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


Rent a canoe at Thompson Park this weekend.
National Public Gardens Day    
Friday, May 6 from 2-8 p.m.    
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown         
Enjoy tours of the gardens, earth-friendly garden tips, a container gardening demo, and a scavenger hunt.  Be sure to pick up some seeds to plant at home. FREE!            
 
Open Shoot Archery           
Friday, May 6 from 4-8 p.m.           
Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft           
Designed for experienced archers, this offering is open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult).  All equipment is provided. No outside equipment permitted. This offering is designed for experienced archers. Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
 
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir         
Friday, May 6 at 5 & 6 p.m.        
Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8 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 732-751-9453 to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.
 
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower    
Friday, May 6 from 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m.         
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth     
Join a Park System Naturalist for this spectacular natural event. The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. Please note this program is weather dependent. FREE!             
 
Roving Park System Naturalist          
Saturday, May 7 at 8 a.m.           
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck            
Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet in the soccer fields parking lot. FREE!            
 
Young Animal Expo           
Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.          
Thompson Park, Lincroft       
Monmouth County 4-H Association’s Livestock Club and the Park System invite children to pet the 4-H animals, play games, and make crafts. FREE!          
 
Climb Time       
Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.           
Thompson Park, Lincroft           
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). Climbing wall will be by Marlu Lake. FREE!          
 
Drop-In Surprise Story Time          
Saturday, May 7 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 or cold, we’ll be inside. Recommended for ages 3-7. FREE!
 
Seashore Scientists: Microscopic Munchies          
Saturday, May 7 from 12-1 p.m.         
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center, Long Branch       
Learn about the microscopic organisms that are the base of all life in the ocean during this interactive discussion. We'll also do some hands-on experiments. FREE!          
 
Embroidery Demonstration        
Saturday, May 7 from 1-3 p.m.         
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel         
See this delicate craft in action during this demonstration. FREE!       
 
Open Gym at Recreation Center       
Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.          
Sunday, May 8 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.
 
Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals         
Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.        
Thompson Park, Lincroft          
Canoes will be available for rent on Marlu Lake. 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.
 
Frog Songs       
Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8 at 1 p.m.       
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell        
Discover which frogs are calling in May during this free nature program.  FREE!       
 
Mill Demonstration    
Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8 from 1-4 p.m.   
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold      
See the 19th century gristmill in action. FREE!         
 
Men's Open Gym Basketball       
Sunday, May 8 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.
 
Music Man Rich Marzec        
Sunday, May 8 from 1-3 p.m.     
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel      
Enjoy music from the 1890s. FREE!        
 
Blacksmith Demonstration          
Sunday, May 8 from 1-3 p.m.        
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel      
Come see what the Blacksmith is making in his workshop. FREE!          
 
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours          
Sunday, May 8 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.