LEGO Brick Fest Live is coming to Monroeville, PA!

I will be receiving tickets to LEGO Brick Fest Live in exchange for this post and a review.

I’m so excited that LEGO Brick Fest Live is coming to Monroeville. We’ve been to other LEGO events when they come to the Pittsburgh area. My kids always have a good time. This will be the first one my daughter will be able to attend!

July 15-16 LEGO lovers rejoice! The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities built to inspire, educate, and entertain.

DATE AND TIME

Sat, Jul 15, 2017, 9:00 AM –
Sun, Jul 16, 2017, 6:00 PM EDT

Monroeville Convention Center
209 Mall Plaza Blvd
Monroeville, PA 15146

MY READERS SAVE! Save $3 off tickets with promo code USFGTHREE

Enjoy an amazing LEGO world where you can marvel at giant creations and even build some of your own.

The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience provides a venue for LEGO lovers of all sizes to celebrate, build new creations, and see some truly mind-blowing LEGO sculptures to help set the imagination free.

Attractions Include:

The Brick Show Experience: Meet popular YouTube LEGO show hosts from The Brick Show and be featured on in an upcoming video.

Brick Fest Derby: Build and race your custom built LEGO derby car down one of our 35-foot long timed tracks!

Collaborative Building Activities: Contribute to large-scale mystery floor mosaic.

Inspiration Stations: Add to existing LEGO cities and make them your own by building custom creations.

Video Game Arena: Have a favorite LEGO video game? Come challenge your family or make new friends in the Brick Fest Gaming Arena playing your favorite LEGO title head to head.

Mini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire! Take your game to the next level on the Brick-Links.

Brick Fest Theater Trivia & Entertainment: Participate in LEGO trivia all while taking a break from what will be an overwhelming amount of awesome!

Mosaics: Using a colorful variety of LEGO bricks, build a piece of art to proudly display for other attendees.

Shopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom LEGO sets and merchandise from one of the many merchants in attendance.

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More Info and tickets –https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brick-fest-live-lego-fan-experience-pittsburgh-pa-tickets-31103224582?discount=HomePage-EarlyBird


Fun Slides Carpet Skate Park Discount

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We had the opportunity to go to Fun Slides Carpet Skate Park in Greensburg, PA a couple years ago. My kids had such a blast. When I asked them if they’d like to go again they didn’t hesitate to say yes.  I actually did a review on Fun Slides Carpet Skate Park HERE.

They’ve added even more to the fun and I have a discount to share with you!

LIMITED TIME – EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS OFFER FOR MY READERS!! Just mention BLOG16 and my blog upon booking or arrival!!
$4 off per skater up to 5 skaters & free spectator passes for non skating adults.
$25 off party and
10% off a STEM field trip (up to $100).

Not valid with other coupons or offers.

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Fun Slides Carpet s Skatepark & Party Center www.funslidespark.com is a family owned and operated entertainment facility known for our unique brand of blacklight sliding family fun, excellence in providing awesome birthday party experiences for our customers ages four through teen and skate staff that love to teach people how to carpet skate and do cool tricks.

What is Carpet Skating you may ask? From the makers of EZ Moves Furniture Slides, this unique and cool type of fun is so easy to learn. Skate instructors strap plastic skates on the bottom of your athletic shoes, give a demonstration and then teach you to slide in minutes. Kids and parents alike love to carpet skate because as our motto says…”You Were Born to Slide!”

Now you can have even more fun at Fun Slides with our Xtra Activities. Plus when you add one or more of these attractions to your skate time we add an XTRA HOUR of skating automatically (time permitting).

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Xtra Activities include:

Super Ninja Challenge- How fast can you go through this super cool obstacle course of speed and agility? Remember to #Tweetyourtime (for skaters 185lbs or less)

Dodgeball- Kids get your team together and have a blast or parents take on some kids and show them who rules. (for skaters and non skating parents)

Bounce House Area- Two giant inflatables, a glowing bounce house and slide make up our new Bounce ‘N Slide area. Combine it with our Butt Slide area for toddlers or special kids to sit and slide for an awesome time of indoor fun!

Purchase a 2 hour skating session for $11.99 plus $2.49 for skate rental. Add an Xtra Activity ticket ($2.99 each or 4/$2.49 each) and you get an Xtra hour of skating! (time permitting).
Hours vary during the year so check the calendar on the website for details. Open most days when school is closed.

Coming soon…Special Kids Nights, Birthday Parties and Field Trips
Fun Slides owners and staff are in the process of completing training from Autism Village, an organization that helps businesses become Autism Friendly. It is our goal to support families with children with Autism by becoming aware of their needs and making accommodations to our business to meet those needs. When a family with special needs children is looking for a good place to go which is safe and makes them and their children feel comfortable, they will know they can choose Fun Slides Park which is staffed by understanding and helpful people.

LIMITED TIME – EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS OFFER FOR MY READERS!! Just mention BLOG16 and my blog upon booking or arrival!!
$4 off per skater up to 5 skaters & free spectator passes for non skating adults.
$25 off party and
10% off a STEM field trip (up to $100).

A little about the STEM field trips:

Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark and Party Center is excited to introduce a new STEM fieldtrip program that will be implemented at their park this fall. Kids now have the opportunity to study class material such as Newton’s Laws of Motion while learning and applying it to the activity of carpet skating. Elementary schools from all over the Pittsburgh area are now invited to schedule their STEM fieldtrip for the 2016-2017 school year- a fieldtrip teachers and their students won’t want to miss.


Here’s What We Thought of the Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail

We received complimentary tickets as part of the Pittsburgh Kids Guide. 

There are times that you try something out for the first time and it’s just not what you thought it would be. Then there are other times you try something new out and you wonder when you’ll be able to do it again.  Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail is one of those experiences.

Located in the Pittsburgh Mills Mall, Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail is a 32-foot tall, 2 level ropes course complete with 30 exciting elements including zig-zag beams, cargo nets, angled rope ladders, crisscross walks and more. Participants choose their own path through the elements and go at their own pace. The ropes course is also equipped with a Sky Rail zip line connection measuring 69′ long. Participants soar down the length of the ropes course on a self guided zipping experience and are able to enjoy it’s thrills over and over. For young adventurers, there’s a specially designed Sky Tykes ropes course for kids ages 2-7.

We went on Halloween, October 31. I really didn’t know what to expect. Would it be super busy? Will it be worth the drive from Johnstown? Will all the kids be able to get the same enjoyment out of it? Valid question considering my 4  kids range from 2 years to 13 years old. When we arrived we found it right next to the food court.  It was quite an impressive set up considering it was in a mall.

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It says it’s fun for ages 2-102. The staff gave us a friendly greeting.  They got all 4 of my kids lined up and fitted with the proper size harnesses.  They went over the safety rules with us. The boys were ready to jump into the big kids Sky Trail while my daughter was anxious to try out the Sky Tykes.

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My 6 year old was right in the middle where he could have done the big kids Sky Trail or use the Sky Tykes area.  He jumped right into the Sky Trail.  All 3 of the boys started on the Sky Trail while I took my 2 year old daughter over to the Sky Tykes area.  She wanted to climb but she was a little bit nervous. It didn’t stop her though.  Most of the time she wanted mommy to hold her hand.

The nice part is the harnesses are fitted to each person.  They are hooked up to tethers that slide along the bars. They never detach except manually to go on the zip line but they had another staff member assisting people with that.  I’m a nervous Nelly but I had very little concerns with my kids climbing around over my head 12-18 feet in the air. Even if they would lose their footing, they weren’t going anywhere. There were plenty of staff there to help too.

My 6 year old ended up getting cold feet on the big kids trails so he came down and decided to try the Sky Tykes area.  After playing on that area for a bit he decided he was ready to go back on the grown up area.

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That practice on the Sky Tykes area must have been just what my 6 year old needed because he was almost keeping pace with his big brothers, 11 and 13 years old respectively.  Almost, my older boys had no fear what so ever.  I kinda wish I would have tried it myself.  But I had the opportunity to talk to the assistant manager and other staff and get some great pictures.  I can’t say enough about how friendly and helpful the staff were.  Everyone had a great time.

Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail big boys

This would be a great activity to jump in the car on a runny or cold winter day and get your kids active.  Break the boredom and try this place out. Seriously fun for the whole family.  Save your self some money too with a coupon from the Pittsburgh Kids Guide!  It’s $14 for those 48″ or taller and $7 for those under 48″ tall.

SAVE Ropes Course COUPON Pittsburgh Mills #SkyTrail @SkyTrailMills Ages 2-102 http://pittsburghkidsguide.com/coupon.php?regionid=58&bid=12019&lid=16685&dealid=1955

Be sure to stop by Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail facebook page too tell them Luv Saving Money sent ya!

I’ll leave you with a clip of my 11 year old doing the zip line section of the Sky Trail:

 


Slide The City is coming to Pittsburgh!!!

I will be given tickets to the event for media coverage as part of the US Family Guide blogger program.  Any opinions expressed are my own

Ok last year I saw a video for Slide The City that one of my friends shared.  They were asking “Where is this, this looks awesome?”  I think it the video was from somewhere like St. Louis or something. Not anywhere near us.  I thought, “How cool would that be to do? It would be awesome if it came to Johnstown.” Well it’s not coming to Johnstown (at least not yet) but it IS coming to Pittsburgh June 6, 2015!  My boys and I get to go too!  We are all so excited.  It looks like THE coolest experience.  Don’t take my word for it though, check out this video!

 

Does that not look like a ton of fun!? We can’t wait..did I say that already? Oops sorry.  Here’s some info from Slide The City

June 6, 2015

June 6, 2015

Summer time is approaching fast and we are bringing 1000 feet of slick vinyl to brighten your city streets. Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit Pittsburgh!

Come dressed to impress because it’s not every day you can strut through town with your hot bod, cool dance moves and slick slides. Did we mention 1000 feet? Yeah, that’s over 3 football fields.

Make sure to bring your water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.
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Is there an age or height limit?
All who are over 46 inches tall and over 5 years old are invited to slide, but remember if you’re under 18 you’ll need to get a sign off from your legal guardians.

Are there group rates available?
If you have a group with 20 or more participants send us an email.

What do you do to address water conservation?
Water conservation is also a priority at our events. We strive to have zero environmental impact on the community. The Slide was designed to have zero water loss, and it treats and recycles the water safely and efficiently throughout the day. When permitted, we donate the water back to the community. Methods of disposal include local reclamation centers, parks, golf courses and other places dependent upon local regulations.

slide the city pittsburgh 2So wanna know  how to register to participate?

Slide the City Pittsburgh: Saturday June 6th, 2015
Location: South Park – Allegheny County
Registration Opens: April 22nd, 2015 10am Eastern Time
To Register: Go to http://www.slidethecity.com/events/pittsburgh/ (get the best rates with early bird registration)

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You can find Slide the City on the following social media site:

Instagram: @slidethecity

Facebook Pittsburgh event page: facebook.com/slidethecity or http://www.slidethecity.com/events/pittsburgh/

Twitter: @slidethecity

I will be there to review the event experience Slide The City with my boys and the US Family Guide!


Unique Things to do in Pittsburgh This Summer

There are plenty of awesome things to do in Pittsburgh like the zoo, museums, amusement parks, and water parks but what are some unique things that you won’t find just anywhere?  Here are a few:

1.  Fun Slides Carpet Skate park, yea you read that right. Right now there are only 2 in the world and they’re both around Pittsburgh.  Fun Slides was the idea of the inventor of those slides that help move your furniture.  He created the Fun Slide that velcro to your shoes then came up with the idea for an indoor carpeted skate park.  My family and I visited the location in Greensburgh, PA and we had a blast.

Fun Slides Collage2.  Just Ducky Tours –  I understand these types of tours do happen in a few other cities but it’s not a common tour.  You ride in a vehicle to tour downtown Pittsburgh but then it also goes into the water into Pittsburgh 3 rivers.  So you get a land and water tour in one.  I had one opportunity to go on this tour in the past but I had just had a baby and it just wasn’t the appropriate time for me.  I still want to do this tour so bad. I think it would be so cool

3.  Heinz Field Stadium Tour —  Get to see the stadium of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Get a behind the scenes look at the luxury boxes, Press Box, and more.  I had to opportunity to have lunch with a Steeler here a few years ago and the stadium is just amazing.

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4.  Primanti Bros – yum, seriously some of the best sandwiches and salads around, huge too.  Every have a salad or sandwich with fries on it before?  You can here and it’s sooooo good. There are a few Primanti Bros. locations in and around Pittsburgh.  I’ve also heard they have one in Florida. My husband had never been so I made sure to take him and the kids one trip to Pittsburgh.  That’s one of the only places he wants to eat when we’re out that way now.

5.  Gateway Clippers –  There boats offer everything from tours, to hosting concerts, great views for watching fireworks, special theme dinners, theme cruises like the Princess cruise, and more.  People can even book them for their wedding.  I’ve been on them before and it’s a really cool experience. We did it for a school field trip.

6. Andy Warhol museum –  Ok so it’s a museum but it’s a museum dedicated to this artist from Pittsburgh.  There’s even a floor for …um…adults only for his more..risque works

Check out some of the major attractions in Pittsburgh by visiting my guest post.