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Monthly Fun – Family Fun Things to Do with Kids in Pittsburgh in April

by Janet Jonus

April finally brings a real spring to Pittsburgh. There is plenty to do indoors and out. The Easter Bunny is hopping through our area but most of the Easter Activities can be found in our separate article here:

Find your FamilyFun activity and get hopping!

April 4,5,6,11,& 12: Tinkergarten is offering FREE clinics throughout April in South Park. Tinkergarten is an art and play class that teaches an appreciation of nature for children ages 1.5-8. Pre-registration is required for the hour and a half classes. Find Tinkergarten in South Park from 1000-1130AM on April 4th: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/tinkergarten-south-park-6/  and on the 5th at 1000-1130AM: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/tinkergarten-south-park/  and on the 6th from 1000-1130AM: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/tinkergarten-south-park-4/  and on the 11th from 1000-1130AM: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/tinkergarten-south-park-5/ and on the 12th from 1000-1130AM: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/tinkergarten-south-park-3/

April 6th: Take the Family out for Fun at the Let’s Move Family Dance Party at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in east Pittsburgh from 1100AM-100PM. Enjoy dancing, entertainment, activities and more for a donation at the door. All ages. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/lets-move-family-dance-party/

April 6-7, 13-14, & 20: The Gemini Children’s Theater presents Sleeping Beauty. This timeless classic is presented for younger audiences with interactive elements and musical numbers. Preschool and up. $12. Performances are at 100PM  & 330PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/sleeping-beauty-gemini-theater/

April 6,13,20, & 27: Mariposa Theater for Young Audiences presents Aladdin’s Luck. Can a young street urchin find love with a Princess? For preschool and up. $8 for children under 12, $12 for 12+. There is a 100PM performance on the 6th and a 1030AM and 100PM performance on the 13th, 20th, and 27th. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/aladdins-luck-mariposa-theater/

April 9 – 14: Come From Away plays at the Benedum for audiences ages 10+. 7000 passengers were stranded in a small town in Newfoundland after the attacks on Spetember 11, 2001. Here their stories. Performances are at 730PM on the 9th, 10th, and 11th, at 800PM on the 12th, at 200PM & 800PM on the 13th, and at 100PM on the 14th. $32-110. Limited availability. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/come-from-away-benedum-center/

April 9: The AMC Waterfront Theater has a Sensory-Friendly Movie. The movie is modified for individuals on the autism spectrum and with sensory-processing disorder. Shazam is featured. The movie is PG13. Tickets are $5.00. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/sensory-friendly-movie-amc-waterfront-shazam/

April 9: The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has a Sensory-Friendly Afternoon from 100-500PM. Exhibits and the environment are modified to accommodate individuals on the autism spectrum or with sensory-processing disorder. All ages. $0-16. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/sensory-friendly-afternoon-childrens-museum-of-pittsburgh/

April 9: Mingo Park hosts a Family Nature Scavenger Hunt from 630-800PM. Head out to the beauty of Mingo Park with your family (and a basket) to find hints of spring. Pre-registration is required. This event is FREE and is for all ages. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/family-nature-scavenger-hunt-mingo-creek-park/

April 12-14 & 19-20: The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum has its Bunny Trolley. Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy a ride on one of the Museum’s restored classic trolleys for a ride through the Washington County countryside.  All ages. $10-12. Reservations are required. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/bunny-trolley-at-the-pennsylvania-trolley-museum/

April 12, 19, & 26: The Allegheny County Parks debut their popular FamilyFun Night at the Movies with Hop. Bring a blanket or chair, snacks, and dress for the weather as the movie is outside. FREE. All ages. Head to Hartwood Acres on the 12th at 700PM: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/family-fun-night-at-the-movies-hartwood-acres/  Deer Lakes Park on the 19th at 700PM: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/family-fun-night-at-the-movies-deer-lakes-park/ and Harrison Hills Park on the 26th at 700PM: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/family-fun-night-at-the-movies-harrison-hills-park/

April 16: Disney Junior channel favorites PJ Masks LIVE! Save the Day comes to the Benedum Center at 600PM. Preschoolers and kids will get to see their heroes in action against Romeo and his evil minions. $33-115.  http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/pj-masks-live-save-the-day-benedum-center/

April 17:  Fans of Dancing with the Stars will want to see Derek Hough Live! at the Benedum at 730PM. See Derek and his talented troupe perform in his debut solo tour. Tweens and teens. $59-85. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/derek-hough-live-benedum-center/

April 19-20: Celebrate Earth Day with food, fun, entertainment, and activities for all ages in Market Square at Pittsburgh’s Earth Day Festival from 1100AM-500PM. All ages. FREE. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/pittsburgh-earth-day-festival-market-square/  A few blocks away on Smithfield Street is the Earth Day Food Truck Festival from 1100AM-200PM. Pick up a bite to eat at Pittsburgh’s favorite food trucks. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/pittsburgh-earth-day-food-truck-festival/

April 20: Reuse, Repower, and Reimagine a brighter future in honor of Earth Day at Future Fest in Buhl Park (next to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh). This FREE FamilyFun festival has food, vendors, and activities for all ages. 1000AM-300PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/future-fest-childrens-museum-of-pittsburgh/

April 25: It is Take Your Daughter to Work Day!

April 25-27: The Drowsy Chaperone is at Little Lake Theater. Watch as a recording from 1928 comes to life in this musical tale. For ages 8+ with parental guidance. $12-21. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/the-drowsy-chaperone-little-lake-theater/

April 27-28: Celebrate the Grand Opening of Museum Lab at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. This new, exciting space is designed for tweens and teens. There are activities and entertainment for the whole family. $0-16. 1000AM-500PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/museum-lab-opening-weekend-childrens-museum-of-pittsburgh/

April 27: The season’s first Star Party at Mingo Park starts an hour before sunset and continues through 1130PM. Come out and see the stars through the Park’s two telescopes, one is set up with safety filters to view our very own star, the Sun, before it sets. FREE. Kids, tweens, teens. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/star-party-mingo-creek-park/April 28: You’re late for a very Important Date! Join Alice in Wonderland at a Tea Party with refreshments and activities at Mariposa Theatre for Young Audiences. 100PM. Preschool, kids, tweens. $25 per child with on accompanying adult. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/alice-in-wonderland-tea-party-mariposa-theatre/

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