Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Friday, September 1, 2017

10 a.m.-7 p.m.
848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Monthly swim passes available. Cash or check only.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Friday, September 1, 2017

5 p.m. & 6 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.
Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Saturday, September 2, 2017

10 a.m.-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Monthly swim passes available. Cash or check only.
Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, September 2 & 3, 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, September 2 & 3, 2017

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, September 2, 2017

1-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion. FREE!
Games Galore at Historic Walnford

Saturday-Monday, September 2-4, 2017

1-4 p.m.

End the summer with a long weekend of family fun by playing some historical games at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Saturday, September 2, 2017

11 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.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday-Monday, September 2-4, 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.
Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Sunday, September 3, 2017

10 a.m.-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Monthly swim passes available. Cash or check only.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 3, 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, September 3, 2017

11 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 Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Monday, September 4, 2017

10 a.m.-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Monthly swim passes available. Cash or check only.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

8 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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

8 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.
The Casual Birder at Freneau Woods Park

Thursday, September 7, 2017

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen. 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, September 7, 2017

11 a.m.-7 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 Huber Woods Park Environmental Center

Friday, September 8, 2017

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Together with a Park System Naturalist identify butterflies found in the fields near the Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown. Walk may be a mile or more. Open to ages 7 and up, under 18 with adult. Meet in the parking lot. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Friday, September 8, 2017

8 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.
Amazing Stick Bugs Nature Program

Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10, 2017

11 a.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and meet these amazing insects up close. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10, 2017

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, September 9, 2017

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit the out kitchen and see what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Saturday, September 9, 2017

9:30 a.m.-12:30 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 Ceramics

Sunday, September 10, 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.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 10, 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, September 10, 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.
Climb Time at Clayton Park Activity Center

Sunday, September 10, 2017

1-5 p.m.

Head over to Clayton Park Activity Center, Upper Freehold, 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). FREE!
Sunday Fun at Clayton Park Activity Center

Sunday, September 10, 2017

2-5 p.m.

View soap making and Shibori dying techniques first hand at the Clayton Park Activity Center, Upper Freehold. Try fabric dying for yourself. The cost for hands-on fabric dying is approximately $3-5 per person; cash or check only.
Bonsai Day

Sunday, September 10, 2017

12-4 p.m.

The Monmouth County Park System and the Deep Cut Bonsai Society present Bonsai Day at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. Experience this intricate and ancient art through demonstrations and displays, with experts on hand to answer your questions. Admission and parking are free.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, September 11, 2017

10 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.
9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook

Monday, September 11, 2017

8 a.m.

Join us for this remembrance ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

8 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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

12:30-5:30 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, September 14, 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

Friday, September 15, 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.
All About Monarch Butterflies Nature Program

Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17, 2017

10:30 a.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, for an in-depth discussion on these butterflies. FREE!
Wind & Sea Festival

Saturday, September 16, 2017

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Celebrate all things water-related during this family-friendly festival at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth.
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17, 2017

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Saturday, September 16, 2017

9:30 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.
Jersey Shore Rose Society Show

Saturday, September 16, 2017

12:30-3:30 p.m.

Head over to Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, for the Jersey Shore Rose Society’s 46th Annual Rose Show. Entries submitted for judging will remain on exhibit for visitors from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free garden tours will be offered and consulting rosarians will be available to answer your questions. FREE!
Annual Cornbread Contest at Historic Walnford

Sunday, September 17, 2017

12:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

Enter into this contest at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, by bringing the equivalent of a 9” x 13” pan of cornbread and a typed copy of your recipe at 12:30 p.m. Visitors will be able to taste and vote on their favorites between 1-2:30 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded at 3 p.m. FREE!
Corny Joke Contest at Historic Walnford

Sunday, September 17, 2017

2:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

Tell your best family friendly jokes during this contest at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 17, 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, September 17, 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.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, September 18, 2017

11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-8 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, September 19, 2017

8 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, September 20, 2017

12:30-4:30 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.
School’s Out Drop-In Days at the Fort

Thursday & Friday, September 21 & 22, 2017

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Enjoy Science Exploration Stations, Take Home Kids Creations, Building Time, and Open Gym Time at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, during this self-guided program open to ages 5-10 with adult. $5 per child; per day; cash or check only.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Thursday, September 21, 2017

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-7:30 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: Journey of the Monarch Butterfly in Monmouth County

Thursday, September 21, 2017

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, for this talk by a Park System Naturalist and discover the life history of Monarch Butterflies, what they eat, their fascinating migrations, and threats to their long-term survival. FREE!
Butterfly Walk at Holmdel Park

Friday, September 22, 2017

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Together with a Park System Naturalist identify butterflies found in the fields in Holmdel Park, Holmdel. Meet in the Ramanessin trail parking lot. Walk may be a mile or more. Open to ages 7 and up, under 18 with adult. Meet in the parking lot. FREE!
Open House Barn Dance

Friday, September 22, 2017

7-9:30 p.m.

Give square dancing a try during this fun, family-friendly barn dance! Held at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. FREE!
Great Fall Perennial Plant Swap at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, September 23, 2017

8:30-11:30 a.m.

Bring perennials to Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. Please label all plants. Houseplants may also be exchanged, but no annuals please. Plant intake from 8:30-10 a.m. Plant selection from 10-11:30 a.m. FREE!
Roving Naturalist at Huber Woods Park

Saturday, September 23, 2017

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk in Huber Woods Park, Middletown. We'll discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is 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 not a deterrent. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Have a Seat: Weaving Cane

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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

Come to Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, and see how cane is woven to create a sturdy seat while you learn a bit about furniture history and admire a variety of chair styles and seat materials. FREE!
Harvest Home Festival at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, September 24, 2017

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

This old-fashioned fair is reminiscent of the 1890s. Visitors can enjoy wagon rides, games and live entertainment. There is also ongoing crafts demonstrations and a Home & Garden competition. Admission and parking are free.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 24, 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, September 24, 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.
Open Shoot Archery

Sunday, September 24, 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. Open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
Eek-O-Fabulous Costume Swap Drop Off

Monday-Friday, September 25-29, 2017

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4312

Upcycle gently used kids’, adults’, and even pet costumes for a spooktacular new-to-you ensemble. Costumes must be dropped off in advance at one of the locations below. For each costume you bring, receive a token entitling you to a "new" costume the day of the swap. Costume drop-off is at the Huber Woods Environmental Center, Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Thompson Park Visitor Center, Dorbrook Recreation Area Visitor Center, and Fort Monmouth Recreation Center. The Swap is Sunday, October 1 from 12-2 p.m. at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, September 25, 2017

11 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, September 26, 2017

8 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

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

12:30-4:30 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, September 28, 2017

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-7:30 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, September 29, 2017

8-10:30 a.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.
Eek-O-Fabulous Costume Swap Drop Off

Saturday, September 30, 2017

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4312

Upcycle gently used kids’, adults’, and even pet costumes for a spooktacular new-to-you ensemble. Costumes must be dropped off in advance at one of the locations below. For each costume you bring, receive a token entitling you to a "new" costume the day of the swap. Costume drop-off is at the Huber Woods Environmental Center, Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Thompson Park Visitor Center, Dorbrook Recreation Area Visitor Center, and Fort Monmouth Recreation Center. The Swap is Sunday, October 1 from 12-2 p.m. at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Saturday, September 30, 2017

9:30 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.
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 30 & October 1, 2017

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

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