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:   

Find that perfect gift at the Instructor/Student Show & Sale at the
Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft.

Parent/Child Morning Chores   
Saturday, December 3 from 8-9 a.m.          
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel – Meet at the Visitor Center.
Help the farm staff with morning chores. Open to ages 4 & up. Please dress for the weather. The cost is $15 per parent/child pair; $5 per additional participant. Cash or check only.

Roving Park System Naturalist   
Saturday, December 3 at 9 a.m.      
Crosswicks Creek Park, Upper Freehold - Meet in the Providence Line Road parking lot.
Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk and discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is 1.5-2 hour program but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain and snow are not deterrents. FREE!        

Surprise Story Time     
Saturday, December 3 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 the Horticultural Center's entrance that leads to the secret spot. If it’s rainy or cold, we’ll be inside. Recommended for ages 4-7. FREE!         

Student/Instructor Sale & Show       
Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.      
Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft
Join us for this event featuring original artwork of our students and instructors. Kick off your holiday shopping or find that perfect accent piece for your home made by local artists! Pottery, ceramics, crafts, knitting, photography, painting, jewelry & more.

Ribbons & Canes, Historical Holiday Candy & Craft        
Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4 from 1-4 p.m.     
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Explore the origins of some of our holiday traditions. We’ll share information about the sweet treats associated with Christmas while you make a simple paper stocking to hold your candy. FREE!          

Open Ceramics        
Sunday, December 4 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. Children age 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.

The Sounds of Christmas
Sunday, December 4 from 1-3 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel  
Enjoy the welcoming warmth of the historic Longstreet Farmhouse with the backdrop of wistful music as Larry Mosser and Mary Nagen play Christmas carols on the hammered dulcimer and fiddle. FREE! 

Men's Open Gym Basketball        
Sunday, December 4 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.    

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.      

You can also: 

Our winter issue of the Parks and Programs Guide (formerly the Program Directory) is 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.