Monday, June 23, 2014

Walking with Dinosaurs the Arena Spectacular is coming to Pittsburgh July 30–August 3!

For 200 million years the Dinosaurs ruled the earth…

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This July they will be returning for a live arena spectacular at Consol Energy Center for only eight performances July 30 – August 3.

Dinosaurs once again roam the earth when the spectacular production, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series, returns to North America this summer.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR will be performed at CONSOL Energy Center from a limited 8 performance engagement from July 30 to August 3.  Tickets are available online now as well as in person at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center.

The show that critics have called ‘awesome’, ‘spectacular’ and ‘breathtaking’ will stop in Pittsburgh from July 30 – August 30, 2014.  This updated production will showcase changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species. Worldwide, more than eight million people have seen this show in 243 cities and over 2,000 performances.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR is produced by Global Creatures headed by CEO Carmen Pavlovic.  Pavlovic said, “I am thrilled that WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR is coming back to the US in July - its first visit to North America since its inaugural 2007 sell-out tour. A new generation is ready to experience these life–size beasts in this awe-inspiring spectacle, which has still not been matched in terms of scale and quality. Many of our creatures have “evolved” since the last tour, now featuring distinctive display feathers, head crests and tail fans, reflecting recent discoveries about the physical nature of these massive creatures. This show remains a must-see for audiences of all ages.”

The show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators. 

Ten species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs.  The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain, as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous period.  The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail.  It took a team of 50 – including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts – a year to build the production.

The history of the world is played out with the splitting of the earth’s continents, and the transition from the arid desert of the Triassic period is given over to the lush green prairies and forces of the later Jurassic.  Oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire -- all leading to the impact of the massive comet, which struck the earth, and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs.

The show originated in Australia, where after years of planning, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR came to life at Sydney’s Acer Arena in January 2007. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Family Fun Awaits in Columbus, Ohio! #ExperienceColumbus #PghMomBloggers

We had such a WONDERFUL weekend in Columbus, Ohio on their Roar and Explore Getaway! I want to take a moment to send a huge thanks to Experience Columbus for the wonderful family vacation and to the other amazing blog mommas (and families) we spent the weekend with…Nadine (The Pittsburgh Mommy Blog), Kelly (Pgh Momtourage), Nicole (Champagne to Crayons) and Becky (‘lil Burghers)!

We had way too much fun this weekend to fit it all in one post so keep an eye out for a week full of Columbus on the blog. Trust me, if you haven’t made it to Columbus yet with your family you are going to want to plan your trip soon! So many wonderful things to do that are great for any family!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis - Southside Works, Pittsburgh, PA

This years walk was amazing yet again. We were so blessed to have even more family and friends join our Monkey MoSean team this year. I just loved looking around and seeing my family and friends around in blue Monkey MoSean shirts! This year I had a table set up for the blog as well as my photography (Ashley Mikula Photography). This really allowed me to share our story with even more people and meet some of the families that have been following my blog. Thank you to those who stopped by to say hello and introduce yourselves and to those who shared their story with me. I’d really love to do more feature posts on the local kids so if you’d like to share your story please shoot me an email! (mommaonamission AT comcast DOT net)
Now for the picture heavy part of the post…enjoy!! xo
(All three of the kiddos pictured above have JA like Monkey.)

Mariah (JA warrior) with Dr. Poff.                                    Silly Zimm!

Monkey with his rheumatologist Dr. Kietz.      Nonna (my mom) with the boys.

Silly Pirate Parrot!

Most of our team with the Pirate Parrot.
(We had such a hard time getting a photo of the entire team all together! lol)

The Parrot flirting with my mom-in-law, Pat.

Zimm once again!                                       Cousins!

Another team picture but we're missing Mary, Jen and Ethan.

I've been talking with this momma for months and it was so awesome to FINALLY meet in person.