What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: December 18-20, 2015

Here’s my listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of December 18-20th.

 

Seasonal fun continues this week with a number of ongoing attractions, including:

Holidays in Downtown Pittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh holds a number of great attractions during the holiday season including the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG PlaceThe Wintergarden at PPG PlacePeoples Gas Holiday Market and The Pittsburgh Creche. In addition, there are free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, the free Holly Trolley and children’s activities at Fifth Avenue PlaceOne Oxford Centre and throughout the Cultural District during Holiday KidsPlay.

 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden Winter Flower Show

Phipps Conservatory is hosting a “Deck the Halls”-themed Winter Flower Show. The Conservatory will be open for extended hours from 9:30am-11pm daily for its Candlelit Evenings and its outdoor Winter Light Garden (from 5-11pm). Phipps will also be offering visits with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays from Nov 28-Dec 20.

 

In addition, there are a number of other ongoing Christmas attractions in the region, including The Polar Express: An Imax Experience at the Carnegie Science Center (plus the awesome Miniature Village and Railroad, Holiday Laser Shows, etc), Photos with Santa at the National AviaryOverly’s Country Christmas in Greensburg, the new Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Butler, Christmas Light Up Celebration in Clinton PAThe Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum’s Holiday Train Display in Gibsonia, Santa Trolley at the Pennyslvania Trolley Museum in Washington, Yuletide in SewickleyKennywood’s Holiday Lights in West Mifflin, the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort in West Virginia and Santa Family Fun Cruises on the Gateway Clipper Fleet.

 

The musical scene in Pittsburgh comes alive this season with holiday-themed live performances. This weekend there are several, including these:

  • Holiday POPS: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Holiday POPS at the Scottish Rite Cathedral on December 18th, featuring traditional Christmas carols.
  • Salsa Navidad by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra: The Spanish Harlem Orchestra celebrates the holidays with its New York-style salsa at the August Wilson Center on December 18th.
  • Christmas in East Liberty: The Brass Roots and organist Dr. Ed Moore presents this arrangement of Christmas classics and carols at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church at 7:30pm on December 18th.
  • A Lyrical Christmas Carol by the Pittsburgh Musical Theater: The Pittsburgh Musical Theater presents its family-friendly version of the classic Christmas Carol story on December 17-20th at the New Hazlett Theater.

And these ongoing shows:

The Nutcracker by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater at the Benedum Center and A Musical Christmas Carol by the Pittsburgh CLO at the Byham Theater throughout the weekend, the Pittsburgh Camerata’s Celtic Christmas Carol on Saturday,  Oliver Twist by PICT Pittsburgh’s Classic Theatre on Friday and Saturday and Beauty and the Beast Holiday by the Gemini Children’s Theater on Sunday at Latitude 360 in Robinson.

 

And if movies are more your thing, the Regent Square Theater is hosting free showings of It’s a Wonderful Life throughout the weekend (bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the East End Cooperative Ministry). Also, the Hollywood Theater in Dormont is showing White Christmas on Sunday, the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville is showing Christmas movies throughout the weekend and the Harris Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh is showing classic holiday short films and cartoons during Holiday Kidsplay on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Plus, don’t forget the new Star Wars movie playing at movie theaters throughout Pittsburgh this weekend!

 

Other events this weekend:

Friday Night, December 18

Winter Fridays at the Frick

The Frick is hosting an Adults Night Out with on-site childcare available. Parents can leave children ages 4 and up with museum educators for a maximum of 2.5 hours for FREE, as long as you stay on the museum’s grounds.

Times: 5-9pm

Cost: Free!

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

 

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins

The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing the Boston Bruins at the Consol Energy Center at 7pm.

 

Saturday, December 19

Sing We Noel during Chatham Baroque’s Peanut Butter and Jam Session

Chatham Baroque is presenting a Christmas-themed Peanut Butter and Jam session designed to introduce preschool-aged children to baroque music. Led by a Kindermusik instructor, this program incorporates music, creative movement and a snack.

Time: 10 and 11:30am

Cost: Adults $8, Children $5

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

 

Gingerbread Stories at the Frick

The Frick is hosting a gingerbread-themed family event for children ages 4-6 with a caregiver, featuring storytelling, games and gingerbread cookie-decorating.

Times: 10-11:30 am

Cost: Adults Free, Member Child $10, Nonmember Child $12

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

 

Pancakes with Santa and the Reindeer at the Roof at The Commoner

Families are invited to a delicious-sounding brunch at The Rooftop of The Commoner at the Hotel Monaco, featuring a create-your-own pancake station plus other great breakfast options, cookie- and ornament-decorating stations, a hot cocoa bar (plus a full bar for adults) and visits with Santa and his reindeers. Advanced registration required here.

Times: 10am

Cost: Adults $44, Children $22, Children 3 and under free

Location: The Commoner, 458 Strawberry Way, Pittsburgh PA

 

Cookies with Santa at Boyce Park

The Allegheny County Parks Department is hosting a Cookies with Santa event at Boyce Park on December 19th from 10 to noon, featuring cookies, hot chocolate, holiday movies and visits with Santa.

Time: 10-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: Boyce Park Four Seasons Lodge

 

Holiday-Themed Let’s Move Family Dance Party at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is hosting a holiday-themed Let’s Move Family Dance Party on December 19th at 11 a.m. featuring a DJ dance party, holiday craft activities and more.

Time: 11am

Cost: Pay What You Can

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

 

Skate with Santa at the Rink at PPG Place

The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink is hosting a special Skate with Santa event.

Times: 2-4pm

Cost: Adults $8, Children $7

Location: Rink at PPG Place, Downtown Pittsburgh

 

Hike it Baby Pittsburgh’s Dahntahn Pittsburgh Holiday Stroll and Ugly Sweaters

Hike It Baby Pittsburgh is hosting a family-friendly stroll through Downtown Pittsburgh’s holiday attractions. Don’t forget to wear your ugliest sweaters!

Times: 2-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Meet at Starbucks in Market Square

 

Fleury’s Kids Night Out at the National Aviary

Fleury, the National Aviary’s Snowy Owl is hosting a Kids Only night out featuring stories, bat feedings, crafts to take home, a scavenger hunt, flashlight hike and opportunities to meet a penguin up close. For children in grades K-2 and 3-5.

Times: 5-9pm

Cost: $50 per child plus $5 for optional dinner

Location: National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh PA

 

FAAP’s Annual Christmas Party

The Filipino-American Association of Pittsburgh is hosting its annual Christmas party with visits from Santa Claus/Mano Po, traditional Filipino foods and sawayan-dancing. Please bring a dessert or drink to share and nonperishable foods to donate to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Times: 5-9pm

Cost: Free for FAAP members, $10 Adults, $5 child 5-12 years old

Location: Bethel Park Community Center, 5151 Park Avenue, Bethel Park, PA 15102

 

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Carolina Hurricanes

The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing the Carolina Hurricanes at the Consol Energy Center at 7pm.

 

Sunday, December 20

Please note: The Carnegie Science Center is closed today due to the Steelers home game.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos

The Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the Denver Broncos at 4:25pm at Heinz Field.

 

Have a great weekend!

Whetstone Workgroup: A WAHM’s Dream

Somewhere along the way, I transitioned from being a stay-at-home mom to being a work-at-home mom. And in many ways I feel like I’m living my own personal dream. After all, I get to work in my PJ’s at my own kitchen table doing what I love. I get to drop my kids off and pick them up every day from school. And I get to cook a tasty and healthy meal every evening. Flexibility. I’ve craved it my whole life.

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Jessica Strong, Founder of Whetstone Workgroup

Then there’s a week like a recent one… Half days, parent-teacher conferences, a road trip and two busted car batteries and my work plans for the week were shot. I was planting my preschooler in front of Netflix while I scrambled to accomplish what I thought would be easy. The reality is that uninterrupted work time can be very hard to find when you’re the parent with the “flexible” schedule.

So when I heard about the new Whetstone Workgroup, I felt this dense black cloud ascend from my head and proceed along the horizon. Finally, a place for WAHMs to get stuff done without leveraging fruit snacks or the Eagle’s Nest. I recently interviewed the founder of Whetstone, Jessica Strong, (a fellow WAHM), and here’s what she had to say:

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What is Whetstone Workgroup?

Whetstone Workgroup is a new co-working space located in the Aspinwall/Sharpsburg area. It has been designed specifically with freelancers in mind and is ideal for moms because it offers drop-in, on-site childcare!

 

What services does it offer specifically?

Whetstone members have access to a variety of workspaces that cater to different styles, including a room with individual work stations, rooms with large conference tables and a lounge-ish room with comfy seating. The space also has unlimited wifi, ample electrical outlets, Commonplace coffee, mailboxes and a phone/fax/scanner.

Whetstone Workgroup also offers a selection of shared software services (project management software, billing/invoicing/contact management software, Adobe Creative Cloud, and access to an IT expert to help resolve any bugs), as well as regular consultations with successful entrepreneurs and other professionals like accountants, lawyers, bookkeepers, etc..

 

What’s the scoop on the daycare option?

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Toys in the childcare area

It can be really hard to focus on your work when the kids are arguing, or to be engaged on a conference call that you specifically scheduled during baby’s “naptime” and that baby is just flat-out refusing to nap and is over-tired and wailing instead.

For this reason, Whetstone Workgroup has a drop-in child care option. Although it is not a licensed child care facility, it is primarily staffed by local parents (all with clearances) and is available for up to four hours per day from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 4:30pm. The cost is $6/hour for one kid and $4 for each additional child.

Whetstone’s childcare area has two rooms. One is for kids ages 0 to three with baby toys, a play kitchen, a pack-and-play, etc. The other room is for older kids (up to about age 12) with art supplies, an easel and paint, desktop computers, beanbag chairs, etc.

 

What is the cost to be a part of Whetstone?

Membership to Whetstone Workgroup costs $75 to join – it’s a one-time fee. Access to the shared co-working space is $125/month (with special deals for 6-month and 12-month packages). Access to the shared software suite is $100/month (again, with a discount for 6- and 12- month packages). Or you can get both, for a discount too. Both are available on a month-to-month basis, because one of the hallmarks of freelancing is the “feast or famine” cycle – some months have a lot of client (read: billable) activity happening, and other months are much slower.

 

What inspired you to start Whetstone?

Whetstone communal workspace
Whetstone communal workspace

I think freelancing is a really great “third option” for many moms. For women that work in professional/office environments, the options once a child comes along are often pitched as an either/or. You can go back to work full-time and someone else watches your kid. Or you can leave the formal workforce altogether and stay home with your kid. The former does not really afford the flexibility that many moms want and if you leave the formal workforce altogether, you may lose your professional identity/sense of self, your contacts, a paycheck – and that gap on your resume can be extremely hard to overcome.

That’s why I started freelancing. I had a nice office job, five days a week, good pay and benefits – but my kids were 4 and 2, my husband was working 70+ hour weeks opening a restaurant, the kids were at daycare from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, evenings were incredibly stressful between trying to feed them, pick up, do laundry, answer work emails. At a certain point, I just decided I couldn’t do it anymore and quit.

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Turns out though – that working for myself brings its own challenges. I’m naturally very social, and found working from home very isolating. Buying all the tech subscriptions was expensive, plus super time consuming to figure all of the supposedly easy WordPress and printer/scanner and phones updates myself. During snow days when school was cancelled, I had to re-schedule client meetings. During the summer, my kids had to accompany me to Panera to sit and play on the iPad while I met with colleagues.

I started a private Facebook group where other freelancers share their struggles and offer advice, job leads, etc, and we meet monthly to brainstorm and help each other through different challenges. So I knew I wasn’t the only one facing these kinds of things; in fact, we’ve joked that all we need to be successful is a babysitter, access to coffee, and a copier/scanner. At some point, I thought – how hard can it be to set that up?! So I designed Whetstone to address some of these challenges.

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Whetstone Workgroup is located at 2310 Main Street in Sharpsburg. If you’re interested in learning more, you can give Jessica a call at 412.782.2227, email her at jessica@whetstoneworkgroup.com or attend one of her upcoming events.  And don’t forget to like her Facebook page and/or follow her Twitter account!

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: December 11-13, 2015

Here’s my listing of family-friendly events in Pittsburgh for this holiday season weekend!

 

Seasonal fun continues this week with a number of ongoing attractions, including:

Holidays in Downtown Pittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh holds a number of ongoing attractions during the holiday season including The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG PlaceThe Wintergarden at PPG PlacePeoples Gas Holiday Market and The Pittsburgh Creche. In addition, there are free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, the free Holly Trolley and children’s activities at Fifth Avenue PlaceOne Oxford Centre and throughout the Cultural District during Holiday KidsPlay.

 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden Winter Flower Show

Phipps Conservatory is hosting a “Deck the Halls”-themed Winter Flower Show. The Conservatory will be open for extended hours from 9:30am-11pm daily for its Candlelit Evenings and its outdoor Winter Light Garden (from 5-11pm). Phipps will also be offering visits with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays from Nov 28-Dec 20.

 

In addition, there are a number of other ongoing Christmas attractions in the region, including The Polar Express: An Imax Experience at the Carnegie Science Center (plus the awesome Miniature Village and Railroad there), Photos with Santa at the National AviaryOverly’s Country Christmas in Greensburg, the new Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Butler, Christmas Light Up Celebration in Clinton PAThe Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum’s Holiday Train Display in Gibsonia, Santa Trolley at the Pennyslvania Trolley Museum in Washington, Yuletide in SewickleyKennywood’s Holiday Lights in West Mifflin, the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort in West Virginia and Santa Family Fun Cruises on the Gateway Clipper Fleet.

 

The musical scene in Pittsburgh comes alive this season with holiday-themed live performances. This weekend there are several, including these:

Opening Weekend of the Highmark Holiday Pops

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Highmark Holiday Pops at Heinz Hall from December 11-20th. Features classic Christmas music and a visit from Santa!

Singin’ with Santa by the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale

The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale is holding a special Singin’ with Santa concert designed for kids on December 12th at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. It’s only $10 per family!

Renaissance City Choir Holiday Concert

The city’s LGBTQA choir presents its 30th annual Holiday Concert on December 12th at 7:30 pm at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church.

Coro Latinoamericano Pittsburgh’s Nostalgia en Navidad

Coro Latinoamericano Pittsburgh presents Nostalgia en Navidad, a choral concert of “yuletide yearnings and celebrations in the America’s” at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium in Oakland at 7:30pm on Saturday. Coro Latinoamericano is an organization dedicated to using choral music to connect Pittsburghers to the cultures of Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula.

 

And these:

Beauty and the Beast Holiday by the Gemini Children’s Theater on Saturday and Sunday at Latitude 360 in Robinson, The Nutcracker by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater at the Benedum Center and A Musical Christmas Carol by the Pittsburgh CLO at the Byham Theater throughout the weekend, the Pittsburgh Camerata’s Celtic Christmas Carol on December 11 and 13th, the Steel City Men’s Chorale Let Men Their Songs Employ: A Celebration of the Season at First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland on Sunday and Oliver Twist by PICT Pittsburgh’s Classic Theatre.

 

If movies are more your thing, the Hollywood Theater in Dormont is showing A Christmas Story on Friday and Sunday evenings and the Harris Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh is showing classic holiday short films and cartoons during Holiday Kidsplay on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

 

Other events this weekend:

Friday Night, December 11

Parents Night Out at the Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo is hosting a Parents Night Out for local families. While parents enjoy a night out, kids ages 4-11 are invited to spend the evening at the Zoo, enjoying a pizza party followed by animal encounters, games, a craft and an educational film about animals. Advance registration required.

Times: 6-10pm

Cost: $31 for first child, $16 for additional siblings with a $6 discount for members

Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA

 

Parents Night Out at the Lauri-Ann West Community Center

The new Lauri-Ann West Community Center in the Fox Chapel area is hosting a Parent’s Night Out, where kids in grades K-6 can enjoy pizza and popcorn, watch The Lego Movie, and make some crafts, while parents get a night out!

Times: 6-9pm

Cost: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers, 5% sibling discount available for members

Location: Lauri Ann West Community Center, 1220 Powers Run Road, Pittsburgh PA 15238

 

Pittsburgh Family Country Dance

The Swisshelm Park Community Center is hosting a family-friendly country dance party, with live music and traditional dancing for all ages followed by a potluck dinner. There is also a special adult dance afterwards and a playspace available for parents that want to stick around and dance while their kids play.

Times: Dancing starts at 6, potluck dinner at 7

Cost: $5/person or $10/family of two or more

Location: Swisshelm Park Community Center, 1050 Windermere Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

 

Penns vs. Kings

The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing the LA Kings at the Consol Energy Center at 7pm.

 

Saturday and Sunday, December 12-13

Holidays Around the World at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History introduces the new Holidays Around the World event,  featuring holiday-themed stations showcasing the traditions of other cultures through crafts, food and artifacts. While you’re there, check out the Christmas trees in the Hall of Architecture and the Neopolitan Presepio in the Hall of Sculpture.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Carnegie Museums of Natural History and Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

PirateFest 2015

The Pittsburgh Pirates are hosting PirateFest, featuring live programs, autograph sessions with current and former players, games, youth baseball clinics, the Pirate Parrot and more. Saturday’s event is open to the general public, but Sunday’s event is reserved for Pirates Season Ticket Members who chose a PirateFest VIP experience as one of their 2015 Membership Experiences.

Times: Saturday 10-7pm, Sunday 12-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: David L Lawrence Convention Center

 

“Christmas at the Village” at Old Economy Village

Old Economy Village is offering a unique opportunity to explore this historic village! Travel back in time to visit a 19th-century Christmas Village. Walk along a candlelit cobblestone streets, window shop in the various stores, listen to music by local choirs, participate in children’s crafts and activities, see Santa, and eat!

 

Saturday, December 12

Play It Forward Pittsburgh

Families in need of toys for their children can come and “shop for free” at the annual Play It Forward Pittsburgh event. Each family is invited to take up to three toys, three stuffed animal and three books per child for free.

Times: 9-3pm

Cost: Free

Location Century III Mall, 3075 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, PA 15123

 

Breakfast with Santa in Pine Township

Families are invited to a special buffet breakfast with Santa, featuring food, music, crafts, games, face-painting and more.

Times: 9-10:30am

Cost: Adults $8, Children $16 with discounts available for members

Location: Pine Community Center, 100 Pine Park Drive, Wexford PA

 

Cookies with Santa at Round Hill Park

The Allegheny County Parks Department is hosting a Cookies with Santa event at Round Hill Park, featuring cookies, hot chocolate, holiday movies and visits with Santa.

Times: 10-noon

Cost: Free

Location: Round Hill Park

 

Cool Yule Free Family Fun Day at the Frick

The Frick Art and Historical is offering its annual family celebration for the season, featuring stories, family-friendly tours of the Clayton (adult admission rates apply) and holiday art-making. From 11-11:45, the Frick will also be hosting a CarKids: Horse Sense free program for children, where they can learn about the horses that pulled the carriages owned by the Fricks.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free

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

 

First Night Puppet Making with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

In preparation for the First Night Parade in Downtown Pittsburgh, Parade Creative Director Cheryl Capezzuti and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust are hosting an all-ages puppet-making party. Participants can also sign up to carry the puppets in the Parade. Advance registration required.

Time 11am

Cost: Free

Location: Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Pittsburgh Polar Plunge

Over 2,000 Pittsburghers will jump into the Ohio River to raise money for the Special Olympics. There will also be free food and entertainment, unified sports, games, a “Seven Springs” experience tent and more.

Time: 12pm

Cost: $50 to plunge, $0 to watch, Free parking available.

Location: Heinz Field

 

We Stand in Solidarity with Las Palmas Rally

Las Palmas, a Mexican grocery store in Brookline, was graffitied this week with xenophobic language. The “We Stand in Solidarity with Las Palmas” rally is being hosted by Casa San Jose and will include representatives of the many organizations in our city working to break down barriers for immigrants.

Times: 12pm

Cost: Free

Location: Las Palmas, 700 Brookline Blvd, Pittsburgh PA

 

Avalon Brighten the Season

Avalon Now presents the community’s 2015 Brighten the Season event, featuring visits with Santa, refreshments, crafts, a tree-lighting ceremony and more.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Avalon Borough Building, 640 California Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Pine Santa Express

Santa will be visiting each neighborhood in Pine on board a fire truck on December 12 from 12 to 5 p.m.

 

Penny Arcade

The Penny Arcade is hosting its monthly kid-friendly improv comedy show preceded by creative activities that help kids generate ideas for the show.

Times: 1pm

Cost: Free!

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

 

Havdal-ukah at the JCC Squirrel Hill

The JCC in Squirrel Hill is hosting Havdal-ukah, a family-friendly event featuring swimming, pickup basketball, stuffing your own Sufganiyot, a Story Walk with PJ Library, 3-D Printing and clay Dreidel-making, community service opportunities, Chanukkah candle-lighting, singing and torch walk.

Times: 4-6 pm

Cost: Free

Location: JCC Squirrel Hill, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Merry Morningside 2015

The Morningside Area Community Council and the Bulldog Pub are hosting a holiday community event, featuring free finger foods, cider, music and more. Other beverages and food available at own cost. Guests have a chance to win various gift cards from retailers.

Times: 5-7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Bulldog Pub, 1818 Morningside Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Snowflake Festival at Soergel’s Orchard 

Soergel’s Orchard is holding its annual Snowflake Festival, featuring a Snowflake Express, hot chocolate and other treats, ice carving demonstrations and horsedrawn carriage ride around the grounds.

Times: 5-8pm

Cost: Free

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

 

Pittsburgh Vegan Festival Holiday Ball

The Pittsburgh Vegan Festival is hosting a Holiday Ball featuring vegan food and desserts, Indian and Middle Eastern dancing, a dance party and holiday shopping.

Times: 6-9pm

Cost: $20 cash only at the door, Kids 11-16 $10, 10 and under are free

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills, 2359 West Ingomar Road, Pittsburgh PA 15237

 

Sunday, December 13

Father Ryan Arts Center Holiday Children’s Extravaganza

Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks is hosting a Holiday Children’s Extravaganza, featuring a candy buffet, games, activities and visits with your favorite Disney and Marvel comic characters. Costumes are encouraged!

Times: 11-6pm

Cost: $12.50

Location: Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks, PA

 

Holiday Family Workshop: Build Your Own Gingerbread House at the Frick

The Frick Art and Historical Center is hosting a build-your-own gingerbread house workshop for families. All materials provided and a quick tour of the Clayton is included in the event. Event appropriate for children ages 6-12 with an adult and advance registration is required.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Child member $16, Child nonmember $19, accompanying adult is free

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

 

Gingerbread Letterboxing with Venture Outdoors

Venture Outdoors is hosting a Gingerbread Letterboxing event, where families will go on a scavenger hunt through the forest in search of letterboxes. They’ll collect stamps featuring all the components they’ll need to make the gingerbread house.

Time: 1pm

Cost: Adults $18, Kids $10

Location: Olson Park

 

My Favorite Sweet Shoppe Holiday Prep Workshop

My Favorite Sweet Shoppe in Bridgeville is hosting a holiday cooking workshop, where kids will make holiday treats like chocolates, pretzel rods, marshmallow pops and Oreo’s. Parents do not need to stay. Advanced registration required.

Time: 1-3pm

Cost: $30 for first child, $20 for additional children

Location: My Favorite Sweet Shoppe, 1597 Washington Pike, Bridgeville PA

 

Little Cup of Hope

The second annual “Little Cup of Hope” fundraiser will be held at the Pine Community Center in Wexford on December 13th at 2pm, featuring Christmas crafts, treats, stories and a visit from Santa. All proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh chapter of Flashes of Hope – which takes portraits of children fighting cancer at Children’s Hospital.

Time: 2pm

Cost: $15 per person or $50 per family

Location: Pine Community Center, 100 Pine Park Drive, Wexford PA

 

South Fayette Polar Express Pajama Party

South Fayette is hosting a Polar Express Pajama Party. Children are encouraged to wear PJ’s and bring a stuffed animal and blanket.

Time: 5:30pm

Cost: Free with donation of a toy to Toys for Tots

Location: South Fayette Community Room at the Senior Center, 515 Millers Run Road, South Fayette

 

Have a great weekend!

For My Father: A Muslim Immigrant and a Fellow American

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My Dad 8/15/1948-5/3/2008

You probably came to this blog today to find fun things to do with your family during this holiday season. And on any other day, you’d probably find just that. But not today. Today I have something else to say.

I generally try to keep this blog light-hearted. I purposely stay away from controversial topics so as not to alienate readers. Because no matter what views you hold, I believe we share a common denominator–a love for our children. And that’s what this blog is really about.

But when I sat down this evening to start working on this weekend’s event listing, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Sometimes there are just more important things to talk about.

Instead, I’d like to tell you about my father. A Muslim, who immigrated to this country after facing religious and ethnic intolerances in his home country. His story is my own. And I’m proud to tell it.

My father put himself through MIT and devoted his considerable talents to the field of aerospace engineering. His contributions still strengthen our country’s defenses today. He married a Christian woman, and raised his children to understand both religions–so we would be open-minded enough to see common truths across faiths. He was well-respected in our community and loved by Jews and Christians, whites and blacks, rich and poor, straight and gay. By all accounts, he preached and practiced tolerance, peace and love. And he was an American–just like you and me.

Today I remembered my father’s story and felt anger. Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering this country is an outrage to my father and to the millions of Muslims like him–men and women who came here to build honest and decent lives for themselves and their families.

And I felt fear. For what’s next? Will Trump’s statement elicit backlash for innocent Muslims living in this country? Will it stir up even more anger amongst extremists who don’t need another reason to hate us? If Trump gets elected, will my family or others be punished for our Muslim heritage? Will the Latinos be next? The Jews? Blacks? Women?

And I felt sad. Because polls seem to show that a considerable portion of our country agrees with this hateful bigotry. How have we fallen this far?

If you presume to clump all Muslims into one extremist bunch, I don’t believe this blog post will change your mind. In fact, I bet you’ll never visit this blog again.

But if you believe in teaching your children to see a different way forward–a path for this country that’s based on the value of religious tolerance, cultural diversity and the fundamental equality of all people–you will always have an ally in me.

Because that’s the kind of American my father taught me to be.

Hope in the face of hatred. How will we teach our children to see this country?
How will we teach our children to see this country?

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: December 4-6, 2015

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of December 4-6, 2015. Holiday-themed fun continues this week with a number of ongoing attractions, including:

 

Holidays in Downtown Pittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh holds a number of ongoing attractions during the holiday season including The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG PlaceThe Wintergarden at PPG PlacePeoples Gas Holiday Market and The Pittsburgh Creche. In addition, there are free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, the free Holly Trolley and children’s activities at Fifth Avenue PlaceOne Oxford Centre and throughout the Cultural District during Holiday KidsPlay.

 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden Winter Flower Show

Phipps Conservatory is hosting a “Deck the Halls”-themed Winter Flower Show. The Conservatory will be open for extended hours from 9:30am-11pm daily for its Candlelit Evenings and its outdoor Winter Light Garden (from 5-11pm). Phipps will also be offering visits with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays from Nov 28-Dec 20.

 

In addition, there are a number of other ongoing Christmas attractions in the region, including The Polar Express: An Imax Experience at the Carnegie Science Center, Overly’s Country ChristmasShadrack’s Christmas WonderlandChristmas Light Up Celebration in Clinton PAThe Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum’s Holiday Train DisplaySanta Trolley at the Pennyslvania Trolley MuseumYuletide in SewickleyKennywood’s Holiday Lights and the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort.

 

Other events this weekend:

All Weekend, December 4-6

“The Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour” by the Lawrenceville Corporation

Lawrenceville hosts its “Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour,” featuring free cookies and shopping at over 40 stops in Lawrenceville.

 

Opening Weekend of The Nutcracker by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

It’s the opening weekend of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Also, if you’re looking for a more low-key (and cheaper) experience, check out the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company’s version of The Nutcracker running throughout this weekend.

Times: Friday 7pm, Saturday 2 and 7pm, Sunday 12 and 4:30pm

Cost: Tickets start at $28

Location: Benedum Center, 7th Street between Liberty and Penn

 

Opening Weekend of A Musical Christmas Carol by the Pittsburgh CLO

The Pittsburgh CLO presents its annual A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham Theater from December 4-23rd. Enjoy this Charles Dickens’ classic with accompanying Christmas music.

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

Cost: Tickets start around $16

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

 

Sounds of the Season by the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale

The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale presents its annual Sounds of the Season concerts, featuring traditional and modern Christmas tunes. Friday’s performance is at 7:30pm at Ingomar United Methodist Church, Saturday’s performance is at 7:30pm at Fox Chapel United Presbyterian Church and Sunday’s performance is at 4pm at Ingomar United Methodist Church.

 

Opening Weekend of Oliver Twist by PICT Pittsburgh’s Classic Theatre

PICT Classic Theatre presents its original family-friendly production of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

Times: Friday and Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm

Cost: Tickets start around $13

Location: The Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Steel City Con

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

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

Cost: $20 for Friday and Sunday, $30 for Saturday or 3-day admission for $45, free admission for children 10 and under

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

 

Friday Night, December 4

Members Holiday Event at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is hosting a Members Holiday Event, featuring visits with wintry friends like penguins from the National Aviary and a reindeer from Living Treasures Animal Park, live entertainment, holiday crafts and gift-making in the Studio. Please RSVP by emailing members@pittsburghkids.org.

Times: 6-8 pm

Cost: Free for members, guests are welcome at $12 each

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

 

Millvale Yuletide Tour and Light Up Night

Millvale is hosting a Yuletide Tour and Light up Night on December 4th with a holiday tree lighting at McCarthy Park at 5:30 pm and a Holiday Carnival from 6 to 8 pm at the Boys & Girls Club with Santa.

 

Greenfield’s Holiday Parade

Greenfield is hosting its annual Holiday Parade on Greenfield Avenue starting at 7pm.

 

Light Up Edgewood Night

Edgewood is hosting a tree lighting at 7pm in Memorial Park, followed by refreshments and visits with Santa in the Edgewood Club.

 

LaRoche College Festival of Lights

LaRoche College celebrates its annual Festival of Lights, featuring crafts, games, Santa, music performances, carriage rides, a live nativity, fireworks and more.

Times: 3-9pm

Cost: Free

Location: LaRoche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh PA 15237

 

Sewickley Light Up Night

Sewickley hosts its annual free Light Up Night from 5-9pm with entertainment, food from local restaurants and vendor carts, shopping, and the Lighting of the Village followed by a fireworks show.

 

Hot Jam at Pittsburgh Glass Center

The Pittsburgh Glass Center is hosting a family-friendly open house, featuring live glassblowing demonstrations and a contemporary glass art exhibition.

Times: 6-9pm

Cost: Free

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

 

Saturday, December 5

Free Kids Workshop at Home Depot

Home Depot is hosting its monthly free Kid’s Workshop where children will make Holiday Stacking Blocks. All materials and instructions provided and children get an apron and pin for participation.

Times: 9-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: Participating Home Depot locations

 

Girls Can Change the World

The Girls Coalition of SWPA is hosting its annual Girls Can Change the World event, highlighting local girls and young women who are taking an active role in making a difference in our community. In addition, there are musical performances from local female artists.

Times: 9-12pm

Cost: $5

Location: New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Half-Pint Prints at the Andy Warhol Museum

In honor of its Year of the Family, the Andy Warhol Museum is holding its monthly screen-printing activity for young children.

Time: 10am

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Christmas in Dormont

Dormont is hosting a variety of holiday festivities this Saturday, including a Christmas Parade at 10 a.m., a free showing of The Muppet Christmas Carol at the Hollywood Theater at 12pm, Cookies with Santa at the Recreation Center at 3pm and a Light Up Dormont tree lighting at 6pm. Click link above for more details.

 

A Visit with Belsnickel at Old Economy Village

Old Economy Village is hosting a visit with Belsnickel, the German helper of St. Nicholas. Event is appropriate for ages 3-8, simple refreshments will be served and there will be a craft activity. Plus, there will be regular historic tours of the village decorated for Christmas.

Times: 10-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Old Economy Village, 270 16th Street, Ambridge PA 15003

 

Handmade Arcade

Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair is at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and includes a great art-making area where children can create handmade holiday gifts and other fun crafts.

Times: 11-7pm

Cost: Free

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

 

Saturdays with the Sugarplum Fairy at Phipps

Phipps Conservatory is hosting a 30-minute creative movement dance class and story time with the Nutcracker’s Sugarplum Fairy dancer.

Times: 11 am

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Holiday Hijinks and Revue at the Attack Theater

The Attack Theater is hosting a Holiday Hijinks event featuring live performances and interactive games for families.

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: $15 Adults, $5 Kids

Location: The George R. White Studio 2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh,  PA15222

 

Beauty and the Beast Holiday by the Gemini Children’s Theater

The Gemini Children’s Theater presents its original production of Beauty and the Beast Holiday.

Time: 11am

Cost: $10

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

 

Winter Fair at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is hosting its annual Winter Fair, featuring food, carriage rides, marionette plays, crafts and more.

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: $8 per person or $30 per family

Location: Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, 201 S. Winebiddle, Pittsburgh PA 15224

 

Holidays at the Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center

The Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center is hosting its annual holiday event, featuring live Christmas music, hot chocolate, craft activities and visits with Santa.

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: Free

Location: Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center, 1551 Mayview Rd, Upper St. Clair PA

 

The Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade

Homestead hosts the annual Steel Valley Christmas Parade on Eighth Avenue starting at noon.

 

O Holy Night at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater

J’Aira Pryor and other Pittsburgh artists will star in this all-ages Christmas concert and food drive.

Times: 7:30pm

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, children 8 and under are free

 

Sunday, December 6

The Cathedral of Learning’s Nationality Rooms Annual Open House

The Nationality Rooms are hosting a very special Open House with tours of the Nationality Rooms decorated in traditional holiday styles, free ethnic dance performances and special ethnic food selections.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland

 

Meet Sheep, Alpacas and Llamas at the Children’s Museum

To kickoff Wool Week, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is offering a chance for families to feed and pet sheep, alpaca, and llamas from Greenfield Farms of Perryopolis, PA.

Times: 12-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Community Chanukah Celebration

The JCC of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting a Community Chanukah Celebration, with singing, candle-lighting, refreshments, craft activities, games, a moon bounce and more. Contact Dan Garfinkel for more info at 412-278-1975 or dgarfinkel@jccpgh.org

Times: 12:30-2:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: South Hills JCC, 345 Kane Boulevard, Scott Township, PA

 

Candy Cane Walk with Venture Outdoors

Venture Outdoors is hosting a family-friendly walk through Highland Park, where families can hunt for candy canes hidden along the trail and enjoy some hot chocolate afterwards. Advanced registration required.

Times: 1:30-3pm

Cost: $8, Members $6, Children $5

Location: Highland Park

 

Hogmanay and Scottish Dancing

The Oliver Miller Homestead is hosting a Scottish New Year’s Eve celebration with Scottish dancers.

Times: 1:30 to 4:30pm

Cost: $2

Location: Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park

 

Night of Illumination at the ARThouse

Vanessa German and the community of Homewood celebrate the new ARThouse with tours of the new location, hot cocoa, cookies, storytelling and some art.

Times: 3-6pm

Cost: Free

Location: ARThouse, 7703 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15208

 

Have a great weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving + A Few Weekend Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving!! I am celebrating the holiday with my family so am going to keep this week’s list short. But here are a few ideas for ways to spend the long weekend:

 

35th Annual WPXI Holiday Parade

WPXI is holding this favorite annual parade on November 28th in Downtown Pittsburgh. It starts at 9 a.m. on the 22nd block of Liberty Avenue and features marching bands, colorful floats, local celebrities and the arrival of Santa!

 

And while you’re Downtown, don’t forget to check out these attractions too:

Holidays in Downtown Pittsburgh: Downtown Pittsburgh holds a number of ongoing attractions during the holiday season including The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG PlaceThe Wintergarden at PPG PlacePeoples Gas Holiday Market and The Pittsburgh Creche. In addition, there are free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, the free Holly Trolley and children’s activities at Fifth Avenue PlaceOne Oxford Centre and throughout the Cultural District during Holiday KidsPlay.

 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden Winter Flower Show

This weekend is the opening of the “Deck the Halls”-themed Winter Flower Show at Phipps. The Conservatory will be open for extended hours from 9:30am-11pm daily for its Candlelit Evenings and its outdoor Winter Light Garden (from 5-11pm). Phipps will also be offering visits with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays from Nov 28-Dec 20.

 

Holidays at the Carnegie Science Center

It’s the re-opening weekend of the Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad and Village. Also, the Carnegie Science Center is showing The Polar Express: An Imax Experience from November 27th to January 3rd for $10 for adults and $8 for children.

 

Photos with Santa at the National Aviary

On Saturdays from November 28-December 19th, the National Aviary invites children to visit with Santa and his penguin helpers from 11-1 pm. Kids can also take home a penguin pinecone ornament.

 

Family Day at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory is hosting its annual Family Day on November 27th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring hands-on art-making, an interactive scavenger hunt, face painting, a hot chocolate bar and more. All activities are free with admission.

 

Holiday I Made It! Market

If you’re looking to do some holiday shopping, the I Made It! Market will be held on November 27-28th at Nova Place on the Northside. The market will feature 100 regional artists, live entertainment, DIY art-making for children, food and more.

 

Other fun attractions: Overly’s Country ChristmasShadrack’s Christmas WonderlandChristmas Light Up Celebration in Clinton PAThe Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum’s Holiday Train DisplaySanta Trolley at the Pennyslvania Trolley MuseumKennywood’s Holiday Lights and the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort.

 

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the weekend!

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

It’s one of the biggest weekends of the year in Pittsburgh–the official kickoff to the holiday season, with all its fun and festivities! Here’s my listing for November 20-22, 2015.

 

The weekend kicks off with:

55th Annual Light Up Night in Downtown Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership hosts the official kickoff to the holiday season at the free Light Up Night on Friday November 20th. The evening features various tree lightings, Santa and reindeer sightings, free horse-drawn carriage rides, the unveiling of the window displays, ice skating, music, food, fireworks and lots more!

 

In addition to the city’s Light Up Night celebration Downtown, there are several alternative celebrations on Friday night, including:

  • Winter Wonderland at Station Square: Station Square is hosting a Light Up Night Celebration with live musical performances, character meet and greets, visits with Santa and live reindeers, ice carving, face-painting and more.
  • Winter Wonderland at the Overlook: The Elliot Community Group hosts Winter Wonderland at the West End Overlook. Santa will arrive on a fire engine and there will also be games, food and hot cocoa for sale and live music.  Plus, you will be able to see the main fireworks display over the city.
  • Santa’s First Stop in Cranberry Township: Cranberry Township holds its annual Santa’s First Stop event at its Municipal Building with activities and crafts starting at 6pm, Santa’s arrival at 7pm, a chance to visit with Santa, Mrs Claus and their reindeers, the giant Lego train display and a stroll through the annual Cranberry Tree Gallery.
  • Light up Kittanning Night: Kittanning hosts its annual Light Up event from 5:30-9pm, featuring Santa’s arrival with Frosty the Snowman, live entertainment, free cookies and hot chocolate, pony rides, dog sled rides and tons more.
  • Santa Claus is Shopping in Monongahela: Monongahela hosts its annual “Santa Claus is Shopping” event at 5:30pm, featuring a Christmas tree display, live entertainment, visits with Santa, face-painting and children’s activities.

 

This weekend is also the kick-off for several ongoing Christmas attractions, including:

 

Other events throughout the weekend:

Free Admission to the Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo is offering free admission for children until November 29th.

 

Greater Pittsburgh Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular

One of the region’s largest Christmas craft festivals with over 280 booths and visits with Santa.

Times: Friday 10-9pm, Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 10-5pm

Cost: Adults $6, Children 6-12 $1, under 6 is free

Location: Monroeville Convention Center

 

Caps for Sale: The Musical

The Pittsburgh Children’s Theater’s run of Caps for Sale: The Musical by Adventure Theatre MTC continues this weekend with performances at Cornell High School on Friday night, Mount Lebanon High School on Saturday and Seneca Valley Intermediate High School on Sunday. Tickets are $10.50 in advance and $12 at the door (if available). Show lasts 60 minutes and is appropriate for children ages three to ten.

 

Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Mon River Arts presents its original production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Times: Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2 and 6pm, Sunday 2 pm.

Cost: $8

Location: Grand Theater, 207 S 2nd Avenue, Elizabeth PA 15037

 

Saturday, November 21

On Saturday, there are several Christmas-themed events, including:

  • Saturdays with the Sugarplum Fairy at Phipps: The Sugar Plum Fairy will be visiting Phipps for a free with admission 30-minute creative movement dance class and story time with a dancer in costume.
  • Brackrenridge-Tarentum Christmas Parade: Brackrenridge and Tarentum hold their annual Christmas Parade on November 21st at 1pm.
  • Greensburg Holiday Parade: Greensburg hosts its annual Holiday Parade on November 21st at noon beginning on North Main Street near the Middle School and ending at City Hall.
  • “Light Up the Wall” in Aspinwall: Aspinwall hosts its annual “Light Up the Wall” event with food, music, free Christmas cookies and visits with Santa from 4 to 6:30 pm with fireworks starting at 6:45 pm.
  • Annual Shaler “Lite” Up Night: Shaler Township holds it annual “Lite Up Night” at 7pm in front of the Shaler North Hills Library and Shaler Middle School, featuring visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, fireworks, craft tables and refreshments.
  • Brentwood Light Up Night: Brentwood is hosting its annual Light Up Night celebration at 4pm at Brentwood Towne Square.
  • Oakmont’s Hometown Christmas and Parade: The Oakmont business district hosts a night of Christmas festivities, including a Christmas Parade with Santa, marching bands, floats, horses, and lots more.  Other activities that evening: a Nutcracker performance by Western PA Youth Ballet, musical performances, Christmas tree lighting, horse and buggy rides, free Christmas cookies, pictures with Santa, and lots of children’s activities!
  • Season of Lights in White Oak: White Oak hosts its annual “Season of Lights” event on November 21st.

 

In addition to Christmas events, Saturday also has:

Peppa Pig Live!

Nick Jr.’s Peppa Pig stars in this live stage show perfect for preschoolers.

Times: 2 and 5pm

Cost: Tickets start around $37

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

 

Pittsburgh Penguins versus San Jose Sharks

The Penguins are playing the Sharks at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Consol Energy Center.

 

Sunday, November 22

Finally, Sunday offers the following Christmas activities:

  • The Waterfront Light Up Night: The Waterfront in Homestead is hosting a Light Up Night from 4 to 7 pm with a tree lighting, Christmas music, traditional carolers, visits with Santa and the Snow Queen and more! Plus, there is a cookie tour starting at 3pm!
  • Holidays at the House: The Woodville Plantation in Bridgeville is hosting a special Holidays at the House event where families can learn about 18th-century holiday customs. Tours are being held from noon to 8pm and cost is $5 with children under six free.

 

And:

Winter Layering Roundtable and Get Together

Hike It Baby Pittsburgh is hosting a winter layering roundtable discussion to discuss tried and true techniques for keeping children warm, while still getting plenty of exercise during the colder months.

Time: 1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Anchor and Anvil Coffeehouse, 7221 Church Avenue, Ben Avon, PA

 

Giving Thanks to the Frontier

The Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park will host a frontier-style living history event, where the Miller family will prepare a feast over an open hearth and bake oven.

Times: 1:30-4:30pm

Cost: $1 in advance, $2 at door

Location: Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park

 

Have a great weekend!

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