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Aga-Boom: #Pittsburgh Children’s Theater #Giveaway

This post is in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Win free Children's Theater tickets

A couple of days ago we announced a partnership with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust here on Femme Frugality. A major part of this partnership is to bring you free tickets to children’s theater performances over the 2018/19 season!

These tickets are already affordable, starting at just $12 a pop. But through these giveaways you’ll have a shot at getting them for $0.


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The first performance I want to highlight is Aga-Boom, which looks like an insanely fun show. Coming through town on November 9th an 10th, it’s a physical comedy act featuring three former Moscow Circus clowns that has audience participation as a centerpiece of the performance. Check out all the fun they had when they came through Shanghai!

Here’s the official description of the show coming through Pittsburgh:

Jump headfirst into a chain reaction of absolute silliness and a blizzard of laughter with three former stars of the Moscow Circus. This lovable trio extracts endless delight from everyday cleaning supplies, a towering punch-away paper wall and some brave audience members. Rooted in theatrical clowning, AGA-BOOM brings together the best traditions of circus arts, physical comedy and European avant-garde. Get ready for a live-action cartoon, exploding with sophisticated slapstick, outlandish chases and the most chaotic finale ever. Sure to inspire many a belly laugh for both young and not so young.”

Ticket Giveaway

Now the part you’ve all been waiting for–the ticket giveaway! Use the widget below to enter for your chance to win four (4) tickets to see Aga-Boom in Pittsburgh. You pick the day. You pick the time.

This giveaway is a bit of a shorter one–it only runs through 11/7–so make sure to start logging your entries today! Best of luck to all!

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#Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Children’s Theater: Season Review & Ticket #Giveaway

This post is brought to you in partnership with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

I'm surpised by how affordable this is! Definiltely entering the giveaway for free tickets, though. :D

Guys, I am so, so excited to announce a new partnership here on Femme Frugality. This year, I’ll be working with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to bring you information about all of the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series  and the EQT Bridge Theater Series.

Why, oh, why, would I want to do that?

First of all, because my kids and I love going to see live performances. And Pittsburgh is a phenomenal place to do just that.

Secondly, the tickets are surprisingly affordable. Season tickets are $10 per show. Or, if you want to just go to one, most shows start at just $12.

Finally–and try not to squeal when I tell you this–we’re giving away tickets all season!

You squealed!

But that’s okay. It’s pretty exciting. Today I want to give you an overview of all the fun things to come this season. Be sure to read to the end as our first big giveaway starts today!

Also, you can subscribe to the newsletter to keep abreast of the ticket giveaways we’ll have going on all season long.

Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series

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This is such a fun series–and an award-winning one at that! Here are all the shows you can look forward to this season. They’re geared towards ages 3+.


Citizens Bank Children's Theater

Friday, November 9 through Saturday, November 10
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Enter the AGA-BOOM ticket giveaway here!

Aga-Boom is described as a 60-minute “live-action cartoon, exploding with sophisticated slapstick, outlandish chases and the most chaotic finale ever.”

I’m here for it. Not only does this show look intensely fun, but it also stars professionals. The three main characters are former Moscow Circus stars, bringing the laughs and the fun craziness.

Your Alien

Children's Theater Pittsburgh

Sunday, January 6th through Monday, January 14th
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Enter the Your Alien ticket giveaway here!

Some of these shows are kids’ books adapted for the stage, and Your Alien is one of them. This story reminds me a bit of E.T., so I’m excited to see it in real life with the next generation.

Essentially, a little boy meets an alien and they become BFFs. He even takes his new friend to school with him. But after all the fun calms down a little, the alien realizes he’s homesick, so they try to find him a way back to his family.

See what I mean? It’s not an identical plot, but definitely sounds like there are some similarities.

Flight School the Musical

Pittsburgh Childrens Theater Ticket Giveaway

Sunday, February 17th through Sunday, February 24th
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Ever had someone tell you that you can’t do something?

If you’re anything like me, that just makes you want to do it even more. Apparently Penguin and I are birds of a feather, because when he enters flight school, he’s not about to let anyone tell him what he can’t achieve. This stage adaptation of a children’s book truly shows the tenacity of the penguin spirit.

Rosie Revere, Engineer

STEM theater for kids

Sunday, March 31 through Sunday, April 7th
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YAAASSSS. Another book adaptation, Rosie Revere, Engineer features Rosie, Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada Twist, Scientist. An entire series–and now play–featuring STEM and strong, smart women and girls! (And Iggy.)

Emily Brown and the Thing

Saturday, May 18th through Sunday, May 19th
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Another book adaptation! Emily Brown and her stuffed rabbit Stanley can’t get to sleep one night–because the Thing outside her window can’t get to sleep either. Throughout the show, they try to placate the Thing as they travel through “the Dark and Scary Wood, the Whirling Wastes and beyond.”

EQT Bridge Theater Series

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Have older kids? No problem. The EQT Bridge Theater Series is geared towards kids ages seven and up, and includes a lot of experiential theater.

Androcles and the Lion

This performance will be entirely in English, unlike this preview. 

Friday, November 2nd through Saturday, November 10th
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This show looks so, so cool. Just from the preview, it reminds me of elements of biblical stories (though the stories are not biblical–just gave me those feels!) told by a skilled orator, which is something so deeply human that we don’t get to experience in our society too often anymore. I’m also loving the small details from the art above head down to those comfy-looking seats.

Oh, and it’s making its North American premier here in Pittsburgh. So you’d literally be one of the first people to see it on this continent.

Moon Shot

EQT Bridge Theater Series

Friday, January 18th through Saturday, January 19th
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You know how the Heinz History Center currently has that exhibit showcasing the only part of the Apollo 11 aircraft to make it back to Earth?

Well, this would be a stellar pairing. See the show. Go to the museum. Be in awe of it all.

“Biggest Story, Smallest Stage. To recreate the story of America’s Apollo 11 lunar landing, seven actors squeeze onto a 21-square feet stage nearly as tight as NASA’s original Mercury capsules. Using only their bodies and their voices, this astounding play brings to life one of the most daring times in the history of human exploration: the Space Race. From the Cold War to Sputnik, from Yuri Gagarin to Neil Armstrong, this action-packed show brings the company’s tongue-in-cheek humor to a whole new atmosphere—one where the rules of gravity no longer apply.”


Pittsburgh Childrens theater free tickets

Friday, March 29th through Saturday, March 30th
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I don’t care what age you are, this show looks A-MAZING. It’s literally a play about what would happen if the rules of gravity changed, facilitated by talented performers and high-tech projection.


Saturday, May 18th through Sunday, May 19th
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No, that’s not ‘Mericanification. It’s Murikamification–after the popular Japanese fiction novelist Haruki Murikami. And this play based off some of his work looks absolutely and appropriately surreal:

Step into the daydream that unfolds before your eyes. Using the magical, surrealistic stories of Haruki Murakami as a source of inspiration, Kaiel creates an intensely physical and absurd performance trail. In each new city, the work is adapted to the local context. In each version of ‘Murikamification’, a diverse and curious audience is overwhelmed by surprising scenery in the streets of their own city. Follow the action on this moving theater piece throughout Pittsburgh’s own Cultural District.”

Ticket Giveaway

Pittsburgh Children's Theater Giveaway

Now that you’ve read all about the shows, let’s get to the giveaway! To kick the season off, Femme Frugality and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust are giving away four (4) tickets to any Citizens Bank Children’s Theater or EQT Bridge Theater series of your choice (excluding Androcles and the Lion.)

I know there’s a lot of exciting shows coming up–you don’t have to decide which one you’d pick just yet. Get an idea, enter the giveaway, and then if you win I’ll force you to make a hard decision. :p

This is only the first of many giveaways for this theater season, but it is the only one where you’ll be able to pick your own show–so take advantage! Best of luck!

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The Intersection of Islamophobia and Domestic Violence

Note: This post may contain triggers for those who have been in abusive relationships or been through sexual assault.

The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To highlight the issues that victims face physically, emotionally and economically, Femme Frugality will be discussing the issue every Friday. We will do this through a mix of stories, conversations and factual articles. To help raise awareness, please use the hashtag #DVAM when sharing these articles.

Wow. I never thought about how outside prejudice might affect a woman's ability to report domestic violence. This is such an important read.

Domestic abuse is an epidemic-level problem in our society. The complexities of the dangers you find yourself in when you are being abused make it hard to leave. To report. To recover.

These problems are compounded, however, when you’re a member of a marginalized group. Today, we’ll look at some excerpts from The Feminist Financial Handbook.

In this section of the book, I was honored and humbled that Nour Naas–a survivor and advocate–shared her story and perspective as a Muslim woman who has lost her mother to domestic violence. Here are just some of her perspectives on how Islamophobia compounds the problem of reporting–both within a community and to authorities–and the economic effects of abuse.

“After my mother passed away, I didn’t want to talk about it,” says Naas. “The Muslim community is already targeted in so many ways through stereotyping and policies. I didn’t want to add to it. There are really obvious ones like invading all these Muslim countries and occupying their lands, speaking about people from or in those countries as primitive, saying things like, ‘We’re there to save them,’ and giving people this concept that these people are different from us, living in a backwards culture. But there are also stereotypes about Muslim men and women that make it hard to talk about. Men are supposedly violent and patriarchal; women submissive and in need of saving. You don’t want to reinforce any of that.”

Naas notes that Islamophobia is at times also in evidence at the institutional level, creating a mistrust of law enforcement that affects victims’ decision to report. In the Muslim community, mosques have been surveilled by law enforcement. Racial profiling is widespread. The police haven’t been on your side so far—why would they help now?

“Not having finances to leave your abuser is the number one reason women don’t leave,” says Naas. “They would have nothing to survive on. It’s a source of a lot of people’s depression when they’re in that situation. When you don’t have resources to leave, it just makes people feel hopeless.”

“You’re not in a state of mind to do anything because of those psychological scars,” Naas explains [about returning to work after escaping abuse]. “There’s a stigma attached to what a victim goes through. It can impact a person’s work performance or their ability to bring in an income at all. Women who are in these situations will sometimes resort to drugs or drinking, etc., to cope with the pain. That ends up being where all their money goes.”

Today, Naas is a political science major at UC Berkeley. About a year ago, she took her first training to be a domestic violence advocate and has been serving as a volunteer in her communities ever since. She has a special place in her heart for marginalized women— especially Muslim women. She is launching a new effort to create safe spaces for these survivors to share their stories and get help.

“Talking about domestic violence and making people aware can help get rid of the stigmas we have around it,” she explains. “That way, if this is happening, you know you just need to tell someone that it’s happening. We need a community of people who will help— who know it’s not okay either. That attitude is not really there in the Muslim community or in most of the country, for that matter.”

To learn more about Nour, visit her website. From there, you’ll be able to find her social media channels. You can also get more of the context of her comments and some potential financial recovery solutions in the book.

If you purchase, please leave a review on Amazon! It will help us get Nour’s important story and perspective out to more people.


Related Domestic Abuse Content

To learn more about domestic violence or abuse, or to find more ways to get help, check out other articles in this series:


Marvel Universe Live is Surprisingly Affordable

This post is in collaboration with Feld Entertainment.

Spiderman and Black Panther

In the past, I’ve shared about a few trips to Disney on Ice shows. They’re extremely well done, and the tickets are shockingly affordable. Just make sure you eat beforehand and make sure the kids know they’re not going to get one of those enticing, light-up, spinning toys that cost an arm and a leg.

Or, if you’re going to get them a toy, at least buy it from that guy in the parking lot on the way in.

I digress. The shows have been phenomenal, and admission is the lowest I’ve seen for an event at Consol. I was thrilled to find out that one of the next big shows coming through town will be Marvel Universe, and doubly thrilled when Feld Entertainment offered me some tickets to check it out.

Marvel Universe Live

I came of age during a time when super hero movies were all the rage. Some of them were huge hits with me, and some of them left more to be desired. But generally speaking, I was always amped to check out the latest Marvel flick. That includes my latest Marvel movie experience of Black Panther, which was so relevant and so well done.

Now that I have kids, they’re pretty darn into Marvel, too. We even have a Spiderman chapter book we read every night. Needless to say, we’re all pretty excited to see this show when it comes to Pittsburgh later in the month:

Dates & Pricing

Here in Pittsburgh, tickets are $20-$23/each. That’s slightly more expensive than the Disney shows, but still surprisingly affordable for a show of this caliber.

Pittsburgh’s not the only town this show is coming through, though. Here are the upcoming tour dates:

  • Albany, NY: October 4-7, 2018
  • Youngstown, OH: October 12-14, 2018
  • Hamilton, ON: October 18-21, 2018
  • Pittsburgh, PA: October 25-28, 2018
  • Hartford, CT: November 1-4, 2018
  • Manchester, NH: November 8-11, 2018
  • Detroit, MI: November 15-18, 2018
  • Hershey, PA: November 23-25, 2018
  • Allentown, PA: November 28-December 2, 2018
  • Nashville, TN: December 6-9, 2018
  • Huntsville, AL: December 14-16, 2018
  • North Charleston, SC: December 20-23, 2018
  • Southaven, MS: December 28-30, 2018
  • Sunrise, FL: January 10-13, 2019
  • Miami, FL: January 17-21, 2019
  • Charlotte, NC: January 25-27, 2019
  • Columbia, SC: February 1-3, 2019
  • Birmingham, AL: February 7-10, 2019
  • Atlanta, GA: February 17-18, 2019
  • Duluth, GA: February 22-24, 2019
  • Little Rock, AR: March 8-10, 2019
  • Fairfax, VA: March 22-31, 2019
  • San Juan, PR: May 29-June 2, 2019

Super excited to go to this in a few weeks and let you know what my kids and I thought of this affordable, high-production show!

How I Save Money in the Fall

This post is in collaboration with Mention Me.

Pumpkin patches, halloween costumes, leaf piles and holiday many ways to save money in the fall!

I’m in love with transition season. Fall. Spring. Nothing’s too hot or too cold, and that period of change is always ironically exciting for me.

But Fall’s on its way, so we’ll focus all of our attention to turning leaves and pumpkin spice everything today. There are a lot of things you can drop money on during this season, but I’ve found some ways to keep my costs down without sacrificing the fun.

I don’t stop playing outside.

Whether it’s me or the me and the kids, I like to spend time outdoors in the Fall. I prefer it to Summer, actually. I like the idea of heat, but not the reality.

By going on walks and hikes, building and jumping in leaf piles or going for a random trip to the playground, we not only manage to get outdoors and stay active, but we also get to have a ton of fun for free.

I start shopping for the holidays.

Nothing is worse than getting to December and having to buy all the gifts. Nobody’s budget can handle that. While I try to pick up things throughout the entire year as I find good deals on things I know people will love, September is when I start kicking things into high gear so I’m not buying everything on one paycheck. There are tons of ways to save money as you shop–especially online. For example, you can browse some of the best online deals at Sello.

I don’t go to the most expensive pumpkin patch.

I’m really lucky that here in Western Pennsylvania, we have a ton of pumpkin patches to choose from. There’s one really popular one in my region laden with cute, farm-themed playgrounds and tons of seasonal foods you can purchase in addition to your hayride.

I don’t go to that one.

And there are a couple reasons why. First, it’s super popular and therefore super expensive. Secondly, I kind of hate the vibe. There are people everywhere, an upsell around every corner and the constant fear that one of my kids is going to run into the crowd and disappear.

So I go to a calmer farm, about two miles down the road. They didn’t even start charging for hay rides up to the patch until a couple years ago, and even now that fee is nominal. They have a hay barn with a slide inside for the kids and a corn maze by the pumpkin patch which is always fun and never overcrowded.

I weigh DIY vs store-bought Halloween costumes.

Halloween costumes can get pretty pricey. Depending on what my kids want to be, I’ll check out what’s available at stores (including kids’ resale stores) and then compare that to how much it would cost me to make a costume myself. So far, we’ve been about 50/50 on this. About half the years I’ve made costumes, and then the other half going store bought was cheaper. You really have to do the math, though, because DIY is not always the most cost-effective option!

How do you save money in the Fall?

I’m not a coffee drinker, so I don’t know the best ways to save on pumpkin spice lattes. I also live in one particular climate. So I’m interested to hear your savings tricks for the fall, too! Leave them in the comments below!