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

wool days at longstreet
Wool Days/Sheep Shearing at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. 

National Go Birding Day         
Saturday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m.         
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Celebrate “National Go Birding Day” by picking up some bird watching tips and practicing them in the field. FREE!           

Cookstove Demonstration     
Saturday, April 29 from 12:30-3 p.m.         
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Watch the staff fire up the cookstove and prepare a dish as it would have been done in the 1890s. FREE!            

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s          
Saturday, April 29 from 1-3 p.m.         
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel         
Hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion. FREE!            

Become a Garden Ambassador           
Saturday, April 29 from 1-3 p.m.            
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown            
Spend a couple of hours touring the gardens and learning how to be a welcoming, informative presence on the grounds. Ages 18 and up are welcome. Please dress comfortably for a guided walk through the grounds.

Sheep Shearing/Wool Days          
Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30 from 12-3 p.m.              
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel           
This annual demonstration allows visitors to appreciate the work of an old-fashioned sheep shearer. FREE!                        

Mill Demonstration            
Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30 from 1-4 p.m.        
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold          
See the 19th century gristmill in action. FREE!            

Men's Open Gym Basketball             
Sunday, April 30 from 8-10 a.m.            
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls             
Shoot some hoops on our full court gym. The cost is $5 per person per session; cash or check only.          

Open Gym at the Rec Center         
Sunday, April 30 from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.              
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls                 
Stop by 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.

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours                 
Sunday, April 30 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!                    

Open Pickleball - Experienced      
Sunday, April 30 from 3-4:30 p.m.          
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls           
Three pickleball courts are available for open doubles pickleball play (no instructor). Limited to 24 players per session. Open to ages 16 & up. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only. 

Here are some other ways to enjoy your county parks:

Our spring and camp/swim issues of the Parks and Programs Guide are available online and in most county parks. Our summer issue is available on Friday, April 28.  Registration for the spring and camp/swim 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 programs in the summer issue starts on May 3.

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

Please note that our outdoor offerings are weather dependent. Before heading out, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 6, to see if the activity you're interested in has been cancelled due to inclement weather.