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Bonding Time

Throughout Monmouth County, there is an abundance of activities all November long. Whether you’re athletic or creative, like shopping or learning, there is something bound to spark your interest.

Fort Monmouth

  • The Fort Monmouth Recreation Center in Tinton Falls is holding open gym on several dates this month. Come play basketball in their climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Their lobby table games include air hockey and ping pong and 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.

Dates: Friday, November 2, 2018 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018 9 a.m.-12 p.m, Monday, November 5, 2018 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2018 2-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2018 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday, November 12, 2018 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2018 2-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2018 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m, Thursday, November 15, 2018 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, November 16, 2018 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more dates call 848-456-4278 or visit Monmouth County Website.  

  • The Fort Monmouth Recreation Center in Tinton falls is hosting a school’s out drop-in day. Enjoy Science Exploration Stations, Take Home Kids Creations and Building Fun, during this self-guided program open to ages 5-10 with adult. $5 per child per day; cash or check only.

Dates: Thursday & Friday, November 8 & 9, 2018 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • A fall craft show is being held at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center. Shop for those special gifts from 50+ unique, quality craft vendors just in time for the holidays! Free admission and parking.

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thompson Park

  • The Thompson Park Creative Arts Center in Lincroft is holding open ceramics. Choose from a large selection of bisque fired pottery pieces to glaze and make your own. Come for an hour or two – alone or with a friend and let your creative juices flow. For only $6 per hour plus the cost of bisque-ware. Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Leave your piece with us and we will have it fired in about a week. Cash or check only please. Pieces will be fired in about a week.

Dates: Sundays, November 4, January 6, and February 3 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm

  • Open Shoot Archery is being held at the Thompson Park Activity Barn. All equipment is provided. No outside equipment permitted. This is not an instructional clinic and NOT designed for beginners. Open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only. Please dress for the weather as the Activity Barn is not heated or air conditioned.

Dates: Sunday, November 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Join SPUR for this 5K and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk at Thompson Park, Lincroft. Special People United to Ride (SPUR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to achieve personal goals through therapeutic horsemanship. A dedicated group of individuals work together to staff the equestrian center year round. Instructors are certified by PATH International, the governing body of therapeutic horsemanship. They serve riders with many disabilities including:ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Blindness, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Tourette’s Syndrome. Sunnyside’s professional team and trained volunteers help students work to improve self-esteem, social skills, balance, muscle tone and posture, and to process sensory messages sent to the brain.  More information here.

Dates: Sunday, November 18, 2018 9 a.m.

Freneau Woods Park

  • Meet in the Monastery parking area of Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen, for this twilight hike and look for both animals of the day and of the night such as bats, owls, foxes and flying squirrels. Located along the headwaters of Matawan Creek and Lake Lefferts, this 196-acre park is comprised mostly of woodland and protects critical wildlife habitat and bolsters water quality in the region. Both historically and environmentally significant, the park provides open space in a densely populated area of the county. We’ll walk one mile, round trip. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Open to ages 8 and up, under 18 with adult. FREE!

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 4-5 p.m.

Historic Walnford

  • Picturesque after a snowfall, full of fascinating history throughout the year, any day is a great time to visit this wonderful historic site and learn more about the Waln family and the evolution of Walnford over two centuries – from an 18th century industrial village and family farm to an elegant country estate. At the heart of the Crosswicks Creek Park, the site showcases over 200 years of social, technological and environmental history through the Waln family. The historic district includes 36 acres of field, woodland and wetlands.Our decorative red sleigh and a selection of historical hats and bonnets will be ready for your selfie. Create a charming Currier & Ives style image to share for the holidays. Please no professional photographers.

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18 from 1-4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2 from 1-4 p.m.

  • Visit and view the beautiful gristmill along the banks of Crosswicks Creek. Speak and interact with
    knowledgeable staff on weekends April-November from 1-4 p.m. as they describe the workings of the mill. All ages are welcome, under 14 with adult. See the 19th century gristmill in action.

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18, 2018 1-4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, November 24 & 25, 20181-4 p.m.

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