As the holiday toys lose their luster, get out of the house and enjoy some family time around the ‘burgh. January has lots to offer both children and adults!
MessFest at the Carnegie Science Center: Jan. 1
Kick off the new year by getting knee-deep in all things ooey and gooey. The Carnegie Science Center’s annual MessFest gives children the chance to get their hands dirty through finger painting, a pudding “pi” eating contest and other sticky situations. Junior scientists also will enjoy live demonstrations and planetarium shows. Activities are free with admission.
“Where Do We Sit on the Bus?”, City Theatre Company, South Side: Jan. 19-Feb. 24
Brian Quijada’s autobiographical show details what it’s like growing up Latinx in a black-and-white world. The hip-hop beats and uplifting message will resonate with middle school-age kids. Parents will enjoy, too.
“Peter Pan” at Gemini Children’s Theater, McKees Rocks: Jan. 19-Feb. 3
Kids and kids-at-heart will delight in Gemini Children’s Theater’s performance of “Peter Pan.” Based on author J.M. Barrie’s tale of eternal youth, “Peter and Wendy,” the story will transport you to Neverland for an adventure filled with mystery and imagination.
“Let Freedom Sing” at the Byham Theater, Downtown: Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Byham Theater. Presented by the Heritage Gospel Chorale, the musical tribute also features Lynn Hayes-Freeland and the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church Choir and choirs from Pittsburgh’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), Ebenezer Baptist Church, The Heritage Gospel Chorale, The Lemington Chorale, Temple Sinai, Woodland Hills High School and the Greater Pittsburgh Unitarian Universalist Churches.
SnowFest at Boyce Park Ski Slopes: Jan. 26
Snow in Pittsburgh is inevitable. Embrace the frosty majesty of a winter day and hit the Boyce Park Ski Slopes for SnowFest. There’ll be games and activities happening outdoors (and inside the lodge for folks who want to stay warm.).
“The Breadwinner” screening at Alphabet City: Jan. 5
Alphabet City on the North Side will screen the animated feature, “The Breadwinner” at 3 p.m. Presented by Sembène – The Film & Art Festival, the PG-13-rated film tells the story of an 11-year-old girl growing up under Taliban rule in war-torn Afghanistan. RSVP for free tickets.
PAW Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure: Jan. 11-13
PPG Paints Arena is going to the dogs. Ryder and his pack of problem-solving pups come to Pittsburgh in a live-action adventure based on Nickelodeon’s animated series. A V.I.P. (Very Important Pup) package is available that includes premium seating, an after-show meet-and-greet with the characters and a souvenir.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pizza Party at Uno Pizzeria & Grill: Jan. 12
Cowabunga, dudes! At Uno Pizzeria & Grill in Homestead, kids can make their own pizza and sundae and hang out with Mikey, everyone’s favorite half-shelled hero. Adult tickets include a non-alcoholic beverage and a selection from a limited event menu.
Family Yoga at East End Food Co-Op: Jan. 12
Pack up your yoga mat and unwind from the hectic holiday season at East End Food Co-Op. Veteran Yoga Instructor Elizabeth Barbaro will lead this 45-minute class designed for children ages 4 to 10 and adults of all ages and ability levels. Practice basic yoga poses, partner poses, movement to songs and relaxation and meditation techniques. A question-and-answer session will follow.
This cold weather is for the birds … specifically penguins. Waddle on over to the National Aviary from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to commune with a colony of African Penguins. Make crafts, enjoy educational activities and learn how you can help save this endangered species and other seabirds. The event is included with admission.
“Moon Shot” at the Byham Theater: Jan. 18 and 19
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Celebrate this giant leap for mankind at the Byham Theater, where Theatre Unspeakable actors will recreate the event on a 21-square-foot stage (nearly as small as one of NASA’s original space capsules). The show is recommended for ages 7 and up.
Space Camp at Assemble: Jan. 28 and 29
In the mood for some more out-of-this-world adventures? Assemble is hosting two Space Camps for future astronauts ages 6 to 7 and 8 to 10. Explore the solar system, build a cardboard space station and construct bottle rockets. Morning and afternoon snacks, including gluten-free options, are available.
And watch out for Tapeworm 3 debuting at the Children’s Museum and more cool events running throughout the month. Be sure to check NEXTpittsburgh for the top kids’ event every week!