Summer fun happens all month, with awe-inspiring Independence Day fireworks plus science, swimming, a stilt-walking Uncle Sam and more. Here are the top kid-friendly happenings:
1. Eat’n Park Family Month at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: July 1-31
If your family is due for a visit to see Pittsburgh’s wildest creatures, make it happen this month. Each child who visits the Zoo during the month of July gets a voucher from Eat’n Park for a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult meal. While you’re there, look for Team Smiley and the Cookie Cruiser.
2. Read with Ginny at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie: Tuesdays July 2-30
Kids can practice their reading skills with one of the best (and furriest) listeners around. Virginia Woof (a.k.a. Ginny) is a trained therapy dog who helps students from pre-K to 6th grade boost their confidence every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the library at 412-276-3456 to register for a 10-minute time slot.
3. KidsZone at Celebrate America PGH at Point State Park: July 4
Pittsburgh’s official Fourth of July bash has a dedicated area for the littlest Pittsburghers, where you’ll find face painting and airbrush tattoos, caricature drawings, Giant Jenga, a juggling, stilt-walking Uncle Sam and much more. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:35 p.m. at this free community event which starts at noon.
4. BikePGH Summer Slow Roll Series Family Day Ride starting at Pittsburgh CAPA: July 11
Now in its second season, BikePGH’s Slow Roll series brings together students and alumni of its youth cycling program, Positive Spin, and anyone else who enjoys getting around on two wheels at a leisurely pace. All ages and experience levels are welcome to ride. The adventure starts Downtown at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School at 1 p.m.
5. Peter Pan at the Benedum Center: July 12-21
The Benedum Center becomes Neverland when the Tony Award-winning musical flies into town July 12-21. Watch Peter Pan and his ragtag Lost Boys battle Captain Hook and his pirate crew. Featuring iconic songs such as “I’m Flying” and “I Won’t Grow Up,” kids of all ages will be singing along.
6. Rivers of Steel Science Saturday: July 13
All aboard the floating classroom! Once a month throughout the summer, River of Steel’s 94-foot green riverboat hosts Science Saturday excursions that highlight aquatic ecosystems. July’s theme: the unusual adaptations of river inhabitants, including fish and waterfowl.
7. Mister Rogers’ Operas at Winchester Thurston School in Shadyside: July 13-14
In addition to hosting a long-running children’s program and penning numerous books, Fred Rogers wrote two one-act operas. Pittsburgh Festival Opera will showcase these works for the first time since their original broadcast on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Bonus: The operas are directed by Tomé Cousin, who played Tome the Ragdoll on the show! It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, indeed.