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


Creative Arts & Music Festival 

National Go Birding Day  
Saturday, April 30 at 10:30 a.m.  
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Learn some bird watching tips and put them into practice in the field. FREE!

A Weekend in Old Monmouth    
Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.       
Sunday, May 1 from 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. Learn more about this event. FREE!

Creative Arts & Music Festival    
Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.          
Thompson Park, Lincroft
This art and music festival features the works of fine artists from all mediums including pottery, jewelry, photography and painting. Besides the artwork, visitors will enjoy live music and art activities including a plein air painting competition.  Admission and parking are free.

Mill Demonstration  
Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1 from 1-4 p.m.

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

Open Gym at the Rec Center     
Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.    
Sunday, May 1 from 10:30 a.m.-3 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.

Men's Open Gym Basketball
Sunday, May 1 from 8-10 a.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Shoot some hoops on its full court gym. The cost is $5 per person per session; cash or check only.

Mid-Day Music at Historic Walnford       
Sunday, May 1 from 12-12:30 p.m.    
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Hear members of Hopewell Hall sing an a cappella performance of historical songs. FREE!   

Open Ceramics       
Sunday, May 1 from 12:30-4:30 p.m.       
Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft
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 bisqueware; cash or check only. Pieces will be fired in about a week.

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours         
Sunday, May 1 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!       

You can also: 

Our Spring and Summer Camp/Swim issues of the Program Directory are currently 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.