As the days get shorter and colder, it’s tempting to stay home under a blanket. Do that and you’ll miss out on all the family-friendly fun at these 12 events.
1. Cub Scout Day at Fort Pitt Museum: Nov. 2
Local Cub Scouts are invited to take a journey back through time. Located in Point State Park, the Fort Pitt Museum will give Webelos through Lions a taste of what life was like during the Revolutionary War. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be hikes, costumed reenactments, historic games and hands-on activities.
2. Elementary Engineering Extravaganza at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering: Nov. 2
3. Story Sundays at Carnegie Museum of Art: Nov. 3 and Nov. 17
Carnegie Museum of Art just launched this program for young children and their families. It introduces kiddos to the wonders of the museum, while promoting a love of reading and art-making. On the first and third Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors will hear a story, search for related artwork in the galleries and create their own masterpieces in the Children’s Studio. The theme changes each month and the event is included with museum admission.
4. Walk Two Moons at the Byham Theater: Nov. 8 and 9
Author Sharon Creech’s Newbery Medal-winning novel comes to life onstage at the Byham Theater. The coming-of-age story centers on Sal, a 13-year-old girl who embarks on a cross-country trip with her grandparents in search of her mother. Along the way, she meets a lot of eccentric characters. Audiences will have an opportunity to catch the show, which is recommended for kids ages 7 and up, three times during its Pittsburgh run.
5. Darci Lynne and Friends at Heinz Hall: Nov. 9
Darci Lynne Farmer, the 12-year-old winner of “America’s Got Talent,” brings her Fresh Out of the Box tour to Pittsburgh. An array of characters including Petunia, Oscar and Edna, will join the singer/ventriloquist on stage as she entertains audience members of all ages. Don’t be a “dummy,” get your tickets now!
6. Teen Alternative Homecoming at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland: Nov.9
If crowning high school royalty at a football game isn’t your style, the Carnegie Library in Oakland is hosting an Alternative Homecoming from 7 to 10 p.m. Teens ages 14 to 19 are invited to come dressed in formal wear, full-blown cosplay or casual attire as they soak up the festival vibes. Imagine you’re at Coachella, Firefly or Bonnaroo and dance the night away, make crafts or explore a sensory space away from the lights and beats.
7. Macarons for Kids at Macaron Bar Pittsburgh: Nov. 10
Budding bakers ages 8 to 12 can learn how to make macarons from the experts. The French pastries with meringue shells and chocolate ganache filling are difficult, yet fun, to make. Guests at the culinary classroom in East Liberty will get hands-on instruction with a bunch of fun facts and activities thrown in. Every student will go home with as many macarons as they can make.