This Weekend in the Parks

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, October 4 at 8 a.m.      
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Rise and shine! 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.

Women's Open Gym - Fitness      
Saturday, October 4 from 7:30-9 a.m.      
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Challenge yourself on this self-guided, self-paced fitness circuit which includes stability balls, hand weights, resistance bands, and more. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.

Open Shoot Archery  
Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.      
Thompson Park Activity Barn
, Lincroft     
If you are looking to try your hand at archery, join us for an open shoot. All equipment is provided. No outside equipment permitted. There is limited instruction during this program open to ages 8 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $8 per person; cash or check only.

Drop-In Surprise StoryTime   
Saturday, October 4 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, October 4 from 2-3:30 p.m.   
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
, Howell
Novice paddlers are invited to this paddle. We provide all the equipment; single and tandem kayaks are available on a first come, first served basis. Program is limited to 12 participants. Please wear clothing that can get wet. Cost is $20 per person; cash or check only.

Mill Demonstration
Saturday & Sunday, October 4 & 5 from 1-4 p.m
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century mill in action. FREE!

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir    
Saturday & Sunday, October 4 & 5 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.

Men's Open Gym Basketball   
Sunday, October 5 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.

Open Ceramics   
Sunday, October 5 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.

Historic Seabrook-Wilson House Open for Tours    
Sunday, October 5 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!

Be sure to check out The Story of Harness Racing by Currier & Ives exhibit at Historic Walnford, October 1-November 30.

Here's a sneak peek at some upcoming events:

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.