Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Wiggles come to Pittsburgh

I don't know about you, but we have some Wiggles fans in our house!
Which is why we are pretty excited to hear that The Wiggles are bringing their “catchy brand of preschool pop” (Chicago Tribune) back to North American audiences, specifically to us here in Pittsburgh.

September 30, 2014, 6:30pm
Benedum Center
237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA
Tickets range from $19.50 – $49.50 and are available at TrustArts.org, by phone at (412) 456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.

The North American tour will support The Wiggles’ new CD and DVD, Apples and Bananas (available August 26), as well as a new season of their hit television show airing on Sprout. The Wiggles “Ready, Steady, Wiggle” North American Tour is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series.
Founding member Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle) along with Emma Watkins (Yellow Wiggle), Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle) and Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle) will be joined on stage by the lovable Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus for a wiggly good time! The Aussie Fab Four will treat North American audiences to new music from Apples and Bananas, a collection of classic nursery rhymes such as “This Old Man” and “The Wheels on the Bus,” as well as old favorites including “Hot Potato”, “Rock-A-Bye Your Bear”, “Do The Propeller” and “Get Ready to Wiggle.”
Don’t miss your chance to see the “forever-young” (Detroit Free Press) quartet enchant legions of fans with a Wiggly dose of singing and dancing designed to educate and inspire healthy choices in children.

Children can have even more wiggly fun while they wait for the show by visiting www.WiggleTime.com, The Wiggles’ very own virtual world created specifically for preschoolers and their parents. Parents can monitor their child’s progress and have access to premium promotional offers, contests, merchandise discounts and presale Wiggles tickets!
For a complete list of tour dates go to www.thewiggles.com.

About The Wiggles
After more than 24 years of performing, The Wiggles are the world’s #1 Children’s entertainment group. With 7 million albums, 23 million DVDs and 8 million books sold, The Wiggles have performed to millions of fans across the globe. Since releasing their self-titled album in 1991 the group has wiggled its way to worldwide fame. More than 50 CD and DVD releases later, they have earned 17 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum, 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and winning 11 x ARIA Awards (Australian Recording Industry Association) for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category.) North American fans can catch The Wiggles daily on Sprout in the U.S and Treehouse in Canada. You can also follow the gang on Twitter via Twitter.com/TheWiggles or become a fan of their official Facebook page Facebook.com/TheWiggles.  For more information: www.thewiggles.com.
A new Wiggles era has begun and wiggly history is being made!

Go here to purchase tickets!

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest landmasses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.

http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/42524/the-wiggles-ready-steady-wiggle-tour

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Free Mug Offer!

Do you love finding unique & personal gifts? Tiny Prints is offering a FREE personalized mug through Tuesday!
  • Plan ahead for Christmas purchases (Grandma, Grandpa, Dad's work desk....)
  • Personalize a unique gift for Halloween or Thanksgiving 
  • Create a special birthday mug (My kids love using the special "birthday cup" on their big day!)
  • A sweet gift for a baby or wedding shower 
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Tiny Prints Free Mug

You have 3 options for personalizing these pretty mugs!

Custom Mug with Photo: Add favorite photos to your morning coffee.

Custom Mug without Photo: Decorate with exclusive designs.

Custom DIY Mug: Channel your inner designer.


Use Promo Code MUGSEP14 at checkout. Go here to order.
Offer expires Tuesday, September 23, 11:59 (PT).

You will have to pay shipping which may vary (it was $7.95 for me), but these cute mugs usually start at $15.99, so still a great deal!


Offer expires 9/23/14 at 11:59 pm (PT). Get one (1) free mug using the code MUGSEP14 at checkout. There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion. Offer is not applicable to previously placed orders, shipping, taxes, rush processing charges, or greeting cards. This promotion code cannot be combined with other offers. Offer is only valid on Tiny Prints and is not applicable to third party or partner websites. To prevent fraud or abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer or cancel any order.

I am an affiliate with Tiny Prints, thank you for your support of the Pgh Momtourage!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Top 5 / September 21-27

Looking for fun ideas to do this week? Each week I showcase Pittsburgh venues to help remind us of all the great kid-friendly options in #Pittsburgh!
Here is my Top 5 list for the week - most of these family-friendly venues are open every day which make them flexible for scheduling day, evening or weekend visits!

Museum Fun: The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is currently running a special - buy an adult admission and get a child's admission free! A great deal - see full details for that promotion here. (Ends 9/30)

Free Fun: One of our favorite free things to do in the city is to pack a picnic and head to the fountain at Point State Park. We love the free open space which gives kids plenty of room to run or play with balls. Head down in the evening or weekends for better parking options or add to the excitement and take the T which stops just a few blocks over from the park. (Kids 5 & under ride free, age 6-11 are half-price.)
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For the Sports Fan: Free Admission for tours at PNC Park, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 10am-3pm (TOURS ONLY) Courtesy of RADical Days which begin this week! Go here to learn more about free admissions during RADical Days.

Park of the Week: Anderson Playground at Schenley Park is a city favorite! Lots of great features for kids as well as covered picnic tables and great trails which are perfect for hiking or using the jogging stroller. The medieval castle-like play environment includes ladders, turrets, and slides surrounded by a landscaped moat of uneven timber rounds, evergreens, and perennials. Brontosaurus paw prints cast from the fossil collection of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History help lead children from one play area to the next.
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Weekend Family Event: Hartwood Acres Hay Day, Saturday, Sept. 27, 11am-4pm. Also free, courtesy of RADical Days, includes hay rides, pumpkin patch, arts & crafts, petting zoo, bounce house, Halloween puppet show + more!
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Enjoy fun in #Pittsburgh this week!
#momtouragetop5

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ticket Giveaway - Fall Festival at Triple B Farms

Ready for your annual family trip to pick apples & pumpkins? You definitely want to put the Fall Festival at Triple B Farms on your list! It's a little bit of a drive from Pittsburgh, but a beautiful one, and one we think is totally worth it. Keep scrolling down to enter to win free admission to the Festival!
Triple B Farms
823 Berry Lane
Monongahela, PA 15063
The Fall Festival runs opens the last weekend in September (9/27) and runs each weekend through the end of October. Open Saturdays/Sunday, 10am-6pm.
 
So many choices!
 Don't miss out on Apple Cider Donuts, among many other goodies!
 So many great kids activities, my kiddos always have the best time.

 Jump on the wagon for a ride out to the pumpkin patch or just a spin around the farm. Keep your eyes peeled for over 250 pumpkin-headed characters from nursery rhymes and children's movies and guess their identities! 
  These slides. Last year my kids ran joyfully up this hill so many times, I lost track. They love them!
Admission is $12 for kids / $8 for adults. Activities included in admission:
Storybook Pumpkinland
Big Blue Boo Barn
Pick Your Own Apples
Pick Your Own Pumpkins
Giant Inflatables
Corn Maze
Farm Flinger
Pony Rides
...and don't forget about the rest of the Farm Fun:
Squirrel Hill Tunnel Slide
Rompin’ Rope Maze
Ducky Derby Races
Hay Bale Jump
Education Acres: the basement of the big blue barn is transformed into a hands-on learning station, all about farming!
Goatfield Street Bridge and other farm animals:
Visit and feed the pygmy goats (and watch them climb the bridge), chickens, potbellied pig, rabbits and other farm animals.
Observation Beehive: Watch the bees at work through a glass-fronted hive.
Farm Playground: playbarn, loft house, tractors for climbing, and other farm structures.
Hayrides: Available on festival dates only; call for specific dates.

 Head down to the orchard and pick some of their bountiful crop! Trees are specifically at kid-picking height. Perfection.
  
 
 
GIVEAWAY:
Two families will each a family 4-pack of tickets for the Fall Festival for any weekend in October! Please be sure to fill out info accurately, including your first & last name, to avoid being disqualified. TY! Go here to enter:
 
 
Special Events each weekend:
Sept 27 /28
Make Your Own Scarecrow.
 12pm-3pm. All Proceeds Benefit Autism Speaks. $20 per LIFESIZE Scarecrow. Pre-Registration thru Sept. 25.

Oct 4 / 5
Make Your Own Scarecrow. 12pm-3pm. All Proceeds Benefit Autism Speaks. $20 per LIFESIZE Scarecrow. Pre-Registration thru Sept. 25.

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Spookley Scavenger Hunt.  Free!! 12pm-3pm. Each participant gets a Spookley Sticker and entry into the Grand Prize Drawing after completing the Hunt. No registration necessary.

Oct 10/11/12/13
COLUMBUS DAY Weekend - extended hours for all Triple B Activities. PYO Apples & Food Barn will be open.

Friday, 4-7pm
Saturday, 10-6pm
Sunday, 10-6pm
Monday, Noon-6pm (if your school is closed-come have fun!)
Oct 18/19
Mad Science Weekend - Make Science Fun activities – FREE! 12pm-3pm. No registration necessary.
Oct 25/26
Come in Costume for a Treat! FREE! 12pm-3pm. No registration necessary.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The best free days in the 'Burgh!

When I first moved to Pittsburgh, learning about RADical Days was one of our favorite discoveries!  It was a great way to see our way around the city (for free!) and see what museums/venues would be of more interest for us to consider purchasing memberships. There are also a lot of special events & activities included. RADical Days is an annual event celebrating the assets with free admission, musical and dance performances and family activities offered by arts and culture organizations, parks and recreation, and sports and regional attractions that are funded by RAD.

RADical Days runs September 24th - November 9th, 2014.


Some highlights for families include:
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Wednesday, September 24

  • PNC Park - Free Admission 10am-3pm (TOURS ONLY)
Saturday, September 27

Monday, September 29

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sunday, October 5

Saturday, October 11
Sunday, October 12

Sunday, November 9

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These are just a FEW of the events to highlight, go here to view the full schedule. Over 50 free events & admissions in under 2 months!

You can also join the email alert list for RADical Days 2014, or get text message alerts on your mobile device, by texting RAD to 79797; message and data rates may apply.  Or follow RAD and RADical Days announcements on Facebook.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Top 5 / September 8-13

Looking for ideas to do this week? Each week I showcase Pittsburgh venues to help remind us of all the great kid-friendly options in #Pittsburgh!
Here is my Top 5 list for the week - most of these family-friendly venues are open every day which make them flexible for scheduling day, evening or weekend visits!

Park of the Week: Ross Municipal Center Park. A great playground, indoor bathrooms, pavilion covered picnic tables, basketball courts & a baseball field. 1000 Ross Municipal Drive. Pittsburgh, PA.

Something Unique: Visit Randyland. Randy Gilson has spent more than $100,000 on his colorful home to help with the revitalization of the North Side neighborhoods.  It is worth taking the opportunity to see this iconic Pittsburgh space! Over the course of 25 years, Randy has also installed 800 streetscapes, 50 vegetable garden plots and eight parks in the area. Randyland's courtyard is usually open daily from 1pm-7pm and visitors are welcome to explore the public art displays in and around the property. 1501 Arch Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15212.
 Water Fun: Raccoon Creek Beach - although most water features have been closed for the season, we sure are glad for a few lingering hot days. If you're looking for some relief from the remaining summer-like days, remember the beach is still open! From their facebook page, Raccoon Creek State Park’s beach will close for the season on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at sunset. The food concession stand at the beach will close on Monday, September 1, 2014 for the season. The boat rental will be open daily until September 1, 2014, and then on weekends through mid-October. Please contact the park office for any additional information 724-899-2200.  3000 State Route 18, Hookstown, PA.
 
 
Beat the Heat: Phipps Conservatory. If the humidity sticks around, you might be looking for some relief indoors! Phipps is a great option for this time of year because it has indoor & outdoor areas to roam. The Summer Flower Show is running until October 5th. Small-scale trains wind through summer blooms and the whimsical miniature world of Garden Railroad. Multiple rooms are transformed into hubs of energy and activity as trains travel in, around and over gorgeous displays of flowers, topiaries and tropical plants. Various interactive features add to the fun.  More kids events are listed here.


Family Fun: Alphabet Trails & Tales at Frick Park on Saturday, September 13, 10am-1pm. The 15th annual Alphabet Trail and Tales is a free early and elementary aged literacy event for the entire family. Each year, Alphabet Trail and Tales presents the best in children’s books. Interactive, hand-painted story sets create a backdrop for a day of reading and fun. Follow the Alphabet Trail to enjoy art, music, games and activities. Read more about it here.


 Enjoy fun in Pittsburgh this week!
#momtouragetop5

Friday, September 5, 2014

Alphabet Trail & Tales

Last year was the first time our family was able to experience the special event that is Alphabet Trail & Tales. We had such a great time! My kids received balloon animals & free books, had fun at the petting zoo, made crafts, saw some fun music groups, + a lot more.


It begins at Frick Park / Blue Slide Playground and your family will discover 26 great ways to have fun along the Alphabet Trail! The 15th annual Alphabet Trail and Tales is a free early and elementary aged literacy event for the entire family. Each year, Alphabet Trail and Tales presents the best in children’s books. Interactive, hand-painted story sets create a backdrop for a day of reading and fun. Follow the Alphabet Trail to enjoy art, music, games and activities. This year there will also be new performances from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pittsburgh Opera Theater. To view additional contributors, click here.PDF File
Parking will be VERY busy on the streets of Frick Park, but it is free.
 

Saturday, September 13, 2014
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Frick Park Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. at Nicholson Street
More Info call Citiparks Community Enrichment at 412-665-3665.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Frick Park Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. at Nicholson Street
More Info call Citiparks Community Enrichment at 412-665-3665.