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Disclaimer: I received compensation in the form of tickets to this event; however, all opinions are my own. This post, ELF The Musical, is brought to you by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
ELF The Musical
Evan and I got to experience a season special event at Heinz Hall last evening for the opening performance of the Broadway musical ELF . We were familiar with the movie, but beyond
This post is a collaboration with Kennywood Amusement Park for their Holiday Lights 2018. In exchange for sharing these deals with you, we’ll be taking the kids to their Holiday Lights. Thank you, Kennywood, for this opportunity!
It is the most wonderful time to check out Christmas lights, right? What makes it even better is when those lights are at one of the best family-friendly places in Pittsburgh! There are still three weekends to enjoy Kennywood’s Holiday Lights event!
The following post is a collaboration between ‘lil Burghers and Idlewild’s HALLOWBOO. In exchange for sharing this information with you, my family received four tickets to visit Idlewild during the event. All opinions are 100% my own.
It has been a lovely start to fall in Pittsburgh, hasn’t it? With temperatures more like summer, I’m holding on to a hope that winter won’t be awful – will you go there with me? Yesterday was a perfect reminder of summer and we took advantage with a trip to Ligonier for Idlewild’s HALLOWBOO. The kids got a chance to do some “treating” and take on some of their favorite rides before the park closes.
Idlewild’s HALLOWBOO: A Pittsburgh Fall MUST!
Can I admit that in ten years of being a parent (and several invites from my cousins), I have never taken the kids to Idlewild for HALLOWBOO? Two truths here – tickets for a family of six don’t always make our budget and we aren’t big Halloween celebrators due to our faith. But the kids do like the friendly fall atmosphere of “treating” and dressing up as long as it isn’t scary. That’s where Idlewild Park comes in – adults can’t wear masks, “trick or treat” is through Story Book Forest, and the rides are separate from the treating area. We decided it was worth checking out and making our opinion!
Well, the verdict is in and Idlewild’s HALLOWBOO is a must for Pittsburghers, especially the ‘lil Burghers. The day was full of low key fun, lines were non-existent, and the treating was super memorable.
Idlewild’s HALLOWBOO: Our Experience
So what makes it a Pittsburgh must? Here’s what we experienced with the descriptions from Idlewild sprinkled in.
Trick or Treat through Story Book Forest
I’ve got fond childhood memories of enjoying Story Book Forest and watching my kids experience it has been a real joy. Adding the “treating” aspect to it is icing on the cake!
This post is brought to you through our partnership with US Family Guide who made it possible for Evan to attend British Soccer Camp in exchange for our review and honest opinions. All opinions are 100% our own.
Summer is almost in the books, can you believe it? Evan spent a week at British Soccer Camp honing in on his soccer skills as he prepares for the YMCA’s Fall Soccer program. While we’re still not clear which position he loves to play (because he seems to like them all), we are clear that he really loves soccer thanks to this program.
2018 British Soccer Camp in Pittsburgh
This year was a ‘lil special for the Bigs in a few ways. First, Evan was old enough to be at camp for the full day program, meaning Pappy took him at 9 and picked him back up at 4. He was also responsible for putting on his own sunscreen and eating his lunch – both of which he took seriously!
Next, you’ll notice I said the Bigs! Arianna went with Evan on day one for the “Bring a Buddy” day. While she still loves her softball, she’s fallen back in love with soccer thanks to camp and will also be playing this fall!
While Mama & Daddy didn’t do the pick-up or drop-off, Pappy gave us the details. This year, the camp was at Denny Field in Shaler and it was five days of playing outside. There was a picnic shelter and the Soccer Club opened the concession stand, too. The coaches (from around the globe) were friendly and young, definitely committed to teaching the kids soccer skills!
I stopped in to see the last day’s World Cup game, but I missed it. They played a few World Cup games each day and on the last day represented their countries. Evan loved this. And just like we shared in our intro post about the camp, he got his jersey, t-shirt, and ball in addition to the skills and character building. We’re so proud of him (and Arianna)!
About British Soccer Camp
British Soccer Camps are the most popular soccer camp in the US. With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, The British Soccer Camp provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert’s right in the heart of their own community.
In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!
-Source: US Family Guide
This post about Global McDelivery Day is a sponsored post brought to you by McDonald’s. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
Did you know that McDonald’s has been delivering in Pittsburgh for a year now? This anniversary comes just in time for a global celebration, McDelivery Day! While this feature is still relatively new to our area, McDonald’s has been offering this service at nearly 12,000 restaurants around the world for over two decades! This is totally worth celebrating with a party like it’s the 1990’s!
’90s Twist on Global McDelivery Day
On Thursday, July 19, you will have your chance to get your hands on a piece of the McDelivery Throwback Collection. It is “a selection of fun, ‘90s inspired items you can wear or use whenever and wherever you order McDelivery”. Think socks, bandanas, t-shirts, pins, and pop sockets!
To get these items, all you have to do is place a McDelivery order of $5 or more through Uber Eats on Thursday, July 19 and a special swag item will be added to your order** at no extra cost. This sounds like a fun way to celebrate the success of the McDelivery business model, doesn’t it?
Personally, I’d have no shame wearing these socks that are slated to be part of the fun surprises delivered on the 19th. (Fries are my weakness!) The only way you can get your hands on this swag is by placing a McDelivery order, so don’t miss out!
The Scoop on McDelivery Day
McDonald’s already is making quick eats easy with their dining room and drive-thru service, but they have taken it up a few notches with the McDelivery service. As I mentioned, this service just came to Pittsburgh last summer with Uber Eats. Personally, I’ve used it a few times when I’ve forgotten breakfast and my husband has driven Uber and delivered many a brown bag of fries and burgers to hungry ‘Burghers in our city. It is super convenient! I’m really excited that they are surprising and delighting customers with this fun celebration.
What: McDelivery Day
When: Thursday, July 19, 2018, starting at 10:30 or 11:00 AM local time
Where: Participating McDonald’s locations
If you’re going to participate on McDelivery Day, make sure you download the Uber Eats app here and check your local restaurant lunch hour times in the app. You can also check out McDeliveryatMcDonalds.com for more information and see which McDonald’s near you is participating (there are 12 in the city of Pittsburgh!).
You can follow along with the surprises of the day by checking out #McDelivery on Twitter on July 19 – be sure to share your swag with that, too! Stop back here and let us know what fun surprises you got.
**At participating McDonald’s. Visit mcdeliveryatmcdonalds.com for participating restaurants. Items will be available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last, with $5 minimum purchase (excluding taxes and applicable Uber Eats fees) beginning at 10:30 or 11:00 a.m., depending on lunch menu start time at your local participating restaurant. Check the restaurant page on Uber Eats for lunch hours. Limit one item per order.
$1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu pricing not valid for delivery. Delivery prices may be higher than at restaurants. Uber Eats booking fee applies. See the Uber Eats app for details.
My family and I received tickets to Nitro Circus in exchange for sharing this information and giveaway. All opinions are 100% our own.
Something exciting is coming our to city next week (June 21 and 22 to be exact) – Nitro Circus and the all-new Next Level Tour! Our Bigs have no idea what they’re in for next week when we go – but because they are very familiar with Nitro Circus, I think they will be quite happy with this surprise.
Nitro Circus: Next Level Tour
If you’re not familiar with Nitro Circus, they are the world’s biggest action sports entertainment brand. They’re known for incredible stunts and pushing the limits. Co-founder Travis Pastrana has been quoted: “Be careful what you ask for, because Nitro Circus will give you the opportunity to do it.”
Basically, this traveling team of daredevils delivers live audiences boundary-breaking feats in FMX, BMX, skating, scooters, and much more.
The Next Level Tour is bringing their feats and stunts to stadiums across the United States this summer with a stop next week in Pittsburgh (Highmark Stadium) for two nights. Austrailian audiences have already had a glimpse at the fun:
Nitro Circus’ moto athletes proved they are all in by sending huge, gravity-defying tricks that definitely took the sport to new heights. USA’s Gregg Duffy, the first person ever to land a double front flip on a motorbike, stomped two incredible front flip variations for the GIO Stadium fans. The Canberra crowd also went wild for hometown favorite Harry Bink after he landed an FMX double backflip. For this very dangerous trick, one attempted by only a handful of riders, Bink shot more than 60-feet into the air to get the clearance needed to complete the two full rotations around before touching down on the lander.
My family and I were invited to visit Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest for a weekend in exchange for our honest opinions. All opinions are 100% our own.
Ah, sweet summertime in Pittsburgh! For me, summers used to include camping in a tent at local campgrounds. Camping holds a special place in my heart (bugs and all) and I am so happy that my family is enjoying continuing the tradition. Truth be told, our stay at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ at Kozy Rest was more “glamping”, but it still got the ‘ol camping bug moving in us.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest: Our Stay
Tucked about an hour north of Pittsburgh (straight up Route 8 through Butler) is an adorable and peaceful campground, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest. This campground is award-winning and family-centered and from the moment we drove on the property (in the middle of a storm), we could see why. Check-in started with a greeter, then a speedy key pick-up and an escort down to our cabin. Our guide showed us everything we’d need to know about the amenities of the cabin (like air conditioning) then left us to discover what we might like to do next from the list of activities.
With all those activities, I’ll tell you what we didn’t do – we didn’t check out the WiFi until I was cleaning up the last bits on Sunday morning. The WiFi works, but you’re not going to need it with all of those things to keep you busy – I promise.
We didn’t arrive in time to check out the Friday night movie, so we decided to settle in and get a “early” bedtime so we could be up and ready to check out the Jump Zone and bikes. Initially, we thought that we’d put the kids in the bedroom (with a single bunk over a double bed and space on the floor for an air mattress), but when we realized how short the loft space was, opted for that to be Ari and Evan’s space.
That might have been our first mistake – they woke up in the 6 AM hour and had us all (and probably everyone else around) awake too. The sun was up, they were too! As you can see, a nap did happen on Saturday afternoon between activities, phew!
Throughout the weekend, we took full advantage of all the free activities listed on that brochure and we basically in “divide and conquer” mode – Greg with the Bigs at things like Gaga Ball (which was new to us, but not the Bigs), the Frog Pond, and bike riding. I took the Twins to dance with “the bears”, check out cartoons, ride the train and fire truck. It was quite the busy time, but we still fit in a swim and lots of time on the bikes.
This video is just the start of all the fun we had! Check out more photos here!
Bottom line, we loved it and would really like to get back again this summer. While the cabins are fun and affordable considering all you get, we’d probably tent camp for “the real deal” experience (plus, the shower rooms have A/C!). Greg and I were “good exhausted” by the end of the trip. If there would be any downsides, six people in a “tiny house” is not always the most fun thing (Mama might have lost her mind a few times) and Ava didn’t drink enough water on Saturday and ended up dehydrated. Good reminders to fill those tanks!
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest: The Details
Campers can camp from April to October and enjoy themed weekends (our’s was Kids’ Carnival – check out this video to see some of the fun the whole camp had!) or bump into Yogi Bear™ and Boo Boo™. Camp options include tents, RV’s, yurts, and full-service luxury cabins (like we enjoyed). Sites include electric service, fire rings, and picnic tables. Pets are welcomed on some sites, too!
Amenities at Kozy Rest include laundry, swimming pool, pavilions, church services, and free WiFi. Activities vary based on the themed weekends, but there is a gem mining sluice, bikes to rent (included), Gaga Ball, shuffleboard, a playground, a jump zone, and more. There really is something for everyone to enjoy!
While I loved the paper activities sheet, I also downloaded their app which would alert me 15-minutes before an event was to start. This was super convenient!
One thing we didn’t do was to have Yogi Bear and Boo Boo come for bedtime stories. Personally, I think that would have capped off the second night nicely, but 1) our kids go to bed a little earlier than this (extra) service is offered and 2) until this weekend, Isla had never really wanted anything to do with characters. Next time!
LOVE IT? If you’re ready to get a reservation on your calendar, head over to the Kozy Rest website (pittsburghjellystone.com) and see what option works best for your family.
Hopefully, you can see that camping is a great way to have family fun and make timeless memories. When you make a reservation at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest, all you have to do is make a quick road-trip knowing the rest is waiting for you.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest: A GIVEAWAY!
I received tickets to CINDERELLA in exchange for bringing you the details of the show and my thoughts following attendance. All opinions are 100% my own.
Back in the 1980s, I had an obsession with Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA in the way of the 1965 made for TV movie with Leslie Ann Warren as the leading lady. When I found out that this classic tale with a few twists and surprises was coming to Pittsburgh, I knew I had to go and take my mom along. We were delighted to be guests at Heinz Hall last night for opening night!
RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA on Tour
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America present RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA from May 22 to May 27, 2018 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. While it’s not quite the same story you might have read in storybooks, watched on animated movies, or (like me) saw in the 1965 version or the 1997 version starring Brandy (how I am that old?!?!), you’ll recognize this one easily.
I won’t go into the details of what makes this story different from the others (this is the version that is a 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical), but I will say it was so timely following the Royal Wedding’s message by Bishop Curry. Love and kindness prevail, especially when we care for those that others sweep to the side.
If you’re a fan of the made for TV version, you’ll recognize favorite songs like “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and likely want to sing along. Resist the urge and listen – this cast is full of incredible voices!
I’m still trying to decide what my favorite parts were – the step-sisters had me laughing throughout, the addition of Jean-Michel, or what I’m about to tell you next…
Know Before You Go: Cinderella in Pittsburgh
Can I stop and tell you that if you have tickets, be ready to be amazed at the costume magic. I was just shaking my head in amazement as Crazy Marie transformed into the Fairy Godmother and Ella transformed from rags into princess-worthy gown not one but three times. Simply stunning work by the costume team (led by six-time Tony Award Winner William Ivey Long)!
And if you don’t have tickets…Time to get them! Cinderella will be in Pittsburgh for four more days until May 27. Prices start at $30 and can be purchased at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at TrustArts.org, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-4800, or in person at Theater Square Box Office. Showtime is about two hours with one 20-minute intermission.
This is the kind of show I’d definitely
I was asked to share information on the Yinzer 5k and Lil’ Yinzer here on my blog. As I love running and our city and organizations doing good things, I agreed to let yinz know about this event!
Light of Life Rescue Mission is holding their fun run to benefit their mission (to “provide a home for the homeless and food for the hungry, and will build disciples for the Kingdom of God among the poor, addicted, abused and needy”). The event on June 16, 2018 will include a 5k run and a fun run (less than one mile) for the kids.
What: Yinzer 5k and Lil’ Yinzer Fun Run
When: Saturday, June 16, 2018 with registration starting at 8 a.m.
Where: Across from Stage AE/Heinz Field
What to Wear: Your best black and gold attire!
Where to Get More Information: Light of Life’s event page
Following the event, there will be prizes and Yinzer food.
Is this race on your summer list? Yinz better get it on there soon! Happy racing!
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Babies & Bumps, a Parenting/Baby Convention coming to Pittsburgh in 2018. All opinions are 100% my own.
On April 14, Pittsburgh will be welcoming Babies & Bumps for their fourth event for Pittsburgh parents with babies and bumps. The event will give parents time to get support and resources as you navigate the parenting life.
Babies & Bumps 2018 – Cranberry
Parenting is an amazing journey, but like anything, it helps to feel confident in what you’re doing. That’s why I am excited that Babies & Bumps is coming to Pittsburgh this spring – they are a premier convention geared toward new and soon-to-be parents that covers all questions about what to expect on the parenting journey. Bonus – they bring in local resources for demonstrations, seminars, Q&A’s, and more – so you leave with a network for local places and people to turn to. It is not just for the moms – dads can come, too!
Babies & Bumps will feature exhibitors and vendors such as pediatricians, infant development experts, prenatal and pediatric chiropractors, baby boutiques, and more! With topics like babywearing, what to expect as baby develops, peer groups, and early childhood education, there is something for everyone. Some of the things I wish I’d known about before having the kids was chiropractic care (for mom and baby) or how to spot issues before they develop will be covered during the event, too.
To see a little bit of what happens at the event, check out this video overview:
Babies & Bumps is sharing details from some of their vendors on their Facebook event page, so check it out for more info.
Babies & Bumps 2018 – The Details
When: April 14, 2018 10 AM – 2 PM
Where: Pittsburgh Marriot North (Cranberry, PA)
Cost: All-access tickets are regularly $25 for individuals and $35 for pairs, and include a gift bag; a limited quantity of $15 tickets are available through March 20 or until sold out. – Purchase tickets here
Website: Babies & Bumps – Pittsburgh North
Please note – the event is for adults; however, babies in slings/carriers are welcome and a mothers’ room will be available for pumping. The space cannot accommodate strollers at the event.
If you’re interested in attending, let me help sweeten the deal! We are giving away a pair of tickets for the April 14 Babies & Bumps event! The giveaway runs through March 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET. Good luck!