Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A day at the Carnegie Science Center

Ever wonder how many events the Carnegie Science Center can pack into one day?
Just check out today's calendar:
10:00 am
USS Requin Submarine
11:00 am
Buhl Digital Planetarium
Kitchen Theater
11:15 am
Rangos Omnimax Theater
12:00 pm
Buhl Digital Planetarium
Kitchen Theater
Kitchen Theater
12:15 pm
Rangos Omnimax Theater
1:00 pm
Buhl Digital Planetarium
Kitchen Theater
Works Theater
1:15 pm
Rangos Omnimax Theater
2:00 pm
Buhl Digital Planetarium
Works Theater
2:15 pm
Rangos Omnimax Theater
3:00 pm
Buhl Digital Planetarium
Kitchen Theater
3:15 pm
Rangos Omnimax Theater
4:00 pm
Buhl Digital Planetarium
4:15 pm
Rangos Omnimax Theater
Exhibit / Exhibition
Theater Show
Rangos Omnimax Theater


There's something for everyone - go and check it out!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Snuggle Bugs Consignment sale + Giveaway

Snuggle Bugs & Company is a unique children's consignment event that brings you the greatest selection in children's clothing, toys, baby equipment, and more at the absolute best prices!
Shop, consign, go and have a great time!
September 15th - 22nd
{closed on the 18th and 19th}
at the former Value City store in Pleasant Hills
  • Save 60% to 90% off of retail on everything you need for your family!
  • Choose from a vast selection of high quality, current items.
  • Shop with ease in a store that is super-organized.

      • Earn 60% to 80% for your outgrown childrens items!
      • Sell your items easily AND make money!
      • Shop before we open to the public!
      • Set your own price. We have a great pricing guide to make this simple.
      • Track your sales on a nightly's easy!
      • Get paid! Checks are available following the event at pick up.

Consignor Benefits

  1. It's easy -- Their website makes entering your items quick and easy!
  2. You're in control -- Track your daily sales online! (Detailed sales reports show your sales and inventory).
  3. The payout is great -- Earn AT LEAST 60% for your items. Maximize your profit by participating in our incentive programs. (Referral programs, volunteer opportunities and more are available)! Click here to learn how you can make up to 80%.
We are giving away 2 passes to 2 winners to shop the volunteer pre-sale on Thursday, September 13th, 11am-8pm. The first day is usually only open to volunteers working the sale, so this is a special pass provided by Leigh of Snuggle Bugs!
This pass allows you first dibs on the entire sale!
This is a pass for you & a guest (this does not allow for a child, it is simply 2 passes for 2 adults).
This giveaway will end Tuesday, September 4th at 8pm.
Your name will be held at the door of the sale (no passes will be mailed) and you will need ID to enter.
Go here to enter.
Good luck!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Weekend Happenings in the 'Burgh

Saturday, August 25th
Saturday is a great day to visit Carnegie Science Center! Carnegie Science Center is offering free parking (while spaces last!) to visitors entering the parking lot between 9:30 am and 4 pm, on Saturday, Aug. 25, courtesy of Giant Eagle! The Science Center is open 10 am – 7 pm, plus evening movies and laser shows.
August 25, 2012
Schenley Plaza
Shows at 4pm & 8pm
GO Roadshow is “a musical street spectacle on wheels”. This show-making machine is a 34-foot long monster truck retrofitted with truck-horn calliope, a wall made of rotors and a spinning grand piano that is played while it wheels around! Each show starts with a shameless parade of peacock trumpets, spinning drums, accordion, sousaphone and glockenspiel. GO is a music and art-mobile – a rolling ruckus that opens up like a mechanical blossom to make the street a vibrant place where people can share a community of the imagination. Night shows include video projected on a rotor screen made of movement itself, and on a blimp that has a mouth that opens in a call to celebration. We are drawing from the great American history of traveling circuses, Shriner and holiday parades, medicine shows, and used car lot events that vitalized the heartland of this country.
 Presented by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and sponsored by EQT Corporation.
Sunday, August 26
 Venture Outdoors:
Sunday, August 26th.
1pm - 5pm
Location: Allegheny Commons
This festival will have free beginner-friendly activities for the whole family. Try scaling a climbing wall, paddling a kayak on Lake Elizabeth, using a GPS unit to find secret treasures, or biking around the park. Food, music and dancing will be offered throughout the event.
Red, Ripe & Roasted: Tomato & Garlic Festival
 Sunday August 26
 11am - 5pm
Bring a produce item or canned good to donate to the greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and receive FREE admission to the festival and to Phipps Conservatory’s Summer Flower Show: Fountains of Youth during event hours. The festival itself will include a farmers market, garlic roasting, live chef demonstrations, tomato & garlic tastings and kids activities. There will also be a seed swap for gardeners!

Free shipping: Tea Collection

Tea Collection is offering free ground shipping on all orders placed Wednesday, August 22nd through Friday, August 24th at 11:59 pm Pacific time.
 Free Ground Shipping on All Orders
Expires: 8/24/12 at 11:59 pm Pacific time

Harlem Globetrotters First-Ever Game in Brooklyn, NY

As part of the grand opening, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their ridiculous basketball skills and amazing athletes to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn,
Sunday October 7, 2012 at 5 p.m.    
And for visiting my site, you'll save $7 on select ticket prices! Just enter the code USFAMILY into the Promotions and Special Offers box. Get your tickets at the Globetrotters' Brooklyn Ticket Page. 
Save $7 on Tickets. 
Use Promo Code: USFAMILY

Friday, August 17, 2012

Adults only: Carnegie Science Center

I recently attended the inaugural 21+ night at CSC.
That's right - no kids allowed!
Have you ever considered the thought of being at the Science Center and actually reading about an exhibit instead of worrying if you have enough food & drink for the duration of your stay, or know where every bathroom is, and spending time somewhere other than the ball factory? :) 
Than this is the night for you!
 Yes, we did spend time in the train room. It was rather....peaceful. :)
  What? You thought the 4th floor would be empty?
Nope, there were plenty of adults trying their hand at:
  • Constructing working electrical circuits
  • Playing the laser harp and the PVC pipe organ
  • Engineering dams, locks, channels and flood plains to control the flow of a river
  •  And don't forget about splashing at the water table!
    Yep, we all need some kid's fun sometimes.
     Check their calendar for more upcoming 21+ nights!
    I attended with our university student from China who is staying with us for the month of August. She gave it a thumb's up! We especially enjoyed a short show at the Buhl Digital Planetarium!

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    August events @ The Children's Museum

    Oz Rocks!
    Fridays & Saturdays, August 3, 4, 10 & 11
    Don't miss this action-packed celebration of the music of Oz. You'll be part of the show as you help create a giant twister, fly like a monkey and dance to your favorite tunes in this magical musical adventure.

    Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
    • Make a unique silkscreen print of an Oz character
    • Take a black and white image over the rainbow by layering vibrant cardstock under an acetate photo from the movie

    "Make Some Noise" in August! Check out electric guitar demonstrations, make your own drum, wind chimes and more.

    August 2 - 6
    Collaborate with visitors and staff to build a minituare village using recycled materials and found objects.

    Cook It!
    Tuesdays & Fridays
    Big Red Room Café Chef Angelo Galioto demonstrates fresh twists on classic recipes using ingredients from the Museum's Garden.

    Solar Concert Series
    Wednesdays in August
    Enjoy free live music powered by the summer sun in Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square. Click here to see the full lineup.

    53rd Annual Professional Rodeo in Butler County

    North Washington Volunteer Fire Department
    Proudly Presents The 53rd Annual
    August 14th through August 18th, 2012
    brings professional Rodeo back to North Washington, Pennsylvania for the 53rd year under the sponsorship of the North Washington Volunteer Fire Department in Butler County. The annual event features: Bare back bronco riding, cowgirls barrel racing, team roping, bull riding and more!
    FAMILY DAYS Special - Tuesday 8/14 and Wednesday 8/15 - Purchase (2) adult tickets at the Gate ($14ea) and up to 4 children get in FREE! Coupon not necessary for Family Days Offer. 
    Shows start at 8 PM Tuesday through Saturday
    Rain or Shine!
    Admission at the gate is $14 for adults
    $6 for children ages 4 to 12
    with Free admission for children 3 years of age and younger.
    Click here to get $1 off each admission ticket!
    More Info and directions HERE.

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    Broadway Across America: The Addams Family

    Last night I had the delightful experience of seeing The Addams Family at the Benedum Center, a co-presentation between Pittsburgh CLO and PNC Broadway Across America – Pittsburgh.
    I never really watched the TV show, so besides knowing some of the characters and theme song (of course!), I wasn't sure what it would be like.
    Gomez Adams, played by Douglas Sills, does an absolutely incredible job and is definitely the star of the show.
    Laugh Out Loud funny.
    And to the cast's credit, they even threw a "yinz" in there. :)
    The premise: Wednesday Addams has fallen in love. It's time for the parents to meet. The young couple are both begging their parents to be "normal" for this first dinner meeting.
    Because it turns out, the boyfriend's parents have a few skeletons in their closet too.
    It's really a story that could play out anywhere, right?
    Throughout the show, there is such a strong theme of how important it is to be utterly & completely truthful in your marriage.
    Showing now through August 12th - get your tickets here.
    Balcony seats as low as $35 a ticket!
    Buy the way, did you know the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is always the best place to find tickets for events in Pittsburgh? The same tickets through another venue were over $50!

    Free Guitar Lessons - Sundays in August

    As part of Carnegie Science Center's Guitar Exhibit, Empire Music will offer small-group, 45-minute sessions on the Sonic Acoustic Stage.
    {Free with General Admission.}
    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! Call to reserve your spot: 412.237.3400, then  press 7.
    Check out all the special events as part of the Guitar Exhibit here.
    As a former elementary music teacher and current piano teacher, I love seeing kids learning about music and getting instruments into their hands!