Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth and Ocean Counties This September 2014

Family-fall-leavesAs the summer quickly comes to a close and your children prepare to go back to school, it’s important to make time for family activities. This September, there are so many things to do that are fun and low cost  for everyone.  Check out these budget friendly activities that are going on locally, and make some memories with your family and friends!

Saturday, August 30 – Start your day with the Spring Lake Labor Day End of Summer Celebration & Sale/Art Walk. This all day event takes place on Third Ave from 8 am – 5 pm. For more information, call 732-449-0037.

Monday, September 1 – Kick off September with a night out at Show Place Ice Cream Parlour (Beach Haven, LBI).  Enjoy a show and dessert as you become part of the entertainment. Watch the talented staff perform Cabaret, show tunes, and improvisation. For more information, call 609-492-0018.

Wednesday, September 10 – What better way to start fall off then a Farmers Market! Come to Downtown Toms River from 11am – 5pm for a fabulous day at the market. Check out fresh produce, baked goods, honey, herbs, nuts, and prepared foods. You can enjoy a yummy lunch under the tents with your family and friends on this beautiful day. Parking is also FREE! For more information, contact Huddy Park at 732-341-8783.

Saturday, September 13 – Take your children to Jenkinson’s Aquarium (Pt. Pleasant) for a behind the scenes tour. Ages 5 and up are permitted to join for a fun morning to learn about what goes on in the Aquarium. Prices are $10.00 for children and $14.00 for Adults. For more information, contact Jenkinson’s at 732-899-1659.

Sunday, September 14 – 5K Race or 1 Mile Fun Run for the 9/11 Heroes 2014 (Wall Township) will take place starting at 8am at the Wall Municipal Complex on Allaire Rd. For more details visit wall@911heroesrun.org or click here.

Wednesday, September 17- Have a Girls Night Out at Laurita Winery (New Egypt)! Laurita calls out all ladies and their friends to enjoy a night of yoga, wine, and relaxation from 6-9 pm. Admission is free. Finish the night off with the sounds of live music and good laughs. For more information, call 609-752-0200.

Saturday, September 20 – Support scholarships and classroom grants in Monmouth and Ocean Counties by attending the First Financial Foundation’s Food Truck & Restaurant Bash at our Toms River Branch from 1-5pm! Join us for a fun day of food truck/restaurant vendors, games, entertainment, prizes and more. Entry donation is $5 per person (kids 12 and under are free!) and advanced tickets pay be purchased in any First Financial Branch or online using Credit/Debit/PayPal. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 21 – Come out to Freehold and check out the Circus at iPlayAmerica. The one and only Michael Dubois is the featured performer for the day. Bring your children, parents, and friends for a 40 minute show filled with magic, juggling, slack wire, and sideshow stunts! This is one event you certainly DO NOT want to miss! First show starts at 12pm and the second starts at 3pm. Tickets are under $20.00.  For more information, call 732-577-8200.

Saturday, September 27 – Join Allaire Village for a fun-filled day at the 1830’s Fall Harvest (Wall)!  Explore what life was like during the 1830’s with villagers as they cook food over the hearth, make apple cider, and play historic games. Kids can take part in arts and crafts and go on wagon rides around the village. Don’t miss the exciting demonstrations with ax and knife throwing, and fire starting. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 5-12. For more information, call 732-919-3500.

Have a great start to your fall season!

Things To Do on a Budget in Monmouth and Ocean Counties this September 2013

familySummer is slowly coming to an end as we enter September, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun! Grab your family and friends and enjoy these affordable activities near you.

Sunday, September 1 – BOOM! BANG! That’s right, it’s time to celebrate Labor Day with colorful and bright fireworks. They will be starting at dusk on the beach in Asbury Park so don’t forget a beach chair or some blankets! For more information, call 732-775-2100.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 3, the off-season feeding schedule begins at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant! While walking around and seeing some of your favorite sea animals, you can also enjoy watching some of the animals being fed. Seals: 10am, 1pm and 4pm Daily Penguins: 11am and 3:30pm Daily Atlantic Sharks: 1:30pm Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. For more information, call 732-899-1659.

Thursday, September 5 – Throw your cowboy hat and boots on and see Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin, and Jana Kramer play at the PNC Banks Art Center (Holmdel). Lawn seats are about $30 and the show starts at 7:30pm. Get in touch with your country-side and enjoy a fun night with friends and family! For more information, call 732-203-2500.

Friday, September 6  – Sunday, September 8 – Come and experience one of Asbury Park’s most popular, free festivals, Oysterfest! You can enjoy food, shopping, and live music and it’s located at The Carousel on the Water (Ocean Ave & Lake Ave). On 9/6 the festival will be open from 5 – 10pm, 9/7 noon – 10pm, and 9/8 from noon – 6pm. For more information, call 732-897-1111.

Saturday, September 7 – Sunday, September 15 – Can’t get enough of the beach? Well, that’s not a problem living in New Jersey! Come down to Belmar’s 16th Avenue beach and watch one of the largest surfing contests on the East Coast while relaxing with your toes in the sand. It starts at 8am and lasts until 8pm – for more information, call 732-681-6405.

Friday, September 13 – Sunday, October 27 – “Thrills by Day, Fright by Night” BOO!!! Join Six Flags Great Aventure’s annual Fright Fest in Jackson (Rte. 537). Have a spooktacular time with hair-raising shows and electrifying street entertainment, plus all rides in the dark. This is a great night out with friends or family! For more terrifying information, call 732-928-1821.

Saturday, September 21 – It’s the perfect time to gather up the family, a blanket, and a picnic basket and enjoy a nice picnic in the park! Located at the Huber Woods Environmental Center (Middletown Township) from 11am to 3pm. After your picnic,  enjoy a hayride (small fee), visit the Reptile House, and a free snake and turtle show (12pm, 1pm & 2pm). For more information call 732-872-2670.

Sunday, September 29 – From 11am-5pm enjoy the Harvest Home Festival at Historic Longstreet Farm (Holmdel). This festival will take their visitors back in time when neighbors gathered to accomplish work, harvest, and spend time socializing and enjoying each other’s company. Experience old-fashioned fun as it was a century ago with wagon rides, games, and live entertainment. See craft demonstrations that will inspire you to start a new hobby or career. Enter one of many competitions ranging from needlework, baked goods to homegrown vegetables. For more information, call 732-946-3758.

Happy Fall & back to school everyone!