What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: April 24-26, 2015

Here’s my listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of April 24-26, 2015. Highlights include Peter Pan by the Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Art All Night in Lawrenceville and FutureFest 2015 at Phipps (with 1/2 off admission!).

 

All Weekend, April 24-26

Peter Pan by the Pittsburgh Musical Theater

PMT presents the Broadway musical Peter Pan based on the classic children’s tale we’ve all come to love!

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

Cost: Tickets start at $12

Location: Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh,  PA 15222

 

Friday Night, April 24

Youth Cook: Banana Pancakes at the Children’s Museum

Guest Chef Maa-t of Ujamaa Collective will be teaching children how to make buckwheat banana pancakes at the Children’s Museum. Youth will mix and pour their own pancakes and learn to chop fruits and nuts. Pancakes will be vegan. Space is limited so advance registration is required. You can buy tickets online or by calling 412-322-5058 ext. 240, or at the front desk during regular Museum hours. For children 10 + and parents do not need to stay with child.

Time: 5-7pm

Cost: $10 for non-members, $8 for members

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

 

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents its quarterly showcase of arts and entertainment in the Cultural District. Events (some kid-friendly) run the gamut of disciplines including art, music, dance, film and architecture. There is also the Night Market at Penn/8th.

Times: 5:30pm-9pm

Cost: Free

Location: Cultural District, Downtown Pittsburgh

 

Brisas del Caribe 

Cafe con Leche is celebrating the Caribbean in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Katz Plaza during the quarterly gallery crawl. There will be live performances of Afro-Cuban Yemaya, salsa fusion, bomba and more. There will also be a dance workshop, tarot card readings and an interactive art & media project.

Times: 5:30-9pm

Cost: Free

Location: Katz Plaza, Downtown Pittsburgh

 

Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26

Re-Opening Weekend of the Butterfly Forest at Phipps

The well-loved Butterfly Forest returns to Phipps Conservatory starting this weekend.

Times: 9:30-5pm

Cost: Free with admission (which is 1/2 off on Saturday)

Location: Phipps Conservatory, 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh PA

 

Opening Weekend of the We Can Do It! Exhibit at the Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center’s new exhibit We Can Do It! opens this weekend. The exhibit explores the Pittsburgh region’s experience of World War II. The exhibit includes many artifacts and some immersive museum settings including a recreated living room from the outset of WWII when Pittsburgh families gathered to hear FDR’s fireside chats. There will also be special opening day events on Saturday from 10-12 with a mini-motorcade of historic Jeeps and an M3 Stuart tank plus a receiving line that will welcome local WWII veterans into the museum for a flag folding ceremony.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222

 

Meet the Masters of the Sky at the National Aviary

The National Aviary is celebrating birds of prey like bald eagles, peregrines, falcons, vultures and owls. There will be hands-on activities, demonstrations, a story time and more.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Shen Yun at the Benedum

Shen Yun Performing Arts takes to the stage for the 4th consecutive year showcasing 5000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical, ethnic and folk dances; a live orchestra that combines Western and Eastern instruments and a state-of-the-art digital backdrop.

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

Cost: Tickets start at approximately $55

Location: Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh PA

 

Art All Night in Lawrenceville

The 18th Annual Art All Night, a huge free unjuried art show, is running Saturday night through Sunday. This event showcases the best of local artistic talent and also has youth-friendly art and a children’s activity area running 4-8pm on Sunday and 10-2pm on Sunday. This event is great!

Times: Saturday 4pm-Sunday 2pm

Cost: Free

Location: 4001 Willow Street, Lawrenceville

 

Saturday, April 25

YMCA Healthy Kids Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo

The YMCA is hosting this national event celebrating healthy lifestyles at the Pittsburgh Zoo. There will be interactive exhibits, healthy activities, educational resources and opportunities for creative play.

Times: 10-2pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA

 

FutureFest 2015 at Phipps

Future Fest is a large, free, public festival on the lawn of Phipps with hands-on activities, live music and demonstrations designed to help people of all ages envision a sustainable future. Admission to Phipps will also be half-off all day.

Times: 10-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Front lawn of Phipps, 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh PA

 

Hubble Day at the Carnegie Science Center

Hubble Day at the Carnegie Science Center is a celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope with Hubble-related activities and demonstrations along with Hubble-themed planetarium shows throughout the day.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Mini-Factory at the Mattress Factory

The Mini-Factory is hosting its regular educational program for 3-5 year olds where they can learn about fundamental concepts in installation art through hands-on activities, stories and exhibit tours. Advance registration required by emailing education@mattress.org. This week’s theme is “ME!”

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Free, admission not required

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

 

Official Launch of Buzzword PGH

Buzzword PGH is dedicated to expanding young children’s vocabularies and conversation skills through play, art, science and talk. One of the six Buzzword Partners, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, will lead a workshop on the word GIGANTIC and the official kickoff of the initiative. There will be musical telling of the book The Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater, a light continental breakfast, educational prizes and giveaways and a raffle for 4 tickets to the upcoming EQT Children’s Theater Festival.

Times: 10:30am

Cost: Free

Location: Carnegie Library Homewood, 7101 Hamilton Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15208

 

PPG Party for the Planet at the Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo is celebrating Earth Day with recycling games, eco-crafts and other fun activities. Also, families can meet with local organizations that will show you ways that you can help protect the environment.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA

 

Cinderella, the Last Dance at the Gemini Children’s Theater

The Gemini Children’s Theater presents its final show at its current location (new location not announced yet). The afternoon will feature a full-length production of Cinderella plus face-painting, princess makeovers, food and drinks, games and a royal dance party. Also, there will be a special encore performance on Sunday at 1:30pm with the production and dance party ONLY for $12.

Times: 12-3pm

Cost: $25

Location: Gemini Children’s Theater, 7501 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

 

Saturday Crafternoons at Assemble

At this week’s Saturday Crafternoons at Assemble, kids will be making popsicles with local fruit and herbs with the help of Healcrest Urban Farm’s LaToya Williams. Kids will also learn about their health-building and healing properties. Saturday Crafternoons are FREE and open to preschool-aged children and above (though parents should stay if child is younger than first grade).

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: FREE with snack provided.

Location: Assemble, 5125 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Musica e Giochi with La Scuola d’Italia Galileo Galilei

La Scuola d’Italia Galileo Galilei is holding a free Italian music and game celebration for children. There will also be instruction in Italian vocabulary throughout.

Times: 3-4:30pm

Cost: Free, but must sign up for free membership

Location: Winchester Thurston Lower School, 555 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213

 

Sunday, April 26

BikePGH at the Children’s Museum

Special guests from BikePGH will be at the museum sharing information about bike maintenance, safe riding, how to fix an flat and more.

Times: 11-1pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

National Pretzel Day at Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus in Southside Works celebrates National Pretzel Day with $5 pretzels and bier cheese from 11 am until close.

 

Kid City Rockers Family Dance Party at the Children’s Museum

DJ Kelly Mom will be at the Children’s Museum, spinning tunes from artists like The Cure, Jawbreaker, English Beat, The Ramones, La Tigre, Beastie Boys, New Order, Vampire Weekend, The Clash, Bob Marley, The Pixies, the White Stripes and more.

Times: 1-3pm

Cost: Free

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15215

 

The Ultimate Play Day 2015

The Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative celebrates Month of the Young Child and the importance of play at its annual Ultimate Play Day featuring hula-hooping, drumming, nature exploration and creating games from recycled materials.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Burgwin Park, 5401 Glenwood Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15207

 

Mountain Biking Kickoff Party in Boyce Park

The Allegheny County Parks Department is holding a Mountain Biking Kickoff Party where attendees can check out local bike shops and biking organizations and participate in an organized ride at 2pm.

Times: 1-3pm

Cost: Free

Location: Boyce Park Carpenter Log House

 

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

 

There are also several consignment sales this weekend including Just Between Friends Pittsburgh East in Monroeville, Kid’s Closet Connection Consignment Sale in Cranberry, Westmoreland Sale for Kids in Westmoreland County, Snuggle Bugs Toddler to Tween Sale in Canonsburg and Kid’s Closet Cleanout in Plum.

 

Finally, here are some date night ideas:

Friday Night: Cultural District Gallery CrawlBlack & White Party at Cavo21+ Night at the Carnegie Science Center

Saturday Night: Shen Yun at the Benedum, Art All Night Lawrenceville, PGH Spring: Urbanist Release Party

Friday and Saturday Nights: Arbrew Days in Lawrenceville (great restaurant deals!)

 

Have a great weekend!

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: April 17-19, 2015

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for this weekend. Although it’s a relatively slow weekend in the ‘Burgh, there are a few highlights including the 3-day Earth Day celebration in Frick Park, the annual CMU Spring Carnival, the season’s first Kids Day at PNC Park and a couple celebrations of Japanese culture and history.

 

All Weekend, April 17-19, 2015

Earth Day in Frick Park

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy celebrates Earth Day with a weekend full of activities including a Community Campfire on Friday night (7-9pm) where families are invited to bring their own food (marshmallows, hot dogs etc) to roast over an all-ages campfire under the stars. On Saturday (9-12:30pm), there will be an Earth Day volunteer event where families can help plant trees, remove invasive plants and pick up litter (all supplies will be provided, but wear closed-toe shoes and long pants). On Sunday there will be guided hikes through Frick Park every hour from noon to 4pm. All events are free.

 

CMU Spring Carnival (except Sunday)

Carnegie Mellon University celebrates its annual Spring Carnival with three days of amusement park rides, buggy races, games, entertainment and carnival-style food. This year’s carnival benefits Habitat for Humanity. See website (linked above) for full schedule.

 

La Bayadere by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s season comes to an end with its performance of La Bayadere, a love story set in imperial India where love transcends all.

Times: Friday night 8pm, Saturday 2 and 8pm, Sunday 2pm

Cost: Tickets start at $27

Location: Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh PA

 

Tekko 2015

The David L Lawrence Convention Center hosts Tekko 2015, a convention devoted to Japanese pop-culture, gaming and music.

 

Friday Night, April 17

One World, Many Stories at Jeremiah’s Place

In celebration of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Month of the Young Child and Jeremiah’s Place (JP) first birthday, JP will be hosting an evening of reading circles, food and literacy activities for young children and their caregivers.

Times: 5:30-7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Jeremiah’s Place, Kingsley Center, 6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206

 

Saturday, April 18

Teens are Patients Too 5K

Savannah Null, a local senior Girl Scout, is planning a 5K race for her Gold Award Project. The race will raise awareness and gift donations for the teen patients at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Time: 9-10:30am

Cost: $6.50 registration plus a gift donation for the teens at Children’s including gift cards, building kits, journals, scrapbook materials, books, magazines, video games, etc.

Location: Pine Park in Wexford

 

Hard Hat Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo is hosting a “Hard Hat Day” where children can don their hard hats and visit a job-site to see how the zoo makes new homes for its animals. There will also be entertainment, demonstrations and educational activities about conservation in your own home.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: The Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA

 

Arts & Chocolate Spectacular at the Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center

The Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center is hosting their annual Arts & Chocolate Spectacular with live performances by local artists, crafting, face-painting and the opportunity to purchase sweet treats from local bakeries and chocolatiers.

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center, 1551 Mayview Road, Upper St. ClairPA 15241

 

Three Rivers Color Festival

Dubbed the “happiness event in Pittsburgh” The Three Rivers Color Festival celebrates love and friendship with music, dance and the throwing of organic colored powders.

Time: 12-5pm

Cost: Admission is $5, Starter package with admission plus some colors is $10.

Location: Flagstaff Hill, Oakland

 

Shibori Peace Quilt Event at the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is holding a special celebration of peace and solidarity in honor of its Shibori Peace Quilt project where children created Shibori (dyed cloth) pieces in the Studio and then sewed them together into four quilts in the MAKESHOP in honor of the Hiroshima bombings. The quilts will soon make their way to New York City for the International Peace & Planet Conference a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, and Sustainable World, where the quilts will be presented to delegates from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to take back to Japan. At this special event, there will be a performing violinist, the opportunity to visit and pet doves and a special dove release.

Times: 12-1pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Saturday Crafternoons at Assemble

Assemble in Garfield is hosting its weekly Saturday Crafternoons with hands-on STEAM-based learning activities for children. This week kids will be working with local gardeners from the Kincaid Street Community Garden to build and paint birdhouses and make vegetarian bird suet.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Assemble, 5125 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224

 

ARTLAB at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory is holding its regular kid-friendly art-making activities. At this week’s session kids can answer the question “What do you do when you don’t know how to be in the world?” on an inflated balloon and “let the world know your secret to living.” Inspired by John Peña’s installation Word Balloons. All ages welcome.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15215

 

Princess Tea Party at Northmont Presbyterian Church on Perry Highway

The Northmont Presbyterian Church will be holding a Princess-themed tea party where children can meet Ariel, Cinderella and Snow White while having refreshments, doing crafts, singing and dancing. All proceeds benefit Mia Boccardi, a young girl with aplastic anemia. For reservation call Diane Goff at 412-366-6821.

Times: 1-3pm

Cost: $30 for a princess and one guest. $10 for each additional guest.

Location: Northmont Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh PA

 

4th Annual Tomodachi Festival

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Japan-America Society and Bridge to Japan present the 4th annual Tomodachi Festival where children can learn about Japanese culture through music, dance, kimono try-ons, haiku, origami art and more. Cookies will be served.

Times: 2-4pm

Cost: Free

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

 

Sunday, April 19

Kids Day at PNC Park

With the Pirates’ home-opener this week, a favorite family tradition returns to Pittsburgh–Kids Day at PNC Park! The Pittsburgh Pirates host a family-friendly festival on Federal Street before the game, each child gets a special prize at the door and kids can run the bases (weather permitting) after the game. Pirates are playing the Milwaukee Brewers.

Times: Festival starts at 11-1pm, game starts at 1:35

Cost: Festival attendance is free, ticket prices vary for the game

Location: PNC Park

 

I Made It! Healthy

Carrie Nardini’s indie marketplace is BACK and in honor of Earth Day this month it will celebrate local businesses and products encouraging healthy lifestyles. The morning starts with a Family Stroll through the Strip with Green Rocks Fitness. Afterwards, you can browse the marketplace, watch demos and participate in wellness activities.

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: Free to attend

Location: Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman Street, Strip District

 

Upcycle Art Class at Soergel Orchards

Soergel Orchards will host a kid-friendly art-making class where children will learn to make useful art from recyclable materials. Register at link above.

Time: 1-3pm

Cost: $10

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

 

The Great Amazing Race Pittsburgh

The Great Amazing Race is a national race series supporting pediatric cancer. In this family-friendly competition two-person teams (adults and kids grades K-12) complete a one-mile course with team-oriented challenges throughout.

Times: Check in starts at 2:15pm

Cost: $48 per pair in advance or $60 per pair on day of race

Location: Settler’s Cabin Park in Oakdale

 

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

 

Date Night Ideas:

Friday Night: Guster at Stage AE, Repair the World’s #TurntheTables Passover social justice dinner, Shot for Shot Student Film Festival

Saturday Night: Meeting of Important People at The Andy Warhol Museum and Pontus Lidberg Dance at the Byham

Both Nights: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park, La Bayadere by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Othello by the Pittsburgh Public Theater

 

Have a great weekend!

Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Peter Pan by the Pittsburgh Musical Theater

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Earlier this year my daughter and I attended our first Pittsburgh Musical Theater show at the Byham, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. I know I share the opinion of many show-goers in saying it was an absolutely wonderful show. We were both enthralled by the attention to detail in the sets and costumes, the quality of the music and the creative effects that made the story come to life (like Ariel appearing to “swim” across the stage).

As we left the Byham that day, I grabbed a flyer for the upcoming shows and was excited to learn that the PMT’s season comes to an end with the Broadway musical Peter Pan. On that day, I promised my daughter I’d take her to Peter Pan for her 5th birthday in April. And I’m keeping that promise. We’ll be attending the show in a few weeks and we can’t wait!

Much like Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the Peter Pan production will closely mirror the familiar storyline with the characters, scenes and songs that we’ve all come to love. And I’m pleased to announce that I have two tickets to giveaway for any of the Peter Pan shows including April 23-25 (Thursday-Saturday) and May 1-2 (Friday-Saturday) at 7:30pm and April 26 and May 3 (both Sundays) at 2 p.m.

Audience members are invited to an autograph session with characters after each show and can come dressed as their favorite Peter Pan character for a chance to win a special prize.

Tickets start at $12.75 and can be purchased here. Or you can enter my giveaway below. Good luck!

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What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: April 10-12, 2015

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region. Highlights of this weekend include your last chance to visit the Spring Flower Show at Phipps, your first chance to take a ride on the PNC Carousel in Schenley Plaza, the final show of the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater’s season (excluding the upcoming Festival) and the Kelly Strayhorn’s Family Dance Party. There are also a number of really unique events including the Holi Festival of Colors in Schenley Park, an Italian story time, one of the nation’s largest comic conventions and a Sri Lankan New Year Celebration at the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center.

 

All Weekend, April 10-12

Last Weekend of the Spring Flower Show at Phipps

This weekend is your last chance to check out the Spring Flower Show at Phipps!

 

Flat Stanley by the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater

The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater presents Flat Stanley performed by Dallas Children’s Theater for children ages 4-10. Based on the book by Jeff Brown, this musical travelogue introduces audiences to Stanley who explores the globe in the show.

Times: Friday 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 and 2pm

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

 

Steel City Con

The Monroeville Convention Center hosts the Steel City Con this weekend, which is one of the largest comic conventions in the country.

Times: Friday 10-9pm, Saturday 10-8pm, Sunday 10-5pm

Cost: $20 or 3-day admission for $40

Location: Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Boulevard, Monroeville,  PA 15146

 

Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown

This weekend is the 7th Annual Children’s Book Festival in Johnston, PA. Geared to children in grades Pre-K through 6, the festival brings books alive through performances by authors, illustrators and storytellers.

Times: Friday 6-8:30pm, Saturday 10-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Avenue, Johnstown PA 15906

 

Friday Night, April 10

Youth Make: Three Ring Circus at the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is hosting an after-hours event in the MAKESHOP for children ages 10+. The event is circus-themed with a variety of hands-on projects designed to encourage creative thinking and practical skills. Also includes a snack. Parents do not need to stay for this event.

Times: 5-7pm

Cost: Members $8, Nonmembers $10

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

 

Saturday, April 11

Tot Discovery: Celebrating our Youngest Learners

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is celebrating Month of the Young Child with a special Tot Discovery session for children ages 18 months to 3 years old. Children can participate in a variety of fun activities (crafts, story time, music and movement, etc.) while parents can take home information related to raising young children.

Times: 9-10am

Cost: $6 Members, $8 Nonmembers

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

 

Chatham Baroque’s Peanut Butter and Jam Session

Chatham Baroque presents its last Peanut Butter and Jam Session of the season. The program is designed to introduce young children to fundamental concepts in baroque music through music, movement and storytelling.

Times: 10 and 11:30am

Cost: Adults $8, Children $5

Location: McClintic Hall, Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Tyke Hikes Bunny Hunt

Venture Outdoors presents its first Tyke Hike of the season where children can follow a trail of Easter eggs in Schenley Park, have a snack and do some Easter crafts. Ideal for children ages 0-8.

Time: 10-11:30am

Cost: Adults Free, Children $5 (member children free)

Location: Schenley Park

 

Opening of PNC Carousel in Schenley Plaza

It’s the opening weekend of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s PNC Carousel in Schenley Plaza in Oakland.

Times: carousel is open 10-6pm (weather permitting)

Cost: $1.25 per ride, or you can purchase a family season pass. PPC is also offering a special groupon deal where you can save $21 off regular family pass price. You an purchase it here.

Location: Schenley Plaza, Oakland

 

Pittsburgh Tartan Day Festival

The Saint Andrew’s Society of Pittsburgh presents Tartan Day 2015, a celebration of Scottish heritage and traditions with music, dancing, storytelling, food and children’s activities.

Times: 10-4:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Bethel Presbyterian Church, 2999 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park PA 15102

 

Introduction to Reflective Yoga and Writing

Write Local is sponsoring a yoga/writing workshop for middle school, high school and adults of all ages. Children will practice reflective writing and also learn some basic yoga postures designed to promote mindfulness. Advance registration required by calling 724-691-4864. Bring three large towels, two large pillows, a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.

Times: 10-11:45 am

Cost: $10 per person or $25 per family

Location: Latrobe Art Center, 819 Ligonier Street, Latrobe PA 15650

 

Mini-Factory at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory presents its regular hands-on program for young children (ages 3-5) designed to introduce fundamental concepts in installation art. This week’s session is themed “Light.” Advance registration required by emailing education@mattress.org.

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Free and museum admission not required

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

 

Social Hive’s Mommy & Me Event

Social Hive is holding a Mommy and Me event at the Treesdale Community Center in Gibsonia to help a local mom with her 7-year old daughter’s medical expenses. Children can meet Anna and Elsa, decorate cookies and get face-painting. Moms can shop at vendor tables staffed by local businesses. There will be refreshments, raffles and crafts.

Times: 10-2pm

Cost: $15 for 1 adult and up to 2 children, $2 each additional child includes activities, 2 raffle tickets, snacks, drinks and a craft.

Location: Treesdale Community Center, 1 Treesdale Commons, Gibsonia, PA 15044

 

Let’s Move! Family Dance Party at Kelly Strayhorn Theater

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents its “Let’s Move! Family Dance Party” with kid-friendly music, dancing, performances and creative activities.

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: Pay-what-you-can

Location: Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206

 

GreenKids: Ouch! Prickers and Porcupines at the Frick Art & Historical Center

The Frick is hosting a free family program where children will learn about creative ways that animals and plants protect themselves.

Times: 11-11:45am

Cost: Free

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

 

Earth Day and Spring Soil Spectacular at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is holding a special Earth Day event where children of all ages can celebrate the Earth’s riches, learn about environmental stewardship, analyze soil and meet soil scientists who will lead hands-on activities.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213

 

HeroFest

HeartPrints Center for Early Education (Cranberry) presents its annual Hero Fest where children can learn about heroes in their community and participate in hands-on activities with a variety of local organizations including the Zoo, Carnegie Science Center, Gemini Theater, the Outdoor Classroom and much more.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: $12

Location: HeartPrints Center for Early Education, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry PA

 

ARTventures: Making Miniatures at the Carnegie Museum of Art

The Carnegie Museum of Art hosts its weekend ARTventures. This week kids can stroll through the Hall of Miniatures and create their own miniature sculptures with guest artists.

Times: 12:30-4:30pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

CRY Pittsburgh’s Holi Festival of Colors

CRY Pittsburgh is hosting its annual Holi Festival of Colors where families can listen to a DJ play Bollywood & Bhangra Music, throw colors and enjoy Indian snacks. Proceeds go to CRY America benefitting child rights projects.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: $10 for event which includes a packet of color

Location: Flagstaff Hill, Frew St at Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Penny Arcade: Kids Comedy Show

The Arcade Comedy Theater presents its monthly kid-friendly improv comedy show. The show is preceded by hands-on activities for kids designed to generate ideas for the improv acts.

Times: 1pm

Cost: Adults $5, Children $10

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

 

Story Time in Italian with La Scuola d’Italia Galileo Galilei

La Scuola d’Italia Galileo Galilei will be holding a story time for children in Italian.

Time: 2-3:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Winchester Thurston Lower School, 555 Morewood Ave, Pgh, Pa 15213

 

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater 

The Hillman Performing Arts series presents Popovich Comedy Pet Theater at its Shady Side Academy theater in Fox Chapel. Moscow circus performer and comedian Gregory Popovic performs acrobatic feats with a troupe of 15 cats, 10 dogs, six geese and human clowns. Also, all pets are rescue animals and the event proceeds go to the Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh.

Times: 7:30pm

Cost: Adults $28, Children $15

Location: Hillman Center for the Performing Arts, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

 

Sunday, April 12

Pittsburgh Buddhist Center’s Sri Lankan New Year Celebration

The Pittsburgh Buddhist Center is hosting a Sri Lankan New Year Celebration with a lunch of Sri Lankan foods, Buddhist services and traditional games for children.

Times: 11-3pm (lunch at 12, games for children at 3pm)

Cost: Free

Location: Pittsburgh Buddhist Center, 111 Route 908, Natrona Heights, PA 15065

 

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

 

There are also a couple children’s consignment sales this weekend including the Gigantic Sale in Collier Township and the Snuggle Bugs & Company Baby and Toy Sale in Westmoreland County.

 

Date night ideas:

Friday Night: Penguins vs. New York Islanders, Animal House…After Dark at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and WordPlay at Bricolage

Saturday Night: Deutschtown Music Festival Fundraiser at the Andy Warhol Museum, Roaring 20’s Champagne Soiree, The Dirty Ball and the Black Maria Film & Video Festival at Melwood Screening Room

Both Nights: PNC Broadway Across America’s production of Dirty Dancing and Point Park Connections Dance Performance

 

Have a great weekend!

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: April 3-5, 2015

It’s an exciting weekend in Pittsburgh with Easter this Sunday! No surprise–there are tons of family-friendly events in the city including many Easter egg hunts, the 66th Annual Shrine Circus and the Broadway musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

All Weekend, April 3-5

Eggstravaganza at the National Aviary

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 so might be a good opportunity to do both!

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Easter Egg Hunt at Simmons Farm

Simmons Farm will be holding its daily Easter Egg Hunts with craft activities, an easter egg hunt and a visit to the petting zoo.

Times: Friday and Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 10-5pm

Cost: $11

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

 

66th Annual Shrine Circus (except Sunday)

The 66th Annual Shrine Circus is in town this weekend and this year’s show features Spiderman plus exotic animals and thrill acts.

Times: Friday 7pm, Saturday 10:30, 2:30, 7pm

Cost: Tickets start at $20

Location: Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Avenue,  PittsburghPA 15219

 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The Broadway musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be in town this weekend filled with the familiar characters and songs from this favorite Disney classic.

Times: Friday 8pm, Saturday 2 and 8pm, Sunday 1pm

Cost: Tickets start at around $40

Location: Heinz Hall, 600 Penn AvePittsburgh,  PA 15222

Friday Night, April 3

Unblurred on Penn Avenue

This monthly family-friendly gallery crawl returns to the Penn Avenue Arts District. Kid-friendly activities are held at Assemble Gallery and often at other locations as well including the Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination.

Times: Starts around 6pm. Get there early for the best experience.

Cost: Free

Location: Penn Avenue Arts District in Garfield

 

Saturday, April 4

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 “Springtime Merriment.”

Times: 9-10 am

Cost: $8 nonmembers, $6 members

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

 

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

 

Buncher Family Free Day at the Andy Warhol Museum

The Jack Buncher Foundation is sponsoring a day of free admission to the Andy Warhol Museum! There will be a variety of special kid-focused activities at the museum this day, including the new Half-Pint Prints silk-screening program for young children from 10-12pm.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free

Location: Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh,PA 15212

 

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. Note: also running on Friday during the day.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Adults $10, Children $7

Location: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, 1 Museum Rd, Washington, PA 15301

 

Easter Egg Hunt at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

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.

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale PA 15071

 

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

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

Times: 10-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: St. Stephen’s Church, 405 Frederick Avenue, Sewickley, PA 15143

 

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

 

Youth Grow at the Children’s Museum

Children will learn about local mushrooms and construct their own kit to grow oyster mushrooms at home. Program is for kids ages 10+. Adults do not have to stay at the museum during the program. Preregistration is required.

Times: 10:30-12pm

Cost: $10 for non-members, $8 for members (ticketing is separate from admission to the museum)

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

 

Bunny Fun Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet

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! Advance registration recommended.

Times: Board times are 10:30am and 1:15pm

Cost: $25 for adults, $12 for children

Location: Gateway Clipper Fleet dock is at Station Square

 

West Mifflin Easter Egg Hunt

West Mifflin will be holding its annual free Easter Egg Hunt.

Times: 10:30-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: West Mifflin Area High School

 

The Big Hunt in Arsenal Park

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

Times: 11-1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville

 

The Great Pittsburgh Eagle Egg Hunt at Beechwood Farms

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.

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: Free

Location: Beechwood Farms, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Annual Bunny Festival at Soergel Orchards

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!

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: Attendance is free, but select activities and food will cost extra

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

 

Hop the Shops at the Waterfront

The first 25 visitors to participating shops at The Waterfront will receive eggs with special prizes inside including candy, gift certificates and coupons.

Times: 11am

Cost: Free

Location: The Waterfront, Homestead

 

Bridgeville Easter Egg Hunt

Bridgeville will be holding its free annual easter egg hunt. Bring a container for Easter eggs.

Time: 11am

Cost: Free

Location: Chartiers Park, Bridgeville

 

Moon Township Bunny Trail

Moon Twp Parks and Recreation will be hosting its annual Bunny Trail Easter Egg Hunt with a petting zoo, coloring murals, games, photos with the Easter Bunny and more.

Times: 11-1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Moon Park

 

Braddock’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Braddock will also be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Times: 11-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: community playground on Braddock Avenue/Library Street.

 

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

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History will host a classic Easter Egg Hunt throughout the exhibits for the first 600 children. Appropriate for children ages 3-10.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Penn Hills Easter Egg Hunt

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

Times: 12-2pm

Cost: Free

Location: Penn Hills Community Park

 

Swissvale 21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Swissvale will be hosting its free annual egg hunt where children can hunt for eggs, get prizes and visit with the Easter Bunny. Refreshments will be served.

Time: 12

Cost: Free

Location: Les Getz Memorial Park on Church Street

 

Art Lab at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory is holding its regular hands-on art-making program for children. This week children will “explore the forms and characteristics of swarms, colonies, and habitations and draw connections to humanity’s social nature and our vision of a communal utopia with local Pittsburgh artist Maria Mangano.”

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Grace Community Church Easter Egg Hunt

Grace Community Church in Collier Township will be holding their free annual community Easter Egg Hunt with inflatables, a fire truck and mascots.

Times: 1-3pm

Cost: Free

Location: Grace Community Church, Collier Township

 

Robinson Township’s Easter Egg Hunt

Robinson Township sponsors this free event where the Easter Bunny arrives by fire truck! There will be refreshments, sack races, and an Easter Egg Hunt!

Times: 1-3pm

Cost: Free

Location: Clever Park

 

Aspinwall Riverfront Park Egg Hunt and Spring Planting

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!

Times: 2-3:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Aspinwall Riverfront Park, entrance across from Brilliant Avenue in Aspinwall under the train trestle

 

Free Family Comedy Workshop with Open Up Pgh

Open Up Pgh is holding a free family-friendly comedy workshop for everyone ages 5 and up and specifically welcomes individuals with special needs. Registration is required by emailing openuppgh@gmail.com.

Times: 3:30-4:45pm

Cost: Free

Location: Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222

 

Sunday, April 5

Easter Luncheon Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet

The Gateway Clipper Fleet will host its annual “Easter Luncheon Cruise” with a large buffet.

Times: Board times are 10am and 3pm.

Cost: Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for children.

Location: Gateway Clipper Fleet dock is at Station Square

 

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

 

Date Night Ideas:

Friday Night: Keep Pittsburgh Fishy: A Fish Fry Benefitting the Persad Center, Unblurred Gallery Crawl in the Penn Avenue Arts District, Pandemic World Music Dance Party

Saturday Night: Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Byham Theater, Lemon Bourbon Barrel Release Party  at Apis Mead and Winery, April Food Truck Roundup at the Brew Gentlemen Beer Company

Both Friday and Saturday Night: Endless Lawns at the Pittsburgh Playhouse

#PghGBE: Holistic Health Coach. Meditation Encourager. New Mom. Pittsburgh Enthusiast. Propelle Co-Pilot by Emily Levenson

This post comes from Emily Levenson of Emily Levenson.com, and is part of a special day of shenanigans from other Pittsburgh Bloggers in honor of April Fool’s Day. You can see my post over on Pittsburgh Taste Buds where I discuss four family-friendly restaurant finds we made over the winter!

Emily Levenson

Emily Levenson

When the swap assignments came out for the Pittsburgh Guest Blogger Event and I saw that I would be writing a post the Pittsburgh Mommy Blog, I was super excited. I have been following along for the past year, getting loads of resources for things to do around Pittsburgh with my 11-month old daughter.

I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to add to the conversation around where to go and what to do, as we tend to go to the same three places over and over again (Phipps, Trader Joe’s, and friend’s houses for playdates). That’s why I need Nadine!

Thankfully, she asked that I talk about what I do through Propelle, an organization for women entrepreneurs that I co-founded and co-pilot with Kate Stoltzfus.

For those that may not be familiar with Propelle, we support women entrepreneurs in the Pittsburgh region and beyond—both online and off—around business and entrepreneurship. Our community of creative, driven and smart women tell us that Propelle is a place where they find immense support, feel empowered to take on any and all business tasks and connect with an infinite source of inspiration.

The best part? Propelle came into being almost by accident. Though, saying that, I’m not really sure it was an accident. Maybe divine intervention or synchronicity are better words.

From the moment I met co-founder Kate Stoltzfus, I knew she was someone I wanted to partner with. I just didn’t know how. Over lunch one afternoon we came up with the idea for creating opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh to connect. We spent subsequent lunches and coffee dates planning a launch party together to generate buzz.

Close to 100 women showed up at that inaugural event, and we realized we were onto something huge.

We started with organizing networking events. Then we began to offer workshops, a Mastermind group and our VIP Coaching sessions.

Emily and Kate Stolfzus, Photo by Christina Emilie Photography

Emily and Kate Stolfzus, Photo by Christina Emilie Photography

Everything we offer is what Kate and I wished we had for ourselves as we were dipping our toes into the entrepreneurial waters. Most of our friends were following a more traditional career path, and we felt alone in our entrepreneurial pursuits.

We longed for a community where business, creativity and collaboration were celebrated and encouraged. When we didn’t find exactly what we were looking for, we decided to create our own opportunities for this type of connection.

When we were brainstorming ideas on that lunch date, what resonated the most was the idea of working with women to support each other and lift each other up. I think we have each “taken flight” through our partnership and collaboration. We encourage each other to do better, work harder and keep sharing our unique talents with the world.

I also truly believe that the women in our community help to lift us up and keep us motivated to do better and be better in everything we do.

Community means everything.

It’s the very reason Propelle is in existence; it’s our “why.” When we see collaborations, partnerships and friendships form as the result of meeting at a Propelle function, our hearts swell with pride. This is how we define success.

I can’t imagine living in Pittsburgh without this community. These relationships have enriched my life, and for that I’m very grateful.

About Emily: Emily Levenson has been inspiring others since the turn of the century. She has been referred to as a rainbowmaker, a magical mentor and a game changer. Most days, you can find Emily tweeting up a storm (@emilylevenson), blogging about the delicious and healthy foods she creates (emilylevenson.com), playing on Pinterest and Facebooking with the best of them. Emily has been lucky enough to have been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Business Times, NEXTPittsburgh and on WTAE-TV.

The following blogs participated in today’s Pittsburgh Great Blogger Exchange:

The AP Collection Beezus Kiddo Pittsburgh Happy Hour Orange Chair Blog In Pursuit of Simple Lucy Quin The Wheezy Runner Pittsburgh is Beautiful Last Minute Panic The Almond Eater A Body of One’s OwnLunges, Long Runs and Lattes Downtown Living Emily Levenson Parmesan Princess Oh Honestly, ErinSole for the Soul Crank Crank Revolution The Pittsburgh Mommy Blog Yum Yum PGH Ya JagoffGardening in High Heels Sean’s Ramblings Pittsburgh Taste Buds The Foodtasters My Blog n’at The Fashionable Eye jelly jars Don’t Forget to Eat Small Town Dad Josh’s World The Steel Trap In Pursuit of Happiness 101 Achievements A Librarian’s Lists and Letters Pennies, Pints, Pittsburgh 30-Something therapy Red Pen Mama Nicky D. Cooks everybody loves you…

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:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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 :).