PARK SYSTEM WELCOMES FALL WITH A VARIETY OF OCTOBER ACTIVITIES

PARK SYSTEM WELCOMES FALL WITH A VARIETY OF OCTOBER ACTIVITIES

Ready to celebrate fall? The Monmouth County Park System has plenty to offer the entire family to enjoy. Here’s just some of what the park system has to offer you and your family this month:

Re-Spook, Re-Wear, Re-Scare Costume Swap
Sunday, October 13 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft

Drop off your gently used kid, adult, and pet costumes between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., October 7-11, or from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on October 12 at one of the following locations: Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown; Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell; Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft; Dorbrook Recreation Visitor Center or Activity Center, Colts Neck; or the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. You will receive one token per costume you drop off. Then, visit the Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft, between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13 and exchange your tokens for new-to-you costumes. While there, enjoy snake or turtle shows and make a recycled craft. Questions, call (732) 751-9453.

Blacksmith Demonstration
Sunday, October 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Visit the blacksmith in his workshop. Free!

Music Man Rich Marzec
Sunday, October 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Hear tunes from yesteryear. Free!

Glitter & Glue
Tuesday, October 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls

You and your child (ages 2-5) will explore all the designs you can make with just glitter and glue. Cost is $15 per parent/child pair; cash or check only.

Roving Park System Naturalist
Wednesday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Hominy Hill Golf Course, Colts Neck (meet in the Matthews Road parking lot)
Monday, October 28 at 9:00 a.m.
Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands (meet at the Rocky Point entrance)

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk and learn about seasonal points of interest. Free!

Gym Jam
Thursday, October 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls

Kids ages 12-16 will enjoy the open gym to shoot some hoops, play a pickup game, or even play floor hockey. Looking for something more low-key? Bumper pool, air hockey, and more will also be available. Cost is $5 per child; cash or check only.

Plein Air Artists
Saturday, October 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold

Observe accomplished artists as they translate Historic Walnford’s picturesque landscape and historic buildings into works of art. View the day’s works at an informal reception and silent auction that will begin at 4:00 p.m. Purchases benefit the park system.

Corn Harvest
Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

We will harvest our feed corn this weekend and to give visitors and understanding of the process. Free!

Thompson Park Day
Sunday, October 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thompson Park, Lincroft

Enjoy a day of autumn fun for the entire family! This popular annual event features kids’ races, wagon rides, pumpkin painting, rides, entertainment, and so much more. Admission and parking are free; some activities require a fee.

Shrink Art Fun
Monday, October 21 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls

Children ages 6-8 will create colorful designs and watch them shrink into a custom pendant or key chain. Cost is $5 per child; cash or check only.

Farewell to Summer Fish & Crabs
Saturday, October 26 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth

Explore the interesting and wild sea creatures of the park system’s aquarium and fish tanks to discover some of the animals that live in Sandy Hook Bay. Free!

Autumn Nature Walk
Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell

Venture onto the trails with a Park System Naturalist as your guide as you marvel in the beauty of autumn. FREE!

Play Dates in the Park
Sunday, October 27
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Thompson Park, Lincroft

Join us for a game of Jumbo Basketball. This popular game is played with a 10-foot blow-up basketball goal! Ages 5 and up, with adult. No experience necessary. Free!

Baby Story Time
Tuesday, October 29 from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls

Share the fun of nursery rhymes, songs, and short stories with your little one (ages 11 months-18 months, with adult). Cost is $15 per parent/child pair; cash or check only.

Punch Out Collages
Wednesday, October 30 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls

We’ll have fun while creating unique collages. All ages welcome; under 18 with adult. Cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.

 

To learn more about these park system activities, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call (732) 842-4000.