Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this April 2018

Spring has sprung! Time to enjoy the fresh flowers, warm weather, and great outdoor activities this April. Check out all of the fun events we have listed below – that you and your family and friends can enjoy this month. We also hope you have a Happy Easter and Passover!

April 1: Asbury Park Easter Pageant Parade at 1pm Paramount Theater (Ocean Ave. on the Boardwalk). This is a free event, and there will be trophies, prizes and gift certificates for best dressed men, women, boys, girls, families, and unusual bonnets. For more information, call 732-502-5755 or click here.

April 7: Opening Day Celebration at Allaire Village from 11am to 4pm. Allaire Village (Wall) is celebrating 60 years! With winter behind and signs of spring, the village comes to life to kickoff the 2018 season. Over 12 unique craft guilds will be demonstrating their 19th century crafts. Guided tours of the historic village will be available, and a special history and science scavenger hunt for children and adults. There will be music, hands-on activities, and interactive programs to experience life in this early 19th century industrial village. There will also be a special food and baking program at the Allaire Bakery, with specialty cookies and baked goods and a photo exhibition in the Enameling Building. General Village/Event Admission: $5 per adult, $3 children 6-12 years, kids under 5 are free. Learn more here, or call 732-919-3500.

April 8: Teddy Bear Tea at Navesink Country Club (Middletown) from 2-4pm.  Children 3-8 years old are cordially invited to enjoy an afternoon with a furry friend for: Polite conversation, lesson on manners, teddy bear parade, gourmet treats & music entertainment featuring “The Little Rockers.” Get more information here, or call 732-224-1993.

April 14 & 15: Kites at the Pier Festival (Long Branch) from 9am to 4pm. The event will feature kite flyers from all areas of the eastern seaboard flying their most incredible creations!  Kites of all shapes and sizes – from inflatable flying creatures to traditional kites, will be flying high over the beach between Avenue and McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch. Learn more here.

April 21: Spring Craft Show at Fort Monmouth Recreation Center (Tinton Falls) from 9am to 1pm. Support over 40+ homegrown artists and artisans. Shop for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, communions, weddings or for yourself. Craft Show admission and parking are free. Cooking demonstrations by Chef Stephen Wolff of Culinary Creations LLC, will take place at 10am, 11am, and noon. Learn more about the event here, or call 732-542-1642, ext. 31.

International Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival at Six Flags (Jackson) from noon to 7pm. Attend the 5th annual food truck festival full of delicious treats from all over the world, plus beer! Guests can enjoy a variety of cuisines ranging from barbeque and tacos to hibachi and sliders, plus sweets including gourmet waffles and cupcakes. More than 15 trucks will be available. Admission to the festival is included with theme park admission or a season pass. Food is available for an additional fee. Click here for information, or call 732-928-2000 ext. 2831.

April 22: Red Bank International Beer, Wine, and Food Festival from noon to 7pm. A family-friendly outdoor celebration of International food, live music, wine, beer & more! White Street Parking Lot in Downtown Red Bank. Visit http://www.redbank.org/ or call 732-842-4244.

April 27-29: Pier Village Spring Sidewalk Sale (Long Branch). Don’t miss participating stores rolling out their racks for early season savings! Click here or call 732-923-0100.

April 28: Baconfest at Laurita Winery (New Egypt) from 11am to 9pm. BACON, BACON and more BACON – a bacon lover’s dream! There will be food trucks, family activities and vendors. Cost  is $8 per person/ those under 21 FREE. Discounted tickets online at www.lauritawinery.com or call 609-758-8000.

April 28 & 29: BBQ and Brew Fest at Allaire Village (Wall) from 11am-5pm. Don’t miss this fun event with a beer garden, award winning BBQ menu items, historic craft demos, food trucks, interactive activities for all ages, live music, and more. Click here for information or call 732-919-3500.

April 29: Asbury Park Restaurant Tour from noon to 4pm. Sample small “bites” while you experience the culinary culture at over 30 Asbury Park restaurants, bakeries, lounges & more. Call 732-775-7676 or click here.

 

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this March 2018

Let’s spring into March with a little bit of luck and have some fun with family and friends! Check out the list below of local (free or inexpensive) activities to do with your loved ones all month long.

March 3 and All Weekends until March 25: Ragtime the musical at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal. Saturday performances begin at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. March 17 will feature two performances at 2pm and 8pm. For more information call 732-531-9106 or click here to purchase tickets online.

March 4: Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 12:30pm on Main Street. This is one of NJ’s largest St. Patty’s events – don’t miss it! Learn more at http://www.belmarparade.com/ or call 732-280-2648.

March 10: Ocean County’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place in Seaside at noon. The luck of the Irish is bound to smile upon you. Join the enthusiastic crowds on the Boulevard for a fun-filled Irish parade with bands, floats, and marchers, and a street celebration where everyone is Irish. Visit www.ocstpatricksdayparade.com  for more information or call 848-480-3990.

March 10-11: Chocolate lovers’ weekend in Ocean Grove begins at 10am on Saturday. All events begin at the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce office. On Saturday the hunt for hearts takes place between 10am-4pm and there is a tour of the historic inn’s at Ocean Grove from 11am-4pm. Participating restaurants will also feature special chocolate lovers’ dinners. On Sunday there is a winter walk from 12-3pm. For details call 732-774-1391 or go to http://www.oceangrovenj.com/

March 11: Belmar Restaurant Tour from noon-4:30pm. Sample the fine cuisine of local Belmar restaurants in downtown Belmar. Learn more by calling 732-681-3700 ext.214 or go to http://www.thebelmarrestauranttour.com/

Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Starting at 1pm on March 11th, there will be marching bands, antique cars, floats and more. The parade runs from waterfront to Main St. Call 732-775-7676 for information or go to http://www.asburyparkstpatricksdayparade.com/

March 17: St. Patty’s Day Festival at Laurita Winery in New Egypt from 12-8pm. Come celebrate a weekend where everyone is Irish, with Irish food, dancing and music! Admission fee is $5 for ages 21 and older. Go to www.lauritawinery.com  to learn more or call 609-758-8000.

March 22-25: Annual Garden State  Film Festival in Asbury Park. Come see the best independent films in the Garden State! Times vary. Call 732-359-6467 or visit http://www.gsff.org/ to learn more.

March 25: Jenkinson’s Egg Hunt in Pt. Pleasant Beach begins at 1pm. The event takes place rain or shine. This is a free event that adds some spring family fun! Learn more at www.jenkinsons.com or call 732-892-0600.

March 26: Early Spring Sunset Photowalk at the Belmar Marina. This is a free event! The photowalk takes place between 6:30-8:30pm. Call 732-245-6699 or go to http://visionsworkshops.net/

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this February 2018

Love is in the air – and there’s so much to love this February with a ton of fantastic events happening in a town near you. Check out the list below of free or inexpensive activities to do with your loved ones all month long.

February 3-4: Turtle Feeding at Cattus Island County Park (Toms River) at 1:30pm. Are you curious about the habits and habitats of turtles? Join a park naturalist as they demonstrate the feeding and care of these native reptiles. Cost is free. Call 732-270-6960 or go to www.oceancountyparks.org

February 8-11: Deep Cut Gardens Orchid Society Show and Sale (Holmdel).  The event is being held at Dearborn Market, 2170 Route 35 South.  Judging is being held on February 8, 2018 at 8:30 AM. Find vendors of orchid plants, seedlings, supplies, greenhouses, fertilizers, watering equipment, potting mixes, lighting setups and other orchid-related products. Or just come enjoy the beauty of these amazing flowers! Learn more here, or call 732-828-7727.

February 10: A Valentine’s Doo-Wop Show at Count Basie Theater (Red Bank). Don’t miss this great event featuring six different Doo-Wop legends and hosted by Cool Bobby B of Sirius XM 50s on 5, at 7pm. Purchase your tickets here or call 732-842-9000.

February 11: Valentine’s Dinner Show with the Jersey Four at iPlay America (Freehold). Celebrate with the ones you love by seeing The Jersey Four: A Tribute the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at 5:30pm. Dance the night away as the cast takes you on a journey from the very beginning of the Four Seasons, to their number 1 hits, Frankie Valli’s solo career and to present day shows! This is a true tribute to The Four Seasons and the show will include trivia, narratives, and humor – all while encouraging the audience to sing along! Learn more here or call 732-577-8200.

February 17-18: Auto Racing in NJ (Vintage Automobile Museum, Bay Avenue in Point Pleasant) from 10am-4pm and noon to 4pm on Sunday, 2/18. The Vintage Automobile Museum will feature a display of vintage racing cars that plied the tracks of New Jersey. Featured are modified and sportsman class stock cars that raced on dirt and asphalt. There are also midgets, 3/4 midgets and factory stock dragsters. In addition, there is an eclectic display of automobilia, children’s riding toys, die-cast cars, models, vintage auto service equipment and a host of period antiques. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. Call 732-889-0012 or go to www.vintageautomuseum.org for information.

February 23-25: Ocean Grove’s Girlfriends Getaway Weekend. Join a weekend festival dedicated to celebrating women! Relax and have fun, shop, get pampered, dine, and more. There are many participating hotels offering discounted rates and specials. Learn more here or call 732-774-1391.

February 24: Annual Polar Bear Plunge at 1pm in front of Spicy Cantina in Seaside Heights. Registration begins at 9am. This is a fundraiser for NJ’s Special Olympics. For more info call 609-896-8000 or go to www.plungeseaside.org. All participants must be registered by February 21.

February 24-25: Mardi Gras at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Come celebrate Mardi Gras at Laurita Winery with amazing bands and authentic New Orleans food. Don’t miss this great celebration! Free general admission. Call 609-758-8000 or go to www.lauritawinery.com for details.

February 25: Highlands Annual Chili Cook Off from 3-7pm at the Inlet Café on Cornwall Street. This is a fundraiser for the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Your $30 donation includes chili tasting, two beer tickets, and ballots. For more information call 732-291-4713 or click here.

 

5 Ways to Entertain Yourself Without Breaking the Bank

Look for discounts: Some local Regal Cinemas have a value day – does yours? Find out when your local Value Day is here. Don’t have a Regal around? Look for a coupon code here.

Head to the library: Books are free to check out (as long as your return them on time) and there’s no better price than $0. Find something exciting to read and your weekend is planned. Don’t feel like reading? Check out your library’s DVD section and watch one of those blockbusters you never got around to seeing.

Volunteer: When was the last time you spent your weekend doing something for someone else? Head down to the local food bank or find out if Habitat for Humanity is doing anything nearby. Not only will you feel good when you’re done volunteering your Saturday, but you may pick up some skills that you can use in your own home.

Find free events: Somewhere in your town there’s something free to do. Grab a newspaper or check the window at your local coffee shop. And don’t forget to check out our Monthly Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth and Ocean Counties blog posts!

Go visit Mother Nature: Hike a nature trail, head to the mountains, or throw a worm in a pond and catch a fish. These are relatively cheap (if not free) options. Don’t know where to go hike? Check out Recreation.gov.

Article Source: John Pettit for CUInsight.com

4 Ideas for “Me Time” Under $25

Whether or not you’re a parent, it’s important you take time out of your busy schedule to take care of yourself once in awhile. Parents often call this “me” time and although some may not want to admit it, everyone needs a little time to themselves for rest and relaxation. Here are four budget-friendly tips for getting that much needed “me” time for under $25.

Pick out a Pinterest project.

Whether it’s a new recipe, a home décor idea, or a creative craft, go back to your Pinterest boards and tackle that project you’ve been longing to get to. Having a small project to do on your own, will get you feeling creative and also productive.

Have your car cleaned.

Sometimes having someone do your chores makes all the difference in the world. Cleaning out your car is not something most of us look forward to, so do some research and find auto-detailing shops in your area on the cheap. In most cases, you can usually get a great interior and exterior wash for around $20. Check out Groupon for deals near where you live or work.

Take a nap.

Who doesn’t love a good nap? Many of us are lucky if this is ever an option. On the next weekend that rolls around, make it part of your day, even if it’s just 30 minutes. If you have children – arrange in advance for them to be looked after. Just getting that extra time in to rest can really help recharge your batteries, even if you just lie down and don’t go all the way to sleep.

Go out for a solo coffee date.

Those fancy coffees can really put a dent in your budget, but grabbing one every so often can be a nice treat. Make a plan to hit up your neighborhood coffee shop with a good book or magazine and sit and enjoy your favorite beverage. The coffee will give you an energy boost and the alone time will help you feel happy and rejuvenated.

Article Source: Wendy Bignon for CUInsight.com