March comes in with a roar in Pittsburgh: think dinosaurs, a safari party and a big city adventure. Come meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy a night of teen talent at The Warhol and catch a special preview of an upcoming blockbuster. That and more in our March family events feature!
1. National Geographic Live – Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous at the August Wilson Center: March 3
Come face-to-face with a dinosaur when the National Geographic Live – Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous show stomps into the August Wilson Center. Paleontologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Nizar Ibrahim will present an engrossing video presentation transporting audiences to the prehistoric world of the Spinosaurus. Discovered more than half a century ago in Morocco, the Spinosaurus is the largest predatory dinosaur yet discovered, outsizing even the T. Rex! Hear how the Spinosaurus was almost lost to science before being brought back with the help of Ibrahim and a group of scientists, who reconstructed a full skeletal model of the beast.
National Geographic Live – Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous takes place at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The event is recommended for ages 6 and up.
2. Rockin’ Safari at Gemini Children’s Theater: March 3
Swing into Gemini Children’s Theater for their Rockin’ Safari fundraiser. The audience is part of the action during an interactive one-act stage performance based on the legend of Tarzan. When Jane realizes she’s lost among trees and vines in the jungle, it takes help from new friends to guide her safely back to her campsite. This event includes jungle treat bags and a Congo dance party after the show.
Catch one of two show at 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. All proceeds help the theater sponsor underprivileged children to attend future Gemini Theater shows through Tickets For Kids Charities.
3. A Wrinkle in Time with New Voices Pittsburgh: March 8
Join New Voices Pittsburgh on International Women’s Day for a pre-release screening of the new film, “A Wrinkle in Time,” during the organization’s 11th annual Women of Color HERStory Month event, which is focused on girls, femmes and young women of color. Based on the 1962 novel by Madeleine L’Engle and directed by Ava DuVernay (“Selma”), the film takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and ultimately, the triumph of love. It stars Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Zach Galifianakis.
The screening starts at 6 p.m. at the Waterworks Cinema. Tickets cost $15-20. Space is limited and seating is first come, first served. Tickets may be available at the door, but buy online to guarantee a spot. Guests are encouraged to bring a girl, young femme or young woman of color to the event. If you need help with the cost of a ticket, email [email protected].
4. Breakfast with the Bunny at The Waterfront: March 10
A special guest will visit The Waterfront for Breakfast with the Bunny. The Easter Bunny joins families for a special breakfast and meet-and-greet session. Following the breakfast, snap a free photo with the Easter Bunny and receive a keepsake print to take home. If you can’t make breakfast, don’t worry — there are multiple opportunities to take photos with the Bunny at The Waterfront throughout March.
Breakfast with the Bunny takes place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and must be bought in advance. Children 12 months and under are free. Proceeds go to Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Call The Waterfront Management Office to make arrangements: 412-476-9157. Photos with the Bunny takes place from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, Sunday, March 11, Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25.
5. Food Truck-a-Palooza at the Monroeville Convention Center: March 10
Get your fill of fun when GoodTaste! Pittsburgh and Steel City Media bring the Food Truck-a-Palooza to the Monroeville Convention Center. Touted as Western Pennsylvania’s largest indoor, winter food truck festival, the event will feature more than 30 of Pittsburgh’s top food trucks serving everything from barbeque and hot dogs to crepes and coffee, and more. There’s also live music, kids’ activities and a craft market, as well as a chance to vote for the best food truck.
Food Truck-a-Palooza takes place from 1-6 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Children 12 and under are free.