Relive Your Childhood at The Place Retro Arcade

Relive Your Childhood at The Place Retro Arcade

The Place Retro Arcade is like walking into a time capsule from your childhood. The retro games gave me so many fond memories and it was so fun to share these arcade games with my kids.

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents The Day Before Christmas

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The holidays are a great time to create memories with your family and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has a great play to kick off the season. Shows typically last about an hour which is perfect for short attention spans. Attendees can dress as casual or as dressy as they want. This is a great way to introduce your child to the performing arts.

 

There is a flurry of activity at the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves, the reindeer, the forest animals and even the toys themselves prepare for the biggest night of the year!   It takes a lot of planning and hard work to get a sleigh off the ground and deliver toys to children around the world, but Santa’s team is ready and willing.  Or at least they think they are before a tricky Jack Frost decides to try to stop the Christmas Festivities with a little comical chaos and calamity.

Performance Schedule

Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 PM*
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 PM
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 PM
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 PM
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 PM

 

Educators make sure you check out The Day Before Christmas study guide that offers lots of activities.

 

Tickets range from $7-$25. You can purchase online or call call 513.569.8080 ext. 10.

 

The Cincinnati Children’s Theatre is located at The Taft Theatre on 5th & Sycamore Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 

I’ve been given 4 tickets to giveaway!

 

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Disclosure: I was given tickets for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Bringing Kids to the Symphony ~ Cincinnati Pops Lollipops Family Series

I’m a huge fan of the arts and we are very fortunate to live in a city that has a wealth of performance arts. Sometimes it can be a challenge to try to get younger audiences interested in the performing arts but the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) has a show with kids in mind.

We attended the Superheroes! themed concert and had a great time.

 

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Prior to the show, there were lots of hands on activities for kids to enjoy.

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) Superheroes

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) Superheroes

 

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) Superheroes

 

Kids could also try playing several different types of instruments.

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) Superheroes

 

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) Superheroes

 

Each child in attendance was also given a bag with activities and crayons.  Kids were also encouraged to represent their favorite superhero.

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) Superheroes

 

 

Music Hall, where the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra concerts are held, is also a beautiful work of art inside and out.

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) Superheroes

 

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) Superheroes

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) Superheroes

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) Superheroes

 

 

My son enjoyed recognizing songs from some of his favorite superhero movies and multitasked during the concert by drawing a superhero as he listened to the music.  The Lollipops concerts are only an hour long which works very well with short attention spans.

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) Superheroes

 

The concert had a special visit from Captain America and a few children were even selected to do a superhero parade during the show.

 

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) Superheroes

The concert was a great taste of the symphony in a style that really appealed to the whole family. I’m looking forward to checking out more Lollipop concerts in the future.

 

You can learn more about upcoming Cincinnati Pops Lollipops Family Concerts from their website. 

 

Disclosure: I was given tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

Cincinnati Music Hall is located at 1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

 

 

Cincinnati Pops Lollipops Family Concert – Superheros! ~ Giveaway

Who is your favorite superhero?

 

Whether you are young or old, there are certain superheroes that bring back fond memories. The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has an upcoming superhero themed concert that will be fun for the whole family.

 

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The concert, geared towards children and families, features iconic superhero-themed music and other surprises designed to capture the imaginations of the Orchestra’s youngest audience members and ignite a lifelong love of orchestral music. 

The program highlights several tunes from superhero-themed movies and television, which were also featured on the latest recording from the Cincinnati Pops on the Fanfare Cincinnati label, Superheroes! Pops Conductor John Morris Russell, respected worldwide for his educational program, leads the concert, which also includes special guests Charles Ramsey (a student at the School for Creative and Performing Arts), who will perform a special piano work, as well as vocalist Chris Collins-Pisano

 

There is also a good chance that you will hear the theme song from your favorite hero’s show/movie at the Cincinnati Pops Superhero Concert.  I think this is a great way to introduce your kids to the arts with a theme that is loved by everyone.  I can’t wait to watch my boys’ faces light up as they recognize songs from some of their favorite movies. 

 

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Superheroes! is Saturday, November 16th at 10:30

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* Make sure you get there early for the  Pre-concert activities that start at 9:30 am

(including crafts, performances and the ever-popular “instrument petting zoo,” )

Tickets are $7 child and $12 for adults

and can be purchased by phone at (513) 381- 3300 

or by visiting www.cincinnatipops.org.

 

 

 The Superheroes concert will take place at Music Hall located at 1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 

 

I’ve also been given 4 tickets to giveaway!!!!! 

 

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Adventures at Cedar Point Amusement Park

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My family and I had a great weekend adventure in Sandusky, Ohio at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Cedar Point hosted Bloggy Con which is a conference for variety of bloggers. The park is located on a mile long peninsula surrounded by Lake Erie on both sides.

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Back in time at the Old West Festival

Our family recently experienced our first adventure at the Old West Festival.

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The festival gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience a taste of what life was like during the old west.

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Upon arrival, both of my sons received a cowboy hat and schedule of the shows that day.

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They look pretty tough huh?

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It was really hard to decide what to see first.

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We decided to take in the Medicine show first.

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They showcased juggling, sword swallowing, laying on a bed of nails and stunts with fire.

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Their skills were impressive! After the show we watched a shoot out.

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While at the festival, I snuck away to make plans with the Sheriff for the arrest of my oldest son.

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You can put anyone in jail for a $5 bail that comes with an arrest warrant to keep.

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The Sheriff will tell the suspect what they are being arrested for and then bring them to jail.

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

My son was charged with not cleaning his room.

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A charge he knew he was guilty of.

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The Old West Festival has many details that really feel authentic.

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

You definitely want to allow time to take in as many shows as possible while at the festival.

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

The show with Rider is a must see! He demonstrated incredible skills with a gun, lasso and whip.

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

The festival also has food available for purchase and several activities that families can enjoy for an additional fee.

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

Covered Wagon rides are $2 for adults and $1 for 12 and under.

Old West Festival - Adventure mom

Kids can also pan gems, ride a mini train and ride a horse for a fee. There is also a playground that kids enjoy.

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The Old West Festival also has themed weekends that will add to the festival experience.

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Cowboy Hero Weekend Sept. 7-8

Native American Weekend Sept. 14-15

Steam Punk Weekend Sept. 21-22

Villains Weekend Sept. 28-29

America’s Pastime Weekend October 5-6

 

Admission to the Old West Festival is

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$12 adults, $6 kids ages 6 to 12, Kids 5 and under are FREE
Parking is FREE

 

The Old West Festival is located at

1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd.
Williamsburg, Ohio 45176
just off U.S. Rt. 32, near Greater CincinnatiJust remember to do your part and help prevent rabbit smoking!
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You can find out more information from the Old West Festival website.

Disclosure: I was given tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Ride the Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

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On our trip with Visit Pittsburgh, we got to ride the Dusquesne Incline.

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

I was really excited about this because the city of Cincinnati used to have several inclines but we no longer have any in our city. The city of Pittsburgh still has two that help serve the public transportation needs in the city.

 

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

The Duquesne Incline is a working museum. You have history and you have function because people still use it for their everyday public transportation needs.

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

This view gives you an idea of how steep the grade of the hill is.

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

The ride is smooth and allows you to take in a different perspective of the city on your way up.

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh
The views from the observation area at the top of the incline were incredible!

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

At the top of the incline you can also learn more about the history of the incline.

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There is also a self guided tour that shows you the mechanical aspect of the incline.

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You can also step outside and take pictures from the observation area.

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

The views from the observation area showcased the numerous bridges and gorgeous scenery in every direction.

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

A visit to Dusquesne Incline is an experience that you should add to your list next time you’re in Pittsburgh.

 

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

You can find out more about the Duquesne Incline from their website.

Dusquesne Incline in Pittsburgh

 

Operation hours:

Monday through Saturday:
5:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
Sundays and Holidays:
7:00 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
Cash fares as well as Port Authority bus passes and tickets are accepted as payment.
1197 WEST CARSON STREET
PITTSBURGH, PA. 15219

 

Disclosure: Visit Pittsburgh provided my accommodation, meals and admissions for my participation in their media trip. All opinions are my own.

Old West Festival

 

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You don’t have to travel far this fall to get a feel for what the Old West was like.

The Old West Festival is coming to you!

From September 7th – October 6th on Saturdays and Sundays rain or shine from 10am -6pm.

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