2019 Pittsburgh Children’s International Film Festival

Discover the odd, colorful, and delightful world of children’s cinema this summer at the 2019 Pittsburgh Children’s International Film Festival. Join us July 26 – August 1 for week-long line up of children’s films that range from blockbuster hits to fun and quirky international flicks.

The festival will feature several Pittsburgh premiers, as well as the best short films from the 2019 New York International Children’s Film Festival. Complimentary special events, guest appearances, and hands-on activities are planned throughout the week.

The festival will be hosted at Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville, which will play movies at a lower volume to protect young ears and provide kid friendly snacks at select screenings. In the spirit of the festival, children are welcome to move around the theater, chat, and just be kids.

SAVE THE DATE July 26-August 1 – International Children’s Festival – Save the Date!! Discover the odd, colorful, and delightful world of children’s cinema this summer at the 2019 Pittsburgh Children’s International Film Festival.

Teaching Driving Responsibility To Your Teen

You might be thinking, I don’t have to worry about this yet, my kids aren’t old enough to drive. The truth is they’re watching you now. Are you using your phone when you’re driving? Do you always where your seat belt in the car? Do you always keep your eyes on the road? No one is perfect but trying to set an example will help for the future.

If your teen just got their permit or drivers license there is even more you can do. Check out my post on Three Rivers car dealership about Teen Driver Responsibility.

Kalamata’s Kitchen Event at Lorelei’s Restaurant in Pittsburgh

Kalamata’s Kitchen is a fun children’s book that encourages children to explore foods. With my youngest 2 children they can sometimes get pretty picky when it comes to food.  We’ve always had a rule in our house though, you’re not allowed to say you don’t like unless you’ve at least tasted it.

The Kalamata’s Kitchen book event and tasting we attended was at Lorelei restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA.  Located at 124 S Highland Ave in Pittsburgh a cocktail bar and beer hall with food inspired from Germany.  The restaurant itself was very airy with lots of natural light and plants.  Located in East Liberty it’s not far from lots of shopping areas, Children’s hospital, and many health clubs.

We ended up being a tad bit late but I was so excited we still had plenty of time to participate in everything.  When we arrived the kids got a VIP pass, a Kalamata’s Kitchen food passport, and an official Taste Bud card.  If the kids at least tried each of the foods they were able to get a stamp on their food passport.

They had interesting and tasty options such as carrot pierogies (which was actually one of my faves), salted caramel mousse, rose-water malaibi with candied kataifi, Frico, and more. Other participating Pittsburgh restaurants included Bar Marco, Casbah, Pie for Breakfast, Cafe Carnegie, and of course, Lorelei.

We also had an opportunity to meet and hear from the team that created Kalamata’s Kitchen including author Sarah Thomas.  Sarah had a book reading with those that participated in the event.  She was so kind and took the time to sign books for those that asked.

We really have some wonderful places in Pittsburgh. I’m so happy that we were invited to the Kalamata’s Kitchen event.  As I sampled with my kids I realized what a wonderful place Lorelei would be for a date or to just slow down in Pittsburgh for a little bit.  I’d love to just sit at the window like my kids did while nibbling on chef’s delightful creations, maybe a glass of wine and just people watch.  I could spend a couple hours there.

My kids have walked away from a new experience.  They got to send their tastebuds on an adventure.  I think they learned a little bit about the work that goes into a book. They did a great job at setting up to really pull kids into the book with the characters and Kalamata’s Kitchen set up.


My kids also came home with Kalamata’s Kitchen book and an apron which my kids just love.  My daughter is now talking about wanting to have a restaurant one day lol.


For more info on Kalatmata’s Kitchen an events:

Website: https://www.kalamataskitchen.com

Facebook: facebook.com/kalamataskitchen

Instagram: instagram.com/kalamataskitchen

Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark Adds New Attraction

My kids and I have visited Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark on several occasions. Each time we’ve gone they’ve added more features. This newest feature is so exciting for the kids.  You can check out our review from our last visit to Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark HERE.

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Fun Slides Carpet s Skatepark & Party Center www.funslidespark.com is under new ownership – this 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).

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!

And now our all new Carpet Hockey!

Hours vary during the year so check the calendar on the website for details. Open most days when school is closed.

Be sure to check out …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.


Save $35 off birthday parties and $5 all open skate + attraction through the US Family Guide coupon

Phipps Conservatory Opens Botany Hall Demonstration Kitchen

Phipps Conservatory is now offering garden to table classes and camps in their new state-of-the-art Botany Hall. The new hands-on culinary programs will be available for all ages, year round!  Participants will get to discover new ways to prepare foods while supporting the Phipps mission of advanced sustainability and human and environmental well being.

This sounds absolutely amazing to me.  I’m always looking for new idea and cooking techniques.

Picture Credit: Phipps Conservatory

Celebrate Tomato and Garlic Day on Sunday Aug 26, 2018 while enjoying the annual outdoor market on the front lawn of Phipps Conservatory. While you’re there sign up to attend one of the cooking classes in the Botany Hall Kitchen:

  • Dazzling Summer Spreads for adults
  • Fresh Salsa and Sopes for families with kids ages 6+
  • Tasty Tomato and Garlic Gnocchi for kids ages 8 – 12

Limited space so advanced registration is required: phipps.conservatory.org/tomato.


Have you ever wanted to try cooking something different? What about vegetarian? Making your own hot sauce? or something different for date night? Expanded upcoming culinary arts courses now available for adults include Vegetarian Indian Cooking from Scratch: Fall Flavors, Make Your Own Hot Sauce, Date Nights for Foodies with Chef James Kaufmann from Café Chocolade and Risotto at Home with Chef Red from The Porch.

Kids’s aren’t excluded! A full line-up of engaging kids cooking programs are also available, including these fun Kids’ Night Out Cooking Classes for ages 4 – 8 and 9 – 13:

  • Culinary Art — Fri., Sept. 14
  • Fall Harvest — Fri., Oct. 12
  • Nature Configurations Cooking Class – Fri., Nov. 9

Learn more and register for culinary programs at: phipps.conservatory.org.


The Botany Hall Kitchen can be found on the first floor of Botany Hall at Phipps. It accommodates 18 students per class. The instructor’s cooking station has cameras and monitors for close-up and multi-angle views. You’ll find state-of-the-art LED lighting and energy star appliances, energy efficient HVAC, and non-toxic building materials to meet Phipps’ greenest LEED® and Living Building Challenge certified structures.


If you’re never been to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh it is truly a site to behold. Seasonal flower shows, community events, and more.  They even have a corpse flowers.  If you don’t know what it is visit Phipps website.