Think it’s harder to keep kids active in the winter? We can help. Are they climbing the walls? Take them on a Fun Walk. Tired of cleaning up after them? Let the Science Center handle their mess. Need a dose of culture? Visit a museum or see a play. Extend the holiday season by enjoying these 13 kids’ activities!
1. New Year’s Resolution Run 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk in Oakdale: Jan. 1
Don’t let the cold weather keep you from burning off those holiday calories. Hit the Panhandle Trail on New Year’s Day for a fast-paced race or a stroll. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Oakdale Community Center (104 Seminary Avenue).
2. MessFest at Carnegie Science Center: Jan. 1
The kids have been gussied up for photo shoots and holiday parties the entire month of December. It’s time to let them get dirty. The Carnegie Science Center’s annual MessFest is a slimy, sticky, gooey experience included in the price of admission. Little ones will enjoy finger painting, a pudding “pi” eating contest, egg drops, live demonstrations, planetarium shows and other activities that might ruin clothes, but raise spirits.
3. Peanut Butter & Jam Session at Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside: Jan. 4
Start your Saturday morning with a musical adventure. Preschool-age children (and their parents!) will be active and enthusiastic learners through this fun and interactive program lead by Kindermusik teacher Lynda Wingerd. The special guest on Jan. 4 will be George Schnakenberg and his musical saw. Shows are at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in McClintic Hall. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children and free for kiddos 2 and under.
4. The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System at the Byham Theater: Jan. 5-12
Hop aboard the yellow bus with Ms. Frizzle! This musical adaptation of author Joanna Cole’s popular book series will blast your child into outer space for an interplanetary field trip. The one-hour show will educate audiences as much as it entertains, with lessons on music, science and teamwork. Can’t make it Downtown? Performances will also be held at schools throughout the region.
5. Pitt Friends, Family and Neighbors Day at the Petersen Events Center: Jan. 5
Make a “Pitt” stop in Oakland on Jan. 5, when the Petersen Events Center opens its doors at noon to the public for a day filled with food, games and family-friendly activities. Stay to watch the Pittsburgh Panthers women’s basketball team take on Boston College at 2 p.m. Admission and parking are free, but be sure to register online for tickets by Jan. 2.
6. Nick Jr. Live! Move to the Music at the Benedum Center: Jan. 17-19
The stars of Nick Jr.’s animated hits come to life in this ensemble stage show! Watch everyone from the Bubble Guppies and PAW Patrol to Dora the Explorer and Blaze perform original musical numbers and fan favorites. The show is split into two acts with an intermission because potty breaks are important. Tickets start at $22.50.
7. Sensory-friendly Workshop for Teens and Young Adults at the Andy Warhol Museum: Jan. 18
Artists age 13 to 24 with sensory sensitivity needs are invited to The Warhol on Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. for a special workshop. Kids will visit the galleries before the North Shore museum opens to the public. Later, they’ll apply Andy’s techniques to their own artwork in the museum’s Factory studio. A visual schedule and other orientation materials will be provided before the event and free parking is available in The Warhol lot.