Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities

Each week Charlotte at My Active Child finds the best weekend activities around Hampton Roads.  Here is what is hot this weekend:

All Weekend

Friday (5-8pm), Saturday (12-10:30pm), Sunday (12-5pm)- Mediterranean Weekend at 17th and 24th St. Parks, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA  

Friday (5:30-11pm), Saturday (9am-10pm), Sunday (12-7pm)- Umoja Festival at nTelos Wireless Pavilion 16 Crawford Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Friday, September 16, 2011

3pm- Make It and Take It Fridays (Talk Like A Pirate Day!) at Little Creek Branch Library 7853 Tarpon Place Norfolk, VA 23518 (757) 441-1751

5-8pm- Party On The Plaza Concert Series at Norfolk Scope Arena Plaza 201 E. Brambleton Avenue Norfolk, VA 23510  (757) 664-6464

5-9pm- Thank Goodness It’s Friday! at TowneBank Fountain Park within Town Point Park Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510 (757) 441-2345

6-9pm- Friday Free For All: Patriotic Concert at Mount Trashmore Park 310 Edwin Drive Virginia Beach, VA

Saturday, September 17, 2011

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

10am-2pm- City of Norfolk’s 2011 Play Day at Tarrallton Park, 2100 Tarrallton Drive, Norfolk, VA  

11am-4pm- 3rd Annual Dogs Gone Swimming at Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center 7300 Newport Ave, Norfolk VA

 11am-7pm- India Fest 2011 at Norfolk Scope Arena, Brambleton Avenue Norfolk VA 23510 (757) 343-3258

12-4pm- Books In The Park at TowneBank Fountain Park, Downtown Norfolk  

12-10pm- Acoustic Music Festival at Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk  

3-11pm- 4th Annual Movie Under the Stars (“Despicable Me” -movie starts at sunset) at Chesapeake Square Mall 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321 757-488-9639

Sunday, September 18, 2011

1-5pm- 4th Annual Mutt Strut & Dog Festival at Sleepy Hole Park -Sleepy Hole Park 4700 Sleepy Hole Road Suffolk, VA 23435 757-538-3030  

2-4pm- Military Event- Tell Me A Story Event featuring “Click Clack Moo Cows That Type” at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story-  Virginia Beach, VA 23459 (757) 440-1111
 
2-4pm- “Banana Split” Party at Chrysler Museum- 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, Virginia 23510, (757) 321-2338  
 
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Kids Frugal Fun- Pirate Theme

Each week Mom On Dealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal! September 19th is National Talk Like A Pirate Day (what fun!) so I just had to do some pirate themed craft ideas! This week I am giving you 3 crafts! For my past crafts, visit here!

 

Pirate Treasure Box

Materials:

Baby Wipe Container, Tissue Box, or Shoe Box
Glue
Gems, Shells, other Decorations
Black Construction Paper
White Construcion Paper
Red Felt or Construction Paper
Scissors
Tin Foil

Directions:
1. Completely cover the box you are using with black construction paper, wrapping it so you can still open the box or drop items into the box hole.

2. Cut out a letters to spell treasure box and a crossbones design from the white paper and glue to the box.

3. Line the inside of the box with red felt or paper.

4. Decorate the outside with gems, shells, tin foil shapes, or your desired decor.

Pirate Treasure Map

Materials:
Paper Shopping Bag
Markers

Directions:
1. Rip/Tear a square out of the bag.
2. Crumple up the bag and then lay flat.
3. Create your map and directions to your treasure box!

Pirate Spy Glass

Materials:
Paper towel holder
Plastic wrap
Markers

Directions:
1. Wrap plastic wrap around one end of the paper towel roll to create a “glass” effect.
2. Color/decorate your spy glass to your preference.

Educational Activities:

Language Arts: 1. Participating in dramatic play is an important kindergarten skill so while your hunting for treasure or doing the crafts, have your child talk like a pirate! 2. Have your child use pictures or words to tell about the treasure hunt or about the steps to creating the crafts. 3. Read a pirate themed book to your child and have them ID pictures during the story and retell the story when you are done reading.

Social Studies/History: 1. Maps are a huge skill that your child will be working on for most of their school life so creating a map is great practice! Maps can be be as simple as pictures only to as elaborate as you want using elements such as compass rose, map keys, etc. 2. While creating your crafts, use directional words such as left, right, near, far, behind, in front of. These words will help build their vocabulary and understanding of positions.

Math: 1. Cut shapes out of tin foil to decorate the treasure box. You can discuss the different shapes with your child and you can also glue them in a pattern around the box and help your child identify the pattern.

Science: 1. On the map, use non-standard measurement to help your child find the treasure. You can write or say directions such as, move 5 hand lengths to the right or 10 bunny hops from the couch. 2. Put various “treasures” inside the box and have your child close their eyes and reach into the box grabbing items and telling about their properties without looking (smooth, hard, soft, rough). Then have your child open their eyes and discuss the properties using sense of sight (color, shape, etc).

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Another Use For My Stockpile- Car Repair

Saturday I was driving out of a friend’s neighborhood and I heard a loud “pop” in the back of my car.  I looked in my rearview mirror to see a softball sized hole in the glass.  As I watched the glass continued to crumble into my backseat.  As I drove my car back to my friend’s house even more glass loosened and I knew I wouldn’t be driving anywhere for the rest of the weekend.

When I got home I knew I needed to seal up the back so the inside of the car didn’t get wet.  Before couponing I would have been the girl who would have had to walk to the drug store and pay too much money for trash bags and duct tape.  Last night I went into my closet, pulled out packing tape and trash bags and taped up the back of my car.  It didn’t cost me an extra penny out of my pocket.

Sometimes it in nice to have just what you need when you need it.  And couponing can help with that!

 

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Remembering September 11, 2001

I have been trying to figure out all week what to write in this post. 

I knew I could ignore this topic all together since it’s has nothing to do with being frugal but it just didn’t feel right.

Everyone has a story about 9/11.  Everyone knows where they were the moment they heard the news.

Everyone knew in that moment what the most important thing in their world was.  I don’t think anyone checked their bank account balance, worried about running a few minutes late to a meeting or thought about if they had gained a little weight on 9/11.  They wanted to know where their family and friends were and that everyone was safe.  We were proud of our country, angry at the injustice and wept as one nation.

Today take a moment to remember those same emotions.  Remember the comfort each time you heard from someone on that day you were worried about.  Remember that for some 9/11 has become a part of their every day lives.  It’s a picture on a mantel of a loved one who will never return.  It’s a little boy or girl who never met their father.  It’s a firehouse that lost some of their best trying to save others.  

In the busyness of your day take a second and let someone know you love them.  Say a prayer for the families still grieving.  Or take a few minutes of your day to listen to a song that helps you reflect on the event. 

And don’t ever forget.

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Locals: Frugal Fun Weekend Activities 9/9

Charlotte from My Active Child has provided another great list of local activities for this weekend!

All Weekend:

Friday (12-11pm), Saturday (10am-11pm), Sunday (12-6pm)- 29th Annual Hampton Bay Days at Downtown Hampton 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669  (757) 727-1641  

Friday (5-11pm), Saturday (10am-11pm), Sunday (11:30am-6pm)- Virginia Freedom Festival at Chesapeake City Park 900 Greenbrier Parkway Chesapeake, VA  757-373-8666  

Saturday (2:30-10:30pm), Sunday (12-5:30pm)- Blues at the Beach at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA

Friday~ September 9, 2011

5-8pm- Party On The Plaza Concert Series at Norfolk Scope Arena Plaza 201 E. Brambleton Avenue Norfolk, VA 23510  (757) 664-6464

6-10pm- Family Great Adventure Series- Paws on Parade/Movie: “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”  On the beach at 27th Street, Virginia Beach

7pm- Barnes & Noble Friday Evening Storytime at Barnes & Noble- Town Center, 4485 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (757) 671-2331

Saturday~ September 10, 2011

9-11am- Paw-Paw-Pawlooza Dog Walk & Pet Festival at Mariners’ Museum 100 Museum Drive Newport News, VA 23606  (757) 596-2222

10am-12pm- Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshop “Police Car” at All Lowe’s Locations

10am-5pm- End of Summer Train Day at Seaboard Station Railroad Museum 326 North Main Street Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 923-4750

10am-5pm- Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival on Main Street in Historic Downtown Suffolk VA (757) 514-4130  

11am-3pm- Safety Day at VB Farmer’s Market Virginia Beach Farmers Market 3640 Dam Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23453  

12-3pm- Second Saturday Family Day “Cityscapes” at Chrysler Museum 245 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 664-6200

6-8pm- Virginia Opera’s 3rd Annual Opera in the Park Concert at TowneBank Fountain Park, Town Point Park, Norfolk VA  

Sunday~ September 11, 2011

8:30am to Sunset- Healing and Remembrance Ceremony at Town Point Park 1 Waterside Drive Norfolk VA 23510

9:30am-10:30am- 9/11 Commemoration at MacArthur Memorial 198 Bank Street Norfolk VA, 23510 (757) 441-2965 

10am-3pm- HRNM Kids- Patriot Day at Hampton Roads Naval Museum, 1 Waterside Dr., Norfolk, VA 

12:30-5pm- National Day of Service Trail & Beach Clean-up – (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) at First Landing State Park 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 412-2300

12:30-7pm- Freedom Walk 2011 at The Langley Speedway 11 Dale Lemonds Drive Hampton VA 757-806-6150

1:30-3:30pm- Let Freedom Ring! 9/11 Ten Years Later at 24th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA  

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Kids Frugal Fun- Peanut Butter Pay Doh

Each week Mom on Dealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal!

This week we have 2 “fun” holidays that I couldn’t resist-September 13th is National Peanut Day and the 16th is National Play Doh Day. So this week’s craft is edible play doh using peanut butter. Since I know there are many children with peanut allergies, I have included a non-edible play dough recipe that is peanut free.

Edible Play Doh

Ingredients:
2 Big Spoonfuls of Creamy Peanut Butter
2 Big Spoonfuls of White Frosting
1 Cup of Powdered Sugar

Directions:

1. Mix peanut butter and frosting together to form one big ball.
2. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until you reach play doh consistency.

3. Have fun!

Non-edible Play Doh (all the ingredients are edible but I can’t imagine it tasting good)

Ingredients:
4 Cups Flour
1 Cup Salt
4 Tablespoons Oil
A Few Drops Of Food Coloring
1 1/2 Cups Water
Ziploc Bag

Directions:
1. Mix food coloring and water together in bag.
2. Slowly in dry ingredients.
3. Mix together in the bag and work until it becomes the correct consistency.
4. Have fun!

Educational Activities:
Science:
1. Discuss how you measure the ingredients with your child. ID standard measurement (cups, tablespoon, etc) and non-standard measurement (spoonful).
2. When combining the ingredients and when playing with the play doh, talk about the 5 senses by asking questions such as, “What does the play doh smell like?” “Is the play doh rough or smooth”, etc.

Math:
1. Roll the play doh into “snakes” and use the snakes to form shapes for your child to ID (circle, heart, square, triangle, etc).
2. Have your child create little balls from the big ball of dough and then count them out loud, pointing at each ball.

Language Arts:
1. Create a picture or word journal entry about the activity. They can also verbally summarize the activity.
2. Roll the dough into snakes and have your child form letters with the snakes or create words or “write” their names with the snakes.
3. Make a list of rhyming words with dough or peanut (sew, go, mow, so, show) (hut, cut, mutt).
4. Make “P” your letter of the day or week and discuss the sound of P and other words in your environment that start with P.

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Meal Planning: Food In My Stockpile 9/4

My day on Wednesday did not allow me to get my meal planning accomplished for the week.  And I have time today so inspite of the fact that the deals are better on Wednesday (where I live anyway) I will be doing my shopping today.

So first I take a look around my kitchen.  Here are the items I have that I can use this week:

Frozen Spinach
Container of soup mix from Harry & David
Turkey Sausage
Eggs
3 bags mixed frozen veggies
Mexican Shredded Cheese
Frozen Broccoli
Frozen Chicken
Pork Tenderloin
Bag of Baby Carrots
Orange Juice
Brown Rice
Green Beans
Cream of Mushroom Soup

Here are the meals I plan on making:

Breakfast Meals: Sausage, Egg & Cheese English Muffins (I will freeze these and defrost each morning)

Meal #1: Pork Tenderloin, Green Bean Casserole

Meal #2: Spinach Stuffed Chicken and mixed veggies. (I am going to sort of jerry-rig a recipe because I don’t want to use cheese. I have bread crumbs so I should be able to figure something out).

Meal #3: Soup. I know it’s hot out but this soup mix looks amazing. It’s got veggies in it (plus I think I will add some of the carrots) and the only ingredient I don’t already have in the house is chicken broth.

Meal #4: Salads.  It’s starting to get cool outside so I want to use all my veggies, dressings and salad items before I REALLY start craving soups and chili. 

Those will be my meals this week.  From that I created my shopping list:

French Onions (for green bean casserole)
English Muffins
Chicken Broth
All the fruits and veggies I want

Since I am going to be buying alot of fruits and vegetables this week I am heading to Harris Teeter where I have found the quality is a little bit better in my neck of the woods. Even though my trip doesn’t include coupons this week, by taking a few minutes to plan ahead I was able to best utilize the items in my house!

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