Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, April 19 & 20

1-4pm
609-259-6275

See the 19th century mill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!

Snakes of Monmouth County

Saturday & Sunday, April 19 & 20

1pm
732-751-9453

Learn about some of the snakes found in Monmouth County at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell. FREE!

Family Gym Time

Monday, April 21

12:30-2:30pm
848-456-4278

Drop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and enjoy tunnels, gym mats, trampolines, scooters and other play equipment. No instruction provided. Parent supervision is required. The cost is $10 per family; cash or check only.

Monday Night Open Teen Basketball

Monday, April 21

7-8:30pm

Teens age 13-18 are invited to drop-in and enjoy our courts at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The cost is $5 per night; cash or check only.

Drop-In Tuesdays at the Rec Center

Tuesday, April 22

4-5:30pm

Join staff at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, after school for games and activities! Open to ages 6-10. Each week we’ll switch up an extra activity. FREE!

Family Gym Time

Wednesday, April 23

12:30-2:30pm
848-456-4278

Drop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and enjoy tunnels, gym mats, trampolines, scooters and other play equipment. No instruction provided. Parent supervision is required. The cost is $10 per family; cash or check only.

Pottery Open House

Thursday, April 24

4-8pm
732-842-4000, ext. 4343

Come to the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft, for this chance to see if a pottery class is right for you. Dress for a mess as there is a lot of mud flinging going on around here. You won’t make anything you can take home but the experience will last a lifetime. Ages 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Game Night

Friday, April 25

6-8:30pm

Come with the family and play some games at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Board games, table games, and gym games will be available for some good old family interaction. The cost is $15 per family (2-4 people); $5 additional person.

Earth Day Environmental Cleanup

Saturday, April 26, 2014

9am-12noon
732-842-4000 ext. 4283

Ages 14 and up are invited to take part in this cleanup along the Henry Hudson Trail. Meet in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Lot off First Avenue. Please bring work glove and water; wear sturdy shoes.

Spring Craft Show

Saturday, April 26

9am-2pm

We're hosting a spring craft show at Tatum Park, Middletown. Stop by on your way to or from Deep Cut Garden's Plant Swap and pick up the perfect item for your garden or home. 

Deep Cut Great Spring Perennial Plant Swap

Saturday, April 26

10am-2pm

Calling all Gardeners! It's time for the Great Spring Perennial Plant Swap at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown.  Bring plants in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. For information, call 732-671-6050.

Earth Day Celebration - Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday, April 26

11am-5pm
732-751-9453

Join us at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and help celebrate. Fun for the whole family with Kids Games, Crafts and special Earth Day exhibitors!
Sheep Shearing/Wool Days

Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27

12noon-3pm
732-946-3758

Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

This annual demonstration allows visitors to appreciate the work of an old-fashioned sheep shearer.

Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27

1-4pm
609-259-6275

See the 19th century mill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!

Roving Park System Naturalist

Saturday, April 26

3pm

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk in Big Brook Park, Marlboro, and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet in the parking lot. FREE!

Earth Day - Bio-Blitz Scavenger Hunts

Sunday, April 27

11am-5pm

We're honoring Earth Day by offering "Bio-Blitz Scavenger Hunts" for the young and the young at heart. at Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown. Take on the Identification Challenge. All equipment provided. FREE!

Earth Day - Nature Walks

Sunday, April 27

11am-5pm

We're honoring Earth Day with nature walks at Holdmel Park, Holmdel. Meet at Shelter Building. FREE!

Earth Day - Celebrate the Shore

Sunday, April 27

11am-5pm

We're honoring Earth Day with "Celebrate the Shore" at Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth. Join us for an interactive show and tell program as well as tours of the house. FREE!

Earth Day - Spring Plant Walks

Sunday, April 27

11am-5pm

We're honoring Earth Day with "Spring Plant Walks" at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. FREE!

Earth Day - Eco-Fashion Fun!

Sunday, April 27

11am-5pm

We're honoring Earth Day by hosting "Eco-Fashion Fun" at Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft. We're creating eco-friendly fashion jewelry and accessories from recycled materials. FREE!

Climb Time

Sunday, April 27

2-5pm
732-842-4000, ext. 4312

Join us for a FREE chance to try our 25 foot rock climbing wall at Thompson Park, Lincroft. Climbers must be 42 inches or taller.

Bird Walk

Sunday, April 27

12:30pm
732-751-9453

Join a Park System Naturalist at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, for a walk and see what birds we can find. FREE!

Historic Seabrook-Wilson House Open for Tours

Sunday, April 27

1-4pm
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!

Family Gym Time

Monday, April 28

12:30-2:30pm
848-456-4278

Drop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and enjoy tunnels, gym mats, trampolines, scooters and other play equipment. No instruction provided. Parent supervision is required. The cost is $10 per family; cash or check only.

Monday Night Open Teen Basketball

Monday, April 28

7-8:30pm

Teens age 13-18 are invited to drop-in and enjoy our courts at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The cost is $5 per night; cash or check only.

Drop-In Tuesdays at the Rec Center

Tuesday, April 29

4-5:30pm

Join staff at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, after school for games and activities! Open to ages 6-10. Each week we’ll switch up an extra activity. FREE!

Family Gym Time

Wednesday, April 30

12:30-2:30pm
848-456-4278

Drop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and enjoy tunnels, gym mats, trampolines, scooters and other play equipment. No instruction provided. Parent supervision is required. The cost is $10 per family; cash or check only.

Summer Program Directory Released

Friday, May 2


(732) 842-4000

Find out what's happening in the Monmouth County Park System by picking up the latest copy of The Program Directory. To receive the most recent copy, sign up here or call (732) 842-4000 ext. 4313. Activity information can also be viewed online. Registration starts May 7.

Evening Boat Tour of the Manasquan Reservoir

Friday, May 2

6:30 & 7:30pm
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 adults: $5.61; children 12 & under: $3.50 (tax not included). Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent.

Parent/Child Morning Chores at Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 3, 2014

8am
732-946-3758

Rise and shine! Come help the staff with morning chores at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. You and your child (age 4 & up) can milk a cow, collect eggs and feed the animals. The cost is $15 per pair; $5 per additional person.

A Weekend in Old Monmouth

Saturday, May 3

10am-5pm
1-800-523-2587

Visit Longstreet Farm, Historic Walnford or the Seabrook-Wilson House at Bayshore Waterfront Park as part of a self-guided tour of historic places in Monmouth County 
Drop-In Surprise StoryTime

Saturday, May 3

11-11:45am

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 our entrance that leads to the secret spot in the gardens. If it’s rainy or cold, we’ll be inside the Horticultural Center. FREE!

Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4

1-4pm
609-259-6275

See the 19th century mill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!

Embroidery Demonstration

Saturday, May 3

1-3pm
732-946-3758

See this delicate craft in action during this demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel.

Spring Cleaning! Hands-on History

Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4

1-4pm
(609) 259-6275

Drop by Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, and have some good clean fun beating rugs, scrubbing clothes, and learning how elbow grease produced a clean house.

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday, May 3

2, 3, 4 & 5 pm
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 adults: $5.61; children 12 & under: $3.50 (tax not included). Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent.

A Weekend in Old Monmouth

Sunday, May 4

12noon-5pm
1-800-523-2587

Visit Longstreet Farm, Historic Walnford or the Seabrook-Wilson House at Bayshore Waterfront Park as part of a self-guided tour of historic places in Monmouth County 
Open Ceramics

Sunday, May 4

12:30-4:30pm
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. The cost is $6 per hour plus price of bisque ware; cash or check only. Pieces will be fired in about a week.

Book Swap

Sunday, May 4

1-3pm

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and bring an unwanted book(s) and swap it for something new. Don’t have a book to swap? We have extras. Light refreshments served. FREE!

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Sunday, May 4

2, 3, 4 & 5 pm
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 adults: $5.61; children 12 & under: $3.50 (tax not included). Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent.

Roving Park System Naturalist

Sunday, May 4

3pm

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk in Weltz Park, Oakhurst, and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet in the parking lot. FREE!

Family Gym Time

Monday, May 5

12:30-2:30pm
848-456-4278

Drop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and enjoy tunnels, gym mats, trampolines, scooters and other play equipment. No instruction provided. Parent supervision is required. The cost is $10 per family; cash or check only.

Monday Night Open Teen Basketball

Monday, May 5

7-8:30pm

Teens age 13-18 are invited to drop-in and enjoy our courts at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The cost is $5 per night; cash or check only.

Drop-In Tuesdays at the Rec Center

Tuesday, May 6

4-5:30pm

Join staff at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, after school for games and activities! Open to ages 6-10. Each week we’ll switch up an extra activity. FREE!

Summer Program Registration Begins

Wednesday, May 7

8am
732-842-4000 ext 1

Registration for summer programs begins at 8am online, in-person at Thompson Park Headquarters, Lincroft, or by calling 732-842-4000 ext 1.

Family Gym Time

Wednesday, May 7

12:30-2:30pm
848-456-4278

Drop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and enjoy tunnels, gym mats, trampolines, scooters and other play equipment. No instruction provided. Parent supervision is required. The cost is $10 per family; cash or check only.

Wildlife Wednesday

Wednesday, May 7

3-3:45pm
732-751-9453

Explore new ways to enjoy nature at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, during this program designed for ages 5 and up (with adult). The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.

Book Swap

Thursday, May 8

6-8pm

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and bring an unwanted book(s) and swap it for something new. Don’t have a book to swap? We have extras. Light refreshments served. FREE!

Family Game Night

Friday, May 9

6-8:30pm

Come with the family and play some games at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Board games, table games, and gym games will be available for some good old family interaction. The cost is $15 per family (2-4 people); $5 additional person.

Thompson Park Canoe Rental

Saturday & Sunday, May 10 & 11

10am-3pm
732-842-4000 ext 4312

Canoes will be available for rent on Marlu Lake in Thompson Park, Lincroft. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for 2 hours. Cash or check only.

Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, May 10 & 11

1-4pm
609-259-6275

See the 19th century mill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!

Quilting Demonstration

Saturday, May 10

1-3pm
732-946-3758

See how quilting was done during the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel.

Frogs of Monmouth County

Saturday & Sunday, May 10 & 11, 2014

1pm
732-751-9453

Meet some of the frogs that can be found in Monmouth County at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell.

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday, May 10

2, 3, 4 & 5 pm
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 adults: $5.61; children 12 & under: $3.50 (tax not included). Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent.

Threads of Time

Sunday, May 11

1-4pm
(609) 259-6275

Drop by Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, and learn more about the fibers, tools and techniques used to produce household textiles and clothing in the 18th century.

Historic Seabrook-Wilson House Open for Tours

Sunday, May 11

1-4pm
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!

Music Man Rich Marzec

Sunday, May 11

1-3pm
732-946-3758

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and enjoy piano music from the 1890s.

Blacksmith Demonstration

Sunday, May 11

1-3pm
732-946-3758

Come see what the Blacksmith is making in his workshop at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel.

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Sunday, May 11

2, 3, 4 & 5 pm
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 adults: $5.61; children 12 & under: $3.50 (tax not included). Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent.

Family Gym Time

Monday, May 12

12:30-2:30pm
848-456-4278

Drop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and enjoy tunnels, gym mats, trampolines, scooters and other play equipment. No instruction provided. Parent supervision is required. The cost is $10 per family; cash or check only.

Monday Night Open Teen Basketball

Monday, May 12

7-8:30pm

Teens age 13-18 are invited to drop-in and enjoy our courts at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The cost is $5 per night; cash or check only.

Drop-In Tuesdays at the Rec Center

Tuesday, May 13

4-5:30pm

Join staff at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, after school for games and activities! Open to ages 6-10. Each week we’ll switch up an extra activity. FREE!

Family Gym Time

Wednesday, May 14

12:30-2:30pm
848-456-4278

Drop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and enjoy tunnels, gym mats, trampolines, scooters and other play equipment. No instruction provided. Parent supervision is required. The cost is $10 per family; cash or check only.

Armed Forces “Thank You” Day

Saturday, May 17

9am-3pm
848-456-4278

Drop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and create a thank you card for members of our armed forces. Make a patriotic sundae and join in a sing-along or other activities celebrating those who have served our country. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only; veterans attend for free.

Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18

1-4pm
609-259-6275

See the 19th century mill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday, May 17

2, 3, 4 & 5 pm
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 adults: $5.61; children 12 & under: $3.50 (tax not included). Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent.

Roving Park System Naturalist

Saturday, May 17

3pm

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk in Hartshorne Woods Park and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet at the Rocky Point Entrance, Portland Road, Highlands. FREE!

Walnford Day

Sunday, May 18

11am-5pm
609-259-6275

Join in our annual celebration with family friendly activities at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold.

Outdoor Adventure Expo

Sunday, May 18

11am-5pm
732-842-4000 ext 4240

Held at Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold, activities include rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking and other outdoors-related hands-on demonstrations.

Armed Forces Week: Family Gym Time

Sunday, May 18

11am-12:30pm
848-456-4278

Drop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and enjoy tunnels, gym mats, trampolines, scooters and other play equipment. No instruction provided. Parent supervision is required. The cost is $5 per military family (with a valid military ID); $10 per non-military family.

Historic Seabrook-Wilson House Open for Tours

Sunday, May 18

1-4pm
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!

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Sunday, May 18

2, 3, 4 & 5 pm
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 adults: $5.61; children 12 & under: $3.50 (tax not included). Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent.

Family Gym Time

Monday, May 19

12:30-2:30pm
848-456-4278

Drop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and enjoy tunnels, gym mats, trampolines, scooters and other play equipment. No instruction provided. Parent supervision is required. The cost is $10 per family; cash or check only.

Armed Forces Week: Adult Open Gym Basketball

Monday, May 19

7-8:30pm
848-456-4278

Drop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and shoot some hoops on our full court gym. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only. Servicemen and women, past and present, FREE with a valid military ID.

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