Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities 7/8

Each week Charlotte from My Active Child brings you the best in frugal local activities.

Friday

10am– Feature Reader Summer Reading Program, Ages 6-8 at Portsmouth City Park Amphitheatre, Portsmouth VA (757) 393-8481 x4125

10:30am- Watch the final Space Shuttle launch on the giant IMAX screen for FREE at the Virginia Air & Space Center 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-0900

11am- Storytelling In the Park- The Diggity Dudes at Blue Bird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 727-8314

3-11pm- Beach FamFest 2011 Summer Series at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

6-9pm- Family Karaoke Night at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 (757) 247-8950

8:30-10pm- Free Outdoor Movie- Surf’s Up! at Red Mill Commons 2181 Upton Drive Virginia Beach, VA

Saturday

10am- Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshop- Tow Truck at All Lowe’s Locations

10am-12pm- Summer Tasting Tour at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation at 4510 Twin Pines Road, Portsmouth VA (757) 686-8684

12-3pm- Second Saturday Family Day- Transportation: From Here to There at The Chrysler Museum of Art, 245 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 664-6200

2pm- Cinderella visits Storytime! at Barnes & Noble TCC at MacArthur Center Mall, 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510, (757) 625-3459

5:30-8:30pm- Hampton Heat 200 (Free event for Hampton Residents!) at Langley Speedway, Hampton VA (757) 865-7223

6:30-10pm- Saturday Nights LIVE in the garden! Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601 (757) 595-1900

Sunday

1pm- Sunday Nature Hike at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657

7:30-10pm- Movie Night on the Green- Wizard of Oz at Virginia Beach Town Center 222 Central Park Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 965-5452

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Week #4: CrossFit Chesapeake Challenge

So today is the end of Week #4 at CrossFit Chesapeake.  I have to be honest, getting up at 5 a.m. is not getting any easier but it does make my day alot more productive to have all those endorphins in my system.

So how am I doing?  Well, I have a new accessory I have to wear almost everywhere I go.  My belt.  My jeans are getting to that obnoxious point where they are falling down alot.  And I am thrilled with that.  I have lost about two inches on my waist and it’s enough to make my clothes a little too baggy.

But there are a few things I am not thrilled about.  I’m only down about five pounds- and after four weeks it should be more than that.  So I revisited all of the nutrition items we discussed when I first started and I think I have figured out my problem- too much fruit (which translates to sugars and carbs) and not enough veggies.

I LOVE fruit to the point where my protein and vegetable intake suffers.  But I am almost finished with the fruit I have not frozen so after another day or two I am going to lay off the melon and eat more spinach (I love spinach).  And we will see after next week if there is a difference!

Ready to lose some inches yourself?  You can workout for FREE at CrossFit Chesapeake for a week and try it out.  The staff is FANTASTIC and I have learned so much.  It’s basically just like having a trainer for every work out.  Come try it yourself!

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities

Looking for something to do in Hampton Roads for Father’s Day Weekend? Charlotte at My Active Child has a lot of suggestions!

All Weekend:

  • 10am- 3pm (Friday-Monday) – We Love Sailors! – Support a Sailor Activity at Hampton Roads Naval Museum, 1 Waterside Dr., Norfolk, VA 757-322-3108 
  • 10am-5pm (Saturday), 1-5pm (Sunday)- Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Pfac) Free Admission Weekend (Kids activities from 10am-4pm Saturday only) at Peninsula Fine Arts Center 101 Museum Drive, Mariners’ Museum Park Newport News, VA (757) 596-8175
  • Friday

  • 10:30am- Summer Friday Films for Children – Peep in the Big, Wide World- Chirp Flies (Part1) at Chrysler Museum of Art 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 333-6239 
  • 11am- Storytelling In the Park – Sheila Arnold at Blue Bird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 727-8314 
  • 3-11pm- Beach FamFest 2011 Summer Series at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront 
  • 6-9:30pm- Shore Thing Concert and Fireworks Celebration at Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk, VA 
  • Saturday

  • 10am-5pm- Annual Patriots Day at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship PORTSMOUTH  2 High Street on the Portsmouth Waterfront 757-393-8591  
  • 10:30am- A Crazy Quilt: Amazing Tales from  Around the World – Puppet Show by Fischer Sundae Puppets at Pungo-Blackwater Library 916 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, VA 23457 (757) 385-7790 
  • 12pm- All About Snakes! (ages 5+) at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657 
  • 2pm- Toot & Puddle Storytime at Janaf Branch Library 124 Janaf Shopping Center Norfolk, VA 23502  (757) 441-5660 
  • 7-9:30pm- Free Hayrides at Newport News Park 13560 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23603 757-886-7912 
  • Sunday

  • 6-10pm- Groovin’ by the Bay at Buckroe Beach & Park 100 1st Street South: Hampton, VA 23664 757 727-8314 
  • 7-9pm- Big Bands On The Bay at Ocean View Beach Park 111 West Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503 
  • 7:30-10pm- Independence Day Concert at The Bagley - Chesapeake City Park 900 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320 (757) 382-6411 
  • 8:30-10:30pm- Stargazing and Owl Hoot at False Cape State Park, Little Island City Park, Sandbridge (757) 426-7128    
  • Monday

  • 10am-4pm- 4th of July Celebration at Lakeside Park 1441 Bainbridge Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23324 (757) 382-6411
  • 12-11pm- Stars & Stripes Explosion at 17th Street Park (Kids activities at 17th St from 12-3pm), 24th Street Park, 31st Street Park, On the beach at 20th Street    
  • 4-10pm- 4th of July Celebration at Mt. Trashmore Park 310 Edwin DriveVirginia Beach, VA 23462  (757) 473-5237  
  • 5-10pm- 4th of July Great American Picnic (Fireworks at 9pm) at Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk  
  • 7-10pm- 4th of July Stars in the Sky at Victory Landing Park (end of 23rd St at James River), Newport News VA   
  • 9:30pm- Independence Day Fireworks - view from the Seawall or along Crawford Parkway, Portsmouth VA  757-393-5111  
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    Healthy Eating Alternative: Spices Not Sauces

    Thanks to CrossFit Chesapeake I have been working on trying to find some healthy eating alternatives. 

    One of the big steps has been decreasing my carb intake (I LOVE bread) and trying to increase protein.  Looking at the recipes online for chicken so many of them have sauces that have high fat content or are full of sugar.  So I have been looking at trying different spices and marinades on meat to make it taste great without the extra calorie in-take.

    Naturally I am beginning this process by searching for coupons!  Here are some of the recent ones that are available:

    $0.55/1 Bolner’s Fiesta Spices, exp. 9/30/11 (SS 06/12/11 R)

    $1/1 McCormick Recipe Inspirations AND All You Magazine (ALL YOU June 2011)

    $0.50/1 Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend, exp. 6/30/11 (SS 05/08/11)

    $1/2 Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend, exp. 6/30/11 (SS 05/08/11)

    $1 off Fresh Beef wyb Mrs. Dash Blend, exp. 6/30 (SS 05/08/11)

    $1 off Carton of Eggs wyb Kikkoman Products, exp. 7/31 (RP 01/23/11)

    $1/2 Kikkoman Soy Sauce, exp. 12/31/11 (SS 05/15/11)

    $1/2 Kikkoman Soy Sauce, exp. 12/31/11 (SS 05/15/11)

    $0.55/1 Eggs w/ Purchase of Kikkoman Item, exp. 6/30 (ALL YOU Feb 2011)

    $0.50/1 Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce or Marinade, exp. 9/25/11 (ALL YOU July ’11)

    $1/1 Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce or Marinade, exp. 8/19/11 (SS 06/19/11 R)

    $1/1 A1 Steak Sauce or Marinade, exp. 7/3/11 (SS 06/05/11)

    $0.50/1 Newman’s Own Pasta Sauce, Salsa, Lemonade, Marinade, Popcorn or Cereal, exp. 7/30/11 (RP 06/05/11)

    $1/1 Ken’s Marinade, exp. 6/30/11 (SS 05/08/11)

    $1/1 Lea & Perrins Product, exp. 8/2/11 (SS 05/22/11)

    $1/2 Select Newman’s Own Products printable

    Alot of these marinades may have high sodium or contain high fructose corn syrup so be sure to read the ingredients carefully and consider your own health concerns. 

    I’m not a doctor but I know that I feel better after I have a nice piece of grilled chicken with seasoning than after I eat chicken that was breaded and deep fried.  So maybe this weekend instead of using the deep fryer fire up the grill!

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    Kids Frugal Fun- 4th of July Edition

    Each week Momondealz brings you a craft that is educational, fun, and frugal! Since 4th of July is quickly approaching, I wanted to give you a patriotic craft. If you have missed any of my past crafts, you can check them all out here!

    Patriotic Napkin and Utensil Holder
    Materials:
    3 Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
    Red and White Construction Paper
    Cardboard
    Glue Gun with Glue
    Glue Stick
    Markers
    Glitter or other decorations you would like to add to the holder

    Directions:
    1. Cut the white construction paper into 3 pieces that will wrap around each of the toilet paper rolls.
    2. Cut the red construction paper into strips that will be the “flag stripes”.
    3. Cut out 6 stars from the white paper and color them blue.
    4. Glue red strips onto the white paper to create “flag stripes”.
    5. Glue blue stars to represent stars on the flag.
    6. Wrap the toilet paper holders with the created “flags”.
    7. Hot glue 2 or the rolls side by side and glue the 3rd roll about an inch and 1/2 away (room enough for napkins) onto the cardboard square.
    8. Fill the holders with napkins, forks, knives, and spoons (or straws like we did) for you 4th of July BBQ!

    Educational Adaptations:
    -Language Arts: 1. Read books with your child before and/or after this craft that are on the topic of freedom, The Declaration of Independence, or other patriotic topics (depending on their age and skill level). 2. Have your child record the steps taken to create this project to practice writing down steps in a process-this is a huge skill in school.
    -Math: Identify and discuss the various shapes used to create the project. Have a hunt around the house for other objects that are these shapes (cylinder, square, circles, etc).
    -Social Studies/History: Discuss the reason we celebrate the 4th of July (signing of the Declaration of Independence).

    Activity is based on one from activity village
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    My First Farmers Market Trip 2011

    Before I dash out the door to teach I wanted to show you my Farmer’s Market trip from this morning.  It had to be a quick one so I didn’t have much time to compare prices from vendor to vendor but here is a picture of my haul.  3 ears of corn, blackberries, okra, two cantaloupe, two cucumbers, two summer squash, one zucchini and two green peppers. 

    It was around $13 for these items combined and they all look amazing!  I love this time of year!

    What about you?  Any good finds at your local market during the summer months?

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    Week 2: CrossFit Chesapeake

    Did you miss week one?  Catch up here!

    So Monday and Tuesday of this week I had amazing workouts at CrossFit Chesapeake.  I was feeling strong and much less sore.  I started working more protein into my diet and less carbs ( I love bread).

    Then Tuesday evening right before coupon class I felt like I got hit with a ton of bricks.  So I have been doing all the things you are supposed to do when you are sick: sleeping, taking vitamins, drinking lots of water etc.  However NOT included on the list of things to do when you are sick is get up at 5 a.m. to work out. 

    So Monday I will be back at the gym working out as hard as I can.  And hopefully I will have big numbers to report!

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    Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities

    Looking for something to do in Hampton Roads for Father’s Day Weekend?  Charlotte at My Active Child has a lot of suggestions!

    All Weekend-

    Friday (4-10pm), Saturday (11am-10pm), Sunday (12-5pm)- 21st Annual Afrikan American Festival at Mill Point Park 100 Eaton Street Hampton, VA 23669 (757) 727-8311

    Friday* & Saturday (12-10pm), Sunday (12-6pm)- 22nd Annual AT&T Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival at Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, VA (*Free Admission 12-4 Friday only!)

    Friday, Saturday & Suday (7-11pm)- Sandstock at Virginia Beach Oceanfront 17th, 24th, 31st Streets 

    Friday-

    11am- Storytelling In the Park – Rainbow Puppet Productions at Blue Bird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 727-8314

    5:30pm- Mad Science of Hampton Roads- Free Show! at Springhill Suites, 901 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 417-3982

    5:30-9pm – T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series at Constant’s Wharf & Marina, 100 East Constance Road, Suffolk VA (757) 514-7267

    8:30-10:30pm- ODU Screen on the Green: Justin Bieber Never Say Never at Kaufman Mall, the grassy lawn located in front of Webb University Center on ODU Campus

    Saturday-

    8-10am- Early Bird Walks at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Refuge 4510 Twin Pines Rd. Portsmouth, VA 23703

    10-11:30am- Kids Fishing (ages 3-15) at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657

    10am-12pm- March Into Summer Walk at Norfolk Botanical Garden 6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, VA 23518 (757) 441-5830

    10am-3pm- Butterfly Society of VA- Mini Festival & Plant Sale at Hampton Roads Agricultural and Research Center 1444 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach VA 23455

    12-3pm- Summerfest! With Pic-n-paint and Ryan the Balloon Guy! Van Wyck Branch Library 1368 DeBree Avenue Norfolk, VA 23517 (757) 441-2844

    5-7pm- 4th Annual Music on Monarch Way – Free family concerts on Monarch Way on the green lawn behind the Ted Constant Convocation Center along Monarch Way in Norfolk, VA

    5:30-7:30pm- Zoo Grooves Summer Concert at Virginia Zoo 3500 Granby St Norfolk, VA 23504 (757) 441-2374

    8:30pm- Night Hike at First Landing State Park- Trail Center 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 412-2300

    Sunday-

    6-9pm- Groovin’ by the Bay at Buckroe Beach & Park 100 1st Street South: Hampton, VA 23664 757 727-8314

    7-9pm- Big Bands On The Bay at Ocean View Beach Park 111 West Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503

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    Kids Frugal Fun- Cereal Box Theater

    Each week Momondealz bring you a craft that can be done with your children that is fun, educational, and frugal!

    Since school is out for the summer, you may want to check out the previous crafts HERE to give you other ideas that will keep your child busy and learning for hours!

    This week’s craft is one that once created, can supply fun all summer! There are a gazillion craft ideas for cereal boxes, but this is one of my favorites!

    Cereal Box Puppet Theatre

    Materials:
    Empty Cereal Box (use coupons HERE to score some cheap ones!)
    Scissors
    Paint, Construction Paper 9 Inch By 12 Inch, or Wrapping Paper
    Scrap Fabric or Construction Paper
    Craftsticks or Straws
    Glue

    Directions:
    1. Cut off the top of the cereal box.

    2. Paint the box with the color of your choice and allow to dry. If you don’t want to purchase paint, you can also cover the box with wrapping paper or construction paper.

    3. Cut a hole in the box that will be your “stage”. Be sure to leave enough space on the sides to ensure the box remains sturdy.

    4. Attach your “curtain” to the box. This can be made of construction paper or scrap fabric. We have a bucket of scrap fabric in the garage that I use for dusting so we just used some of this for ours.

    5. Color and design your puppets. Then attach them to either popsicle sticks or straws.

    6. Have fun perfoming plays all summer!
     

    Educational adaptations:
    -Language Arts:
    1. Create puppets that represent nursery rhyme characters. Practice nursery rhymes using the puppets. The moon above is for “Hey Diddle Diddle” practice. *Note* Research has shown that children who know at least 3-5 nursery rhymes when entering kindergarten are higher achieving readers in 5th grade!
    2. Create puppets that represent characters in your child’s favorite book. Retell the book using the puppets. Be sure to include the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
    3. Have your child write the directions (or dictate to you and you can write them) for making the theatre. Being able to write down steps in a process is a huge skill in school.

    -Math:
    1. Discuss the shapes involved in this craft. Help your child identify that the box front is rectangle, the actual box is a rectangular prism, the “stage” hole is a square, etc.
    2. Use a ruler to measure the box length and width and determining the exact center to cut the hole for the “stage”. Be sure to use terms such as length and width when doing this.

     -Science:
    1. Modify your theatre to make it into a habitat. Brainstorm with your child the different animals they would like for puppets (or maybe you have small stuffed animals laying around that can substitute as puppets) and then decorate your box according to the type of habitat those animals would be found. For example maybe your child loves farm animals-Paint your cereal box red with vertical stripes to represent a barn and make farm animal puppets.

    -Social Studies:
    1. Citizenship: Perhaps your children are not getting along or are exhibiting a trait (i.e. throwing things) you don’t like. Create a play teaching that this trait is wrong. Plays are an excellent way to show proper behavior and children are much more susceptible to learning this way as opposed to yelling.

    Trying to find other activities to keep little ones busy while school is out for the summer? Check out these ideas:

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    Week 1: CrossFit Chesapeake

    So I have completed my first week working out at CrossFit Chesapeake. I really didn’t know what would happen my first week.  I thought of CrossFit as being really tough so I wasn’t sure what kind of people I would find.  And if I would be able to keep up.  And if they would mock me for it!

    Because of my schedule I like to go to the 6 a.m. session.  It’s a small class so the instructor has time to work with each person who needs it.  And this week, since I am still learning the ropes, both the instructors and attendees have been great about helping me out to ensure I don’t hurt myself doing any of the exercises.  And the people who attend the class are fantastic.  Everyone is at a different level and they have been very encouraging as I learn things.

    So five days in I can tell you that I am much stronger than I was on Monday.  I leave every day feeling energized and ready to take on the day!   And I am down two pounds! 

    This week I have not been using the diet they gave me as I had food in the house that would have gone bad (I didn’t want to waste).  So I will finish my baked potatoes and rice pasta this weekend and do a big shopping trip.

    But I am happy with my two pounds and am looking forward to trying to save money shopping this weekend! 

    Want to come try it out?  Check out their website and see how you can work out for a week for FREE! 

    Want to see some of the fun?  Check out their facebook page

    And if you missed my two Healthy Alternative posts this week you can check them out here and here!

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