What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: August 15-17, 2014

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of August 15-17, 2014. Highlights of this weekend include the Westmoreland Fair, free “Ballet under the Stars” at Hartwood Acres, and the 20th Annual Ice Cream Fundae at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

 

All Weekend, August 15-17

Westmoreland Fair

Bring your family to a traditional fair experience at the annual Westmoreland Fair with animals, rides, games, food, monster truck races, demo derby, a beauty pageant, and so much more! Check out website for more details.

 

40th Annual Beaver County Regatta

Enjoy a weekend of boat races, children’s activities, a lighted boat parade, music, and fireworks at the 40th Annual Beaver County Regatta. See website for more details.

 

Friday Night, August 15

Flock of Cycles Event for BikeFest 2014

Participate in a family-friendly, all-ages leisurely bike ride through Pittsburgh streets for about 8-10 miles with music. Ends at a post-ride picnic. Families are encouraged to bring food to share at the picnic.

Times: Meet at 6, Ride departs at 6:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Departs from Dippy the Dinosaur in Oakland

 

Lovebettie at South Park

The Allegheny County Parks Department presents their weekly South Park outdoor concert series, featuring Lovebettie.

Times: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: South Park Amphitheater, South Park

 

The Smurfs 2 at Arsenal Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Parks presents “The Smurfs 2″ at Arsenal Park.

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 16-17

Aliens, Monsters, and Space Heroes Weekend at the Children’s Museum

Come to the Children’s Museum dressed as your favorite alien, monster, or space hero and get $3 off admission!

Times: 10-5pm

Location: 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Kick-off Weekend of Kid’s Zoofari at the Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo’s annual Kid’s Zoofari kicks off this weekend and runs until 8/29 with themed activities, crafts, expert talks, and more.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival

A Laurel Highlands tradition, the Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival is supposed to be awesome! Lots of great music, a reenactor village, children’s activities, food, and access to a nearby beach!

Times: 11-8pm

Cost: Free

Location: Laurel Hill State Park

 

Saturday, August 16

Garden in the Parks Day at South Park

Spend the morning at the South Park Demonstration Garden chatting with Master Gardeners, taste-testing local tomatoes, learning about bee-keeping. Also includes children’s activities!

Times: 9-1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Demonstration Gardens, McConkey Road, South Park

 

Tyke Hike at Schenley Park

Take a Tyke Hike with your little ones and Venture Outdoors in Schenley Park. These volunteer-led leisurely walks generally include an educational component, a nature-based craft, and a snack!

Times: 10-11:30am

Cost: $10 per child, walk up $12

Location: Schenley Park, Pittsburgh

 

Kindergarten Rocks! at the Shaler North Hills Library

If your child is starting kindergarten this year, bring them to the Shaler North Hills Library for school-readiness activities and games. Advance registration requested.

Times: 10:30am

Cost: Free

Location: Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd, Glenshaw PA 15116

 

Teddy Bear Picnic at Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm

Gather under the Linden trees at Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm with your picnic lunches, kids, and their teddy bears for a morning of games, stories, and a hayride. There will also be a chance to milk the cows and feed the animals.

Times: 11-12:3opm

Cost: $5

Location: Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm, 1120 Roosevelt Rd, Pittsburgh PA 15237

 

Pickle Day at the Children’s Museum

Celebrate the PICKLE at the Children’s Museum this Saturday with “Fermentation on Wheels,” gastronomic nomads traveling the country by school bus and spreading the word about the importance of fermentation and micro-agriculture :). The event will include interactive activities for the kids and food samples of pickles and other fermented foods.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free

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

 

Rock All Night Lawrenceville

The third annual Rock All Night Lawrenceville will feature great music in different performance venues and parks throughout the day and evening on Saturday. From Noon-7pm there will be an especially kid-friendly show in Arsenal Park. Please check website for more details!

 

Fifth Annual Bocce Tournament and Festival at the Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center is hosting its fifth annual bocce tournament and festival with live entertainment, food, and BOCCE!! Two courts will be free and open to the public during the late afternoon as the registered teams advance.

Times: 12-7pm

Cost: Free

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

 

Free Drawing Classes at the Squirrel Hill Library

Join local artist, Patrick Smith, as he teaches a free drawing class for children ages 6 and up. All materials provided. Advance registration required by emailing renaissancedrawing@gmail.com.

Times: 12:30-2:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Squirrel Hill Library, Room B

 

Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden Open House

Join the North Hills Community Outreach team at an open house in their community garden. There will be children’s crafts, a scavenger hunt, visit with a beekeeper, taste-test some honey, and enjoy refreshments from Whole Foods.

Times: 1-3pm

Cost: Free

Location: 119 Davis Avenue, Bellevue, PA

 

Penny Arcade at the Mattress Factory

The Penny Arcade is the Arcade Comedy Theater’s improvised kid-friendly show and it will be coming to the Mattress Factory this weekend! There will be improv shows in the galleries, improv games, and spontaneous art production!

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Star Wars Day at the Mount Lebanon Library

Celebrate Star Wars at the Mount Lebanon Library’s annual event. Build a light-saber, do other crafts, enjoy refreshments, and meet the costumed characters from the movies!

Times: 1-3pm

Cost: Free

Location: Mount Lebanon Library, 16 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15228

 

The Waterfront’s Summer Music and Marketplace

The Waterfront presents its last Summer Music and Marketplace of the season with live music, the I Made It! Market, and a farmer’s market!

Times: I Made It Market 2-7pm, Music 3-7pm

Location: The Waterfront, 149 West Bridge Street, Homestead, PA 15120

 

Music for MS Roots Festival at Hartwood Acres

Music for MS presents the first annual Roots Festival featuring hit local bands and food at Hartwood Acres to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western PA.

Times: Gates open at 3pm, music from 4-10pm

Cost: Family four pack $60, Age 13 and over $13

Location: Hartwood Acres

Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Northland Public Library

Bring your child and their favorite stuffed animal to a special celebration of sleepovers at the Northland Public Library. Kids can do some crafts and listen to some stories with their animal. Then, they will leave the stuffed animal at the library for a “sleepover!” Animals can be picked up on Monday and will have a special souvenir at that time. Advance registration requested.

Times: 3-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Rd, Pittsburgh PA 15237

 

6th Annual Shaler Library Car Cruise and Sock Hop

Dance to oldies music and enjoy a car cruise at the Shaler Library’s annual event!

Times: 5:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd, Glenshaw PA 15116

 

Benny Benack III at Stars of Riverview

Citiparks Star of Riverview outdoor jazz series presents Benny Benack III at Riverview Park. Followed by Cinema in the Park.

Times: 7-8:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Riverview Park

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at Riverview Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” at Riverview Park. Preceded by the Stars of Riverview live outdoor jazz series.

Times: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Riverview Park

 

The Smurfs 2 at Grandview Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents “The Smurfs 2″ at Grandview Park.

Times: Dusk

Cost; Free

Location: Bailey Avenue, Grandview Park

 

Sunday, August 17

Gimme S’More Walk with Venture Outdoors

Take a leisurely walk through Frick Park with your family and Venture Outdoors and then roast marshmallows afterwards!

Times: 1-3pm

Cost: Adults $8, Adult Members $5, Kids $5

Location: Frick Park, Pittsburgh

 

Banksville Civic Assocation’s Community Festival

Join the community of Banksville at their annual community festival with an “almost famous” hot dog buffet, an inflatable obstacle course, karoake, face-painting, and more. People are encouraged to bring a side dish to share.

Times: 1-6pm

Cost: Free

Location: Banksville Park, Banksville

 

Summer Flax Festival at South Park

See the process of turning flax into linen cloth at the historic Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park.

Times: 1:30-4:30

Cost: $2

Location: Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park

 

Weather Permitting

Join the friendly folk at Weather Permitting for a family-friendly outdoor concert featuring Chet Vincent and Big Bend, C Street Brass, and Bira Samba wiht the Lomito and Mac & Gold food trucks, and beer from Rock Bottom Brewery.

Times: 5-9pm

Cost: $10 per adult (includes alcohol), children free

Location: Shadyside Nursery, 510 Maryland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Reservoir of Jazz

Citiparks Reservoir of Jazz outdoor jazz series presents Dr. Alton Merrell & Impact: A Gospel Jazz Experience at Highland Park.

Times: 5-7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Highland Avenue and Reservoir Drive, Highland Park

 

20th Annual Ice Cream Fundae

Join Pressley Ridge for their 20th Annual Ice Cream Fundae where guests can spend the evening at the Pittsburgh Zoo, traveling to different ice cream scooping stations, trying out flavors, voting their favorites, and enjoying entertainment.

Times: 6:30pm

Cost: Adults $25, Children $10, Children under 3 are free. Includes admission to the zoo.

Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA

 

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s “Ballet Under the Stars” at Hartwood Acres

Come experience the magic of BALLET UNDER THE STARS as the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater performs at Hartwood Acres!

Times: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Hartwood Acres

 

The Smurfs 2 at Schenley Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents “The Smurfs 2″ at Schenley Park.

Times: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, Oakland

 

Have a great weekend!

Fall 2014 Children’s Consignment Sales in Pittsburgh

Although it’s hard to believe, this summer is already winding down to a close. Thankfully, it’s giving way to something equally as exciting: the back-to-school season! Over the next few weeks, I will join the masses of other parents/consumers preparing my children for the upcoming academic year by shopping for bookbags, school supplies, clothes, a nice pair of tennis shoes, etc. In the interest of saving money/conserving resources, I will be making the rounds at Pittsburgh’s fall consignment sales, which begin next week!

Here’s my biannual listing of upcoming consignment sales in Allegheny County, Butler County, Westmoreland County, and Washington County.  Before I start, though, let me make a few generalizations:

  • Almost all of these sales have opportunities for presale shopping if you are a volunteer or a consignor.  Some also have special presale shopping events (for new moms, grandparents, etc.) that I have noted.
  • All of these sales offer free parking.  Some have admission fees, which I have noted.
  • All of these sales accept cash.  Almost all accept credit card. Some do NOT accept checks, which I have noted.
  • Almost all of these sales offer discount (usually 1/2 off) times at the end of their sale, which I have noted.
  • Some of these sales have a limited number of large bags available for you to collect your items to purchase; however, I would highly recommend bringing a laundry basket (or two) just in case.
  • A couple words of advice from a seasoned consignment shopper: a) bring a list of items you need, otherwise you may end up wandering aimlessly b) keep a note of the clothing/shoe sizes for your children.

Anyway, here’s my Fall 2014 Children’s Consignment Sales in Pittsburgh organized by date:

 

An Angel’s Attic Consignment Sale (Butler County)-August 19-22

A Butler County consignment sale offering clothing (girls and boys 0-juniors), maternity clothing, accessories, toys, books, baby equipment, children’s decor items.

Times: August 19 10-7pm, August 20 10-7pm, August 21 10-5pm, August 22 10-5pm (1/2 off day)

Location: The Atrium, 1031 New Castle Road, Prospect PA 16052

 

Just Between Friends Pittsburgh East-August 22-24

This event offers cold weather clothing for nb-size 18, accessories, maternity, baby gear, toys, children’s furniture, educational material, and tons more.  No checks. Offers special pre-sale shopping times for first-time parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents, military families, and teachers. See website for more details.

Hours: August 21 “Prime Time Shopping” from 2-9pm for $10 admission (no children or strollers permitted), August 22 9-9pm for $3 admission fee (or join mailing list to get free admission), August 23 8-5pm, August 24 8-2pm 50% off sale

Location: Monroeville Convention Center, South Hall, 209 Mall Plaza Boulevard, Monroeville, PA 15146

 

Centzible Kids Consignment Sale (Pittsburgh East)-September 5-6

A Monroeville consignment sale offering children’s clothing, maternity, baby gear, toys, etc. The dates above are for their Monroeville sale, but they also offer an earlier sale in Westmoreland County and a later sale in Indiana County (click link above for more info on these sales).  Opportunities for “First-Time Mommy” presale (registration required). See website for more info.

Hours: September 5 9-8pm, September 6 10-1pm (Discount day)

Location: Gateway Hall (Monroeville Fire Company #4) 4370 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146

 

Snuggle Bugs Toddler to Tween Sale (Washington County)-September 6-8

A Washington County consignment sale offering clothes, shoes, and accessories for size 12 month to size 10 (girls) and size 12 (boys).  No checks.

Hours: September 6 9-8pm, September 7 10-8pm, September 8 10-8pm (1/2 day)

Location: Iceoplex at Southpointe, 114 Southpointe Boulevard, Canonsburg, PA 15317

 

Little Blessings Dressings (Washington County)-September 11-13

A consignment sale in Washington County offering children’s clothing, baby gear, furniture, toys.

Times: September 11 8-8pm, September 12 10-3pm, September 13 8-2pm (1/2 off day)

Location: Location: Washington County Fairgrounds, Building #1, 2151 North Main Street, Washington, PA  15301

 

Kid’s Closet Connection Consignment Sale (Butler County)-September 12-14

This Cranberry Township consignment sale offers baby and children’s clothing (boys up to size 20, girls up to junior size 12), maternity, baby furniture and gear, books, toys, sporting equipment. No checks.

Times: September 12 9-8pm, September 13 9-6pm, September 14 9-2pm

Location: ELKS Lodge, 20720 Route 19, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

 

Rock It Consignment Sale (Washington County)-September 12-13

A Canonsburg consignment sale offering clothes, shoes, and accessories for girls (sizes 12-20), Juniors, Ladies, and Maternity. No checks.

Hours: September 12 10-10pm, September 13 10-8pm (1/2 off after 5PM)

Location: Iceoplex at Southpointe, 114 Southpointe Boulevard, Canonsburg, PA 15317

Sewickley Academy Clothesline/Used Book Sale-September 18-22

Sewickley Academy holds a gently used clothing and book sale to benefit the school, the Goodwill, Cranberry Presbyterian Church, and the New Hope Church in Ambridge.

Hours: September 18 10-7pm, September 19 10-7pm, September 20 10-3pm, September 21 10-3pm (1/2 price day), September 22 10-6pm ($25 bag sale)

Location: 315 Academy Avenue, Sewickley PA 15143

 

Sunflower Sprouts (North Hills) -September 18-21, September 25-27

A huge consignment sale located off McKnight Road including clothing for NB’s to size 14, accessories, maternity clothing, baby gear, toys, furniture, outdoor play equipment.  Opportunities for New Mom and Grandma pre-shopping (see website for more details).  They recommend AGAINST bringing strollers if possible. Limited large bags available to assist with shopping.  Credit card accepted for purchases greater than $20.

Hours: September 18 Early Bird Sale 6-8pm for $10 cash entrance fee, September 19 10-6pm, September 20 10-5pm, September 21 12-5pm, September 25 10-2pm, September 26 10-6pm (1/2 off day), September 27 9-1pm (1/2 off day).

Location: Northway Mall, 8000 McKnight Rd, Pittsburgh PA 15237

 

The Gigantic Sale (South Hills)-September 18-20

This popular biannual South Hills children’s consignment sale has moved to a new location without stairs this season. Offers baby and children’s/baby’s clothing, accessories, toys, baby gear, furniture, etc.

Times: September 18 9-7pm, September 19 9-7pm, September 20 9-2pm (1/2 off day)

Location: Grace Community Church, 56 Prestley Road, Bridgeville PA 15017

 

Just Between Friends Pittsburgh North (Neville Island)-September 18-21

A Neville Island consignment sale offering cold weather clothing for Baby-size 18, accessories, maternity clothes, baby gear, toys, indoor and outdoor furniture and equipment, educational material, and tons more.  Opportunities for first-time parent, grandparent, foster and adoptive parent, military family, and teacher preshopping. Check website for more details. No checks.

Hours: September 18 ($10 fee) 2-9PM (no children or strollers until 6pm); September 19 ($3 fee or join mailing list for free admission) 9AM-7PM; September 20 8AM-5PM; September 21 (1/2 off day) 8AM-5PM

Location: RMU Island Sports Center, 7600 Grand Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15225

 

New 2 You Consignment Sale (North Hills)-September 20

This Allison Park consignment sale is run by the North Pittsburgh Mothers of Multiples organization. Offers infant and children’s clothing and equipment. Only cash or check.

Times: 8-9 Early bird sale for $5, 9-1pm

Location: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101

 

Consign-A-Holics (Pittsburgh South)-September 26-28

This Belle Vernon consignment sale offers children’s clothing (nb-18), maternity, accessories, baby gear, toys, books, etc. No checks.

Times: September 26 11-7pm, September 27 10-5pm, September 28 10-2pm (1/2 off day).

Location: The Rostraver Ice Garden, 111 Gallitin Road, Belle Vernon PA 15012

 

Westmoreland Sale for Kids (Westmoreland County)-September 26-28

This Greensburg consignment sale offers clothing NB-size 14, accessories, maternity, baby gear, furniture, toys, etc.  Opportunities for first-time parents to pre-shop. No checks.

Hours: September 26 12-9pm, September 27 9-3pm, September 28 10-2pm (1/2 off day)

Location: Westmoreland Fairgrounds, 123 Blue Ribbon Lane, Greensburg, Pa 15601

 

Snuggle Bugs Baby/Toy Sale (Washington County)-October 3-4

A consignment sale offering everything for baby <1 years old and all varieties of toys, books, and other entertainment for toddlers to tweens. No checks.

Hours: Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 9am-8pm (half off after 5pm)

Location: Iceoplex at Southpointe, 114 Southpointe Boulevard, Canonsburg, PA 15317

 

Kids Mania Consignment Sale (Washington County)-October 3-5

Located at the Washington County Fairgrounds, this is another large consignment sale offering clothing NB-12, accessories, baby gear, toys, furniture, outdoor play equipment.  Food court on site. No checks accepted.  Large IKEA bags are available to help you carry your purchases.

Times: October 3 9-6pm, October 4 9-6pm, October 5 9-2pm (1/2 day)

Location: Washington County Fairgrounds, BLDG#1 and #4, 2151 North Main Street, Washington, PA  15301

 

Christ Church at Grove Farm MOPS Sale (Pittsburgh West)-October 10-11

A consignment sale run by a church-affiliated MOPS group in Sewickley offering gently used children’s clothing, toys, furniture, etc.  Only accepts cash and check. Limited information available at this time. Will update when more details get worked out.

Location: 249 Duff Road Sewickley, PA 15143

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That’s all I could find, but please let me know if I’ve missed any sales at pittsburghmommyblog@gmail.com. Also, if you are going to be cleaning out your storage spaces to make way for the new season, please consider donating your gently used baby gear, clothing, and accessories to our next Free Store 15104 Donation Drive on September 20 at the Bloomfield Saturday Market!

Happy shopping and good luck with the transition back to school!

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: August 8-10, 2014

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of August 8-10, 2014. Highlights of this weekend include “Kindergarten…Here I Come!”, the summer’s last weekend of Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch, and the Touch-A-Truck Fundraiser at the Shaler North Hills Library! Also, please consider attending my Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving Snack Drive to benefit Jeremiah’s Place at the Bloomfield Saturday Market! We will also have face-painting, a visit with the Volunteer Princesses, and a music performance by Ferdinand the Bull there! Finally, many of the region’s libraries are holding their End-of-Summer-Reading celebrations this weekend, so check with your local branch!

 

All Weekend, August 8-10

BikeFest 2014

Join Bike Pittsburgh during the kickoff weekend of their annual Bike Fest! This weekend’s festivities include a “Try-a-Bike Jamboree,” where adults and kids can try out a huge variety of bikes and trikes for free. Also, a “Bike to the Ballgame” event where families can bike to the Sunday Kid’s Day at PNC Park. See website for more details.

 

Steel City Con

The annual Steel City Con celebrates pop culture, comics, toys, and costumes at the Monroeville Convention Center! Meet costumed celebrities (such as Dean Cain from Superman, the official Star Wars costume organization, etc), participate in a costume contest, and enjoy the Pop Culture Music Fest. See website for more details.

 

Friday Night, August 8

The Hitmen at South Park Summer Concert Series

Allegheny County’s South Park Summer Concert series features “The Hitmen” this week.

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: South Park Amphitheater, South Park

 

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Arsenal Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at Arsenal Park.

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 9-10

Movie Characters Fantasy Weekend at the Children’s Museum

All visitors dressed in a movie character costume get $3 off admission during Fantasy Weekend!

Times: 10-5pm

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

 

Blueprints Weekend at the Carnegie Science Center

Explore architecture and engineering at the Carnegie Science Center during Blueprints Weekend. Highlights include: watching the “Kinetic King” spend hours building huge, complex structures that he will then demolish in chain-reaction style (?), build bridges, towers and then test their strength, and see blueprints of historic buildings featured in the Miniature Railroad and Village.

Times: Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Carnegie Science Center, 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Vulture Weekend at the National Aviary

Vulture Weekend features special vulture-themed activities, educational displays, special keeper talks, and animal encounters.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

250th Anniversary of the Fort Pitt Blockhouse

Celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Fort Pitt Blockhouse at Point State Park. There will be historical reenactors, including an 18 century blacksmith with a traveling forge. Also, musket, rifle, and cannon demonstrations.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free

Location: Fort Pitt Blockhouse, Point State Park

 

Pop’s Farmyard at Triple B’s Farm

Triple B has launched a new family-friendly program on summer weekends called Pop’s Farmyard. Highlights: a hay bale jump, visits with animals, observation beehive, a farm playground, and “Education Mile,” a hands-on learning station about farming!

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: $5

Location: Triple B Farms, 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela, PA 15063

Peach Festival at Soergel Orchards

Celebrate PEACHES at Soergel Orchards at their annual festival with games, food, activities, pony rides, and more!

Times: 11-5pm

Cost: Free to attend, select activities cost extra

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

 

Shibori Peace Quilt Project at the Children’s Museum

Join the staff of the Children’s Museum as they work with kids to create a Japanese Shibori Peace Quilt, in memory of the individuals injured and killed in the nuclear bomb attacks in Japan during World War 2.

Times: 12-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Saturday, August 9

Bloomfield Saturday Market with Jeremiah’s Place Donation Drive

Join me at the Bloomfield Saturday Market as I host a “Champions for Kids” SIMPLE Giving Snack Drive to benefit Jeremiah’s Place. Bring nonperishable, individually-packaged, nut-free snack foods for donation.  RSVP here. To make the experience even more fun, we will have a free face-painter, the Volunteer Princesses, and a music performance by Ferdinand the Bull!

Times: 9-1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Bloomfield Saturday Market, 5050 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224

 

Kindergarten…Here I Come! at the Children’s Museum

Bring your entering kindergartener to the Children’s Museum for a day of school readiness activities including boarding a real school bus, meeting a crossing guard, stories, activities, and seeing Mr. McFeely. Also, parents can calm their nerves by talking with child development experts, representatives of afterschool childcare programs, and child health advocates.

Times: 9-1pm

Cost: One child and one parent gets free admission to the museum on this day!

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

 

Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshop

Build a “Monsters vs. Aliens” trolley at this week’s free kid’s workshop at Lowe’s. All supplies and instruction provided. Plus, kids get a free apron, goggles, and patch. Register in advance at the link provided above.

Times: 10am

Cost: Free

Location: Participating Lowe’s locations

 

Family Fun Day: Circus! at the Frick Art & Historical Center

Participate in a circus-themed art project, tour, and storytime with the staff from the Frick. Make some zany hats and ties and then practice balancing, juggling, and tumbling.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free

Location: Frick Art and Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA 15208

 

Latodami Barn Birthday Party at North Park

Celebrate the Latodami Barn’s 100th Birthday Party at North Park with fun activities for the whole family that will educate about Latodami’s early history. Preregistration required.

Times: 12-2pm

Cost: Free

Location: Latodami Nature Center, North Park

 

Super Science Saturday: Genetics Exploration at the CMNH

Learn about DNA, heredity, and variation in living organisms with educators from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Science Center through hands-on activities.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Penny Arcade at the Arcade Comedy Theater

Join the Arcade Comedy Theater for their monthly, kid-friendly comedy show. Kids start by engaging in “collaboration stations,” where they generate ideas for the improv show that follows. After the show, meet the cast and possibly participate in improv games.

Times: 1pm

Cost: $10

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

 

Princess Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet

Bring your children to a special river cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet with their favorite princesses and a DJ Dance Party!

Times: Depart 1pm

Cost: Adults $25, Children $12

Location: Gateway Clipper Fleet dock is at Station Square

 

Family Fishing Program at Moraine State Park

Join the PA Boat and Fish Commission for a family-friendly introduction to fishing at Moraine State Park. All instruction and supplies will be provided and you do NOT need a fishing license. Preregistration required.

Time: 1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Moraine State Park

 

Mary Poppins at the Children’s Museum

Join the Children’s Museum for another Classic Movie Night! This month they will be showing the well-loved Mary Poppins. Feature film screening is preceded by educational activities offered by Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Dinner and popcorn available for purchase prior to the movie. Also, you get free admission if you visit the Museum during the day!

Times: 5-5:30pm Dinner and popcorn for sale and Pittsburgh Filmmakers activities; 5:30pm feature film screening starts

Cost: $2 in advance, $3 at door, free for those who visited the museum during the day

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

 

Family Paddle & Ice Cream Social at North Park with Venture Outdoors

Join Venture Outdoors for a family-friendly kayaking adventure on North Park Lake, followed by an ice cream social! No kayaking experience necessary. Children must be 12 or older to ride in a solo kayak. Children younger than 12 can be in a tandem kayak with one adult. Very young toddlers can be in a tandem kayak with two adults. Advance registration required.

Times: 5:45pm-8pm

Cost: Adults (nonmember) $24, Adults (member) $18, Children $12

Location: North Park

 

Salsamba Latin Jazz Group at Riverview Park

Citiparks “Stars of Riverview” weekly outdoor jazz series features Salsamba Latin Jazz Group. Followed by showing of the Great Gatsby.

Times: 7-8:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Riverview Park

 

The Great Gatsby at Riverview Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing the Great Gatsby (PG-13) at Riverview Park. Preceded by outdoor jazz concert.

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Riverview Park

 

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Grandview Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at Grandview Park.

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Grandview Park, Mount Washington

 

Sunday, August 10

Last Weekend of Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch!

It’s the LAST weekend of Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch in Mellon Park for this summer! Enjoy the music of Klezlectic, buy some bagels from the Bagel Factory, and explore the beautiful Mellon Park.

Time: 10:30-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: Mellon Park

 

Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser at the Shaler North Hills Library

Give your kids the chance to sit behind the wheel of their favorite construction vehicles, police cars, and more. Special guest appearances by Pete the Cat, Hello Kitty, and Barbie.

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: $20 per family or $5 per person. Children under 2 are free

Location: Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd, Glenshaw, PA 15116

 

Soergel Orchards Summer Corn Roast

Soergel Orchards hosts its weekly summer corn roast.  New this year: 5% of the proceeds from this event each week will benefit a different school district.

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: Free to attend, play in their playground, visit their animal petting zoo,etc. , but corn costs extra :)

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

 

Kids Days at PNC Park

The Pirates invite all families to a Kids Day at PNC Park! The 1:35pm game against the Padres is preceded by children’s activities on Federal Street from 11-1pm. All children get a Pirates Ice Cream Bowl at the gate. Weather permitting, children can even run the bases after the game.

Location: PNC Park, 115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Get on Board Pittsburgh

Donate Local Pittsburgh and Parents in Toto are teaming up to present “Get on Board Pittsburgh,” an opportunity for children with autism and other special needs to participate in a skateboarding workshop! Instruction and supplies provided. Advance registration required!

Times: 11-5pm

Cost: Free

Location: AE Skatepark, 2525 Rochester Rd, Cranberry Twp, 16066

 

Concert and Car Cruise at Deer Lakes Park

Enjoy a car cruise and outdoor concert at Deer Lakes Park. Also, games, raffle, food, goodie bags, and BYO picnic and blanket. Benefits Allegheny Valley Marine Corps League.

Times: Starts at 11:30, show from 2-4:30pm

Cost: $6, children under 12 are free

Location: Entrance 2, Crayfish Drive, Deer Lakes Park

 

Kids Day at Schenley Plaza

Bring the kids to Schenley Plaza for a day of free entertainment and fun. Free carousel rides from 12-6pm and “Bees Knees” programming from 1-5pm.

Cost: Free

Location: Schenley Plaza, Oakland

 

Kickoff to Shark Week at the Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo celebrates sharks next week. Festivities start on Sunday with a chance to meet a sand shark diver after the 2:30 pm feeding.

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Water’s Edge Tunnel, Pittsburgh Zoo, 7340 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15206

 

Weather Permitting

Join the friendly folk at Shadyside Nursery for a family-friendly outdoor concert featuring Allegheny Rhythm Rangers and Lone Pine String Band. Craft beer provided by Rock Bottom Brewery. Food trucks on site. Plus, a sandbox, hula hoops, and squirt guns for kids!

Times: 5-9pm (concert usually starts around 6)

Cost: Adults $10, Children free (includes beer)

Location: Shadyside Nursery, 510 Maryland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Salsamba Latin Jazz Group at Reservoir of Jazz in Highland Park

Citiparks “Reservoir of Jazz” outdoor concert series features Salsamba Latin Jazz Group at Highland Park this week.

Time: 5-7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Highland Avenue and Reservoir Drive, Highland Park

 

Macy Gray at Hartwood Acres Summer Concert Series

Allegheny County’s Hartwood Acres Summer Concert series feature Macy Gray this week for an R & B/Soul concert.

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, Hartwood Acres

 

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Schenley Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Schenley Park.

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park

 

Have a great weekend!

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: August 1-3, 2014

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of August 1-3, 2014. Highlights of this weekend include: Walking with Dinosaurs at the Consol Energy Center, Disney Junior Live on Tour, the Regatta at Lake Arthur, and the Cinema in the Parks screening of FROZEN (with an extra-special pillow fight preceding the show in Schenley Park on Sunday!).

 

All Weekend, August 1-3

Walking with Dinosaurs at the Consol Energy Center

A large-scale theatrical event, featuring 20 life-size dinosaurs telling the story of their domination of life on Earth.

Times: Friday 7pm; Saturday 11am, 3pm, 7pm; Sunday 1pm and 5pm

Cost: Ticket prices ranging between $27-$77

Location: Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219

 

Portersville Steam Show

Located on Perry Highway, the Portersville Steam Show features a vintage village, saw mill, cider press, gas engines, oil field equipment, farm animals, train rides, steam engines, kid’s pedal tractor-pulling and SO MUCH MORE! Check website for more details.

 

Fort Armstrong Folk Festival

Located in Kittaning, the Fort Armstrong is a favorite community tradition and celebrates the history of Armstrong County in a kid-friendly way. Lots of music, historic displays, crafts, food, and fireworks on Saturday night! See website for more details.

 

Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate and Princess Adventure (except Sunday)

Disney Live! is coming to Pittsburgh for the first time ever, in a production of their Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate and Princess Adventure, featuring some of your  child’s favorite Disney Junior characters (Princess Sofia, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Doc McStuffins) and some classic Disney characters, too (Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, and Peter Pan).

Times: Friday 7pm, Saturday 11am, 2pm, and 5pm

Cost: See website for tickets prices

Location: Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh PA 15261

 

Friday Night, August 1

Unblurred on Penn Avenue

Enjoy a family-friendly gallery crawl through the Penn Avenue Arts District in Garfield with food, drinks, and hands-on activities at some galleries, especially Assemble. We really enjoy this event, especially if you come earlier in the evening.

 

GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

Participate in an evening 1-mile race in Downtown Pittsburgh with a wave for everybody ranging from children aged 5 years and older to competitive adults.

Times: Registration begins at 5:30pm

Cost: $25

Location: Start line is on Penn Avenue between 5th and 6th

 

First Fridays at the Frick

The Frick Art & Historical Center presents its monthly summer First Fridays outdoor concert series, featuring Jerry Grcevich and the Tamburitza Orchestra.

Times: 7pm

Cost: Suggested donation $5, Children Free

Location: The Great Lawn, Frick Art and Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA 15208

 

Summer Concert Series at South Park

Allegheny County Parks Department presents their weekly Friday night outdoor concert series at South Park, featuring Serena Ryder with the Harlan Twins for a pop/rock concert.

Times: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: South Park Amphitheater, South Park

 

Frozen at Arsenal Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing Frozen at Arsenal Park.

Times: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3

Regatta at Lake Arthur

Take a short day trip to Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park for the annual regatta! Professional sailboat races, children’s activities, and a chance to introduce your kids to a TON of outdoor recreational activities, including stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, dragon-boating, and lots more! See website for more detail. Plus, relax on the beautiful sandy beach!

 

Fantasy Weekend at the Children’s Museum

It’s a Fantasy Weekend at the Children’s Museum, where all guests dressed up as a SUPERHERO will get $3 off admission.

Times: 10a-5pm

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

 

Pop’s Farmyard at Triple B’s Farm

Triple B has launched a new family-friendly program on summer weekends called Pop’s Farmyard. Highlights: a hay bale jump, visits with animals, observation beehive, a farm playground, and “Education Mile,” a hands-on learning station about farming!

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: $5

Location: Triple B Farms, 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela, PA 15063

 

Saturday, August 2

Home Depot Free Kid’s Workshop

Get ready for Back-to-School at this month’s Home Depot Free Kid’s Workshop. Children will be building a mini-crate pencil holder. All instruction and materials provided. Children get a free apron, a pin, and a certificate of achievement.

Times: 9-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: Participating Home Depot locations, including East Liberty

 

Family Science Fair at the Shaler North Hills Library

Participate in the Shaler Library’s first Family Science Fair. Bring a science project and enter for a chance to win a ribbon!

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: Free

Location: Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd, Glenshaw PA 15116

 

Art Lab at the Mattress Factory

Celebrate balloons at this special kid-friendly programming at the Mattress Factory. Blow up and decorate a crazy balloon and then put it in the elevator for museum-goers to interact with.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Gospel Xplosion feat. Reconcile at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Join the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in this family-friendly concert featuring an Open Mic session, Rap Cypher, Pittsburgh’s samba street band, Timbeleza, and Texas-based hip-hop artist, Reconcile. Also, there will be face-painting, double-dutch, special door prizes, and a raffle.

Times: 2pm

Cost: Pay What You Can

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

 

Get Crafty with the Mattress Factory in Downtown Pittsburgh

Participate in an interactive art session with educators from the Mattress Factory Art Museum. Create your own Chiharu Shiota yarn art piece.

Times: 2:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Downtown & Business, 612 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222

 

Family Fort Night at the Mt. Lebanon Library 

Bring some blankets and pillows and build a fort with your family in the library afterhours. Bring a flashlight and you can read some books in the fort, too! Also includes s’mores and a game of hide-and-seek! Must pre-register.

Times: 4:30-6pm

Cost: Free

Location: Mt. Lebanon Library, 16 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15228

 

Stars of Riverview Jazz Series at Riverview Park

Citiparks presents its weekly Saturday evening outdoor jazz series at Riverview Park, featuring Poogie Bell this week. Followed by Cinema in the Park.

Times: 7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Observatory Hill, Riverview Park

 

42 at Riverview Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing 42 (rated PG-13) at Riverview Park. Preceded by an outdoor jazz concert.

Times: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Observatory Hill, Riverview Park

 

Sunday, August 3

Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch at Mellon Park

Citiparks presents its weekly Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch, an outdoor Sunday morning concert series featuring Carnegie Brass this week. Bagels and coffee available for purchase and children’s activities provided by Temple Rodef Shalom.

Times: 10:30a-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: Mellon Park, Shadyside

 

Soergel Orchards Summer Corn Roast

Soergel Orchards hosts its weekly summer corn roast.  New this year: 5% of the proceeds from this event each week will benefit a different school district.

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: Free to attend, play in their playground, visit their animal petting zoo,etc. , but corn costs extra :)

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

 

Reservoir of Jazz at Highland Park

Citiparks kicks off its yearly celebration of jazz throughout the month of August during Reservoir of Jazz, held in Highland Park on Sunday evenings. This week enjoy an outdoor concert featuring Maureen Budway.

Times: 5-7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Highland Avenue and Reservoir Drive, Highland Park

 

Weather Permitting

Join the friendly folks at Weather Permitting at the Shadyside Nursery for an evening of live music (Red Western/Andre Costello and Cool Minors/Reverend Hedge), craft beer, food trucks, and children’s activities.

Times: 5-9pm with music usually starting around 6pm

Cost: $10 for adults (includes beer), children free

Location: Shadyside Nursery, 510 Maryland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Summer Concert Series at Hartwood Acres

Allegheny County Parks Department presents its weekly Sunday evening outdoor concert series at Hartwood Acres, featuring Jerry Douglas with Nameless in August for a bluegrass concert!

Times: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, Hartwood Acres

 

Giant Pillow Fight in Schenley Park

Get silly at a giant kid-friendly pillow fight in Schenley Park, followed by the movie Frozen!

Times: 8pm

Cost: Free

Location: Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, Oakland

 

Frozen at Schenley Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing Frozen at Schenley Park.

Times: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, Oakland

 

Have a great weekend!!

New PGH Family Fun: The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden!

In my New PGH Family Fun series, I highlight new family-friendly entertainment opportunities within Pittsburgh.  I monitor social media sites and conventional news sources to find the most interesting and unique NEW adventure options for families in Pittsburgh.  Then, I write about them here! 

 

I have some BIG NEWS this week!! The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is FINALLY opening to the public this coming Friday, August 1! This 460-acre property is located about 20-30 minutes west of Downtown Pittsburgh and is situated in the lower third of Settler’s Cabin Park. Phase 1 of its development has just been completed after over 20 years in the making! I recently had the chance to interview the Garden’s Director of Development, Kitty Vagley. Here’s what I learned about the Garden, its history, and the family-friendly parts of it!

 

Map courtesy of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Map courtesy of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

What portions of the Garden will open to the public on August 1?

On August 1st, the 60-acre Woodlands section and the six-acre Homestead will be opening to the public. This portion of the Garden includes 3 miles of trails, an Asian Lotus Pond, a gazebo, a dogwood meadow, a historic farmstead, and several “Family Moments,” or play and discovery areas for children.

 

Can you tell me more about the “Family Moments?”

We have five “Family Moments” in the Garden. The first is our Bookworm Glen with its Storybook House. We also have a Meadow Maze, a giant Bird’s Nest, a “Trees are People” section with faces on the trees, and a “Root of the Matter” area. In this last section, children can use large Lincoln Logs to build homes, use natural materials to build fairy houses, dig in a “digging garden,” and use magnifying glasses attached to tree stumps.

 

Storybook House in the Bookworm Glen

Storybook House in the Bookworm Glen

Will you have kid-friendly educational programming at the Garden?

Yes! We have a free kid-friendly Forest Stories program running on Friday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. until the end of the summer. During this program, families can take a small hike, participate in a storytime with our partners at the Western Allegheny Community Library, and do craft activities. We are also looking into creating more programming for children in the Fall and in the 2015 season.

 

When will the Garden be open?

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will be open from Thursday through Sunday each week from August until November in 2014.  On Saturdays, the Garden is open from  9am-dusk. On the other days, it will close at 5pm.

 

What is the cost to visit the Garden?

Admission to the Garden is $9 for adults, $6 for children 3-18 yo, and free for children less than 3. All Allegheny County residents get one dollar off their admission price. You can also buy a family membership to the Garden for $100, which will give you free admission for two adults and all children OR grandchildren under 18 yo throughout our open season. For info on other membership levels, please click here.

 

Sitting on an egg in the giant Bird's nest

Sitting on an egg in the giant Bird’s nest

What is the address of the Garden?

The GPS address is 1082 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale PA 15071. Please note that if you search Pittsburgh Botanic Garden on Google Maps, it will send you to our office address, located about 10-15 minutes from the actual Garden. We will have a welcome tent where you can buy your admission tickets.

 

What other portions of the Garden are still under development?

Construction will begin in the core of the Garden in 2015. This work must be completed by 2025 and will include an Orangery, auto gardens, the tent lawn, an amphitheater, a Mr. Rogers’ Garden of Make Believe, and two display gardens:  the Four Seasons Garden and the Hanging Garden.

 

How was the idea for this Garden conceived?

A group of horticulturists got together monthly at Max’s Allegheny Tavern in the North Side to talk about common horticultural problems in the region. After about a year of meeting, they looked at each other and said, “Every time we meet, we talk about how we need a botanic garden. Why don’t we make this happen?” So, they did! They spoke to others about the idea until they had a fairly sizable and committed volunteer group. They incorporated the fledgling organization in 1991 and spent many years fundraising and searching for a site. They signed a lease in 1998 with Allegheny County, taking over the bottom third of Settler’s Cabin Park. Construction on the Woodlands portion began in 2010 and here we are today!

 

What will happen on Opening Day this week?

August 1 is a quiet opening. We will be holding our Forest Stories program beginning at 10 a.m. with a very special guest reader. We also have a 10:45 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Woodlands entrance. We are truly looking forward to welcoming our first public visitors!

 

Fairy houses!

Fairy houses!

Finally, what role do you hope the Garden will play for families in the city?

We hope that the Garden will serve as a recreational and educational resource for generations of families. We also hope that the Garden will foster an awareness of the preciousness of our natural resources, since this land was considerably damaged by human activities before we took it over. Finally, we hope families will find a relaxing refuge in the serenity of the Woodlands with all of the nurturing power of nature to teach and heal.

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Earlier this summer, I took my kids out to take a look at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden with Kitty. We trekked through the Woodlands, played in the Bookworm Glen, ogled some fairy houses, sat in a giant bird’s nest, and saw some real birds’ nests, too. It was idyllic. It was gorgeous. It was just awesome. In case you can’t tell, I’m absolutely thrilled to have it in our city!

As the development on the site continues, I’m sure it will become a major attraction for tourists and residents alike. More importantly, it will become a part of our lives. People will get married there. Children will grow up playing there. Elderly couples will walk together there, hand-in-hand, until they can’t do it anymore. It feels special to be in this city during the opening of something so big and beautiful.

Thank you to all the dedicated horticultural enthusiasts who made this dream happen. From conversations over beers at Max’s Allegheny Tavern to THIS beautiful new outdoor space! Well done!!

Want to stay connected with the Garden? Here are links to its Facebook page and Twitter account.

 

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: July 25-27, 2014

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of July 25-27, 2014. Although it’s a relatively quiet weekend there are a few highlights, including the Pittsburgh Blues Festival, St. Mary’s Ukrainian Festival, and the Lovelace Puppet Festival at Weather Permitting!

 

All Weekend, July 25-27

Pittsburgh Blues Festival

This weekend is the Pittsburgh Blues Festival, the largest fundraiser for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Highlights include: tethered HOT AIR BALLOON rides, a children’s activity area, live music by nationally-known blues musicians, food, and the priceless opportunity to help the hungry in Allegheny County. Friday night offers FREE admission if you bring a bag of nonperishable grocery items. See website for more details.

 

St. Mary’s Ukrainian Festival (except Sunday)

Each summer, St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church hosts a huge Ukrainian Festival in McKees Rocks featuring traditional cuisine, live music, and all-ages games. Saturday will also have live child-friendly performances from 5-7pm.

Times: starts at 5pm

Cost: Free

Location: St. Mary’s Ukrainian Festival, 116 Ella Street, McKees Rock, PA

 

Friday Night, July 25

Star Wars Extravaganza at Shaler North Hills Library

Celebrate the cult favorite, Star Wars! The Shaler North Hills Library is hosting an evening of Star Wars-themed crafts and activity. Plus, an opportunity to battle Darth Vader! Advance registration requested.

Times: 7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd, Glenshaw PA 15116

 

WYEP Final Fridays

Enjoy a live outdoor concert at Schenley Plaza. Have dinner at Conflict Kitchen, ride the carousel, and relax on the grass!

Times: Starts at 7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Schenley Plaza, Oakland

 

South Park Summer Concert Series

Allegheny County Parks Department offers its weekly Friday night outdoor summer concerts, featuring South Park Gospel Music Night.

Times: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: South Park Amphitheatre, South Park

 

Big Miracle at Arsenal Park

Cinema in the Parks is showing Big Miracle (rated PG) at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville.

Times: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27

Fantasy Weekend: Princes and Princesses at the Children’s Museum

Enjoy one of the Children’s Museum’s special discounts this summer: at a Princes and Princesses Party! $3 off admission for individuals dressed in a costume relating to the weekend’s theme. Plus, visit with the Volunteer Princesses in the Studio.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Pop’s Farmyard at Triple B’s Farm

Triple B has launched a new family-friendly program on summer weekends called Pop’s Farmyard. Highlights: a hay bale jump, visits with animals, observation beehive, a farm playground, and “Education Mile,” a hands-on learning station about farming!

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: $5

Location: Triple B Farms, 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela, PA 15063

 

Saturday, July 26

One Whirl YogaFest

Bring your family to a special celebration of YOGA! Kids are enthusiastically welcomed at the event, and there are even family-focused yoga classes from 11-1:30pm. See website for more detailed info about offerings.

Times: 6a-6pm

Cost: $35

Location: Point State Park, Downtown

 

Kid’s Day at IKEA Pittsburgh

Celebrate Kid’s Day at the IKEA store in Robinson Township. There will be balloon art, games, and a gift card giveaway.

Times: 9-2pm

Cost: Free

Location: IKEA Pittsburgh, 2001 Park Manor Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15205

 

Build a TurboTaco Truck at Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshops

Bring your kids to a Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshop, where they can learn to build a TurboTaco Truck. All materials and instruction provided.

Times: 10am

Cost: Free

Location: Participating Lowe’s locations

 

Opera Theater Summerfest’s “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”

Introduce your children to OPERA at the Opera Theater Summerfest’s kid-friendly production of Mark Twain’s “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” Running time approximately 40 minutes.

Times: 11am

Cost: Adults $10, Children $5

Location: Beaux Arts Ballroom, Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15213

 

Schramm Farm’s Corn Cook-out and Car Cruise

Join Schramm Farm for their second annual Corn Cook-out and Car Cruise with farm fresh foods, entertainment, hayrides, other activities for children, and an antique car cruise.

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: Free to attend, $5 Car registration fee for cars, select activities cost extra

Location: 1002 Blank Road, Jeanette, PA 15644

 

Meet Children’s Author Jessica Lynn Curtis at the University Store

Meet the author of PAPA’s New Home, Jessica Lynn Curtis, at the University Store in Oakland. Jessica will be reading and signing copies of her book.

Times: 11:15pm

Cost: Free

Location: University Store on 5th Avenue, 4000 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213

 

Superhero Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Cruise

Enjoy a cruise and DJ dance party on the Gateway Clipper Fleet with all of your favorite superheroes!

Times: Board Noon, Depart 1pm

Cost: Adult $25, Child $12

Location: Gateway Clipper Fleet dock is at Station Square

 

Stars of Riverview Jazz Concert

Citiparks hosts its weekly Saturday evening outdoor jazz concert at Riverview Park, featuring Sean Jones. Followed by Cinema in the Park.

Times: 7-8:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Observatory Hill, Riverview Park

 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at Riverview Park

Cinema in the Park is showing “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at Riverview Park. Preceded by outdoor jazz concert.

Times: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Observatory Hill, Riverview Park

 

Big Miracle at Grandview Park

Cinema in the Park is showing Big Miracle (rated PG) at Grandview Park.

Times: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Grandview Park

 

Sunday, July 27

Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch

Citiparks hosts its weekly Sunday morning outdoor concert series, featuring Amadeus Trio this week. Children’s activities provided by Temple Rodef Shalom and bagels available for purchase from the Bagel Factory.

Times: 10:30-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: Mellon Park

 

Launch of Neighborhood Flea

The talented local mother, Carrie Nardini, is launching her newest venture this weekend: Neighborhood Flea. There will be food, Chicks in the Hood, chalk, and lots and lots of carefully curated items to peruse and potentially buy.

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Empty lot across from Marty’s Market in the Strip District, 2300 Penn Avenue

 

Soergel Orchards Summer Corn Roast

Soergel Orchards hosts its weekly summer corn roast.  New this year: 5% of the proceeds from this event each week will benefit a different school district.

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: Free to attend, play in their playground, visit their animal petting zoo,etc. , but corn costs extra :)

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

 

Lovelace Puppet Festival at Weather Permitting

Weather Permitting is hosting a special “Lovelace Puppet Festival” this Sunday with some of the greatest local puppeteers celebrating the legacy of Margo Lovelace.

Times: 5-9pm

Cost: Adults $10, Children Free. Includes alcohol

Location: Shadyside Nursery, 510 Maryland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Big Miracle at Schenley Park

Cinema in the Park is showing Big Miracle (rated PG) at Schenley Park.

Times: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park

 

Have a great weekend!

Be a Part of the First Jeremiah’s Place Snack Drive!

Some of you may remember my blog post about Pittsburgh’s Jeremiah’s Place last Spring. After writing it, I got to know its founders and have become personally involved in the organization. As the months have passed, I have become thoroughly convinced of its importance in the Pittsburgh parenting community.

Little cutie at Jeremiah's Place

Little cutie at Jeremiah’s Place

So what is it? Jeremiah’s Place (JP) is the city’s first overnight relief nursery, intended to be a place of refuge for local children when their parents need it. Since its opening last April, parents have brought their children to Jeremiah’s Place for a variety of reasons. Some have been in the midst of medical emergencies, needing somebody to watch their children until family and friends can come into town. Some have been homeless mothers, trying to find a job or a place to live. Another woman dropped her son off at JP on her way to jail. Although her family came and got the little boy soon afterwards, she said goodbye to him for a sizeable piece of his childhood.

Whatever their reasons, parents throughout Pittsburgh have found JP to be an irreplaceable comfort in a world filled with uncertainty.

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I was recently speaking with the founders of JP when I learned that the organization has a need for healthy, nonperishable snack foods to feed the children. So I’m partnering with Champions for Kids to hold a “Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving Snack Drive” to benefit Jeremiah’s Place.

The Bloomfield Saturday Market and its organizer, Christina Howell of the Bloomfield Development Corporation, were kind enough to offer to host this snack drive on August 9th from 9-1 pm. To make the event even more festive, the Market is sponsoring a number of family-friendly activities that day, including face-painting, a visit with the Volunteer Princesses (and princes), live entertainment, chalk, bubbles, and more! Oh– and all of the usual wonderful parts of the market, including the freshest of local produce and yummy prepared foods! The Bloomfield Saturday Market is located on Liberty Avenue between Gross and S. Winebiddle Streets.

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I will have a table set up there (look for the balloons!) with information about Jeremiah’s Place and a collection box. We will be accepting HEALTHY nonperishable snack food items.

Since I’m no nutritional expert, I sought the advice of two of the city’s most well-known moms/healthy eating experts: Leah Lizarondo, founder of Brazen Kitchen, and Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan, author of My Food Notebook, to define “healthy” for me. They both recommended snack foods that are 1) low in sugar 2) low in sodium 3) without artificial flavoring and 4) organic, if possible. Some suggestions they gave:

  • raisins and other dried fruits
  • whole grain crackers
  • low sodium pretzels
  • low sodium popcorn and/or Pirate’s Booty
  • rice cakes
  • apple sauce
  • fruit cups NOT in syrup, such as Dole’s Fruit Bowls
  • squeezable packages of pureed fruits/vegetables/etc.
  • water bottles
  • 100% fruit juice boxes

Jeremiah’s Place also requests that the foods be:

  • NUT FREE
  • Individually-packaged

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I hope that you will join me and Champions for Kids on August 9th from 9-1pm at the Bloomfield Saturday Market to support Jeremiah’s Place and its important mission to protect and support Pittsburgh families. You can RSVP at the Facebook event page. Or NOT! Either way, you are welcome. And if you can’t make it to the event, but would still like to donate please email me at pittsburghmommyblog@gmail.com to set up a time to drop items off!

THANK YOU!

 

Disclosure: This blog post and snack drive campaign have been generously sponsored by two wonderful organizations: Champions for Kids and The Motherhood!