by Janet Jonus
The days are shorter, the temperature is falling, and many FamilyFunPittsburgh activities move indoors for the early part of November while the second half of the month brings the holidays with light shows and special events.
The best place to all of the FamilyFun Things to Do in Pittsburgh with Kids, check out our comprehensive calendar here: https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/events/2018-11/ Events are sorted by age, location, and type. You can also look for special needs events by searching the term using the calendar search bar. Many events also have their own articles and in-depth Know Before You Go Guides.
With so much to do in Pittsburgh, here are the FamilyFunPittsburgh Highlights:
Androcles and the Lion is at the Trust Arts Education Center on select days November 2nd-10th. See this ancient tale in a new way in this immersive, multi-media production. For ages 7+.
Pittsburgh Opera presents Hansel & Gretel at the Benedum on select days November 2nd through November 11th. This is an excellent introduction to Opera for ages 8+.
It is One Health Day at Phipps Conservatory on November 3rd. This all-day event features health-related activities for the entire family. All ages.
The Allegheny County Parks system celebrates the culture and traditions of Native Americans. Join in Native American Heritage activities at Hartwood Acres on November 3rd from 700-800PM, North Park on November 10th from 400-500PM, and Round Hill Park on November 17th from 700-800PM. All ages.
Little FamilyFunPittsburghers will enjoy the Tinkergarten Fall Lantern Walk in South Park from 400-530PM. Enjoy activities and a lantern-lit Family Walk. For ages 18 months through 8 years.
This year’s can’t-miss holiday movie, The Grinch 3D, debuts at the Rangos Giant Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center on November 9th. Watch the Grinch in all of his green nastiness on a giant screen with state-of-the-art sound system. Rated PG with some images too scary for younger children. There is a special Sensory-Friendly Screening of The Grinch in 2D on November 18th at 200PM.
AgaBoom is at the Byham Theater at 700PM on November 9th. Catch this silly, crazy show from three former members of Cirque du Soleil. Kids, tweens, and teens.
Teens and their parents should check out the Youth Place College Fair on November 10th from 1000AM-200PM at Nova Place on the North Side. Teens.
Carnegie Science Center hosts a Jammie Jams from 530-900PM on November 10th. Jammie Jams is a like a science sleepover except without the sleeping part for kids ages 2-6.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hosts a Sensory-Friendly Afternoon on November 13th from 100-500PM. The Carnegie Science Center hosts its first Sensory-Friendly Hours on November 18th from 1000AM-100PM. Both Museums will have accommodations for those with Sensory Disorder or on the Autism Spectrum including adjusted sounds, limited lighting, quiet areas, and special exhibitions. Look for our upcoming Autism Outings article. All ages
Holiday Season comes to Pittsburgh with the annual Light Up Night! on November 16th. Events are held throughout Downtown with the annual lighting of Pittsburgh’s Christmas Trees, shopping, food, entertainment, and of course fireworks. Look for our upcoming article. All ages.
Kennywood Park’s Holiday Lights, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, and Overly’s Country Christmas all open for the season on November 16th. Look for times and details in our calendar (https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/events/2018-11/ ) . All ages.
The popular kid’s show, Double Dare Live, comes to the Benedum on November 18th at 300PM. Your kids may be picked to participate in this slime-filled show! Kids and tweens.
Fiddler on the Roof is at the Benedum on select days November 20th – 25th. Enjoy this classic musical with your family. Older kids, tweens, and teens.
If you are looking for something for younger kids, Peppa Pig Live is at the Byham on November 20th at 600PM. Join Peppa and her friends in this child-friendly theater event. Preschool and kids.
Junie B Jones in Jingle Bells, Santa Smells rings in the holiday season November 23rd and 24th at the Byham. This hilarious play is sure to please the family. All ages but aimed at younger children.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens lights up with Let It Glow! This spectacular light display debuts on November 23rd and runs through January 6th. This is a timed event so make sure you check out our calendar for more information. All ages.
Stomp is at the Palace Theater in Greensburg on November 24th and 25th. Catch this energetic, inventive, percussion show. Eight artists use everything but percussion instruments filling the theater with amazing rhythms. This is one show where your kids can be noisy! Kids, tweens, teens.
The WPXI Holiday Parade marches through Downtown on November 24th from 900-1100AM. Watch floats, bands, special guests, and of course Santa Claus in this annual holiday event.