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Free and Affordable Pittsburgh for 4/20: Free Earth Day Fun and More!

By Rachel Booth

Earth Day is this weekend, which lends itself to fabulous fun, educational, and of course affordable activities around Pittsburgh. There's loads of Earth Day celebrating, plus a great way kindergarten bound kiddos to get into the groove! Add some great deals, along with some fun affordable ways to get the blood pumping, and you have the makings of a fantastic time. Learn a bit more about each of these below.

Free & Affordable Kindergarten Here I Come
Photo Credit: Renee Rosensteel

Kindergarten...Here I Come!
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

10 Children's Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 322-5058

Date: Friday, April 20, 2012
Hours: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: Free for children entering kindergarten and one parent, half priced admission for additional guests

If you have a little one venturing into Kindergarten, head over to the Children's Museum for this free event geared towards preparing them for the big transition. It's designed to help children and their parents make a healthy transition and reinforce the importance of community support in healthy child development. Experts in nutrition, after school programs, bullying, proper immunization, and other areas will be there to answer parents' questions, while kids get to enjoy all sorts of age-appropriate activities. Kids will also get to take home their very own "Class of 2024" t-shirts, story books, plus make crafts, sit on a real school bus, meet Mr. Mc Feely, and so much more. This free event will educate AND entertain!

Free & Affordable Earth Day Events
Photo Credit: The Frick Environmental Center

Pittsburgh Earth Day Celebration 2012
Frick Environmental Center

2005 Beechwood Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-6538

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Free to Attend

Enjoy an entire day of free family friendly activities at the Frick Environmental Center in celebration of Earth Day 2012. The opening ceremony and tree planting runs for about a half an hour starting at 11 a.m., with full-on activities starting at noon. Enjoy nature, bird and spider walks, West African drumming, Turtle Talk, butterfly garden and sunflower room planting, eco-friendly crafts, a reptile seminar, and more! Live music from the Panther Hollow String Band is scheduled at 2 p.m. while Venture Outdoors will also be on hand to teach campfire building and geocaching. Those are only a few of the ongoing activities throughout the day! Food vendors will be on hand, and there's even free shuttle service.

Free & Affordable Coffee Mates Mt. Washington
Photo Credit: Loni McCartney

Coffee Mates: Anniversary Celebration & Volunteer Appreciation Event
Crazy Mocha - Northside

2 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 228-0216

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Hours: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Gently used or new tote bag for donation. In addition, you're welcome to bring non-perishable food items for donation.

How many of you have mismatched travel mugs and lids stuffed in the netheregions of your kitchen cabinets? Bring your travel mug orphans to this Earth Day evening event at Crazy Mocha on the North Side and potentially find a match. It's an opportunity to meet your "coffee mate" amidst the other misfit items. Everyone who finds a matching set will be entered in a raffle drawing, including "repurposed" NFL items, upcycled purses, restaurant gift cards and t-shirts. Refreshments will be provided care of Bistro To Go. Enjoy unlimited coffee, along with a "special coffee drink" bar that's 50% off for the occasion. Travel mugs will be 50% off as well.

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Free & Affordable CBS Local Offers Segway in Paradise
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CBS Local Offers has great deals everyday, anywhere from 50-90% off the retail value. This week's offer is 51% off at Segway in Paradise! You pay $29 for a two-hour Segway tour of Pittsburgh, which is normally $59. Learn about our city in style while cruising around an 8 mile loop on a Segway - how fun! The two-hour tour will have you zigging and zagging your way over the Smithfield Street Bridge, through the Cultural District, around PNC Park and the River Walk, throughout Point State Park and back to where you started at Station Square, with many stops and historic sites in between. You can buy up to four vouchers per person, and an additional two as gifts. You must be 14 or older, and able to stand for two hours. This deal runs through Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 11:59am, and cannot be combined with other deals.

What We're Talking About In Best Of
Earth Day

This weekend certainly wouldn't be complete without mentioning the fun Earth Day activities happening in and around the 'Burgh. In Family & Pets, you'll find a great article about the Best Earth Day Activities In Pittsburgh. Of course this article mentions the cool activities at Frick Environmental Center, along with a bike parade, exhibits at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and a Specialty Book Listing at the Carnegie Library - Main branch. Take a look - many of the festivities this weekend are free to attend!

The weather is slowly and unpredictably... but surely starting to heat up! This week in Travel & Outdoors you'll find the Best Places To Play A Game Of Pick-Up Basketball In Pittsburgh. It's a great way to stay in shape and meet new people. The article mentions several locations around the city and suburbs, and many of the options are absolutely free to join in on the fun, including pick-up games in Mellon Park, Grandview Park and South Park.

Rachel Booth & Heather Walsh are the bargainistas behind, Pittsburgh's go-to bargain website for free, affordable & discounted events, activities, products & services. Visit Living Pittsburgh for even more great 'Burgh bargains! You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter!


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