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:

Cardinal in the snow

Cookstove Demonstration  
Saturday, February 16 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel  
See what the staff is cooking on the woodstove.  Discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. FREE!  

Backyard Birds Count 
Saturday, February 16 at 9 a.m.   
Big Brook Park, Marlboro   
Sunday, February 17 at 9 a.m. 
Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown   
Join a Park System Naturalist and explore the parks in celebration of the Great American Backyard Bird Count. We will start by looking at what winter birds are at our local feeders and will take a small walk to see what birds we can identify along our trails. It's a great way to get started in birding. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!   

Men's Open Gym Basketball
Sunday, February 17 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.

Seashell Sunday      
Sunday, February 17 from 1-2 p.m.       
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth
Starting a shell collection this year? It’s the best way to get to know the Jersey Shore. Want to know where shells come from? Can’t figure out what you found on the beach? Bring it to us and we will tell you all about seashells, how to collect them without harming the environment, and feature an assortment of live mollusks, crustaceans, and cool beach finds and artifacts. FREE! 

Open Gym at the Rec Center  
Monday, February 18 from  11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.

School’s Out Drop-In Day at the Fort  
Monday, February 18 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.   
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls  
Enjoy Science Exploration Stations, Take Home Kids Creations and Building Fun at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, during this self-guided program open to ages 5-10 with adult. $5 per child per day; cash or check only.  

Here are some other ways to enjoy your county parks:

Our winter & spring issues of the Parks and Programs Guide are available online and in most county parks.  Registration is underway for both issues and is 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.

Please note:

  • 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.  
  • It is understood and agreed that park visitors and participants in Monmouth County Park System programs, activities, and events may have their names and pictures used, without fee, in broadcast, telecast, and print media accounts for promotional and publicity purposes.