15 Local Things to Do – Winter Edition! | The Monmouth Moms

  Winter time can drag on for what seems like forever, especially during these crazy times. Living in such a beautiful area with tons of summer time activities, it can be hard to keep the kids busy when it’s cold! We’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite winter time activities to do in Monmouth County. We’ve included everything for the kids, family, and even an idea for for parents night out! Enjoy!

 *Make sure to visit websites prior to heading out for updated COVID-19 regulations



1. Rock Hunting at Deep Cut Gardens – Middletown, NJ

Take the kids to Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown and explore the grounds for hidden painted rocks. Once you find one, take a picture and post it on the Facebook page dedicated to Deep Cut Rocks (found here), and then hide it somewhere else for others to find!




2. Explore Bell Works

Monmouth County’s own “metro-burb,” an indoor space that spans the length of more than three footballs fields, is the perfect spot to bring the family and explore. You can take the kids for a long walk, visit the Holmdel Library, and check out the stores and lunch spots. Visit a virtual reality center, Oasis VRX, or get lost in Escapology. It’s definitely a great place to break up the day and get out of the house!




3. Sledding

Once we start getting some more snow, take the kids sledding! Check out our Sledding Guide with the link here for a list of spots to go in Monmouth County!




4. Oak Hill Farms


 Oak Hill Farms opened last year in Holmdel, NJ, and we are obsessed! Owned by Monmouth County parents Carla and Rich, Oak Hill Farms has become one of our favorite spots to spend the afternoon. Take the kids to the farm to see some farm animals outside, and head inside to grab a coffee and baked good or pick up some of their homemade treats and gifts as well! Oak Hill Farms makes candles, jams, honey, caramel, and lots more. They’re closed right now for Winter Break, but will be reopen at the end of January. Definitely check it out!






5. Magic Sky Play

Located in Morganville, NJ, Magic Sky Play is one of our favorite local play places, especially in the winter! Magic Sky’s 4500 square foot play space is the perfect place to bring the kids to move around and get out of the house when it’s cold outside. Magic Sky hosts open play 7 days a week, special events, and is a great spot for birthday parties too. Magic Sky also has safe COVID-19 regulations in place. Learn more on their website below.






6. Go Bowling

Bowling is always always fun for the whole family, no matter the age! Many local bowling alleys are taking reservations for private lanes, while complying with COVID-10 guidelines. Check out a few local places below:


AMF Strathmore Lanes – Aberdeen, NJ

Bowlero of Hazlet, NJ

Howell Lanes





7. Walk Around Red Bank


Red Bank is one of our favorite spots to park the car around the holidays and just walk around. It’s small enough to bring the little ones, and you don’t have to walk miles to get anywhere, there’s still plenty to do! Start by grabbing a coffee at the new general store and coffee bar in town, Currant! For the older ones, check their schedule at AR Workshop to paint a project for your home. The whole family always has a good time at Yestercades, where you can play vintage video games at hourly rates. Swing by Marine Park, do some shopping, and grab some lunch or dinner at Dublin HousePatrizia’s, or Birravino.



8. iPlay America

NJ’s largest indoor amusement park is right in Freehold, NJ. Top Golf Swing Suites, games, rides, food and drink are among the many amenities you’ll find at iPlay! iPlay is also adhering to all COVID-19 regulations to keep visitors safe! Visit their website to learn more!






9. Manasquan Reservoir

One of our favorite places to go for a long walk or run is Manasquan Reservoir. It’s incredibly scenic, and there’s a five mile trail along the perimeter of the reservoir. Make sure you take pictures, it’s really something!





10. Explore Spring Lake

Spring Lake is one of our favorite summer towns, but it’s still fun in the winter too! Spring Lake’s shopping district is the perfect place to support local and have a fun girls day. Visit the Spring Lake visitors center website and get a full list of shops to see when you go!







11. Walk the Fitness Trail at Holmdel Park

Incorporating a healthier lifestyle in 2021? The fitness trail at Holmdel Park is just over three miles, and the perfect distance to walk/hike with the family. We go here year round, and bundle up a little more when it’s cold out. If it’s not too cold, stop at the playground with the kids too!




12. Winter Picnic

Cozy up to the fire and warm your heart at your local park! Bring your own dish and enjoy a meal around the fire at Monmouth County Park System’s Winter Picnics! Feel free to bring your own smores supplies too. Enjoy an afternoon with the family, a variety of games will be available for kids too! Sign up with the link below! Dates are January 29th and Saturday February 6th.





13. Go for a Bike Ride


The Henry Hudson Trail is perfect for a long bike ride! We got our bikes from the Trek store in Middletown. If that’s too far for you, check out Brielle Cyclery or Asbury Park Cyclery!




14. Family Nature Walks through Monmouth County Park System

Sign up through Monmouth County Park System for a family nature walk and join a park system naturalist in a morning walk! You can sign up through the county website for a free nature walk with the fam!






15. Visit a Local Brewery

Have a babysitter for the evening? Visit or pick-up some beer and do a beer tasting from one of Monmouth County’s amazing breweries! We’ve listed some below!


Source Farmhouse Brewery- Colts Neck, NJ

Alternate Ending Beer Co. – Aberdeen, NJ

Asbury Park Brewery – Asbury Park, NJ

Red Tank Brewing – Red Bank, NJ

Beach Haus Brewery – Belmar, NJ

Bradley Brew Project – Bradley Beach, NJ

Kane Brewing Company – Ocean, NJ



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