Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Spring Program Registration Begins

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Registration for spring programs begins at 8 a.m. online, in-person at Thompson Park Headquarters, Lincroft, or by calling 732-842-4000 ext 1.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Thursday, February 11, 2016

8 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.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Friday, February 12, 2016

12-5 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.
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue - Valentines at Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, February 13 & 14, 2016

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

Create your own valentine using elegant 19th century ones as inspiration at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Pine Cone Feeders at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday, February 13, 2016

2 p.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and make a pine cone feeder to hang in your yard. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Sunday, February 14, 2016

10:30 a.m.-1 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.
Blacksmith Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, February 14, 2016

1-3 p.m.

Come see what the Blacksmith is making in his workshop at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Pine Cone Feeders at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Sunday, February 14, 2016

11 a.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and make a pine cone feeder to hang in your yard. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, February 15, 2016

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, February 16, 2016

11 a.m.-5 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 Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Thursday, February 18, 2016

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch. 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. Meet at the Activity Center. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Thursday, February 18, 2016

1:30-4:30 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.
Seashore Scientist Drop-In Series at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park: The Hardiest Endure

Thursday, February 18, 2015

6-7 p.m.

Come to the Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center, Long Branch, and learn about the awesome adaptations that allow the hardiest sea creatures to survive the cold winters of the Jersey Shore during this interactive discussion. We'll also do some hands-on experiments. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Friday, February 19, 2016

12-4 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.
Eagles at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday & Sunday, February 13 & 14, 2016

11 a.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and discover amazing facts about these creatures and hear an update on the nesting status of our resident pair. FREE!
Roving Park System Naturalist in Shark River Park

Sunday, February 21, 2016

10 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk in Shark River Park, Wall, and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet in the Schoolhouse Road parking lot. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, February 22, 2016

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, February 23, 2016

8-11:30 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.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Thursday, February 25, 2016

8-10 a.m. & 12-3:30 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.
Nature Lecture Series: Whaling and Whales Along the Jersey Shore

Thursday, February 25, 2016

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, for this talk by a Park System Naturalist and discover some of the hidden history and ecology of the Jersey Shore. Find out about the latest research about whales as well as the important role they played for the international whaling industry and the rise of laws protecting them from commercial hunting. FREE!
Summer Camp/Swim Directory Released

Friday, February 26, 2016


Ready for summer? We are! Check out our camp and swim offerings in this special issue of The Program Directory. To receive a copy, sign up online or call 732-842-4000 ext. 4313. Information can also be viewed online. Registration starts March 6.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Friday, February 26, 2016

12-4 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, February 29, 2016

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.
Camp Options for Children with Special Needs

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

7-8:30 p.m.
732-460-1167, ext. 24

Come to the Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft, and find out which Park System camps best fit your child’s needs and interests. Learn what supports are available and how our inclusion process works. Program is free and pre-registration is not required, but recommended.
The Casual Birder at Thompson Park

Thursday, March 3, 2016

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at Thompson Park, Lincroft. 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. Meet in the Marlu Lake parking lot. FREE!
Ask a Naturalist along the Henry Hudson Trail

Friday, March 4, 2016

10-11:30 a.m.

Bring your questions for our Park System Naturalist to this hike along the Henry Hudson Trail. Meet in the parking lot on Dutch Lane in Freehold.
Roving Park System Naturalist at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area

Saturday, March 5, 2016

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk in Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet in the main parking lot. FREE!
Drop-In Surprise Story Time at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, March 5, 2015

11-11:45 a.m.
732-671-6050

Join us for story time at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. 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!
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, March 5, 2016

1-3 p.m.

See how 19th century woodworking tools were used during this demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss at the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, March 5 & 6, 2016

1 p.m.
732-751-9453

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and celebrate this author's birthday with a story and craft. FREE!
Summer Camp/Swim Registrations Begins

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Registration for the Summer Camp/Swim issue begins at 12 p.m. online and by phone - 732-842-4000 ext 1.
E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon

Sunday, March 6, 2016

9 a.m. start

This 13. 1-mile race starts at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. Race-day registration accepted starting at 7:15 a.m.
Open Ceramics

Sunday, March 6, 2016

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 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.
Music Man Rich Marzec at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, March 6, 2016

1-3 p.m.
732-946-3758

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and enjoy music from the 1890s. FREE!
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