Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 2017

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Sheep Shearing/Wool Days at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 2017

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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

10:30 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.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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, May 1, 2017

11:30 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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

11:30 a.m.-6 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 Program Registration Begins

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


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.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

12-4:30 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.
The Casual Birder at the Manasquan Reservoir

Thursday, May 4, 2017

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at the Manasquan Reservoir in Howell. Meet in front of the Visitor Center's bait shop. 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!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Thursday, May 4, 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, May 5, 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.
Roving Park System Naturalist at Dorbrook Recreation Area

Saturday, May 6, 2017

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk in Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck. Meet in the soccer fields 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 no a deterrent. FREE!
A Weekend in Old Monmouth

Saturday, May 6, 2017

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!
Surprise Story Time at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, May 6, 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!
Seashore Scientist at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Saturday, May 6, 2017

11 a.m.-12 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!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 2017

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
A Quilting Bee at Historic Walnford

Saturday, May 6, 2017

1-4 p.m.

Share stories and needlework tips during this gathering at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. All levels welcome. FREE!
Creative Arts & Music Festival

Saturday, May 6, 2017

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.
Bayshore Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 6, 2017

4-7 p.m.

Held at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, this derby requires participants to supply their own fishing poles, tackle and bait for the fishing tournament. Prizes are awarded for the longest fish caught in three different age categories, see derby rules for more information. Only fishing from the beach is allowed. The cost is $8 per person; $4 per additional person. Walk-ins are welcome. Cash or check only on site.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 2017

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 7, 2017

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!
Beach-Nesting Bird Monitors Training Session

Sunday, May 7, 2017

1-3 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4283

Attend this training session at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch, and learn about volunteering to protect the beach's nests of endangered shorebirds.
Open Ceramics

Sunday, May 7, 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 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.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Sunday, May 7, 2017

10:30 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.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, May 7, 2017

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, May 8, 2017

11:30 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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

11:30 a.m.-6 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, May 10, 2017

8 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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

11:30 a.m.-7:30 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.
National Public Gardens Day

Friday, May 12, 2017

2-8 p.m.

The Park System is pleased to join this nationwide celebration with free activities at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. Enjoy a guided tour or explore the gardens on your own, get answers to your garden/landscape questions and earth-friendly garden tips, sit in on a raised bed gardening demo, try your hand at a scavenger hunt, and pick up some seeds to plant at home. Open to all ages, under 18 with adult. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Friday, May 12, 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.
Spring Livestock Expo

Saturday, May 13, 2017


Hosted by Monmouth County 4-H Livestock Club and held at Thompson Park, Lincroft, this annual event features animals, games and crafts.
Snake Meet & Greet at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday & Sunday, May 13 & 14, 2017

12 p.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and meet one of the resident snakes. FREE!
Felting Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 13, 2017

1-3 p.m.

Learn about the process of felting wool during this demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 13 & 14, 2017

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 13 & 14, 2017

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 Tours

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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, May 14, 2017

10:30 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.
Blacksmith Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, May 14, 2017

1-3 p.m.

Come see what the Blacksmith is making in his workshop at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Climb Time at Dorbrook Recreation Area

Sunday, May 14, 2017

12-4 p.m.

Head over to Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck, and try our 25’ portable climbing wall. This is a great opportunity to experience the sport of rock climbing close to home. Climbers must be 42” or taller and age 8 or older (under 18 with adult). Weather permitting. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, May 15, 2017

11:30 a.m.-8 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, May 16, 2017

11:30 a.m.-6 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.
Butterfly Walk at Deep Cut Gardens

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

10:30 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, and take a walk to identify butterflies. Walk may be a mile or more. Open to ages 7 and up, under 18 with adult. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

12-4:30 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.
The Casual Birder at Historic Walnford

Thursday, May 18, 2017

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Meet in the parking lot. 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!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Thursday, May 18, 2017

11:30 a.m.-7:30 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.
Nature Lecture Series: Sea Turtle Recovery Along the Jersey Shore

Thursday, May 18, 2017

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, for this talk by staff from Sea Turtle Recovery, a new non-profit group in South Jersey dedicated to the rehabilitation, preservation and conservation of Sea Turtles, and the goal to rehabilitate sick or injured Sea Turtles for their release back into the wild. Find out what sea turtles call the Jersey Shore home and ways to help these endangered and threatened pelagic animals. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Friday, May 19, 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.
Roving Park System Naturalist at Charleston Springs Golf Course

Saturday, May 20, 2017

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk in Charleston Springs Golf Course, Millstone. Meet in the Stone Bridge Trail 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 no a deterrent. FREE!
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 20, 2017

1-3 p.m.

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

1-3 p.m.

See this delicate craft demonstrated at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 20, 2017

12:30-3 p.m.

Watch the staff at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, fire up the cookstove and prepare a dish as it would have been done in the 1890s. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
7 Prez SK8 Jam

Saturday, May 20, 2017

10 a.m.

Join us for this amateur skateboarding contest at the Skateplex at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch. Local skateboard and food vendors will be on hand.
Open Shoot Archery

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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 offering is designed for experienced archers. Open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017

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.
Walnford Day

Sunday, May 21, 2017

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

It’s our annual celebration at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Enjoy milling demonstrations, hands-on activities, games, exhibits and displays. FREE!
Beach Clean-Up at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area

Sunday, May 21, 2017

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4283

Volunteer for this beach clean-up at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan. Please bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather. Open to ages 14 & up; 13 & under with parent.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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!
Celebrate Biodiversity Day at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, May 22, 2017

7-8 p.m.

Join Park System Naturalists at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, and explore the tidal shores and wetlands of the park. Please dress to get dirty. Wear old shoes, no flip flops. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, May 22, 2017

11:30 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.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

11:30 a.m.-6 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, May 24, 2017

12-4:30 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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

11:30 a.m.-7:30 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, May 26, 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.
Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28, 2017

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
732-842-4000

Canoes will be available for rent on Marlu Lake in Thompson Park, Lincroft. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Open to ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28, 2017

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday-Monday, May 27-29, 2017

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 Tours

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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!
Decoration Day Celebration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Monday, May 29, 2017

12-3 p.m.

Join in the celebration as the staff of Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, enjoys an old-fashioned Decoration Day. FREE!
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