Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ticket Giveaway: Children's Theater Series

In our culture that is often overloaded with screens, phones & video games, there is something truly wonderful about taking your kids to see a live show. We love the Children's Theater Series produced by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. My kids have loved every show we have attended and I'm excited to share them with you! Read on to see 5 stellar shows that are coming to Pittsburgh as well as an opportunity to win tickets. 

Accessible wheelchair seating will be available for most of the venues. Go here for more info

Dog loves everything about books. After opening his own bookstore, Dog decides that the best way to sell books is to act out all kinds of fun stories for his customers--everything from dancing dinosaurs to funny fairy tales! This delightful new musical, based on the New York Times best seller by Louise Yates, celebrates the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes from sharing books with others.
Age Recommendation: 3 - 10 years old
All ages allowed. Children under two are free but require a lap pass ticket for entry.
Purchase tickets here. 

  • PETE THE CAT: January 8-14, 2017
Pete the Cat never loses his cool. Jimmy Biddle never strays from his routine. That is, until the groovy blue cat moves in with The Biddles. Can cat and boy ever be friends? When Jimmy draws a blank in art class, Pete proves to be the perfect pal to help Jimmy find his inspiration. Based on the popular series by Kimberly and James Dean, join Jimmy and Pete on a new musical adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus. 
Age Recommendation: 3 - 9 years old
All ages allowed. Children under 2 are free but require a lap pass ticket for entry.
Purchase tickets here

  • GALUMPHA: February 14-19, 2017
We galumph when we hop instead of walk, when we take the scenic route instead of the efficient one, when we are interested in means rather than in ends. We galumph when we create obstacles only to enjoy overcoming them. Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. Three performers create a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Age Recommendation: All Ages
All ages are allowed. Children under 2 are free but require a lap pass ticket for entry.
Purchase tickets here

  • Circo Comedia: March 5 - 12, 2017 
Unpredictable thrills, side-splitting comedy and daredevil stunts are the signature style of Circo Comedia starring the fantastic duo Jean Saucier & Patrick Cote from Montreal as they perform their distinctive style of humor, acrobatic tricks, daring feats, magic and eccentricity. Following in the tradition of the Quebec Circus, Jean Saucier, master equilibrist, juggler, trick cyclist, acrobat and magician performs his feats from dizzying heights while Patrick Cote, clown, expert roller skater and drummer, innocently tries his best to be the (imperfect) assistant. Delirously funny. Filled with unforgettable moments.
Age Recommendation: Best for All Ages
All ages are allowed. Children under two are free but require a lap pass to enter.
Purchase tickets here

  • Elephant & Piggie's We Are In A Play: May 18-21, 2017
Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense in Elephant & Piggy's We Are In A Play! This vaudevillian romp of a musical is based on Mo Willems's beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books. Together, these best friends face fundamental questions like: What do you wear to a fancy costume pool party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by the nutty back up singers the Squirrelles, the duo even gets the audience involved in the action. You'll be doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long!
Age Recommendation: 3 - 10 years old
All ages allowed. Children under two are free but require a lap pass ticket for entry.
More info here. Tickets not yet available. 

I have 4 tickets to give away to a show of winner's choice! Enter at link below. 

This post is sponsored so I received compensation or products in exchange for my promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value.

Monday, October 10, 2016

5 Great Family Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh may have a bit of a historical reputation of being a steely crowd, but the hustling and bustling modern city is one that is very inviting to happy families and one where you and your kids can enjoy a great time.
From comic museums to swings in the treetops, you’re sure to find something on this list of attractions to introduce your kids to on the next family adventure.

1. ToonSeum
This fun and unique place is not your run-of-the-mill museum. It’s all about cartoons and comics in a fun, interactive setting that takes your kids from the front of the television and puts them instead front and center with the cartoons they love. From the wonderful world of superheroes to the place political cartoons have in pop culture, ToonSeum isn’t specifically a children’s museum, so you might have to do a bit of explaining, but the rotating displays mean there’s always something new and engaging for visitors to enjoy.

2. Carnegie Science Center
For your kids who love hands-on experiences and are fascinated by the wonders of science, the Carnegie Science Center is one you need to add to your itinerary. With four floors of interactive exhibitions, including the Exploration Station, the Atrium and a real Cold War-era submarine ship, there’s something for every child. It’s also got the world’s largest permanent collection of robots, which is fun for people of all ages. Throw in a planetarium, science workshops and even the opportunity for a museum sleepover, and you’ve fully convinced your kids it’s going to be a great night at the museum.

3. Go Ape North Park
Swinging through the trees like a monkey? Sign us up! The Go Ape North Park is so much more than a zip line activity; it’s a fully immersed outdoor experience that will totally enthrall your kids (and dare I say, you too). With 41 crossings, a couple of Tarzan swings and plenty of treetop adventure, this rural experience is one you and your family are not soon to forget. The park also has bike trails and a kid’s playground. With only ages 10 and up allowed (plus a minimum height requirement of 4 feet, 7 inches), however, this one might best be saved for the preteens and tweens in your family.

4. Kennywood Theme Park
Fans of the traditional theme park (no storybook characters here!) will get a kick out of the classic roller coasters, thrill rides and water adventures in a park that’s been around since 1899 at the Kennywood Theme Park. Have no fear, moms and dads; the rides have been updated since the Mellon family created it as a trolley park at the end of the 19th century, and it sports great attractions like the Black Widow thrill ride, the Jack Rabbit wooden coaster, and the fan-favorite Ghostwood Estate haunted house.

5. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Can you ever go wrong with a great zoo? The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium offers a full day of fun with over 400 species of animals, including 22 threatened and endangered species. Get a close-up with a penguin, a Komodo dragon, a black rhinoceros, elephants, tigers, giraffes, African painted dogs and more! When you’re done with the zoo, you can venture over to the aquarium, which has exhibits from every corner of the globe, including wildlife from the exotic Amazon rivers and snow-capped Antarctica, all the way to the wildlife that frequents the Pennsylvania area. For a learning experience that keeps on giving, the zoo and aquarium of Pittsburgh are great places to stop.
Don’t be surprised if your trip turns into the adventure no one ever wants to end because this list of good times for everyone in the family is sure to make Pittsburgh one of your family’s favorite places to visit. Have you visited the area? Did I miss your favorite family-friendly venue? Leave your suggestions in the comment section, and I’ll get my family together for our next adventure!

About the author: Cassie is a full-time mom and part-time writer, covering all things books, pop culture, and mom-oriented for Culture Coverage and Secure Thoughts. Spending half her time in the carpool lane and the other half ignoring the growing laundry piles so she can get some work done, she loves to tell stories and help other families find fun adventure to enjoy.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Idlewild's Hallowboo + $10 discount code

HallowBoo! is back at Idlewild Park, the “Best Kids’ Park in the World” voted by Amusement today.  Park-goers and families looking for a fun and friendly alternative to the more frightening events of the season will love Hallowboo!

HallowBoo! runs every Saturday and Sunday, October 8 - 30, 2016. 
12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m., and Story Book Forest will close at 5:00 p.m.

It’s the Idlewild you know and love, with a FUN, family-oriented, Happy Halloween Twist! Enjoy the rides and attractions of Olde Idlewild, Story Book Forest, Jumpin’ Jungle, Hootin’ Holler, Raccoon Lagoon kiddieland, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Plus, Trick-or-Treating through Story Book Forest, Live Entertainment, Costumed Characters, Themed Attractions and more! 

Trick-or-Treat Through Story Book Forest 
Follow the trick-or-treat trail through the forest and visit with Mother Goose and all of her story book friends.

Themed Rides & Attractions
From the Haunted Train to the Hay Maze, plus your favorite rides decorated for the season, your family will enjoy some spooky family fun.

Promo Code
I have a promo code for my readers to save $10 per ticket! Use code pghhallowblog16 and order your tickets here.  *Ages 2 & under are free!

ABOUT IDLEWILD & SOAKZONE - Founded in 1878 as a picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road, Idlewild & SoakZone ( is the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania and third-oldest in America. Idlewild is recognized as the world’s best amusement park for children per Amusement Today magazine ( Featuring several theme areas, Idlewild is part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks. Palace Entertainment is one of the leading leisure park operators in the United States with parks located in 10 states, greeting over 13 million visitors annually.  For more information, call 724.238.3666 or visit and
Editors Note: The SoakZone, Wild Mouse, and Loggin’ Toboggan do not operate during Hallowboo! 

Twitter: @Idlewildpark
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This post is sponsored so I received compensation or products in exchange for my promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ticket Giveaway to Triple B Farms Fall Festival

October has arrived and with it comes a flurry of pumpkin everything, fall festivals galore and flannel begging to be pulled from the closet! Our family tradition is to head to Monongahela, PA for a special family fun day at Triple B Farms. Triple B Farms is a working family farm that offers hayrides to the pumpkin patch, Pop's Farmyard, apple picking, a corn maze, human board game + much more!

2016 Fall Festival Sept. 24th-Oct. 31st

We love to pick our own apples and these trees are all at kid-friendly height so the kids can pick their own!

The Liberty Tunnel slides are one of the highlights of my kid's day! It's hard to believe how many times they will run up this hill!

We were so excited to find a brand new feature at the Fall Festival this year! Triple B Farms has created a human board game and my kids loved it!

Pop's Farmyard includes: 
  • Storybook Pumpkinland 
  • mazes 
  • boo barn 
  • meet the farm animals
  • tunnel slides
  • giant inflatables
  • duck derby
  • education acres
  • + more!
All Day Play Wristband: $13/child $8/adult

Storybook Pumpkinland is a fun walk to see over 250 characters from stories both old and new! 

Of course, you can't leave without everyone picking out their perfect pumpkin! 
Also not to be missed: apple cider donuts, fresh pies, apple cider, + other farm fresh goodies. 

I'm thrilled to be able to pass on the opportunity for this fantastic fall festival to one of you! I have 4 tickets to give away to one family. 


Triple B Farms
823 Berry Lane
Monongahela, PA 15063

This post is sponsored so I received compensation or products in exchange for my promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ticket Giveaway to LEGO KidsFest in Cleveland!

My son couldn't have been more excited when a LEGO KidsFest flyer arrived in our mailbox! And I couldn't have been more thrilled for him then when I was invited to attend! :) My son has spent many hours upon hours building LEGO creations and I'm pretty sure he's going to be in a little piece of heaven at LEGO KidsFest! 
Unfortunately, LEGO KidsFest is not coming to Pittsburgh this year, but it will be in Cleveland. This is just over 2 hours from Pittsburgh and from the looks of it, I think it will definitely be worth the drive!! 
The LEGO KidsFest is a traveling LEGO extravaganza featuring millions of LEGO bricks and dozens of hands-on, educational, and fun building activities for all ages. It features dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO building areas, the Big Brick Pile, race ramps and more, all covering more than three acres of space. 

Award-winning LEGO KidsFest returns to Cleveland
 Nov. 4 - 6, 2016

SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES (subject to change):

* LEGO Model Museum: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
* Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
* LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model
* Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
* LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
* LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
* Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
* Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
* LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City
* LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member
* LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
* LEGO Technic: get hands-on with the cool, realistic vehicles at the booth
* LEGO Disney Princess: create a princess scene to add to a LEGO story book

The award-winning LEGO KidsFest Ohio returns to Cleveland's I-X Center from Nov. 4 - 6, 2016. New activities and popular favorites will be featured in this interactive event.
Those who attended the previous show can once again expect hands-on building, creative experiences and one-of-a-kind activities. Children of all ages and builders of all skills and levels are welcome. 
LEGO KidsFest features dozens of new activities and popular favorites on the three-acre show floor.

New activities for this year's visit include LEGO Mindstorms, LEGO Movie, LEGO Disney Princess, the Mixels, a LEGO Superheroes area and more.
Once again, show-goers can enjoy the LEGO Model Museum, Race Ramps, Creation Nation, Construction Zone, LEGO DUPLO, LEGO Retail store and LEGO KidsFest Marketplace, the Big Brick Pile, LEGO Ninjago and more.
"We're thrilled to be returning to the Cleveland area," said Vince Rubino, Events Manager for LEGO Systems, Inc. "We've got a host of new activities as well as some areas we know are very popular with our fans. Not only will families create some new memories at the show, they'll get another chance to flex and showcase their building skills. This event is a must for the true LEGO fan." 

Five sessions - all identical and 4 1/2 half hours in length - are held at each tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets can be purchased at Tickets are $19 for the Friday and Sunday afternoon sessions, and $22 for both sessions on Saturday and the Sunday morning session.
On tour since 2009, previous LEGO KidsFest tour stops have included major cities such as Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Jose, Cleveland, Richmond, Phoenix, Portland and more. 

Events have been selling out in prior cities ... get your tickets early! Go here to purchase tickets. 

One of my followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, Nov 4, 2016 (4-8:30pm). I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities. Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG.
Winner will be randomly chosen by USFG on and announced on my Blog and notified via email. Contest ends October 13, 2016. 


FUN FACTS to share with your kids: 
  • More than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1949.
  • The LEGO minifigure represents the world's largest population of people! More than four billion minifigures have been produced in the last 30 years. This is almost 12 times the population of the United States!
  • LEGO minifigures are out of this world, literally. The two Mars Rovers have an image of the LEGO minifigure etched into their front grill.
  • Approximately seven LEGO sets are sold each second.
  • There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world's six billion inhabitants.
  • Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times around the world.
  • There are 915 million ways to combine six eight-stud LEGO bricks.
  • Children around the world spend five billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.
  • With a production of about 306 million tires produced a year, the LEGO group is the largest producer of tires in the world.
  • LEGO is the contraction of two Danish words, "leg godt" which means "play well".
  • More than 19 billion LEGO elements are produced every year. More than 2.16 million LEGO elements are molded every hour, or 36,000 per minute.
  • It took 50 hours and 68,000 LEGO bricks to make the storybook in the LEGO Disney Princess at the shows.
  • The largest LEGO Model ever built is the life sized X-Wing fighter. It took more than 17000 hours to build over 5m bricks and 46000 pounds.
  • By 2020, LEGO's aim is to make sure that 100% of its energy will be balanced by renewable energy sources.


This post is sponsored so I received compensation or products in exchange for my 

promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

JBF Consignment Sale + Pre-Sale Pass Giveaway

It's one of my favorite times of year......consignment sale season! If you haven't been to the Just Between Friends Consignment sale, it's time to check it out. I have found amazing deals on a wide variety of items that have benefited our family. Some of my favorite purchases include kids bikes, Hunter rain boots, outdoor play equipment, toys for Christmas gifts, books, and of course, clothing! I love how I've been able to find items in great condition for my kids, but at less than half price for what you would pay brand new.

The Just Between Friends Sale Pittsburgh North is Pittsburgh's leading children's and maternity consignment sale event and we want you to join us! Come be a part of the sale voted BEST Consignment Sale in Pittsburgh for 2013!   JBF is your one-stop-shop to buy and sell new & gently-used clothing, toys, baby gear & equipment, furniture, and so much more!  It just keeps getting bigger and better! 

There is BIG news for JBF this year! Their sale has moved from the RMU Dome to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.


SEPTEMBER 30 - October 2

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA  15222
There is parking available on the surrounding streets and in the attached parking garage.

Opening Day Presale: Sept. 29th
11:00am-9:00pm Prime Time Shopping - $10 Entry Fee/Person - Pass MUST be purchased online via Eventbrite
1:00-9:00pm First Time Parents & Grandparents
3:00-9:00pm Teachers & Military Families

Friday, Sept. 30th: Opening Day!
Open 9am-7pm

Saturday, Oct 1:
NEW Items have arrived
Open 9am-4pm; FREE Admission
Sunday, Oct 2: Half Price Day!
50% off items WITHOUT a star for ALL Shoppers!
Open 9am-1pm; FREE Admission

It's a great place to stock up on Halloween costumes! 


I am a huge fan of the pre-sale day where you have the opportunity to have some of the first picks of items as well as way less crowds to maneuver around! I have found that it is definitely an advantage to be one of the first shoppers which is why I am thrilled to be working directly with JBF event organizer, Kelly Robie, and able to offer 2 lucky winners a pre-sale shopping pass...and you'll get one for a friend as well! This shopping pass will give you free admission to the pre-sale opening on Thursday, September 29th, 11am - 9pm. (Please keep in mind that children and strollers are not permitted until 6pm that day.)

Enter below to win one of two sets of pre-sale passes, one that you'll be able to share with a friend!

This post is sponsored so I received compensation or products in exchange for my promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Wiggles: ticket giveaway

Happy birthday to The Wiggles! They're turning 25 this year! Do you have any Wiggles fans in your household? I know I do! My kids were very excited to hear that The Wiggles are coming back to Pittsburgh on September 27th at The Byham Theatre. 

Coming off a smash hit Australian tour of 220 sell-out shows and more than 110,000 tickets sold, the world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, will return to North America this fall for their “Wiggle Town!” tour.
Ready to delight families across the continent with their incomparable brand of preschool entertainment, The Wiggles will be celebrating their 25th birthday and supporting their brand new CD and DVD, Wiggle Town!, as well as a new season of their hit TV series airing on Hulu in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada. 

Joined on stage by their lovable friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus, founding member Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle), Emma Watkins (Yellow Wiggle), Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle) and Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle) can’t wait to deliver a wiggly good time for their audiences!
“We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Wiggle Town!,” said Emma. “Of course we’ll play our classic wiggly favorites like ‘Rock-a-Bye Your Bear’, ‘Fruit Salad’ and ‘Do the Propeller!’ affirmed Lachy. Simon added excitedly, “The North American tour is always one of the big highlights of our year and I can't wait to sing, dance and play ‘Simon Says’ with all our wonderful North American friends!” “We are so excited to be taking our Wiggle Town show to our friends in North America, the audiences will be hearing, seeing and singing along to all their favorite Wiggle songs from the past 25 years of Wiggling! We cannot wiggly wait!” enthused Anthony.


We have two tickets to give away to one lucky winner which also includes a special meet + greet with The Wiggles before the show! Enter below. 

It's a one night only show so go here to purchase tickets before they sell out!

The “Wiggle Town!” tour will include new music from the Wiggle Town! album. Kids will shake to “Come on Down to Wiggle Town!,” bop to “Do the Pretzel”, and heel-toe to “Captain Barnyard Dance” – just to name a few.

For a complete list of tour dates and ticket information for the “Wiggle Town!” tour, please visit:
For even more Wiggly fun, become a fan of the group’s official Facebook page or follow them on Twitter via You can also see behind-the-scenes of Wiggly life and stay up-to-date with Wiggly news by following the gang on Instagram @thewiggles.
A new Wiggles era has begun and Anthony, Emma, Lachy and Simon are making new Wiggly history every day!

This post is sponsored so I received compensation or products in exchange for my promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value.