Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sesame Street Live: Ticket Giveaway!

It's that time again: Sesame Street is comin' to town!!
Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing 
JANUARY 10-12, 2014
CONSOL Energy Center
Seven Performances! Order your tickets here.
When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby's magic wand, there's something in the air - and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage!
Grover and Baby Bear sing their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing along! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!
FIVE lucky winners will each win 4 tickets!
(You will receive vouchers to be exchanged at CONSOL Box Office.)
Please enter using the following Rafflecopter form.
Contest open for entries until Friday, January 3rd, 2014, 7pm.
Winners 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.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Jammie Jam 2014- New Year's At Noon: Ticket Giveaway!

Do your kiddos beg to stay up on New Year's? Well, here's the perfect solution......
You are invited to join a "New Year's Noon Celebration- Jammie Style!"  The biggest, baddest kid friendly New Year's Eve Celebration- and doing it at NOON! 

 When: December 31. 2013
Time: 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
 Where: LATITUDE 40 - Robinson PA

  Bring the kiddos in their favorite pajamas to enjoy:

* $5 Latitude 40 Play Card
 * Party Favors
 * Music
 * Pajama Parade
 * Dancing
 * VIP bags to the first 100 families
 * Digital Ball Drop & Countdown at Noon
     *Balloon Artist- Happy Harry The Clown
*Professional Face Painting -- Designs By Dana
 * Crafts and Activities and more!

Children ages 2-13 are only $8, Adults only $4 and children under 24 months are FREE!
Order tickets here.

Latitude 40 Grille will also offer a full lunch menu for any families who come hungry!
Joyful Images Photography By Sarah Amsler will also be on hand to capture the fun!
Zoom Party Supplies will be providing the personal touches to make this day special!
 Imperial Dragon Tang Soo Do will be bringing the fun with their very popular games!
 Pediatric Therapy Professionals will be on hand with merriment too!
 Pictures will be taken at this event and will be shared publicly.
We have 2 tickets to give away to this fun New Year's Celebration!
Go here to enter.
Contest open for entries until Tuesday, December 17th, 2013, 7pm.
Winners 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.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Seesaw Center: Indoor Play Center

 The Seesaw Center is a nonprofit indoor play center for children of all abilities, from infancy through kindergarten age. Open to all communities, The Seesaw Center offers parents and caregivers a safe and fun place to take children to play during the long winter months. It is a great place for parents and caregivers to spend true quality time with their children. A wide variety of unique toys provide wonderful stimulation for all children. Open from October through April.
The Seesaw Center is located in the Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 935 Pine Avenue in Castle Shannon, PA 15234. 
Daily Membership $5 per Child
Seasonal Unlimited Family Membership $75 per family
We have Birthday Party Packages Available on
Saturdays from 1 until 3pm.
 Call 412-773-2859 to schedule your party.
We are thrilled to be holding our end of the year Momtourage Christmas party at The Seesaw Center!
RSVP here to join us.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Snapology - free hour of play!

Did you know Snapology just opened a brand new play center in Mt. Lebanon (South Hills)?
This is a great destination play place for the lego lover in your life! My son is 4.5 and a mega lover of legos and this play space is perfect for him!
Snapology is a fun environment for kids to learn science, technology, engineering and math using Lego® bricks and other similar building tools. Snapology offers creative play, Lego® classes, robotics, birthday parties, summer and winter camps and other special events. Snapology also offers after-school and evening enrichment programs throughout Allegheny and Washington counties.  Come play in Snapology's new, spacious Discovery Center in Mt. Lebanon!  The play center features interactive gaming, robot battling stations, Imagination Playground®, slot car racing, a dedicated toddler area and, of course, lots of Lego® building stations.  
*Note: Kids 5 and older may participate in our drop off program, allowing you extra time to shop this season!
Snapology will be offering numerous camps and workshops this holiday season.  Let your child engage in Robot Rumble League on Friday nights, participate in Minecraft® Mania on Saturday mornings or make movies in Snapology's Lego® Animation Studio on Sunday afternoons.  Snapology also offers day camps on November 29th and December 23, 26, 27, 30 and 31.  Join Snapology for 'How the Grinch Stole Legos' on December 23rd, Minecraft camp on December 30 or 31 and Lego Animation on December 26 and 27.  
Receive a FREE hour of play at Snapology! Go here to print your coupon.   
One coupon per child, per family.    
Coupon can also be used for this great deal -  Sign up for a birthday party at our Discovery Center and your child will receive a free 40 piece building set for FREE!
New location: 1699 Washington Rd in Mt Lebanon (beside Dollar Bank).

Visit the "Education Tree" at the Mall at Robinson!

Will you be stopping by the Mall at Robinson this holiday season? Then consider stopping by the Education Tree!
 Helping local children in need for the holidays just got much easier. This holiday season, The Education Partnership and The Mall at Robinson are teaming up to provide children with the gift of school supplies. The mall is hosting an Education Tree, a display provided by The Education Partnership to encourage community donations, through Christmas. To participate, shoppers can visit the display in the Grand Court (next to Starbucks and JCPenney), or visit online at

A simple $15 donation will provide children with necessary school supplies – and all who donate at the tree in the mall will receive an acknowledgement card and a handmade ornament, making it a meaningful gift to cross off any shopper’s wishlist. Beyond providing supplies, the donations are helping local students achieve success in the classroom – and providing them with the confidence to do so. 
“For many of the children that we help throughout the year, school supplies may be the only gifts they receive during the holidays,” said Justin Brown, Executive Director, The Education Partnership. “We’re seeing that our community is inspired by this need, and we’re hoping that our Education Tree, which is located at a central location in the Mall, will motivate holiday shoppers to give back to these deserving children.”

More than 30,000 students in southwest Pa attend schools that are eligible to receive services from  The Education Partnership. To reach these numbers, a $15 donation provides a local student with a holiday kit – which can include crayons, notebooks, toothbrushes, pens and other essentials including hygiene items. Beyond that, a $25 donation will support a local student for an entire school year. 
“The presence of the Education Tree calls upon each of us to consider what life might be like for a child who faces a school day without the things they need to be successful,” said Shema Krinsky, Director of Marketing, The Mall at Robinson. “While we’re holiday shopping, we are all reminded that we have an opportunity to support local families who need our help.”  
Please consider supporting this with your donation this holiday season!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Little Cup of Hope: ticket giveaway!

Where: Pine Community Center in Wexford
When: December 15th 2-4 pm
The holidays are about so much that touch our hearts & bring us joy… love, warmth & wonder. Flashes of Hope is hosting an event for children so they are able to start learning about giving back during the holidays... and have fun in the process! Little Cup of Hope will be an afternoon of Christmas cheer for children & their parents. Children attending are invited to wear their pajamas & slippers, make holiday crafts, and settle in for a cup of hot cocoa & treats, then it’s story time with a surprise reader & a visit with Santa. Each child will be asked to bring a new pair of slippers. The slippers will be brought to The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh & given to the children who will be staying in the hospital during the holidays.
 Tickets are $15 or $50 for a family of 4 or more. Go here to purchase tickets.
Little Cup of Hope will benefit the Pittsburgh chapter of Flashes of Hope and Children's Hospital. Flashes of Hope is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and raising money for childhood cancer research. The Pittsburgh chapter was founded in 2008 and we've been creating memories at Children's Hospital since then.
We have TWO family 4-packs of tickets to giveaway to this wonderful charity event!
Go here to enter.
Contest open for entries until Monday, December 9th, 2013, 8pm. Winners chosen at random. Winners will be emailed PDF tickets.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Kids Christmas Crafting (Peppermint Wreath)

Here's another fun Christmas project to do with your kiddos. Warning: it does involve a glue gun! But even a craft-challenged mom like me managed to pull it off. :)
I tried the Dollar Tree first for supplies, but the only item I was able to score there was red hots.  I next hit up Walmart where I was able to get everything else. (I think a white wreathe would be preferable, but they only had green.)
Wreathe: $4
3 bags of Starlight Mints: 98 cents/bag
Clear Acrylic Sealer: $4
Red hots: $1/bag
*Note: we made this last year for the first time and I did not use the sealer AND I put it on my front door. Translation: the day it hit 50 degrees I had a goopy mess at my front door! So I recommend the sealer & keeping it indoors. :)
 Step One: Have your kiddos start unwrapping! My 2 littles loves this job. And it's actually very helpful. Win-win! My 2YO also tries to see how many she can stuff in her pockets without me noticing. :) And those ARE suspicious looking bulges in 2 cheeks.
 Step Two: Start at the inner circle and begin hot-gluing the mints around in a circle.
Step Three: Finish by adding red hots between spaces.
Add ribbon if you wish....and you're done!
 This is one of my kiddos favorite Christmas projects to help with and hey, it doesn't look like a kids craft. :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Kids Christmas Crafting: Wrappin' Gifts

While I am not a crafter at heart, my son lives for special projects! I knew that I needed to get intentional about creating some crafting moments with him or else they probably just wouldn't happen. My house is probably not going to suddenly be overflowing with handmade abundance, but he will (and does!) remember these special times where we created things together. Off we went to Michael's to pick up a few supplies (he about died from sheer joy in that store.)
First project I decided on (practical purposes too!) was painting wrapping paper.
 I tried to find a big brown craft roll, but Michael's only had white. (Possibly Hobby Lobby might have?) So I went with a plain roll of brown wrapping paper. Picked up the "dot paints". These things are genius, take off the cap, dab to paint. Boom. Art. The other thing I didn't realize was that these paints dry instantly and so there was no waiting time for paint to dry.
 While I thought we would be going to more abstract direction, my son doesn't quite think that way. Hence the ninjas, dog/sky/son, & picture of his grandma. :)
Don't you just love brown paper packages tied up with string? :)