Sunday, February 19, 2017

Blue Ribbon Farms: Little Farmer Camp Giveaway

Whether we can believe it or not, winter will soon be fading in the background and summer will be upon us once again. (YAY!) Like me, you may already be thinking about what activities and camps you may want your children to be involved in this summer. I was recently contacted by Blue Ribbon Farms about their Day Camps + Birthday Parties and I think they're a fantastic summer option! I love camps and birthday that are outdoor and provide hands on experiences. Read on to find out more!



If your child has a spring, summer or fall birthday, Blue Ribbon Farms is an awesome venue for a celebration. Birthday parties at Blue Ribbon Farms are a one-of-a-kind experience! Parties are held in an authentic barn.  The area is clean and spacious with room for lots of fun in any weather.
Parties include:
  • Tour of the Farm
  • Playtime with animals
  • Cupcake Cake
  • 2 hour barn rental
  • Keepsake craft to decorate
Another birthday party option they offer is bringing a Bunny Party to you! 
They will bring all animals (bunnies + a few extra animal guests) to your location equipped with enclosures suitable for indoor or outdoor parties.  Perfect for birthday parties, Easter and Spring themed events, picnics and family reunions, nursing homes, daycare, etc.  Who wouldn't want beautiful little snuggly bunnies and some friends to visit?! 馃悋馃悜馃悙馃悢 All set up and clean up is taken care of by Blue Ribbon Farms. Go here for more info. 



Little Farmers Day Camp is an experience that your child will never forget. Let your child be entertained, educated and amazed by the everyday wonders of the farm. They will love the hands on interaction with the animals.




Experience Farm Life
Your child will experience bottle feeding a new born calf, riding a pony, holding and petting a bunny.  They will also get to feed and care for lambs, goats, ducks, chickens and baby pigs.

Another great life skill they will try is learning to care for and cultivate an expansive garden.  Collecting eggs, preparing dishes made from goods grown on the farm.

However, this farm life camp is not all work!  Crafts, games and nature walks will also help round out the day of work, play, exercise and learning.



Camps may fill, so go here to register your child for a camp week listed below! Camps are open for ages 4-13. 

2017 Day Camp DATES
June 13-15 
June 20-22 
               June 27-29                 
July 11-13
              July 18-20                 
August 1-3
August 8-10
August 15-17


GIVEAWAY:
We are also thrilled that they are offering to giveaway one Day Camp to one of our readers for one lucky kid ! Head to link below to enter to win. (You will choose the week your child can attend).


BLUE RIBBON FARMS, INC.
384 Cowpath Road
Aliquippa, PA 15001
(412) 974-1650

Thank you to Blue Ribbon Farms for sponsoring this post and sharing your great venue with our readers!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ticket Giveaway: Circo Comedia

We love going to unique shows as a family and Circo Comedia looks like a great one! I'm pretty sure it's going to pull lots of laughs out of my kids and they're going to love seeing these fun stunts. 
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to present Circo Comedia as part of Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series. Performances take place March 5 through 12, 2017 at six performance locations throughout the area.
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.

Circo Comedia stars duo Jean Saucier and Patrick C么t茅. Montreal natives, Saucier and C么t茅 perform acrobatic tricks and daring feats topped with their humor and eccentricity. Saucier, an equilibrist, juggler, trick cyclist, acrobat and magician, performs from great heights while C么t茅, a clown, expert roller skater and drummer, acts as his somewhat imperfect assistant. The show follows the tradition of the Quebec Circus. Standard Free Holder, raved, “Their fast paced entertaining show was an adventure for all ages. Stunts and tricks were enjoyed by the sell-out crowd who found it hard not to laugh, as the talented duo reached out to involve the audience in their routines.”
Jean Saucier has been performing since a young age. At 18, he attended the 脡cole National du Cirque de Montr茅al.  He was later hired by Cirque du Soleil. From 1999-2006, Saucier performed with his first Circo Comedia partner, Lawrence Smythe. In 2004, Saucier began performing Circo Comedia with current partner Patrick C么t茅.
Patrick C么t茅 also trained at 脡cole National due Cirque du Montr茅al. Since the late 1980s, C么t茅 has been creating comedic characters and performances for an array of audiences. He joined Saucier in Circo Comedia in 2004.   For more information, visit www.circocomedia.com.

The best part is that tickets start at just $10! 

Ticket Information
Individual tickets (General admission: $12 at the door; $10 in advance) can be ordered online at www.TrustArts.org/kids, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Group tickets can be ordered by calling 412-471-6930. Children under 2 are free but require a lap pass.  Subscriptions and Flex Ticket Packages to the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater series are available by calling 412-456-1390.

Performance locations include: 
City: Byham Theater, March 5 at 2:00 p.m.
East: Penn Hills High School, March 8 at 7:00 p.m.
North: Marshall Middle School, March 9 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.
West: Avonworth High School, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.
South: Mellon Middle School, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Butler: Seneca Valley Senior High School, March 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Age Recommendation: Best for All Ages
All ages are allowed. Children under two are free but require a lap pass to enter.
GIVEAWAY:
We have 4 tickets to giveaway to one family! (Winner will receive vouchers to redeem for the show of their choice.) Go here to enter.......


This post sponsored by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 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, February 7, 2017

Disney on Ice: Discount code!

Disney on Ice is coming back to PPG Paints Arena! If you attended the show in December, this one will be slightly different. And everyone's favorite FROZEN characters will be a part of this show!




Disney Princesses Create Their Own Happily Ever After when
Disney On Ice presents Dream Big comes to your hometown!

Tinker Bell Whisks Audiences through Inspirational Disney Tales 
and the Princesses that Made them Possible

PPG Paints Arena
February 23 - 26, 2017

 Go here to save $5 off on select tickets to select performances. Use Code MOM16.
Tickets at market pricing. No double discounts. Restrictions, exclusions and additional fees may apply. Offer expires on 2/22.


Believing is just the beginning when dreamers around the country witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage.



Enter a world where adventure awaits and courage leads the way, as Tinker Bell guides guests to a place where imaginations soar and anything can happen. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you that strength and kindness go hand-in-hand.



“Before dreaming up this show, we reflected on what makes Disney’s leading ladies so unique,” said Producer Kenneth Feld. “Having three daughters, it didn’t take long to realize that every princess had one thing in common: each one had a dream and the determination to make it a reality. We wanted to share that inspirational message with our audiences by celebrating the stories of these courageous young women and the friends that helped them along the way.”



Guests will also enjoy a special second act including royal sisters Anna and Elsa from the number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen. Audiences will enter the land of Arendelle and journey up the North Mountain with Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff as they help the sisters discover true love can conquer all. “Being able to include these new and exciting characters from the Academy Award®-winning tale, Frozen, keeps our shows current and ever evolving,” adds Feld.
Adapting the inspirational moments to the ice presented an interesting challenge to the creative team. To cause audiences to re-experience the emotions evoked by the films would
take glittering sets, dramatic lighting, breathtaking choreography and a few surprises. 




Go here to purchase your tickets - 8 shows to choose the best option for your family!

And here is a fun coloring sheet to print for your kids to color!


Facebook: www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DreamBig
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce


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 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

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, February 4, 2017

STEM events for girls

It is the year 2017, but the gender gap still exists in STEM fields. Although women are significantly outnumbered by men in STEM fields there are many programs and advocacy groups working hard to encourage women of all ages to engage in STEM! The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), is the world’s largest advocate for women in engineering and technology, and supporter for kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).





SWE is hosting a local conference for women engineers in Pittsburgh, WE Local, Feb. 17-19. Part of the conference is a special event for girls in grades 6-12.

SWENext DesignLab Pittsburgh 2017
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Where: Omni William Penn Hotel; Pittsburgh, PA
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Check-in opens at 1:30)

The girls will:

  • Work with local SWE members on hands-on engineering activities
  • Meet real engineers and learn what they do
  • Make new friends
  • Get a SWE t-shirt, bag and lots of other goodies
  • Be eligible to win raffle prizes

SWENext Design Lab Pittsburgh is an outreach event for middle schoolers who want to experience the creative and innovative facets of engineering. At SWENext Design Lab Pittsburgh, middle schoolers will participate in hands-on engineering activities led by women engineers and learn what it’s like to be an engineer. There will also be a special event for parents and educators to learn more about engaging children in STEM, exposing them to engineering and guiding them along the path to becoming an engineer. Programs like SWENext Design Lab Pittsburgh are crucial in the effort to encourage more young women to pursue STEM and to ultimately close the gender gap in technical fields.



Exciting opportunities are ahead for girls and women in this field! Go here for more information about this event and check out (and share!) the event flyer here. 


The cost to attend is $7. Financial assistance is available upon request.




SWENext is a group within SWE for girls k-12. Go to  http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/swenext for more information about SWENext.


This post is sponsored by SWENext and I loved collaborating with them for this great event!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Disney on Ice Dream Big at PPG Paints Arena

Disney on Ice is coming back to PPG Paints Arena! If you attended the show in December, this one will be slightly different. And everyone's favorite FROZEN characters will be a part of this show!



Disney Princesses Create Their Own Happily Ever After when
Disney On Ice presents Dream Big comes to your hometown!


Tinker Bell Whisks Audiences through Inspirational Disney Tales 
and the Princesses that Made them Possible

PPG Paints Arena
February 23 - 26, 2017


Believing is just the beginning when dreamers around the country witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage.


Enter a world where adventure awaits and courage leads the way, as Tinker Bell guides guests to a place where imaginations soar and anything can happen. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you that strength and kindness go hand-in-hand.


“Before dreaming up this show, we reflected on what makes Disney’s leading ladies so unique,” said Producer Kenneth Feld. “Having three daughters, it didn’t take long to realize that every princess had one thing in common: each one had a dream and the determination to make it a reality. We wanted to share that inspirational message with our audiences by celebrating the stories of these courageous young women and the friends that helped them along the way.”


Guests will also enjoy a special second act including royal sisters Anna and Elsa from the number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen. Audiences will enter the land of Arendelle and journey up the North Mountain with Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff as they help the sisters discover true love can conquer all. “Being able to include these new and exciting characters from the Academy Award®-winning tale, Frozen, keeps our shows current and ever evolving,” adds Feld.
Adapting the inspirational moments to the ice presented an interesting challenge to the creative team. To cause audiences to re-experience the emotions evoked by the films would
take glittering sets, dramatic lighting, breathtaking choreography and a few surprises. 



Go here to purchase your tickets - 8 shows to choose the best option for your family!

And here is a fun coloring sheet to print for your kids to color!


Facebook: www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DreamBig
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce


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 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

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.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Questburgh: Escape Room for Kids

You may have heard about the "Escape Rooms" that are popping up all around our country. These are great options for date nights, mom's night out or fun with friends! 

Real-life Room Escape games are a type of live game where players are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within 60 minutes 


We were recently invited to participate in the Pirates adventure game at Questburgh. This is the only Escape Room in our region that younger kids can participate in! (One other Escape Room in our area starts at age 7.)  It's a great family adventure where parents might do most of the mystery solving for younger kids, but everyone can enjoy the thrill of helping to solve puzzles and hunting for lost treasures as well!  It is designed to start around 5 years old, but they also welcome younger kids as long as they are with their parents.

I decided to take my 7 year old son and some of his friends and they had a fantastic time finding the clues! 



It was a little unclear going into the room what exactly we should be looking for or doing, so the boys just started rattling, shaking and searching and we eventually started to figure it out! There is also help via camera if you are stuck. That was a HUGE help. 馃槂


Although I thought it was one room to escape, there ended up being a series of 3 rooms! 



I was the only adult that went in with the kids and the other parents waited in the lobby. We would love to see a TV on the wall where you can see the progress of what is happening in the rooms! This would also be great for older kids who might go in without adults and the parents would like to follow along in their hunt. 



We did it!! With one minute to spare, they opened the treasure box. They were very excited! This last room has a sand floor, so be aware for anyone with dust allergens or sensitivities, it was a little dusty in there. :) 



This was a really fun activity and families would have a great time doing it together. It also makes an exciting birthday party or fun venue to do with grandparents and grandkids! And if you prefer to do an adult event, you can also check out their Mafia room

I would love to see them offer a family rate, especially for families with younger kids.
Currently $28/adult and $19/child. 

They are located in the Southside, just off of Carson Street. Free parking is available. 

Go here to see all the information for their games! Or follow all their latest news through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  

Thanks, Questburgh, for providing this fun adventure for families in our city!

(412) 346-484930 S 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA, 15203

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.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Splash Lagoon: Ticket Giveaway

We were thrilled to be invited back to one of our favorite family venues - Splash LagoonSplash Lagoon is a perfect year round family getaway that is located in Erie, PA, around 2 hours from Pittsburgh. It is certainly listed as one of America's Top Indoor Water Parks for a reason! Splash Lagoon allows guests to swirl down nine water slides, climb the Tree Tops Ropes Course, relax in the Lazy River, ride the waves in the largest wave pool in the Eastern United States, spin in the new Aqua Tumbler and play in the Treasure Island Arcade & Lazer Tag! As a person who HATES cold water, I love that the water temps are a balmy 84 degrees. 馃槂


This zero depth entry pool with small slides is perfect for babies and toddlers!


This is one of my kids favorites slides that they can do on their own!


The turquoise slide was probably their favorite of all. We could ride down together in a double tube and it was so much fun!  



Be sure to bring another adult with you so you can swap turns in the adult only hot tub. :) There are also some family hot tubs which have a little lower temps. 



My kids did this one over and over again! I'm not sure why they loved it so much, but it wore them out, so no complaints here. 馃槂 


If your kids are up for a little bigger adventure, this ride is a winner! 


Be sure to check their winter schedule before you plan your travel time. They are closed most Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the winter and daily hours may vary. 

Your kids might even have time to kick back and read the newspaper. 馃槈


The arcade games have a separate pricing scale. How fun is this giant Connect Four game?! (Laser Tag and the Ropes Course are also a separate admission fee.)


We stayed in the Residence Inn by Marriott, which is one of 3 hotels directly connected to Splash Lagoon. We couldn't have been happier with a wonderful 2 bedroom suite (a bit of a necessity with 4 kids!) that also boasted a complete kitchen and 2 full bathrooms with huge jacuzzi tubs. 


This sitting room with a fireplace was a perfect connecting space! The sofa is also a pull-out bed for additional sleeping options.


The hotel had a great complimentary hot breakfast with options for everyone! Eggs, sausage, waffles, cereal, yogurt, fruit, juice, coffee.....


Depending on the weather when you go, a stop at the beautiful Presque Isle State Park is an added bonus! 



GIVEAWAY: 

Splash Lagoon has been kind enough to giveaway a family 4 pack of tickets to their indoor waterpark! (Please note: this does not include hotel accommodations.) You can choose to book a hotel if you wish, or it is also an easy day trip from Pittsburgh. 
By entering the giveaway, you are opting into their email club. The email club is a fantastic resource to be notified of flash sales and the best deals for tickets! You can opt out at any time. 

Go here to enter: 



I was kindly provided lodging and passes for my review by Splash Lagoon. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse venues that I do not love!