Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
December 24
10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Looking for a creative way for the kiddos to let off some STEAM and before the holidays really kick in? The Children’s Museum’s “Holiday Family Free Day” has you covered.

Explore the “Tough Art” exhibit with kid-tested, hands-on installations designed by contemporary artists. Wander through the “Urchin Searching Sound” room to see and hear a coral reef made of tactile, soft sculptures. Build a giant nest and discover the story of a mythical creature residing in the museum. Step into the kinetic artwork, “Nimbus Drum,” to experience clashing metal beads, strobe lights, magnets and overhanging clouds.

The holiday season is the perfect time to visit “Destination Empathy,” which teaches compassion, respect and understanding. Follow the golden rule with help from friendly fish, elephants and insects, and use immersive technologies to dance like a bee, laugh like a dog and see the world through the eyes of a pigeon. Explore augmented reality as you view a baby elephant in its natural habitat and learn how to read dogs’ facial emotions.

Experiment with woodworking, circuitry and stop-motion animation at the MAKESHOP, and play inside permanent exhibits like the Attic, Garage and Nursery.