Phipps Free Day

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One thing I absolutely love about blogging is how much I learn. Before I started writing, I had no idea that my city was host to so many free events.  It’s amazing what you can find when you’re looking.

The last Monday of October Phipps Conservatory had a free day.  I hadn’t been there since I was a kid myself.  I was really impressed with all the displays and things to do.  The place is perfect for kids of all ages; the exhibits are all very stroller friendly, but there’s so much to explore if you have older ones or want to let them go on foot.  There was a play shopping center where kids could “buy” organic vegetables, a train display much like the one at the science center, and lots of themed rooms.  Heck, as an adult I enjoyed the experience.  Right now there is a special exhibit highlighting India including a play spice market, a healer’s station, and all types of flora indigenous to the area.

Year of the Dragon
We pretended Pocoyo was hiding behind these
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22 thoughts on “Phipps Free Day

  1. Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy

    The India theme is so neat with the play spice market and healers station, and I love that Year of the Dragon photo. Those flowers look so lush. Took a quick peek in Google and immediately I found free salsa dancing lessons in my city. Time to learn how to shimmy it on!

    1. femmefrugality

      We actually went the day Sandy hit; we weren’t sure how it was going to effect us here in Pittsburgh, but it was pretty frigid. It’s a conservatory, so it’s all indoors! Super nice for a place with unpredictable weather like Pittsburgh. They do have an outdoor garden, but we didn’t venture out there that day.

  2. The Frugal Exerciser

    I think every city has something free and family friendly. For example in Chicago, you can visit Lincoln Park Zoo for the Zoo lights.

    ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One
    Join us for this fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebration featuring luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds. We’ll flip the on switch November 23. Afterward, ZooLights will shine each Friday–Sunday until December 26, at which point the lights will stay on nightly until January 6.

  3. AverageJoe

    At many of these places if you decide to become a member, there’s a reciprocal deal that gets you into many other attractions. That’s a good thing to ask about. The Dallas Arboretum is 3 hours away, but it cost less than two visits if we’d paid. We’ve now gone three times and to a couple of the other places on the reciprocal list. Five visits for the price of 1.5.

    1. femmefrugality

      Amazing point! The Carnegie Museums do this (that includes the history museum, art museum, the warhol, and science center.) Phipp’s has their own membership. While it’s only for the conservatory, it does include stuff like educational classes. AND they offer a student discount. Seriously, let me know if your teen ends up going to college here. I’ll hook you up with so much amazing free stuff they automatically get access to that it’s not even funny.


    Great pics. I think most tend to think about how much will it cost us to do this or that when it comes to going out. I know in our city there are so many free things to do but you must research them. No sense pulling cash from the pocket when there is free fun to be had. Mr.CBB

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