Is it possible to overdose on Santa-themed events? The December lineup of family-friendly fun will give you a chance to find out!
The final month of the year is always the busiest. As part of your celebration, find time in your hectic schedule to fit in a few of these fun, family-friendly activities. And be sure to check this guide from Kidsburgh on 11 free Downtown events, from the gingerbread houses at the Wintergarden to KidsPlay at Heinz Hall.
1. Shots with Santa at Brookline Teen Outreach: Dec. 1
Brookline Teen Outreach’s family- and pet-friendly event, Shots with Santa, allows kids of all ages to celebrate the season. In addition to a photo op with jolly ol’ St. Nick, there will be food, crafts, activities, holiday movies, dog treats and adult beverages. That includes spiked hot chocolate and Jingle Juice, a beer luge and shot ski! Admission is $5 and children get in free with a paying adult.
2. Handmade Arcade at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: Dec. 8
Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s ultimate source for handmade arts, crafts, home decor and more is back for its 14th year. Not only can you buy one-of-a-kind gifts at the Dec. 8 event, but you and your kids can make them in the Hands-on Handmade Activity Area. Led by local makers and nonprofit organizations, the 16 free projects range from bookbinding, metal stamping and silkscreening to mosaic glass creations and quilting. This is your chance to act like an elf and make something for someone on your “Nice” list.
3. Story Hike: No Two Alike at the Frick Environmental Center: Dec. 8
If you don’t mind Jack Frost nipping at your nose, head to the Frick Environmental Center for a winter hike through the woods. Participants ages 2 to 8 years old (and their parents) will join a naturalist educator in reading “No Two Alike” by Keith Baker as they investigate the differences between trees, leaves and other objects found in nature. The snowy stroll, which runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m., is free, but registration is required.