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Weekend Fun – Family Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh this Weekend with Kids

by Janet Jonus

The EQT Children’s Theater runs from Thursday, May 16th through Sunday, May 18th. The Festival has featured theater shows for all ages ($12 per show per person with multiple show discounts). The Festival also features hundreds free booths with activities and crafts for all ages. It is a FamilyFunFavorite. For more information, check here: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/childrens-theater-festival-2018/

The FamilyFunPittsburgh Calendar is THE place to find FamilyFun activities all month long. Check out the complete calendar here: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/events/

Saturday, May 18th:

Sensory Friendly Performance

Air Play, a presentation at the EQT Children’s Festival, has a Sensory-Friendly performance at 130PM at the Byham. This performance has been modified for those on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorder. All ages. $12. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/air-play-sensory-friendly-performance-eqt-childrens-theater-festival/

Special Events

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum has Daniel Tiger’s Weekend. Meet Daniel Tiger and his friends, ride a trolley, and enjoy activities and snacks. 1000AM-500PM. Reservations required! $0-35. Babies and toddlers, preschool, kids. Or have Breakfast with Daniel Tiger for $35 per person. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/daniel-tigers-weekend-at-pennsylvania-trolley-museum-2/

Celebrate the history of Westward Expansion at the National Road Festival at Scenery Hill (and along the National Road). Food, vendors, fireworks, and re-enactors in period costumes make this a FamilyFun Festival for all ages. FREE. 1000AM-1000PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/the-national-road-festival-scenery-hill/

It’s Opening Weekend at Idlewild Park (Soak Zone is not open yet). Head out to the Laurel Highlands and enjoy a day of FamilyFun with rides, shows, food, and more. Admission is just $18.78 per person. All ages. 1030AM-800PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/opening-weekend-idlewild-park/

Meet your neighbors at the Wilkinsburg Two Way Street Festival with entertainment, food, vendors, and more from 1100AM-400PM. FREE. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/wilkinsburg-two-way-street-festival/

Learn all about the game of chess at the Pittsburgh’s Women in Chess Festival at Schenley Park. Watch a grandmaster plus local experts play chess. FREE. 900AM-400PM. All ages. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/pittsburghs-women-in-chess-schenley-plaza/

Enjoy a vintage fashion show and tea at the 18th Century Tea Party & Fashion Show at the Bradford House Museum in Washington PA. Tweens and teens. $25. 100PM and 300PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/18th-century-tea-party-fashion-show-bradford-house-museum/

Theater

This weekend is the EQT Children’s Theater Festival with Emily Brown and the Thing, Air Play, Murikamification, Fly, Kay and Stone, and the Sons of Mystro all play the Festival today. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/events/2019-05-18/

The Butler Little Theater presents Our Town. Follow the lives, loves, and losses of the residents of a small American town. 800PM. $13. Tweens and teens. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/our-town-butler-little-theater-2/

Museums

Create a vinyl decal at the makelab: hand lettered decals at the Museum Lab (next to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh). 200-400PM. $14-16. Ages 10+. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/make-lab-hand-lettered-decals-museum-lab-childrens-museum/

Arts and Crafts

Play by Fire Teen Night at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Teens should head to this once-a-year event. Learn glass making while listening to music and enjoying pizza and s’mores fired in a glass kiln. Teens. 600-900PM. $5. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/play-by-the-fire-teen-night-pittsburgh-glass-center/

Paint with Rapunzel at Mariposa Theater’s children’s party. Learn how to paint, meet Rapunzel, and more at this enchanting party. $25 per child. Preschool, kids, and tweens. 1100AM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/paint-with-rapunzel-party-mariposa-theatre/

Tour at Ten at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Take a FREE tour of the Glass Center and watch as artisans create beautiful glass creations. Kids, tweens, teens. 1000-1100AM. FREE. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/tour-at-ten-pittsburgh-glass-center/

Outdoors

Share your zen at Yoga with Puppies at Boyce Park. Puppies will be roaming through this all-level yoga class for tweens and teens. $15-19. 900-1000AM and 1030-1130AM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/puppy-yoga-boyce-park/

Teens can head to Frick Park for a Full Moon Hike from 930-1030PM. Leave your flashlights at home. FREE. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/full-moon-hike/

Sunday, May 19th:

The EQT Children’s Theater runs from Thursday, May 16th through Sunday, May 18th. The Festival has featured theater shows for all ages ($12 per show per person with multiple show discounts). The Festival also features hundreds free booths with activities and crafts for all ages. It is a FamilyFunFavorite. For more information, check here: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/childrens-theater-festival-2018/

The FamilyFunPittsburgh Calendar is THE place to find FamilyFun activities all month long. Check out the complete calendar here: http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/events/

Special Events

Explore western frontier life at the Oliver Miller Homestead: Moving West in South Park. This historical event is open to all ages. $2.00 per person. 130-430PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/oliver-miller-homestead-moving-west-south-park/

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum has Daniel Tiger’s Weekend. Meet Daniel Tiger and his friends, ride a trolley, and enjoy activities and snacks. 1000AM-500PM. Reservations required! $0-35. Babies and toddlers, preschool, kids. Or have Breakfast with Daniel Tiger for $35 per person. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/daniel-tigers-weekend-at-pennsylvania-trolley-museum-2/

Celebrate the history of Westward Expansion at the National Road Festival at Scenery Hill (and along the National Road). Food, vendors, fireworks, and re-enactors in period costumes make this a FamilyFun Festival for all ages. FREE. 1000AM-1000PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/the-national-road-festival-scenery-hill/

It’s Opening Weekend at Idlewild Park (Soak Zone is not open yet). Head out to the Laurel Highlands and enjoy a day of FamilyFun with rides, shows, food, and more. Admission is just $18.78 per person. All ages. 1030AM-800PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/opening-weekend-idlewild-park/

Sports

Sign up for Kids Eat Free at the Washington Wild Things. Kids 12 and under get a FREE ticket and a FREE hot dog meal at this Sunday’s game. 530PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/kids-eat-free-sundays-washington-wild-things/

Theater

This weekend is the EQT Children’s Theater Festival with Emily Brown and the Thing, Air Play, Murikamification, Fly, Kay and Stone, and the Sons of Mystro all play the Festival today. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/events/2019-05-19/

The Butler Little Theater presents Our Town. Follow the lives, loves, and losses of the residents of a small American town. 800PM. $13. Tweens and teens. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/our-town-butler-little-theater/

Arts and Crafts

Paint with Rapunzel at Mariposa Theater’s children’s party. Learn how to paint, meet Rapunzel, and more at this enchanting party. $25 per child. Preschool, kids, and tweens. 1100AM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/paint-with-rapunzel-party-mariposa-theatre/

The whole family can head to the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse for their FREE Creative Conundrum. Use recycled and upcycled items to create your own work of art. All ages. FREE. 200-500PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/creative-conundrum-pittsburgh-center-for-creative-reuse-3/

Museums and Libraries

Take an all-day Whiskey Rebellion Bus Tour of the major sites from the Whiskey rebellion. Lunch is included. $75. Tweens and teens. 900AM-400PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/whiskey-rebellion-bus-tour-bradford-house/

Brownie’s have two opportunities to participate in a Girl’s Workshop at the Carnegie Science Center. Programming Robots runs from 900am-1200PM and Computer Programming runs from 100-400PM. $22. Grades 2-3. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/girl-scout-workshop-carnegie-science-center-2/

Learn the art of screen printing at studio lab: screenprinting at the Museum Lab (next to the Children’s Museum) 200-400PM. FREE with admission of $14-16. Ages 10+. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/studio-lab-screenprinting-museum-lab-childrens-museum/

Meet the K-12 students who are selling their art at the Museum Lab’s Grable Gallery at show and sell: young makers at edcorps.  FREE with Museum admission of $14-16. Ages 10+. 200-400PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/show-and-sell-young-makers-from-edcorps-museum-labs-childrens-museum/

It’s Community Kindness Day at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Celebrate a day of kindness with activities throughout the Museum. Babies and toddlers, preschool, kids, tweens. $0-16. 1200-400PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/community-kindness-day-childrens-museum/

Catch a Live Performance: Great Expectations at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh from 100-300PM. $0-16. Babies and toddlers, preschool, kids, tweens. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/live-performance-great-expectations-childrens-museum/

It’s time for the Ultimate Play Day at the Whitehall Library. Join other families in play. 100-300PM. FREE. All ages. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/ultimate-play-day/

Outdoors

Hike with a Naturalist and learn about Spring Wildflowers at the Frick Environmental Center. This hike is for teens and adults. 1000AM-1200PM. FREE. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/hike-with-a-naturalist-wildflowers-spread-in-wild-ways/

Learn about birding at the Introduction to Birding course at Frick Park. This is the second session of a  two-session course is for tweens 12+. 230-400PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/introduction-to-birding/

Volunteer as a citizen-scientist for Project Bee Watch. Help collect data on these all-important pollinators in Allegheny County. Volunteer if you are 12+. FREE. 200-330PM. http://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/project-bee-watch-volunteer-training-frick-park/

2 thoughts on “Weekend Fun – Family Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh this Weekend with Kids

  • February 15, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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    you are my aspiration, I have few blogs and often run out from to post : (.

    • February 16, 2019 at 12:26 am
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      Thank you! My best advice is write about what you love. Find your passion and write about it. That being said, sometimes you have to write to get the story out and push past the moment. Best of luck to you.

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