Giveaway: Family 4-Pack of Tickets to the Bunny Fun Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet

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Gateway Clipper Fleet, Photo courtesy of Gateway Clipper Fleet

I have an exciting last minute sponsored giveaway for my readers. The Gateway Clipper Fleet has been kind enough to offer me a family 4-pack of tickets to its upcoming Bunny Fun Cruise on April 4 from 11-1 p.m. (board time 10:30 a.m. at the Gateway Clipper Fleet dock at Station Square). The cruise includes a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and a special treat from him plus a DJ dance party.

While tickets are generally $25 for adults and $12 for children, the winner of my giveaway (plus three others) will be able to enjoy the Bunny Fun Cruise for free! Enter below:

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This giveaway will run until Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. The winner can claim his or her tickets at the dock ticket office on April 4. And if you don’t win the giveaway, tickets are still available here. The Gateway Clipper Fleet will also be offering another Bunny Fun Cruise at 1:30 p.m. on April 4 and Easter brunch and dinner cruises on April 5. The Gateway Clipper Fleet encourages you to take lots of pictures of your cruise and share on social media with #gatewayclipper.

Finally, the Gateway Clipper Fleet will launch its regular Spring cruise schedule starting on April 4 with weekend Good Ship Lollipop cruises sailing three times every day and the Signature Captain’s Dinner Cruises offered every Saturday.

Good luck! And have a great Easter weekend :).

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: March 27-29, 2015

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

Bunny Trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

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

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’s Annual Spring Egg Hunt

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!

Time: 7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Murrysville Community Park

 

Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29

Space Out! Astronomy Weekend at the Carnegie Science Center

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.

Times: 10-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Easter Egg Hunt in Bunnyland at Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm

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.

Times: 10-1pm

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

 

Easter Egg Hunt at Simmons Farm

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

Cost: $11

Location: Simmons Farm, 170 Simmons Rd, McMurray PA 15317

 

Breakfast with the Bunny at Trax Farm

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

Cost: $8

Location: Trax Farm, Trax Farm, 528 Trax Road, Pittsburgh PA

 

Egg Hunts with the Bunny at Trax Farm

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

 

Eggstravaganza at the National Aviary

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.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: The National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Spring Break: Bike Week at the Children’s Museum

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.

 

Cookies with Cottontail

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

Tot Discovery at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

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

 

Members-only Bunny Breakfast at the National Aviary

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 Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast Buffet

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

 

Macaroni Kid’s Bunny Bash at Latitude 360

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.

Times: 9-11am

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 Civic Association’s Annual Egg Hunt

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.

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Free

Location: parklet at the corner of Richmond Street and Sanders Avenue

 

9th Annual Food to Table Conference

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 info@brazenkitchen.com. 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

 

Preservation Fair at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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.

Times: 10-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

MINI-Factory at the Mattress Factory

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 education@mattress.org. Also, check out the Mattress Factory on Monday for pay-what-you-can Spring Break Family Day.

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Free

Location: Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Easter Egg Hunt at Old Economy Village

Old Economy Village in Ambridge is hosting its annual easter egg hunt in the village garden.

Times: 10-12pm

Location: Old Economy Village, Ambridge PA

 

Monroeville Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Monroeville Recreation Department will be sponsoring its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2-10.

Time: 10am

Cost: Free

Location: Monroeville Community Park

 

McKeesport Annual Easter Egg Hunt

McKeesport will be holding its annual Easter Egg hunt.

Times: 10-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Jacob Woll Main Pavilion at Renziehausen Park

 

Mt. Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt

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!

Times: 11am

Cost: Free

Location: Mt. Lebanon Park

 

Findlay Township Easter Egg Hunt

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.

Time: 11am

Cost: Free

Location: Rainbow’s End Playground, Clinton Park

 

Volunteer Princesses’s Egg-stravaganza

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.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: North Park

 

Homewood Early Learning Block Party

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.

Time: Noon

Cost: Free

Location: Homewood Early Learning Hub, 7219 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh,  PA 15206

 

7th Annual Streets of Cranberry Easter Egg Hunt

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.

Times: 12-2pm

Cost: Free

Location: Streets of Cranberry, Cranberry

 

Sewickley YMCA’s Easter Eggstravaganza

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.

Times: 12-2pm

Cost: $5 for members and $6 for nonmembers

Location Sewickley YMCA

 

Angora Gardens Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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.

Times: 12-3pm

Cost: Free

Location: Angora Gardens, 3 Muse Lane, White Oak PA

 

Edgewood Easter Egg Hunt

Edgewood will be holding its annual easter egg hunt.

Time: noon

Cost: Free

Location: Koenig Field

 

Green Tree’s Spring Magic

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.

Times: 1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Green Tree Fire Hall

 

Discovery Christian Church’s Easter Egg’stravaganza

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.

Times: 2-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Mars Area High School, Mars PA

 

Movie Night: A Bug’s Life at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

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

South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Company Easter Egg Hunt

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 info@sbvfc.com.

Times: 9-1pm

Cost: Free, but donations appreciated

Location: South Baldwin Social Hall

 

Hippity Hop Egg Hunt in Cranberry

Cranberry Township will be hosting an egg hunt for children ages 1-8.

Times: 10:30-2pm

Cost: $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents

Location: Municipal Center, Cranberry

 

The Pittsburgh Super Stroll

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 Easter Egg Hunt

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

 

Morningside Area Community Council’s (MACC) Easter Egg Hunt

The MACC is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt in St. Raphael’s Gallagher Hall with crafts, face-painting and other games and goodies. Open to residents of Morningside and surrounding neighborhoods. Advance Registration requested. Please email Melinda at macceaster@gmail.com for information.

Times: 12:30-2pm

Cost: $5 donation requested

Location: St. Raphael’s Gallagher Hall and outside

 

Make-It-Now Eggcetera at the Pittsburgh Glass Center

The Pittsburgh Glass Center is hosting a family-friendly glass-making activity where kids 10+ can make handmade glass eggs, fused eggs and pendants.

Times: 1:30-4:30pm

Cost:Ranges from $25-$35 depending on item

Location: Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

20th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner

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.

Times: 2-6pm

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 Easter Egg Hunt

Scott Township is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Time: 2pm

Cost: Free

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)

Saturday night: Carmen by the Pittsburgh Opera, Zoeira Brazilian Carnaval Night by Global Beats Pittsburgh, Global Pittsburgh Painting Night at Kiln-N-Time and Songwriters Live! at Dobra Tea.

All weekend: The first Pittsburgh Humanities Festival will offer a number of lectures, performances, films, etc. throughout the weekend. Also, it’s Super Salsa Weekend in the ‘Burgh!

 

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!

5 Reasons Why Every Pittsburgh Mother Should Know about The Center for Women

Workshop at the Center for Women in Squirrel Hill, Photo courtesy of CFW

Workshop at The Center for Women in Squirrel Hill, Photo courtesy of CFW

On an unusually sunny day a few weeks ago I walked into The Center for Women (CFW) on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill. I’d heard about the organization secondhand on Facebook and was honestly intrigued by the name. Was this an Ob-gyn office? Was it a holistic wellness center? Was it a social service agency? After spending about an hour with program administrators, I was absolutely convinced that every Pittsburgh mother should know about CFW. In fact, I honestly haven’t been this inspired by a Pittsburgh organization in a very long time.

So…what is CFW? It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women in “transition.” At the Center, the meaning of “transition” is broad. It can refer to any woman undergoing a significant life change including a separation or divorce, the death of a loved one, a job loss, returning to the workforce after raising children or many other situations, i.e. ME as my children get close to school age (and probably many of you out there too). Although CFW certainly draws its clients from all walks of life, many are highly-educated, middle-class women facing situations they simply didn’t expect.

CFW provides its services to these women free of charge. And their offerings are absolutely fantastic in the most practical way possible. From financial and legal workshops to networking nights to mentoring and internship programs, the Center helps women adjust to whatever new situation comes their way. And here are five reasons why I think every Pittsburgh mother should know about The Center for Women:

1. Their mentoring program

CFW offers a 6 to 12-month free mentoring program for women. Participants are carefully matched with mentors who can provide the particular type of support they need. Perhaps you are going through a divorce or death and feel like your world is falling apart. CFW will match you with a mentor who has successfully navigated this path and can guide you along your own. Perhaps you are interested in pursuing a different career goal and would like to connect with a woman in this field. The Center will find the perfect woman to help you.

CFW’s mentors include nonprofit managers, licensed counselors and life coaches, experienced lawyers, child development specialists, entrepreneurs, writers, CEO’s, healthcare directors, etc. Many are fellow mothers. Some are grandmothers. All are committed to supporting other women as they transition to a new place in their life.

2. Their internship program

The Center for Women also offers a free internship program for women. Participants are paired with local organizations or businesses that match their career aspirations. Whether you are transitioning back into the workforce after raising children, interested in changing careers or recently lost a job, The Center for Women can help get you back on your feet professionally. Added bonus: many of the women who have completed their internships have gone on to find jobs in the field.

Past internship topics have included real estate, social media, editorial, social work, environmental sustainability, accounting, business research, grant writing and many more. Interns have worked at a variety of organizations/businesses in the city including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pop City Media, Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, Lawrenceville United and more. Whatever your career goal, the Center is committed to finding the right internship for you.

3. Their workshops

The Center for Women offers a wide variety of free workshops designed to help women become more self-sufficient. From financial workshops such as Tax Prep 101, Ask the Financial Planner and Budgeting 101 to family life workshops like Co-Parenting, Dealing with Negative People and The Power of Positive Thinking to returning to the workforce workshops like Interviewing 101, Cover Letters and Career Coaching, the Center can help you learn new skills that are directly applicable to your situation. Check out their calendar for upcoming workshops.

4. Their networking opportunities

CFW understands the need for networking among women, especially as we enter a new field or transition back into the workplace. Not only does the Center offer an Art of Networking workshop, it also offers free, no-pressure networking nights to practice with women professionals.

5. Their volunteer opportunities

Since CFW offers its services free of charge, it relies heavily on volunteer involvement. And what a noble cause! Volunteering your time and expertise to mentor, lead an internship or give a workshop is a wonderful way to support another Pittsburgh woman who needs you. And I was reassured that you don’t need to be a high-level CEO to find a place as a volunteer at CFW. Maybe you’re an expert co-parenter or a fabulous time-manager. There is bound to be a woman in Pittsburgh who can benefit from your expertise!

6. Their passion

I just wanted to add this last piece. From the moment that I walked into CFW, it was obvious to me that it’s fueled by passion–women who are intensely committed to helping other women succeed. And this is so important! I think there is no substitute for a strong female advocate in our lives. We understand and NEED one another.

I firmly believe there is a place for EVERY woman at CFW. If your life is trekking along right on track, you could volunteer as a mentor. If you are unsatisfied with your current job situation and could use a change, try out an internship. Even if you can’t make time now, please keep The Center for Women in the back of your mind. I have a sneaking suspicion that we will ALL need it at some point in our lives.

Want to stay connected to The Center for Women? Follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: March 20-22, 2015

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of March 20-22, 2015. Highlights of this weekend include Be My Neighbor Day at several local YMCA’s, Zoo Hop to Spring at the Pittsburgh Zoo, the beginning of Easter events and several celebrations of Latin American culture!

 

Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22

Be My Neighbor Day

A variety of Pittsburgh area YMCA’s will be hosting “Be My Neighbor Day,” a family-friendly event honoring the legacy of Mister Rogers through community service activities appropriate for young children. Kids will also get the chance to see Daniel Tiger! Although the event is free, preregistration is requested. Saturday’s events will be at Thelma Lovette YMCA (register here) from 9:30 to 11:30am, Sampson Valley YMCA (register here) from 11-1pm, the Baierl Family YMCA (register here) from 1-3pm and the Western Area YMCA (register here) from 1:30-3:30pm. Sunday’s event will be held at the Penn Hills YMCA (register here) from 12-2:30pm.

 

Cookies with Cottontail

The Allegheny County Parks Department is hosting a “Cookies with Cottontail” event with free cookies, refreshments, visits with Peter Cottontail, spring crafts, a balloon artist and face painter. Event will be held at the South Park Home Economics Building on Saturday from 1-3pm and the Round Hill Park Visitors Center on Sunday from 1-3pm.

 

Seussical by Assumption Theatre Guild

Assumption Theatre Guild presents their adaption of Seussical.

Times: Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

Cost: Adults $10, Children $8, Reservations in advance or at door.

Location: McGovern Hall, 45 North Sprague Avenue, Bellevue PA 15202

 

Saturday, March 21

Tot Discovery at the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh presents their weekly Tot Discovery class for children ages 18 months to 3 years with a caregiver. This week’s theme is “Shake Your Sillies Out.”

Times: 9-10 am

Cost: $8 nonmembers, $6 members

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Maple Madness 2015

Beechwood Farms and Nature Reserve presents its annual celebration of maple sugaring with a pancake breakfast and a hike that will guide families through the history and processing of maple syrup. Advance registration required here.

Times: 10-1pm

Cost: Members $6, Nonmembers $10

Location: Beechwood Farms, 614 Dorseyville Road, Fox Chapel, PA 15238

 

South Hills Easter Egg Hunt

The Upper St. Clair High School INTERACT Club and the Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Club are hosting their annual free South Hills Easter Egg Hunt with crafts, games, a Grand Raffle, photos with the Easter Bunny and an Easter egg hunt.

Times: activities start at 10am and egg hunt starts at 11am.

Cost: Free

Location: Rec Center on Mclaughlin Run Rd.

 

Dormont Easter Egg Hunt

Dormont will be holding an Easter event with an egg hunt, crafts, refreshments and a chance to take a picture with the Easter Bunny.

Time: 10am

Cost: Free, but photos with Easter Bunny cost $5 or a donation of canned goods for the Brookline Food Pantry

Location: Dormont Recreation Center

 

Easter Bunny Bash at the Mall at Robinson

The Mall at Robinson will be hosting an Easter Bunny Bash with crafts and Meet-n-Greets with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tweety. There will also be giveaways.

Time: 10am

Cost: Free

Location: Mall at Robinson

 

ZooHop to Spring at the Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium welcomes Spring at this annual event where families can follow the “bunny trail” and participate in fun animal-related activities along the way.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA

 

Summer Camp Expo 2015

Macaroni Kid Pittsburgh will be hosting a Kids Carnival/Summer Camp Expo at Latitude 360. Parents can learn about local summer camps while kids play!

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: Free

Location: Latitude 360, 200 Quinn Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15275

 

Marshall Twp Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Marshall Twp is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny for children up to age 10.

Time: 11am

Cost: Free

Location: Country Castle Playground in Knob Hill Park

 

35th Annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh presents a festival celebrating the cultures of Latin America and the  Caribbean with food, crafts, music, dancing and children’s activities.

Times: 12-10pm

Cost: Free

Location: Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213

 

Meet Mister McFeely at the Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center will host Mister McFeely in their new Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood exhibit. Families can meet him and take some photos!

Times: 12-2pm

Cost: Free with admission and all visitors who wear a cardigan sweater get half off admission

 

Kids of Steel Event at the Children’s Museum

The Pittsburgh Marathon’s Kids of Steel program will be offering a variety of physical fitness activities throughout the Children’s Museum.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Children’s Museum, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Girls’ Day of Basketball at the JCC

The JCC in Squirrel Hill is hosting a Girls’ Day of Basketball event for girls in grades 1-5 where they can learn about basketball and practice the fundamental skills of the game. There will also be fun interactive games and other activities.

Times: 1:30-3pm

Cost: Free

Location: JCC, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15217

 

ArtLab at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory is holding its bimonthly hands-on art activities for children. This week’s program is called “Hands On” inspired by Artist in Residence installation Body Memory Architecture by Kathleen Montgomery.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: The Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Sunday, March 22

Kennedy Township Fire Department Pancake (and More) Breakfast

The Kennedy Volunteer Fire Department and Kennedy Parks and Recreation will be hosting a pancake breakfast with a visit from the Easter Bunny, face-painting, prizes and more.

Times: 9-1pm

Cost: Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children less than 10

Location: Kennedy Fire Hall

 

PJ Library Presents Pancakes Before Passover

The JCC is hosting their annual pre-Passover bash for families with children 8 and under with an obstacle course, crafts, a pancake breakfast and a “Meet Moses” theater show.

Times: 10-11:30am

Cost: $7/person in advance; $12/person at the door. Children under 2 are free. JCC Membership is not necessary to attend.

 

Allergen-Free Easter at Soergel Orchards

Soergel Orchards will be offering an “allergen-free” Easter celebration with the Bunny where kids will receive a slice of allergen-free pizza, apple cider and a chance to see the Bunny!

Times: 11:30-1:30pm

Cost:$10 per child

Location: Soergel Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Rd, Wexford, PA 15090

 

Kid City Dance Party at the Children’s Museum

DJ KellyMom is back with a family-friendly indie dance party at the Children’s Museum in honor of the Very Hungry Caterpillar Day.

Times: 1-3pm

Cost: Free (no admission required, although you must pay to visit the exhibits at the museum)

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

2015 Brazilian Festival

The Brazil Nuts group at the University of Pittsburgh is hosting their annual Brazilian festival with lots of food, dancing and music.

Times: 1-5pm

Cost: Free (but donations will be collected to benefit Abaré Boat, a project organized by Amizade which aims to eliminate the stark medical access gap that affects many Brazilians living in Santarém, Pará.

Location: William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh

 

World Kaleidoscope presents Timbeleza

If you just can’t get enough of Brazilian culture, the Carnegie Library Main branch will be hosting Timbeleza, an amazing Brazilian percussion group, during its World Kaleidoscope series.

Times: 2-3pm

Cost: Free

Location: Carnegie Library Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Easter Sock Hop at Soergel Orchards

Soergel Orchards in Wexford will be holding a sock hop with the Easter Bunny where kids can dance, meet the bunny, play in a bounce house and more.

Times: 2-4pm

Cost: $5

Location: Soergel Orchard, 2573 Brandt School Rd, Wexford, PA 15090

 

Winter Weather Permitting

It’s the final winter-time edition of Weather Permitting this weekend with live performances by The Armadillos, Gift Horse and Colonel Eagleburger’s Goodtime Marching Band, food available for purchase from Southside BBQ food truck and beer available for a donation from Rock Bottom Brewery.

Times: 3-8pm

Cost: $10/adult, children free

Location: The New Bohemian, 887 Progress Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Here are the events at the Carnegie libraries this weekend and here are the events at the Allegheny County libraries.

 

This weekend there are two children’s consignment sales:

Hiland Preschool’s Children’s Consignment Sale on March 21.

Sunflower Sprouts Consignment Sale on March 19-22.

 

And here are some special date night ideas for this weekend:

Friday Night:

Yellow Book Road After Hours @ the Library

The Orgasm Symposium (yes, I’m not kidding!)

Pittsburgh Dance Center’s Dance Party and Wine Tasting

Saturday Night:

Pandemic Global Music Dance Party

March Square Dance at the New Bohemian

“Out of Hand” at the Society for Contemporary Craft

Both Friday and Saturday night:

The Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival

 

Have a great weekend!

 

New PGH Family Fun: Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail

New Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail, Photo courtesy of Sky Trail LLC

New Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail, Photo courtesy of Sky Trail LLC

I recently took my kids to see Paddington (great movie btw!) at The Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills in Tarentum. While wandering around the mall prior to the movie, we happened upon a massive construction project in the Food Court. It looked like the beginning phases of a roller coaster or a floor-to-ceiling jungle gym or something equally as alluring. Curious, I went home and did some googling. I was excited to discover that the Pittsburgh Mills will soon be home to a kid-friendly indoor 32-foot aerial adventure ropes course! I managed to connect with Lori Gunthorp, the project’s marketing manager and got some of my questions answered. Here’s what she had to say:

Can you tell me more about this new attraction?

The new attraction is called Sky Trail® Explorer and is an all-ages adventure course owned and operated by Sky Trail, LLC. The  attraction includes two levels. The first is called the Sky Trail, which is a 32-foot high course with 30 elements including rope ladders and cargo nets to climb, a zig-zag beam to balance on, a plank to jump off and a zip line to slide on. Participants are able to choose their own path through the course while going at their own pace with the ability to pass other participants at each platform. Participants must be at least 48 inches to use Sky Trail alone, or 42 inches if accompanied by a parent.

There is also a scaled version of the full course called Sky Tykes, which is designed specifically for children less than 48 inches tall. The platforms are less than 3 feet from the ground allowing the young adventurers to traverse the elements at a comfortable height. Any walking child can use this course and parents can follow alongside.

Is it safe?

Each participant is outfitted with a full body harness and sling line. The sling line is inserted into an overhead track and allows the participant to traverse each element by walking, balancing or climbing. The overhead tracking system prevents participants from disconnecting their sling line from the course at any time. The sling line is inserted into the track before they leave the ground and it cannot be unhooked from the system until they are back on the ground. Training is not required to use the course, but certified course operators go over the rules with each visitor before they participate.

What’s the cost?

The cost for the Sky Trail is $14 per person and the Sky Tykes is $7. There is also a 10-percent discount on groups of 10 or more.

What will be the hours of the new course?

The new course will open sometime in April. Although the opening date has not been announced, there will be a special event on this day so please check the Facebook page regularly for more information on it. After opening day, the adventure course will be open during regular mall hours, which are 10-9pm on Monday-Saturday and 12-6pm on Sundays.

What is the idea behind this course? Why is it a good activity for families?

The Sky Trail is a unique and fun activity for all ages and parents can partake in it right alongside their children. It’s also a great activity for families looking to stay healthy and active, even when they can’t be outside because of weather or other reasons.

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Seems like the Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail might be a cool new addition to the indoor play scene here in Pittsburgh–especially during the cold weather months when I’m always looking for ways to help my kids burn off some energy!

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: March 13-15, 2015

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of March 13-15, 2015. Highlights of this weekend include the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade plus a couple of other Irish-themed events in Downtown Pittsburgh, Super Pi Day (a once-in-a-lifetime event!) at the Carnegie Science Center and the openings of both the Spring Flower Show at Phipps and the Missing Links (Rainbow Jumpy) exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

 

All Weekend, March 13-15

34th Annual Duquesne Light Home and Garden Show

This huge annual Home and Garden Show returns to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center with over 1700 exhibitions of products and services for your home and garden. Also features a Children’s Village with kid-friendly activities for little ones.

Times: Friday and Saturday 10-10pm, Sunday 10-6pm

Cost: Adults $10, Children $4, Children under 6 are free

Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh PA

 

Young Frankenstein by the Pittsburgh Musical Theater

The Pittsburgh Musical Theater presents the musical comedy Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein, IT’S ALIVE!

Times: Friday and Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm

Cost: Tickets start at $12.75

Location: Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh PA

 

Friday Night, March 13

Saltworks Young Company presents Robin Hood

Saltworks Young Company will present their kid-friendly interpretation of the classic Robin Hood tale.

Time: 7pm

Cost: $8

Location: Church of the Ascension, 4729 Ellsworth AvenuePittsburgh, PA 15213

 

Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15

Opening weekend of the Missing Links (Rainbow Jumpy) at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum opens its new special exhibit Missing Links (Rainbow Jumpy) a 30-foot inflatable jumpy art piece that looks like a rainbow on loan from the The New Children’s Museum in San Diego.

 

Opening Weekend of the Spring Flower Show at Phipps

It’s the first weekend of the annual Spring Flower Show at Phipps. This year’s theme is “April showers bring May flowers.”

 

Show Your Green at the National Aviary

Visitors to the National Aviary will receive $2 off admission if they wear green from March 14-17.

 

Skate with a Leprechaun at North Park and South Park Ice Rinks

The North Park and South Park ice rinks will be hosting a “Skate with a Leprechaun” event this weekend with a live skating leprechaun. Patrons wearing green on Saturday and Sunday will receive $1 off admission price. All skaters will also receive a free St. Patrick’s Day lei, while supplies last. Both ice rinks will then close for the season on Sunday, March 15.

Times: Saturday 11-10pm, Sunday 11-9pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: North Park and South Park Skating Rinks

 

Seussical by Assumption Theatre Guild

Assumption Theatre Guild presents their adaption of Seussical.

Times: Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

Cost: Adults $10, Children $8, Reservations in advance or at door.

Location: McGovern Hall, 45 North Sprague Avenue, Bellevue PA 15202

 

Saturday, March 14

Tot Discovery at the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh presents their weekly Tot Discovery class for children ages 18 months to 3 years with a caregiver. This week’s theme is “Polar Bear Adventure.”

Times: 9-10 am

Cost: $8 nonmembers, $6 members

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Fair in the Square

This weekend is the much-loved St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Pittsburgh with floats, Irish pipe and drum groups, marching bands, Irish dogs and ponies, Irish community organizers and other lovers of Irish culture. There will also be a special family-friendly Irish Fair in the Square in Market Square with face-painting, Irish music and dance shows, dance lessons and other street performances. There will also be Irish fun at Fifth Avenue Place following the Parade from 11-2pm.

Times: 10-1pm

Cost: FREE

Location: parade begins at Liberty Ave. at the Greyhound Bus Station to Grant St., then to Blvd. of the Allies and finishing up near Stanwix St.

 

Super Pi Day at the Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center will be hosting a once-in-a-lifetime event–Super Pi Day–in honor of the date (3/14/15). There will be variety of Pi-themed activities including pizza Pi tossing, making Pi fashion with color-coded numbered beards, Pi Spy and play the digits of Pi as musical notes on a giant floor Pi-ano.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Mini-Factory at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory presents Mini-Factory, an educational program designed to introduce young children (ages 3-5 years old) to fundamental concepts in installation art. This week’s theme is Space. Advance registration is required by emailing education@mattress.org.

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Free (no museum admission purchase required)

Location: Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

ArtKids: Bird’s Eye, Bug’s Eye at the Frick Art and Historical Center

Children will explore artistic point of view as they look at photographs in the museum’s special exhibit. They will also create their own photo collage to take home.

Time: 11-11:45 am

Cost: Free

Location: Frick Art & Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA

 

Maple Sugaring Festival at Boyce Park Nature Center

Boyce Park Nature Center will be holding a Maple Sugaring Festival with taste-testing of maple syrups, lessons about the history and lore of maple sugaring, identifying maple trees and tapping them. Advance registration required.

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: Free

Location: Boyce Park Nature Center, Boyce Park

 

Penny Arcade at the Arcade Comedy Theater

The Arcade Comedy Theater presents its monthly kid-friendly improv comedy show.

Times: 1-3pm

Cost: $10 for kids, $5 for adults

Location: Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15221

 

Saltworks Young Company presents Robin Hood

Saltworks Young Company will present their kid-friendly interpretation of the classic Robin Hood tale.

Times: 2pm and 7pm

Cost: $8

Location: Church of the Ascension, 4729 Ellsworth AvenuePittsburgh, PA 15213

 

Sunday, March 15

Peak Ski Jamboree at Boyce Park Ski Area

Boyce Park Ski area will be holding its Peak Ski Jamboree on Sunday with a variety of ski and snow tubing races. Ski area will then close for the season.

Times: Participants must register between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Events will start at 11 a.m. Ski slopes close at 4:30pm.

Cost: The registration fee is $5 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the Boyce Park Ski Patrol

Location: Boyce Park Ski Area

 

Free Youth Game Design Workshop at the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is offering a free (no museum admission purchase required) game design workshop where children will learn the basics of game systems, design a game of their own and play with some games, too! Advanced registration required. Email makeshop@pittsburghkids.org to make your reservation. For children ages 10-18.

Times: 2-5pm

Cost: FREE!

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Free Drawing Classes for Kids and Teens

Pittsburgh artist Patrick Smith is hosting a free children’s drawing class for children ages 6 and older where they will learn classic drawing techniques and can start their portfolios. Kids are encouraged to bring their own materials. Students must register in advance by emailing renaissancedrawing@gmail.com.

Times: 3:15-4:15pm

Cost: Free

Location: Carnegie Library of Squirrel Hill (Room B). Event NOT hosted by the Squirrel Hill library though

 

Pittsburgh Family Country Dance & Potluck

The monthly Pittsburgh Family Country Dance & Potluck will be held this Sunday at the Wilkins School Community Center. There will be live music and a caller to teach all the dances including simple squares, lines, longways, circles, and song dances. Beginners are welcome but best for children ages 5 and up. Optional potluck to follow.

Times: 4-5:30 pm with potluck afterwards

Cost: $5/person or $10 for family of 2 or more

Location: Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Here are the weekend’s events at the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh and here are the weekend’s events at the Allegheny County libraries.

 

Also, the Spring 2015 children’s consignment sale season is getting started this weekend with Little Blessings Dressings in Washington County, Christ Church of Grove Farm MOPS Sale in Sewickley, Bellwood Kidstuff Sale in Franklin Park and New 2 U Consignment Sale in Allison Park. For a full listing of upcoming consignment sales, check this recent blog post.

 

Finally, since grownups deserve to have some fun too here are some date night ideas:

Friday Night:

Saturday Night:

 

Have a great weekend!

2015 Easter in Pittsburgh Family Guide

 

Work that-3This week brought a happy new development to Pittsburgh: WARM WEATHER! As the snow starts to melt, the birds begin to chirp and the breezes become warmer I am reassured that Spring is indeed ON ITS WAY! Like many others, my family ushers in this much-loved season by celebrating the Bunny and his curious habit of laying eggs filled with chocolate. To help your family plan your own Easter festivities, I have created this 2015 Easter in Pittsburgh Family Guide filled with information about egg hunts, bunny breakfasts and other fun adventures:

 

The Easter season in Pittsburgh always begins with this event held at the Pittsburgh Zoo:

ZooHop to Spring at the Pittsburgh Zoo-March 21

The Pittsburgh Zoo will be holding its annual ZooHop to Spring on March 21 from 11-3pm. Free with admission, this event invites families to celebrate the first day of spring while hopping along the “bunny trail,” collecting stamps for your passport along the way. Kids can learn about animals, make crafts and meet Zoo animals. Then can also enjoy live entertainment, raffles, etc. in Kids Kingdom.

 

Over the next two weekends there will be a variety of Easter-themed events at various venues within the city before Easter on April 5:

Breakfast or Lunch with the Easter Bunny at the Pittsburgh Zoo-March 28-29, April 4

The Pittsburgh Zoo is hosting its annual breakfast/lunch with the Easter Bunny. Will also include an Easter craft, meeting some zoo animals and an egg hunt. Breakfast is from 9:30-11am and lunch is from 12-1:30pm. Cost is $17 for members and $20 for nonmembers and children under 2 are $7. Advance registration required.

 

Members-only Bunny Breakfast at the National Aviary-March 28

The National Aviary is hosting a free members-only breakfast of pastries with bunny crafts and Easter Bunny photos before the museum opens.

 

Eggstravaganza at the National Aviary-March 28-29, April 3-5

The National Aviary will be hosting its annual Eggstravaganza from 11-3pm 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. All activities are free with admission. Also, the first Brunch of the season starts on April 5 (see below) so might be a good opportunity to do both!

 

Regent Square Civic Association’s Annual Egg Hunt-March 28

Regent Square is holding its annual egg hunt at 10am at the parklet at the corner of Richmond Street and Sanders Avenue. 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.

 

Great Millvale Egg Hunt-March 28

The Borough of Millvale will be hosting its huge annual free Easter Egg Hunt at the Millvale Riverfront Pavilion on River Front Drive starting at 10 a.m.

 

Morningside Area Community Council’s (MACC) Easter Egg Hunt-March 29

The MACC is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt in St. Raphael’s Gallagher Hall with crafts, face-painting and other games and goodies at 12:30pm. Open to residents of Morningside and surrounding neighborhoods. Advance Registration requested. Please email Melinda at macceaster@gmail.com for information.

 

9th Annual Eggs-cellent Egg Hunt at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History-April 4

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History will host a classic Easter Egg Hunt throughout the exhibits from 12-4pm (or the first 600 children). Activities are free with admission.

 

The Big Hunt in Arsenal Park-April 4

Encounter Church in partnership with Lawrenceville United and Friends of Arsenal Park are sponsoring the 3rd annual free The Big Hunt in Arsenal Park from 11-1pm with 15,000 eggs, tons of candy, food, a bounce house, the Easter Bunny, a new EC Kidzone and more.

 

Bunny Fun Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet-April 4

The Gateway Clipper Fleet is hosting its annual “Bunny Fun” Cruise where children can enjoy a DJ dance party and a visit with the Easter Bunny! Board times are 10:30am and 1:15pm. Cost is $25 for adults and $12 for children. Advance registration recommended.

 

Easter Luncheon Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet-April 5

The Gateway Clipper Fleet will host its annual “Easter Luncheon Cruise” with a large buffet. Board times are 10am and 3pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for children.

 

Bunny Trail Tyke Hike-April 11

Venture Outdoors will be kicking off its yearly Tyke Hike program with an Easter-themed hike. Volunteer trail leaders will take children on an Easter Egg Hunt through Schenley Park, followed by snacks and Easter crafts. Starts at 10 am and cost is $5 for children and free for members.

 

The northern suburbs of Pittsburgh also have a variety of Easter events this year:

Photos with the Easter Bunny at the Ross Park Mall-March 6-April 4

Children can visit with the Easter Bunny at the Ross Park Mall and get their photo taken with him!

 

Photos with the Easter Bunny at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills-March 18-April 4

Children can visit with the Easter Bunny and take a photo with him at the Pittsburgh Mills Mall from 11-8pm on Monday-Saturday and 11-6pm on Sundays.

 

Jump!Zone’s 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt-March 20

Jump!Zone in Allison Park will be holding two Easter Egg Hunts this year. The first Easter Egg Hunt will be at 9:30am for children ages 1-6 years old. Kids can hunt for eggs and then stay for our open!play session from 10am-1pm. The second Easter Egg Hunt will be at 3:30pm for all ages. Kids can hunt for eggs and then stay for our night open!play session from 4pm-8pm. Admission covers the cost of the Easter Egg Hunt.

 

Marshall Twp Annual Easter Egg Hunt-March 21

Marshall Twp hosts an annual Easter Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny for children up to age 10 at Country Castle Playground in Knob Hill Park starting at 11am. Cost is free.

 

Ross Township Egg-normous Easter Egg Hunt-March 21

Ross Township will be holding the Egg-normous Easter Egg Hunt from 11-2pm at the Ross Township Community Center. There will be games, crafts, visits with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt. Event is free, but advance registration is required.

 

Egg Hunt Extravaganza at the Shaler North Hills Library-March 27

Shaler North Hills Library will be hosting its annual egg hunt where hidden eggs are found and turned in for a prize. There will also be spring crafts, bunny games and face painting. Starts at 7pm and is free.

 

Volunteer Princesses’s Egg-stravaganza-March 28

The Volunteer Princesses are holding an Easter event at North Park from 12-4pm 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.

 

Franklin Park Lunch with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt-March 28

Families can enjoy lunch, take pictures with the Easter Bunny, play games, do crafts and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt at Blueberry Hill Park. Lunch starts at 11:30. Cost is $6 for residents, $8 for nonresidents. Advance registration required.

 

7th Annual Streets of Cranberry Easter Egg Hunt-March 28

Children can visit with the Easter Bunny, pet baby animals in the petting zoo, and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt (4-10yo) from 12-2pm. Event is free.

 

Hampton Twp Easter Egg Hunt-March 28

The Hampton Community Association is hosting the second Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 1-3pm at the Hampton Community Center. The event is free to all Hampton residents.  There will be an egg hunt, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts, and balloons.  The egg hunt will take place outdoors if the weather is nice or indoors if there is inclement weather.  Registration is necessary to make sure there are enough eggs for all of the children.  The egg hunt is for children ages 12 years and younger.

 

Wildwood Highlands Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast Buffet-March 28

Wildwood Highlands will be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast Buffet starting at 9am. Tickets are $9.62 for adults and $12.62 for kids. Advance registration required.

 

Discovery Christian Church’s Easter Egg’stravaganza-March 28

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. Times are 2-4 pm, cost is free and the event is held at Mars Area High School.

 

Easter Egg Hunt in Bunnyland at Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm-March 28-29, April 3-4

Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm will be hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt in Bunnyland from 10-1pm. 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 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.

 

Township of Pine Annual Easter Egg Hunt-March 28

The Township of Pine is hosting its Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Pine Community Center from 10:30-12pm. Visit with the Easter Bunny, do some arts and crafts, and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt. No information available yet on pricing or registration.

 

West Deer Easter Egg Hunt-March 29

West Deer is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1pm at Bairdford Park. Registration begins at noon.

 

Hippity Hop Egg Hunt in Cranberry-March 29

Cranberry Township will be hosting an egg hunt for children ages 1-8 from 10:30-2pm at the Municipal Center. Cost is $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.

 

Township of Pine Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt-April 3

The Township of Pine is hosting a Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt from 7:30-9:30pm.

 

The Great Pittsburgh Eagle Egg Hunt at Beechwood Farms-April 4

The Audubon Society of Western PA will be hosting the “Great Pittsburgh Eagle Egg Hunt” at the beautiful Beechwood Farms and Nature Reserve on Dorseyville Road.  Children can make crafts, participate in games and activities, and then explore Beechwood Farms on an egg hunt.  Bring a reusable bag to collect your eggs.  Advance registration required, but event is free.

 

Aspinwall Riverfront Park Egg Hunt and Spring Planting-April 4

The new Aspinwall Riverfront Park will be hosting its first annual Easter egg hunt. Plus, families can help plant some new greenery in the park! Event is from 2-3:30pm.

 

Sharpsburg Family Worship Center Easter Egg Extravaganza-April 4

The Sharpsburg Family Worship Center is hosting a large Easter event at Kennedy Park at 10 a.m. Open to the general public and FREE, this event includes a kids stage show, puppets, face painting, petting zoo, games, inflatables, cotton candy, hot dogs and much more!

 

Easter Egg Geocaching with Venture Outdoors-April 4

Venture Outdoors will lead a 2-3 mile hike through North Park as children use GPS receivers to find the Easter Bunny’s treasures! Starts at 10:30-12:30pm. Cost is $18 for nonmembers and $12 for members.

 

Annual Bunny Festival at Soergel Orchards-April 4

Soergel Orchards in Wexford will be holding its annual Bunny Festival from 11-4pm with an Easter egg hunt, visits with animals, craft activities and visits with the Easter Bunny!

 

Now, on to the South!

South Hills Village Photos with the Easter Bunny-March 6-April 4

Children can have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny in the Lower Level North Court of the South Hills Village.

 

South Park Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch with the Easter Bunny-March 14

The South Park Township Board of Supervisors and Recreation Board are sponsoring an easter egg hunt and brunch in the Community Center of the Municipal Complex. Egg hunt starts at 11:45am with brunch starting at noon. For children up to age 7. Reservations required.

 

South Hills Easter Egg Hunt-March 21

The Upper St. Clair High School INTERACT Club and the Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Club are hosting their annual free South Hills Easter Egg Hunt at the Rec Center on Mclaughlin Run Rd.  There will be crafts, games, a Grand Raffle, photos with the Easter Bunny, etc. starting at 10am. Easter Egg Hunt starts at 11am. Bring your own baskets to collect eggs!

 

Dormont Easter Egg Hunt-March 21

Dormont will be holding an Easter event at 10am at the Dormont Recreation Center with an egg hunt, crafts, refreshments and a chance to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Photo cost $5 or a donation of canned goods for the Brookline Food Pantry.

 

Easter Egg Hunt at Simmons Farm-March 28-April 4

Simmons Farm will be holding its 2015 Easter Egg Hunt with craft activities, an easter egg hunt and a visit to the petting zoo. Price is $11.

 

Bunny Trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum-March 27-29, April 3-4

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.

 

Breakfast with the Bunny at Trax Farm-March 28-29, April 3-4

Enjoy a morning of Easter fun at Trax Farm starting at 9:30am.  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 and cost is $8.

 

Egg Hunts with the Bunny at Trax Farm-March 28-29, April 3-4

Another option at Trax Farm (without the breakfast). Participate in an egg hunt in 3 age-appropriate egg patches.  Hunts leave every 30 minutes from 10:30-1:30pm. Advance reservations recommended and cost is $7.

 

Mt. Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt-March 28

Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department is hosting its annual free easter egg hunt/visit with the Easter Bunny for children <7 starting at 11 am at the Mt. Lebanon Park.  Bring your Easter basket!

 

Peters Township Public Library Easter Egg Hunt-March 28 at 11am or April 1 at 6:30pm

The Peters Township Public Library is hosting a free Easter Egg Hunt for children of all ages. Children will also participate in a story time and craft.  Advance Registration required.

 

South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Company Easter Egg Hunt-March 29

The South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Company is holding its 2nd annual Easter Breakfast/Easter Egg Hunt from 9-1pm at the South Baldwin Social Hall. There will be breakfast, an egg hunt, rides on the fire truck and other “surprises.” No cost, but donations are appreciated. To reserve your seat or for additional information please message us here or email us at info@sbvfc.com.

 

Scott Township Easter Egg Hunt-March 29

Scott Township is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 29 at Scott Park. Time not set yet.

 

Bridgeville Easter Egg Hunt-April 4

Bridgeville will be holding its free annual easter egg hunt at 11 am at Chartier’s Park. Bring a container for Easter eggs.

 

Grace Community Church Easter Egg Hunt-April 4

Grace Community Church in Collier Township will be holding their free annual community Easter Egg Hunt from 1-3 pm. There will also be inflatables, a fire truck and mascots.

 

And the West!

Easter Bunny Bash at the Mall at Robinson-March 21

The Mall at Robinson will be hosting an Easter Bunny Bash starting at 10 am. Kids can participate in crafts and Meet-n-Greets with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tweety. There will also be giveaways.

 

Pictures with the Easter Bunny at the Mall at Robinson-March 21-April 4

Children can visit with the Easter Bunny and have their photo taken with him from 11-9pm Monday-Friday, 10-9pm on Saturdays and 11-6pm on Sundays.

 

Kennedy Township Fire Department Pancake (and More) Breakfast-March 22

The Kennedy Volunteer Fire Department and Kennedy Parks and Recreation will be hosting a pancake breakfast with a visit from the Easter Bunny, face-painting, prizes and more. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children less than 10 and the event runs from 9-1pm at the Kennedy Fire Hall.

 

Findlay Township Easter Egg Hunt-March 28

Findlay Twp will be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11 am in Rainbow’s End Playground in Clinton Park.  Findlay Twp residents with children aged preschool-grade 5 are welcome to attend. Preschool children will receive a goody bag from the Easter Bunny in lieu of doing the Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your own baskets.

 

Green Tree’s Spring Magic-March 28

The Green Tree Woman’s Civic Club is hosting their annual Green Tree Spring Magic event at 1pm at Green Tree Fire Hall. Children can enjoy an afternoon with the Easter Bunny, a magic show, crafts, snacks and more. Advance Registration required.

 

Macaroni Kid’s Bunny Bash at Latitude 360-March 28

Latitude 360 and Macaroni Kid Pittsburgh are offering a Bunny Bash at its huge entertainment complex in Robinson Township from 9-11 a.m.  The event will feature a hot brunch, cookie decorating, crafts, an Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Each child will also get a $5 game card. Advance registration required and cost is $19.99 for children and $14.99 for adults.

 

Sewickley YMCA’s Easter Eggstravaganza-March 28

The Sewickley YMCA will be holding an all-ages Easter Egg Hunt from 12-2pm. 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 is $5 for members and $6 for nonmembers.

 

Easter Egg Hunt at Old Economy Village-March 28

Old Economy Village in Ambridge is hosting its annual easter egg hunt in the village garden from 10-12pm.

 

Easter Egg Hunt at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden-April 4

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will be offering a full-day of Easter-themed activities for children of all ages including an old-fashioned egg hunt for children ages 2-8 from 10-10:45 am, an egg scavenger hunt for children ages 5-11 throughout the day and a geocaching activity for teens and adults beginning at noon.

 

Community Easter Egg Hunt at St. Stephen’s Church in Sewickley-April 4

St. Stephen’s Church in Sewickley will be holding a Community Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 0-10 years from 10-12pm.

 

Easter Egg Hunt at HealthSouth Sewickley-April 4

Children of all ages can participate in a free Easter Egg Hunt at HealthSouth Sewickley from 10-12pm. Advance registration requested.

 

Moon Township Bunny Trail-April 4

Moon Twp Parks and Recreation will be hosting its annual Bunny Trail Easter Egg Hunt at Moon Park from 11-1pm with a petting zoo, coloring murals, games, photos with the Easter Bunny and more.

 

Robinson Township’s Easter Egg Hunt-April 4

Robinson Township sponsors this free event at Clever Park from 1-3pm. The Easter Bunny arrives by fire truck and there will be refreshments, sack races, and an Easter Egg Hunt!

 

Ingram Egg Hunt-April 4

Ingram will be holding its annual egg hunt at 11am at Ingram Park.

 

Also, McKees Rocks will possibly be holding an Easter Egg Hunt although details have not been worked out. Check out www.mckeesrocks.com for more information.

 

Finally, here are some Easter events in the East of Pittsburgh!

The Easter Bunny at the Monroeville Mall-March 14-April 4

Kids can visit with the Easter Bunny and have their photos taken with him at the Monroeville Mall from 10-9pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 6pm on Sundays.

 

Century III Mall Photos with the Easter Bunny-March 21-April 4

The Easter Bunny arrives at Century III Mall on March 21 at 11am and is available for photos from 10-9pm on Monday-Saturday and Sundays 11-6pm. There is also an Easter train at the mall.

 

Murrysville’s Annual Spring Egg Hunt-March 27

Murrysville will be hosting a Flashlight Egg Hunt (and a Doggie Egg Hunt, too!) at 7pm at Murrysville Community Park. Following the hunt, there will be refreshments and visits with the Easter Bunny and Yellow Chick.

 

Monroeville Annual Easter Egg Hunt-March 28

The Monroeville Recreation Department will be sponsoring its free annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Monroeville Community Park for children ages 2-10 at 10 am.

 

Angora Gardens Annual Easter Egg Hunt-March 28

Angora Gardens in White Oak will be offering its annual free Easter celebration from 12-3pm with food, crafts, face-painting, live bunnies, pictures with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt for children <10yo.

 

McKeesport Annual Easter Egg Hunt-March 28

McKeesport will be holding its annual Easter Egg hunt from 10-4pm at Jacob Woll Main Pavilion at Renziehausen Park.

 

Edgewood Easter Egg Hunt-March 28

Edgewood will be holding its annual easter egg hunt at noon at Koenig Field.

 

Duquesne Easter Egg Hunt-March 28

Duquesne will be holding its free annual Easter Egg Hunt at Polish Hill Playground for children ages 2-12. Registration start at 11:30am. Hunt starts at noon. For residents of Duquesne only.

 

Penn Hills Easter Egg Hunt-April 4

The Penn Hills Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a free Easter event from 12-2pm at Penn Hills Community Park. From 12-1pm there will be arts and crafts, games and visits with the Easter Bunny. Easter egg hunt begins at 1pm.

 

Swissvale 21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt-April 4

Swissvale will be hosting its free annual egg hunt at noon at Les Getz Memorial Park on Church Street. Children can hunt for eggs, get prizes and visit with the Easter Bunny. Refreshments will be served.

 

West Mifflin Easter Egg Hunt-April 4

West Mifflin will be holding its annual free Easter Egg Hunt from 10:30-12 at the high school.

 

Braddock’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt-April 4

Braddock will be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 11-12pm at the community playground on Braddock Avenue/Library Street.

 

Annual Easter Celebration at Penn Hills Lawn and Garden Center-April 4

Penn Hills Lawn and Garden Center will be holding their annual Easter celebration from 8-6pm with free treat bags for the kids,  raffles and lots of family fun all day long!

 

Have a Happy Easter and welcome to Spring!!