Local Fun + Free Activities: Winter Edition! - The Monmouth Moms





Check out our Local Guide to 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!


Monmouth County Park System Free Winter Activities

  Winter is a beautiful time to bundle up and get out to explore your Monmouth County parks! Head to their website and mark your calendars for free events coming up this winter. Some events include:

  • Winter Beach Walks
  • Nature Lecture Series
  • Story time
  • Winter walks at Manasquan Reservoir

Find out more here!


Winter Beach Walk

The winter is actually one of the best times of year to find shells along the shore. Bundle up and bring some pails down on the sand. You can find a full list of local beaches here!

Local Beaches

Check out Local Beaches here!


Visit Historic Longstreet Farm

Visit the animals and tour the grounds, where the sights, sounds, and smells of rural Monmouth County in the 1890s have been re-created on 9 acres at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel Park, Holmdel. Interpreters in period dress show both daily and seasonal agricultural and domestic activities. Walk over to the playground after you’ve spent some time on the farm!


Explore Monmouth County Libraries

Monmouth County is home to dozens of libraries with activities for all ages. Many libraries will offer classes, mommy and me activities, STEM classes, and more! Check out a full list of local libraries below!

Pictured Here: Matawan Aberdeen Library


Check out 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 such as Bell Market. It’s definitely a great place to break up the day and get out of the house!

Bell Works Location

Bell Works

Holmdel, NJ



Huber Woods Environmental Center & Reptile House

Spend the day exploring the reptile house and environmental center at Huber Woods Park. Explore the grounds and have some family fun!

Park Information


Visit the Twin Lights Museum and Lighthouse

     Twin Lights Museum and Lighthouse, located in Highlands, NJ, offers a view from the highest landmass on the Atlantic coast between Maine and South America. With not one, but two lighthouse towers to climb, connected by the museum and museum store, a weekend visit is sure to bring some family fun!

Lighthouse Information

2 Lighthouse Road

Highlands, NJ



Take a Hike!

Need to get some fresh air and work off those Christmas cookies? It’s cold out, but the Monmouth County Park System is still beautiful this time of year! There’s SO many parks to take a small hike, go for a walk/run, or do some outdoor activities with the kids. One of our favorite places to go for a long walk 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! Check out a list of local parks to hike in below!

Local Trails


Give Back

Sometimes it’s hard to fit in giving back during the holidays, with so many things to remember and attend! Learn about various ways you can volunteer with local organizations in our community this winter. Include the kids and find ways to give back to those less fortunate. Visit our Local Volunteer Opportunities page below!



Local Volunteer Opportunities

Read More Here!


Go Downtown

Stroll the bustling downtowns of Monmouth County with the fam this season and explore!



Discover Historic Portland Place

Historic Portland Place – Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust
Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region’s history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during inclement weather. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center day of tour. FREE!


 Free In-store Workshops at Home Depot

Register for free in-store workshops this winter at your local Home Deport here!


Check out DIY Workshops at Lowe’s

Register for kids DIY workshops at your local Lowe’s here



Free Story Time at Barnes & Noble

Head to your local Barnes & Noble for a list of story time happening each weekend. Learn more here!


Free In-store Crafting at Michael’s

Visit your local Michael’s store and join in on the fun for a free craft workshop. Find out more about upcoming classes here!

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