April 10, 2012
- PUBLISHER MOM OF THE YEAR!
- THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR PICKS
- "What's On Your Plate?" COMING SOON!
- Momma NEEDS A Time-Out!
- Remembering Ethan Loney - 2 years
- Emily Augenstein Bone Marrow Screening
- Macaroni Shines: Be A Good Cookie This May
- April is Autism Awareness Month
- Our Journey " Autism Speaks"
- Global Youth Service Day
- Ringling Bros. and Barnum &Bailey® ALL NEW CIRCUS
- Treasured Stories By Eric Carle- A Review
- Save the Date! Touch-a-Truck Is Back!
- CHILDRENS CONSIGNMENT SALE
- Disney's Beauty and the Beast Review- MUST SEE!
- Eric Carle's BOOKS COME TO LIFE!
- IX-Indoor Amusement Park in Cleveland, OH
- 8th Annual Kids' Day at the Mall Celebration!
- FREE ELEPHANT BATH EVENT
- New Spring Fabulous Food Show-Win 2 Tickets HERE!
- Gorton's Review- WIN A FREE PRODUCT!
- Selections from Little Mermaid- WIN TICKETS!
- The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
- Skylanders Writing Contest & Giveaway
- Shag Hair Salon Inner Beauty Night
- Spring Doggie News
- The Wife Mentor: 2 F.REE Audios
- Allegheny West Magazine
- Are you looking for a realtor? You found one!
- Looking for a dance studio?
- Crock Pot Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
- Starting Seeds with Recycling Bottles
- Strawberry Mice
- Beauty and the Beast @ Andrew Carnegie Music Hall
- Imagination Movers ROCK-O-MATIC TOUR 2012
- Make Money & Save Money This Spring!
- Pittsburgh PA Motor Speedway
- Discounted Tickets To National Zoos!
- Ringling Bros. and Barnum &Bailey® ALL NEW CIRCUS
- Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Presents Coppélia
- Resource Guide
- Know of an Upcoming Event?
- ARE YOU THE NEXT FACEBOOK FAN OF THE WEEK?
- Camp Spirit Of The Game
- Pittsburgh Musical Theater (4-18 yrs)
- Hi-Tech Learning
- Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
- Creative Camps: Christine's Painting Place (5yrs+)
- ADDITIONAL SUMMER CAMPS
Macaroni Kid Yadda Of The Week
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OUR FAVORITE CALENDAR EVENTS FOR YOU!
IX-Indoor Amusement Park Tuesday, March 27 through Sunday, April 15 At the I-X Center in Cleveland
Lego Club at the Robinson Township Library Thursday, April 12
Bone Marrow Screening and Blood Drive Saturday, April 14
Star Wars Extravaganza at the Moon Township Library Saturday, April 14
Beauty and the Beast: The Children's Play Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Presents Coppélia Friday, April ...
Healthy Foods & Wellness Expo April 19 2012
DOOR PRIZES AND MORE AT THIS YEAR'S HEALTHY FOODS AND WELLNESS EXPO! SUPPORT THE INITIATIVE OF A LOCAL HIGHSCHOOL SENIOR!
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Bobby Catley of Hopewell High School Service Learning Awarded State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant to host “What’s On Your Plate?” Healthy Foods & Wellness Expo
Project culminates on Global Youth Service Day: “What’s On Your Plate?” Healthy Foods & Wellness Expo April 19, 2012 6:00-8:00 PM Hopewell High School 1215 Longvue Avenue Aliquippa, PA 15001 Free Community Outreach Event (Please See Below & Flyer ...
Massage isn't just a frou frou luxury...
Ever since I designed my first brochure twelve years ago, fresh out of the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy, I’ve included this quote:
“First keep the peace within yourself; then you can also bring peace to others.”
-Thomas A. Kempis
I have to say, as a massage therapist, one of my biggest pet peeves, if not the biggest pet peeve, is people talking about “treating themselves” with the “luxury” of a massage.
Is getting your car inspected and oil changed a treat? Is your dental cleaning and checkup a ...
This article is just for show. Please look below for personal interest stories that share our passion for connecting and helping our community.
Supporting a LOCAL Mac Kid Family
"By the oddest of circumstances your realize how precious life really is, how sweet the sound of your child's voice is and how the world works to bring people together in the most amazing of ways."
I wrote those words a year ago when I published this article for Kelly Loney. Her week of remembrance during the 1st anniversary of her little son's death-- was intense to watch from afar. Now a year later-- the wound is still raw and watching what Kelly goes through daily, let alone ...
Help A Moon Native! April 14 and 25 2012
Please click to enlarge for details. Help local Moon area native Emily and help others at the same time. You could save someone's life.
Cookies For Kid's Cancer
Though her son was in the fight of his life, Gretchen knew then that, as his mother, she must do everything in ...
What should I look for?
The numbers are shocking. 1 in every 110 children will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is more common in boys, but there are girls who have autism. It has been all over the news...What is the cause? The important thing is to know the signs. If your child shows some of the signs, get them evaluated and get services in place. Early intervention can really help children with autism.
It is a very complex developmental disability that appears during the first three years of life. It mostly ...
I wrote this article a year ago when I was a reader of Macaroni Kid not a publisher mom. I wanted to run it again with an update.
CJ is almost 6 years old! He is totally EXTRA ORDINARY now! There are NO SIGNS of autism at all! We are just so thankful and want to spread the word especially this month. Early intervention is so helpful! The faster you can get started in recovery the easier it seems to be to get them out. So if you clicked on ...
Join The Cause and Get Involved!
Pittsburgh Cares is proud to serve as a lead agency for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD).
Each April millions of children and youth partner with schools, organizations, public officials, media and families to coordinate GYSD, the largest service event in the world. In more than 100 countries, young people participate in youth-led service and service-learning initiatives and address critical issues such as illiteracy, hunger and homelessness, childhood obesity, and preserving natural habitats.
Here Is Where You Come In
Pittsburgh Cares hosts several large scale projects in collaboration with some of ...
This Weekend Only @ The Byham!
We were kindly invited to experience Treasured Stories By Eric Carle at the Byham! Using puppets, black lights and a projector, talented performers brought 3 stories to life: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and Papa Get the Moon for Me.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear is our absolute favorite story along with all of it's counterparts so we were extremely excited for this show. We weren't the only ones! The audience was filled with mini-fans and they cheered and followed along giggling at all the puppetry ...
May 19th 10 AM- 2PM
FOREST GROVE FIREHALL, ROBINSON TOWNSHIP 4/20- 4/22
The sale starts promptly at 9AM on April 20th so be there READY TO SHOP!
YOU'LL FIND NEW AND GENTLY USED NEWBORN THRU TEEN, CLOTHING, SPORTS EQUIPMENT, BABY EQUIPMENT, TOYS, GAMES, BOOKS, MOVIES, VIDEO GAMES AND MORE.
Please email Janice with any questions [email protected]
Heinz hall through April 12th!
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall April 3rd- April 12th!
I was already singing the songs and planning my outfit weeks ago in anticipation of this show! I couldn't wait to share this experience with my daughter. This is one of the great love stories that really teaches that it doesn’t matter what is on the outside but what is on the inside that counts!
Am I the only one who gets a little nervous before taking the kids out in public ...
This weekend at the Byham Theater!
Recommended for children ages 3-8
April 13th - 15th 2012
Mermaid Theatre’s much-anticipated new production brings together old favorites and new friends through evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry.
Three of Eric Carle's books are featured, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, and Papa Get the Moon.
Carle’s gentle verses, snappy rhymes and textured collage illustrations are translated onto the stage with dazzling effects sure to delight young theater-goers and their grown ups.
Don’t miss out on seeing this ...
Our review for you!
We were kindly invited to the I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Cleveland OH this past weekend. We loaded up the kiddos and headed out for the two hour drive.
First, 2 hours away is the perfect amount of time to drive with or without a carload of children who sometimes (ALWAYS) fight. Just when you think you can't take anymore and are ready to hurl yourself out the door-- you're there. It's perfect for a day trip. Long story short-- CLEVELAND is totally DO-ABLE.
Upon pulling up ...
April 21 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.! FREE ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT!
OPTIONAL:IF YOU'D LIKE, RSVP BELOW and then you'll be eligible for an RSVP only prize! We'll draw from all the names below on Sunday, April 22. You must attend to win the prize!
The FREE 8th Annual Day of the Young Child Celebration is at the Beaver Valley Mall on April 21 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.! There will be activities, entertainment, prizes, and giveaways! Bring your kids to this free event and enjoy yourselves! Macaroni Kid is going to be there--be sure to ...
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents BARNUM BASH April 12-15
RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY® PRESENTS BARNUM BASHSM KICKS OFF
CIRCUS WEEK WITH FREE ELEPHANT BATH EVENT
Local Fire Department to Help Bathe 10,000 Pound Pachyderm
Tomorrow at 1PM, Children of All Ages are welcome to step right up to the Kovalchick Complex to watch a majestic Ringling Bros.® elephant get a bath in preparation for opening night show. Hilarious clown and Pre-Show host, Dean Kelly, will lead the event and the local Fire Department will be on hand to supply their fire truck hose this oversized bath ...
@ the Cleveland, OH IX Center April 28 & 29, 2012!
Fires Up the Grill and the Fun!
To enter to win 2 tickets to this event in Cleveland, Ohio on April 28th & 29th, please comment below and tell us your favorite dish!
Winner must be a Macaroni Kid Subscriber.
Winner must be 18 or older to enter.
One entry per email,
You may only win one contest per month in the Greater Pittsburgh Mac Kid family,
Winners will be chosen on April 20 and will have 24 hours to respond or we will choose another winner,
Winner must be available ...
A Cooking Lesson From Someone Who Can't Cook
I am NOT a cook… just ask my family! Try as I might to prepare delicious and nutritious meals, I often fall a bit short of the mark. I do have a few specialties so my family doesn’t starve but they cannot live on spaghetti and reservations alone!
It was with nervous anticipation I agreed to try out some Gorton’s products and review them… complete with pictures… GULP.
First step: Tackle the grocery store! I was really surprised at what a large variety of fish options they had ...
Presented by Pittsburgh Musical Theatre April 19-22- RMU
Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s
Rauh Conservatory Theater Company
Founding Director, Ken Gargaro
Selections from Little Mermaid!
April 19- 22nd
Robert Morris University –Massey Hall
Directed and Choreographed by Kathy Wayne
Musical Direction by Robert Stull
Single Ticket Information call: 412-539-0900 x232
Tickets Prices: $10.00 - $15.00 in advance
Thursday April 19- 7:30 PM
Friday April 20- 7:30 PM
Saturday April 21-7:30 PM
Sunday April 22- 2:00PM
For more information please visit
This show is presented for children ages ...
Enter here to win an overnight stay for 2!
YES you read that correctly! A ROOM for TWO! FOR YOU!
The fabulous folks at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown are giving you a chance to win a night on them!
Going downtown Pittsburgh for one amazing night!
The view...oh the view! Not of crushed O's in the floor or dust bunnies in the corner that you need to clean but THIS!
Then lie in blessed silence as you bask in a room fit for a queen or king.
(this may not be the exact room ...
Win A Skylanders Case And 7 Figurines!
What IS Skylanders?
A TOTALLY NEW KIND OF ACTION FIGURE
"Skylanders are special action figures that come to life! Just take a Skylander, place it on the Portal of Power and BOOM! the Skylander will come to life in the video game. There are over 30 Skylanders - each with unique abilities and powers." Skylanders.com
SKYLANDERS ARE ACTION FIGURES ...
Best Childhood Phenomenon Since Peanut Butter
What's Under YOUR Skin? Come See! Thursday, April 19th at 6:00pm
Tips for the season!
Perhaps no area of veterinary medicine has grown as rapidly as the field of flea and tick control. Fleas have become resistant to many products and, with the explosion in flea numbers, there are huge efforts aimed at controlling them. Ticks can transmit a number of diseases, so tick control is also receiving more attention. Today’s insecticides for pets have made great advancements and a wide array of different compounds have been made.
Attempting to control fleas on our pets is a multi-step ...
Minimize • Stress • Sadness • Impatience • Frustration • Anger • Fighting
The Wife Mentor Series is the answer to help strengthen your mind and bring health to your body, while attending to basic needs of your soul. You will realize your unlimited potential and be able to tap into your completely unique wifely wisdom.
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• Stress • Sadness • Impatience • Frustration • Anger • Fighting
I am focused on helping wives have better marriages because I know what it is like to suffer needlessly as a spouse. Errors, mistakes, and blunders I made throughout my life forced ...
Our favorite community collaborator!
We're so proud to partner with our favorite community magazine, Allegheny West Magazine. We have worked with this magazine on several projects this year and it seemed fitting that two wonderful community resources come together for the additional benefit of our community!
We've read Allegheny West Magazine in our OWN homes for years and now you can find us once per edition with a family column, Macaroni Kid Corner.
If you haven't subscribed to Allegheny West Magazine or haven't received it yet, it's chalk full ...
"Quality in a service is not what you put into it, it's what the customer gets out of it."
This is the motto that Kelly Timco has right on her website! We were amazed! Right there in black and white so everyone can see. I don't know about you but my dealings with realtors in the past have been mostly about how much I can make for them not how much they are invested in me. This is quite a shift from my experience!
Kelly is a licensed ...
Here are things you must know before you decide!
What all Parents should know before choosing a Dance Studio.
1. What type of dance floor is used?
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide the proper cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back. The best way to prevent potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional "floating floor". A floating floor is a dance floor ...
I made this today, and I must say we were in chocolate heaven! If you are looking for a dessert that you can throw together and walk away, this is it!
- 1 package devils food cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 2/3 cups water
- 1 package Jell-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding Mix
- 2 cups cold milk
- 1 bag (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 crock-pot liner so sides don't burn to your crock-pot.
- Prepare cake mix into batter using eggs, oil, and ...
Our family’s favorite way to start seeds indoors is using plastic bottles.
Here’s what you need:
potting soil (or dirt) and pail
cotton string (old shoelaces or clothesline works great)
sharp cutting tool
organic matter (optional)
vacuum (only if kids help indoors)
Here’s what you do:
- Use the sharp knife to cut the bottle at the "waist".
- Invert the top so that the top/hole points down and set in the bottom of bottle.
- Tear a small hole in a coffee filter ...
Before becoming a Mommy, I taught elementary school…so every now and then the “teacher” in me comes out. As a teacher, I was a big fan of theme teaching….it was lots of fun and really pushed me to be creative. So when strawberry season came around, I searched high and low for a strawberry story to share with my kids. I found a winner in The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood. This is the story of a little ...
Beauty and the Beast, the dramatic story made famous by the fairytale by Charles Perrault, will be presented by the Carnegie Performing Arts Center at the Andrew Carnegie Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Avenue in Carnegie. Beauty, the daughter of a count who has lost his fortune, takes her father’s place as hostage in the dreaded palace of the beast. There, she learns that beauty is only skin-deep and that the terrible beast will die without her love.
The character of Beauty is acted by Jamie Pachuta of Pittsburgh who ...
Coming to Pittsburgh on April 21!
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents IMAGINATION MOVERS ROCK-O-MATIC TOUR 2012 on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., at the Benedum Center. The tour will feature live music, and favorite songs and ideas to spark every child’s imagination. The Rock-O-Matic tour features Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche, and Scott “Smitty” Smith who will be playing all of their favorite songs from their wildly popular TV series, as well as debuting new ...
The JBF Sale will be held May 18-20 at the RMU Island Sports Center Golf Dome, on Neville Island (located just off I-79). Mark your calendar to come SHOP and SAVE with JBF (click here for the shopping schedule)!
In addition to having fun and shopping, JBF helps moms and dads across the Pittsburgh area make money on their ...
WE ARE OPEN!
Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway. Enjoy a fun night of family entertainment at 7PM every Saturday Night, April through September, at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PPMS). PPMS is a replica of the historic Heidelberg Raceway transplanted in North Fayette Township. Come and join us as race cars roar into action every Saturday night.
Oval Track racing featuring Late Models, Sprint Cars, Modified, Stocks, Figure 8 and Monster Truck appearances. We'll sell you the whole seat but you will only need the edge! The race track is conveniently located ...
Did You Know!?
We are headed to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium this summer and they too are included in the discounts! From the Good Zoo Site:
Click here for a list of ALL zoos offering free or reduced admission with your Good Zoo membership.For more information on zoo memberships call 304-243-4030.
** denotes ...
Ringling Bros. and Barnum &Bailey® Presents Barnum BashSM
An All-New Circus in Indiana, PA
April 12-15, 2012
Barnum Bash is the Most Spectacular Circus Party of the Century!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Barnum Bash introduces the Ringling Bros.® Ringlettes, who are the stylish hosts of the swankiest circus party in town. The Ringlettes are ready to invite Children of All Ages® in on the hippest circus spectacular that The Greatest Show On Earth® has ever produced and is coming April 12-15 at Kovalchick Complex. Tickets make great ...
April 13-15, 2012 PBT
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre brings ballet’s original romantic comedy to the stage with the story of an unlikely love triangle in Coppélia, onstage with live orchestra April 13-15 at the Benedum Center.
Closing the PBT 2011-12 season on a high note is this beloved family favorite featuring the classical cho- reography of Arthur Saint-Léon and the uplifting score of Léo Delibes.
In a disastrous case of mistaken identity, a mysterious girl glimpsed from the window of Dr. Coppelius’ workshop sparks a lovers’ quarrel between the young village ...
Kids Eat Free, Places to hit in the cold AND MORE! OH MY!
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Pittsburgh's Ultimate Summer Camp for Sports & Games
Camp Spirit of the Game is the most exciting youth sports camp around! A favorite option for Pittsburgh families, Camp Spirit uses self-refereed games to develop character in boys and girls ages 7-14. Learn the importance of keeping a positive attitude, of dedication, teamwork, respect and integrity—all while having a blast! Learn the fastest-growing team sport in the world (Ultimate Frisbee), cool off in the (wave!) pool, make friends, and develop a lifelong passion that will keep you fit!
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Summer Musical Theater Camps ages 4-18yrs.
4-week program June 18 thru July 14, 2012. The first three weeks students train & rehearse. The last week (July 11 – 14 ) students perform at The New Hazlett Theater. Broadways Juniors (ages 4 – 7yrs) Pre-teens (ages 8 – 12yrs) Teens (ages 13 – 18yrs)
Performance Track Students in the Performance track spend their mornings attending classes in dance, acting, dynamics and vocal performance. In the afternoon, students participate in rehearsals for one of the ...
Has your child ever dreamed of creating their own video game, comic book, or 3D animation?
Has your child ever dreamed of creating their own video game, comic book, or 3D animation? We can make those dreams come true this summer in one of Hi-Tech Learning’s camps. www.hi-techlearning.com
Why choose Hi-Tech Learning?
Curriculum—Kids in our camps learn how to create comic books, video games, and 3D animations, but that’s just the beginning. They will also develop the skills they need to find success in the 21st century. Through our activities, we teach kids how to innovate, collaborate, and problem solve ...
Ballet in the Burgh
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School offers a variety of programs for students age one and up as part of both the year-round and summer sessions. Each class, from Mommy & Me to the Student Division, is uniquely designed with age group and skill level in mind.
While Children’s Division classes (Mommy & Me, Pre-Ballet, and Beginning Ballet) focus on the exploration of the world of dance and include learning the very fundamentals of ballet, the Student Division (Levels I-V) classes emphasize the enjoyment of dance within the respect and discipline of classical ...
No weekly commitment necessary!
Want your child to experience the freedom and fun of being an "artist" this summer? Looking for a summer camp with no long term commitments? Looking for a camp that YOU too can participate in as a parent if you choose? Then Christine's Painting Place is the place for you!
Our fun and creative ceramics studio atmosphere is the perfect canvas to bring out the artist in anyone! This summer we are so pleased to announce our 8th annual SUMMER CAMP LINEUP!
We are looking for CREATIVE KIDS in ...
Listed below are some of the GREAT CAMPS that we have available in our Summer Camp Guide 2012.
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Each camp has an article for you to browse that hosts additional information about each camp.
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