The BEST of Pittsburgh Magicians, Clowns, Balloon Artists, Face Painters, and MORE!

Pittsburgh Magician Entertainments

Life is funny, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know and getting the inside scoop on the best Pittsburgh Entertainers is now an easy task.  The magician behind this website is a magician in creating a work-together unlike any others as he works with everyone in the ‘Pittsburgh Industry’ so you are going to get the truest in great entertainment because AL has the inside scoop. Shhhh- He is one of the entertainers!  I have planned so many parties with all 3 of my kids and one thing I have learned is to steer clear of any booking agencies because they are the middlemen and that means you are paying more money than you need to for a party.  Cut out the middleman and contract out for what you want directly with the entertainment artist, which will save you time, money and tears.  Sometimes, entertainment agencies are overbooked and in place of a specific performer they will send a ‘generic performer’ which is ridiculous as you paid for premium entertainment for a specific trade and you are not getting it.  Pittsburgh Magician Entertainment has cut out the middle man and put you right to the source of  Pittsburgh’s finest entertainers from Magicians to balloon artists and everything in between.  Why pay more when you can get it direct?

Are your kids are having a party and you want the party at your home but where does a PITTSBURGH Mom start the planning? Is your company having a party and you need strolling magicians, balloon artists, clowns or face painters? My suggestion, stop shopping and start at the Pittsburgh Magician Entertainment website. The site offers Pittsburgh based magicians, clowns, face painters, balloon artists & more. Pittsburgh Magician Entertainments has the hottest acts and performers in Pittsburgh. You can transform your home, backyard, rented cabana, entertainment facility, country club, fire hall and any other place with the Best of Pittsburgh Entertainment and all you need to know is one website —>>> Pittsburgh Magician Entertainments.

What you don’t need is an entertainment agency to book your magician, your balloon artist, your face painter, you get the source directly which saves time and money and that is Pittsburgh Frugal! Getting a party planned is hard enough, you don’t need to book through a middleman and you won’t get a generic performer! If you book a face painter, you get a face painter and if you need a magician, balloon artist that is what you get.  Prices are clearly listed on the website, and you will deal directly with the performer, no other site provides this Pittsburgh!

See what the show is like here.

A Day At The Waterpark

My day started off pretty typical of a day off to visit one of our local attractions, SandCastle in Pittsburgh.  We got everything together to travel to the park and we arrived at 11:05, pretty much on schedule.  We parked and we went to the front where we stood in line for over 30 minutes for bag check.  You can’t really travel to SandCastle without a bag as a parent because you have towels, water bottles, sunscreen and in my case a bag of medical supplies for my one son. In case you have not been, SandCastle is the Pittsburgh Waterpark that lets you slip and slide the day away in everything water from a Wave Pool to Tube sliding both with tubes and without.  The weather was perfect as you can see from the Guest Relations Ticket Pick-up photo.  The crowds were not horrible, but most chairs were filled.

sanbdcastle

If you have a group of kids, on average, I would say 10+ and up that want a great day out, where you know that if you are just there as a check-in point, my guess is at the end of the day, you will be toting home a bunch of tired kids.  We spent the day there, 6 kids, sun, pools, tubing and waves and at the end of the day, I brought 6 kids home, tired, and a bit ‘sun-kissed’.  The boys rode everything and in many cases they rode the same things over and over because they loved it that much.  As a mom, I was happy that they could go around, have a central meeting point and then have a great day without being ‘over-tended’.  The park offers the perfect mix of freedom with security that it is not exceedingly huge, so you can often separate, yet bump back into one another.

sandcastle

As for foods and beverages, things have changed a bit and that caused a bit of conversation in the lines, as some people were aware of this and some were not.  I had read the website before we left and with all my son’s allergies, I was relieved to see I could bring food into the park.  While you can’t wheel up that cooler you have become accustomed to pulling in Kennywood, you can bring food in, which is an overall bonus.  As the mom in front of me put it, ” I worked all day yesterday to make sure that me and the kids, had $60 for food and snacks”.  Her family was 3 big, and her price line was pretty accurate.  Dipping dots are on average $5, Drinks average size are almost $3, Fries were $5 and change, and chicken and fries were $7 and change.  If you like big cookies, they are $1.25, Brownie Parfait Sundaes were in a small cup with big brownie chunks, and averaged $4.50+.  At the end of the day, the kids went up to Dippin Dots, but many flavors were gone, so grab your snack before 4p.

food

This I have to share and while it may not be the NORM, it happened and it was a bit odd.  In this case, as a blogger, my true and honest opinion might be best reserved for my stories that we talk about around the fire pit to my friends about our adventures we go on, but I actually have to share my day with you.  It is what happened in line that started a bit of chaos throughout those waiting in line that actually amazed me as a parent, but, I guess nothing should.  There was suddenly a puddle that was not swimmer-friendly.  As we were just about at the security check, steps away, 3 people away actually, there was a tree that was being openly urinated on, and there was NO WAY that the Sandcastle security officer could not see this because the child was to the right of him and EVERYONE in the line was screaming, “Oh My G#$”, “hey, that kid is peeing in the tree” and so on. The parents were standing right there, laughing as the child, continued to pee, and pee and pee as though he had never gone before.  He turned around and was naked, and his training diaper was around his feet and he said, “ok, now I am done!”.  The lady in front of me, called the parents out, and everyone was just kind of frozen, in disbelief that this child did this to the tree.  Now, just as the kid got done peeing, turned around at all of us, and announced his ending, a man walked through the tree, and puddle that had happened. I know one Water attraction puddle we would not be near!

tubing

That being said, off to the pool.  One word of caution to those moms that get annoyed when they get ‘splashed’ when sitting next to the pool wall: Don’t sit there with your phone and get upset with kids who are swimming.  You are at a pool, the kids are there to swim and move if you don’t want wet.  I can’t believe a lady hollered at kids for splashing in the pool because she was texting.  There are many places you can sit and work on your phone, but next to the pool will require splashing, giggling and general chaos, so accept it or move!

map of the park

We went to the water rides and grabbed the tubes and began riding. There were tube rides, and also body slides.  The Lazy River was only letting you ride DOWN the river and not back up, and the line was huge, so unfortunately we did not get to enjoy that ride, but we did spend time riding the waves which was a lot of fun.  It is so funny to hear everyone get so excited when the waves start and leave when they finish.

Don’t Bring Your Kennywood Cup

I had purchased a Souvenir Cup at Kennywood, where we were apparently misunderstood that if you bought this cup you could use it at all of the Kennywood properties for .99 refills.  As we quickly came to find out, via a cashier is that the refills in this cup, purchased from Kennywood for $9.99 were .99 at Kennywood, but $1.99 at their park because they were not making money on them, but if I preferred to purchase an additional $9 cup from their park I would then be eligible for .99 beverage refills.  Hmmn, Pittsburgh Frugal, I think NOT! I could have saved the toting and just purchased an equivalent medium beverage.

Final Thoughts

This park is a great park for Pittsburgh Parks, as it offers a great way to cool down and a great environment for families.  Plan on paying for parking, regardless of where you park, it’s all PAID parking at $5.  Your bags will be searched and you will stand in a line that takes a while to get through(a lot of people were grumbling about the line sizes).  Get there when they open, or wait at least an hour, because this should help with the entrance lines.  There are plenty of chairs, pools and fun attractions.  Can the whole park be covered from the time they open until the time they close? Absolutely.  Without lines the park is actually something that the kids could complete in just a few hours(the rides), but if you are there for the pools you can relax all day.  If there are lines, you will wait a bit, sometimes we waited for up to 20 minutes as you have to wait for the pool areas below the tubes to clear before you can proceed.  Make sure you pack sunscreen, a small cooler with sandwiches, drink and snacks.  There are lockers, they are $13 and you get a few dollar refund upon returning the key.   Theses lockers are in the main area, if you want a smaller locker that costs a bit less, you head over by the wave pool.  The lockers make it easy to stash the stuff you don’t want to carry around.  A Medium sized locker can fit a nice sized bag, a backpack like bag.  Your day will begin at 11 and end by 5, which is enough of waterpark time.  DO make sure to find a discounted pass so you don’t have to pay the full admission price. Many schools offer discounts for purchases ahead of time as do municipalities.  You could always call SandCastle and see what specials they have as well.

 

PITTSBURGH’S AL MAZING WON’T BE DISAPPEARING FROM THE PGH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

Kids? Adults? Magic! That’s Al Mazing, our wonderful local Pittsburgh talent who works all over our great town and all it’s suburbs! Al Mazing disappears from Squirrel Hill and ends up in Downtown Pittsburgh, and sometimes he disappears from outside venues and reappears at inside events like the local libraries! Where will you see Al and his magic show, entertainment and comedy next? How about this:

almazing

Presenting Pittsburgh Magician Al Mazing this week and weekend at the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival! If you don’t know his talent then let me give you a little Pittsburgh Insider’s Information on Al Mazing: you will laugh and be entertained and so will your kids as Al has been making Pittsburgh more magical to live in since 1996!  Al Mazing shows are for kids of every age!
al mazing

BON JOVI ~More Tickets 2/21 & Autographed Poster Giveaway

What huge excitement to hear that Bon Jovi has additional tickets for the 2/21 show in Pittsburgh! As soon as I think of Bon Jovi I think Livin’  On A Prayer, Wanted Dead or Alive and Bad Medicine.  I quickly flash back to my years before my kids and think of all the songs that I listened to and enjoyed when I was getting ready for those fun nights out with my then boyfriend and now husband! Did I date myself? LOL!~

Bon Jovi

You can grab your tickets for the February 21, 2013 show HERE, and remember, these were just made additional, when they are gone, they are gone! GOOD LUCK getting them!

bon jovi

How about an autographed official tour poster, which is what the band will autograph?  How about 2? I am giving them away below.  Good luck winning one!  Here is what they look like! The WHOLE band will sign these!

bon jovi poster

a Rafflecopter giveaway

“This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability.”For Rules and Disclosures of this giveaway, please see Rafflecopter form: Terms And Conditions. Open to US only, 18+ only. MY BLOG is not responsible for prize shipment.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Nuclear Cowboyz® Pittsburgh ~tickets giveaway

Nuclear Cowboyz® Invade
CONSOL Energy Center January 26-27

nuclear

Anyone want to go see the Nuclear Cowboyz?  We enjoyed this show last year and this year it is here for 2 days!  You will be entertained and amazed!

PRESS RELEASE BELOW:

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 2, 2013) - Nuclear Cowboyz®, the only high octane-fueled freestyle motocross touring production in North America, is coming to CONSOL Energy Center January 26-27. The action-packed narrative is the legend of two powerful freestyle motocross tribes whose survival in their futuristic world is told through an amassed compilation of fearless freestyle aerial feats, gravity-defying stunts, and electrifying pyrotechnic and laser displays synchronized to an energizing soundtrack.

 

Nuclear Cowboyz 2013 has the greatest cast of freestyle motocross, trials and quad riders ever assembled, including recent X Games 2012 medalists Ronnie Faisst, Mike Mason, Taka Higashino and Winter X Games gold and silver medalist Colten Moore. The tour also includes former gold medalists – Pittsburgh Native, Adam Jones – and Matt Buyten as well as award-winning freestylers Derek Garland, Brody Wilson, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Wes Agee, Nick Dunne, Geoff Aaron, Keith Wineland and Marco Picado in this action-packed freestyle performance of pure danger and raw combat.

 

NUCLEAR COWBOYZ

 Saturday & Sunday
January 26-27, 2013

Main Event
Saturday – 7:30PM
Sunday – 2:00PM

Doors Open
Saturday – 6:30PM
Sunday – 1:00PM

Ticket Prices
VIP Fall Out Zone- $85 All Seats
Gold Circle - $50 All Seats
3rd Price Level- $35 Adults / $10 Kids (ages 2 – 12)
All tickets $2 more day of show
Additional Fees may apply

VIP Fall Out Zone is only available for Saturday, January 26 event.
Tickets are available at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, all Ticketmaster Outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

a Rafflecopter giveaway