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

Parent/Child Morning Chores at Longstreet Farm    
Saturday, September 6 at 8 a.m.    
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Come help the staff with morning chores. 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.

Drop-In Surprise Story Time  
Saturday, September 6 from 11-11:45 a.m.  
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Join us for a reading from a nature- or garden-related book. 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, we’ll be inside the Horticultural Center. FREE!

Eco-Kayak Drop-In Tour     
Saturday, September 6 from 2-3:30 p.m.    
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Novice paddlers are welcome at this paddle. We provide all the equipment; single and tandem kayaks are available on a first come, first serve basis. Program is limited to 12 participants. Please wear clothing that can get wet. Cost is $20 per person; cash or check only.

Reservoir Resident    
Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7 from 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.   
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Meet one of our live animals. FREE!

Mill Demonstration   
Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7 from 1-4 p.m.  
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century mill in action.  FREE!

Games Galore!   
Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7 from 1-4 p.m.  
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Enjoy an afternoon of historic pastimes with brain teasers to lawn games. FREE!

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir   
Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7 at 2, 3, 4 & 5 p.m.        
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell
These 45-minute tours 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.

Open Ceramics    
Sunday, September 7 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. The cost is $6 per hour plus price of bisque ware; cash or check only. Pieces will be fired in about a week.

Men's Open Gym Basketball     
Sunday, September 7 from  9-11 a.m.      
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Shoot some hoops on our full court gym. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.

Historic Seabrook-Wilson House Open for Tours   
Sunday, September 7 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!

Our fall issue of the Program Directory is currently available online and in most county parks. Registration is underway and available 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.