What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: February 27-March 1, 2015

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of February 27-March 1, 2015. Have a great weekend and welcome, March!

 

All Weekend, February 27-March 1

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater

The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater presents “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” performed by the Omaha Theater Company. Friday’s performance is at 7pm at Hopewell High School. Saturday’s performance are at 11am and 2pm at Mellon Middle School and Sunday’s performance is at 2pm at Seneca Valley Senior High School. Cost is $9.50 in advance and $11 at the door (if tickets are available).

 

Friday Night, February 27

Youth Cook at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Local chef Leah Lizarondo will be leading a cooking class for children ages 10 and older. Kids will learn to make veggie quesadillas after choosing their own healthy ingredients. Also, they’ll be making guacamole from scratch. Parents are not required to attend. Advanced registration is required.

Times: 5-7 pm

Cost: Nonmembers $10, Members $8

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

 

Hafla (Party) at Dobra Tea

Dobra Tea in Squirrel Hill is hosting an evening of bellydance performances, then open dance and drum jam with Lebanese line dancing! Also, on Saturday there will be a jazz concert at the same time.

Times: 7-9pm

Cost: No cover, just order food or drinks

Location: Dobra Tea, 1937 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Wilkinsburg Youth Art and Talent Show for Peace

The Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project is hosting their third annual “All About Peace Art and Talent Show,” featuring up to 15 acts and 20 pieces of artwork from local youth. Open to families and people of all ages.

Times: 6-9pm

Cost: Free

Location: Kelly Elementary School, 400 Kelly Avenue, Wilkinsburg PA

 

Saturday and Sunday, February 28-March 1

Last Weekend of the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show at Phipps

It’s the last weekend to see the annual Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show at Phipps. The Spring Flower show begins on March 14.

 

Opening Weekend of the new H2OH!: Why our Rivers Matter at the Carnegie Science Center

This weekend the Carnegie Science Center debuts its newest exhibit H2Oh! Why our Rivers Matter. According to the Science Center’s website, “Experience kinetic water-driven motion and discover the relations between water, land, and habitat, while thinking about the big picture – how do everyday decisions impact water supply and the environment?”

Times: 10-5 (open until 7 on Saturdays)

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

$1 Family Films at Southside Works Cinema

Southside Works Cinema presents its special winter $1 Family Films deal this month. This week’s movie is “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.”

Times: 11-12:30pm

Cost: $1

Location: Southside Works Cinema

 

Penguins on Parade at the Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo is holding its annual Penguins on Parade event on Saturdays and Sundays until March 1 where penguins will walk along the visitor’s pathway. Weather dependent.

Time: 11:30am

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA

 

Saturday, February 28

Mini-Factory: Senses at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory hosts its free early childhood educational program for children ages 3-5 with a caregiver. This week’s theme is “Senses.” Advance registration is required.

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Free

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

 

Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions with the Chatham Baroque

Chatham Baroque presents its monthly “Peanut Butter and Jam Session” designed to introduce young children and their caregivers to baroque music through music and movement. This month’s theme is “A Round is a Circle.”

Times: 10 and 11:30am

Cost: Adults $8, Children $5

Location: McClintic Hall, Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206

 

International Polar Bear Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

The Pittsburgh Zoo celebrates International Polar Bear Day with a variety of educational  and fun activities designed to teach kids about saving polar bears in the wild.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA

 

Family Yoga at the Alloy School

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s The Alloy School offers its weekly family yoga class for all ages.

Times: 12-1pm

Cost: $7

Location: The Alloy School, 5530 Penn Avenue,  Pittsburgh, PA 15206

 

Herencia Africana with Cafe Con Leche

Cafe Con Leche celebrates the influences of the African Diaspora in Latin American and Caribbean dance, music, art and food with dance and music performances and Brazilian food! Appropriate for all ages.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Location: Most Wanted Fine Art, 5015 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224

 

Snow Queen Skate and Sing-Along at MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink

The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place is hosting the Snow Queen for an afternoon of skating and sing-alongs.

Times: 1-3pm

Cost: Adults (ages 13-49) : $8 Children (through age 12):

Location: MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink, PPG Place, Downtown

 

Hillman Performing Arts Series-ArcAttack: Tesla Coil

The Hillman Performing Arts series at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel presents ArcAttack–a rock band that plays homemade high-tech instruments while electrocuting the stage (?). There will be a family-friendly electricity lab prior to the show.

Times: 7:30-9:30pm

Cost: Adults $28, Students $15

Location: Shady Side Academy, 423 Fox Chapel RoadPittsburgh, PA 15238

 

Sunday, March 1

Celebrate Chinese New Year: Year of the Sheep at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is holding its annual Chinese New Year celebration. This year’s festivities include art activities led by Silk Screen Arts, weaving with sheep’s wool in the MAKESHOP and performances by Mimi Jong on the erhu, Steel Dragon Lion Dance Team and Ai-Lin Chen and Sonya Hammer, a guzheng duet.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Royal Skate and Sing-Along at North Park Ice Rink

North Park Ice Rink will host everybody’s favorite ice princess and her sister for an afternoon of skating and singing. All skaters will also have the opportunity to get their pictures taken in a free commemorative photo booth. FYI-next Sunday the royal sisters will be at South Park.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free with regular admission

Location: North Park Ice Rink, North Park

 

Celebrate Read Across America Day at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum is celebrating Read Across America Day with a special reading of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar by former Steeler Franco Harris.

Times: 2-2:30pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Under The Big Top Purim Carnival at the Squirrel Hill JCC

The Squirrel Hill JCC presents its annual Purim Carnival open to the public, including non-Jewish families. The events includes games, prizes, balloons, food and a live reptile show. Families are encouraged to dress up as their favorite circus performer.

Times: 2-5pm (live reptile show starts at 4:15pm)

Cost: Complicated, see below

*VIP tickets will be available this year: $2 off Unlimited Play bracelets and get early access into the Carnival at 1:45 pm

  • Unlimited Play: 1/$10; 2/$18; 3/$26 (*includes the live show)
  • Live Show only: $5 (Ticket sales begin at 4 pm)
    • Tickets: 4/$1
    • Children under 2 are free
    • Tickets must be reserved by Friday, February 27. Tickets can be purchased at Centerfit or by calling 412-697-3540

Location: JCC Squirrel Hill, 5738 Forbes Avenue, PittsburghPA 15217

 

Here are the family-friendly events happening at the Carnegie libraries this weekend and here are the family-friendly events happening at the suburban Allegheny County libraries.

 

Have a great weekend!

Giveaway: Four Tickets to “Disney on Ice presents Princesses and Heroes” in Pittsburgh

Disney on Ice presents Princesses and Heroes, Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Disney on Ice presents Princesses and Heroes, Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

With a 4-year old girl and a 3-year old son, Disney princesses and heroes are pretty much the centerpiece of our lives these days. And although the Disney princess frenzy started a couple of years ago in our family, the arrival of Frozen into the repertoire has really taken things up a notch. Any suggestion that perhaps we DON’T buy a clothing item or a bath towel or a coloring book with Elsa, Anna or Olaf on it is met with scorn. Just yesterday I went to Target in pursuit of some toiletries and left with an Olaf t-shirt and Elsa pajamas.

Imagine my giddiness when I heard that Disney on Ice is coming back to Pittsburgh next week and Anna, Elsa and Olaf are in the cast! I managed to score some last minute tickets for a sponsored giveaway to Disney on Ice presents Princesses and Heroes (enter below), but first I wanted to give you a little bit of info about the show.

Show producer Kenneth Feld says, “Before dreaming up this show, we reflected on what makes Disney’s princesses and heroes so special. It didn’t take long to realize that every princess had one thing in common: each embarked on an adventure to find her heart’s fondest wish, and through believing, it comes true.  We wanted to share that inspirational message with our audiences by celebrating the stories of these enchanting princesses and their heroic princes.”

Cinderella and Prince Philip, Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Cinderella and Prince Philip, Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

In Princesses and Heroes, Tinker Bell guides the audience through scenes with eight Disney princesses–Ariel, Aurora, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Cinderella, Belle, Anna and Elsa–revealing each of their unique wishes and featuring the heroes who help them attain it. The show’s core setting is a cascading waterfall with actual flowing water, but with a little bit of Tinker Bell’s magic pixie dust, the set is transformed into a different backdrop for each princess’ wish.

Attention is paid to every detail in each scene–from the lighting to the special effects to the costumes to the music. And I can’t tell you how excited I am to see it with my kids! We went to Disney on Ice last year and it was just amazing (and so much cheaper than flying the whole family to Disney World!).

Disney on Ice presents Princesses and Heroes will be in Pittsburgh at the Consol Energy Center from March 4-8. Show times are below:

  • Wednesday, March 4 – 7PM
  • Thursday, March 5 – 10:30AM, 7PM
  • Friday, March 6 – 7PM
  • Saturday, March 7 – 11AM, 3PM, 7PM
  • Sunday, March 8 – 1PM, 5PM

I managed to get four tickets to giveaway for any of the preceding shows. Please note: the winner of this giveaway will be mailed a voucher that will then need to be exchanged at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at the Consol Energy Center as soon as possible. For this reason, I am keeping this giveaway short (only 48 hours), so please enter ASAP! And if you don’t win the giveaway, tickets are available here. They generally start at $30, although $15 opening night tickets are available. Also, children’s tickets are available for $15 on Saturday night only. Also, please note that all children 2 and over need a ticket!

Good luck!
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New PGH Family Fun: Hatch The Chicken!

Some of you may remember my backyard chicken-induced frenzy after writing my Rent The Chicken article last year. If not, here’s a brief refresher. Rent The Chicken is a new-ish regional business that allows Pittsburgh families to rent egg-laying hens plus a coop and supplies. They deliver the hens to your home in the spring and then pick them up in the fall. And I think it’s a brilliant solution for prospective urban farmers who don’t want the long-term commitment of keeping chickens year-round.

Well, I’m absolutely giddy to announce that the masterminds behind Rent The Chicken have come up with a new adventure for Pittsburgh families–HATCH THE CHICKEN!! Think fertilized chicken eggs hatching in an incubator in your very own living room. Think tiny little chicks running around a brooder delighting kids and parents alike. For 5 weeks. And then they take the chicks back to their rightful place at the farm. I will be placing my order shortly :).

I recently had the chance to interview Homestead Jenn, cofounder of Rent The Chicken, to find out more about this new program. Here’s what she had to say:

 

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What is Hatch The Chicken?

Hatch The Chicken is a five-week hatching rental without the commitment of raising chicks. For the first three weeks, the eggs are in the provided incubator. Once hatched, they are moved to the provided brooder cage. Two weeks later we pick them up and return them to the farm. We supply everything needed for the incubator process and for the first two weeks of life for the chicks.

What supplies are provided?

We provide an auto-turning incubator, seven fertilized eggs, a high-powered “candling light” to examine the eggs during incubation, a Rent The Chicken Chick Starter Kit (brooder box, wood chips, chick feed, water dish, feed dish, heat lamp and thermometer), quick guide on caring for chicks and the book “Where Do Chicks Come From?” by Amy Sklansky. The hatched chicks are Sex Links – Red Stars and Black Stars so gender is known immediately after hatching.

What is the cost?

The price of the Hatch The Chicken program is $150. If Hatch The Chicken is paired up with a Rent The Chicken rental, Hatch The Chicken is discounted to $125.

How is pick-up and drop-off handled?

Hatch The Chicken is delivered and picked up by Rent The Chicken for free within 50 miles of Freeport, PA which includes Pittsburgh. For an additional transportation fee, deliveries can be made beyond the 50 mile free delivery area.

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What if you want to keep the chicks?

Adoption is available at the end of the five-week rental period as Partial Adoption and Full Adoption. Partial Adoption includes all hatched chicks, the Rent The Chicken Chick Starter Kit and continued full support from Rent The Chicken. Partial Adoption is priced at $75. Full Adoption includes a four hen guarantee (no matter the outcome of the 7 eggs provided, we guarantee 4 female chicks. A chick swap may be necessary to fulfill this clause), the Rent The Chicken Chick Starter Kit, Rent The Chicken Deluxe Chicken Coop, 50 pounds of chick starter feed and continued full support from Rent The Chicken.

How does this program fit in with Rent The Chicken?

Here at Rent The Chicken, we know that the two best parts of having backyard hens is experiencing the hatching process and then having egg-laying hens. Rent The Chicken with Hatch The Chicken brings those two exciting experiences together. It takes a long 4-6 months from the time of hatching until a hen starts laying eggs and these two rentals help to bridge that gap. Also, an additional tidbit about Hatch The Chicken–it’s a great program for families who want to experience hatching, but don’t have any yard or are not permitted to raise backyard chickens in their community.

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I can’t tell you how excited I am to hatch some chicks in my house this spring! Interested in getting some wee little chicks of your own? You can call 724-305-0782 to place an order.

For updates on Hatch the Chicken and Rent the Chicken, please check their website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

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

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events for the weekend of February 20-22, 2015. Highlights of this weekend include $1 Family Films at Southside Works, Fiddlesticks Family Concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony and Steel City Codefest, Jr.

 

All Weekend, February 20-22

My Fair Lady by the Pittsburgh Public Theater

The Pittsburgh Public Theater presents its production of My Fair Lady based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

Times: Friday 8pm, Saturday 2 and 8pm, Sunday 2 and 7pm

Cost: Tickets start at $33

Location: O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave,  Pittsburgh,  PA 15222

 

Friday Night, February 20

Science Sleepover at the Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center is hosting an engineering-themed overnight for school-aged children. The night includes a brief orientation, themed activities, Omnimax movie, planetarium or laser show, live theater show, science workshop, late night snack and continental breakfast. Cost includes all activities plus admission the day after the show. Advance registration required.

Times: 6pm-9am

Cost: $35/person

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

 

Saturday and Sunday, February 21-22

Penguins on Parade at the Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo is holding its annual Penguins on Parade event on Saturdays and Sundays until March 1 where penguins will walk along the visitor’s pathway. Weather dependent.

Time: 11:30am

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA

 

$1 Family Films at Southside Works Cinema

Southside Works Cinema is offering their $1 Family Films deal this weekend where all tickets cost only $1. This weekend’s movie is The Boxtrolls. Tickets are available at the door, but can also be purchased online.

Times: 11-12:30am

Cost: $1

Location: Southside Works Cinema, Southside Works South Side

 

Special Sneak Peek of Song of the Sea at Regent Square Theater

The Regent Square Theater is offering a special sneak peek at the Irish animated film Song of the Sea. From the Pgh Filmmakers, “Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea tells the story of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past. Pursued by the owl witch Macha and a host of ancient and mythical creatures, Saoirse and Ben race against time to awaken Saoirse’s powers and keep the spirit world from disappearing forever. As enthralling for adults as it is for children young and old, Song of the Sea is a wonder of magical storytelling and visual splendor that is destined to become a classic.”

Times: 2pm

Cost: Unsure about cost (not on website)

Location: Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

 

Saturday, February 21

Winter Dreams Fiddlesticks Family Concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents its “Winter Dreams” Fiddlesticks Family Concert at Heinz Hall. The concert is preceded by special educational activities to introduce children to the symphony including musical instrument demos, singing, dancing and crafting. The concert itself will feature three- or four-minute classical pieces chosen to fit the winter theme, including music from Disney Frozen!

Times: Discovery Time Adventures: 10am, Concert 11:15am

Cost: Tickets start at $12

Location: Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh

 

Engineer the Future 2015 at the Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center invites families to Engineer the Future 2015 with presentations, hands-on activities and demonstrations designed to inspire kids to explore engineering.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Take A Shot: Teen Film Prize Kickoff Party and Pre-Oscars Party

The Steeltown Entertainment Project is hosting a free educational introduction to video production including lighting, audio, camera operation, editing, storyboarding, etc. for middle school- and high school-aged children plus parents, educators and community organizations. It will also kick off the 10K “Take A Shot At Changing The World” video contest for middle school and high school students across the country. Event is free, but people should register at link above.

Times: 10-2:30pm

Cost: Free

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

 

Creaturefest at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is hosting the next program in its Super Science Series, Creaturefest. Creaturefest will let families get up close with rare prehistoric and modern animal specimens. Plus, they can make creatures of their own!

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

ArtLab: Feel the Music at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory invites Pittsburgh families to its bimonthly ArtLab program with hands-on art-making activities. This week’s theme is “Feel the Music” where kids will make their own low-frequency music and sounds to add to a collaborative musical composition that can be felt in the body.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Sunday, February 22

Tropical Sunday at Phipps

Phipps invites visitors to escape to the tropics during Sundays during February. There will be fruit tastings and live music by Tropical Sands Steel Band. Plus, wear a tropical shirt and receive 50% off admission.

Times: 9:30-5pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Yoga in the Square: Winter Edition

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is offering its family-friendly Yoga in the Square at the Wintergarden at PPG Place.

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Free

Location: Wintergarden, PPG Place, Downtown Pittsburgh

 

Steel City Codefest, Jr. 

All children are invited to the Carnegie Library in Oakland for a fun afternoon exploring basic coding. Even the youngest children can get started with the elements of basic coding using Beebots, Probots and intuitive iPad apps. Teen novices will have fun playing Code Combat, a game that teaches programming in Python, Javascript, or Lisp. Seasoned coders will enjoy the Hummingbird Robotics Challenge where participants attempt to build a fully -functional robot in less than 1-hour.

Times: 12pm

Cost: Free, no advance registration required

Location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater

The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater presents “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” performed by the Omaha Theater Company. Based on the best-selling children’s book by author Kevin Henkes. Begins at the Byham Theater and then moves to different locations in the suburbs throughout the week.

Times: 2pm

Cost: $9.50 in advance, $11 at door if available
Have a great weekend!

The Western PA Diaper Bank and the Burgh Baby Diaper Drive–let’s support a worthy cause!

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Diaper need. It’s not a concept that I really knew much about until recently. Like most parents, I do know that diapers are expensive. I also know that my family goes through them way too fast. But, I had no idea that there are parents in Allegheny County who struggle EVERY SINGLE DAY to provide enough diapers for their children–even keeping their little ones in dirty, soiled diapers for entire days to conserve their supply.

So, when my friend and fellow mom blogger, Heather Hopson, told me that she was organizing a diaper drive to support the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, I thought it was a great idea. But I was confused. “The Western PA Diaper Bank?” I asked, never having heard anything about it before. So Heather got me in touch with Cathy Battle, one of the co-founders of the bank for an interview. And here’s what she had to say:

What is the Western PA Diaper Bank?

The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank is a nonprofit volunteer-run organization affiliated with the National Diaper Bank Network. Our goals are to increase public awareness of the diaper crisis and to collect and distribute diapers to needy families throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Why does Pittsburgh need a diaper bank? 

There is no other agency like it in Pennsylvania east of Harrisburg and the estimated diaper need in Allegheny County alone is 77,000 diapers a day! With many daycare facilities requiring families to provide their own diapers, diaper need can keep kids out of early childhood education and parents out of work.

Why were you inspired to start the diaper bank in the first place?

My husband, Phillip Battle, is the pastor at New Light Temple Baptist Church in the Hill District. He became aware of the diaper crisis while serving as pastor in this underserved urban community. When families in this setting were asked, “What is your greatest need?” they always said diapers. So, he started to research the problem and found a diaper bank in Tucson, Arizona. Determined to bring the same service to our area, we worked with members of our church and other community leaders to start the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank in 2012.

What is the Burgh Baby Diaper Drive?

The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank’s Burgh Baby Diaper Drive is a community-wide event in cooperation with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Diary of a First Time Mom during the month of February – for the love of babies at Valentine’s Day!  Multiple sites across the community are participating and a list of donation sites is on our website. We are asking families to donate boxes or packages of diapers of any size (although large sizes are needed most) OR the funds to buy them. The diapers will then be given to partner social service agencies to distribute to needy families throughout the community.

How can people show continuing support to the diaper bank?

While the Burgh Baby Diaper Drive is a special event, families can donate funds or diapers at any time. You can also sponsor diaper drives at your schools, churches and businesses. It’s easy and we can help you!

The Burgh Baby Diaper Drive will continue through February 28. Follow the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank on Facebook or the hashtag #burghbaby for updates.

2015 Summer Camps in Pittsburgh Family Guide

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Although it feels like summer is still a million miles away, the time to register for summer camps is rapidly approaching. Last year, I received a lot of requests to put together a guide to summer camps in the area. And now I see why. There are hundreds of options within the city and its surrounding suburbs. Some of these camps are very traditional. But others….well…they’re just awesome! CSI camp, animal rescue camp, LGBTQ camp, camps for grieving children, cooking camps and so many more. I have compiled this listing of the city’s summer camps to help you find the best options for your family. I sincerely hope this guide will get you as excited as I became while writing it. Summer is going to be great!

For the most part, I have organized this 2015 Summer Camps in Pittsburgh Family Guide topically to help you find options that suit your child’s particular interests. However, I begin with some school and community center-associated summer camps with very broad foci. First, we start with an excellent general learning FREE option:

 

Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamer’s Academy

The Pittsburgh Public Schools system offers a free summer camp for students who have completed K-7 grade within PPS. This camp runs from June 29-August 5 and operates 8:30-4 at Pittsburgh South Hills, Pittsburgh Langley and Pittsburgh Faison. Each camp day includes a 90-minute literacy block and a 90-minute math block, complementing what is taught during the academic school year in the PPS. Camp also includes a wide variety of afternoon summer enrichment activities, ranging from art projects to sports to science, etc.

Summer camps at Ellis School

Summer camps at Ellis School, Photo courtesy of the Ellis School

A number of the city’s private schools also offer summer camps with a general focus:

  • Shady Side Academy: Shady Side Academy offers a variety of summer camp options at both its East End and Fox Chapel campuses. There are traditional day camps for children entering Pre-K to grade 5. There is also a summer school for kids entering grades 2-5. Shadyside also offers a variety of sports camps and focus camps, including the fun-sounding Super Hero camp! There is a lot of flexibility in the schedule with before-care and after-care and options to sign up for the entire summer or specific weeks.
  • Winchester Thurston: Winchester Thurston offers summer camps at both its City Campus (for older kids) and North Hills campus (for littler kids). Its offerings also sound fun with options like Harry Potter Academy, Jedi Knight Training and Backstage Pass Rock Band Camp. Also has before and after care.
  • Ellis School: The Ellis School offers summer camps at its Shadyside campus for girls AND boys age 3-entering 12 grade. Some highlights include the Ellis Young Riders Horse Camp and the Ellis STEM Summer Institute for Girls.
  • Waldorf School: The Waldorf School offers a variety of half day or full day summer camps for children ages 4-entering 8th grade. Activities at Camp Waldorf include cooking, pottery, woodworking, puppetry and lots of time for free play.
  • Chatham University’s Day Camp: Chatham University offers a music and arts-focused day camp in three and six week blocks for students in Pre-K through 9th grade. Campers also participate in swimming and sports to supplement. Chatham also have dedicated soccer and basketball camps in August.
  • Sewickley Academy’s Summer Camps: Although 2015 information is not available yet, Sewickley Academy offers a wide array of summer camps for children ages 4 to grade 8. Highlights from last year include preschool camps with themes like Superheroes Playgroup, the Magical World of Fairies and Beach Vacation. Camps for older kids focus on a wide variety of topics including math, science, technology, performing arts and pottery.

 

There are a number of well-known organizations/community centers in the city that offer summer camps with a relatively broad focus:

Citiparks Summer Day Camps 

Citiparks partners with a number of other organizations to offer summer day camps, including:

  • Camp Challenge Pittsburgh: designed to challenge youth to explore the world through education, sports, arts, health and recreation. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are provided.
  • ACH Clear Pathways Creative Camp: activities include hands-on mosaic project, urban choir, field trips, community services projects and other outings. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are provided.
  • Camp Ma’At: Citiparks collaborates with Voices Against Violence to present a free camp based on ma’at, the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality and justice. Campers enjoy field trips, swimming, gardening, academic enrichment, guest speakers and more. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are provided.
  • Cops and Kids Camp: Weeklong sessions provide positive interaction with police officers while educating young people regarding the challenges and responsibilities of police work.
  • Lawrenceville United Summer Celebration Camp: Campers enjoy activities with Three Rivers Rowing, the Carnegie Library, Hip Hop on L.O.C.K., field trips, swim lessons (additional fee) and many other enrichment programs throughout the summer. Lunch and an afternoon snack are provided.

 

YMCA Summer Camps

The YMCA offers a tremendous variety of summer camps:

 

JCC Summer Camps

The JCC also offers a variety of summer camps at three locations:

 

A number of other community centers offer summer camps within the city:

  • Union Project’s Harvest and Create Camp: The Union Project in Highland Park offers a very unique “Harvest and Create Summer Camp.” This 2-week, full-day summer camp for children ages 8-12 combines a) an introduction to ceramics including hand-building techniques, wheel-throwing, firing and glazing and b) an intro to urban farming at the Garfield Community Farm including the use of garden tools, simple farming techniques, horticulture and cooking. There are also field trips to other gardens, restaurants and a dairy farm.
  • Brothers and Sisters Emerging (BASE) Summer Camp: Brothers and Sisters Emerging in the Garfield area is once again offering a full-day summer camp for children ages 7-14 from July 6-August 7. Cost is only $30 per child per week and activities include arts and crafts, academic enrichment, physical fitness, gardening, etc.
  • Sarah Heinz House Summer Camps: Based on last year’s offerings, the Sarah Heinz House holds an overnight Heinz House Resident Camp, a Sarah Heinz House Day Camp and a robotics camp.
  • Hosanna House Summer  Camps: The Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg offers a couple summer camp options:
    • Youth summer camps for children who have completed kindergarten to 13 years old. These camps are M-F, 8-5pm for 9 weeks with early drop-off and late pickup available for an extra fee. Activities include swimming, tennis, robotics, basketball, dance and drama, arts and crafts and more.
    • Preschool summer camps for potty-trained children who are 3-5 years old. These camps are M-F, 8-4pm for 10 weeks with early drop-off and late pick-up available for an extra fee. Each week has a theme like “Friendship Week,” “Let’s Get Cooking” and “Creative arts and crafts.”
  • Urban Impact’s Summer Day Camp: Urban Impact offers a very affordable 8-week, full-day summer camp for children in grades 1-8 at the Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side. Includes daily math, literacy, Christian education and worship, swimming, dance and sports.
  • Manchester Youth Development Center’s Camp C.H.O.I.C.E.: Manchester Youth Development Center in the North Side offers a full-day, six week program for children in grades 1-12. Includes academic and enrichment programs focusing on the arts, computers, sports, etc. Cost is $195 for six week session.
  • The Kingsley Association and Hill House may also offer summer camps this year, although details haven’t been worked out yet.

 

There are several independent camps in the region that provide a traditional summer camp experience (swimming, hiking, arts and crafts etc), but are day camps, rather than overnight camps.

Outdoor expedition camp with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Outdoor expedition camp with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Now I move to camps that are more specialized, starting with camps that are very nature-based:

Nature camps

  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Nature Camps comes in a variety of forms:
    • KinderNature Camp: week-long camp for children ages 3-completed kindergarten. Nature activities include songs, games, crafts, stories and nature hikes.
    • Kids Nature Hike: week-long camp for children in grades 1-3. Nature activities include restoration project, hikes, cooperative games and art.
    • Outdoor Expeditions: week-long camp for children in grades 4-5. Kids will explore many of Pittsburgh’s outdoor spaces and participate in stream hikes, field trips, games, night exploration and a campfire.
    • Wilderness Survival Camp: week-long camp for children in grades 6-7. Camp will teach kids basic wilderness survival skills including shelter and fire-building, finding water and food, whittling, first aid, knot tying and outdoor preparedness.
  • Phipps Summer Camps: Phipps will offer a number of 4-day or week-long, half-day summer camps for children ages 2-13. Options include:
    • Little Sprouts Camps for children ages 2-3 with a caregiver
    • Camps for older kids focused on themes like “Fairytale Forest,” bugs, backyard art, kitchen creations, etc.
  • Audubon Society of Western PA Summer Camps: The Audubon Society of Western PA offers summer camps at both Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel and Succop Conservancy in Butler:
    • For children in grades K-6, options include AM, PM or Full Day camps. Kids will take guided nature hikes, find bugs and birds along the way and create special art projects.
    • For children in grades 5-8, options include several week-long full day camp focused on topics like birding or wilderness survival skills
    • For students in grades 9-12, the Audubon has an ANTS (Audubon-Naturalist-in-Training) programming, where teens assist in the day camps for younger kids.
  • Young Naturalist Program at North Park’s Latodami Nature Center: Latodami Nature Center offers a youth naturalist program for children ages 8-14 years old. Each 3-day AM session focuses on a different theme, including butterflies, bluebirds, beavers and wetlands. Registration starts June 1.
  • Fern Hollow Nature Center Camps: Fern Hollow in Sewickley offers a number of week-long, half-day nature-based summer camps for children ages 3-11. There is also one full-day summer camp option for children ages 8-10 in August. These camps give kids a chance to explore nature, meet bugs, learn about plants, etc.
  • The Outdoor Classroom Summer Camps: The Outdoor Classroom in the South Hills offers a number of summer camp options:
    • A caregiver/child camp for 2-4 year olds offered on Wednesday mornings. Activities include a guided nature hike, stories and crafts.
    • Weeklong summer day camps for children ages 4-12. Children are divided up by ages and topics include weather, bugs and birds.

 

Farm camps

These sound like a blast!

  • Simmons Farm Day Camp: Simmons Farm in McMurray will once again offer its summer Farm Camp this year. For children ages 4-10, this camp is held on Wednesday mornings from 9-11:30am for only $25 per session. Each session has themes like farm machines, bugs, growing crops, herbs and others.
  • Blue Ribbon Farm Little Farmers Camp: Blue Ribbon Farm in Aliquippa offers a 3-day Little Farmers Camp for children ages 4-13 from 9-2pm. Kids will enjoy hands-on interaction with animals including bottle-feeding baby calves, collecting eggs and riding ponies. Children will also learn about cultivating gardens and preparing foods made from homegrown ingredients.
  • Soergel’s Orchard Camp: Soergel’s Orchard offers a number of summer camps focused on farm animals, bees and crop cultivation. More info to come.
  • Trax Farm Educational Kids’ Camp: Trax Farm in Finleyville offers a one-hour AM or PM summer camp for children ages 6-9 on select days in August. Topics include birds, bees, terrarium-building and water gardening. Parents must stay on premises during camp. Cost is $8 per child per session.
  • Grow Pittsburgh Urban Farmers in Training: Grow Pittsburgh offers a summer internship program for local teens where they will learn how to grow and cook food and explore the larger food system and its implications on community health.
  • Also, as noted above, the Union Project in Highland Park offers a Harvest and Create Camp where children will learn about ceramics and urban gardening.

 

General Science camps

Here are some science-based camps with a broad focus:

  • Carnegie Science Center Summer Camps: The Carnegie Science Center offers a huge range of week-long science-based camps for children ages 4-14. Before and after-care is available.
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History Summer Camps: The Carnegie Museum of Natural History offers a tremendous variety of science-based summer camps including paleontology camps, mummy camps and the Youth Museum Vet Camp, where children will be able to learn about animals, their care and even take a field trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo.
  • MAD Science of Pittsburgh Summer Camps: MAD Science of Pittsburgh offers science-based half-day, week-long summer camps for children ages 5-12. Fun topics include “Secret Agent Lab,” “Space Explorers,” and “Sea, Sand and Sky.” Mad Science also partners with a variety of other organizations to offer summer camps including the Boyd Community Center, the JCC and Color Me Mine.
  • Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Sciences: Current juniors and residents of the PA may apply to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Sciences, a 5-week summer enrichment program where students are required to live on the CMU campus and take lecture courses in biology, chemistry, physics, math and computer science.
  • Summer Academy for Math + Science: CMU offers a free, residential program for entering seniors with a strong interest in math and science. Students will take a variety of noncredit courses in engineering, math and more. There are no fees for housing, dining or coursework; however, students will have to pay for books and supplies.
  • Summer Science Nation at Carlow University: Carlow University offers a three-day workshop for girls entering 9-12 grades interested in pursuing a career in the sciences. Includes 2-nights stay in the dorms for an introduction to college life.
Western PA Summer STEMM Academy, Photo courtesy of Fox Chapel School District

Western PA Summer STEMM Academy, Photo courtesy of Fox Chapel School District

Computer Science/Technology/STEAM camps

No surprise here. Pittsburgh is full of youth summer camps for the techie-minded child.

  • Assemble‘s Summer Camps: Assemble will be offering week-long, half or full-day summer camps for children starting in grade 1. Topics include STEAM Camp, design camp, video game camp and scratch camp. Pre and post care is available for an additional fee.
  • Camp Invention: Camp Invention offers weeklong STEM-based camps for children starting in grade 1 at a variety of locations throughout the city and its suburbs.
  • TechShop Summer Camps: TechShop in Bakery Square is offering five-day summer camps for youth ages 12-18. Runs from 9:30-3:30pm with extended day options available, these camps explore skills like 3D printing, laser cutting and programming. Cost is $600 per week.
  • Hi-Tech Learning: Offers week-long, half-day technology summer camps for children ages 7-14 at several locations, including Cranberry, Robinson, Murrysville, Bethel Park and McKnight Road. Topics include Minecraft skills, 3D printing and mobile/video game design.
  • ID Tech Summer camps at CMU: ID Tech Camps offers weeklong co-ed day and overnight camps for ages 7-17. Topics include code, game design, app development, web design, film, photography and more.
  • Bricks 4 Kids Summer Learning Camps: Bricks 4 Kids in Gibsonia offers week-long, half-day summer camps for children ages 5 and older. Topics include Minecraft, Lego model design and robotics. Also, some extra special offers are the Ninjago Training where kids will learn real martial arts skills and then build with Ninjago Lego sets and the Star Wars Space Adventure Camp where kids will learn about real life space exploration and then build models related to the NASA space program.
  • Snapology Summer Camps: Snapology offers a number of half-day summer camps for children ages 5 and older, including Lego Frozen, Minecraft, Ninjago and Star Wars-themed options.
  • Ellis STEM Summer Institute for Girls: The Ellis School will be offering a STEM-focused camp for girls entering grades 9-12.
  • Western Pennsylvania Summer STEMM Academy: The Western PA Summer STEMM Academy is a four-week summer program for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors offered at the Fox Chapel Area High School open to youth in all local school districts.
  • LEAP@CMU 2015: CMU’s School of Computer Science offers a seven-week intensive weekday summer enrichment program for local high school students and occasionally middle school students. Children take part in special classes, learn from notable scientists and take field trips to local companies. Cost is $2200 for the entire summer.

 

Health Sciences camps

For the budding health care professionals in the city:

  • Summer Health Career Academy: The Summer Health Career Academy is a one-week health career exploration opportunity for freshman and sophomores interested in health careers held at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Students will learn about the various health sciences, but will also have hands-on experiences in various procedures including intubation and the general physical examination.
  • Health Career Scholars Academy: The University of Pittsburgh offers a highly competitive residential 4-week Health Career Scholars Academy for students in their sophomore and junior years of high school. The program allows students to study general health science topics, but also focus on a single focus area, such as global health, public health, mental health and geriatric health. Includes site visits and lots of hands-on work.
  • Magee-Womens Research Institute High School Summer Internship: Magee-Womens Research Institute offers a 4-week High School Summer Internship Program for current high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to participate in basic or clinical research projects with the goal of promoting interest in biomedical research as a potential career. The program is highly competitive program based on academic criteria and less than 10 percent of the students who apply are chosen. Application deadline is March 30.
  • University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Academy: The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute offers an 8-week introduction to cancer biology and cancer research with lots of hands-on experiential learning in a variety of laboratory settings.
  • Carlow University’s Prepare to Care: Carlow University offers a three-day workshop for high school girls interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences plus a 2 nights stay in the dorms as an introduction to college life.

 

Environmental camps

A few summer camp options for the passionate environmentalists out there:

  • Camp Creek: Allegheny College’s annual week-long, residential Camp Creek will be offered for students entering 10th and 11th grade. Camp Creek gives campers a chance to explore the remarkable biodiversity of the French Creek Watershed with environmental experts. Also includes a week-long stay in the dorms at Allegheny College.
  • Carlow University ECO Camp: Carlow University’s annual ECO camp will be offered from July 14-16. This 3-day camp is for girls starting grades 9-12 who are interested in careers in environmental science. The program includes hands-on labs, seminars, field trips to Pittsburgh locations and a two-night stay in the college residence hall. Cost is $249.
  • Center for Climate and Energy-Making Decisions’s SUCCEED Program: The Center for Climate and Energy-Making Decision offers the SUCCEED program at Carnegie Mellon University. The program is for entering 10th graders and lasts five full days. Students will explore energy, the environment and how those relate to climate change. The camp is free.
  • Little Sewickley Creek Watershed Association Summer Discovery Day Camp: Little Sewickley Creek Watershed Association offers a week-long half day summer camp for children ages 9-12. Campers explore Little Sewickley Creek, the meadows and woods of Walker Park and learn about aquatic and other habitats. Cost is $35 to cover insurance expenses.
  • Alcosan Summer Science Program: Alcosan offers a free full-day (9-3pm), week-long summer camp for children in grades 4-8. The camp offers hands-on activities and field trips designed to introduce kids to green practices for maintaining healthy ecosystems and water resources.
Pittsburgh Zoo Camp, Photo by Paul A. Selvaggio

Animal Adventures Summer Zoo Camp at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Photo by Paul A. Selvaggio

Animal camps

For the kids who are crazy about animals:

  • Animal Adventures Summer Zoo Camp at the Pittsburgh Zoo: The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium offers a number of summer camp options:
    • Child/Caregiver one-hour sessions for children ages 2-3 years old. Each 45-minute to 1-hour class focuses on a different topic like “Down on the Farm” and “Animal Homes.”
    • Week-long, full-day or half-day camps (with option to extend day for extra fee) for children ages 4-13. Each session focuses on a different theme, such as conservation, animal families and extreme animals.
  • National Aviary Summer Camps: The National Aviary offers week-long, half-day summer camps for children 4-18. Kids get up-close to their favorite birds, learn about different avian species and can explore the Allegheny Commons Park to get outside during the week.
  • Animal Friends’ Summer Camps: Animal Friends offers summer camps for children in kindergarten-grade 12. Depending on the age group, campers can interact with animals, learn about veterinary care and animal training.
  • Also, as noted above, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History offers a Youth Museum Summer Vet Camp, where kids learn about animals, their care and even take a field trip to the Zoo for some hands-on interaction with animals.

 

On a somewhat related note, there a variety of horseback riding summer camps in the area, including the Ellis School’s Young Riders CampCedar Run Farms in Allison Park, Candy Lane Acres in Sewickley, Blue Ribbon Farms in Aliquippa, Horses Unlimited in South Park and Silver Crest Equestrian Center in Valencia.

 

Random Science-ish Camps 

Couldn’t really fit this one into the above categories, so here is a random science camp:

CSI Summer Camp

Point Park University offers a 4-day CSI camp for high school students where campers will learn about crime scene processing, hair analysis, fingerprint lab and even take part in a mock trial. Cost is $150.

Community Art Lab at the Mattress Factory, Photo by  Lindsay Dill

Community Art Lab at the Mattress Factory, Photo by Lindsay Dill

Next, we move on to the arts. Pittsburgh has a huge variety of summer camps in the visual arts and the performing arts. Read on!

Visual Arts camps

  • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Summer Camps: The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is offering a wide variety of summer camps for children as young as 4. The week-long half day or full day camps are focused on many different topics including drawing, animation, clay, jewelry-making, photography, filmmaking, legomation and much more. I found a couple really interesting options including a “Zen Art and Yoga Camp” where campers will practice yoga and learn about Zen traditions, Wizard School and Junior Architects camp.
  • Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Summer Camps: The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is offering two arts-focused 5-day summer camp options for children ages 8-11 from 9-4pm this August.
    • Camp Art Studio will be offered August 10-14. Children will work with museum educators to explore multimedia arts and art processes in the Art Studio.
    • Camp MAKESHOP will be offered August 17-21. Children will work with Teaching Artists to explore topics like electronics, circuitry, sewing and wood-working.
  • Art City with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Although the information is not ready for the public yet, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will likely hold their ArtCity summer camps again this year.
  • Carnegie Museum of Art Summer Camps: Although full information is not available yet, the Carnegie Museum of Art will host a number of art camps this summer, including architecture, drawing, painting and ceramics camps.
  • Community Art Lab at the Mattress Factory: The Mattress Factory offers a range of summer camps for children starting at age 7. Topics include printing, sewing, garden explorations, story-making, improv theater games and more. The Mattress Factory also offers evening workshops for children 7-12 years old plus their caregiver.
  • Andy Warhol Museum Summer Camps: The Andy Warhol Museum is offering week-long, half day summer camps for children ages 8-13 exploring silk screening and the museum’s exhibits.
  • Frick Art and Historical Center Summer Camps: The Frick Art and Historical Center offers a couple summer camp options for Pittsburgh kids:
    • A week-long, half day camp for children ages 4-6. Children explore art and local history through songs, stories, creative movement and art activities. Cost is $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers.
    • A week-long full day camp for grades 2-5 where children will explore the world through painting, sculpture, drawing and exploration of the museum’s galleries and grounds. Cost is $175 for members and $215 for nonmembers.
  • Assemble Summer Camps: Assemble in Garfield will be offering a number of arts-focused, full-day summer camps this year, including STEAM, Crafternoon and Rainbow Loom Camps.
  • Irma Freeman Center for Imagination: Although the details are being worked out still, the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination in Garfield holds a number of very unique arts-focused camps each year for children ages 6-13.
  • Shady Side Academy’s The Handwork Studio Day Camp: Shady Side Academy offers a week-long arts-focused studio camp where children in grades K-5 will learn the basics of knitting, crocheting and sewing.
  • Manchester Craftman’s Guild’s Summer Studio: Manchester Craftsman’s Guild is offering full or half day, two-week sessions for children in grades 5-12. Topics covered include ceramics, photo, design and digital arts.
  • Pittsburgh Glass Center SiO2 Teen Boot Camp: The Pittsburgh Glass Center offers a week-long, full-day introduction to the glass arts for Pittsburgh teens. Cost is $400.

 

Also, several arts centers and schools outside the city offer great summer camp options:

  • North Hills Art Center Summer Camps: The North Hills Art Center located in Ross Township offers week-long summer camps with AM, PM or full day sessions. Children will get to practice with drawing, painting and clay. Information will be ready in March.
  • Katie’s Clay Studio Art Camps: Katie’s Clay Studio in Allison Park offers a Tuesday through Friday camp for children ages 7-14. Children will experiment with the potter’s wheel, sculpting, pottery-painting, tie dye and canvas painting.
  • Fired Up Pottery Place Summer Camps: Fired Up Pottery Place in McMurray will be offering half-day summer camps on Wednesday and Friday afternoons for children in grades 3-9. Topics covered include canvas painting, glass fusing, pottery painting and building a lot of fun-sounding projects like fairy houses and birdhouses.
  • Sweetwater Center for the Arts Summer Camps: Sweetwater Center for the Arts offers weekly, half-day and full-day summer camps for children ages 3-17. Topics covered include painting, print-making, ceramics, jewelry-making, drawing, metalsmithing and tons more.
  • Clay Cafe’s Summer Camps: Located in Sewickley, Clay Cafe offers week-long, half day summer camp options to children ages 3-12 years old (plus an evening option in June). Children will walk away with five completed pieces of art-including 5 pottery pieces and 5 other mixed media pieces. Cost is $185 per week.
  • The Art Place Studio in Wexford Summer Camps: The Art Place Studio in Wexford offers week-long summer art camps for school age children with the option of AM, PM or full day. Children can choose to participate in the full week or just individual sessions. The studio offers both traditional art camps focused on drawing, painting, clay, etc. or STEAM-based programs incorporating engineering, math and physics into art projects. Cost is $30 per AM or PM session.
  • Bounce U’s Create and Bounce Art Camp: Bounce U of Warrendale offers a Create and Bounce Art Camp for children ages 5-10, where participants will enjoy trampoline fun plus lots of art and crafts.

 

Film camps

  • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts/Pittsburgh Filmmakers Summer Camps and Immersions: The PCA/PF offers a number of film-related camps for kids as young as 5 years old including introductions to film production and animation and more intensive workshops for older kids devoted to anime, digital film production, etc. On a somewhat related note, they also have a number of photography summer camps.
  • Point Park University’s Summer Programs: Point Park University offers a number of film-related summer camps for high school students including animation camps, screenwriting camps and Camp Hollywood, where students will learn to make a movie.
  • Assemble’s Movie Camp: Assemble in Garfield will be offering a half-day, week-long Movie Camp for children in grades 4-8. Topics covered will include movie-making techniques, editing, acting and story development.
  • Shady Side Academy Jr. Film Camp: Shady Side Academy offers a week-long Jr. Film Camp for children in grades 2-5. Activities include film editing, slideshow creation, graphic design, audio manipulation and LEGOmation.
  • Joey Travolta Film Camp: Located at Winchester Thurston’s Shadyside campus, the Joey Travolta Film Camp is a week-long, full-day camp for adolescents and young adults with autism. Campers will learn the basics of creating a film, including story-boarding, acting, costume design, set design, production and editing.

 

Writing Camps

  • The Writing Studio’s Creative Writing Workshop: The Writing Studio offers a five-day creative writing workshop for students entering 3rd-12th grade at the Kentucky Avenue School in Shadyside. Topics include fiction, nonfiction and poetry. More information will be available soon.
  • Luminari’s Teen Writer! Summer Camp: Luminari offers a 4-day summer camp for students in 8th-12th grade focused on fiction-writing held at WQED. There is also a one-day workshop devoted to journalism.
  • Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers: Alpha SF/F/H offers an 11-day workshop for students ages 14-19 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg’s campus. Writers should have an interest in writing science fiction, fiction and horror. Application deadline is March 1.
  • Sweetwater Center for the Arts Creative Writing for Anime and Cartoons: Sweetwater in Sewickley will be holding a half-day, week-long creative writing camp with a focus on anime and cartoons for youth ages 13-17.
  • Point Park University Summer Media Workshop: Point Park University offers a week-long summer journalism workshop for high school students. Students can choose from two workshops, sports media or arts and entertainment, and will get the chance to meet journalists in their chosen speciality and produce photographic, video, print and online projects.

Also, as mentioned above, Point Park University offers a Screenwriting Camp for high school students,

Gemini Children's Theater camps, Photo courtesy of Gemini Children's Theater

Gemini Children’s Theater camps, Photo courtesy of Gemini Children’s Theater

Theater Camps 

  • Gemini Children’s Theater’s Summer Camps: The Gemini Children’s Theater is offering week-long half day or full day summer camps for children ages 4-17 where children will learn fundamental theater arts skills and hold a performance at the end of the week. Options include an intensive teen workshop for the more serious theater student.
  • Pittsburgh CLO Academy’s Summer Camps: The Pittsburgh CLO Academy is offering several performance summer camp options this year:
    • A week-long AM class for 3-5 year olds for $150, teaching the basics of musical theater
    • More extended programs for students in grades 1-12, where they will rehearse and present different shows including Seussical Jr., Mary Poppins and Annie Jr.
  • Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s Summer Musical Theater: The Pittsburgh Musical Theater offers a 4-week performance camp for children ages 4-19 with an interest in acting, singing and dancing. Performance and dance tracks are available and the camp culminates with performances at the New Hazlett Theater.
  • Act One Theater School’s Summer Camps: Act One Theater School in the North Hills offers a number of performing arts summer camps for children in K-12. Options include half day, 3-week sessions for younger students and 4-week, full-day programs for older students. There is also an intensive pre-college program.
  • Saltworks Youth Theater Company’s Summer Studio: Saltworks Youth Theater Company offers week-long, half-day or full-day summer camps for children ages 4-16 at both its Oakland and North Hills locations. Topics covered include costume design, acting for the camera, stage makeup, acting styles, stage combat, directing, expressive movement, monologue study, stage design and much more.
  • Pittsburgh Public Theater Summer Youth Classes: The Pittsburgh Public Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh offers several youth summer camps, including acting workshops for children 10 and up and introductions to screenwriting and playwriting.
  • PICT Classic Theater’s Shakespeare Camps: PICT Classic Theater will offer two weeks of Shakespeare Camp this year. Activities include ensemble building, Shakespeare readings, writing and kinesthetic activities, art, block play and a culminating production.
  • The JCC’s Performing Arts DayCamp: The Squirrel Hill and South Hills JCCs offer a full-day summer camp for children entering grades 4-9 focusing on theater, music and dance.
  • Sweetwater Center for the Arts Acting Camp: Sweetwater Center for the Arts will be offering a week-long, half-day Acting Camp for children ages 6-10.

 

Also, Karen Prunzik’s Broadway Dance Studio and Performing Arts in Robinson will offer several acting camps this summer, including a princess camp (for children 3-5yo) and longer Broadway camps for older kids. Finally, the Hill House Association is possibly holding a summer theater camp, although final details haven’t been worked out. Check their Facebook page for updates.

 

Music Camps

  • Kathy’s Music Summer Music Parade: Kathy Morrison of local Kindermusik fame will be offering a variety of music camps this summer at several locations including Squirrel Hill, Mt. Lebanon, McMurray and Robinson. Options include infant and toddler/caregiver Kindermusik camps, Kindermusik drop-off camps, instrument-specific camps (piano, violin, ukulele, flute and guitar), voice camp and fine arts camps which combine music, art and dance.
  • Kindermusik by Lynda Summer Camp: Lynda Wingerd, the well-known local Kindermusik instructor, will be offering 6 weeks of Kindermusik by Lynda Summer Camp starting at the end of June for children ages NB-6 years with locations in Fox Chapel, McCandless and Moon Township. More information will be posted soon.
  • Kindermusik with Christa Beck Summer Camps: Christa Beck will be offering one-day, 2-hour camps for children ages 3-7. Each themed session includes pretend play, storytelling, instrument play, dancing, games, an art project and a snack.
  • Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra Summer Orchestra Camp: The Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra offers a week-long, half-day orchestra camp for children in grades 4-12 for woodwind, string, brass or percussion instrument players with sectional rehearsals, masters classes, rehearsals and a culminating performance.
  • Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Summer Instrument Camp: The Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra offers a week-long summer instrument camp at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School for students in grades 4-8 who play strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion. A noncompetitive camp, students will work with music educators and performers to learn string ensemble, band music and symphonic music. Concludes with a Friday afternoon performance.
  • Music Camps at the Center for Young Musicians: The Center for Young Musicians offers two summer camp choices in Shadyside, Fox Chapel, Wexford and Sewickley:
    • Music Discover Camp: activities include time for young children to make their own instruments, listen to older children perform, a Sing, Move, Play session and time for kids to touch and play rhythm instruments used in the session.
    • Music Exploration Camp: a 5 day long, half day camp for beginning musicians ages 6-11. Focused on piano and guitar, children will learn the basics through group instruction culminating with a performance on the last day.
  • Pittsburgh Music Academy: The Pittsburgh Music Academy offers a full-day, week-long Cello Fury Rock Camp for Strings for juniors (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 12-16). They also have the week-long Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute for children studying instruments using the Suzuki method.
  • Sunburst Summer Camps: Sunburst School of Music in Squirrel Hill offers both half-day and full-day summer camps for children ages 5-17. There are a number of great-sounding options including a singers/songwriters camp, electronic music and recording technology camp and an 80’s Power Ballads camp!
  • Summer Music Day Camp with Children’s Festival Chorus: The Children’s Festival Chorus offers week-long AM summer camps for children ages 8-12 at Duquesne University’s School of Music
  • Real Life Music Camp: Creative Life Support offers a week-long summer camp for children ages 10-18 (although age groups are flexible) focused on providing a comprehensive look at the music industry. Campers will have hands-on experiences with state-of-the-art recording technology at Mr. Smalls Recording Studio on the North Side. Topics covered run the gamut of the music industry, including song-writing, playing music, how to book a concert, band dynamics, web presence and marketing.
  • Camp Jam: Camp Jam is a rock-focused music camp for children ages 11-17 with full day, extended day and overnight options available. Will be offered at Kiski School in Saltsburg this year.
  • Winchester Thurston’s Backstage Pass Rock Band Camp: Winchester Thurston will be offering a Backstage Pass Rock Band Camp where campers ages 11-18 will learn more about rock and even get a chance to experience a live performance at Hard Rock Cafe.
  • Assemble’s DJ + Music Camp: Assemble in Garfield will be offering a week-long, half-day summer camp for children in grades 4-8.
  • CMU School of Music Pre-College Program: Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music offers a 6-week residential program for rising juniors and seniors to receive advanced instruction in many different areas of music study, including history, theory, eurhythmics, voice and specific instruments.
  • Summer Music Intensive at the Afro American Music Institute: The Afro American Music Institute will be offering a two-week, full-day summer intensive music camp where children will learn music fundamentals, improvisation, voice, keyboards and African drumming and dance. Culminates in a performance.
Dance camps at the Pittsburgh Dance Center, Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Dance Center

Dance camps at the Pittsburgh Dance Center, Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Dance Center

Dance Camps

  • Bodiography’s Center for Movement’s Summer Programs: Bodiography in Squirrel Hill offers a variety of dance-focused summer camps including one-week, half-day summer camps for children 3-5 and one-week full-day dance camps for students 6-9 years old; intensive summer camps for dance students who are 9-18; and a competitive 6-week summer intensive for more experienced students.
  • Pittsburgh Dance Center Summer Camp: The Pittsburgh Dance Center will be offering a half-day dance camp with option to extend the day if needed. Final word on appropriate ages is not available yet.
  • Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh’s Summer Camps: The Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh offers several summer camp options including young dancer camps, 3-week and 6-week intensive camps and college prep intensives.
  • Point Park University Summer Programs in the Arts: Point Park University offers a Summer Programs in the Arts with a couple of dance options including an international summer dance program (10 and up) with the option of living in the dorms and a 2-week summer dance workshop (10 and up).
  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Summer Intensive: The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School offers a competitive summer intensive program for advanced ballerinas. Housing is available for limited number of students.
  • JCC’s Just For Kicks Dance Camp: The JCC in Squirrel Hill offers a week-long, full day dance camp for children entering grades 1-8.
  • Los Sabrosos Dance Company Summer Camps: Los Sabrosos in Friendship/Garfield area will offer several week-long, half-day summer camps for children ages 4-17, including camps focused on salsa, bellydance, ballet, hip-hop and ballroom.
  • The Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company and School in McMurray also offers Summer Intensives.

 

Also, there are a number of smaller dance studios that offer summer camps (many of them geared toward the younger student) including Starlight Dance Academy in Cheswick, Richelle Lyn School of Dance Camps and Center Stage Dance Academy in Allison Park, Dance Arts in Aspinwall, All About Dance in Edgewood, Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh in the South Hills and I’m sure a million other dance studios. Let me know if you’d like me to add your dance school’s summer programs to the list at pittsburghmommyblog@gmail.com.

Mondo Italiano Italian summer camp

Mondo Italiano Italian Summer Camp, Photo courtesy of Mondo Italiano

Next, we move on to language, cultural and culinary camps. Three of my favorite things!

Language/Cultural Camps

  • Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts Summer Camp: The Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts offers a week-long, full-day summer camp for girls entering grade 1-6 focused on a different world culture each day. Participants will learn about the cultures, food, dance and music plus arts and crafts projects from each culture.
  • Mondo Italiano Summer Camps: Mondo Italiano offers a couple camps at the Wilkins School Community Center for children ages 4-14 with half-day and full-day options available. These camps combine Italian language instruction with cultural studies including exploration of Italian food, music, outdoor activities and tending a vegetable garden.
  • Language Camp: Cranberry’s overnight week-long Language Camp returns this year giving children in grades 1-9 the chance to experience a traditional camp experience with language immersion in either French, German or Spanish.
  • La Escuelita Arcoiris: La Escuelita Arcoiris in Squirrel Hill offers week-long Spanish language and culture summer camps for children ages 6-10.

 

Culinary Camps

  • Gaynors School Of Cooking Summer Camps: Gaynors School of Cooking on the Southside offers one and two-week culinary camps for children ages 6-18. More information will be available soon.
  • Luminari’s Camp Delicious: Luminari offers a week-long, full-day culinary summer camp for students aged 12-17 focused on cooking and growing foods.
  • Sweetwater Center for the Arts Cooking Camps: Sweetwater Center for the Arts will be offering a number of cooking-related summer camps, including “Cooking Around the World” and “The Science of Cooking.”

 

And, of course, sports camps for the athletes in the crowd:

Sports Camps

There are many, many sports camps in the area, so I’ve highlighted the major ones here:

  • Panthers Summer Camps: The Pitt Panthers offers summer camps for boys and girls ages 6-13 for a number of sports, including baseball, basketball, football, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, diving, tennis, volleyball and wrestling.
  • Carnegie Mellon University Athletic Department’s Summer Camps: CMU Athletics Department offers a number of summer camps, including FITT Day Camp for boys and girls ages 7-14 exposing them to a variety of sports. Plus, more specific camps focused on soccer, swimming and basketball.
  • Chatham University’s Sports Camps: Chatham University offers both week-long soccer (3rd-9th grade) and basketball camps (2nd-9th grade) in August.
  • Shady Side Academy’s Sports Camps: Shady Side Academy offers week-long boys and girls camps for children in K-8 focusing on lacrosse, tennis, baseball, ice hockey and basketball. Plus, they offer a Future Olympians camp with a broad focus on many sports and a Get Healthy, Get Fit camp with a focus on wellness and healthy living.
  • Winchester Thurston’s Sports Camps: Although detailed information is not ready yet, Winchester Thurston will be offering a number of sports-related camps this year including tennis, golf, ultimate frisbee and cycling.
  • JCC’s Sports Camps: The JCC of Greater Pittsburgh offers a number of sports-related specialty camps including tennis, basketball, karate, golf, cheer and circus camps. The JCC also offers a Parkour Camp with a more general focus on wellness and healthy living.
  • Pittsburgh Dance Center Sports Camps: The Pittsburgh Dance Center will be offering half-day soccer, wrestling, circus and karate camps. Age groups are still TBD.

And here are some more options for camps focused on a  specific sport:

 

There’s even service camps for the civic-minded:

Service camps

  • The Pittsburgh Project Service Camp: The Pittsburgh Project offers a number of service-oriented camps for middle school and high school students. These week-long camps emphasize service through participation in home-repair work for vulnerable citizens. There is also a strong religious component, with worship at the end of each day.
  • Summer Youth Philanthropy Internship with the Heinz Endowments: The Heinz Endowments runs a paid internship for entering high school seniors interested in improving the community through developing and implementing a youth philanthropy project. Also, students will develop media projects related to their project.
Camp Chihopi for children with intestinal or liver transplants, Photo by Annie O'Neill for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Camp Chihopi for children with intestinal or liver transplants, Photo by Annie O’Neill for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Special Needs/Specific Diagnoses Camps

Finally, there are a number of camps offered for children with a variety of special needs and specific diagnoses in the city. Here are a few:

  • Camp Success at the Children’s Institute: The Children’s Institute offers an accessible, inclusive, non-therapeutic summer day camp for children ages 6-12 with physical, sensory, emotional, behavioral or cognitive needs.
  • Amazing Bike Camp: The Children’s Institute also offers the Amazing Bike Camp, a week-long summer camp teaching children with special needs how to ride a two-wheeled bike without training wheels.
  • Camp Achieva: Achieva offers a weekend camp for individuals of all ages with intellectual or physical disabilities.
  • Camp Can Do: A week-long camp for children ages 8-17 who have been diagnosed with cancer within the last five years. There is also a separate sibling camp.
  • The Watson Institute’s Summer Programs: The Watson Institute offers a variety of summer programs for children ages 5-21 with autism or a variety of neurological problems.
  • Joey Travolta Film Camp: Located at Winchester Thurston’s Shadyside campus, the Joey Travolta Film Camp is a week-long, full-day camp for adolescents and young adults with autism. Campers will learn the basics of creating a film, including story-boarding, acting, costume design, set design, production and editing.
  • STAP Programs with New Story: offers a therapeutic day program for children with severe behavioral challenges
  • Camp Huff N Puff: Breathe PA offers a 4-day overnight camp for children ages 8-13 with asthma
  • Children ages 7-17 who required an inpatient hospital stay at UPMC Mercy for a burn injury can attend Camp Susquehanna in Lancaster County during the last Thursday through Sunday of June each year. Camp is free and sponsored by Byler Memorial Sertoma Club.
  • Camp Chihopi: a 4-day overnight camp for children ages 7-15 who have received an intestinal or liver transplant at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
  • Camp Frog: The Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central PA holds Camp Frog for children ages 8-17 with epilepsy.
  • Camp Fitch: Located on Lake Erie, Camp Fitch is a traditional camp experience for children ages 8-16 with diabetes
  • Dr. Bill Neches Heart Camp for Kids: The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC holds Heart Camp for children ages 8-16 with a heart condition at Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spenser.
  • Camp INSPIRE: The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC offers a free overnight camp for children ages 6-18 who have tracheostomies, ventilators or BiPAP machines and have complex medical conditions.

 

Random Camps

  • Camp Qamp: A 5-day camp for LGBTQIA youth ages 13-17 located in Mars PA. Strong arts focus plus traditional camp activities likes bonfires, s’mores, kayaking, swimming, etc.
  • Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin: The Moyer Foundation offers a 3-day summer camp for children who have experienced bereavement or family addiction.
  • PRYSE Academy: PRYSE Academy is a 3-week summer camp for refugee children in Pittsburgh
  • Camp Cadet: Camp Cadet is a one week, tuition-free summer camp where youth ages 12-14 in good physical condition will spend time with local and state law enforcement.

 

Phew! I hope this beast of an article helps you find something that peaks your interest. I know I walked away from this article feeling incredibly proud to be a part of this city. What an amazing collection of educational experiences for our kids! Also, if you would like your summer camp added to this list, please email me at pittsburghmommyblog@gmail.com. Thanks!

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

Happy Valentine’s and President’s Day Weekend! Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of February 13-15, 2015.

 

All Weekend, February 13-15, 2015

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre premieres its production of Beauty and the Beast.

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

Cost: Tickets start at $27

Location: Benedum Center, 237 7th Street,,  Pittsburgh,  PA 15222

 

My Fair Lady by the Pittsburgh Public Theater

The Pittsburgh Public Theater presents its production of My Fair Lady based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

Times: Friday 8pm, Saturday 2 and 8pm, Sunday 2 and 7pm

Cost: Tickets start at $33

Location: O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave,  Pittsburgh,  PA 15222

 

Yo Vikings! at Stage 62

Stage 62 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie PA presents a kid-friendly musical adapted from Judith Byron Schachner’s children’s book YO, VIKINGS!

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

Cost: $10

Location: Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106

 

Monster Jam

This weekend the Consol Energy Center will host Monster Jam, the live monster truck show.

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

Cost: Tickets start at $26.25

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

 

Pittsburgh International Auto Show

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center will host the Pittsburgh International Auto Show this weekend with a huge display of both international and American cars and lots of kid-friendly activities.

Times: Friday and Saturday 10a-10p, Sunday (and Monday) 10-6pm

Cost: $10, Children under 12 free and Monday is half-off

Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15222

 

Friday Night, February 13

Make It Now Valentine’s at the Pittsburgh Glass Center

The Pittsburgh Glass Center is offering an open workshop for all-ages. Participants can make a glass flower, a heart-shaped pendant or a “fused” love letter. No experience or preregistration required.

Times: 4-9pm

Cost: Cost varies by project but range between $25-$25

Location: Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206

 

A Magical “Sha-Purim” at the JCC

The JCC offers its annual Purim celebration for families with children younger than 8. The evening’s entertainment includes a magic show, crafts, songs and food. Wear costumes!

Times:$10 Member/$14 Nonmember or $36 Member Family of Four/$48 Nonmember Family of Four. Under two free

Location: JCC Squirrel Hill, 5738 Forbes Avenue,  Pittsburgh,PA 15217 United States

 

Saturday and Sunday, February 14-15

$1 Family Films at Southside Works Cinema

Southside Works Cinema is offering their $1 Family Films deal this weekend where all tickets cost only $1. This weekend’s movie is Ice Age 2. Tickets are available at the door, but can also be purchased online.

Times: 11-12:30am

Cost: $1

Location: Southside Works Cinema, Southside Works South Side

 

Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show

Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show returns to the Monroeville Convention Center this weekend with 500+ train tables for sale, huge model train layouts, workshops and hands-on activities.

Times: 10-4pm

Cost: Adults $7 in advance $9 at door

Location: Monroeville Convention Center

 

Saturday, February 14

Tot Discovery Valentine’s Fun at the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum’s weekly Tot Discovery class for children ages 18 months-3 years old will focus on Valentine’s Day activities this week!

Times: 9-10am

Cost: $6 Members, $8 Nonmembers

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

 

The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium Reopens!

The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium have been closed for improvements, but opens again today!

 

Mini-Factory Sound at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory of Contemporary Art presents its young child-friendly Mini-Factory series designed to introduce young children to the field of installation art through hands-on activities, exhibit tours and a story time. Advance registration required.

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Free

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

 

Lowe’s Build and Grow Valentine’s Day Workshop

Lowe’s offers its regular, free kid’s building workshops this weekend with a special Valentine’s Day project. Kids can make a Sweetheart Picture Holder. All instruction and materials included. No experience necessary. Advance registration required.

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Free

Location: Participating Lowe’s Hardware locations

 

Valentine’s Day Celebration at North and South Park Ice Skating Rinks

The Allegheny County Parks Department will offer a special Valentine’s Day Celebration at both North and South Park Ice Skating Rinks this Saturday. The day’s festivities include buy-one-get-one free admission, Valentine’s Day leis for all skaters and a free commemorative photo booth (1-9pm). Also, couples 18 and older can enter to win a couples gift basket.

Times: 11-4, 4:30-7pm and 7:30-10pm

 

Paint Monkey’s Valentine’s Day Classes

Paint Monkey is offering family-friendly, Valentine’s Day-themed classes at both its Lawrenceville and Cranberry locations. Advance registration strongly recommended.

Times: 12pm

Cost: $30

 

Brown Bag Concert by the Pittsburgh Opera

The Pittsburgh Opera is holding an all-ages, free concert by resident artists with the Valentine’s Day theme, “Love Songs, Old and New.”

Times 12-1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Avenue,  Pittsburgh,PA 15222

 

Little House Big Art Valentine’s Day Open House

Little House Big Art in Spring Hill celebrates its 3rd birthday with its annual Valentine’s Day Open House. There will be cupcakes, drinks and the chance to make plenty of Valentine’s Day crafts for your loved ones.

Times: 12-7pm

Cost: Free to attend; craft projects vary in price

Location: Little House Big Art, 938 Haslage Avenue,  Pittsburgh,PA 15212

 

Penny Arcade at the Arcade Comedy Theater

The Arcade Comedy Theater is celebrating its 2nd birthday this weekend and in honor of this event will be holding a Valentine’s Day-themed Penny Arcade show. Designed for young audiences, the Penny Arcade is an improv comedy show just for kids!

Times: 1pm

Cost: $5 Adults $10 Children

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

 

Art Lab at the Mattress Factory

This week’s kid-friendly Art Lab at the Mattress Factory will be Valentine’s and circus-themed with opportunities to hear stories from Benjamin Sota of the Zany Umbrella Circus about how amazing circus feats have been accomplished through acts of love. Kids will also have the chance to check out the tightrope and trapeze.

Times: 2-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Sunday, February 15

Yoga in the Square: Winter Edition

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is offering its family-friendly Yoga in the Square at the Wintergarden at PPG Place.

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Free

Location: Wintergarden, PPG Place, Downtown Pittsburgh

 

Paint Monkey’s Mardi Gras Celebration

Paint Monkey is holding an all-ages Mardi Gras Mask painting class at both its Cranberry and Lawrenceville locations. Advance registration is strongly recommended.

Times: Cranberry 12pm, Lawrenceville 3pm

Cost: $35

 

Tropical Sunday at Phipps

Phipps invites visitors to escape to the tropics during Sundays during February. There will be fruit tastings and live music by Tropical Sands Steel Band. Plus, wear a tropical shirt and receive 50% off admission.

Times: 9:30-5pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

PJ Library Story Adventures presents The Better than Best Purim

PJ Library Story Adventures, JCC and the Community Day School invite families with children five and under to participate in a Purim-themed costume party with crafts, activities based on the book The Better than Best Purim.

Times: 10am

Cost: Free

Location: JCC Squirrel Hill, 5738 Forbes Avenue,  PittsburghPA 15217

 

Have a great weekend!