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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.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Move with Art

Move with Art

Opens at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh this weekend!

March 2 - May 12, 2013

A showcase of original hands-on exhibits created from seven years of the Children’s Museum’s Tough Art program and other programs. Highlights include:
  • Giant, a 10-foot wooden man you can move with levers, by David Butts (2008)
  • The Beast, a large wooden cow that "eats" rubber balls, by Nova Jiang (2010)

  • Step into the swirling air of the Whirlwind Room (2010) Created for the Whoosh! exhibit
  • Kaleidoscope, a giant version of this classic toy created from a rotating table, video projector and materials you add, by Christina Zaris (2011)
  • Ferrous Wheel, a spinnable wheel that translates shapes to tones, by Matt Mets (2009)
  • Silly Faces 2.0, a video capture system that displays a dynamic palette of visitors' 5-second facial expressions, by Amanda Long (2010, updated 2013)
Opening Weekend, March 2 and 3

Learn about the Dance with Art program with Attack Theatre below - short dance performances you help create to complement the Move with Art exhibit.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Buy 3, Get One FREE

Fabulous sale alert! Starting today, through Wednesday, February 27th, Tea Collection is offering you the chance to buy 3 separates and get the 4th free on select styles with promo code 4FUN. Just look for the 3+1 icon for participating styles. Stock up on comfortable and durable pants for boys. Mix and match adorable girls' tops and bottoms for endless outfit combinations. Don't miss your chance to take advantage of this amazing sale from Tea Collection! Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Harlem Globetrotters are back!

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming back to Western PA!
California, PA - 3/7, Johnstown, PA 3/11 and Pittsburgh, PA 4/21
Looking for an awesome event the whole family will enjoy? Get your tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters brand new "You Write the Rules" tour. Your family's smiles will start before you even get to the game as the Globetrotters take kid participation to a whole NEW level. Your family can vote at harlemglobetrotters.com and decide rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. With rules like double the points for every basket, and two balls in play at the same time, there's an exciting rule that every kid will enjoy. After the game, Globetrotter stars will stay on court to sign autographs and take photographs with your kids. The only thing better than finding an awesome event for the whole family, is getting a great deal on it. Use the promo code "USFAMILY" when you buy tickets for your family to save $7 on each ticket purchased http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets*. Get ready to experience the show your family will remember for a lifetime!
You can get your tickets here http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets and don't forget to use the promo code USFAMILY to save $7 on every ticket!
*Discount available on select seating levels " 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Huge sale @ Abe's Market

Abe's Market is offering a 2-days sale for President's Day! Double the celebration, and almost half the price! Hundreds of natural products are on sale, with a discount up to 44%!

President's Day sales

Shipping is Free for orders over $49.00. Flat $4.99 on orders below.
 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Polar Bear Day

Head to Carnegie Science
Center for Polar Bear Day!
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013


Join the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and Polar Bears
International from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to celebrate one of
nature's most impressive hunters and all things cold!
  • Learn ways to reduce your carbon footprint, play the Polar Plunge game, and touch skulls, claws, and fur.
  • Hang out with the zoo's polar bear mascot and check out a blubber glove to see how a layer of fat keeps the cold out!
  • Experiment with ice cream in the Kitchen Theater!
  • Explore states of matter in the Works Theater and see the effects of super-cold liquid nitrogen!
These activities are included with general admission.

Want to see polar bears on the BIG screen? Journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her cubs in To The Arctic! Showing at 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 4:15 p.m. at the Rangos Omnimax Theater.

Purchase tickets at the Admissions Counter.
$7 adult / $5 child (Members), $8 adult / $6 child (non-Members)
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Monster Jam at CONSOL

Monster Jam opened at CONSOL Energy Center last night!
Still 2 chances to see the show -
Saturday, February 16, 7:30pm  
Sunday, February 17 at 2pm *Party in the Pits at 11am
Go here to purchase tickets. 
Go here to print a coupon for select kids seats only $10!!
 The event will feature the first ever appearance in Pittsburgh of the newest Monster Truck – Zombie - along with fan favorite Monster Trucks including Grave Digger, Advance Auto Parts Grinder, Eradicator, Backdraft, Ice Cream Man, Razin’ Kane and the return of Monster Mutt to Pittsburgh. (Trucks subject to change without notice)
Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

My 4 yr. old son LOVES this show and I know a lot of other kids that attended opening night that had a great time! *I do recommend ear plugs or headphones for kids as it can be quite loud.
Congrats to Alicia S., Aimee S., Lisa G., Laura H., Chaquila T. who all won tickets for Monster Jam!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Kid-A-Palooza event + ticket giveaway!

Kid-A-Palooza is coming back to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center!
February 23, 2013
This year's activities include arts & crafts, a petting zoo, inflatable games, karaoke, cartoon camp, character appearances, sports & activity demonstrations and much more!

Kidapalooza Festival hours are Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM
Admission is $9; kids between the ages of 3-11 are $6; children 2 and under are free!

This is a huge family-fun event, featuring Cartoon Camp, a Princess Pavillion, Indoor Fun Rides, Creative Corner and more. See Curious George and Mike the Knight too!
Showtimes are 11am, 1pm, & 4pm.
My family went last year and there was lots of fun activities for the kids, they loved the rides and there were tons of great (& healthy!) foods to try! Everything is included in the admission price. I recommend this fun family event!
See all the info on their website here.
Tickets available here or at the door.
 David Lawrence Convention Center 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 
GIVEAWAY:
We have a family 4-pack of tickets to giveaway!
Go here to enter.
 Contest open for entries until Sunday, February 17th, 2013, 4pm.
Winner chosen at random. Winner has 24 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be selected. I was given tickets for my family in exchange for promoting this event.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Snowman Birthday

Birthday parties have become quite the big budget item. While I think a Bounce House, Art House, or the Children's Museum would be lots of fun - it's totally outside of our budget. We were lucky enough to have our kiddos 2 years and one week apart, so hello joint birthday party (for as long as they let me). :) Since we don't have family close by, we invite a few friends, pick a theme, and the kiddos have a super fun time.
This year's theme was SNOWMAN. It's also convenient that we have a hill in our backyard, so incorporating sledding into the party is a great way to get everyone outside, even in the winter. If you think birthday parties have to be expensive, think again. Especially when you choose a theme where you can do anything with cotton balls & marshmallows. :)
My advice is to choose a theme several months in advance and slowly begin gathering whatever supplies you are going to use. By the time you hit party month, all you have to buy is whatever food you may choose to serve.
Look who's turning 4 & 2!
 
 
 
Not sure about turning daddy into a snowman, but it was a fun game for the kiddos!
 
pb & j snowmen for the kids
 Trader Joes white chedder popcorn snowman
sloppy joes for moms & dads
 their scarves were a bit snowy obviously. :)
super fun, super easy
 
 chocolate snowmen are even more tasty!
 
Part of their take homes....




 Kara's Party Ideas is a great place to find theme ideas. Once you find something you like, start Pinteresting! :)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sale on Aprons + check out Petunia Pickle Bottom!

 15% off Aprons | Code: 15apron | Expires: 2/28/13 |  15% off Aprons at Layla Grayce!
 
Stylish Apron Gift Suggestions:
Jessie Steele Doris Dancing Dot apron




Petunia Pickle Bottom
Also, during the month of February, Layla Grayce is featuring the popular brand Petunia Pickle Bottom which is known for accessorizing the modern parent with chic style.   

 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Parents Night Out

You work hard and take care of the kids, so let Carnegie Science Center keep them safe and entertained while you go out on the town, have a romantic dinner, or even just relax for the evening at home! Drop your child off for an evening of fun and exploration, then head off on your own! They will entertain your child with dinner, an Omnimax movie, a laser show, a science workshop, and more. Drop your kid (or kids) off as early as 5 pm, and pick them up at 10 (or 11 for just $10 more).
{For kids ages 6-12}
Upcoming dates:
Feb 9
March 9
April 13
May 11
To register, call 412.237.1637.
You can also register here.
Cost: $35 members, $40 non-members

Disney on Ice - Ticket Giveaway!

 DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS TREASURE TROVE
Tickets now on sale!
Nine performances coming to CONSOL Energy Center
February 27 - March 3
Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove sets the gold standard with a magical medley of Disney tales in one jam-packed ice show that commemorates the legacy of Disney animated films. This skating spectacular visits Pittsburgh from February 27 to March 3 for nine performances at CONSOL Energy Center.
Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army of Cards. Relive magical moments in this ultimate Disney animation celebration coming to Pittsburgh!
Show Performance Schedule:
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 - 7:00PM
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 - 10:30AM, 7:00PM
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 - 7:00PM
Sat, Mar 2, 2013 - 11:00AM, 3:00PM, 7:00PM
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 - 1:00PM, 5:00PM 
Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove are available at www.disneyonice.com, Ticketmaster.com, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center box office or call 1-800-745-3000 to reserve your seats. To learn more about Disney On Ice, go to www.disneyonice.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.
 
About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

Giveaway:
We have 4 tickets to giveaway!
 You will be mailed vouchers good for the show either on Wed. Feb 27 or Thurs. Feb 28. Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the CONSOL Energy Center Box Office.
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Go here to enter.
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Winner chosen at random. Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be selected. Contest open for entries until Wednesday, February 13th, 2013, 7pm.
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Good Luck!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Monster Jam + ticket giveaway

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS MONSTER JAM

 FEBRUARY 15-17, 2013

 CONSOL ENERGY CENTER EVENT

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS MONSTER JAM®, STARRING THE BIGGEST PERFORMERS ON FOUR WHEELS: MONSTER JAM MONSTER TRUCKS! THE TWELVE-FEET-TALL, TEN-THOUSAND-POUND MACHINES WILL BRING YOU TO YOUR FEET, RACING AND RIPPING UP A CUSTOM-DESIGNED TRACK FULL OF OBSTACLES TO SOAR OVER OR SMASH THROUGH! MONSTER JAM PROVIDES A MASSIVE NIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT TAILORED PERFECTLY FOR YOUR FAMILY’S BUDGET, AND THESE COLORFUL, LARGER-THAN-LIFE BEASTS ARE SURE TO CAPTURE THE HEARTS OF BOTH YOUNG AND OLD.

TRUCKS: GRAVE DIGGER, MONSTER MUTT, ADVANCE AUTO PARTS GRINDER, ERADICATOR, BACKDRAFT, RAZIN’ KANE, ICE CREAM MAN AND THE ALL NEW ZOMBIE TRUCK!

EVENT SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 AT 7:30PM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 AT 2PM AND 7:30PM; PIT PARTY AT 11AM-12:30PM (MUST HAVE TICKET TO 2PM EVENT TO ATTEND)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 AT 2PM; PIT PARTY AT 11AM-12:30PM (MUST HAVE TICKET TO 2PM EVENT TO ATTEND)

TICKET PRICES: $50, $35, $25, $20; KIDS JUST $10 (SELECT PRICE LEVELS)!

Select Kids Tickets to this event are just $10 ...

Go here to print: COUPON - Select Kids Tickets just $10!

TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION: TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT TICKETMASTER.COM, THE DICK’S SPORTING GOODS BOX OFFICE AT CONSOL ENERGY CENTER OR BY CALLING 1-800-745-3000.

PARTY IN THE PITS: THERE WILL BE TWO PIT PARTIES; ONE ON SATURDAY AND THE OTHER ON SUNDAY PRIOR TO THE 2PM EVENTS. PIT PARTIES START AT 11AM AND END AT 12:30. PASSES TO THE PIT PARTIES ARE $10 EACH AND AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE VIA TICKETMASTER OR AT THE DICK’S SPORTING GOODS BOX OFFICE AT CONSOL ENERGY CENTER. YOU MUST HAVE BOTH TICKET TO THE 2PM EVENT ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY AND PIT PARTY PASS TO ENTER THE PIT PARTY.

US Family TICKET Giveaway -

giving away (2) Family Four Packs of tickets to the opening night show on Friday, February 15, 2013.

Go here to WIN (4) MONSTER JAM Tickets! 

All entrants will be directed to a single registration page -- No purchase necessary, entrants must provide their email and phone number and be 18 to enter. Winner will be randomly chosen by USFG on Monday, February 4 and notified by email and PittsburghKidsGuide Social Media. USFG will place winner tickets at the CONSOL Will Call window and email winners when tickets are available for pickup.