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Remake Learning Days 2017

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As a mom of boys, I am always on the hunt for things that my kids can do that doesn’t brake the bank. If it’s something that they can learn too, I would consider it a GOAL! (Go Pens!) But does such an event exists?  IT DOES! . Remake Learning Days to the rescue.

 

The Remake Learning Network, renowned for launching educational innovations now recognized nationally, will host more than 350 fun and mostly free events from May 15-26 during Remake Learning Days. Parents, families, and kids are invited to experience hands-on, technology infused, engaging learning experiences in neighborhoods across southwest Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Events will be hosted by local schools, museums, libraries, companies, recreation centers, and community-based organizations. Each day will feature a specific theme, including the arts, maker learning, outdoor learning, science, technology, and youth voice. From coding and gaming to inventing.

Arts Day is hands-on learning and expression through all kids of art: theater, dance, visual art, music, photography, and more!

“Making” is about taking things apart and putting it back together. Tinker, build, and create with all kinds of materials. Try a 3D printer, take apart a toy to see what’s inside and then rebuild it, or create a marshmallow tower!

 

Outdoor Learning is about experiencing and learning about the natural world. How can we think about the environment, sustainability, and more by exploring our very own back yards?

Science is all about experimentation! Kids and adults can explore chemistry, biology, geography and more. How does our world work? What can we test and explore in the world around us?

Technology gives kids the chance to explore their digital world. Want to try coding? Build robots? Learn circuitry? Look for technology events that help you discover new things.

Youth Voice is about youth leadership and amplifying youth voice. Youth have the ability to express themselves in so many ways such as: through audio, video, art, music, and more. Youth voice-related events highlight how youth express themselves in their own ways.

Other Remake Learning Days highlights:
• Across the key themes, there are 89 maker events, 83 arts events, 77 technology events, 40 science
events, 30 outdoor learning events, and 27 youth voice events;
• The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host 25 events across its branch system, featuring a robot
raceway, virtual reality, Labs workshops for teens, the Labsy Awards Art Show and more;
• Innovative corporations such as Duolingo, Schell Games, Inventionland and TechShop Pittsburgh
will host open houses for the public to gain insights into the latest technology and their work;
• Many museums and arts organizations will host hands-on learning sessions for youth of all ages,
including the Heinz History Center, Carnegie Science Center, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh,
Manchester Craftsmen Guild, and more;
• Across the Pittsburgh region, 29 school districts are hosting showcases and events for Remake
Learning Days;
• A partner committed to reducing the Digital Divide, Comcast encourages all families who qualify
for the National School Lunch program to explore its Internet Essentials program, which offers
low-cost internet; and
• There will be 45 professional development opportunities across the region for educators to explore
“remake learning” on a deeper level.

For more information, visit http://remakelearningdays.org. You also can follow Remake Learning Days on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @remakelearning or #RemakeDays.

Listen to what honorary co-chairs, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Daya and Pittsburgh hip-hop artist Jasiri X. had to say.

 

Remake Learning Days is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors: The Grable Foundation, Comcast, Claude Worthington Benedum
Foundation, Google, Chevron, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Innovator Sponsors: PNC Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, UPMC and UPMC Health Plan, Internet
Essentials from Comcast, and Appalachia Partnership Initiative

Creator Sponsors: Arconic, Penguins Foundation, American Eagle Foundation

Maker Sponsors: University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Deep Well Services, Covestro, Eat ‘n Park and Pirates Charities

Good Neighbor Sponsors: McAuley Ministries Foundation, Buhl Foundation and Schell Games

Remake Learning Days will launch with a kickoff open to the public at PNC Park on Monday, May 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. This free family-friendly, drop-in event will feature dozens of creative hands-on activities along with light refreshments, supported by Google Geek Street and the 2017 Remake Learning Days Presenting Sponsors. Register here.

WOW! So much happening in the next few weeks. Make sure you stop by one of these #FREE events. I will definitely be taking the boys to a few of these.

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PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”

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PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” Takes Center Stage in Pittsburgh
Join Your Favorite Pups For A Heroic Musical Adventure
at the Benedum Center

Pittsburgh, PAPAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” based on hit preschool series PAW Patrol, which airs on Nickelodeon and is produced by Spin Master Entertainment, will visit the Benedum Center May 12th through 14th. PAW Patrol Live! presented by Pedigree, brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure. When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of The Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue. Join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest when they visit Pittsburgh. Tickets for all six performances are on sale now and can be purchased at www.trustarts.org or by phone at 412-566-6666.

PAW Patrol Live! photos courtesy of Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group.”

Featuring a cast of everybody’s favorite PAW Patrol characters and presented by VStar Entertainment Group and Nickelodeon, PAW Patrol Live! shows that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and shares lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as the characters each use their unique skills and teamwork. The show includes two acts and an intermission, and engages audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the PAW Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and packs.

“Using Bunraku, puppetry elements are built into costumes worn by real actors to create a wonderful combination of life-size pups and to make a stronger connection with the audience. The PAW Patrol cast sings and dances, which brings a fun, realistic parallel between the animated series and the live show,” says Jim Waters, producer, VStar Entertainment Group.

PAW Patrol Live! photos courtesy of Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group.”

The performance features up-tempo music and a brand new cleverly written script that is a good introduction to live theater for kids. Classic theatrical scenery along with a high-tech video wall visually transports families to an authentic PAW Patrol environment, including locations from the TV series, like Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi’s farm and Jake’s Mountain. Special interactive video allows the audience to participate via interviews, solve clues with the Pups, follow Mayor Goodway and much more.

 

VStar Entertainment Group is one of the nation’s leading multi-concept media and entertainment platforms and producer of family-friendly consumer shows and events, with an extensive background presenting and promoting more than 36,000 performances worldwide over the past 37 years. Headquartered in the Twin Cities, VStar Entertainment Group was founded in 2015 following an acquisition of VEE Corporation, one of the most experienced and respected names in family-friendly entertainment, and Blue Star Media, a leader in event production and promotion. VStar Entertainment Group also provides turnkey, in-house solutions for agencies, brands, corporations and marketing experts serving the event, sports and experiential industries. For more information, including current touring shows and a complete list of service offerings, please visit www.vstarentertainment.com.

PAW Patrol Live! photos courtesy of Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group.”

Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for more than 20 consecutive years. For additional information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB)

As always, I will be there opening night. Hope to see you there!

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Ready for the Easter Bunny?

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Spring has sprung! Time for nicer weather, flowers and of course bunnies. Yeah I know, the weather today doesn’t scream spring but hey it’s Pittsburgh. I don’t know about you but this year is just flying by. I can’t believe it’s April already. So much to do with no time. Which is why, I went out to Ross Park Mall this week, to get pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. No sense in waiting another day, he is a very busy bunny. In our house, we only do the bunny pictures the first year. Here is how it went down.

Me being the crazy mom that I am, I just had to find matching outfits. Seriously, why not? Just because the boys are 5 years apart doesn’t mean they can’t match. So as luck would have it, I had two shirts that were both blue with stripes and were the correct size. Mom for the win! Anywho, we stopped home after work to pick up daddy and baby brother and off we went. We made it there with time to spare, which helped because I made the 5 year old change in the parking lot. He was a little shy but it was quick so he made it through.

So, both boys are wearing their matching jeans and button down shirt. Ain’t they adorable? I make cute kids. I don’t know how that’s possible but it happened. 🙂 As we get to the bunny the 5 year old begins to jump with excitement. He has been asking to visit the bunny but usually we are rushing to get home so we skip it.

My boys <3

You guys I gotta admit, I was in shock. The appointment went smoothly with no crying or fighting. The photographer was fantastic and the assistant made us all feel at home. Very professional and caring.

Tim Bazmore – Assistant Manager
Michelle Tice – Regional Manager

So now its time to pick a package. The prices weren’t too bad for what you get. We got the #A package which included: 4 – 5×7, 3 – 3×5 & 10 wallets. Plus you get a $20 gift card for Shutterfly and we added the digital download & 4 FREE wallets for an extra $10. So total the price came to $59.99 for 21 pictures plus $20 for Shutterfly with copyrights for all of them. And…. just take a look at the photos.

Seriously how cute is that?

Strike a pose!

Here are the packages:

They also have some cute frames to purchase at 50% off if you get the bigger package.

Below are the days and hours the Easter Bunny will be at the mall. His last day will be April 15th:

Saturday, April 8: 10AM – 8:30PM
Sunday, April 9: 11AM – 6PM
Monday, April 10: 10AM – 8:30PM
Tuesday, April 11: 10AM – 8:30PM
Wednesday, April 12: 10AM – 8:30PM
Thursday, April 13: 10AM – 8:30PM
Friday, April 14: 9AM – 9PM
Saturday, April 15: 9AM – 9PM

To make an appointment click here for Ross Park or here for South Hills Village. 

Remember no personal pictures allowed.

If you are free today stop by Ross Park Mall they are having a cool event for the family.

Ross Park Mall Springtime Spectacular!

Ross Park Mall will be hosting a Springtime Spectacular event for kids and their families on Saturday, April 8 from 12 noon to 2 pm around Center Court!  This event will feature family-friendly activities for kids including:

    • Entertainment provided by DJ Dave

    • A Balloon Artist creating comical balloon animals and sculptures

    • Fun Easter Basket decorating craft

    • A chance to do the Easter Bunny’s favorite dance, The Bunny Hop!

    • Cookies, treats and prizes galore.

    • And, of course, families can visit the Easter Bunny in his colorful springtime setting and have a special photo taken.

I will be there with the kids later today. Don’t miss this fun, springtime celebration!  “HOP” to see you there!

 

– Carol

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The King and I are here.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. Although I received some form of compensation and this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. This post is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, directed by Bartlett Sher. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.”

Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Musical Revival, THE KING AND I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna and the Royal Children of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Press Release:

Pittsburgh, PA—Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announces that Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) will lead the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I. Joan Almedilla will play Lady Thiang with Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chan as Prince Chulalongkorn, Graham Montgomery as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey. The tour launched in Providence, RI October 30–November 6, 2016, and will play multi-week and single week engagements throughout the 2016-17 touring season and beyond. Please find the complete schedule at www.thekinganditour.com.

In Pittsburgh, THE KING AND I will open at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street on Tuesday, April 4 through Sunday, April 9, 2017.  This tour is part of the 2016-2017 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Broadway Across America.

Performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh patrons are invited to join us for a free pre-show talk, Know The Show Before You Go, held at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  For more information visit: www.TrustArts.org/KnowTheShow.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Tickets ($26-$105) to THE KING AND I at the Benedum Center are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-4800 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  For information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscription series, visit TrustArts.org or call 412-456-1390.  Tickets for Groups of 10+ are available online at TrustArts.org or call 412-471-6930.

Director Bartlett Sher had this to say about the leads in THE KING AND I: “Jose was so superb on Broadway in The King and I that I begged him to join us on the tour and I feel we are incredibly lucky to have him.  He brings such joy and virility and strength to the King. And he is one of Broadway’s great talents.

“Laura Michelle has one of the best voices on Broadway matched with an extraordinary heart. Her work on Finding Neverland and Mary Poppins distinguished both of those shows with her natural grace and joy. She will be an exquisite Anna Leonowens.”

The ensemble includes Heather Botts, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Daniel J. Edwards, Nicole Ferguson, Marie Gutierrez, Mindy Lai, Darren Lee, Q Lim, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Yuki Ozeki, Marcus Shane, Sam Simahk, Michiko Takemasa, Jeoffrey Watson and Kelli Youngman, with Kayla Amistad, Jaden Amistad, Adriana Braganza, Amaya Braganza, Rylie Sickles, Rhyees Stump, Noah Toledo and CJ Uy as the Royal Children.

Laura Michelle Kelly, Baylen Thomas and Graham Montgomery in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

THE KING AND I, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.  Hailed as “first-rate, sumptuous” (The New York Times) and “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine), the production played 538 performances on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I has music direction by Ted Sperling, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award® winner for THE KING AND I), lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. THE KING AND I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

For more information including the 2016–17 touring schedule, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Manna Nichols and Kavin Panmeechao in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Cast and Creative Biographies

LAURA MICHELLE KELLY (Anna Leonowens) is an Olivier Award winning actress for her star-making performance as the title role in the London production of Disney’s Mary Poppins. Kelly just recently completed a year and a half run playing Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland, starring opposite Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer after originating the role at the American Repertory Theater (2015 Elliott Award Nominee).  Her other Broadway credits include reprising her role in Mary Poppins and the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof.  West End credits include: My Fair Lady (Eliza), Speed-the-Plow (Karen), Lord of the Rings: The Musical (Galadriel), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Whistle Down the Wind (Swallow), Peter Pan (Wendy), Les Misérables (Eponine), Mamma Mia! (Sophie).  Regional: The King and I (Anna) and South Pacific (Nellie).  Film: Sweeney Todd (Lucy/Beggar Woman; dir. Tim Burton) and Goddess (2012 Cannes Film Festival) Album: The Storm Inside (2006). Recipient: Awarded Voice of Musical Theatre. Numerous radio, TV, concert appearances including Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, Royal Opera House, Millennium Stadium, Buckingham Palace and performed for President Obama for the 4th of July celebrations. www.lauramichellekelly.net

JOSE LLANA (King of Siam) returns to the role of “The King of Siam” after two starring engagements in the Tony-winning Lincoln Center revival of The King and I. He made his American Songbook debut in the spring of 2015, which led to the release of his second solo CD, Altitude in the spring of 2016. He earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal as Marcos in David Byrne & Fat Boy Slim’s Here Lies Love at The Public Theater (dir. Alex Timbers) and most recently played Duke Orsino for The Public Theater’s Public Works musical adaptation of Twelfth Night (dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah) at The Delacorte. Broadway credits include Chip Tolentino in William Finn’s The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award, dir. James Lapine), El Gato in Wonderland, Wang Ta in David Henry Hwang’s adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, Angel in RENT (dir. Michael Greif), Jessie-Lee in Streetcorner Symphony and his debut as Lun Tha in the 1996 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I opposite Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips. Off-Broadway appearances include Adam in Falling for Eve (York), Gabey in On the Town (dir. George C. Wolfe, Delacorte) and Adam Guettel’s Saturn Returns (dir. Tina Landau, Public Theater). Regional appearances include DistanceRunner in Poster Boy (Williamstown Theater Festival), Bill Sikes in Oliver! (Paper Mill), Guillaume in Cameron Mackintosh’s Martin Guerre (Guthrie Theater), Tin Man in Ballad of Little Jo (Steppenwolf Theater, dir. Tina Landau, Jefferson Nomination – Best Supporting Actor) and Candide in Candide (Prince Theater, Barrymore Nomination – Best Actor). TV/Film appearances include HBO’s “Sex and the City” opposite Margaret Cho and Hitch with Will Smith. Appearing on numerous cast albums, Jose is also a best-selling recording artist on the VIVA Philippines label.  Training from Manhattan School of Music.  Jose is a constant advocate for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and serves on the Musical Theater Council for The Public Theater. www.josellana.com

Bartlett Sher (Director). LCT: Golden Boy (Tony nomination), Blood and Gifts, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (also London production), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nom.), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics awards; also London and Australia), Awake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza (Tony noms.). Recent New York: Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway), The Bridges of Madison County (Schoenfeld), Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons), Waste (Best Play Obie Award), Cymbeline (Callaway Award, also at Royal Shakespeare Company), Don Juan, Pericles (TFANA, BAM). Artistic director of Seattle’s Intiman Theater (2000-2009). Previously company director for the Guthrie Theater and associate artistic director at Hartford Stage. Opera: Faust (Baden Baden), Two Boys (ENO, Metropolitan Opera), Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera), Romeo et Juliette (Salzburg, Milan, Chicago), Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera, New York City Opera). Upcoming productions include Otello (Metropolitan Opera), Adam Guettel’s new musical Millions.

Broadway Across America
Broadway Across America is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel.  Led by 9 time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 41 markets with over 270,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Quartet, Hairspray, On Your Feet!, School of Rock and The Producers. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

Opening night is tonight (April 4, 2017), hope to see you there.

– Carol

 

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DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! 2017

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DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE!
APRIL 4-6, 2017 | BYHAM THEATER | 101 SIXTH STREET

The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

Tickets ($28.50 – $45) are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  Groups of 10+ please call 412-471-6930.

Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood tells its engaging stories about the life of a preschooler using musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life. 

In February 2015, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood was the #2 program across all TV networks for Kids 2-5 and with moms of young children. In addition, it continues to be one of the highest-streamed shows, averaging over 40 million streams per month. One million Daniel Tiger books have been published to date, and downloads of the apps, music and episodes continue to rank high on iTunes.

The animated TV series has garnered a host of prestigious awards, and most recently was nominated for a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program. This recognition follows a string of additional honors, including a 2015 Parents’ Choice Gold Award and 2014 Prix Jeunesse International Selection as well as the 2013 Kidscreen Award for Best Animated Series in the Preschool Category, and 2013 Cynopsis: Kids! Imagination Award for Preschool Series. 

PBS KIDS Website: http://pbskids.org/daniel/
The Fred Rogers Company Website: http://www.fredrogers.org/
Produced by Mills Entertainment: http://millsentertainment.com/
Executive Producer/Tour Booking: The Brad Simon Organization Inc.: http://www.bsoinc.com/

Steel City Mom was there last year to see this show, here was my review: Daniel Tiger 2016. I am excited to see what they have done differently this time around. As always, Steel City Mom will be there on opening night. Stop by to say “Hello Neighbor”

– Carol

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Review: Ollie’s Bargain Outlet

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. Although I received some form of compensation and this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. This post is brought to you by the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet.

As a busy mom, I am always looking for a way to get more done in less time. When I have the 5 year old and the baby in tow, I don’t want to go store hoppin, I need a place that has it all. Ollie’s to the rescue! But wait, there isn’t one around here right? It’s your lucky day, this past Wednesday the McKeesport store had its Grand Opening and yours truly was there.

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From the moment I walked into the store I was in awe, the store was packed with so many items and at great prices. They had everything you could need like food, clothes, paint and tools. Since it was the grand opening people where everywhere. They must have gotten the memo 🙂

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I was asked to come check out the store and was given $100 gift card to shop (pretty sweet right?) I gotta admit I didn’t know what $100 would get me, but one thing was for sure, I didn’t want or need more stuff to fill my house. So I headed straight for the necessities and the husband went for the tools. Funny how that works lol.

The first thing that caught my eye was the huge selection of books. So many cheap books to choose from.

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A Teachers Dream

Then, I hit up the bath section, this is my weakness. If I find body wash, deodorant and shampoo cheap when I am out, I always buy it. Besides, it’s not like it expires or anything. I found a lot of goodies. $0.69 Soft Soap hand soap, $1.99 body wash, 3 big bottles of Gain Dish soap for 3.99 … JACKPOT! I left a few for other people I swear.

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$0.69 soft soap hand soap is a steal

As I moved around the store, I found more stuff I could use. Kitchen utensils, storage bags, and so much more. The 5 year old of course found the toy aisle. He just HAD TO HAVE A TOY! We settled on a crayola paint maker, at least he can use that when summer hits and we do our art projects.

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He is such a ham

After about 30 minutes the baby got hungry so I found a place to sit down. Yes that was me, sitting on a stack of rubber mats feeding a child, don’t judge me he is too heavy to carry while feeding. I grow big babies. 🙂

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Dinner time!

Baby is fed so lets get back to it. I found my husband in the paint section. He looks at me and says, “Hun! They have automotive paint.” It was like Christmas morning he was so happy.

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Wahoo!!!

We spent 2 hours in the store total but I didn’t look at every aisle. The lines were long but went fast. The associates were doing a great job keeping the lines moving. The manager said that earlier in the day, the lines were all the way to the back of the store. WOW!

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$100 of goodies

This is what $100 got us. I must say I am very pleased. For more information about other locations and store hours click here.

Ollie’s is so awesome they have given me a $25 Gift Card to raffle off for my readers. Thank you Ollie’s! Please click below to enter. This giveaway will run from today 3/13/17 – 3/15/17 at midnight. The winner will receive the gift card in the mail. Good luck!

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– Carol

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Review: Disney On Ice presents Dream Big

Disclaimer: I am an FEI Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment, Inc. or one of its affiliates has provided me with complimentary tickets to its shows and opportunities to attend its private pre-show events. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. Although I received some form of compensation and this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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Matthew, Nana and Izabella

Pittsburgh has been taken over by Disney Princesses and we LOVE IT! I had the honor of attending opening night and let me tell you it was awesome.

The show started off with Mickey and Minnie introducing Tinkerbell, she was our hostess for the evening.

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Princess Jayden

Each segment brought to life the magic that only Disney can display. I joked with my cousin that 90% off the kids don’t know some of the “old” princesses, but when Frozen came onto the ice the crowd went wild. Oh well, to each their own. I know I had a great time, and yes I was singing.

Here are a few action shots from the show:

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PPG Paints Arena
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Me, Izabella & Matthew

This was my favorite part….

Hope you have fun at the show!

– Carol

 

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Disney On Ice presents Dream Big

Disclaimer: I am an FEI Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment, Inc. or one of its affiliates has provided me with complimentary tickets to its shows and opportunities to attend its private pre-show events. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. Although I received some form of compensation and this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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Disney Princesses Create Their Own Happily Ever After when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big comes to your hometown!  

Tinker Bell Whisks Audiences through Inspirational Disney Tales and the Princesses that Made them Possible.

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Believing is just the beginning when dreamers around the country witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage.

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Enter a world where adventure awaits and courage leads the way, as Tinker Bell guides guests to a place where imaginations soar and anything can happen. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you that strength and kindness go hand-in-hand.

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“Before dreaming up this show, we reflected on what makes Disney’s leading ladies so unique,” said Producer Kenneth Feld.  “Having three daughters, it didn’t take long to realize that every princess had one thing in common: each one had a dream and the determination to make it a reality. We wanted to share that inspirational message with our audiences by celebrating the stories of these courageous young women and the friends that helped them along the way.”

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Guests will also enjoy a special second act including royal sisters Anna and Elsa from the number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen. Audiences will enter the land of Arendelle and journey up the North Mountain with Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff as they help the sisters discover true love can conquer all.  “Being able to include these new and exciting characters from the Academy Award®-winning tale, Frozen, keeps our shows current and ever evolving,” adds Feld.

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Adapting the inspirational moments to the ice presented an interesting challenge to the creative team.  To cause audiences to re-experience the emotions evoked by the films would take glittering sets, dramatic lighting, breathtaking choreography and a few surprises. Each member of the creative team approached this challenge with their own unique perspective.

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For Director Patty Vincent, it was about realizing her goal for the overall vision of the show. “My favorite part of this entire experience was actually piecing it together from my original dream,” she noted.  “Starting with a blank piece of paper then gathering ideas, finding music, working out the choreography and costumes – I really loved creating it from scratch.  One of the most perfect moments for me was when I found the song “If You Can Dream” on the Disney Wishes album.  It just embodies the wishful and inspirational tone of the show. There’s nothing like seeing ideas that start with your imagination become something real – it’s an incredible experience.”  An example of this creative process is evident in Vincent’s favorite part of the show.  “I love the ‘Under the Sea’ production number because I was able to combine bubbling special effects with the most fantastic costumes and high-energy skating.  The scene is even more fun than I imagined it would be.”

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Recognizing the timeless nature of the stories, Creative Director Jerry Bilik sought a cast whose talent would make the stories relatable and inspiring.  “To me, the most exciting part of the show is really the cast,” Bilik said.  “These exceptional performers help translate the stories to the ice magnificently.  Their portrayal of the princesses and princes sweeps the audience away because they capture the essence of the characters’ hopes, dreams and heroism.”

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Disney On Ice presents Dream Big invites audiences to come along as Tinker Bell shows them the timeless tales of inspiring princesses and the friends that helped make their dreams come true, including the story of sisterly love between Anna and Elsa.  High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget.

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Below is a fun coloring page for your little Disney fan. Enjoy!
I am very excited to see this show. Check back here for a info.
– Carol
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SOMETHING ROTTEN! is coming to Pittsburgh

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. Although I received some form of compensation and this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. This post is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

The holiday season has come and gone, leaving Pittsburgh dark and gloomy. Also, in case you haven’t noticed our country is a hot mess at the moment. I need to get away to relax and laugh a little, how about you? If you feel the same way you gotta check out the completely original new musical SOMETHING ROTTEN!


From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it’s something wonderful… something for everyone… It’s SOMETHING ROTTEN!, “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years” (Time Out New York)!


With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!

Follow SOMETHING ROTTEN! on Twitter: @RottenBroadway, Facebook, and Instagram; visit www.RottenBroadway.com.

Ticket Info:

Tuesday – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday – 7:30 p.m
Friday – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, February 1, at 6:30 p.m. PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh patrons are invited to join us for a free pre-show talk, Know The Show Before You Go, held at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  For more information visit: www.TrustArts.org/KnowTheShow.

Tickets ($26-$77) to SOMETHING ROTTEN! at the Benedum Center are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-4800 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  For information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscription series, visit TrustArts.org or call 412-456-1390.  Tickets for Groups of 10+ are available online at TrustArts.org or call 412-471-6930.

I am super excited to see this on opening night, I hope to see you there!

– Carol

 

 

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Review: Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream

Disclaimer: I am an FEI Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment, Inc. or one of its affiliates has provided me with complimentary tickets to its shows and opportunities to attend its private pre-show events. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. Although I received some form of compensation and this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

 

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Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream made its way into town, on Friday night with a packed house full of anxious children and parents. It was bitter cold outside but full of excitement, warm and fussy feels inside. Not going to lie, I had a few tears as I watched those characters from my youth come to life.

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Matthew & Izabella @steelcitymom

The show started with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy introducing Tiara from The Princess and the Frog. She was great and looked very comfortable on the ice. Thank god for the hubby, because we were in line getting treats. So we missed a few minutes of the beginning.

Next up, Snow White graced the ice with the classic tale we all know and love. Let’s no forget those adorable 7 dwarfs, Matthew loved those little guys.

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Snow White @steelcitymom

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Then comes my favorite princess, Cinderella with her little mouse friends Jaq and Gus Gus. And who doesn’t love a fairy godmother? Her constant struggle to please others while getting the short end of the stick. Sound familiar? 🙂

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Last but not least, Rapunzel enters the building which is her first time ever in a Disney on Ice show. This princess is my niece Izabella’s favorite one by far. She was so excited she sat at the edge of her seat the whole time.

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Izabella @steelcitymom

Izabella @steelcitymom

To close out the show, all the Disney Princesses came out to welcome Rapunzel. She will now be placed into their vast collection of wonderful characters.

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I love Disney On Ice! So much magic and feel good energy. Don’t worry these shows are still available Saturday Dec. 10 – 11am, 3pm, 7pm Sunday Dec. 11 – 12pm, 4pm click here. If you haven’t been to a show I highly recommend it, you won’t be disappointed.

– Carol