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!
1. MessFest at 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.
2. “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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. “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.