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Mario Kart Tournament 

Date: May 1 - 8, 2021  |  Multiple timeslots to choose from
Location: From the comfort of your home
Fee: FREE!
Pre-Registration Required

Rev up your B Dasher and get ready for the 2021 Mario Kart Tournament, hosted by Middletown Recreation!

Registered players will compete in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game on Nintendo Switch. Players will join the tournament from their home based on their chosen timeslot and compete for the top spot. Please note, players must have the Nintendo Switch console and Mario Kart game in order to play. Middletown Recreation will not be providing consoles or game cards to participate. Top competitors (ages six to adult) in each age bracket will receive a prize. Families with multiple competitors will need to register separately, sign up for separate time-slots, and will need to have their own unique Nintendo Account ID.

Free for Middletown Residents. Reserve your spot in the tournament: www.middletownnj.org/signup

Joseph Murray Open House


Date: May 1, 2021 | 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Location: Murray Farmhouse, Poricy Park
Fee: FREE!

Visit local Middletown history! One day a year, the Joseph Murray Farmhouse (c. 1770) is open for public visitors to see inside. An interpreter will be on site to answer questions and give demonstrations. Tours inside the buildings will be self-guided, one group permitted inside at a time. No reservations needed. Rain date: May 2nd.


Spring Observation Wonder Walks


Date: May 4 & 18, 2021  |   9:00AM - 10:00AM
Day: Tuesday
Age: Adults, 18+
Location: Meet at Poricy Park, Nature Center - Pavilion
Fee: Drop-in: $5.00 (R)  |  $6.00 (NR) per adult
Pre-Registration Required

Spring is a time of change as nature reawakens from the cold dormancy of winter. Join us at Poricy Park for this program of walking, noticing, and wondering. Discover how nature journaling can improve your  
observational skills. Each session will include one-hour walks at an easy pace and 30 minutes of optional journaling/sharing time. Whether you are interested in wildflowers, pollinators, birding, or weather, there’s plenty to see in the spring! 

This program is for adults only, space is limited.

Fossil Hunt

Date: May 12, 2021  |   4:00PM - 5:00PM or
May 23, 2021  |  11:00AM - 12:00PM
Day: Wednesday or Sunday 
Age: ages 5+
Location: Meet at Poricy Park, Fossil Beds
Fee: $5.00 (R)  |  $6.00 (NR) per person
Pre-Registration Required

Calling all amateur paleontologists! Come dig up some 
Middletown history at the Poricy Brook Fossil Beds. Expect to find marine fossils from the Cretaceous period, 65-72 million years ago. Meet directly at the Poricy Park Fossil Beds for a short orientation before getting right into the fossil beds. An experienced guide will provide you with a trowel and sifter, as well as help you identify your treasures.

Please wear rubber boots or old sneakers, as your feet will get wet. Sandals, flip-flops, and other slip-on footwear are 
prohibited.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. 

​Town Wide Garage Sale

Date: May 15 & 16, 2021  |  8:30am—4:00pm
Day: Saturday & Sunday
Location: Middletown Township
Fee: $8.00
Pre-Registration Required

Join us for a Town Wide Garage sale! By registering for this event, you'll be able to enter your featured items to our database. Price includes a lawn sign and your items featured on a mobile friendly webpage to advertise your sale. Sellers have the option to participate in Saturday, Sunday or both dates. In case of poor weather, you can decide whether or not to continue with your sale.

Please note, COVID restrictions will apply based on the guidance at that time.

After the event if you wish to donate any items that did not sell, please contact the United War Veterans Council 1-888-821-8982.

Pond Netting


Meet at Poricy Park Nature Center—Pavilion

$5.00 (R) | $6.00 (NR) per child

Space is limited. Pre-Registration Required


Date: May 21, 2021   |  10:00AM—11:00AM
Date:  Friday
Grade: Pre-K

Date: May 26, 2021  |  4:00PM - 5:00PM
Day: Wednesday
Grade: K

Find what's at the bottom of the Murray Pond. Look for frogs, turtles, and snakes. Use our nets to catch tadpoles, fish, insect larvae, snails, and other critters. Dress to get muddy!

Pre-K morning sessions will have some critters pre-fished for exploration, an easy netting opportunity, a visit from our resident tortoise Chaser, and a story.

Elementary afternoon sessions will include water testing, netting and identification, and a take-home craft.