A Note from the Publisher - March 13th, 2023

Thoughts from my messy desk

By Emily Papa, Macaroni KID South Hills Publisher March 13, 2023

Happy Monday my MacKID fam! I am SO sorry our newsletter went out so late last week. We had an amazing time at our Summer Camp Expo on Saturday, but then Sunday I came down with a nasty stomach bug that landed me in the hospital and down for the count all week. I'm feeling much better now but still playing catch up from missing out on so much last week! Here's a highlight reel from the past few weeks:

Even though it snowed a small blizzard today, signs of spring are showing everywhere! My daffodils had blooms by the 1st of March!

My 10-year-old daughter has been participating in a sleep study through UPMC. Not only is she earning her own cash to splurge on things I will not buy her (more slime and Lululemon), but she is learning about MRI's and even got her own brain scan. How cool?!

Last Thursday we went to see Disney on Ice. The kids were a little disappointed they didn't see anyone from Encanto, but still loved the show!

Do you remember the containment scene from ET? My whole house looks like that right now! We've been under construction since Christmas after we had 3 pipes burst and our contractors are working diligently to put our house back in order. We decided this would be a good time to make those bathroom changes we've been dreaming about and can't wait to see the final product!

My ten-year-old attended the annual father-daughter dance at PT and I still can't get over how grown up she is! No matter how tall she gets, she will always be my little girl. 

My kids both finished out their basketball seasons, our turtle Rocky had a follow-up vet appointment and appears to be doing better, and I've had some really nice outings with my girlfriends that don't happen often enough. On a more professional note, I was pretty excited when I saw a photo I had posted on my Instagram page from my recent trip to Margaritaville ended up on the Margaritaville Cap Cana page itself. I thought that was pretty awesome and felt proud! 

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So enough about me, it's time to focus on YOU and helping you Find Your Family Fun

  • Spring is right around the corner, and we are having more and more spring events submitted to our calendars every day. While so many of the activities are FREE, we are seeing a lot of them requesting registration, so you might want to look over the event calendar a few weeks in advance, so you don't miss out on something you wanted to do. We will be updating our Easter Guide regularly with new events, so you might want to bookmark it!
  • Our Summer Camp Expo was a huge success, and our Summer Camp Guide has been trending for weeks now. I know it might seem early, but camps seem to be booking up earlier and earlier each year. My kids have each picked a camp they wanted to do, and I couldn't say no when my little media manager of a daughter asked to do the YouTube Video Production camp at IDEAS Summer Camp. We're adding close to 10 new camps to our Summer Camp Guide this week so make sure you check back for updates. 
  • Need help celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the kids? We've got you covered. You can view all our articles specific to that holiday right HERE
  • Last but not least, tomorrow is Pi day and the pizza lover in me couldn't contain my excitement when I saw this super cute PGH Pie Madness bracket. Circa 2008-2012 and pre-kids, I used to have a Pittsburgh Pizza blog documenting my extended families' adventures through the 'Burgh at some of the best named pizzerias. I can't wait to do that again with my kids but with a copy of this bracket made by Happy Lil Canvasas! If you do this we want to see your pics and hear your votes!

Until next time my friends!

Find details about these events and many more in Macaroni Kid South Hills' events calendar,

We keep it updated with all of Baldwin, Bethel Park, Brentwood, Bridgeville, Castle Shannon, Dormont, Jefferson Hills, Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Oliver, Mt. Washington, Pleasant Hills, South Park, South Side, Upper St. Clair, West Mifflin’s family-friendly events so that you can spend less time looking for something to do and more quality time with your kids.

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