What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: January 30-February 1, 2015

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events for the weekend of January 30-February 1, 2015. Highlights of this weekend include Disney’s The Little Mermaid by the PMT, Chuggington Live! and the NFL PLAY 60 Training Camp with free admission for kids at the Heinz History Center.

 

All Weekend, January 30-February 1

Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s Disney’s The Little Mermaid

The Pittsburgh Musical Theater presents its production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid with the well-loved songs, characters and storyline from the Disney movie. A bonus matinee was just added this Saturday at 2pm!

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

Cost: Tickets start at $12.75

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

 

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s My Fair Lady

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

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

Cost: Tickets start at $29

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

 

Friday Night, January 30

Youth Cook at the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum launches its new series Youth Cook this weekend where children 10 and older can work with local grower and chef, Larry Neskey, to make a whole wheat pizza from scratch. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 412-322-5058 xt 240.  Space is limited so preregistration is required. Parents do not need to attend with children.

Time: 5-7pm

Cost: $8 Members, $10 Nonmembers

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

 

Winter Lights at Phipps

Phipps continues its outdoor holiday lights display this Friday night.

Times: 5-11pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Saturday and Sunday, January 31-February 1

Beauty and the Beast by the Gemini Children’s Theater

The Gemini Children’s Theater presents its original and highly interactive version of Beauty and the Beast.

Times: 1 and 3:30pm

Cost: $12

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

 

Saturday, January 31

Tot Discovery at the Children’s Museum

This week’s Tot Discovery at the Children’s Museum features the theme “A Pirate Adventure.”

Times: 9-10am

Cost: $6 Members, $8 Nonmembers

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

 

NFL PLAY 60 Training Camp at the Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center hosts its annual NFL PLAY 60 Training Camp with a mini NFL combine, special appearances by local athletes, cooking tours, a touchdown dance contest and the chance to win prizes all day. Plus, all children under age 17 get in for free!

Time: 10-2pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Ice Age Day at the Carnegie Science Center

A celebration of COLD, the Carnegie Science Center hosts Ice Age Day this Saturday with dry ice demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Family Yoga at the Alloy School

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Alloy School recently launched a new Family Yoga class, where families can participate in an hour-long yoga class together.

Times: 12-1pm

Cost: $7 per class, discounted rates for purchasing entire series, see website for more info

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

 

East End Food Co-op’s Winterfest

The East End Food Co-op hosts its annual Winterfest at the Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg. There will be lots of good food, refreshments, live music and activities. All money raised goes to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Times: 1-5pm

Cost: Adult Members $5, Adult Nonmembers $8, Children 5-12 $3, Free for kids under 5

Location: Hosanna House, 807 Wallace Avenue, Wilkinsburg PA

 

Chuggington Live!

The Cohen Grimsby Trust Presents series presents the North American debut of the live theater, “Chuggington Live!” for one day only!

Times: 3 and 6pm

Cost: Tickets start at $21

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

 

Sunday, February 1

WYEP’s Alternative Souper Bowl

WYEP hosts a free afternoon of live music as an alternative to traditional Superbowl parties at the Carnegie Library in Oakland. Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable donation item for HEARTH’s food pantries.

Times: 12-3pm

Cost: Free

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

 

Have a great weekend!

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: January 23-25, 2015

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of January 23-25, 2015. Highlights of this weekend include Boyce Park’s first ever SnowFest, opening weekend of the Disney’s The Little Mermaid by the PMT and the first concert for the Winter Edition of Weather Permitting.

 

All Weekend, January 23-25

Opening Weekend of the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Exhibit at the Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center opens its new Special Collections Exhibit devoted to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with the largest collection of original items from the Mister Rogers television show available for public viewing.

Times: 10-5 p.m.

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Boyce Park Snowfest

Boyce Park celebrates its first ever Snowfest with outdoor winter fun for children of all ages. The event includes discounted lift ticket prices, a free Winter Wonderland Laser Light Show, skiing and snowboarding races, cardboard box snow tubing derby and a mascot snow tube event! The full lineup of activities is available here. Attendance is free, but select activities cost extra.

 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid by the Pittsburgh Musical Theater

Pittsburgh Musical Theater presents its original production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid closely paralleling the Disney film version with familiar characters, songs and storyline. See website for ticket and time information.

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

 

Pippin

PNC Broadway Across America presents “Pippin.” The show  “captures one young man’s journey to be extraordinary,” through music, acrobatics and dance. See website for ticket prices and times.

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

 

54th Annual World of Wheels Car Show

The David L Lawrence Convention Center will host the 54th Annual World of Wheels Car Show this weekend with a large collection of hot rods, customs, truck and motorcycles plus chop shop demos, car care demos, music and more.

Times: Friday 3-10pm, Saturday 10-10pm, Sunday 10-6pm

Cost: Adults $16, Children $6, Kids under 5 free

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

 

Friday Night, January 23

Winter Lights Display at Phipps

Phipps is celebrating the tremendous success of its Winter Light Garden this year with additional Friday evening viewings of the light display in January.

Times: 5-11pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl

The Cultural Trust is holding its quarterly gallery crawl in the Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh. The evening is free with gallery openings, live performances and some hands-on art making activities. Activities start around 5:30 p.m. and continue into the night.

 

Saturday and Sunday, January 24-25

Beauty and the Beast at the Gemini Children’s Theater

The Gemini Children’s Theater presents its own original and interactive production of Beauty and the Beast. We saw this last weekend and loved it!

Times: 1 and 3:30pm

Cost: $12

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

 

Saturday, January 24

Tot Discovery at the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh offers its weekly Tot Discovery session for children ages 18 months-3 years plus a caregiver. This week’s theme is “Dinosaur Fun.”

Times: 9-10am

Cost: $6 members, $8 nonmembers

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

 

Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions by the Chatham Baroque

Chatham Baroque offers its monthly kid-friendly Peanut Butter and Jam session led by a local Kindermusik teacher and featuring baroque-style music, movement and song. This month’s theme is “The Long and the Short of It.”

Times: 10, 11:30 am

Cost: Adults $8, Children $5

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

 

Mini-Factory at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory offers its bimonthly interactive program where young children can learn about important concepts in installation art. This week’s topic is “movement.” Advance registration required.

Time: 10am

Cost: Free (admission purchase not required)

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

 

Arsenal Park Winter Roundup

Six of Pittsburgh’s top food trucks plus the 52nd Street Market and Butcher on Butler will be Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville serving delicious goodies. There will also be sweets, smores, hot chocolate, music and children’s crafts.

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville

 

Frozen Day at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History offers the next program in its Super Science series, Frozen Day! Families can meet a penguin, learn about animal behaviors in the winter month, learn about snowflakes and create their own. Come dressed as your favorite Frozen or winter character to receive a special winter surprise.

Times: 12-4 p.m.

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Saturday Crafternoon at Assemble

At this week’s free Saturday Crafternoon at Assemble, kids will have the chance to work with local artist Sarah Laponte to create adventure-themed set designs for the “Handmade Adventure Photo Booth.” Kids will also learn basic portrait photography and photo editing.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Assemble, 5125 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Frozen Movie Night at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum is presenting a special sing-along version of Disney’s Frozen in its Theater. Sleeping bags, pillows, jammies and costumes are encouraged!

Times: Doors open at 5 for dinner/popcorn purchase and pre-show entertainment, Movie starts at 5:30pm

Cost: $6

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

 

Sunday, January 25

Oakland Kazoofest

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main branch is offering its 9th annual Oakland Kazoofest where all kids will get their own kazoo to decorate and also learn to play some songs. Appropriate for all ages.

Times: 2-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Carnegie Library of Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213

 

JCC Birthday Bash

The South Hills JCC is celebrating its Birthday Bash with free cupcakes, popcorn, lemonade, balloon art, bounce house, obstacle course and crafts. Plus discounted rates on memberships and access to all the JCC’s facilities like pool

Times: 2-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: JCC South Hills, 345 Kane Blvd. Pittsburgh PA 15243

 

Weather Permitting Winter Edition

DJ Pete Spynda presents the first of his monthly Weather Permitting Winter Edition family-friendly concerts, featuring performances by bands Charlie Hustle and the Grifters, The Working Poor and the Pressure. There will also be food trucks and beer available for a donation. Little House Big Art will be offering children’s activities.

Times: 3-8pm

Cost: Adults $10, Children Free

Location: New Bohemian, 887 Progress Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Have a great weekend!

Giveaway: Four Tickets to Beauty & the Beast by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre!

Beauty & The Beast  by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Photo by Duane Rieder

“Beauty & The Beast” by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Photo by Duane Rieder

This February, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will premiere Beauty and the Beast at the Benedum Center for a two-weekend run (Feb 6-15) including performances over Valentine’s Day. Based on the original San Francisco Ballet production by Lew Christensen, the PBT has restaged its version of “Beauty and the Beast” under the direction of its Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. And I have 4 tickets to give away to the show! But first, a little bit about “Beauty and the Beast.”

This ballet sounds simply lovely! Set against the backdrops of the Beast’s castle, an enchanted forest and a magnificent ballroom, the classic tale of Beauty and her Beast is told through dynamic choreography, exquisite costumes, mysterious mythical figures and 22 excerpts from eight different Tchaikovsky works.

Performances will be held from Feb 6-Feb 15 with some extra special events that I have to mention, including a Sensory-Friendly Performance for individuals with autism and other sensory processing disorders and their families on February 13 at 11 a.m. Also, the PBT will be offering Family Pointe: A Peek into the Enchanted Forest on February 7, which is a family-friendly pre-performance discussion and demonstration of various aspects of the production.

Tickets start at $27 and can be purchased online at www.pbt.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or by visiting the Box Office at Theater Square in the Cultural District. OR you can enter my sponsored giveaway below for a chance to win 4 tickets to any of the following performances:

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  • Fri, Feb 13, 2015 – 8:00 PM 
  • Sat, Feb 14, 2015 – 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM 
  • Sun, Feb 15, 2015 – 2:00 PM

Tickets will be held at Will Call for pickup on the day of the show. Good luck!

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What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: January 16-18, 2015 + MLK Day

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events for the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of January 16-18, 2015, plus a few ideas for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

 

All Weekend, January 16-18, 2015

Click Clack Moo by the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater

Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater presents Click Clack Moo based on a New York Times best-seller. Show will be at Moon High School on Friday night, Upper St. Clair High School on Saturday and Seneca Valley Intermediate High School on Sunday.

Times: 2pm

Cost: $9.50 in advance and $11 at the door.

 

Opening Weekend of Titans of the Ice Age at the Carnegie Science Center

It’s the first weekend of the Carnegie Science Center’s new IMAX show, Titans of the Ice Age. The movie explores the frozen landscapes of 10,000 years before modern civilization and introduces kids to saber-toothed tigers, woolly mammoths and other “titans.”

Cost: Members: $7.50 adult / $5.50 child and non-members: $8.50 adult / $6.50 child.

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

 

Unveiling Paradise at the National Aviary

The National Aviary kicks off its paradise-themed season with a variety of activities, demonstrations, a story time and more.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the Hollywood Theater

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont is showing “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” throughout the weekend, including MLK Day.

Cost: Adult $8, Kids $6

Location: Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15226

 

Friday Night, January 16

Winter Light Garden at Phipps

Phipps is offering another chance to stroll through its Winter Light Garden this Friday evening!

Times: 5-11pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh PA

 

Saturday and Sunday, January 17-18

Opening Weekend of the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show at Phipps Conservatory

It’s the opening weekend of the annual Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show at Phipps, which runs until March 1.

Times: 9:30-5pm, 10 pm on Fridays

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Gemini Children’s Theater’s Beauty and the Beast

The Gemini Children’s Theater’s presents its original, interactive production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Times: 1 and 3:30pm

Cost: $12

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

 

Saturday, January 17

Tot Discovery at the Children’s Museum

The theme for this week’s Tot Discovery at the Children’s Museum is “Fun with Textures.” Children ages 18 months-3 years can participate in hands-on activities with museum educators.

Times: 9-10am

Cost: $8 for nonmember, $6 for members

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

 

Grease Sing-a-Long at the Row House Cinema

The Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville is presenting a kid-friendly, sing-a-long showing of the musical, Grease.

Time: 12:30pm

Cost: $6

Location: Row House Cinema, 4115 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15201

 

Gymkhana Gymnastics Demo at the Children’s Museum

Gymkhana Gymnastics will be visiting the Children’s Museum and providing a demonstration/workshop for little gymnasts-in-training.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Saturday Crafternoons at Assemble

This week, kids will be making a collaborative mural with local artist, Bernie Wilke during Saturday Crafternoons at Assemble.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: 5125 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206

 

ArtLab: Make a Spaceship at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory presents its bimonthly “ArtLab” program. This week, kids will be making a spaceship out of recycled materials and an LED light to assist them on their space explorations.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents a retrospective of the video game Pokemon’s most famous melodies. Accompanied by visuals on large screens.

Time: 8pm

Cost: Tickets start at $34

Location: Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Sunday, January 18

Chicago at the Row House Cinema

The Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville is presenting a kid-friendly showing of the musical, Chicago.

Time: 12:15pm

Cost: $6

Location: Row House Cinema, 4115 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15201

 

And, a few MLK Day ideas for you:

Duquesne Light Conservation Day at the Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center celebrates MLK Day at Duquesne Light Conservation Day where all visitors enjoy free admission, parking and an Omnimax show. The Science Center will also be holding activities designed to teach kids about conservation.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: FREE

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

 

Celebrate Dr. King’s Birthday at the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum will be celebrating MLK’s birthday with a variety of activities including the “King for a Day” program with the Saturday Light Brigade where kids will be reading aloud the speeches of Dr. King, live theater performances, collages at the “On Freedom Corner Collage and Photo Booth” and making clay birds with the Union Project.

Times: 10-4:30 pm

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Family Fun Day at the Pittsburgh Glass Center

The Pittsburgh Glass Center will be offering free glass-blowing demonstrations throughout MLK Day. For an additional fee, families can make a glass bead or stained glass creature.

Times: 10-4pm

Cost: Free

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

 

East Liberty Celebrates MLK

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater celebrates MLK Day during this annual event. This year’s theme is “resilience” and will include hands-on activities by organizations working to foster a resilient community. There will also be live music and dance performances the burial of the Theater’s time capsule.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: Pay What You Can

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

 

MLK Birthday Bash

The Mattress Factory celebrates MLK at its annual birthday bash, featuring hands-on art activities, cake, music and pay-what-you-can admission to the museum.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: Pay What You Can

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

 

Family Snowshoe Walkabout with Venture Outdoors

For members only, Venture Outdoors is offering a free family-friendly snowshoe excursion in Highland Park. All equipment and instruction provided.

Times: 1-3pm

 

Have a great long weekend!

Giveaway: 4 Tickets to Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure in Pittsburgh

ChugNewWebLogoI am hosting another sponsored giveaway for live theater tickets this month. This giveaway is for four tickets to Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure coming to the Benedum Center on January 31 at 3 and 6 p.m as part of the Cohen & Grigsby TRUST PRESENTS series. Based on the hit British television show about little locomotives-in-training, this two act musical follows the adventures of Wilson, Koko and Brewster as they embark on the first day of Advanced Training. The trainees are eager to impress their mentors by testing the limits of their courage, speed and determination. The show features giant train carriages with working mouths and eyes, well-known music from the series and animated projections of familiar landscapes on a large LED video screen behind the live show.

You can enter my sponsored giveaway below. Tickets are for the 6pm show and will be held at the Box Office for you. Even if you don’t win, you can purchase your own tickets here. Tickets start at $21.

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Good luck!

 

 

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: January 9-11, 2015

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of January 9-11, 2015. Highlights of this weekend include Sesame Street Live, your last chance to check out the Winter Flower Show at Phipps and the opening weekend of the Gemini Children’s Theater’s Beauty and the Beast.

 

All Weekend, January 9-11

Sesame Street Live

Sesame Street Live is back in town with the production of their show, Make A New Friend. The show bring your child’s favorite Sesame Street characters to life through music, dance and acting. See website for more details.

Times: Friday 10:30a, 6:30p; Saturday 10:30a, 2p, 5:30p, Sunday 1p, 4:30p

Location: Consol Energy Center

 

Last weekend of the Winter Flower Show at Phipps

This weekend is your last chance to check out the Winter Wonderland-themed Winter Flower Show at Phipps. From 5-11pm, visitors can also experience a Candlelit Evening and the outdoor Winter Light Garden.

Times: 9:30am-11pm daily with Candlelit Evenings and its outdoor Winter Light Garden from 5-11pm.

Cost: Adults $15, Children $11, Members free

Location: 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15213

 

Annual Holiday Train Display at the Western PA Model Railroad Museum

It’s the last weekend to check out the Western PA’s Model Railroad Museum’s Holiday Train Display, featuring an interactive children’s area on the bottom floor and a 4000 square foot model train display on the second floor. Also a gift shop and snack bar. On Friday evenings, there is a special “Steam at Twilight” event.

Times: Fridays from 6-9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11-5pm

Cost: Adults $6, Children $4

Location: Western PA Model Railroad Museum, 5507 Lakeside Dr, Gibsonia, PA 15044

 

Friday Night, January 9

Youth Make: Winter Warm Up

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is hosting a Youth Make Night in its MAKEshop. For children ages 10-15, Teaching Artists will help children make hats, scarves and mittens and create mini-bobsleds. Parents are not required to attend with children.

Times: 5-7pm

Cost: $10 for nonmembers, $8 for members

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

 

Teen + Tween Maker Night: Robots! at Assemble

Teens and tweens are invited to Assemble community space in Garfield for an evening of learning about robots. Snacks included and parents not required to attend.

Times: 5-7pm

Cost: Free

Location: 5125 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Free Movie Night at Hamilton Church Preschool

Hamilton Church Preschool is hosting a free showing of How to Train Your Dragon Part 2.

Times: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Hamilton Church Preschool, 4500 Hamilton Rd, Pittsburgh PA 15236

 

Saturday and Sunday, January 10-11

Opening Weekend of the Gemini Children’s Theater Beauty and the Beast

It’s the opening weekend of the Gemini Children’s Theater’s original, interactive production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Times: 1 and 3:30pm

Cost: $12

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

 

Saturday, January 10

Tot Discovery at the Children’s Museum

The theme for this week’s Tot Discovery at the Children’s Museum is Funny Faces. Children ages 18 months-3 years can participate in hands-on activities with museum educators.

Times: 9-10am

Cost: $8 for nonmember, $6 for members

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

 

Steel City Reptile Expo

The Steel City Reptile Expo is being held at the Iceoplex at Southpointe this Saturday. This expo includes opportunities to purchase reptiles and reptile-related supplies, as well as hands-on encounters with the animals and educators.

Times: 9-3pm

Cost: Adults $6, Children $3, Receive half price admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item.

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

 

Mini-Factory at the Mattress Factory

This week’s Mini-Factory at the Mattress Factory will explore the subject of patterns through exhibit visits, hands-on art activities and stories. Advance registration required.

Times: 10-11a

Cost: Free

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

 

ArtKids: StART the New Year Right

The Frick Art and Historical Museum presents a special celebration of the new year where children can explore new ideas about art and then make an events calendar for 2015.

Time: 11-11:45a

Cost: Free

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

 

Saturday Crafternoons at Assemble

At this week’s Saturday Crafternoon at Assemble, children in grades 1-6 will be working with local artist Sadie Shoaf to paint reused objects to create 3D textures on flat surfaces.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Assemble, 5125 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224

 

Mascot Skate at the Schenley Park Skating Rink

The Schenley Park Skating Rink will be hosting its annual Mascot Skate this weekend with mascots from throughout the region.

Times: 1:30-3:30pm

Cost: Adults $4, Children $3

Location: Schenley Park Skating Rink, Overlook Drive

 

Free Demo of Music Together Classes at Hampton Township Community Center

Local Music Together instructor, Mary Lynne Bennett is hosting a free demo class for children ages birth-5 at the Hampton Township Community Center. Those interested in signing up for a class can email mlobie1@gmail.com or call 412-436-9579.

Times: 3pm

Cost: Free

Location: Hampton Township Community Center, 3101 McCully Road, Allison Park, PA 15101.

 

Penny Arcade at the Arcade Comedy Theater

The Arcade Comedy Theater presents its monthly kid-friendly improv show. Kids can participate in special pre-show collaboration stations where they generate ideas for the live performance.

Times: 4:30pm

Cost: $10

Location: Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15221

 

Sunday, January 11

Click Clack Moo by the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater

Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater presents Click Clack Moo based on a New York Times best-seller. Show begins at the Byham Theater in downtown Pittsburgh on Sunday and then moves to other suburban locations throughout the following week.

Times: 2pm

Cost: $9.50 in advance and $11 at the door.

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

 

For events at the Carnegie libraries this weekend, click here and for events at the Allegheny County libraries this weekend, click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

2015 Preschools and Daycares in Pittsburgh Family Guide

Preschools

With the New Year upon us, many Pittsburgh parents begin agonizing about an important milestone in their child’s life–preschool! Many factors enter into the equation as we choose an appropriate early learning environment for our little ones. Location. Cost. Curriculum. Presence or lack of religious affiliations. Aftercare. Connection with a daycare. The list goes on and on.

To help answer some of these questions for us all, I’ve created this 2015 Preschools and Daycares in Pittsburgh Family Guide. I have organized these preschools by location–first those within the city and then those in the surrounding suburbs. Although I was originally intending just to list preschools, I found it necessary to include day cares since the distinction between the two blurs as children get older.

For this year, I have simply categorized the options by location. Next year, I would love to add more depth to these entries and parent perspectives. Feel free to email me at pittsburghmommyblog@gmail.com if you want to share your thoughts on any of these childcare facilities or add any to the list!

 

Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Childhood Education Program

The Pittsburgh Public School system hosts preschool programs for children ages 3-5 years old at 27 different locations throughout the city. For a comprehensive listing of these locations, please click here. These programs run M-F for six hours per day from September to June. Families residing within the city may apply to attend preschool at any of these locations. A lottery will be held for schools that have too many applications. Breakfast and lunch is served to all children at these programs. Head Start, Pre-K Counts and state-funded scholarships are available to help eligible families. Applications will be available at the end of January, beginning of February. An especially popular programs within the Pittsburgh Public School Early Childhood Education Program is the Children’s Museum Preschool.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools also have several magnet pre-K programs worth looking into, including the Montessori in Friendship.

 

There are also a number of large regional or national chains that run daycares/preschools in the Pittsburgh region. Many parents choose to send their children to these centers because of their national reputations, their extended hours and locations. Also, many working parents use the daycares for their young children who then transition seamlessly into their preschool programs. Here’s info on some of the them:

 

Brightside Academy

Brightside Academy has locations throughout Pittsburgh including Downtown, the East End and several suburbs. Brightside Academy offers care for children as young as 6 weeks up to preschool with before and after care available for school age children. Brightside Academies generally open before 7am and close at 6-6:30pm; however, two locations (Smithfield Street Downtown and East Liberty) are open until 10pm for families with nontraditional schedules.

 

KinderCare

KinderCare has a location in Downtown Pittsburgh as well as suburban locations in all four directions outside of Pittsburgh. The Downtown Pittsburgh location is within the US Steel Tower and is open from 6:30am-6:30pm five days per week. Kindercare offers care for children as young as 6 weeks up to pre-k and even private kindergarten classes. Also offers summer camps for preschool-school age.

 

Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschools

Bright Horizons offers several day cares/preschools throughout the city:

  • Small Wonders at UPMC: located in Oakland
  • Allegheny General Hospital Center for Children: located on the North Side with options for part time, as well as emergency and drop-in child care (based on availability) and summer camps.
  • Bright Horizons at Southside Works: located on the South Side, this center also offers part-time preschool, drop-in and emergency child care.
  • Bright Horizons at UPMC Passavent: located at UPMC Passavent, this center also offers part-time preschool as well as summer camps.

 

Tender Care Learning Centers

Tender Care Learning Centers are offered in Shadyside/Oakland as well as a variety of suburban locations for children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K from 6:15am-6:30pm.

 

The Goddard School

The Goddard School has several locations in the Pittsburgh region including Wexford, Murrysville, Moon and Cranberry. Also, the Goddard School will be opening new Downtown and Upper St. Clair locations in the next year.

 

Many Pittsburgh families choose a preschool based on location. For that reason, I have organized the remainder of the preschools by neighborhood or suburb.

 

Oakland/Hill District

Rodef Shalom Preschool

This preschool offers full day and half day programs for children ages 18 months to 5 years from September to June and summer camps. Rodef Shalom welcomes children of all faith backgrounds, but does incorporate Jewish traditions into the classroom. Some unusual features of the program:  has a parent lounge with free wifi during preschool hours and also offers hands-on nutrition and health education in its Edible Garden.

 

The Children’s Center of Pittsburgh

Affiliated with Magee Women’s Hospital and managed by the Carriage House, the Children’s Center of Pittsburgh offers care/preschool for children ages six weeks to five years old from 6:45 a.m.-6 p.m. for $13,000/year for full-time hours. The Children’s Center of Pittsburgh also houses a “Get Well Room” for mildly ill children with a registered nurse at a cost of $75 for children <3 and $55 for older kids.

 

Cyert Center for Early Education at Carnegie Mellon University

Located on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, the Cyert Center offers care for children ages 3 months to kindergarten five days per week from 7:15 am-6pm year round. Preference is given to Carnegie Mellon employees and I’m told the waitlist is pretty long.

 

The Children’s School at Carnegie Mellon University

Also located on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, the Children’s School is a laboratory school for the psychology department at CMU involved in research in early learning and child development. The Children’s School offers half day preschool and a full day kindergarten with extended mornings and afternoons available for a limited number of students. Program runs from September-May with an optional half-day summer camp in June. Pricing can be found here.

 

University Child Development Center

Located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, the University Child Development Center offers care for children ages 6 weeks to kindergarten from 7-6pm. You have to be an affiliate of the University to use this facility and they currently have a 2 year waitlist. Fees are determined on a sliding scale.

 

Mathilda Theiss Child Development Center

Located in the Hill District, the Mathilda Theiss Child Development Center is a WPIC-affiliated nursery and preschool for high risk children, many with behavioral issues. This 12-month early childhood education program incorporates behavioral health therapy directly into the classroom environment. The program runs 8:30-2:30pm five days per week and costs are generally covered by health insurance when children have concomitant behavioral health diagnoses. Infants as young as six weeks are accepted. There is generally a waitlist.

 

The Campus School of Carlow University

The Campus School of Carlow University is a Catholic program offering a number of learning programs for Pittsburgh kids. An Early Childhood Center provides full day care for infants and toddlers. Kids can then transition into the Montessori preschool, pre-k, kindergarten and then on through middle school.

 

Other Oakland daycares/preschools:

 

East End

Kentucky Avenue Children’s Center-Shadyside

Kentucky Avenue Children’s Center is located in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The program runs from September-May with a 2 Day AM class for two year olds, a 3 Day AM class for three year olds and a half day/full day Pre-K program for 4-5 year olds. It also offers 4-week summer programs.

 

Ellis School -Shadyside

The Ellis School offers a mixed age Pre-K class for 3 and 4 year old girls. Pre K costs range from $9100 for 5 half days to $13,900 for five full days with financial aid available for eligible families.

 

Shadyside Presbyterian Church Nursery School-Shadyside

The Shadyside Presbyterian Church Nursery School offers a half-day preschool program for children starting at age 2 with the option of extending the day through “Lunch Bunch” or other extracurriculars.

 

Beginnings Preschool at Calvary Episcopal Church-Shadyside

The Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside offers a half day preschool for children starting at 18 months with options to slightly extend earlier or later in the day.

 

Sacred Heart Elementary School-Shadyside

The Catholic Sacred Heart Elementary School offers both half day and full day preschool for potty-trained children ages 3-4.

 

Winchester Thurston Pre-K Program-Shadyside

Winchester Thurston offers a Pre-K program for 4 year olds at both its City Campus (on Morewood) and its North Campus in Hampton. Options include full or half days with extended days available with the ability to add more hours at any time.

 

Arsenal Family and Children’s Center-Friendship

Located in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Arsenal Family and Children’s Center was originally founded by the famous Dr. Benjamin Spock as a training facility for pediatric students to learn about normal early childhood development. Over 60 years later, it is now a nonprofit developmental preschool. Funded partially by foundations and social service agencies, Arsenal’s costs are comparatively low, ranging from $175/month for a two-half day per week toddler program to $850/month for a five full-day per week preschool program. Program options include:

  • 2-day/week toddler program for 18mo-3 year old
  • Half or full day preschool options for children ages 3-5
  • Arsenal also offers infant/toddler and parent playgroups to help ease the transition into preschool.

Also, Head Start spots are available at Arsenal.

 

Kidsville Day Care and Learning Center-Friendship

Kidsville Day Care and Learning Center offers care to children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K with a school age after-school program plus summer programs.

 

St. Raphael’s Parish School is located in nearby Morningside and has an affordable preschool. Also, the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Liberty has a preschool, although their website is being updated currently.

 

Early Childhood Programs at Waldorf School of Pittsburgh-Garfield

The Waldorf School in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh offers early childhood programs for children starting at 18 months-kindergarten. Little Friends Childcare is a half-day or full-day childcare program for children ages 18 months to 3 1/2 years. The Nursery program is a 3 or 5 day program with half/full day options for children ages 3-4. Finally a Kindergarten program is a 5 day program with half/full day options for children ages 4-6. The Waldorf School also offers a Morning Garden program for children with caregivers from infancy through 4 years old. There are extended day options available as well. Tuition rates are complicated, however some examples: a half-day Nursery slot for 3 days per week costs $5313/year and a five day per week full day Kindergarten slot is $10,234/year.

 

Little Tots Academy-Bloomfield/Friendship area

Little Tots Academy offers care for potty-trained children over age 2 1/2 from 6:30-6pm five days per week with full and part time positions available.

 

Child’s Way Special Needs Day Care-Bloomfield/Friendship area

Child’s Way is a day care for special needs children affiliated with The Children’s Home. Offers care for children ages birth-21 years old and open 6:30-6pm five days per week. Program incorporates medical care (covered by health insurance generally) with educational components ($32 per day). Also a Head Start program.

 

It’s a Small World Educational Child Care Center-Bloomfield

Located in the School of Nursing at West Penn Hospital, It’s a Small World Educational Child Care Center offers care for children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K from 6:30am-6pm with school age after-school programs and summer camps. Discounts available for West Penn employees.

 

Also in Bloomfield: Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School and its PreK program. And in Lawrenceville, the Catholic Youth Association runs a daycare/preschool at the Stephen Foster Center.

 

Shady Lane Preschool-Point Breeze

Shady Lane Preschool offers a 5 day/week program for children ages 2-4 including a mixed age class with half day, full day and extended day options. Prices range from approximately $7000 for the half day option to $10,400 for the full day option.

 

Shady Side Academy Pre Kindergarten-Point Breeze

Shady Side Academy’s Pre K program is located in a separate building on the grounds of the Junior School in Point Breeze. The program is open to 3-4 year olds and offers full day, half day or mixed schedules depending on a family’s need. Also has extended day option available. Costs range from $8650 for 5 half days to $12450 for 5 full days.

 

St. Bede School-Point Breeze

Affiliated with the St. Bede Parish, the St. Bede School offers a Catholic preschool for 3-4 years old. The curriculum incorporates religious education with traditional subjects.

 

Also in Point Breeze, Pre K at the Pittsburgh New Church School near Frick Park.

 

Carriage House Children’s Center-Squirrel Hill

Located in the Wightman School Community Building in Squirrel Hill, the Carriage House Children’s Center offers early childhood education programs for children aged 6 weeks to school age. Open from 7:30-6pm, the school has many different options including a 12-month 2-5 day/week full-day infant/toddler program (prices ranging from $8500-$14,000) and a 9-month full, half and extended day preschool options for 2-5 year olds (prices ranging from $3500-$9600).

 

La Escuelita Arcoiris-Squirrel Hill

La Escuelita Arcoiris is a Spanish language immersion preschool and kindergarten located in Squirrel Hill offering programs for children ages 18 months to five years old with half day, full day and extended day options and a summer program. Tuition ranges from $6130/year to $8670/year.

 

The Isadore Joshowitz Early Childhood Education Center at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh-Squirrel Hill

The Early Childhood Education Center at the Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh offers care for children starting at 6 weeks of age to kindergarten from 7-6pm on Monday-Thursday and 7-3:30pm on Fridays. Part time options are available. The curriculum incorporates music, library time, science, math, Hebrew and Jewish traditions.

 

Beth Shalom Early Learning Center-Squirrel Hill

The Beth Shalom Early Learning Center is Squirrel Hill offers care for children starting at six weeks to Pre-K. Open from 7 am to 6pm with flexible scheduling available and summer care. Jewish education is integrated into the curriculum although 50% of enrollees are non-Jewish.

 

Early Childhood Development Center at the Jewish Community Center-Squirrel Hill

The JCC offers care for children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K from 7-6pm five days per week plus summer camps. Features access to the JCC’s swimming pool and gymnasium. Also, check out the South Hills JCC for another option.

 

St. Edmunds Academy Early Childhood Education-Squirrel Hill

St. Edmunds Academy in Squirrel Hill offers an early childhood education program for children ages 3-5 with full day/half day/and combination schedules available. Costs range from $7600 for five half days to $11,500 for five full days. There are also extended day options and summer camps available.

 

Community Day School Pre K Program-Squirrel Hill

Community Day School in Squirrel Hill offers a Pre-K program for students who turn 4 no later than September 30. Core hours are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $9,000 in the 2015-16 academic year, with extended hours available. Tuition assistance is available for eligible families. A daily kosher hot lunch and morning and afternoon snacks are included. The Pre-K curriculum at CDS is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and infuses Hebrew language and Jewish learning throughout the day.

 

Also, in nearby Regent Square is the Second University Presbyterian Church Preschool.

 

Other East End child care facilities:

Milestones Child Care Center

Rainbows End Child Academy

 

I’ve also heard good things about Great Beginnings Child Care & Preschool in Edgewood/Swissvale, but couldn’t find a website for it.

 

Downtown

Small World Early Learning Center

Small World Early Learning Center offers two locations on Penn Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh for children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K from either 6:30 am or 7:30 am to 6:15pm. Also, participates in Pre K Counts program.

 

Also, see Downtown KinderCare and Brightside Academy section above for more Downtown daycares and the Collegiate YMCA Child Development Center at Duquesne University.

 

North Side

Providence Connections, Inc

Located on the North Side, Providence Connections, Inc. Early Childhood Program offers care for children ages six weeks to Pre K from 6:30-6pm. Participates in Head Start and Pre K Counts program.

 

Also, see the Bright Horizons Center for Children at Allegheny General Hospital described above and Training Wheels Childcare Center.

 

Also, in nearby Brighton Heights is the Northside Catholic School preschool and Teenie Tots Child Care Center.

 

Southside

The Learning Tree School

Located in the Southside and Monroeville, the Learning Tree School offers care for children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K with school age before and after school programs plus summer camps from 6:30am-6pm. Part time and full time options for preschool.

 

Mt. Washington

Grandview Montessori

Grandview Montessori is located on Mt. Washington and offers a Montessori learning environment for children ages 3-6 years old in its 3 day, 5 day, pre-K and kindergarten classes.

 

Also located on Mt. Washington:

Mt. Washington Children’s Center

 

Finally, in the West End, I’ve had numerous recommendations for the West End Children’s Center. Although the facility does not have a website at this time, here’s the phone number if you want to give them a call: (412) 922-0109

 

Next, we move north of the city:

In the Sharpsburg/Etna/Millvale/Aspinwall area along the Allegheny, we have:

 

In the Fox Chapel/O’Hara/Blawnox/Cheswick area there are several options:

 

Also, the Fox Chapel Area High School offers a preschool class with very limited hours, although I couldn’t find information on the web about it.

 

Further along the Allegheny and Route 28:

Natrona Heights/Tarentum/New Kensington

 

Moving further north of the city along Rt. 8, there are many options including several Montessori preschools and both Christian and Jewish preschools:

Allison Park/Hampton/Gibsonia/Glenshaw:

 

Finally, up 279/79N and Route 19:

 

McCandless/Ross/Franklin Park

Wexford

Cranberry

And also Little House Learning Center in Mars was recommended to me.

 

Moving west, we find many river communities along the Ohio.

Bellevue/Ben Avon/Emsworth/Ingram

 

Further west is Coraopolis/Moon/Robinson area:

 

Finally, we come to Sewickley:

 

Next, we move further south toward Green Tree, Bridgeville, Carnegie, Crafton and Scott Township:

 

Then, to Dormont/Mt. Lebanon/Upper St. Clair/Bethel Park and other townships of the South Hills:

 

Then further east to Mt. Oliver, Brookline, Brentwood and Baldwin:

 

Finally, we move into the Mon Valley and Homestead/Braddock/West Mifflin/McKeesport

 

And then Edgewood/Swissvale/Wilkinsburg/Churchill/Monroeville/Murrysville

 

And finally, we finish up along the other side of the Allegheny:

Verona/Oakmont/Penn Hills

 

Trying to track down all these preschools/daycares was quite a project! I hope it is useful to those Pittsburgh families about to embark on the newest adventure in their children’s lives. By including a preschool or daycare on this list, I am not saying anything about its quality. I simply am trying to create an organized starting point for your further research. If you are looking for more information on this topic, please check out this site by the NAEYC which can help families find accredited preschools and child care. And please let me know the schools I’ve missed at pittsburghmommyblog@gmail.com!