What is our recipe for fun? Beautiful parks, great activities and you! Interested? Here's what's planned for this weekend: 

 Earth Day
Earth Day

Great Spring Perennial Plant Swap   
Saturday, April 21 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.   
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. 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 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.     
Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls
Find a unique, hand-crafted gift for yourself or a special person in your life during this show. This year will also feature culinary demonstrations by Chef Stephen Wolff of Culinary Creations, LLC. Offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. The cost for each demonstration is $5 per person; cash or check only. Please note that space is limited to 14 participants per session. Registration will be accepted starting at 9 a.m. at the event. Admission and parking for the Craft Show are free.

Cookstove Demonstration     
Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.     
Historic Longstreet Farm, Longstreet
Visit the out kitchen and see what's cooking on the woodstove. FREE!    

Earth Day Activities    
Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.     
We're celebrating Earth Day with eco-friendly activities planned through the county. See what’s planned. FREE!    

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s   
Saturday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m.      
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion. FREE!   

A New Broom Sweeps Clean    
Saturday, April 21 from 1-4 p.m.   
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Spring cleaning begins 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!        

Climb Time    
Saturday, April 21 from 1-5 p.m.    
Big Brook Park, Marlboro
Try our 25’ portable climbing wall. Climbers must be 42” or taller and age 8 or older (under 18 with adult). FREE!      

Men's Open Gym Basketball
Sunday, April 15 from 8-10 a.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Shoot some hoops on our full court gym. The cost is $5 per person per session; cash or check only.

Open Shoot Archery   
Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.     
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 Rec Center   
Sunday, April 22 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.      
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
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.

Turtle Meet & Greet    
Sunday, April 22 at 11 a.m.   
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Meet one of our resident turtles and learn about these creatures.

Seabrook-Wilson House - Open  
Sunday, April 22 from 1-4 p.m.   
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!   

Here are some other ways to enjoy your county parks:

Our spring and camp/swim issues of the Parks and Programs Guide are available online and in most county parks.  Registration is underway and accepted online; by phone at 732-842-4000, ext. 1; or in person at Park System Headquarters in Thompson Park, Lincroft.  

For more information on any of these activities or parks, call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312, between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Please note:

  • Our outdoor offerings are weather dependent. Before heading out, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 6, to see if the activity you're interested in has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  
  • It is understood and agreed that park visitors and participants in Monmouth County Park System programs, activities, and events may have their names and pictures used, without fee, in broadcast, telecast, and print media accounts for promotional and publicity purposes.