Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events for the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of October 17-19, 2014. It’s all about FALL and HALLOWEEN in the city this weekend with the first weekend of Zoo Boo, Owl-O-Ween at the National Aviary, the opening of the Fall Flower Show at Phipps, Fiddlesticks’ Fall Festival Concert by the PSO, tons of fall festivals at local farms and MUCH MORE!
All Weekend, October 17-19
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, PA hosts its annual Pumpkin Trolley this month, featuring trolley rides to their pumpkin patch and fall activities. Tickets include multiple trolley rides, tours of the Trib Total Media Trolley Display Building, on-site pumpkin decorating, complimentary refreshments and games for children.
Cost: Adults $10, Children $7
Location: 1 Museum Road, Washington PA 15301
Night at the Zoo at Living Treasures Animal Park (except Sunday night)
Running each October weekend, Living Treasures Animal Park gives families a chance to explore the torch-lit pathways of the zoo, learn, about nocturnal animals along the way, trick-or-treat and enjoy refreshments.
Cost: Adults $12.99, Children 3 and over $9.99
Location: Living Treasures Animal Park, 28 Fox Road, New Castle
Friday Night, October 17
Baldwin Public Library invites families to the Creepy Crawly Cafe, serving drinks, appetizers, a main entrée, and dessert, all revolving around foods that sound gross, but taste great! Advance registration required.
Location: Baldwin Public Library, 41 Macek Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15227
Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19
Simmons Farm is holding its daily Fall Festivals this weekend, featuring pick-your-own apples, hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, a barnyard petting zoo and more.
Location: Simmons Farm, 170 Simmons Rd, McMurray PA 15317
The short-lived Fall Flower Show at Phipps opens this weekend with chrysanthemums of many colors, a Gold Rush-era train display and educational activities about bees and honey.
Location: 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Trax Farm is holding its weekly Fall Festival this weekend, featuring hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn maze, petting zoo, bounce house, rainbow express train and tons more.
Cost: Free to attend. Most activities cost extra
Location: Trax Farm, 528 Trax Rd, Finleyville, PA 15332
Triple B Farms hosts its “Pumpkin Festival,” offering pick-your-own apples as well as other favorite Fall activities, including Storybook Pumpkinland (where more than 300 pumpkin-headed characters live), hayrides to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, the Big Blue Boo Barn, a corn maze and more.
Cost: Children $12, Adults $8
Location: Triple B Farms, 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela, PA
Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm offers a “Harvest Festival of Fun” with hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pony rides, a trip to the boo barn, face-painting, a cornstalk maze, caramel apples and more.
Location: Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm, 1120 Roosevelt Rd. Pittsburgh PA 15237
Hozak Farms is located west of the city in Clinton, PA. It offers a Fall Festival with hayrides, pumpkins, musical entertainment and more.
Cost: Free to attend, select activities cost extra
Location: 488 Anderson Hozak Road, Clinton, PA 15026
Janoski Farms is also located in Clinton, PA. It offers a “Pumpkinland” during October weekends. For $6 per person, you can explore a haunted barn, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch and more. Plus, you can get some face-painting and decorate a pumpkin.
Location: Janoski Farm, 1714 US 30, Clinton PA 15026
Children of all ages are invited to the Upper St. Clair Township Library for a chance to make a variety of Halloween crafts to bring home and decorate your home.
Times: Saturday 10-4:30pm, Sunday 1-4:30pm
Location: Upper St. Clair Township Library, 1820 McClaughlin Rd, Upper St. Clair PA 15241
The Pittsburgh Zoo hosts its well-loved Zoo Boo Halloween event where children can trick-or-treat through the zoo, participate in a costume parade and contest, visit the mildly scary Docent Haunted House and Gymkhana’s Haunted Hideaway and many more activities.
Cost: Free with admission
Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, 7340 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15206
Soergel Orchards is holding its weekly Fall Festivals kick this weekend, featuring hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a cornstalk maze, pony rides, a bounce house, face-painting and tons more!
Cost: Free to attend. Most activities cost extra
Location: Soergel Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15090
Shenot Farm is also located in Wexford, but offers a smaller and less commercialized Fall Festival with free hayrides to the pumpkin patch and a huge cornstalk maze.
Location: Shenot Farms, 3754 Wexford Run Rd, Wexford PA 15090
Schramm’s Farm is located east of the city in Jeannette. It offers a Fall Festival with pick-your-own pumpkins throughout the day and offer hayrides for $3 starting at 11am on weekends. They also have several mazes, barnyard animals and more. See website for specific times and costs.
Location: 1002 Blank Rd, Harrison City, PA 15636
Idlewild’s celebrates Hallow Boo this weekend! Come in costume, go trick-or-treating throughout the park and enjoy some of the regular season rides, too! Pick up a discount coupon at Giant Eagle before you go! More info at the website above.
It’s Zombie Week at the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville and they are showing “ParaNorman,” a PG-rated animated movie from 2012 that follows an 11-year-old boy who speaks with the dead and saves the town from a zombie attack through his medium powers.
Location: 6115 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA
Saturday, October 18
Children ages 6-12 are invited to the Goal Games held at Montour High School. The Goal Games are a day of mental and physical challenges to teach children how to achieve their goals in every aspect of their lives. Students are divided into small groups based on age and rotate through 14 “challenges.” More info on the website above. Advance registration encouraged.
Location: Montour High School, 223 Clever Rd, McKees Rocks PA 15136
The kid-friendly Fiddlesticks concert series by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is back with a Halloween and Fall-inspired concert featuring the music of Harry Potter, Fantasia and more. Preceded by kid-friendly, music and Fall-related educational activities that are just great!
Times: Pre show activities start at 10am, Concert starts at 11:15am
Cost: Tickets start at $12
Location: Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222
Chatham Baroque holds its monthly concert for preschool-aged children. Features music, movement, interactive activities and a snack.
Times: 10am and 11:30am
Cost: Adults $8, Children $5
Location: McClintick Hall, Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
The National Aviary celebrates Halloween at their annual Owl-O-Ween event, where kids can visit with nocturnal birds, learn about creepy-crawly insects, trick or treat, and more.
Cost: Free with admission
Location: National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212
Aspinwall hosts the opening of the first phase of the new Aspinwall Riverfront Park featuring a 1/4 mile walking trail, boardwalk, wetland, woodland garden, meadow garden and amphitheater. Saturday’s event will begin with a bagpipe procession beginning at the Aspinwall Ball Field at 11:45am, a ribbon cutting at 12pm, followed by tree plantings, music, bake sale and face painting.
Location: Aspinwall Riverfront Park, 285 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15215
Allegheny County hosts its annual Hay Day at South Park this weekend. This FREE event features many kid-friendly activities, including hayrides, a barnyard petting zoo, pony rides, a Halloween puppet show, a magician and much more!
Location: South Park Amphitheater, South Park
Celebrate the proud Pittsburgh tradition of PIEROGIS at Pierogi Fest 2014 this Saturday. Event features many, many choices of pierogies, live music, a visit from the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pierogies and children’s activities.
Cost: Adults $10, Children under 12 are free, Food and Beverage costs are extra
Location: Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15212
The Volunteer Princesses are hosting their Spook-A-Palooza filled with your child’s favorite costumed characters, craft activities, a raffle, face-painting and storytimes.
Location: Schenley Plaza, Oakland
The neighborhood of Brightwood celebrates PumpkinFest, where kids get a free pumpkin, a bag of candy and the opportunity to visit a petting zoo, ride ponies, go on a hayride, get crafty and more.
Families are invited to the bimonthly ARTLab series at the Mattress Factory. This week children can collaborate with artist, Ryder Henry, to create their own miniature city using recycled materials.
Cost: Free with admission
Location: 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212
Assemble’s Saturday Crafternoons promote project-based learning, hands-on making, experimentation and community engagement for youth ages 5-10 through free DIY workshops with local makers.
Location: Assemble, 5125 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
Many teachers, parents, alumni and community members will participate in this Saturday’s Walk for One Promise to support the Pittsburgh Promise. Join them at the free Community Cookout and Party after the event for free food, refreshments, bouncy houses, a balloon artist, a DJ dance party, high school band performances and other kid-friendly games and activities.
Location: Sci Tech Academy, 107 Thackeray Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15260
The West End Library invites children up to grade 5 to come to the library for a costume party, featuring games, crafts and a storytime.
Location: 47 Wabash Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15220
Camp Guyasuta offers its annual Halloween event, featuring a hayride, nature hikes, climbing wall, pumpkin patch, bonfire and zip line (for those over 11). Trail will be non-scary from 3-6pm and scary from 6-9pm.
Location: Camp Guyasuta, 300 23rd Street, Pittsburgh PA 15215
The Hillman Performing Arts Center at Shadyside Academy is hosting its Halloween Spooktacular, featuring “Clockwork Mysteries” by Canadian Ted and Marion Outerbridge. This magic show has been called the most “successful magic show in Canada” by critics. The event is preceded by Harvestfest, a family-friendly fall celebration with bounce houses, carnival games, kettle corn, etc.
Times: Show starts at 7:30pm
Cost: Adults $28, Children $15
Location: Hillman Center for Performing Arts, Shadyside Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh PA 15238
Take a family friendly guided tour of the Museum and cemetery by lantern light with tales of superstitions and customs from the past, a visit from “The Deacon,” the Museum’s resident ghost, and enjoy cookies and hot cider!
Cost: Adults $5, Children $3
Location: Depreciation Lands Museum, 4743 S. Pioneer Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101
Sunday, October 19
Join select members of the HT High Flyers jump rope team, who recently represented the United States at the Jump Rope World Championships in Hong Kong. They will do single rope, long rope and Double Dutch demonstrations followed by a jump roping workshop.
Cost: Free with admission
Location: The Children’s Museum, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212
The Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park hosts its annual Children’s Harvest Festival where children can try various harvest crafts including tin punching, corn crafts, butter churning and more. Plus, there will be frontier dress to try.
Location: Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park
The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater presents its first show of the season, SkippyJon Jones, based on the well-loved children’s book about the adventurous little kitten with big ears and BIGGER dreams for his future. Show begins at the Byham Theater on Sunday and then will be at a variety of other performing arts venues in the suburbs for the rest of the week. See website for more info.
Cost: $9.50 in advance $11 day of
Location: Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222
Based on the hit TV show for preschoolers, Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE! introduces children to friendly toy monsters in a magical land through music, movement and singing.
Times: 2pm and 5pm
Cost: Tickets start at $28.75
Location: Benedum Center, 7th Street between Liberty and Penn Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15222
The Moon Township Public Library celebrates DANIEL TIGER at a party filled with stories, games and activities. Advance registration required.
Location: Moon Township Public Library, 1700 Beaver Grade Rd, Coroapolis, PA 15108
Have a great weekend!