Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of November 6-8, 2015. The circus is in town, plus there’s some unique events like the first ever Pittsburgh Gingko Festival and Robot Film Festival: Kids Edition!

 

All Weekend, November 6-8

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Legends, where “performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus and a Woolly the Mammoth!”

Times: Friday night 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 and 5 p.m.

Cost: Tickets start at approximately $16

Location: Consol Energy Center, 1001 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Three Rivers Film Festival

The annual Three Rivers Film Festival runs from November 6 to 15. This weekend the festival is showing award-winning Brazilian film The Boy and the World, an “entirely wordless and dazzlingly colorful animation following the journey of a young boy, Cuca, whose cozy countryside life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family.” Run time is 80 minutes.

Times: 1 p.m.

Cost: Adults $9, Children $5

Location: Waterworks Theater, 930 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh PA 15238

 

Prime Stage Theatre’s The Crucible

Prime Stage Theatre presents its original production of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Designed for middle and high schoolers. Run time is approximately two hours.

Times: Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2:30pm

Cost: Adult $20-$25, Student (under 16 with ID) $10-$15

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

 

Friday Night, November 6

Unblurred

The Penn Avenue Arts District is hosting Unblurred, its monthly gallery crawl. Family-friendly activities are available at several galleries, in addition to free (with donation) refreshments, live music and the Garfield Night Market. Get there earlier in the evening for a more family-friendly experience.

Times: Usually starts around 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Penn Avenue Arts District, Garfield

 

Alice in Wonderland by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (also Saturday)

As part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s new Bridge Theater Series for children ages 7 + (and the India in Focus Festival), Tram Arts Trust presents a new version of Alice in Wonderland, where “four people decide to make a getaway into the world of their own make believe. Using Lewis Carroll’s novel as a base, the performers transform themselves and the objects around them into pure fantasy and nonsense. Upon return to reality, we are forever changed by imagination. This is Alice in Wonderland from a new perspective.” Running time is about 65 minutes.

Times: 7pm

Cost: $10.50 in advance or $12 at the door (if available)

Location: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222

 

Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8

Last Weekend of the Fall Flower Show

It’s your last chance to check out the Fall Flower Show at Phipps, celebrating the role of chrysanthemums in Japanese culture.

Times: 9:30-5 p.m.

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Phipps Conservatory, 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15213

 

Greenberg’s Train and Toy Show

The Greenberg Train and Toy Show is the largest traveling model train and toy show serving the northeastern United States. Great for model train enthusiasts, the show also caters to children with elaborate display layouts and sometimes even a train to ride.

Times: 10-4 p.m.

Cost: $9 ($7 in advance), children under 12 are free

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

 

Saturday, November 7

Help Build A Playground in Brighton Heights

The community of Brighton Heights is getting a KaBoom playground and needs about 250 volunteers to help. There will also be youth activities for children ages 16 and under.

Times: 8-3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Brighton Heights Community Playground at Morrow Elementary School, 3530 Fleming Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

 

Great Pumpkin Smash! at the Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center is hosting its annual Great Pumpkin Smash! where you can roll your rotting jack-o-lanterns off the roof and participate in pumpkin-related demos throughout the day.

Times: 10-5 p.m.

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Free Admission to Fort Pitt Museum for Military

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Fort Pitt Museum is offering free admission to active military and military veterans.

Times: 10-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Fort Pitt Museum, Point State Park

 

Peanut Butter and Jam Session by Chatham Baroque

Chatham Baroque presents its monthly preschool educational program designed to introduce young children to baroque music through music, dance and activities. This month’s theme is “The Continuing Adventures of Two Violins: Vi & Len.”

Times: 10 and 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Adults $8, Children $5

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

 

Half-Pint Prints at the Andy Warhol Museum

The Andy Warhol Museum presents its monthly silk-screening activity for young children.

Times: 10-12 p.m.

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Anderson Playground Hike and Craft with Hike It Baby Pittsburgh

Hike It Baby Pittsburgh is hosting a short walk around Anderson Playground in Schenley Park to collect leaves, followed by a craft activity where kids can make name plates using the leaves collected. Please RSVP in advance with child’s name and sign waiver before attending your first Hike It Baby Pittsburgh hike.

Times: 10-12 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Anderson Playground, Schenley Park

 

Robot Film Festival, Kids Edition

The first-ever Robot Film Festival, Kids Edition is coming to the Row House Cinema. The event features a robot comedian, short film screenings, live demos, a costume contest and a chance to interact with locally-made robots. Intended for children 0 +.

Times: 10-12 p.m.

Cost: $10 per family

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

 

Trax Farm Holiday Craft and Vendor Show

Trax Farm is hosting its annual Holiday Craft and Vendor Show featuring a selection of holiday gift items, plus photographs and face painting by Anna and Cinderella from 12-2 pm.

Times: 10-2 pm

Cost: Free to attend, but all donations benefit the Youth Armory Center in Canonsburg

Location: Trax Farm, 528 Trax Road, Finleyville PA 15332

 

Bounty at Boyce-Mayview Park Fall Fest

The Outdoor Classroom and Township of Upper St. Clair Dept. of Recreation & Leisure present the 7th Annual Bounty at Boyce Mayview Park Fall Fest with free hikes and activities like arts and crafts, self-guided geocaching, face-painting, campfire s’mores, food trucks, music and children’s fun zone and more!

Times: 11- 4 p.m.

Cost: Free, though some activities may cost extra

Location: The Outdoor Classroom, Boyce-Mayview Park

 

Charlie Brown & Snoopy by the Pittsburgh Musical Theater

Pittsburgh Musical Theater students in collaboration with the West End Community present their original production of Charlie Brown & Snoopy. Intended for children ages four to 10.

Times: 12-1 p.m.

Cost: Adults $3, Children Free

Location: Gargaro Theater at the PMT Studio, 327 South Main Street, Pittsburgh PA 15220

 

Puppet Show at East End Book Exchange

Puppeteer Felicia Cooper will perform a puppet show entirely out of repurposed materials that tells the story of a girl who swallows the sun in the midst of a town lightbulb shortage. Designed for children ages 2 to 7.

Time: 12 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: East End Book Exchange, 4754 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Pittsburgh Gingko Festival

Tree Pittsburgh presents the first Pittsburgh Ginkgo Fest to celebrate the oldest species of tree in the world. The festival will feature a performance by Pittsburgh Taiko (a Japanese group taiko drumming), crafts and origami activities, children’s story time, face painting and tree ID walks.

Times: 1-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Maple Grove Shelter, Highland Park (next to the Super Playground)

 

Art Lab at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory is hosting its bimonthly hands-on, all-ages Art Lab program. This week, families can meet Factory Installed artist Bill Smith and contribute to a collaborative activity that will be installed together.

Times: 1-4 p.m.

Cost: Free with admission

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

 

Alice in Wonderland by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

As part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s new Bridge Theater Series for children ages 7 + (and the India in Focus Festival), Tram Arts Trust presents a new version of Alice in Wonderland, where “four people decide to make a getaway into the world of their own make believe. Using Lewis Carroll’s novel as a base, the performers transform themselves and the objects around them into pure fantasy and nonsense. Upon return to reality, we are forever changed by imagination. This is Alice in Wonderland from a new perspective.” Running time is about 65 minutes.

Times: 2 and 7 p.m.

Cost: $10.50 in advance or $12 at the door (if available)

Location: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222

 

Native American Storytelling at Harrison Hills

In honor of Native American Month, Allegheny County and Lenora “Lee” Dingus are presenting traditional stories of the Seneca culture. Rattles, shawls, and other cultural items will be incorporated with the stories, and the storyteller will be available to answer questions after the program. Advance registration recommended.

Times: 7-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Environmental Learning Center, Harrison Hills Park

 

Sunday, November 8

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

Polishfest 2015

The Nationality Rooms Program at the University of Pittsburgh and the Polish Nationality Room Committee are hosting the 30th annual Polish Festival, a celebration of Polish heritage featuring ethnic foods, performances, crafts, gifts and more.

Times: 12-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Cathedral of Learning Common Room, University of Pittsburgh Oakland

 

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders

The Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field at 1 p.m.

 

Play Day at Soergel Orchards

Soergel Orchards is hosting an indoor play day in its barn. There will be face-painting, a seasonal craft, story time, spin art, ring toss, pony rides (1-3 p.m). and a hayride (weather permitting).

Times: 1-4 p.m.

Cost: $10

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

 

2 X 2 at the Pittsburgh Zoo

PJ Library and Shalom Pittsburgh presents a Noah’s Ark themed afternoon at the Pittsburgh Zoo, featuring crafts, games, an animal experience, stories and a scavenger hunt through the zoo. Activities are designed for children ages two to eight.

Time: 3 p.m.

Cost: Zoo members:Age 2-8: $2, Adult: $4; Non-Zoo members:Age 2-8: $4, Adult: $8

Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA

 

Mystic India: The World Tour

As part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s India in Focus Festival, the Cohen & Grigsby Trust presents Mystic India: The World Tour, an internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India. “The show features renowned musicians, brilliant dancers, breathtaking aerialists and acrobats, and 750 opulent costumes.”

Times: 7 p.m.

Cost: Tickets start at $30

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

 

Have a great weekend!

© Copyright 2015 Nadine Champsi, All rights Reserved. Written For: The Pittsburgh Mommy Blog
Nadine Champsi

Nadine Champsi

I am a doctor turned write-at-home-mom who runs the Pittsburgh Mommy Blog and is editor of Kidsburgh. I have two wonderful young children and am happily married. My interests include cooking, green-living, gardening, being in the outdoors, listening to great music, checking out the city's cool art, coming up with creative things to do with my kids, and having as many adventures as I can!
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