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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
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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.


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

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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.


Get tickets here

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

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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
Get tickets here
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

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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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