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Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party Comes to #Pittsburgh

Logo with Mickey Mouse ice skating reads: "Presented by Feld Entertainment Disney on Ice." Green, glowing lettering reads "Pittsburgh February 28-March 3, 2019" Character Maui from DIsney's movie Moana is standing on the ice holding his hook, mist floating up from the surface over an illuminated green spea on a balck background.

This past weekend, I took the kids to see Monster Jam Triple Threat. I initially wanted to go primarily to watch the enjoyment on my kids’ faces, but once we were there…

It was pretty impressive. You got to vote for who you think should win each segment by ranking each truck’s performance with your smart phone. It was really easy and the kids got a huge kick out of it.

There was this one part where the trucks were doing stunts on just two wheels. Favorite part. For sure. I went into this knowing three monster trucks in total: Grave Digger, El Toro Loco and Zombie. If I came out learning nothing else, it was the name of another truck to my lexicon: Soldier Fortune.

Next Up: Disney on Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party

Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Disney's Toy Story link arms and pose on ice skates in the dark with backlit hay bales behind them.

Because of my work, we get to go to live performances for free pretty regularly. Some organizations I’ll work with on a repeat basis, and some I won’t, depending on how their cost:value ratio stacks up for you guys.

Feld Entertainment is one of those companies I end up working with again and again. They put together great events like Monster Jam, on top of past Disney on Ice performances we’ve attended.

The ticket prices are affordable, and the entertainment value is tip-top. Which is why I’m super excited that Disney on Ice is coming through town again! This time, they’re showing Mickey’s Search Party, which sounds pretty fun:

Join Mickey Mouse and his friends at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and unexpected stunts! Help them follow Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell in immersive, fantastic worlds. Explore the colorful spirit realm of Coco in Miguel’s Disney On Ice debut, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, see Belle in the sky above you as the enchanted chandelier comes to life, and sing-along with Elsa in the icy world of Frozen.

Make memories with your whole family during Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out magical celebration on the ice, in the air, and all around!

Also, it looks pretty fun:

Why I Love Disney on Ice

When I was growing up, I thought Disney on Ice was so expensive. Prohibitively so.

So when I went to my first Disney on Ice with Feld Entertainment, I was shocked when I saw the ticket prices. For example, this Mickey’s Search Party, which is showing eight times at PPG Paints Arena from February 28 to March 3, 2019, has tickets starting at $15.

Yet the performance still has me feeling like the tickets are pricey. It’s the like the non-alcoholic, kiddie version of champagne lifestyle on a beer budget. And I love it.

Affordable Fun: Monster Jam Triple Threat in #Pittsburgh

My kids are going to flip for this Pittsburgh event. Feb 8-10, 2019.
I’ve never been huge into race cars or monster trucks or anything along those lines. Though, if you watch the Pittsburgh episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, you’ll see a local race track I once visited with friends in an attempt to expand my horizons.

Fourteenish years later, though, I’ve found a new affinity for these sports. We’re not a NASCAR family or anything, but my kiddos love the movie Cars, the idea of racing, and all things monster trucks. In fact, they even visited Grave Digger’s garage when we were down in the Outer Banks.

And so I love these things, too.

Which is why I’m super excited to take them to see Monster Jam Triple Threat when it’s here in Pittsburgh on February 8-10, 2019. Tickets start at just $15, though I’m lucky enough to have been offered media passes so we will go for free.

That same weekend, you’ll be able to catch the show in:

  • Denver, CO
  • Greenville, SC
  • Tupelo, MS
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Anaheim, CA

There are lots of other shows on other dates in different locations, too. Check out the full schedule to see if Monster Jam Triple Threat is coming to a city near you.

Monster Jam Triple Threat in Pittsburgh

Like I said, tickets start at just $15. I’m always amazed at how affordable these kids’ events are locally. Either they were way more expensive when I was growing up, or I had some weird assumptions about pricing until I was a parent myself.

The show will be at PPG Paints Arena. Here are the show times–there are quite a few so odds are there’s one that fits your schedule!

  • 2/8: 7p
  • 2/9: 1p
  • 2/9: 7p
  • 2/10: 1p

The trucks will include Blue Thunder driven by Matt Cody, El Toro Loco driven by Mark List, Grave Digger driven by Brandon Vinson, Monster Energy driven by Coty Saucier, Monster Mutt Rottweiler driven by Cory Snyder, Pirate’s Curse driven by Justin Hicks, Soldier Fortune driven by Kayla Blood and Zombie driven by Ami Houde.

See you there, friends?



Flight School Ticket #Giveaway for #Pittsburgh Families

Flight School the Musical, a stage adaptation of Lita Judge's children's book. Coming to Pittsburgh February 17-24, 2019 brought to you by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

I’ve written in the past about how I tend to get defiant in the face of obstacles. If you tell me I can’t do something, I’m more prone to work twenty times harder to prove you wrong.

In that, me and a children’s book character have something in common. Penguin, the hero of Lita Judge’s Flight School, wants to fly. Yeah, his body wasn’t built for it. Everyone tells him it is impossible. But that’s not going to stop him.

Penguin ropes his doubtful friends into helping him, and after adding some some auxiliary tools, he achieve his dreams of flying with the assistance of those who told him it was impossible.

It’s a really uplifting story, and a really good base moral lesson for young kids.

Citizen’s Bank Children’s Theater Series Brings You Flight School

If you’re in the Pittsburgh region, I’ve got exciting news for you! Citizen’s Bank teamed up with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust this year to bring you the Children’s Theater Series, which just so happens to include a performance of Flight School.

Here are the deets:

When: February 17-24, 2019
Where: Byham Theater, Greensburg-Salem Middle School, Marshall Middle, Hopewell High School, Mt. Lebanon High School or Seneca Valley Senior High depending on the date of performance.
Cost: Tickets start at $12, though you could score yours for free. Keep reading for more info!
More details: Can be found here.

Win Free Tickets to Flight School

As a part of this year’s partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, I’m excited to announce the giveaway of four free tickets to this inspiring kids’ show! This giveaway will last two weeks, with the last day of entry being February 11, 2019.

You can use the widget below to enter. Remember that there are several ways to earn entries everyday, upping your odds of winning.

Best of luck, friends! And be sure to check back for more free tickets further on into the season!

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What to Do in #Pittsburgh on #MLK Jr. Day

Looking for something to do in the Burgh this holiday weekend on a budget?

Look no further. On Monday,  you can gather up the crew and head on over to the Mattress Factory without worrying about how much cash you have on hand.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at The Mattress Factory

martin luther king day mlk day mattress factory

When: Monday, January 21, 2019
Where: The Mattress Factory
Time: 12p-4p
 Pay what you can.

Every year, the Mattress Factory hosts a party for MLK Jr. Day. This year, there’s going to be a lot of really cool all-ages activities going on. The education department at the museum does a really great job with its events.

For example, there will be a scavenger hunt, a station where you can decorate Celebration Crowns, a cookie table (we are in Pittsburgh, after all,) and entertainment provided by DJ Dave Zak. They’re also bringing in the XOXO: A Project about Love and Forgiveness pop-up in from the Children’s Museum for the celebration.

If you’re a regular of the Mattress Factory, you’ll know that they’re not typically open on Mondays. But in honor of the holiday, not only will they be hosting the party, but the museum’s galleries at 500 Sampsonia Way, 516 Sampsonia Way and 1414 Monterey Street will be open for visitors.

If you haven’t been to the Mattress Factory yet, go. I lived here a total of 15 nonconsecutive years before I visited, and man, do I wish I had done it sooner. One of the coolest museums in the city–and that’s saying something in a museum-rich metro like Pittsburgh.

The event is pay-as-you-can admission, so you can take the whole family without breaking the bank. Plus, it’s a really great way to get them out of the house while they’re home from school on a winter day.

And celebrating a man so full of love, a penchant for peace and a desire for justice isn’t a bad way to spend any day.

Flash #Giveaway: Lunar Weekend in #Pittsburgh

This post is in partnership with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Whoa. These actors recreate the Apollo 11 mission using just their bodies. Definitely going to go see Moon Walk, and then head over to the Heinz History center to see the Columbia!

Happy weekend, friends! Fridays are always a happy occurrence, but this week I want to make yours a little bit happier with our next Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Giveaway!

A Very Lunar Weekend in Pittsburgh

But first, I want to throw some ideas at you for a very lunar weekend here in Pittsburgh on January 18th or 19th, 2019.

One small step for man, one giant leap over to the Heinz History Center.

Right now the Heinz History Center has an exhibit called “Destination Moon.” Among other things, you’ll be able to see the only surviving piece of the Apollo 11 spacecraft–the Columbia Command Module.

It’s pretty darn nifty, and it’s only touring four museums in the entire country. We’ve only got it here in Pittsburgh until February 18, so time is running out!

I don’t have History Center tickets to give away, though I wish I would have thought of that beforehand.

What I do have is tips on how to reduce your admission costs to the Heinz History Center not only this weekend, but every day.

  • Get $2 off admission if you are retired or active-duty military.
  • Get $9 student admission when you present your student ID.
  • Get significantly discounted admission if anyone in your household has an ACCESS card.
  • If you pay full admission, you can get free admission to the Fort Pitt Museum and Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village the day of your visit and the day after. For example, if you visit the History Center on a Tuesday, you’d have free admission at the other two sites Tuesday and Wednesday.

Catch an Out-of-This-World Performance

EQT Bridge Theater Series

Running on Friday, January 18th and Saturday, January 19th, 2019, you can catch Moon Shot–an anthropomorphic recreation of the Apollo 11 mission. This I do have giveaway tickets for, though you can get them here starting at $12.

Here’s what you’ll want to know about the show:

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.

Content Information: Recommended for ages 7+.This show features acting, story telling, sound effects, physical theater and comedy. It contains moments of silence and minimal staging.

Moon Shot Ticket Giveaway

Sounds like a pretty cool day, right? I’m so happy to be able to give away four (4) tickets to a Moon Walk performance of your choice in partnership with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust! This giveaway’s only going to be open through 11:59a Monday local time, so make sure to get in all the entries you can over the weekend! Best of luck!

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Interested in other galactic adventures in Pittsburgh?

You might be interested in checking out the free tour of the Allegheny observatory, then! When I was there, I got to see the best telescope in the world (until the 1990s, that is,) gaze at the rings on Saturn through a telescope and learn who the heck Brashear High School is named after.