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

Join us for Climb Time on Sunday, August 2


Parent/Child Morning Chores at Longstreet Farm     
Saturday, August 1 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.

You Can Sail   
Saturday, August 1
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell      
See if sailing is right for you during this program in which we provide the captain and you provide the crew. Limited number of boats are available; maximum three people per boat. Sailors age 8 and up welcome with an adult. Sailboats leave the dock by the Visitor Center at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. The cost is $35 per boat; cash or check only.

Drop-In Surprise Story Time  
Saturday, August 1 from 11-11:45 a.m.   
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown  
Join us for story time. If the weather is nice, look for the clue at the Horticultural Center's entrance that leads to the secret spot. If it’s rainy, we’ll be inside. FREE!

Penny Rug Demonstration  
Saturday, August 1 from 1-3 p.m.   
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel   
Come see how penny rugs are made. FREE!

Open Swim 
Saturday, August 1 -  9-10 a.m. Early Bird Workout and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Open Swim
Sunday, August 2 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Family Swim      
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls 
Our Open Swim fees are $5 per person per session, $15 per family of four per session. Monthly swim passes available for purchase at the Rec Center and are $30 per person or $60 per family of four.

Meet the Pine Snake  
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2 at 1 p.m.   
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell      
Learn about the fascinating pine snake. FREE!

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir   
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2 at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 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 $6 per adult and $4 per child, 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.

Men's Open Gym Basketball       
Sunday, August 2 from 8-10 a.m.        
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls      
Shoot some hoops in the Rec Center's full court gym. The cost is $5 per person per session; cash or check only.

Climb Time      
Sunday, August 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.     
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth     
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!

Family Gym Time    
Sunday, August 2 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.    
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Play hoops or enjoy our other sports equipment in the Rec Center's climate controlled gymnasium. We will bring out tunnels, gym mats, scooters and more play equipment for your entertainment. This is an open play format with no instruction provided; adult supervision is required for those under 17 years old. The cost is $10 per family per day; cash or check only.

Summer Sundays Open Basketball
Sunday, August 2 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.   
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls   
Looking for a place to play or practice? Drop by the Rec Center's climate controlled gym and play half court hoops. Use our basketball or bring your own. Open to ages 14 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $5 per person per day; cash or check only.

Open Ceramics     
Sunday, August 2 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.

Smocking Demonstration    
Sunday, August 2 from 1-3 p.m.        
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel   
See the art of this delicate craft demonstrated. FREE!

Music Man Rich Marzec   
Sunday, August 2 from 1-3 p.m.       
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel  
Enjoy piano music from the 1890s. FREE!

Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House   
Sunday, August 2 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!

We All Scream for Ice Cream     
Sunday, August 2 from 3-4 p.m.     
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold    
Enjoy some “cool” history as we crank and then sample ice cream prepared from historical recipes. FREE!

You can also:

Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboat.  

Go on an expedition with our Safari Backpacks.  

Visit a playground.  

Enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch.  

Head to the Sprayground.   

Our Camp/Swim, Summer and Fall issues of the Program Directory are currently available online and in most county parks. Registration for Camp/Swim and Summer issues is underway and accepted online, by phone at 732-842-4000, ext. 1, or in person at Park System Headquarters in Thompson Park, Lincroft. Registration for the Fall issue starts August 5.

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