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Upcoming Events (open to all, but please RSVP):
Thursday, May 1st, 10am - Join us at Anderson Playground in Schenley Park for a nature hike / stroller walk! See the details & RSVP here.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Upcoming events @ The Children's Museum

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Events
July 1 - 15, 2012
Please note: The Children’s Museum will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.
Follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/pittsburghkids to get the latest updates on Children’s Museum news and events.
EXHIBITS
The Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition
Through September 2, 2012
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the first-ever educational exhibit based on the beloved movie classic. Come over the rainbow with Dorothy and Toto on an exploration of the colorful Land of Oz. Journey from the sepia-toned Gale Farm to the vibrant Emerald City and experience the adventures of Dorothy and her friends.
Wizard of Oz Screen Prints
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Use silk screens burned with your favorite Wizard of Oz characters to create your own unique prints worthy of framing! Look for new characters bi-weekly.
Oz Collage
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Take a black and white image over the rainbow and add bursts of color by layering vibrant cardstock under an acetate photo.While supplies last.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS & EVENTS
All programs and events are free with Museum admission unless otherwise indicated.
Make It Challenge!
Monday, July 2, 10:00 am – Noon
Stop by the MAKESHOP to create a wearable item using any material but fabric. Challenge yourself to think outside of the box as you construct an item using a variety of materials that were not originally intended for wear. Collaborate with our Teaching Artists as you are given a set of rules and limited supplies.
Recommended for ages five and up. First come, first serve. Space is limited.
Cook It!
Tuesdays & Fridays, 12:15 – 1:00 pm
Join us outside for interactive cooking demonstrations in front of the Museum. Learn with Big Red Room Café Chef, Angelo Galioto, about seasonal eating while sampling new foods made with ingredients from the Museum Garden.
Solar Concert Series
Wednesdays; 12:15 – 1:00 pm
Enjoy free live music outside in the sunshine at Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square. Bring your lunch and enjoy family-friendly concerts on a solar-powered sound system Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. in July and August. See the full line-up atwww.solarconcertseries.org
  • July 11Joy Ike - Ike is a skillful singer and pianist, with music that blends soul, pop and jazz. She has been voted City Paper’s “Best Solo Artist” four years in a row, and previously performed at the Lilith Fair.
The 5th Annual Solar Concert Series is presented by PPG Foundation and is a project of the New Hazlett Theater, The Saturday Light Brigade and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Guest Maker: Dave Edwards
Friday & Saturday, July 13 & 14; 11:00 am – 3:00pm
Join artist and maker Dave Edwards of Art Energy Design to explore water's ability to carry and bend light. Experiment with illuminated laminar flow streams of water. Laminar water streams behave like large fiber optic cables permitting light to be carried and bent within the water flow. Water can simultaneously propel and illuminate a variety of kinetic experiments. To make it even better, the entire system is run by solar power!
Open Clay Workshops
Sundays & Mondays; 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Sink your hands into real clay to hand-build a piece or try out the pottery wheel. Whatever you make can be fired and glazed for a small fee, then picked up 2 weeks later.
FAMILY FAVORITES
TotTime
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 11:00 AM – Noon
Children ages 18 months through 3 years and their caregivers learn through hands-on activities, songs and stories based on Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory.
$5 for members, $6.25 for non-members. Admission to the Museum not included. Multiple class discounts available.
HOURS, PRICES & LOCATION
Summer Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
NEW!! Admission Prices beginning July 1, 2012: $12 for children 2-18 and senior citizens, $13 for adults. Children under two are free. For group rates, call (412) 322-5058, ext. 240.
All programs and events are free with Museum admission unless otherwise indicated.
Parking: $3 for members, $5 for non-members.On-street, metered parking is also available.
The Children’s Museum is located at 10 Children's Way, Allegheny Square on Pittsburgh's historic North Side - just one block from the National Aviary and one mile from Carnegie Science Center and Heinz Field. For more information, please call (412) 322-5058 or visitwww.pittsburghkids.org.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Guitar Exhibit - Carnegie Science Center

GUITAR:
THE INSTRUMENT THAT ROCKED THE WORLD

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER – June 16 – Sept. 30, 2012
"GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" is an exciting and engaging experience that gives visitors the chance to interact with the guitar not only from the perspective of its history, evolution, and design, but through the music it has created and the technology that continues to enhance it.
The guitar is the single most enduring icon in American history. This fully immersive exhibition explores all facets of the world’s most popular instrument, from its history as an instrument of popular culture over the past 400 years to the science of creating sound with wood and steel. Visitors will experience the science, sound, history, and cultural impact of the guitar in an exhibition that contains more than 60 instruments—ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative—along with hands-on interactives, models, touchscreens, performance video, audio, and stunning photographs.
Head to the (nice, cool) Carnegie Science Center to see this great exhibit while it's here!

Special upcoming events:

How much is your guitar worth?
Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 , noon – 4 pm
Carl Grefenstette, founder of Pittsburgh Guitars based in the South Side, will provide free guitar appraisals. Sponsored by 3WS.
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Free Lessons
Aug. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 11 am - 4 pm Want to try your hand at the guitar? Empire Music will offer small-group sessions on the Sonic Acoustic Stage. Try out a guitar or just listen in on some informal instruction. At the end of the lesson time, each person may have the chance to play with the instructor and a drummer!
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Munchkin Matinees
Acoustic performances for early learners (ages 6 and under) will be held on select Mondays from June 18 – Sept. 24. (Free with admission.)
July 2 at 11 am: Bill PurseJuly 9 at 11 am: Music Together with Karen Lee Sloneker
Sep 3 at 11 am and 1 pm: Music Together with Karen Lee Sloneker
Check the website for more upcoming dates and details.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father's Day giveaway - 2 Pirates tickets!!

Happy Father's Day!
We celebrate our dads & the dads of our children on this special day!
How thankful I am for my hubby who keeps me going through the crazies of raising Littles.
this little girl has been busy wrapping daddy around her finger
since she's been born.
(it's working)
What says American dad better than a
baseball game?
My son love, love, loves Pirates games!
We are thankful to the generosity of the Pirates organization for allowing us 2 tickets to give-a-way!
The winner will be sent a voucher to mail in to request 2 tickets for any home game, Monday-Thursday of the 2012 season. (You will also have the option to purchase additional tickets.)
Go here to enter to win!
Entries open until Sunday, June 24th, 2012 at 10pm.
Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday.
BTW, if you haven't signed your child up for the Buccaroos Kids Club, you are missing out!
The SILVER membership is free and includes 2 free tickets, 8 BOGO, Front-of-the-Line-Access pass for Kids-Run-The-Bases + more!
Go here to sign up.
Let's Go Bucs!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer activities: Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug is thrilled to announce the launch of their first-ever virtual summer camp: Camp Sunny Patch!
All season long, their blog will feature exciting original play ideas to help you add a little bit of structure and a whole lot of fun to summer vacation. Each weekly camp activity, written by favorite bloggers, features a creative new way to get your kids moving their bodies and using their imaginations in the great outdoors . . . and you never have to leave your own backyard!
Just check out the weekly activity online to get inspired, then get outside and start having a blast. Download a weekly badge for each session your kids complete, and you can paste it on the printable Camp Sunny Patch poster (available exclusively on our blog and to our email subscribers!).
They’ll have special camp-themed surprises throughout the summer for Melissa & Doug Facebook fans, too. Remember to sign up and tune in to get the latest on giveaways, albums, contests and more.
Check out the June Activities Printable Poster here!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

$15 off - Tea Collection!

Did you know that in the United States, summer months have higher birth rates than winter months? So whether you're a mom-to-be or you want to stock up on baby shower gifts be sure to shop with Tea Collection!
 For 4-days only, Tea Collection is offering $15 off Tea Baby with promo code BABY15 during their Tea Baby Sale.
Tea Collection is also offering buy two Gift Boxed Sets and receive an Explore Gift Boxed Set for FREE!
 Enter GIFTGIRL for a free Explore Akita Gift Boxed Set (size 6-9 months).
Enter GIFTBOYfor a free Explore Moon Gift Boxed Set (size 6-9 months).
GIFTGIRL and GIFTBOY codes cannot be combined on one order and cannot be combined with other promotions.
Be sure to check out the Tea Baby Sale today because quantities are limited. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Happening around town

Cinema in the Parks is back! Check out your favorite park & enjoy favorite family movies!
Locations include:
Go here for the detailed listing of movies, dates & times!
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Riverview Park Heritage Day
Saturday, June 9, 2012
 Noon-4:00pm
View rare birds from the national aviary, visit the Allegheny Observatory, hike the wilderness trails, learn about our local watershed at the RiverQuest booth, and meet McGruff the Crime Dog more at this FREE family event. Free refreshments will be provided as well. Check out the city website for more information. {Thanks LivingPittsburgh.com}
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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's 12th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza!
 Sunday, June 11th, noon-5pm - 
•Watch fun performances •Personalize a Smiley Cookie with Eat'n Park •Rock out with Radio Disney & Friends...•Check out the wares from I Made It! Market crafters •Visit the annual Used Book Sale •Learn about eating healthy with fun snacks •Visit with the Pittsburgh Pirates •Support your Library•AND SO MUCH MORE! Click here to pre-register.
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On Tuesdays this summer, Cinemark Theater in at Settlers Ridge in Robinson is offering 10 kids movies (G or PG rated) for $5 if purchased in advance as a package, or $1 per movie at the box office. You also get $1 off the purchase of a Movie Snack Pack with admission. All shows start at 10 am. Cinemark Robinson Township - 2100 Settlers Ridge Center Dr.  Pittsburgh, PA 15205.  1-800-FANDANGO.
June 12 – Happy Feet 2 (PG)
June 19 – Rio (G)
June 26 – Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)
July 3 – Despicable Me (PG)
July 10 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG)
July 17 – Dolphin Tale (PG)
July 24 – Puss in Boots (PG)
July 31 – Winnie the Pooh (G)
August 7 – Yogi Bear (PG)
August 14 – Charlotte’s Web (G)
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Al Mazing, Pittsburgh's Family Magician - FREE family fun during this summer!
June 8
Bridgeville Library
Shaler Library
June 9
Allegheny Valley Library
S. Fayette Library
June 22
Upper St. Clair Library
June 26
Plum Library
July 6
Springdale Parade
July 7
Scott Twp Library
July 10
Moon Twp Library
July 11
St Sebastian Festival (strolling)
July 14
St Sebastian Festival (strolling)
July 15
Ingomar Bruster's
July 23
Whitehall Library
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FREE bike helmets & fittings
 Check here for all the locations & dates.

Like it for a love it price!

The Tea Collection currently has an ongoing facebook promo where items that get the most likes will go on sale! Due to the popularity of the Liking Contest, Tea Collection has added more styles! Be sure to check out Tea Collection's Facebook page and vote for your favorite girl dresses and/or boys tops. Once an item has received 1,000 Facebook Likes, it will go on sale--$15 dresses and $10 boys tops! Browse the new styles today and be sure to vote for your favorite girls dresses and boys tops to ensure that those items go on sale.
I love this Ubud Ikat Dress!

Happy Liking!

Quinn Popcorn or Lunchbots anyone?

 Abe's Market Spring/Summer Natural Baby Catalog is now available and is filled with products such as organic clothes, bedding, baby gear, toys, and so much more. Abe's Market only selects the highest quality natural products for their baby and kids category, because they have children of their own. They realize nothing is more important than your family.
Did you know you can create an entire online registry through Abe's Market?
Best of all, Abe's Market is offering 10% off all baby and kids products when you spend a minimum of $49 with promo code BABY10 valid through 6/13/12.

And don't forget to shop:
Fiona's Natural Foods
Level Naturals
Quinn Popcorn
&
Lunchbots