Friday, February 1, 2019

Harlem Globetrotters come to Beaver Falls

The past couple of years we have been traveling over Christmas and haven't been able to make it to the Dec. 26th Globetrotters Pittsburgh visit. So we were pretty thrilled to find out that they're coming back to Geneva College in Beaver Falls and we'll get the chance to see them again! The Globetrotters always put on a fantastic family-friendly show that is engaging and fun for the audience. And those mascots? So funny!


Harlem Globetrotters | New Fan Powered World Tour!

Get in the game where you won't be watching the action...you'll be in the middle of it!

Where: Geneva College | Metheny Fieldhouse, Beaver Falls, PA.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. (Doors open 6 p.m.)




Join us as the HG celebrate their fans during the all-new Fan Powered World Tour! Interact with Globetrotters stars more than ever before, both on and off the court.  New this year, you can download the Globetrotters’ interactive mobile application with exclusive features, including an augmented reality (AR) basketball toss game and custom photo filters. The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Don’t miss out and get your tickets today!


Go here to get your tickets. Be sure to use promo code FunFam to save 25% per ticket. (Promo code can be used at any show nationwide.)


We love how they interact with the audience!




I was given tickets for my family in exchange for the promotion. All opinions remain my own. Photos used by permission of the Harlem Globetrotters. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Peg + Cat ticket giveaway

Calling all Peg + Cat fans! You can catch a live show that incorporates comedy, music + more coming to downtown Pittsburgh! 


New to Peg + Cat? Well, here's the scoop......

Peg + Cat is a preschool series on PBS that incorporates foundational math skills in a creative and exciting way. The characters count, sort and group their way to solutions to everyday problems. They incorporate musical rhythms and rhyming with a fun animation style as well! And with a girl leader, it also helps to break down the gender stereotype that girls are not awesome at math. πŸ‘Œ


Saturday, February, 2, 2019, 11:00AM

BYHAM THEATER


Based on the Emmy-winning PBS Kids show Peg + Cat, this totally awesome musical features wild comedy, countless favorite songs from the show, and Peg’s super coolest pal Ramone! When Peg’s Mom asks Peg and Cat to mail some really important letters, they come face to face with a really big dog. Really Big Problem! To solve it, they’ll need math—bar graphs, size comparison, position words, fair sharing, and a whole lot of counting. They’ll also need to count on each other, and the audience too, for their problem to be solved.


The show was originally scheduled for two time slots and had to be moved to one because of a scheduling conflict. So grab your tickets here before the show sells out!

GIVEAWAY:
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We have 4 tickets to giveaway to this fun show! Click link below for your chance to enter and win. Don't forget to comment + share from our facebook link as well! Good luck! 


This post sponsored in partnership with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Let My People Go: A Spiritual Journey Along The Underground Railroad

February is Black History Month and it's a historic time to delve deeper into the past of our country. We've had some ugly racist incidents in Pittsburgh over the past few years and it is important for us to acknowledge that racism is not behind us. The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh will be presenting this deeply moving story at Ebenezer Baptist Church on February 15th. An incredible opportunity to learn more about our history and be a part of combating racism in our region. Tickets are expected to sell out. Check below for our discount link!

Let My People Go: A Spiritual Journey Along The Underground Railroad

February 15, 2019 - 7:30pm
Matthew Mehaffey, conducting the MCP
Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2001 Wylie Ave Pittsburgh PA 15219

This dramatic work, composed by award-winning, American composer Donald McCullough, interweaves 14 Negro Spirituals with a dramatic, historically-based script. The result is an experience audiences have called “visceral”, “spine-tingling,” and “deeply moving,” in premieres across the United States. We are honored to present this program at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.
This project, the first collaboration between these two venerable Pittsburgh institutions, seeks to be a compelling example of unity amidst the current climate of emboldened racism, and to invite the community to experience the powerful story of African Americans’ journey towards freedom that is an indelible part of our national and regional history. MCP and Ebenezer Baptist Church intend the spirituals through which this story is told to uplift and galvanize, just as they inspired and guided the enslaved on their courageous journey.
After its premiere at the Kennedy Center, Let My People Go! was featured at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of the museum’s inaugural activities. Audiences have described their experience as “moving,” “haunting,” “magnificent,” and “spine-tingling.”

Located in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District, the 143-year-old Ebenezer Baptist Church serves a diverse congregation near the actual location of an Underground Railroad stop. The church itself was a primary meeting place for local civil rights activists in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination.
Go here to purchase tickets (this link automatically applies a 10% discount!)  You can also access the discount by using promo code MOMS at their main webpage or calling the box office at 866-811-4111.

I am looking forward to seeing this powerful show!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Best Christmas Light Displays in Pittsburgh

Each year in December, we get the kids in pj's and give them the impression that they're heading to bed early, only to load them up in the car and do a Christmas light drive! I recently asked on our facebook page for the best suggestions around our region. Since so many commented with such great suggestions, I thought they would be worth putting in a post where everyone can see the info in one place. 


1. Christmas Light Up Celebration (Clinton, PA)

TOP RECOMMENDATION! This One-Mile Drive Through Holiday Experience is the best kept holiday secret in Pittsburgh! Over a mile of lights and displays in a beautiful, enchanted woodland setting.  Located on Route 30, only two miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport, and fifteen minutes from shopping at the Mall at Robinson. 



Dates/Times: November 17, 2018 - January 1, 2018. Open daily from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  Open on all holidays. $10 donation per car is asked.
600 Clinton Park Drive, Clinton, PA 15026

Traffic detours: There will be traffic detours for Christmas Light Up Celebration on December 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 6 to 9 pm. Traffic will be routed from Rt. 30 West onto Matchette Road, left onto Camp Meeting Road to Clinton Park Road. Police officers will be on Rt. 30 assisting with these detours.

2. Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland (Big Butler Fairgrounds)
This award-winning Christmas light and music extravaganza is unlike any show you've seen. Guests simply tune in their radio, and watch the magic unfold as they drive through hundreds of thousands of brilliant LED lights dancing in perfect synchronization with the music filling their vehicle.  Journey ends at kid-friendly Santa's Village.  $25/carload, $40/mini-bus, limo, activity van.  New & Improved Santa's Village! Entry into Santa's Village is FREE with light show admission. It's a place where young and old alike can gather and enjoy the fun, festive spirit of Christmas indoors.
Dates/Times: November 18, 2018 - January 9th, 2017. Open daily from 6:00PM - 10:00PM. 

1127 New Castle Rd,  Prospect PA 16052




Baker Family Christmas Extravaganza of Lights and Music, a spectacular display of 35,000 Christmas lights set to cheerful holiday music. 

Dates/Times: December 1, 2018 - January 5, 2019. Open daily from 5:00PM - 11:00PM. 

502 Hedge Row Court, Cranberry Township, PA 16066 


There are over 1 million sparkling lights as well as fun, festive opportunities to decorate cookies, ride the Gingerbread Express, visit Santa, and hear choirs singing throughout the park. You'll find hot chocolate and apple cider added to refreshment stands to help you warm up!  Kennywood’s 4-D Theater will show screenings of The Polar Express: A 4-D Experience, included with admission. My kids loved this show! 
Go here to purchase tickets for only $14! (Kids 3 & under are free.)
Dates/Times: Kennywood Holiday Lights will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 5-9pm,  November 23 - December 30, 2018. 

Holiday Lights Rides
   • 4-D Theater, showing The Polar Express 4-D Experience 
   • Auto Race 
   • Ghostwood Estate 
   • Journey with Thomas (train ride) 
   • Kangaroo 
   • Merry-Go-Round 
   • Noah’s Ark 
   • Pirate 
   • Thomas Town Attractions 
   • Turtle 
   • Up to 10 rides in Kiddieland

5.  Maplewood Avenue in Ambridge, PA
There is limited info online that I could find out about this one, but here is a little more info. It has been voted one of the top 10 houses in the country a few times. Donations benefit St. Jude's.

Located in the thriving Metropolis of Leechburg, PA on Main St., this annual computer animated light display has returned. This year they are fully converted to LED and RGB technology, adding a digital dimension to the display. The play list is nearly 1 hour long before repeating to the first song! Free to the public. 


Tune your Radio to 100.3 FM before arriving on Main St.

Drive slowly, there may be a lot of people around. Be aware of children who may be crossing the street
Dates/Times: Starts at 5:30 pm Nightly, ends at 9:30pm on School nights, ends at 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday night. Runs through January 5th, 2019. 
147 Main Street, Leechburg, PA

If you're looking to take a little family road trip, this is a great destination! Since 1985, the Winter Festival of Lights has been delighting visitors of all ages. This annual holiday light show is one of the nation's largest, covering more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort. Located just over an hour from Pittsburgh in Wheeling, WV.  A per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season. Trolley tours are offered several times each night beginning at Wilson Lodge. The family-friendly GlassWorks Grill at the Lodge is a yummy lunch or dinner stop!

Experience the show like never before with NEW 3D Sleigh Bans! Prepare to be amazed as holographic eye wear transforms every point of light into a magical display.
Oglebay also offers a Christmas shop, festival of trees, holiday train rides, family hay rides, a straw maze, gardens of light + more. The on-site Good Zoo holds a light and music extravaganza as well. Various prices apply. Go here for more information.  
Dates/Times: November 9, 2018 - January 6, 2019. The Winter Festival of Lights is viewable Sunday through Thursday until 10:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 11:00 p.m.
465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, WV 26003

The Phipps Holiday Magic: Let It Glow is one of the most beautiful Christmas displays in our region! Boasting dazzling new displays of holiday trees, topiaries, exquisitely detailed props, and our signature floral delights, including amaryllis, orchids and more than 2,000 poinsettias. From a newly-restored Palm Court filled with trees mounted on oversized music boxes to a Serpentine Room of nutcrackers, toboggans and tea sets, one amazing display after another will dazzle your senses and warm your holiday spirit. Plus, in the Outdoor and Discovery Gardens, the must-see Winter Light Garden will sparkle with luminous orbs, trees, fountains, a tunnel of lights and an all-new ice tower display that will mesmerize guests of all ages. 


See Holiday Magic in a whole new light! Add limited-edition Holiday Hologram Glasses that use the amazing science of holographic diffraction to reveal festive snowflakes while looking at Phipps’ sparkling spectacular LED displays, an added delight for all ages.
$6 per pair includes a coupon good for free popcorn or a pretzel at the CafΓ© Phipps Holiday Hut*. Purchase yours when you order your timed tickets!
Dates/ Times: Open through January 6, 2019. Daily hours are 5 – 11 p.m. for Winter Light Garden. Regular admission rates apply. 

The Zombek family  holds their Annual Christmas Light Display to benefit Make-A-Wish®. They've raised thousands of dollars for this amazing charity over the past 5 years. The light display features over 20,000 LED Christmas lights, two reindeer heads that sing along with the music and 5’ RGB arches that dance to the music. 
Dates/Times: November 26, 2018 – January 1, 2019. The show is one hour in length and runs continuously from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. on weekends.
214 Williamsburg Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037

10. Overly's Country Christmas



By the family carload admission, there’s plenty to see and do in Christmas Village:  visit the model trains in Hartman Station; experience the local history in the Sleigh Room; reflect on the meaning of Christmas at the crΓ¨che ; visit with the Talking Christmas Tree; enjoy the little ones play at Mr. Waterheater’s Funderland; walk the lights; admire the handwork of the local college’s gigantic metal sculptures; enjoy the warmth of the bonfire while listening to the songs of Christmas,  visit with Santa until December 23rd, , spend quality time with your children and family to create holiday memories to last a lifetime. For an additional charge, take a horse drawn wagon or sleigh ride, enjoy the smiles of your children or grandchildren aboard the Kids’ Express or have a photo taken with Santa.  (All areas are CASH ONLY.  An ATM is available on site).  $20.00 per car or family van. Cash only.
Go here to check for dates + times. 

116 Blue Ribbon Ln, Greensburg, PA 15601




Here are some other neighborhood suggestions that I don't have much more info on. If anyone has specific addresses or websites about any of them, please let me know!
  • Glenburn Drive (Pleasant hills)
  • Woodland Ridge in Moon twp - a lot of houses participate and will have their lights up the whole month. It's off of Thorn Run Rd. Their light up night is Dec.11, 7pm. 
  • Hidden Valley Drive in West View/Ross (off Rochester Road close to 19) Many houses with a lot of lights!
  • Mt. Nebo Road (across from Home Depot) Lots of lights!
  • Maple Drive in Ross Twp. has three or four houses next to each other with tons of inflatables and some lights.
  • Pleasant Hills (Glenburn neighborhood, off 51 behind Uhaul) "is amazing!" 
  • Stonecrest plan off Saxonburg Blvd

Enjoy your family drives! Hot chocolate optional. πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“

Monday, October 8, 2018

Discount offer for Kennywood Park's Happy Hauntings

This past weekend our family headed to Kennywood Park for their family-friendly Happy Hauntings! If my kids can combine two of their favorites - candy + rides - they call that a pretty great day. 😊
Near the entrance, you will see a sign for the trick-or-treat trail where your kids will be given a bag and follow the trail for goodies. There are some skeletons, but overall, it is not scary. (Although, your husband may or may not be jumping out from behind bushes to try to scare them. πŸ˜‰)


Not all rides were open, but my kids were excited to see the Jackrabbit, Paratrooper, Merry-Go-Round, Auto Racers + the Turtle Coaster were all operating. Kiddieland is also open as well as the brand new Thomas Town! Thomas Town was pretty cool, my kids really love this bigger version of the Mousetrap.



This was the first time we had been there that the new indoor play area in Thomas Town was open. How great is this?! An indoor, air conditioned play area on a hot day?  I think that's a big YES from parents and kids!



Happy Hauntings will be running Saturdays and Sundays in October from noon - 4:00pm. (Admission is free for kids 3 & under.)

DEAL ALERT! πŸ‘‰ We have a deal to save you $3 per ticket......purchase your discount tickets here.

Add this tradition to your family memories for October and......Happy Hauntings!


This post sponsored by Kennywood Park. I have received tickets or compensation in exchange for my review. All opinions remain my own. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Win tickets for Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

When my kids first started reading chapter books, Junie B. Jones is one of the first series to which they gravitated. She's always seems to be in some sort of mix up that delights as she stumbles her way to a solution. We are pretty excited about the chance to see a Junie B. Jones show live and in person!




Enter: Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.'s fun. So, when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park.






Fri, Nov 23 - Sat, Nov 24, 2018


  • Byham Theater
  • 101 6th Street 
    Pittsburgh PA 15222

  • Run Time: 60 minutes
    Child Policy

    • This post sponsored in partnership with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. I may have received tickets or compensation in exchange for promotion. I don't promote venues that my family doesn't love! 
      Photos courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

    Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    $10 off at Idlewild's Hallowboo!

    After our first visit in 2010, Idlewild quickly became a favorite yearly tradition for our family. With an amazing kiddieland, it's endless fun for our little people. They seem to have endless energy in enjoying Jumpin' Jungle. 😲 My kids became extra excited about the idea of a 2nd yearly visit when we were introduced to Hallowboo! All the fun of Idlewild, but with candy + extra treats? They were in!


    Trick or Treat through Story Book Forest
    A stroll through Story Book Forest is always a beloved experience for families visiting Idlewild. Featuring a winding path through a real forest, guests visit cottages and other character scenes from fairy tales and nursery rhymes. During HALLOWBOO, kids 12 and under are provided with a complimentary trick-or-treat bag that they can use to collect delicious treats from Goldilocks, Captain Candy, Little Red Riding Hood and many more! Treats provided by Snyder of Berlin and other candy favorites.
    Ride the HALLOWBOO Express Railroad
    The Loyalhanna Limited Rail Road transforms to the HALLOWBOO Express, featuring an 8 minute train ride through a not-too-scary Halloween themed adventure!
    HALLOWBOO Shows
    Shake out your bones and get ready to dance! Our deadly dance captains are going to cast a spell on you and make you Jack-O-Lantern Jive all night long! These classic dance hits will have you bouncing through the pumpkin patch as Idlewild presents the JACK-O-LANTERN JIVE! (4:00 and 5:00 PM)
    As your spooky day comes to a close, be sure to join your favorite characters for an end of the day spooktacular celebration! We’ll be highlighting some of your favorite moments here at Hallowboo, and we need the help of all of our little monsters at Idlewild! Join us for a ghoulish good time as we end the day with a MONSTER MASH! (Following the 6:00 PM Jukebox Saturday Fright Show)
    It’s a beautiful day in Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood and you’re invited to be a part of the fun! Join Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat for DANIEL TIGER’S GRR-IFIC DAY - a show full of make believe and good feelings as we learn how to share, try new things, and use our imaginations.

    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! 




    SAVE BIG!

    We have discount tickets for admission to Idlewild's HALLOWBOO event on any (1) of the following dates: 

    October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 ,27, 28, 2018. (Children Age 2 and under are always FREE!)

    Gates & Story Book Forest open at 11:30 am | Rides & Attractions* operate 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

    Go here to purchase your discount tickets -  https://www.idlewild.com/Hallowbooblog

    *SoakZone, Wild Mouse, Loggin’ Toboggan and Ricky’s Racers do not open for HALLOWBOO! Select other rides, attractions, small food stands and games may be closed.



    Go get your tickets and have an amazing family day making memories!


    ABOUT IDLEWILD & SOAKZONE - Founded in 1878 as a picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road, Idlewild & SoakZone (Idlewild.com) 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 (http://www.amusementtoday.com). 



    Twitter: @Idlewildpark
    Instagram: @Idlewildpark
    #HALLOWBOO

    This post is sponsored by Idlewild, so I received compensation or products in exchange for my promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that my family doesn't love!