Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of March 27-29, 2015. Highlights of this weekend include a HUGE amount of Easter events, Discover the Dinosaurs, Astronomy Weekend at the Science Center and the 20th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner.
All Weekend, March 27-29
Visitors to this Washington PA museum can take a ride on a restored antique trolley to see the Easter Bunny. There will also be an easter egg hunt and egg decorating.
Times: 10-5pm (last trolley leaves at 4pm)
Cost: Adults $10, Children $7
Location: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, 1 Museum Road, Washington PA
Discover the Dinosaurs is a hands-on exhibit of approx. 40 moving and replica museum-quality dinosaurs for the future paleontologists in the city. There is also a “Discover the Ice Age” exhibit for a special fee. Ticket pricing is complicated, so see here for more information.
Times: Friday 12-9pm, Saturday 10-8pm, Sunday 10-7pm
Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. Pittsburgh PA
Friday Night, March 27
Murrysville will be hosting a Flashlight Egg Hunt (and a Doggie Egg Hunt, too!). Following the hunt, there will be refreshments and visits with the Easter Bunny and Yellow Chick. Bring flashlights and easter baskets!
Location: Murrysville Community Park
Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29
The Carnegie Science Center celebrates astronomy this weekend with special planetarium shows, make-and-take projects, a chance to win a telescope and much more.
Cost: Free with admission
Location: Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212
Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm will be hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt in Bunnyland. Kids will get a hayride to Bunny Land where they can hunt for Easter eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. Back at the market, they can play in balloon typhoon, have their face painted, participate in a coloring contest and visit with animals.
Cost: Cost is $7.50/child participating in the Easter Egg Hunt. Adults and older children (not participating in the hunt) will be charged $3.50 for the ride to Bunny Land.
Location: Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm, 1120 Roosevelt Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Simmons Farm will be holding its 2015 Easter Egg Hunt with craft activities, an easter egg hunt and a visit to the petting zoo.
Times: Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 10-5pm
Location: Simmons Farm, 170 Simmons Rd, McMurray PA 15317
Enjoy a morning of Easter fun at Trax Farm. Children will have a healthy breakfast, enjoy an outdoor train ride, petting zoo, egg hunt, and a craft! Refreshments are available for purchase for adults. Advance reservations required.
Times: Starts at 9:30am
Location: Trax Farm, Trax Farm, 528 Trax Road, Pittsburgh PA
Another option at Trax Farm (without the breakfast). Participate in an egg hunt in three age-appropriate egg patches.
Times: Hunts leave every 30 minutes from 10:30-1:30pm.
Cost: Advance reservations recommended and cost is $7.
Location: Trax Farm, 528 Trax Road, Pittsburgh PA
The National Aviary will be hosting its annual Eggstravaganza where children can participate in a unique egg hunt, where they search for bird eggs and then match them up with the birds. There will also be several craft and activity stations, an Easter Parade and visits with the Easter Bunny.
Cost: Free with admission
Location: The National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh kicks off its bike-themed Spring Break this weekend with a variety of events, including free bike tune-ups and helmets, playing with gears in the MAKESHOP and more. Check here for a full listing of events.
The Allegheny County Parks Department is hosting a “Cookies with Cottontail” event where children can enjoy cookies and refreshments with Peter Cottontail, do crafts and visit with a face painter and balloon artist. Saturday’s event is from 1-3 pm at Boyce Park Four Seasons Lodge and Sunday’s event is from 1-3pm at North Park Rose Barn.
Saturday, March 28
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh presents its weekly Tot Discovery class for children ages 18 months to 3 years with a caregiver. This week’s theme is “Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
Times: 9-10 am
Cost: $8 nonmembers, $6 members
Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212
The National Aviary is hosting a free members-only breakfast of pastries with bunny crafts and Easter Bunny photos before the museum opens. No information about times available on website.
Wildwood Highlands will be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast Buffet. Advance registration required.
Times: starts at 9am
Cost: $8.99 per adults and $11.79 per child.
Location: Wildwood Highlands, 2330 Wildwood Rd. Wildwood, PA 15091
Latitude 360 and Macaroni Kid Pittsburgh are offering a Bunny Bash at this huge entertainment complex in Robinson Township. The event will feature a hot brunch, cookie decorating, crafts, an Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Cost: Advance registration required and cost is $19.99 for children and $14.99 for adults.
Location: Latitude 360, 200 Quinn Drive, Pittsburgh PA
Regent Square is holding its annual egg hunt for children ages 8 and younger. Following the egg hunt, there will be spring-themed activities. Bags are provided so please leave larger baskets at home.
Location: parklet at the corner of Richmond Street and Sanders Avenue
This Saturday is the 9th Annual Food to Table Conference held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The event provides consumers with ideas and information about where their food comes from through a variety of hands-on cooking demonstrations, gardening demos and information about health and wellness. Chef Leah Lizarondo will also be offering a Youth Cook class for children ages 10 and up at 12:30pm where kids will make creative quesadillas. Limited spots, so register at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a farm fresh breakfast held on Saturday morning. Finally, you can pay extra to get a Bits & Bites Tour before the conference opens to the general public.
Times: 10-5 pm
Cost: One day registration: $15, Breakfast $25 or both for $27
Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh PA
As part of its monthly Super Science Series, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History hosts a Preservation Fair this weekend, where families are invited to bring their family’s treasures and learn techniques to preserve them forever.
Cost: Free with admission
Location: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
The Mattress Factory is hosting its regular young child-friendly educational program designed to introduce children ages 3-5 to fundamental concepts in installation art. This week’s theme is “Opposites.” Advanced registration required by emailing email@example.com. Also, check out the Mattress Factory on Monday for pay-what-you-can Spring Break Family Day.
Location: Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212
Old Economy Village in Ambridge is hosting its annual easter egg hunt in the village garden.
Location: Old Economy Village, Ambridge PA
The Monroeville Recreation Department will be sponsoring its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2-10.
Location: Monroeville Community Park
McKeesport will be holding its annual Easter Egg hunt.
Location: Jacob Woll Main Pavilion at Renziehausen Park
Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department is hosting its annual free easter egg hunt/visit with the Easter Bunny for children <7. Bring your Easter basket and camera!
Location: Mt. Lebanon Park
Findlay Twp will be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt for Findlay Twp residents with children aged preschool-grade 5. Preschool children will receive a goody bag from the Easter Bunny in lieu of doing the Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your own baskets.
Location: Rainbow’s End Playground, Clinton Park
The Volunteer Princesses are holding an Easter event with performers, princesses, an Easter egg hunt and lots of other activities. Event also includes Pittsburgh magician AL Mazing, Debo the Clown and Pittsburgh Magician and Balloon Artist Weird Eric. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Institute.
Location: North Park
PAEYC and the Homewood Children’s Village are kicking off the Month of the Young Child with a community block party where families can meet local community helpers like fire firefighters, visit the Storymobile, build nature habitats with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and see animals from the Rescue League.
Location: Homewood Early Learning Hub, 7219 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Children can visit with the Easter Bunny and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt (4-10yo) at the annual Streets of Cranberry Easter Egg Hunt.
Location: Streets of Cranberry, Cranberry
The Sewickley YMCA will be holding an all-ages Easter Egg Hunt. The YMCA’s large pool will be filled with Easter eggs for kids to collect and exchange for fun prizes. Following the egg hunt there will be a holiday craft project and games from 1-2pm. All children under age 8 or non-swimmers must be accompanied by an adult in the pool.
Cost: $5 for members and $6 for nonmembers
Location Sewickley YMCA
Angora Gardens in White Oak will be offering its annual Easter celebration with food, crafts, face-painting, live bunnies, pictures with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt for children <10yo.
Location: Angora Gardens, 3 Muse Lane, White Oak PA
Edgewood will be holding its annual easter egg hunt.
Location: Koenig Field
The Green Tree Woman’s Civic Club is hosting their annual Green Tree Spring Magic where children can enjoy an afternoon with the Easter Bunny, a magic show, crafts, snacks and more. Advance Registration required.
Location: Green Tree Fire Hall
This Easter event is an INDOOR, carnival style event including visits with the Easter Bunny, carnival games, inflatables, face painting, food, and an Easter Egg Hunt! Bring your own basket.
Location: Mars Area High School, Mars PA
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hosts a movie night this Saturday with the feature presentation “A Bug’s Life” in the Theater exhibit.
Times: Popcorn and dinner available for purchase from 5-5:30pm. Feature film starts at 5:30pm.
Cost: $2 members $3 nonmembers, children under 2 are free
Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212
Sunday, March 29
The South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Company is holding its 2nd annual Easter Breakfast/Easter Egg Hunt with breakfast, an egg hunt, rides on the fire truck and other “surprises.” To reserve your seat or for additional information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: Free, but donations appreciated
Location: South Baldwin Social Hall
Cranberry Township will be hosting an egg hunt for children ages 1-8.
Cost: $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents
Location: Municipal Center, Cranberry
HeroiKs of the University of Pittsburgh hosts its annual superhero-themed Pittsburgh Super Stroll where families take a 1-mile walk around Pitt’s campus interlaced with a comic-like storyline presented by heroiKs superheroes and performers. All participants are encouraged to dress up like superheroes and storyline teaches children about how to be a superhero through helping their communities and the environment. Followed by an Awareness Fair presented organizations and student groups benefiting the community.
Times: Registration 12-1pm, Walk 1-2pm, Awareness Fair 2-4pm
Cost: Free, although donations and pledges are welcome to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and United Lutheran City Mission Afterschool Program.
Location: The O’Hara Student Union, 4024 O’Hara St, Pittsburgh , PA 15213
West Deer is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 12 and under.
Times: Registration begins at noon, Egg hunt begins at 1pm
Cost: Free, but donations accepted
Location: Bairdford Park, West Deer
Cost: $5 donation requested
Location: St. Raphael’s Gallagher Hall and outside
The Pittsburgh Glass Center is hosting a family-friendly glass-making activity where kids 10+ can make handmade glass eggs, fused eggs and pendants.
Cost:Ranges from $25-$35 depending on item
Location: Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
The annual Empty Bowls Dinner is a simple meal of bread and soup to remind people of the hunger that exists in our community. There will be dozens of soups cooked by the city’s top chefs and each ticket-holder gets to choose a handmade ceramic bowl to take home. This family-friendly event will include children’s activities provided by the Children’s Museum.
Cost: $22, All proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest.
Location: Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Scott Township is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt.
Location: Scott Park, Scott Township
Here is what’s going on at the Carnegie libraries this weekend including a sneak peek of the Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s upcoming Peter Pan production at the West End branch and here is what’s going on at the Allegheny County libraries including a number of Easter events!
Date Night Ideas:
Friday night: Friday Night Local Food Tasting at Farm to Table conference and SkyWatch at the Carnegie Science Center (a chance to use a 16-inch telescope)
Finally, the spring consignment sale season continues this weekend with Sunflower Sprouts in the North Hills, Everything for Kids Re-Sale in Squirrel Hill and An Angel’s Attic Consignment Sale in Butler County.
Have a great weekend!
* All of these events (especially the smaller community Easter celebrations) may experience last-minute changes to locations, times and dates. Please confirm BEFORE attending!