Category Archives: Pittsburgh

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

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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

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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.

Your Alien Ticket #Giveaway for #Pittsburgh Families

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

Hoping I win these four free tickets to this show! My kids love this book.

So, if you didn’t wake up this morning to a super happy email telling you that you won tickets to the Hip Hop Nutcracker, I’ve got something that will add a little bit of sunshine to your day.

We’ve got another giveaway from The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust!

Your Alien

January 6-14, 2019
Get tickets here.

This time it’s for a show called Your Alien. When I first started this partnership with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, this was the number one show one of my kiddos wanted to see. So we’re very excited for it!

If you’d like to get a feel for it, here’s the story the play is based on:

If you’re super loving it, you can also buy the book.

If you haven’t gotten enough of this adorable story yet, here’s what you need to know about the performance itself:

One day, you’ll be looking out your window when something wonderful comes your way… and you will want to keep him. Your Alien touches down with a stranded alien who strikes up a fabulous friendship with a boy who finds him. They go to school and have loads of fun together. As evening approaches, the alien grows homesick. Will the boy be able to figure out how to help his new friend? This funny and uplifting new musical shows how the power of true friendship can last a lifetime. Based on the book by Tammy Sauer.

Content Information: This event is designated for younger audiences and is recommended for children and adults ages 3+. This show features acting, music and movement. The theater will be darkened with light coming from the stage.

The Giveaway

We’ve had a couple of giveaways with a really quick turnaround time, which has been fun and exciting. But this time around I want to do something a little different–especially because of the holidays.

This giveaway will be open longer: through December 23rd. The notification email will go out to the winner on Christmas Eve. That way, if you want to wrap up a picture of the performance or print out the email or whatever, you’ll be able to put this prize under the tree as a last-minute gift.

The fact that it’s open longer this time will also give you an opportunity for more entries. There are many opportunities to win entries everyday simply by sharing this giveaway on social media.

I know some of you have entered all three of these giveaways to date. I want you to know I see you! I know you share and appreciate it, so I wanted to give you a longer window to be able to earn more chances to bring home those tickets.

Depending on how this goes, I might extend more of our giveaway entry periods in the future. What do you think? Let me know in the comments, and best of luck! I hope you’ll all be able to see this play with your littles!

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Flash #Giveaway: Hip Hop Nutcracker #Pittsburgh

I'm gonna love this Pittsburgh show as much as my babies will. Hip Hop Nutcracker!

I come to you today bearing holiday joy! And a giveaway!

I’ve been so excited to partner this year with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to bring you free tickets to a litany of different performances. Today’s giveaway is for The Hip Hop Nutcracker, which will be showing December 11th and 12th–that’s this Tuesday and Wednesday!

Here’s what you need to know about this fun performance:

A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, sets out on a fourth national tour following the success of three previous sold-out tours.The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Guest MC Kurtis Blow, is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of sugarplums into 1980s Brooklyn. The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrates love, community, and the magic of New Year’s Eve.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the Brooklyn based theatrical hip-hop dance company Decadancetheatre. It was adapted to contemporary New York City by Mike Fitelson, executive director of United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) and includes hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo as well as an on-stage electric violinist.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Hip Hop Nutcracker

Now, this is a flash giveaway, so make sure you share as much as you possibly can between now and when the giveaway ends on Monday at 12a! (So effectively, the last day to enter will be Sunday.) Sharing lots will ensure you get maximum entries.

You’ll also notice that you can subscribe to the Femme Frugality newsletter for entries. I highly encourage this as I happen to have another Pittsburgh Cultural Trust giveaway in the pipes, and email subscribers will receive a reminder directly in their inbox.

If you don’t win–don’t worry! You can purchase tickets to this fun and festive family event here.

Happy holidays, friends, and best of luck!

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Family Day at the Mattress Factory #Pittsburgh

This post is in collaboration with The Mattress Factory.

So excited to check out all the free art programs this weekend at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh!

In case you’re not down with long lines and waking up super early to take advantage of all the deals this weekend, I wanted to take a minute today to let my Pittsburgh fam know about a cool event going on this weekend in the Burgh.

It’s called Family Day, and it’s happening at the Mattress Factory–which is a place all Pittsburghers should check out if they haven’t already. It’s probably my favorite museum in the city.

Family Day is free with the price of admission (and don’t forget that admission is heavily discounted if you or someone in your party has an ACCESS card!) and will highlight some of the museums art programs for all ages. All the programs are going to be free with the price of admission.


Here’s the Mattress Factory’s description of this program, which typically runs from 10a-12p on the second and fourth Saturday of every month:

“Let your early learner’s creativity run wild, with art and play activities, designed specifically for children ages 3-5. From confetti cannons to turntable drawings, Mini-Factory activities emphasize experimentation and encourage children to explore ideas inspired by Mattress Factory Artists.”

Normally this program costs $5 per participating child, but this weekend you’ll be able to participate for free.


This program runs from 1p-4p on the first and third Saturday of each month, and is included in the price of your admission always. This is the program is more geared towards adults than the others, but anyone can participate:

ARTLab is a hands-on, drop-in, interactive program designed for visitors of all ages. During ARTLab, participants are invited to explore, play and experiment with projects inspired by current exhibitions, artists and ideas. “

INSTALL: Afternoons @ The Factory

This free program runs every Wednesday from 4p-6p and is geared towards kids in third to fifth grade. While the program is free, you do have to register beforehand in order to participate:

“Spend your Wednesday afternoons hanging out with the fabulous folks at the Mattress Factory! Meet artists, explore the museum’s galleries and create your own art installations. Put your creativity helmets on and get ready for fun at the Mattress Factory!”

Teen Art Cooperative

This is a super structured program for teenagers–especially those who want to go into the arts professionally. It runs on a year long schedule between October and May, meets every Thursday and regular participation is a must:

TEEN ART COOPERATIVE is a year-long program for teens focused on collaboration, creative practice and exploration. This program is for self-motivated students who are interested in learning about how a museum operates as well as how to sustain a life of creative practice [translation: be an ARTIST].

Teens are given the support and space they need to develop new ideas, experiment with new materials and collaborate with each other. They will work closely with local artists and museum staff to learn about contemporary art in a direct, hands-on way, developing new skills and exploring creative resources and careers.

Over the course of the year, Co-op members become artists in residence, guest curators, exhibition installers and event planners. Students utilize the resources of the museum and Pittsburgh’s creative community to culminate in a collaborative art event of their own design.”

Guess what? This program is 100% free. But since the time commitment is such a strong part of the program, it isn’t a bad idea to get out to Family Day this weekend to check it out and make sure it’s a good match for your teen.

Family Day at the Mattress Factory

Like we talked about above, all of these programs will be on display this Friday, November 23rd from 11a-4p. You will have to pay admission to the museum, and prices are as follows:

  • Regular Admission: $20
  • Seniors & Students (including K-12 students): $15
  • Veterans: $10
  • Children ages 6 and under: FREE
  • CMU, Pitt, Point Park & CCAC Students: FREE with a valid student ID
  • Northside Residents: Half-off regular admission if you live in one of the following zip codes: 15212, 15214 and 15233.
  • ACCESS Families: If anyone in your family has an ACCESS card, up to four people in your party get in for $1 per person.

This weekend is a big deal, but all the discount options make admission to the Mattress Factory worth it any time!

Have fun, friends! And if you go, tag me in your Twitter or Insta photos! I’m @femmefrugality on both.