If ol’ Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction is correct, spring should’ve sprung already. OK, so he goofed. Luckily, there are plenty of indoor events that’ll keep you and the kids occupied until the weather lives up to the groundhog’s hype.
1. 42ft – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels at the Byham Theater: March 2-3
Cirque Mechanics, experts in acrobatic entertainment, bring 42ft – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels to the Byham Theater for shows at 7 p.m. on March 2 and 2 p.m. on March 3. You’ll see gizmos and gadgets galore, including a mechanical metal horse and a rotating tent filled with strongmen and aerialists. This show is something special. No clownin’.
2. Penguins on Parade at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: March 2-3 & 9-10
This weather is for the (flightless) birds! Starting at 11:30 a.m., the zoo’s tuxedoed tenants will head outside of the aquarium to frolic. They’ll waddle around for up to 30 minutes, as long as the mercury doesn’t rise above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. This fun, up close and personal activity is included in your zoo admission.
3. Animal Friends presents Pet Tales at the Hazelwood Library: March 9
Animal Friends, a no-kill shelter in Ohio Township, is sending licensed therapy animals to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood branch, so kids can bone up on their reading skills. The four-legged pals will be all ears and wagging tails as youngsters spin yarns. Consider donating some canned dog or cat food to the furry audience members.
4. Trolls & Paw Patrol Cruises on the Gateway Clipper: March 9
Set sail on the Gateway Clipper with Poppy, Branch, Skye, Marshall and Chase. View the city from the three rivers as you dance and mingle with your favorite TV characters. Storytime, interactive games and a DJ spinning today’s hits are included, and there will be face painting, balloons, souvenirs and snacks available for purchase.
5. Kids of Steel Kickoff at Threadbare Cider House & Meadery: March 10
Children can get pumped for the Kids of Steel footrace season at Threadbare’s Spring Hill headquarters. Participate in a Johnny Appleseed workout, complete with arm reps for fruit picking in the orchard and yoga apple tree poses. Everyone’s favorite fruit will be available for tastings, apple print art and seed bomb making. The kitchen will be open and parents can sip some hard cider at the bar. All participants receive a Kids of Steel training plan so they can shape up for the one-mile Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon on May 4.
6. Pups & PJs at Humane Animal Rescue: March 15
Once a month from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the East End’s Humane Animal Rescue opens its doors to kids ages 4 to 16 for movie nights. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow so they can relax and enjoy a meet-and-greet with a touchable critter, along with games, pizza, popcorn, drinks and a family-friendly flick.