By Rachel Booth

Can you feel it? Daylight savings time has sprung our clocks ahead and the first bits of Spring are starting to emerge! On this week’s Free & Affordable Pittsburgh segment on Pittsburgh Today Live, we’re talking about family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day fun, free Children’s Museum admission, and free Italian ice to celebrate the first day of spring! Learn a bit more about each of the things mentioned on this week’s show!

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St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun at Fifth Avenue Place
Fifth Avenue Place

120 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-7800

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Hours: 11 a.m to 2 p.m.
Price: Free To Attend

Looking for some family-friendly fun this St. Patrick’s day? After the 2nd largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world (yep, it’s in Downtown Pittsburgh) you can bring the family to Fifth Avenue Place with an afternoon of activities. They’ll have face painting, irish-themed crafts with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, live music and games. Best of all, it’s free for your family to enjoy!

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Mister Rogers’ Day
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

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

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Free Admission to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

It’s sometimes referred to as Sweater Day, Or Mister Rogers Day, or Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day – but whatever you call it, it’s a celebration of Mr. Rogers’ life and neighborliness. In honor of Mister Rogers’ birthday, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is offering free admission on Tuesday, March 20th. Wear your favorite sweater and celebrate! You can even meet Mr. McFeeley from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. One adult is required to accompany every five children. Parking is not included.

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Free Italian Ice at Rita’s
All open Rita’s locations around Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Hours: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Free

Stop in to any open Rita’s location on the first day of Spring and enjoy a free, regular size Italian Ice. This one is truly a Springtime tradition – Rita’s has been offering their first day of Spring giveaway for the past 19 years! Last year along they gave away over 1.2 million cups of Italian Ice in a 10 hour period! There are 11 locations all over the Pittsburgh area, so get out there and celebrate!

CBS Local Offer

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CBS Local offers has great deals everyday, anywhere from 50-90% off the retail value. This week’s offer is 75% off from You pay $10 for $40 towards sports, concert and theater tickets in Pittsburgh. You dictate the price – pick the event you want to attend, where you want to sit, and the price you want to pay. ScoreBig will let you know if you’re bid is accepted instantly. There’s a one voucher limit per person, and it’s valid on any ticket purchase from If you redeem less than $10 of your offer in one transaction, they’ll refund the difference between the $10 and the amount you redeem. The promotional value of the offer expires September 4, 2012.

What We’re Talking About In Best Of

Corned beef and cabbage (credit: Thinkstock)

You had to know one of our picks this week would be about St. Patrick’s Day! Of course there’s the parade, but where do you go for that authentic Irish grub? In Food & Drink, you’ll find Best Spots for an Irishman’s Feast. With dishes like Colcannon, bangers & mash, fish & chips and shephard’s pie, and beers like Guinness, Murphy’s Irish Stout and Mangers Irish Cider – you’re sure to have your fill o’ Irish food & drink.

With the first signs of spring starting to bloom, it’s the perfect time for photography fanatics to get out there and start snapping. This week in Arts & Culture you’ll find Pittsburgh Viewfinder: Best Spots For Photography Buffs. While some spots, like Mt. Washington’s overlooks, seem obvious, you’ll learn about some of the less obvious, yet fantastic places around Pittsburgh to get some great shots of the Mon River valley, the Allegheny River, and Schenley Park vistas.

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!