By Rachel Booth
Who said you can’t have fun and learn something at the same time? Even better, why not learn a little and save a lot! On this week’s Free & Affordable Pittsburgh segment on Pittsburgh Today Live, we’re talking about some interesting art exhibits, getting up close and personal with the planets, and finding inner peace. Better yet, these finds are ridiculously affordable! Learn a bit more about each of the things mentioned on this week’s show!
Free Thursdays at the Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History
Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Dates: Thursdays in February and March
Hours: 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: Free to Attend, Parking in the CMOA garage is $5
During February and March, The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are offering free admission in the evenings from 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Some really cool exhibitions right now include Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story which features compelling photographs by African American Photographer Teenie Harris, and Picturing the City: Downtown Pittsburgh, 2007-2010, which was commissioned by the Heinz Endowments to record Downtown’s current renaissance. A great exhibit for kids is M is for Musuem, which is a hands-on exhibit which unveils the Natural History museum from A to Z!
Observatory Skywatch at the Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center
One Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Dates: On clear Friday and Saturday evenings, weather permitting. Call 412-237-3327 for latest session information.
Hours: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Price: $1, plus $5 to park for non-members, $3 for members
Stargazing with a purpose! If you’ve ever wanted to learn about globular clusters, nebulas and planets by taking a peek at them with your own eyes, this is a great pick for you. At the Henry Buhl Jr. Observatory, you get to see amazing celestial objects with your very own eyes. A 16-inch Meade LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope details planets in great detail. Volunteers from the Ameteur Astronomers Association are on hand to explain what you’re looking at. Take a peek at the moon in amazing detail, or possibly see the rings of Saturn… you never know!
Schoolhouse Yoga Donation Based Classes
2401 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Dates: Select Sundays throughout the year
Hours: 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh offers up a variety of pay-what-you-can, or donation based yoga classes throughout the city. One of these offerings is at Schoolhouse Yoga in the Strip District, where teacher trainees teach classes for whatever you can offer to pay. With this particular class, a diverse group of experience levels are welcome. In fact, it’s preferred considering the teacher trainee is learning his/her craft as well!
CBS Local offers has great deals everyday, anywhere from 50-90% off the retail value. This is a grat one! Right now, Restaurant.com is offering $400 Restaurant.com eCard for just $40! You’ll find loads of great local Pittsburgh restaurants to choose from. Plus, 10% of the proceeds go to benefit the American Lung Association, so it’s for a great cause too. Visit KDKA.com/Best Of for all the details!
Talk about saving money – why not learn to make your own clothes and accessories? Vintage and upcycled wares are not only thrifty, but trendy too! In Shopping & Style, you’ll find The Lost Art of Knitting in Pittsburgh, which highlights some of the best local places to find knitting accessories, luxury fibers, and anything else a knitter could want. Don’t know how to knit? No problem! You can register for classes at many of these locales as well.
Pittsburgh is one of the coolest places to visit nowadays, and out-of-towners are looking for affordable places to stay when they visit. If you don’t want to leave your beloved furry friend at home or in a kennel, check out Family & Pets for the Best Pet-Friendly Hotels In Pittsburgh, offering some great options that cater to EVERY member of your family!
Rachel Booth & Heather Walsh are the bargainistas behind LivingPittsburgh.com, Pittsburgh’s go-to bargain website for free, affordable & discounted events, activities, products & services. Visit Living Pittsburgh for even more great ‘Burgh bargains!