m.
732-671-6050

Join us for a reading from a nature or garden-related book at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. If the weather is nice, look for the clue at the Horticultural Center's entrance that leads to the secret spot. If it’s rainy or cold, we’ll be inside. Recommended for ages 4-7. FREE!
Black and White and Read All Over

Saturday & Sunday, February 4 & 5, 2017

1-4 p.m.
609-259-6275

Come to Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, and pull up a chair, sit back, and read all the news fit to print from 1820s-1860s. We’ll have some of the newspapers and magazines stored across generations in the attic at Walnford, out for you to enjoy. Free!
Open Ceramics

Sunday, February 5, 2017

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 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.
Spring Program Registration Begins

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Registration for spring programs begins at 8 a.m. online, in-person at Thompson Park Headquarters, Lincroft, or by calling 732-842-4000 ext 1.
Roving Park System Naturalist at Hartshorne Woods Park

Saturday, February 11, 2017

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk in Hartshorne Woods Park. Meet in the Rocky Point parking lot in Highlands. We'll discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is 1.5-2 hour program, but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain and snow are not deterrents. FREE!
The Casual Birder at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area

Thursday, February 16, 2017

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan. Meet at the Activity 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. Open to ages 8 and up. FREE!
Seashore Scientist at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Saturday, February 18, 2017

12-1 p.m.

Explore different aspects of oceanography through interactive discussions and hands-on experiments at the Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center, Long Branch. FREE!
Beach Craft Surprise at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Sunday, February 19, 2017

1-2 p.m.

Stop by the Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center, Long Branch, to make a beach-themed craft. While there, ask a Park System Naturalist your beach-y questions and watch as we feed our aquatic critters. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.
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