By Rachel Booth

This weekend and the week ahead is all about celebrating kids and moms – whether it’s just being a kid, honoring talented kids, or giving mom a much-needed night out on the town. On this week’s Free & Affordable Pittsburgh segment on Pittsburgh Today Live, we’re talking about a heritage day where kids can learn all about games of years past, an awards reception honoring talented high school students, and National Mom’s Night Out. Bonus – of course these are all either free or very reasonably priced. Learn a bit more about each of the things mentioned on this week’s show.

Photo Credit: Jeff Semke and Karen Parsons

Children’s Heritage Day
Depreciation Lands Museum

4743 S. Pioneer Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
(412) 486-0563

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012
Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: $5 adults|$3 children. Members $3 adults|$1 children

Depreciation Lands Museum just north of Pittsburgh strives to preserve and interpret the early years of European settlement in the “Depreciation Lands,” which at one time was all of the North Hills of Pittsburgh extending almost all the way to Butler. The State of Pennsylvania set aside the land to pay its Revolutionary War soldiers for their services, since the dollar “depreciated” drastically during the war. This affordable event is a special family oriented day full of hands-on activities from years gone by helping kids reconnect with the “pass times” of past times. This year’s focus is on classic games like hopscotch, marbles, skelly, duck duck goose, and more (kids can even churn butter and whip cream)! They’ll have baked goods cooking in the log cabin, and the one room schoolhouse will be in-session. The outdoor bake oven will be turning out hot soft pretzels for purchase, and corn bread with homemade maple butter for sampling.  Even the old-fashioned Mercantile will be open, where you can buy a stick of candy or a toy!

Photo Credit: Kelly Hu

MCG Invitational Arts Exhibition
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

1815 Metropolitan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 322-1773

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012
Hours: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Free to Attend

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild educates and inspires urban youth through the arts. The MCG Invitational Arts Exhibition is hosting their awards reception this coming Thursday. This inaugural exhibition evolved from their annual ‘All City’ event, which was originally just for Pittsburgh Public School students. The show now includes talented students in West Mifflin, Duquesne, Wilkinsburg, Homestead and McKeesport – competing for accolades and awards in this juried multimedia arts exhibition with awards exceeding $100,000! Don’t think “high school art show.” According to MCG, this work is truly stellar – professionally matted, lit and presented, the over 200 pieces on display are “museum and gallery quality.” The reception, which includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and live jazz runs from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., with the awards ceremony itself following from 7 p.m. until about 8:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Ross Park Mall

National Mom’s Night Out
Ross Park Mall

1000 Ross Park Mall Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 369-4400

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012
Hours: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Price: Free to Attend

Moms can enjoy a guilt-free, COST-free night out just for them! This event happens in locations all over the country, but Ross Park Mall has partnered with Table Magazine to bring this event to mom’s right here in the ‘Burgh. Cocktails, shopping and registration for prizes is from 5 p.m. until 6:30, then prizes are awarded and the contests begin! You must be present to win your prize. Prizes will be given away at random, plus three random winners will participate in “Shopped!” In Ross Park Mall’s version of Chopped, three winners get a $500 Simon Gift Card and one hour to use their prize in their “pantry,” aka their retailers, to create a special outfit including a secret theme and ingredients. They’ll be judged by fashion experts, where the grand prize winner receives a getaway for two to Seven Springs. The runners-up get to keep their outfits, so that’s not too shabby!

CBS Local Offer

Photo Credit: Stonewater Salon & Spa

CBS Local offers has great deals everyday, anywhere from 50-90% off the retail value. This week, you’ll find 50% off at Stonewater Salon & Spa. Stonewater is a full-service, organic spa with an eye on environmental practices. There are three options – you can pay $12.50 for a $25 certificate towards any service, $25 for a $50 towards Aveda hair color service for first time customers, or $14 for a $50 certificate towards a spa facial, body treatment or any massage for first time customers. You can purchase one for yourself and one for a friend, and they’re only valid at their South Hills Location. This deal runs through Sunday, May 6 at 11:59 p.m. Find all the details on CBS Local Offers.

What We’re Talking About In Best Of

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Carrying the kid theme a little further – attention all you DIYers! In Family & Pets, you’ll find Play With Your Kids By Building A Playground In Pittsburgh. Playgrounds for kids can be pretty pricey, but tackling this one on your own can be a cost saver. Yes, this may sound daunting, but if you get family and friends involved in the planning and building, it can be a great way to spend some time together, save a few bucks, and enjoy the fruits of your labor! This article gives you some great tips to help avoid pitfalls and make it as easy as possible.

Pittsburgh is fast becoming a cultural hotbed of activity! This week in Arts & Culture you can check out the Best Opera Performances In Pittsburgh. There’s three performances left this year – “The Abduction From the Seraglio” is going on right now. The others are opening later  this Fall. This article gives you a peek into each of these shows, so check it out and see which one(s) you want to see!

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!